Diane volunteers at Catalyst Stockton-on-Tees and hopes her experience will lead her into paid employment.

I have found the volunteering at Catalyst very rewarding.  I have gained new skills such as setting up databases and using a switchboard as well as using my existing skills and knowledge in admin.

I enjoy meeting new people and finding out what their role in the organisation is as well as talking to people who have businesses in the building and finding out what their business entails.

Everyone has been very warm and welcoming which has helped me gain in confidence as I can be quite shy at times.

I have been able to add the volunteering to my CV which hopefully will help lead to paid employment in the very near future.

Diane is just one example of thousands of volunteers in Stockton-on-Tees. If you would like to get involved in volunteering, visit www.stocktonvolunteers.co.uk for more information.