Help is on hand for people in South Tyneside who are being hit by anti-social behaviour.
A support team to tackle the issue has been set up by South Tyneside Council in partnership with South Tyneside Homes, and a group of five volunteers to provide support to victims has been recruited.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse, presented the volunteers with certificates after they completed their initial training.
The project is being supported by funding from Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird – part of her regional initiative, which aims to offer advice and guidance to those affected by anti-social acts.
The Mayor said: “It was a pleasure to meet the volunteers. The project will provide a vital service to people affected by anti-social behaviour.
“They will provide ongoing emotional support and practical help and will be a point of contact for victims.
“On behalf of the borough, I would like to thank all of the volunteers for agreeing to give up their time to support those affected by this issue in South Tyneside.”
Councillor Tracey Dixon, lead member for area management and community safety, said: “Anti-social behaviour not only has a detrimental impact on communities, it can be extremely distressing for the individuals affected, impacting on their health and wellbeing.
“It is something we are determined to tackle.
“We are committed to working with our partners including Victim Support, South Tyneside Homes and the PCC Vera Baird to make sure this scheme has a positive impact across the borough.
Mrs Baird, said: “Antisocial behaviour can affect anyone at any time and I am very grateful to all the volunteers and everyone involved in helping me tackle this issue head-on and making a difference to the lives of victims.
“Protecting people from harm and helping victims are top priorities for me, so I wish this project in South Tyneside every success.”