The SAINT (Social Action in North Tyneside) project supports people facing barriers to volunteering, such as mental health problems or other long-term conditions, to come together and create social action projects for the benefit of the wider community.
Projects can be around any shared interest or community concern, from arts and crafts to homelessness, environmental issues to supporting older people, and can take the form of events, campaigns, awareness raising, practical support, creative projects and everything in between. We can support you to meet people who may have similar interests or experiences and help you to set up and carry out a social action project for the benefit of the wider North Tyneside community. See below for examples of current SAINT projects and the different ways you can get involved!
Find out about current projects you can get involved with, and read about some of SAINT’s past activities here:
DB Cuppa T offers a friendly and supporting environment for anyone who has, or is currently undertaking DBT (Dialectic Behaviour Therapy) in North Tyneside. Created in collaboration with North Tyneside's Community Mental Health team, the project is a chance for individuals who wish to refresh their learning and develop coping strategies for managing their mental health. This takes place every Friday between 3pm and 5pm at The Linskill Centre in North Shields.$0.00 donated
An exciting project in collaboration with The Bay Foodbank, the Backpack Buddies scheme aims to help end food insecurity by supplying a bag of snacks to a child in need for the weekend. There are lots of ways to support this project: by donating non-perishable food (see leaflet), collecting donations and taking part in weekly packing parties. See our News section for more information.$0.00 donated
"I’m not able to work at the minute due to my health issues, so the Job Centre referred me to VODA to help me find some volunteering. I really enjoy hands on practical tasks such as DIY and gardening so when I found out that the SAINT project had a plot at Whitley Bay Community Allotment, I decided to give it a go. I love it down at the allotment, I get to meet new people and I used to do this kind of work so it’s great to get back into it. It’s made such a difference to me, in myself. Not just how I feel, but also my health. " Read Jason's full story here... http://voda.org.uk/made-difference-saint-volunteer-jason-blogs-voda/$0.00 donated
As a volunteer
If you are facing barriers to volunteering, such as mental health or another long-term condition, and you want to get more involved in your community, the SAINT project could be for you. Contact us for more information.
As a volunteer facilitator
If you would like to support SAINT volunteers to plan and deliver their social action projects or deliver a training session or workshop as part of the project, we’d love to hear from you.