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Volunteers needed to help vulnerable and isolated people

The volunteers will help vulnerable and isolated people Credit: PA

Kind-hearted people who are keen to make a difference by volunteering to help vulnerable and isolated people are being sought from the Durham City and Chester-le-Street areas.

The Community Peer Mentor scheme is expanding across more towns and villages throughout County Durham and Darlington.

The Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner says it has proven to be extremely rewarding for existing volunteers who have helped to change people's lives.

The free-of-charge training will take place in August, giving volunteers the opportunity to gain new skills, interests and qualifications.

This project is expanding rapidly which is fantastic news for the people of County Durham and Darlington. We already have nearly 80 volunteers who are now trained as Mentors.

This is unique opportunity is available for people from all walks of life, to learn new skills and be part of a great team, whilst making a real difference to those who feel vulnerable and isolated in our communities."

– Ron Hogg, Durham Police, Crime and Victims' Commissioner

Once trained, Community Peer Mentors work with individuals in pairs to find the reasons behind their behaviour or why they feel the way they do, and encourage them to find ways to get the help and support they need.

Existing volunteer mentors within this unique project have found it a rewarding experience to help others when they need it most.

No previous experience in volunteering or supporting people is needed, as training is provided.

There is no upper age restriction and relevant travel expenses will be paid when engaging with a client.