Make good use of your spare time and join a Hartlepool charity

A charity is hoping Hartlepool parents will sign up as volunteers for their cause now that their children are back at school.

Epilepsy Outlook, which is based in the Arches in Park Road in Hartlepool, has plenty of opportunities up for grabs from van drivers to administrative staff, and retail to dealing with customers.

We are very flexible with working arrangements. This is a way for people, who want to get back into work and into the jobs market, to get a bit of experience

Jacqui Gettings

Operations manager Jacqui Gettings said: “The kids are going back to school and people might have some more spare time. It might be advantageous for them to become volunteers.

“We have places for administration support workers in the office, for people in retail sales working on the tills and people serving customers and full training is given.

“We need a lot of people in our sorting areas as well. We have a recycle centre and we recycle 90 per cent of what we get given. We need volunteers in every day because it mounts up.”

Other people are needed to help with van driving, and the delivery and packing up of donations from the public.

Jacqui added: “We are very flexible with working arrangements. This is a way for people, who want to get back into work and into the jobs market, to get a bit of experience.

“It is for people who are trying to get experience to find paid employment, or who just want to get out of the house, and those who just want to do something useful for a couple of hours.”

Hartlepool has around 700 people who are living with epilepsy. Nearly 300 have uncontrolled epilepsy which is classed as the continued occurrence of an unacceptable quantity of seizures despite reasonable treatment.

Epilepsy Outlook moved in 2014 from York Road to just round the corner in The Arches, in Park Road.

But the well-used cause is still continuing to run its two charity shops, in York Road and Oxford Road, as well as taking donations of furniture at Park Road.

Epilepsy Outlook holds classes each day from Monday to Friday with drop-in sessions on a Monday, art classes on Tuesdays and Fridays, a ‘Craft, Tea and Biscuits’ day on a Wednesday from 10am, and Thursday sessions where people can make greetings cards.

To volunteer, contact Jacqui on (01429) 297007.