Volunteers from across South Tyneside have been recognised for the vital contribution they make to their communities.
Almost one hundred volunteers attended a celebration event at the Customs House which was arranged by the South Tyneside Volunteers Co-ordinators Group which is supported by Inspire South Tyneside.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Ken Stephenson, said: "It is important to celebrate the good work, commitment and dedication of all our volunteers in the Borough.
"They do an amazing job and we thought it only right and proper to highlight their sterling work during National Volunteer Week."
As part of the development of the South Tyneside Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Strategy, a single overarching organisation called Inspire South Tyneside has been formed. This provides support for groups wanting to set up a new group or charity and disseminates information, advice and guidance around governance, funding and volunteering. It also represents on behalf of the sector at a number of strategic meetings.
Councillor Fay Cunningham, Lead Member for the Voluntary Sector, Partnerships and Co-operatives, said: "Our volunteers are the unsung heroes of our communities who do incredibly important work making life better for so many of our residents.
"With the continued squeeze on local authority finances, we recognise that we are increasingly reliant on our volunteers to provide the services we know our residents value."
The event in South Tyneside was one of hundreds held across the UK to thank volunteers during National Volunteer Week.