A MAN man who attended a community job club got more than he bargained for, ending up as a volunteer who supports others in their efforts to find work.

Alan Bennett, of Horden, near Peterlee, originally hoped to simply improve his CV and take part in job search activities.

But East Durham Trust spotted his potential and he now helps out at three community venues.

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Alan sees the formal volunteering placement as an ideal opportunity to put some routine back into his life having been unemployed since March and is hoping that local employers will see his potential.

East Durham Trust host the range of community-based job clubs thanks to funding from the local Area Action Partnership.

Trust chief executive Malcolm Fallow said: “Alan is a great role model and an excellent example of the spirit that binds together communities like east Durham.”

The trust recognised Alan’s contribution with a special award ceremony yesterday attended by Easington MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Communities Grahame Morris.

East Durham Community Job Clubs, set up last year, has 11 venues.