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Family support schemes


We have a number of volunteering opportunities available that you can sign up to and help children and young people and families in County Durham.

Volunteering can make a difference to the lives of many individuals and families, whether you're looking for a short term or long term volunteering opportunity. From driving to befriending and supporting local charities, there is a variety of ways to get involved.

Youth Offending Service

Our Youth Offending Service offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities both with children and families in the criminal system and those not. Volunteer roles include: becoming a member of a Community Referral Order Panel, being a Mentor for Young People and also supporting our partnership agencies such as the Looked After Care Service and Stronger Families Service.

School governors

Governors are one of the largest volunteer forces in the country and play an important part in raising educational standards. As a governor you could be involved in planning the school's future direction, monitoring the school's performance, budgets and staffing and promoting pupils' development plus much more. Find out more on our school governors page.

Volunteer drivers

We're working with Supportive to find volunteer drivers who use their own car to transport children and young people in care, to their appointments and visits to see their families. They need volunteers who can be flexible with their time and can be available at short notice. This volunteering opportunity is working directly with Supportive. 

To find out more about becoming a volunteer driver visit Supportive.

Family Support Volunteers

Are you interested in supporting families with young children? People who can give their time to support mothers and families are needed as part of the Community Parenting Programme.

As a volunteer you'd provide information and support to identified families on the journey from pre-birth through to a child's 5th birthday.  This could include helping families in their homes, attending groups or activities with families or providing them with health and wellbeing information.

All volunteers are given full training.

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