Meet Some of Our Volunteers
Former missioner, Volunteer Visitor & Driver
I joined DTM as Missioner in 2011 after retiring from the civil service, I had no previous involvement with DTM and had limited knowledge of what they did other that what I had learnt through my church.
I haven’t looked back since joining DTM, I found the Missioner’s job very fulfilling and rewarding, and with the help of the volunteers was able to make a difference to the lives of many elderly people in Darlington.
Due to family commitments, I retired as Missioner in 2018 but didn’t hesitate to continue as a volunteer as DTM do such good and worthwhile work in the Borough of Darlington.
I am a post-graduate geography student at Durham University which I combine with my volunteer work for the Darlington Town Mission. I have grown up in Darlington and have always taken up opportunities to help others of all ages. This includes coaching girls’ football teams, contributing to a community project in New Zealand and running the Great North Run for charity.
I witnessed my grandad (Derrick Hewitson) and auntie (Sue Allison) in their roles as Town Missioners. I realised how much can be gained from giving your time to those in need of company or support. I decided that the time was right for me to play a role, however small, in helping that continue. I have since witnessed first-hand the happiness brought to those I have met, who, for whatever reason, find themselves isolated and lonely.
Volunteer Visitor & Driver
I moved to Darlington in 2015 and happened to be at Holy Trinity Church when one of the ministers gave out some publicity for the Town Mission. I signed up as a volunteer. This role gives me much pleasure. For several years I regularly visited an elderly man at home and we both enjoyed our chats. Now I help with driving our elderly Friends on their monthly outings.