Community centres are a valuable hub for residents in the Borough and Stockton Council is offering the chance for people to get involved and volunteer at their local centre.
Stockton Council looks after 23 Community Centres across the Borough, 13 of which are run by associations made up of volunteers.
There are plenty of ways people can get involved with their local centre and opportunities are available from as little as an hour a week to several hours a day. Volunteers can look to join the Management Committees and apply for specific roles such as secretary, chairperson or treasurer or simply offer their time within individual community centres.
Volunteering is a great way to gain experience, meet new friends, improve confidence and motivation and can help those looking for a job to boost their skills.
The Centres run a whole host of activities for the local community, including exercise classes, weight management, parent and toddler groups, yoga, arts and crafts, computer classes, health services and much more.
Councillor Bob Cook, Stockton Council's Cabinet Member for Transport and Regeneration, said: "Community Centres play an important role as they provide the opportunity for people to get together, take part in activities and can be a real lifeline to people.
"By volunteering you will be able to be play an active role in the community at the same time as learning new skills and meeting new people."
To find out more about Community Centres in your area, call Stockton Council's Community Development Team on (01642) 528728. If you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities contact Viva Volunteers on 0800 8600214 or log onto www.viva-volunteers.org.uk.