Award-winning South Tyneside charity calls for more volunteers as it aims to beat bullying

Callum Carr is hoping more volunteers will come forward at the recruitment event.

Callum Carr is hoping more volunteers will come forward at the recruitment event.

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An award-winning anti-bullying charity is calling for help as it looks to push home its message in South Tyneside.

South Tyneside Against Bullying (STAB), which won a Best of South Tyneside Award for community group of the year in June, is holding its first recruitment event on Thursday.

Without volunteers, this organisation wouldn’t be able to succeed and reach its full potential

Callum Carr

It will take place at Ocean Road Community Association, in South Shields, from 7pm.

The organisation’s founder, Callum Carr, is hoping the evening will attract new volunteers, and he will talk about the support that can be offered to young and vulnerable adults who have experienced bullying or abuse.

He said: “Our recruitment team work extremely hard every day to ensure we have a constant flow of volunteers.

“Without volunteers, this organisation wouldn’t be able to succeed and reach its full potential.”

The charity’s head of public relations, Beth Hall, will also talk at the event about how members of the public can provide their support

She said: “This is a fantastic and exciting time to join South Tyneside Against Bullying.

“Every day, we are growing, and this will continue.

“We recently won at the Best of South Tyneside Awards, and with this accolade under our belt, it proves that we are a trustworthy cause to provide the services needed to the people of our region, and it also proves that our organisation and our work is valued.”

South Tyneside Against Bullying is an entirely voluntary organisation which hopes to reach registered charity status within the next two years.

Beth added: “Dedicated and trained volunteer counsellors are needed to help man our telephone helpline and online chat facility for the organisation.

“This unique service offers young and vulnerable adults the opportunity to air their concerns and feelings and find out where support is available to them.

“The online chat service and telephone line is a cost to the organisation, so fundraising is needed to help the upkeep of this vital service and for us to further promote the work that we do.”

A variety of volunteer vacancies will be advertised at Thursday’s event, ranging from general volunteers to volunteer-trained counsellors.

Callum added: “Voluntary work on your CV shows that you are a dedicated individual.

“Almost all of our unemployed volunteers have progressed into paid work with other businesses at the end of their volunteering period with us.”

For more about South Tyneside Against Bullying, send an email to BethHallSouthTynesideAB@gmail.com or CallumCarrSouthTynesideAB@gmail.com