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Volunteering opportunity: Alzheimer’s Society Cheer Point Volunteers at Great North Run

The Alzheimer’s Society are looking for enthusiastic, excitable volunteers to join its Great North Run volunteer team to ensure runners receive the support they deserve along the course. By cheering them on from our cheer points you will play a vital role on the day and will be supporting the amazing work the team are doing for Alzheimer’s Society, and for all those that are affected by dementia.

This is a great opportunity to meet new people, have fun and help maximise the vital funds runners raise in the fight against dementia. It will also look great on your CV, showing that you can have real commitment to a good cause. In return for your time and energy, the Society will ensure you look the part by providing you with an Alzheimer’s Society t-shirt and cheering equipment.

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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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Job vacancy at Family Gateway: Young Persons’ Volunteer Coordinator




Family Gateway is a local North-east child poverty charity that aims to improve life chances for children by working with whole families and supporting the development of enterprising solutions to local problems.

The charity is keen to develop its youth volunteering programme aimed at encouraging young people to take part in social action and as part of the programme development are seeking to appoint a Young Persons’ Volunteer Co-ordinator. This post has been made possible through a grant from the Virgin Money Foundation #Iwill Youth Social Action fund.

In order to be successful you will be experienced and qualified in working with young people and in helping them develop their skills and knowledge. You will support them to develop a range of social action projects and facilitate the implementation, promotion and evaluation of their projects, also and importantly helping the young people to capture the new skills and knowledge gained through their work.

You will be enthusiastic, creative, flexible, patient and tenacious with a genuine passion for supporting young people in disadvantaged communities to be the best they can be and to change their communities for the better.

To apply please email admin@familygateway.co.uk for a copy of the job description and an application form.

Closing date Friday 7 September

Interviews to be held on 19 September

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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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Volunteer Recruitment Fair: 22 September 2018

Make a difference, learn new skills, try something new – volunteer!









Volunteering your time is a great way to make a difference, learn new skills, take on fresh challenges and meet new people.

There are volunteering opportunities to suit people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities – no matter how much or little time you have to give.

Find out about the range of opportunities available in North Tyneside at VODA’s Volunteer Recruitment Fair, which takes place on Saturday 22 September, 10am to 3pm at YMCA North Tyneside in North Shields. This free event is your chance to meet a variety of organisations which involve volunteers in their work, with everything from helping school children with their reading, supporting people with sight loss, befriending, conservation and much more. Organisations attending include:

  • Meadow Well Connected
  • The Linskill Centre
  • Dyslexia North East
  • Alzheimer’s Society
  • RNIB (Royal National Institution of Blind People)
  • YMCA North Tyneside
  • Friends Action North East
  • Beanstalk
  • Moving on Tyne & Wear

This is a free, drop-in event – there is no need to book. VODA staff will also be on hand to discuss any aspects of volunteering and to tell you about our own volunteering projects.

Contact us for more information about this event.

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