A scheme is continuing to help young people who are having problems at home or involved with the Youth Offending Service.
North Tyneside Council’s Mentor Project has been involved with more than 365 young people since it began in 1997, providing support and friendship to vulnerable children and teenagers.
There are currently 19 volunteers with the council hoping to recruit 16 more.
Mike Swindale mentors a 17-year-old, spending time with his mentee a couple of hours each week.
He said: “I decided to volunteer to give something back to society. I hope I provide a neutral sounding board so the person I mentor can explain his feelings and I also hope I provide some reliable support to his life.
“To anyone interested in volunteering within this scheme, I’d say go for it. It’s so worthwhile and you feel you’re really helping a young person.”
Mike has recently been recognised for his work as a mentor, receiving a Commendation Award from North Tyneside Council Chairman, Coun Tommy Mulvenna.
Coun Mulvenna said: “The project is remarkable – as is Mike – providing an excellent, dedicated support network to young people.
“I would encourage others to find out more about volunteering with the Mentor Project.”
Mike added: “I was very humbled and rather overwhelmed to receive the award.”
Volunteers must be able to work for at least three hours a week and be committed to equal opportunities.
For more information, or to register your interest, contact Amanda Thrush on 07968 693549 or email Amanda.Thrush@northtyneside.gov.uk