Friends of North Tyneside

  • Steve Snowdon, North Shields

    “I worked in banking for over 40 years and recently took early retirement. I knew I wanted to do something but wasn’t sure I could commit to anything long-term so the Friends of North Tyneside really appealed to me being a 12 week programme. I was really keen on helping young people get into employment and using my own skills and experience to ‘give something back’ – but actually it’s much more than just helping with job searches. A lot of the young people we’ve worked with have experienced difficulties and barriers and that’s been a real eye-opener. As a team we’ve helped them to build their confidence, develop life skills and join in with tasks they might never have otherwise. I’ve built a strong relationship with one young person in particular – she struggled with public transport so now we travel in together and I support her with that and other aspects of the programme. This is definitely a rewarding scheme to be involved in – we can really see the positive difference we’re making to people’s lives."
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  • Lilian Atkins, North Shields

    “I live in sheltered accommodation and saw the Friends of North Tyneside programme advertised on a poster in the laundry room. I wasn’t sure at first but my granddaughter persuaded me to give it a go and I’m glad she did. I lost my husband three years ago and most of my family live away from the North East now so I found myself with some time on my hands. I also liked the idea of meeting new people and doing something caring – I cared for my husband so that comes naturally to me. Although I was apprehensive when I first came along, everybody here – the staff and other volunteers – are so friendly I felt comfortable in no time at all. I love crafts – I’m always knitting – so the Making Christmas Special project really appealed to me. I’m really enjoying the programme and I’ll actually be sorry when it finishes.”
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