Find out more about the amazing work taking place in North Tyneside during COVID-19.

Voices from Behind the Door by Alex Woolley

Local writer and director Alexandra Wolley produced this powerful spoken word piece to reflect on people’s experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Volunteers’ Week: MD Hamid – be there for your community!

Law student, NUS delegate, asylum seeker and volunteer MD Mominul Hamid believes in following his Mother’s legacy ”Be there for your community and be there for your people and something…

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Volunteers’ Week: Kevin Dickinson and his hats!

Volunteer Kevin Dickinson has become a bit of a celebrity at North Tyneside’s GP-led vaccination clinics with his collection of silly hats. From what started out of necessity on a…

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Volunteers’ Week: Power of Youth Day

The Power of Youth Day, which takes place on 2 June during Volunteers’ Week, is an annual celebration of the contributions children and young people make to society through volunteering and social action. It’s…

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Volunteers’ Week: Good Neighbour Charlie Fernandez

Charlie got involved with volunteering as he doesn’t like sitting around. He has worked all his life, starting off as a merchant navy engineer and then became a mechanical engineer.…

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Volunteers’ Week: A message of thanks from Paul Hanson, North Tyneside Council

As part of our Volunteers’ Week celebrations, Paul Hanson – Chief Executive of North Tyneside Council – shared his message of thanks to the volunteers who have supported the North…

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Volunteers’ Week: Pigeon Power!

Look up!! A flock of nearly 140 Pigeons* has swooped in to help to protect our communities in North Tyneside by helping to share trusted messages about Covid-19! Our 140…

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A thank you from our beneficiaries!

Our volunteers have been a lifeline during the Covid pandemic for many residents. We managed to capture just a few of the messages of gratitude they wanted to share with…

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Beyond Planet Corona

Volunteer Peter Mortimer kindly shared an excerpt with us of his musings on being vaccinated… Meantime, off for the second jab at The Parks, North Shields. I felt cheated when…

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Volunteers’ Week: Celebrating our NT LIFE volunteers

NT LIFE Recovery College relies on the support of volunteer facilitators to deliver its programme of sessions designed to help people manage their own mental health and wellbeing. NT LIFE…

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MOTW and the Digital Champions Outreach Programme

First published by Moving on Tyne & Wear 14 April 2021 Albert recently joined Moving On Tyne & Wear after taking early retirement from his job in the ship building…

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Coursework beats exams any day

First published on the NAVCA website When recruiting a new team member during the Covid 19 pandemic, VODA (NAVCA member from North Tyneside) attempted to redress the traditional recruitment power-balance…

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Little1Stop – supporting young parents in North Shields

Starting a new charity is never easy, but for Dawn Jobey (pictured left) her dream of creating Little1Stop to support young parents who are struggling to provide the essentials for…

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A little bit of time to make someone smile

Carolyn Milburn, Marketing & Communications lead at our partner Moving On Tyne and Wear shares with us her experiencing of volunteering with VODA… I joined MOTW in July of last…

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Second Bite Catering Academy case study: William and Franklin’s Journey

William [aged 26] and Franklin [aged 23] are Asylum Seekers from El Salvador that were housed in North Shields by the Home Office when they entered the UK in February…

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Children’s Isolation Hampers

Students from Newcastle University’s Geography school teamed up with VODA to create isolation activity packs for children in North Tyneside who have been shielding at home and unable to return…

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Age UK North Tyneside: befriending during Covid case study

Gerry Robinson 81, retired Aircraft Engineer, is an experienced Volunteer Befriender with Age UK North Tyneside. Supporting befriendees in our community since 2015, Gerry usually visits befriendees in their home…

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Community Christmas Spirit Comes to North Tyneside

In 2019 new charity, Live Well with Cancer wanted to give a token gift to cancer patients, in local hospitals, to let people know they were thinking of them. The…

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Moving on Tyne & Wear case study: David’s story

David is a participant on the Moving on Tyne and Wear (MOTW) programme, who is supported with interaction, confidence and searching for a volunteering opportunity.  He left school quite early…

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Linskill surpasses its Active Summer Challenge

In July as the country started to ease out of lockdown the Community Development team at the Linskill and North Tyneside Community Development Trust launched the Active Summer Challenge, to…

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