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Student volunteers helping local children

(8 March 2019)

Thirty students are helping run a free activities programme for children with limited social opportunities.

The Children Achieving Through Student Support (CATSS) project is open to children from County Durham, aged six to 13, who have limited social opportunities and need the chance to have fun with other children.

The programme offers children opportunities to enjoy new experiences and make friends in a safe setting through both day and residential trips.

The activities are organised and run by a dedicated team of 30 student volunteers who are supported by our Volunteering and Outreach staff.

Primary Education undergraduate Julian Brandon, from Stephenson College, is co-ordinator of the 6-11 age group. He said: “I’ve been involved with CATSS for three years and it’s been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The project is filled with happiness and friendship. We’re all here to allow the children to grow in confidence and simply just be kids. It’s been a privilege to meet some very special children.”

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