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Volunteers wanted to help people with their Universal Credit applications

Volunteers from VODA’s SAINT (Social Action in North Tyneside) project are supporting local people with their Universal Credit applications now that the new benefit is being rolled out in North Tyneside.

Universal Credit is a working age benefit. This means it is payable from 18 years up to Pension Credit qualifying age. It can also be paid to 16 and 17-year olds in limited circumstances. To date, Universal Credit has only been available to single claimants but from 2 May 2018 it has become available in North Tyneside to couples and families making a new claim for certain benefits.

Due to this being a new benefit system, and the fact that all applications need to be made online, a number of individuals are facing difficulty completing their applications. SAINT volunteers have been supporting those who access The Citizens Advice Bureau in North Shields for Universal Credit advice to make their online applications.

We are currently looking for more volunteers to get involved and help people overcome the barriers to claiming Universal Credit. The volunteers currently meet on Thursdays between 10am and 1pm – training is provided but please note, a good level of IT skills is essential to this role.

Download the full volunteer role description for more information or contact Josie Robinson at VODA for further details.

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Volunteering opportunities with Wag & Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wag & Company is a registered charity enabling volunteers with their own dog to build meaningful new friendships with older dog lovers across the North East of England in their own homes or in care or medical establishments.

You will only need a couple of hours most weeks to make a big difference to someone’s life.

Wag & Company is building a movement of North East dog lovers working together to help older people in the community. They want everyone who misses the friendship of a dog to quickly benefit from a visiting dog team – their volunteers share their friendship and their dogs.

To apply for this opportunity, you will need to complete an online application form, provide references, attend an induction programme and complete a DBS check and dog assessment.

Applications are online only, via the Wag & Company website

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Volunteering with Healthwatch North Tyneside

 

 

Healthwatch North Tyneside has recently appointed Amanda Graydon as its new Volunteer and Engagement Coordinator and is currently looking for people to join its volunteer team. Healthwatch is the independent champion for people using local health and social care services in North Tyneside and they have a number of volunteering opportunities available.

Amanda and a number of existing Healthwatch volunteers will be attending VODA’s Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Saturday 22 September from 10am to 3pm at YMCA, North Shields.

If you can’t come to the recruitment fair and are interested in volunteering with Healthwatch, contact Amanda on 0191 263 5321 or email a.graydon@healthwatchnorthtyneside.co.uk 

Healthwatch Volunteer Recruitment

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Volunteering opportunity: Could you make a real and positive difference to a child’s life?

Could you make a difference and befriend a child or young person living in care?

Do you have 6-8 hours a month to spare on an evening or weekend when you could spend time with a young person?

North Tyneside Council’s Participation, Advocacy and Engagement Team are currently looking for volunteers to be Independent Visitors for children in care in North Tyneside.  The scheme involves being matched with a young person who is currently in the care system, including children placed in North Tyneside and in neighbouring authorities. The scheme is designed so you meet the young person on a regular basis to do activities you both enjoy and hopefully build up a positive relationship. This can be anything from supporting the young person to join a sports team, seeing films at the cinema, cycling, bowling or dog walking.

Download an Independent Visitor Application Form for more information and to apply for this role or email advocacy@northtyneside.gov.uk for more information.

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Volunteering opportunity with NEFirst Credit Union

 

 

 

 

NEFirst Credit Union is a not-for-profit credit union that offers flexible loans, savings and other financial services to its members.

NEFirst runs a number of Local Service Points which allow people to access its services in the area where they live.  The North Tyneside branch of NEFirst have volunteering opportunities that would appeal to anyone who wants to give a small amount of time, likes working with people and is comfortable handling (small amounts of) money and keeping records.

Collection Volunteers would be based in community centres and libraries, and would only need to commit to a couple of hours per week.

Read more here or email the North Shields NEFirst Office on north.shields@nefirstcu.co.uk

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