STEM Innovation Project

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The STEM Innovation project is part of the wider Moving on Tyne & Wear programme, which was developed to tackle health barriers to employment in the area.


The project will focus on providing volunteering opportunities for people aged 19 and over who are interested in working towards a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. It has a focus on people who have health barriers which prevent them from getting involved in training, education and volunteering opportunities available.

VODA will work alongside partners TyneMet College and North Tyneside Council to deliver the project, and we are delighted to welcome Claire Howard to the VODA team, who came into post as Volunteering Co-ordinator for the project at the beginning of March. Claire will be responsible for building connections with North Tyneside residents, referral agencies and potential placements providers.

Get Involved

A range of taster opportunities will be developed as well as training and ‘buddy support’ to help people access opportunities and build confidence. We’d love to hear from any North Tyneside organisations that offer opportunities in STEM fields or who would like to get involved. Contact Claire Howard for more information. 

'Buddy' Volunteering Opportunities

Are you aged 18 or over? Would you like to support people with health issues to breakdown barriers and become more involved in their community? Buddies will offer one-to-one support to individuals interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics volunteering, and also offered the opportunity to support STEM Project events and projects. Read the Role Description here or contact Claire Howard for more information.



ST-Mary's-LighthouseWe recently held a Rock Shore Survey taster session at St Mary's Lighthouse, giving volunteers the chance to learn about marine life and how to monitor and record it. Read more here...

(Photo credit: Elizabeth Dutschak)

Look out for further events coming soon.

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