ARQ News

Volunteer of the Month Voting

Voting opens on the 1st of each month, and closes on the 21st of each month. Make sure to get your votes in!

Lead Volunteer Application

Summer Activities

We have put together the following programme of summer activities. For more information, or to make a booking, please contact us on 01325 788 203 or email us at darlingtonarq@gmail.com Further updates and details will be released across our social media closer to the events.

We have put together the following programme of summer activities.

For more information, or to make a booking, please contact us on 01325 788 203 or email us at darlingtonarq@gmail.com

Further updates and details will be released across our social media closer to the events.

Closed For Pride

We’re closed for Pride weekend. We’re back open as usual Monday at 0900.
Hope to see you all in the Market Square tomorrow morning from 10am for DARLINGTON PRIDE 🌈❤️🌈🌈

We’re cloWe\’re closed for Pride weekend. We\’re back open as usual Monday at 0900.\nHope to see you all in the Market Square tomorrow morning from 10am for DARLINGTON PRIDE 🌈❤️🌈🌈sed for Pride weekend. We’re back open as usual Monday at 0900.

Hope to see you all in the Market Square tomorrow morning from 10am for DARLINGTON PRIDE 🌈❤️🌈🌈

Why LGBT Pride? – Stonewall Anniversary.

Why Pride? Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots

As today marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we thought we’d share some history. Also, answer a question that is always asked this time of year of the LGBT community.

Why Pride?

Firstly you’ll need to read this, (if you’re not familiar with what the Stonewall Riots were) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stonewall_riots

A very good summing up of the Stonewall Riots. The event that sparked the LGBT Pride movement.

There is a long and sad documented history of LGBT persecution and suppression, globally and locally.

Even today, where we enjoy a lot more legal protection from hatred and discrimination we’re still faced with daily challenges as a result of heteronormativity and cisnormativity.

Globally and in this country too, LGBT people die each day because of who they love or how they express themselves. Trans people are attacked dialy while doing mundane activities like simply trying to use the toilet!

The levels of poor mental health, physical health, safety, early death, addiction suicide and self harm amongst LGBT people is vastly higher than that of non LGBT people.

At the time of writing this article, so far this week, our service has had to deal with 3 incidents, since Monday. Where our volunteers were confronted with hostility and hatred. Not for “flaunting” or being “outrageous” but simply for doing their job.

We’ve worked with several people in the same time period who are suffering harm as a result of the behaviour of other people. Not because they’re doing anything wrong to anyone else, just simply for being themselves. For being honest.

Anyone that thinks it is acceptable for another human being to suffer in such ways, needs to question their own morality. Is it acceptable? No, it is not.

LGBT people do not celebrate pride to “flaunt their lifestyle”, court controvsy, or otherwise disrupt anyone else’s existence. They are simply saying “enough”, “I’m. Proud of who I am”, I’m not ashamed of myself”.

To the portions of the world that object to pride, and think “why isn’t there a straight pride?”, we would say this; think outside of the box.

Consider; rather than asking where is the straight pride event, say to yourself I’m thankful I don’t need a pride event, I can be myself without persecution.

Surely it does not take a huge leap of common sense to realise that Pride is a protest, it is. Rather than complaining that you don’t get the same coverage, be thankful that you don’t need to protest in the first place. Be thankful that you can live your life without the same persecution. Be part of the solution and not part of the problem.

Treat every human with respect, only ever look down on someone when your bending over to help them up.

In honour of the originators of the pride movement, the LGBT people that have died as a result of being themselves and all LGBT people everywhere….have a happy and safe pride month.

DARLINGTON ARQ 🌈

Darlington Drugs and Alcohol Consultation

Please take a few minutes, if you can, to read the following and complete the survey:

Darlington Drugs and Alcohol Consultation

Please take a few minutes, if you can, to read the following and complete the survey:

Darlington Drugs and Alcohol Consultation

Darlington Borough Council has a responsibility to provide prevention, treatment and support services for residents who are at risk of misusing drugs and alcohol or who already have addiction issues. The services are not provided directly by the Council, but they have a contract with other organisations to deliver them. The Council is currently reviewing services and wants to make sure that future services continue to meet the needs of the residents of Darlington.

There is a survey to ask for the views of residents and this can be found by following this link: –

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Darlington-DrugsAlcohol2019

There is also a special survey to get the views of young people and this can be found at:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/YPDrugAlcoholinDarlington

Hard copies of the survey are available from our centre in the Cornmill Shopping Centre.

The surveys are open until 15th August 2019 and you do not need to leave your name or any contact details. Please share the survey link with friends and family who live in Darlington so that we can make sure the service is as good as possible. The consultation also includes workshops and discussions with a wide range of organisations and groups. For further details or to ask for more details please contact public health.

Email: public.health@darlington.gov.uk
Telephone: 01325 406201

Thank you for your help and please complete the survey to let us have your views so we can make sure the services are a good as possible with the resources we have.