A NEW takeaway scheme providing support to east Durham residents is looking for volunteers to help with the making and delivering of hot meals to those in financial crisis.

East Durham Trust is establishing the innovative People’s Takeaway, a unique concept aimed at further enhance the poverty intervention and support provided by the charity.

The service is a natural extension to the trust’s Feed project which has been in operation since 2011, and sees over 40 emergency food parcels distributed to people in need every week.

Since the end of December 2017, The People’s Takeaway has already delivered over 400 meals to local individuals and families in severe financial hardship.

Trust chief executive Malcolm Fallow said: “The people of east Durham have a proud tradition of supporting the less fortunate in the community.

“We are confident that this will extend to people coming forward to volunteer for this project”.

Now the project is looking particularly for catering assistants and delivery drivers.

It will be an opportunity to gain experience and help an important local cause, with training provided and out-of-pocket expenses reimbursed.

Anyone interested in volunteering or want to find out more information should contact lindsey.wood@eastdurhamtrust.org.uk

The Peoples Takeaway was funded by a successful crowdfunding campaign supported by the Comic Relief Core Strength Programme. This campaign received a generous donation from County Durham Housing Group, as well as thousands of pounds in private donations.

For further information on the People’s Takeaway, visit the East Durham Trusts website on www.eastdurhamtrust.org.uk