Friends of North Tyneside is an exciting opportunity for people aged 50 and over to take part in a short-term volunteering project and really make a difference in the local community. Funded by Nesta, the second wave of the programme delivered by VODA begins in January 2018.
By joining a team of fellow volunteers, you will use your skills and experience to help make the borough a better place for children, young people, older and isolated residents. You’ll also meet lots of new people, take on new challenges and have plenty of fun along the way!
Hear from Friends of North Tyneside volunteer Lilian on why you should get involved:
Who are we looking for?
Anybody aged 50 and over who wants to volunteer to make a positive difference in North Tyneside. No skills or experience are necessary, just the willingness to take part and work as part of a team.
We are looking for people who can volunteer for two days a week (10am to 3pm) for 12 weeks and who can meet in North Tyneside. Travelling expenses and lunch will be provided.
What will I be doing?
Taking part in fun, interactive sessions to plan and carry out a social action project for the benefit of people and communities in North Tyneside. You can join a team which will focus on one of the following themes:Taking part in fun, interactive sessions to plan and carry out a social action project for the benefit of people and communities in North Tyneside. You can join a team which will focus on one of the following themes:
- Helping children prepare for school by supporting pre-school learning activities – read more here
- Helping young people get ready for work by supporting enterprise and employability activities – read more here
- Making older residents feel safe and special by planning and running social activities – read more here
Timeline of activity
Contact us using the form on the left (quoting ‘Friends of North Tyneside’ in your message) to join the programme or for more information.
Free Taster Sessions: Wednesday 17 January
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“I worked in banking for over 40 years and recently took early retirement. I knew I wanted to do something but wasn’t sure I could commit to anything long-term so the Friends of North Tyneside really appealed to me being a 12 week programme. I was really keen on helping young people get into employment and using my own skills and experience to ‘give something back’ – but actually it’s much more than just helping with job searches. A lot of the young people we’ve worked with have experienced difficulties and barriers and that’s been a real eye-opener. As a team we’ve helped them to build their confidence, develop life skills and join in with tasks they might never have otherwise. I’ve built a strong relationship with one young person in particular – she struggled with public transport so now we travel in together and I support her with that and other aspects of the programme. This is definitely a rewarding scheme to be involved in – we can really see the positive difference we’re making to people’s lives."$0.00 donated
“I live in sheltered accommodation and saw the Friends of North Tyneside programme advertised on a poster in the laundry room. I wasn’t sure at first but my granddaughter persuaded me to give it a go and I’m glad she did. I lost my husband three years ago and most of my family live away from the North East now so I found myself with some time on my hands. I also liked the idea of meeting new people and doing something caring – I cared for my husband so that comes naturally to me. Although I was apprehensive when I first came along, everybody here – the staff and other volunteers – are so friendly I felt comfortable in no time at all. I love crafts – I’m always knitting – so the Making Christmas Special project really appealed to me. I’m really enjoying the programme and I’ll actually be sorry when it finishes.”$0.00 donated