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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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Survey on volunteering in North Tyneside

As part of the development of a North Tyneside volunteering strategy, North Tyneside Council has developed a short survey to find out how many people in the borough are currently engaged in voluntary activity.

Download a questionnaire here and please return completed copies to:

Felicity Shoesmith
Community and Voluntary Sector Liaison Manager
North Tyneside Council
Quadrant, The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
North Tyneside
NE27 0BY

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Opportunity to develop innovative STEM volunteering roles

VODA is looking to work with a number of voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations in the borough of North Tyneside which support unemployed people aged 18+ who are facing a health barrier to work.

As part of our STEM Innovation Project, we are co-delivering an exciting volunteering programme with North Tyneside Council, which aims to raise awareness of and support people to experience STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Part of the wider Moving on Tyne & Wear programme, the STEM Innovation Project provides unemployed people aged 18+ who have experienced a health issue with a wide range of supportive opportunities which will all contribute towards participants entering STEM careers. Read more about the programme on the MOTW website.

Our aim is to bring together voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations and STEM businesses to co-create STEM volunteering programmes, which will be beneficial to both the volunteers and the businesses involved. We also hope that this will enable VCS organisations and STEM businesses to continue working in partnership, developing new ideas and initiatives together.

Read more about the project and benefits of getting involved here.

This is a fantastic opportunity for VCS organisations who support people facing health barriers to employment to get involved in an innovative project. We are really keen to hear from you if you are interested in becoming a VCS partner – for more information contact our STEM Innovation Project Coordinator, Neil Burke on 0191 643 2628.

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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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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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