Charity looks for volunteers

A children’s charity in the borough is asking local people to lend a hand in order to boost its volunteer numbers as part of a regional campaign.

Barnardo’s in North Tyneside is making the appeal as part of ‘Make a Difference Month’ – which provides hundreds of people across the north east with the opportunity to try out volunteering.

This year’s initiative will highlight how volunteering can tackle loneliness and isolation, although organisers say it is also ideal for those who want to learn new skills or generally keep busy.

Steve Oversby, Barnardo’s North East director, said: “There are many great reasons to spare a little time to volunteer with Barnardo’s.

“Not only is it fun, sociable and challenging, but it gets you out of the house, equips you with new skills and helps to raise money to help vulnerable and disadvantaged children across the UK.

“We always welcome new volunteers to our friendly teams in shops, fundraising or children’s services.

“There are roles to suit all and you can do as much or as little as you can manage.”

Barnardo’s has retail outlets in Whitley Bay, Wallsend and Shiremoor, as well as various young people’s projects in the borough.

Anyone who would like to volunteer as part of Make a Difference month can call (0191) 240 4800 or visit the Barnardo’s website at www.barnardos.org.uk/volunteering for more details.