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Volunteering opportunities and events with Active North Tyneside

The Active North Tyneside team is seeking new volunteers who could inspire their friends or family to be more active and give their health a boost.

The new volunteers will join the established Community Health Champion programme, which helps people make small changes that have a big impact on the activity levels of those they support.

Champions choose to support a friend, family member, work colleague, or even a community group to be more active 10 times over six months. This could be by going for a regular walk or bike ride, swimming, dancing, roller skating or anything else they choose. Champions get lots of support, plus freebies and a shopping voucher as a reward on completion.

The Active North Tyneside team will be out in the community in coming weeks to let people know about the opportunities on:

  • Tuesday 4 December, 6.30pm at Cedarwood Trust
  • Thursday 6 December 6.30pm at Lakeside

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The team will also be at the following venues, to let people know about the This Girl Can campaign:

  • Monday 3 December 6.30pm Hadrian Leisure Centre
  • Tuesday 4 December 9.30am Howdon Community Centre
  • Thursday 6 December 6.30pm the Parks Sport Centre

Read more here for more information about Active North Tyneside or telephone 0191 643 7171.

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Christmas Wrapping Volunteer Opportunity

For the fourth year running, the North Tyneside Council is working with community and voluntary organisations and churches to bring together people to make Christmas extra special. As part of the campaign, the Linskill Centre in North Shields is holding a volunteering Present Wrapping Day on Tuesday 18 December, 10am to 12 noon. Presents will be handed out on Christmas day at participating Make Christmas Special venues.

Contact Claire Howard on 0191 257 8000 to confirm your attendance.

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New volunteering roles at the British Heart Foundation North Shields

 

 

 

 

 

 

The North Shields branch of the British Heart Foundation is currently recruiting volunteers to two roles:

Customer Services

Do you like to chat? Are you friendly and welcoming? The British Heart Foundation is looking for someone to join its friendly volunteer team at British Heart Foundation North Shields. No experience is necessary as full training and support is provided. The role is based in our busy central shop and includes:

  • Operating the till
  • Greeting customers
  • Chatting to customers providing guidance if needed
  • Promoting volunteering and BHF events to customers in the shop

This is a perfect opportunity for anyone wanting to gain retail experience, meet new people or just do something great with their spare time.

Stock Room Star

Do you love fashion? The British Heart Foundation is looking for someone to help behind the scenes in its busy stockroom. They receive donations on a daily basis of clothes and shoes which need to be sorted and prepared before they can be displayed on the shop floor. This is an interesting and crucial role in the shop and involves:

  • Preparing clothes for shop floor
  • Steaming clothes
  • Tagging clothes
  • Rotating stock on shop floor

This volunteer role would be perfect for someone who wants to gain retail experience, meet new people, learn new skills or who just wants to do something great with their spare time.

For more information about either of these roles contact Susan Dinning on 0191 259 6089 or email N18@bhf.org.uk

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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 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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Good Neighbours volunteers visit Tynemouth Lifeboat Station

Volunteers from our Good Neighbours project recently enjoyed a visit to Tynemouth RNLI Lifeboat Station, to learn all about the local rescue service and its fascinating history.

The volunteers, who give up their time to support people in the North Tyneside community with small household jobs, basic DIY, shopping and running errands, usually meet monthly at VODA’s offices to discuss their roles, share experiences and receive training and support. But Ian Brigstock, who coordinates the Good Neighbours project, wanted to give something back to the volunteers themselves and get them out and about in the community. “Our volunteers really deserve some recognition and reward for what they do – they support some of the borough’s most vulnerable people with day-to-day tasks and that makes such a difference. Arranging this visit was just our way of saying ‘thank you.’  We’re really grateful to Tynemouth RNLI too for what was a fascinating visit and we’re looking forward to arranging similar visits over the coming months.”

Volunteer Debbie Wood said: “I really enjoyed going down to Tynemouth RNLI with a really nice group of people. We had a talk from one of the lifeboat volunteers about the work they do and the lives they safe. We also got to see the inshore and all-weather boat and try on the life jackets – there’s a picture of me wearing one!”

The Good Neighbours project is looking for more volunteers – this is a great, flexible volunteering opportunity to help people in your local community. Training and support are provided. Read more about the project here.

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