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 role also aims to help connect residents to local services to help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. Following months of having to shield due to health reasons, many local residents are understandably worried about their first experience back into the community.

Many beneficiaries of Good Neighbours, are understandably worried about their first experience back into the community so we're keen to work with volunteers to encourage ‘neighbourly’ activities in local communities; Good Neighbour Walking Buddies will be there to enable residents to get outside again, explore the local area and regain their confidence with walking. 

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?

VODA and the Good Neighbours project are seeking to recruit volunteers with the suitable skills and compassion needed to help build confidence and independence.


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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Quick Enquiry


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


  • General Helping
  • Outdoors
  • Practical Skills
  • Supporting People and Befriending


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

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 04/08/2020

End Date: 04/08/2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Afternoon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evening No No No No No No No

Availability Details

Flexible we will arrange a suitable time for both yourself and your buddy.