A RECRUITMENT drive is to be held next week in a bid to overcome a shortage of volunteer drivers in part of the region.

A number of organisations in the Easington district are experiencing problems recruiting drivers and it is hoped that many people will sign up at the event, which is being staged in Peterlee Market Place on Thursday.

A team of representatives from the various organisations will be at the day-long event and will be available to answer any queries members of the public may have.

Stephen Metcalf, from the Durham County Council-led East Durham Rural Transport Partnership, said: "There are various opportunities available, including minibus driving or driving using your own car.

"All out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed and any training needed will be provided.

"When and how a person volunteers is entirely up to them - even a couple of hours a week would be a great help.

"Many people have concerns that voluntary work may affect their benefits but this is generally not the case. Anyone with any concerns about benefits and volunteering is welcome to come along and speak to us about it."

Volunteering was a good step towards making a career in driving, said Mr Metcalf.

Organisations at the recruitment day include Easington District Communicare, East Durham Community Transport and Easington District GP Car scheme.

For information, contact Mr Metcalf on 0191-383 3975.