Project in search of new volunteers

A project helping vulnerable youngsters is looking for more people to join its ranks.

North Tyneside Council’s Mentor Project is providing free training to people aged 18 and over who would like to volunteer as mentors and independent visitors.

The project – which has helped more than 330 young people since it began in 1997 – works with children and teenagers who are accommodated by the council, having problems at home or involved with the Youth Offending Service.

Coun Ian Grayson, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “The project is a great way to gain experience and build on and acquire new skills while giving something back and helping a young person.

“We’re looking for enthusiastic, reliable and non-judgemental people who can have a positive impact on the life of one of the youngsters.”

Volunteers build up a one-to-one relationship with a vulnerable young person. The project currently has around 20 volunteers with the council looking to recruit nine more.

Volunteers must be able to work at least four hours a week for a minimum of a year.

Paula Blake, 47, mentors a 12-year-old girl. She said: “There are so many benefits to being a mentor. Helping a young person to meet their goals and watching them grow in confidence over the sessions is fantastic.”

For more information contact Amanda Thrush on (0191) 643 8880 or 07968 693549 or email