CHARITY bosses have told of their delight at a transformation in fortunes over the past year.

Age Concern in Darlington has gone through a turbulent period, including suffering job losses earlier this year as part of a shake-up of services.

The organisation had to make changes to its working practices in order to survive, particularly with its Bradbury House base costing £9,000 a week to run.

But it is now pressing ahead with the opening of new premises in Clark's Yard, off High Row, after securing a £105,000 National Lottery grant.

The cash is going towards establishing an information and advice centre.