Tuesday, 23 January 2018


As we start 2018, A Way Out's General Manager, Anita, is reminiscing about dancing with TV star Ashley Banjo and the Street Dance group Diversity seem like a very distant memories; indeed the filming for the TV show took place way back in 2013!  The rehearsals were an unforgettable experience which provided excitement and a welcome energy boost; involvement also fuelled her passion for the town and people of Stockton on Tees. 

Taking part in the show 5 years ago proved that it is possible to achieve the unexpected. Anita never imagined that she would ever be street dancing with a professionals on national TV (especially only 6 months out of chemotherapy treatment) and she says that the experience opened her eyes to the potential life changing benefits of ‘stepping out’ of her comfort zone. 

At A Way Out we are continually impressed by the variety of people who support the work of our organisation.  Our outreach and prevention work, supporting some of the area’s most vulnerable women, families and young people, captures the hearts of people who genuinely wish to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others.
Supporters have stepped out in confidence to raise funds and donations for A Way Out – like Freya, a young girl from a local school who rallied her classmates to buy homemade cookies; or Ivy who regularly encourages her keep fit class members to donate gifts for our clients; or Steve who, after 18 years of 6th Form teaching, chose to challenge colleagues to donate food for our food parcels in lieu of a leaving gift; or staff from local industry who fundraised for us for a whole 12 months. 
The delivery of our services to women involved in the night time economy of Stockton and also our work with local young people could not happen without the valuable time and effort of our fantastic team of volunteers.  We are currently looking to add to this wonderful group of people.  If you wish to make 2018 the year that you step out to make a difference in the lives of others, please get in touch via info@awayout.co.uk or 01642 655071.
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