A major volunteering charity has launched a bid to get more people in the north-east to sign up.
The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) wants more people to get involved as part of a nationwide campaign to help alleviate pressure on public services.
A recent report from the organisation found volunteering teaches new skills and has a positive impact on individuals’ mental health.
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Rebecca Kennelly, the charity’s director of volunteering, said: “In the past, the benefits of volunteering have been disproportionately enjoyed by those of higher socioeconomic groups.
“We want to see a cultural shift and for people of all ages and backgrounds to be able to integrate volunteering into their everyday life and benefit from the experience.
“Volunteering should be as accessible as possible so it’s not a huge undertaking but a pivotal part of people’s everyday life.”