DISC wins “Heart of the Community” Award

25th May 2017 Date of publication

Newton Aycliffe-based charity DISC has won a prestigious award proving it was at the “Heart of the Community”

DISC were recently awarded “Heart of the Community” at Newton Aycliffe Business Park "Make Your Mark" awards. 

The annual "Make Your Mark" awards celebrate the collective achievements of companies on Aycliffe Business Park and the “Heart of the Community” award celebrates excellence in corporate, social and ethical activity.

Developing Initiatives Supporting Communities (DISC) is an independent charity working across the North of England to combat deprivation and promote social inclusion, won the award for work undertaken by its education service which provides tailored support programmes to students that was recently recognised as Grade 1 Outstanding by Ofsted.

Durham County Councillor John Clare  who was one of the judges said: “As one of the judges, I was impressed by the depth and the sheer scale of the work DISC is doing with young people.

Lindsey Smith, Senior Team Leader at the charity (pictured left) , said: “It was a very proud moment when the award was announced. This was the first year we have entered the Make Your Mark awards, and to be shortlisted alongside some much larger organisations was an achievement in itself; to win was simply outstanding!

“The award is recognition of the hard work that the whole of the Education Services team do on a day to day basis, something that we are all very proud of and it’s fantastic to have this recognised by the local business community.”

DISC’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Townsley said: “Achieving the Heart of the Community Award is another affirmation of the excellent work undertaken by DISC and I congratulate everyone in the Education Services team.

“We’re currently speaking to several local businesses about how they can help us develop more work experience positions for our students, and we’d love to hear from any Ayclifffe business that may be interested in helping.”

For more information on the Education Service at DISC, please visit

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