“Darlington Partnership: bringing together all those who are committed to achieve the best for Darlington and its people.”
Darlington Partnership grew out of the Employers’ Forum, formed in 1992 by Darlington’s M.P. and the Leader of the Council to engage and work with the main private sector companies in Darlington. The forum was renamed and launched by Tony Blair as Darlington Partnership in 1997. Recognised by government as a model of good practice It has expanded, under the chairmanship of Alasdair MacConachie, to include broader representation from the public, community and voluntary sectors.
Darlington Partnership has two purposes:
- to agree what the major issues and opportunities are for Darlington
- to ensure action is being taken to address them.
The Partnership is a broad network of strong relationships based on the core values of respect, openness and a willingness to act. These personal relationships are the Partnership’s greatest strength and they enable honest and effective communication. The Partnership has no resources of its own and relies on the people and the organisations involved with it to take the actions needed to achieve its goals. The Partnership has a long term vision called ‘One Darlington Perfectly Placed’. At regular intervals partners commit to plans for how the vision can be achieved. In addition, when the Partnership identifies an urgent problem or opportunities it issues an immediate call to action.
The value of the Partnership is that so much more can be achieved when everyone is focused on the same objective and is prepared to work together. The Partnership strives to involve as many people as possible from the community and the private, public and voluntary sectors who share the ambition of the best possible future for Darlington.