SUNDERLAND Volunteer Centre has hit the road.
The centre has moved from its long-term base in Toward Road to new premises in the city centre.
The building was already home to a shop raising funds for the centre, but now the entire operation has moved into the building in Holmeside.
“We have been in existence for 41 years and been based in Toward Road for 20 years,” said centre manager David Curtis.
“The shop has been open here since November, but now we have taken the decision to move the whole operation into the city centre in order to have a bigger public profile.”
All proceeds from the shop are used to support the centre’s work on Wearside.
“We are a local charity and all the money raised through the shop stays locally,” said David.
That money is used to support the centre’s main work – matching volunteers to vacancies with charities and organisations across Sunderland.
“We are here to help people to volunteer, to promote volunteering and to support volunteers across the city.”
The centre matches volunteers to organisations which can make the best use of their particular skills.
“We are really here for people who don’t know what is out there,” said David.
“They may not know about some of the organisations out there or they may need some advice or guidance about where they ought to go. We will talk to them about what skills they have and what they hope to get out of it themselves.
“We have data on about 450 possible opportunities with 350 charities and voluntary organisations across the city.” The centre can also provide short-term support for people who have extra difficulties to volunteering.
To make an appointment with a member of the volunteer centre team, visit the website www.volunteersunderland.org, ring on 567 8902, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call into the centre at 11 Holmeside.