Moving on Tyne & Wear (MOTW) is a region-wide employability programme, which was developed to tackle health barriers to employment in the local area. As part of the programme, VODA is working in partnership with MOTW and North Tyneside Council to provide volunteering opportunities for people aged 18 who are experiencing health barriers which prevent them from getting involved in other training, education or employment.

VODA’s role in the Moving On Tyne & Wear programme is to support participants to access volunteering opportunities in North Tyneside which contribute to their overall aim of moving closer to employability. We can also provide support to voluntary and community sector organisations to develop volunteering opportunities that have an employability focus. Please get in touch with our MOTW team for more information.

Individuals can self-refer to MOTW here or by calling 0191 217 3206. Organisations can also refer anyone they are working with who fits the criteria to MOTW.

Creating new volunteering programmes and opportunities

As well as supporting Moving On Tyne & Wear participants to access meaningful volunteering opportunities both within the local community and at North Tyneside Council, we are also working with voluntary and community sector organisations in North Tyneside to create and develop volunteering programmes which support participants’ long-term goals.

Working with local employers

VODA also works with private sector businesses and employers to create opportunities for Moving On Tyne & Wear participants to engage in volunteering and taster sessions that may help them to overcome health barriers and move closer to training, education or employment.

There are several ways to get involved in this project:

As a participant

If you are aged 18 or over, are unemployed and are facing a health barrier to moving on, you may be eligible to access the Moving On Tyne & Wear programme. Contact us for more information or refer yourself online here.

As a business partner

We would love to hear from local businesses who are keen to engage in the wider MOTW programme by offering volunteering opportunities, work placements or workshops for participants. Contact us for more information.

As a VCS partner

If your group or organisation involves volunteers in its work, and you are interested in developing new roles or programmes for MOTW participants for mutual benefit, please get in touch for more information.

Read more about the wider Moving On Tyne & Wear programme and a selection of real stories from participants on the MOTW website.