Helping people step forward into volunteering

An innovative project supporting people into work or training is taking part in Darlington’s first volunteers’ fair.

Step Forward Tees Valley, which is run by the Northern Inclusion Consortium (NIC) and jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund, is dedicated to getting local people into work and training.

The project is targeting people who have previously found it hard to get a job because of issues such as self-confidence, addiction, a conviction or ill health. A group of partners and local employers have come together to help address those barriers and support people as they find work.

Step Forward Tees Valley also uses volunteering opportunities as a way of helping people gain skills and confidence and representatives from the project will be at One Darlington Partnership’s Volunteers Fair at Central Hall, Dolphin Centre on Thursday 2 February from 2-6pm.

Seth Pearson, director of One Darlington Partnership, said: “The volunteers fair is a great opportunity for people to find out what they can do to make a difference in their community. We have around 40 organisations coming and I am delighted to welcome Step Forward Tees Valley, which is a new initiative which I am sure will make a big difference.”

Helen Collins, programme manager for Step Forward Tees Valley, said: “I know how hard it is for some people to think about work or training because of issues they face. Volunteering is another way we can work with people to boost their confidence and help them build skills for a brighter future.”

Find out more about Step Forward Tees Valley at or call 01325 387713. You can also find the project on Twitter @SFTeesValley or Facebook /stepforwardteesvalley.

To find out more about the volunteers fair call One Darlington Partnership 01325 406420.



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