The Good Neighbours project recruits, trains and supports volunteers to carry out a variety of practical tasks commonly associated with those carried out by a ‘good neighbour’. In light of the COVID-19 outbreak we have scaled up our Good Neighbours project to help meet increased need in the community. 


In response to the government’s announcement to pause shielding, a new Good Neighbours Volunteer Buddy role has been developed to support local residents in regaining their confidence and independence post lockdown. The garden gate volunteer role aims to help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. Following months of having to shield due to health reasons, many local residents are understandably feeling disconnected with their community.

Good Neighbour Garden Gate volunteers will offer a much needed chat with a local resident who is feeling socially isolated. Through visiting the beneficiary outside of their home (at the garden gate, or metaphorical gate) at a safe 2 metre distance; we hope that Garden Gate volunteers can help to build confidence, improve mental wellbeing and enjoy a chat with a regular friendly face. We hope that the Garden Gate volunteers will develop a rapport with a resident, which may then lead to encouraging them out of the house for short walks (if they are able too) or provide information on other local activities happening in their area.

We’ll match you with someone that we hope you’ll get on with and that lives local to you to reduce travel time. 

About North Tyneside VODA

North Tyneside VODA supports volunteers and voluntary and community sector organisations across the borough of North Tyneside. We provide support, advice on training on a range of topics including starting and setting up a group, governance issues, charity law, funding, finance, involving volunteers and more.

What skills do I need?


Empower beneficiaries

Have patience and take it at the person’s own pace

Be Flexible and understand that a person’s plan may need to adjust Listen to beneficiaries’ concerns and help to provide reassurance through addressing these concerns in an empathetic manner

Build confidence and support independence as end goal

Refer to VODA for signposting if someone needs support in other areas

To help us route your application appropriately, it would be helpful if you could answer the following questions in your application:

Do you have a current DBS check? (please note, a DBS is not essential for this role, but may be of benefit for other relevant roles)

Do you have access to a car? (please note, a car is not essential)

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  • Disability
  • Health and Social Care
  • Mental Health
  • Older People


  • General Helping
  • Outdoors
  • Supporting Charities
  • Supporting People and Befriending


  • Accessibility
  • Child Protection Policy (where relevant)
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
  • Vulnerable Adults Policy (where relevant)
  • Written role description

When can I volunteer?

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Morning No No No No No No No
Afternoon No No No No No No No
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Flexible a time to suit both the beneficiary and yourself will be arranged.