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Restorative Hub expands, seeking thirty new volunteers.

Dedicated local residents, who are committed to helping victims of crime and resolving community conflict, are being sought to be volunteers.

The Restorative Hub is seeking thirty new volunteers throughout County Durham and Darlington, who have a keen interest in restorative justice and mediation. These new volunteer roles will help those affected by crime and suffering conflict to resolve their problems.

The Restorative Hub, offers victims of crime in County Durham and Darlington the chance to communicate with offenders to provide answers to any questions they have to help in their recovery. The cases range in seriousness from low level through to those dealt with in the Crown Court.

Research shows that there had been no further offending in almost 60% of cases dealt with by the Restorative Hub.  It’s estimated that this is saving the Police & Council over £1 million a year.

Jim a local volunteer mediator said: “One lady couldn’t stop thanking me for being such a lifeline to her during one of the darkest periods of her life. It’s so satisfying to help people find solutions, and I’d highly recommend it!”

The team will be fully trained in restorative justice, mediation and problem-solving, and will use these skills to help people in conflict find a satisfactory conclusion to the issues they’re facing.

For more information:

If you would like the opportunity to learn how to conduct victim-offender meetings, or help mediate neighbours experiencing a fall-out, the Hub currently has vacancies for another 30 volunteer restorative mediators. No experience is needed, as full training will be given – with courses running throughout the county this October.

Full details of the role and an application form can be found by clicking here. For any other any queries, please feel free to speak to a member of the team by calling 0300 003 1818, or emailing

You can also learn more about the opportunity by coming along to an open evening near you, where members of the team will be giving a brief presentation on the role, sharing their experiences and answering your questions. There’s no need to book, simply pop along on any of the following dates and locations:

  • Barnard Castle Town Council (Flatts Road, Thurs 14th Sept, 5-6pm)
  • Bishop Auckland Town Hall (Thurs 14th Sept, 7-8pm)
  • Chester-le-Street Community Association (Newcastle Road, Tues 12th Sept, 6-7pm)
  • Consett, St. Patrick’s Hall (Victoria Road, Tues 19th Sept, 4.30-5.30pm)
  • Crook Civic Centre (North Terrace, Wed 20th Sept, 5-6pm)
  • Darlington, Dolphin Centre (Wed 13th Sept, 7-8pm)
  • Durham County Hall (Tues 12th Sept, 4-5pm)
  • Newton Aycliffe, Oak Leaf Sports Complex (Wed 13th Sept, 5-6pm)
  • Peterlee, East Durham College (Thurs 21st Sept, 7-8pm)
  • Seaham, Durham County Council (Spectrum 8, Spectrum Business Park), Thurs 21st Sept, 5-6pm
  • Spennymoor Leisure Centre (Wed 20th Sept, 7-8pm)
  • Stanley, Louisa Centre (Front Street, Tues 19th Sept, 6.30-7.30pm)