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Volunteers vital part of charity work.

Charitable organ-isations across the North East would grind to a halt without the time and dedication of volunteers.

The Depaul Trust, for instance, relies not only on donated income but equally donated time, commitment and effort.

Its mission is to offer disadvantaged young people opportunities to fulfil their potential and move towards an independent and positive future. The Trust feels it will never be able to succeed in that mission unless it is also successful in involving the wider community in this important work.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Depaul Trust. Every day of the week there are hundreds of hours of time donated to the work of the Trust by people who want to help.

You can get involved by becoming a 1-2-1 Mentor, supporting young offenders during and after their release from custody. Depaul Trust offers a supported programme, designed to help and encourage young people to set and reach goals for their future.

Living with sight loss is the reality for 1,300 people in Newcastle, who can be greatly helped by volunteers recruited and trained by Newcastle Society for Blind People (NSBP).

NSBP's vital services have attracted the support of the Lord Mayor of Newcastle, Councillor David Slesenger, keen to promote a local, unsung charity during his year in office.

The charity is grateful for the Lord Mayor's support, as it badly needs opportunities to promote its work in order to recruit volunteers and raise funds.

When fundraising NSPB has to compete with well-known national organisations so make sure your volunteering and fundraising efforts support Newcastle blind people.

Contact Andrea Taylor at Newcastle Society for Blind People, Mea House, Ellison Place, Newcastle, tel (0191) 232-7292 or e-mail

St Cuthbert's Hospice is a voluntary day care hospice helping people diagnosed with life-threatening illness and their families in the Durham and Chester-le-Street areas.

Based in the Merryoaks area of Durham City, it aims to reduce the distress associated with such illness by helping with the medical, practical, emotional and spiritual needs of the diagnosed and providing support for their families.

The hospice is building a 10 bed in-patient unit to complement its day care. This service would not be viable without volunteers.

There are many ways in which volunteers can help, both in the hospice itself and at the charity shops or fundraising events.

If you have some spare time and would like to join the team, contact Amy Farquhar on (0191) 386-1170 for a volunteer pack.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 29, 2005
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