Listening to those in need

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A TEACHING assistant from Washington has swapped the classroom for charity work.

Asifa Ali, who lives in Biddick, gives up her spare time to help out at a homeless centre in Newcastle.

Volunteer team The People’s Kitchen has recruited her to help with its pioneering work helping homeless and disadvantaged people.

But the new recruits won’t be cooking, washing dishes or even serving food – they will be simply listening.

The listening volunteers are the first initiative in the new Project Futures programme developed by The People’s Kitchen, which launches this month.