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COVID-19 Volunteering

Good Neighbours COVID-19 Volunteer Buddy Scheme

Volunteer Support

To support new and existing Good Neighbours during the COVID-19 outbreak, we have a developed a series of guidance documents and videos, which we are asking all volunteers to access.

COVID-19 Volunteering Opportunities

Find out about the other volunteering opportunities available in our volunteering update.

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak we scaled up our Good Neighbours volunteering project to help address the needs of our local communities across North Tyneside.

We received an amazing response and had over 300 volunteers sign up to help 1943 residents with shopping, prescription collections and food parcel deliveries.

We are still recruiting volunteers in a number of roles to help us to continue our support to North Tyneside’s most vulnerable residents.

As part of North Tyneside’s COVID-19 recovery, VODA has created a new Good Neighbours volunteer buddy scheme to help the support to beneficiaries take their first steps back out into the world. Each role has been created to support people with specific elements of their emergence from isolation.

Good Neighbours Garden Gate Buddy
Good Neighbours Shopping Buddy
Good Neighbours Walking Buddy


Good Neighbours Shopping and Prescription support

Due to a number of our Good Neighbours returning to work, we have been able to reopen the recruitment process for both Tier 1 and Tier 3 Good Neighbours roles.

COVID19 Good Neighbours Response Tier 1 Volunteer
COVID-19 Good Neighbours Response – Tier 3 Shopping Volunteers



All volunteers will be able to access the following support from VODA:

  • Telephone and email support at all times during your volunteering
  • Reimbursement of any travel expenses incurred whilst volunteering
  • Access to guidance on Safeguarding and Lone Working
  • All volunteers will be covered by VODA’s policies and procedures.
  • A certificate of thanks when the dust settles!

COVID-19 Good Neighbours Case Studies

How a small idea made a big difference to North Tyneside residents

How do you safely get cash from vulnerable residents to…

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Kitty and the Virus

We love to hear the real life stories behind the…

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Leigh Culyer: Good Neighbours Volunteer

After seeing a number of posts on social media about…

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Pat: Good Neighbours Volunteer

Pat from Whitley Bay was in Spain with her husband…

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Anne: Good Neighbours Beneficiary

When the realities of the coronavirus started to hit home…

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