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Sector Connector: Current requests for help




The following is a summary of current opportunities for local businesses to get involved with in the community:

The Red Box Project North Tyneside is a community scheme aimed at reducing period poverty in our area. VODA Volunteers campaign and collect donations of sanitary items, knickers and tights and donate Red boxes to local schools, youth groups and community organisations to quietly ensure that no woman goes without on her period.

The Red Box North Tyneside relies on the kindness of the local community to stock Red boxes in North Tyneside.   As a Sector Connector business you can support the project by:

  • Hosting a public collection point, where local people can donate items to Red Box
  • Donating in kind sanitary items at your place of work. Put a collection box in your office space and ask people to donate sanitary towels, tampons, knickers and black tights
  • The only expense in delivering Red Box is purchasing Red Plastic Boxes to stock with sanitary items. If your organisation is able to donate a few  red plastic boxes to the cause it makes all the difference to the work we do.

If you are able to help, please contact Jo Woolley at jo.woolley@voda.org.uk

The Little Free Library, a SAINT social action project, works with local volunteers who face barriers in their daily lives to design and build Little Free Libraries that will offer access to free children’s books in a public place. VODA is looking for donations of children’s books to fill their Little Free Library which will be installed at Meadow Well Connected in North Shields and at the Rising Sun Country Park for members of the community to access. If you’re able to help, please contact Josie Robinson at josie.robinson@voda.org.uk

Age UK Drivers – Age UK North Tyneside is looking to create a pool of volunteers who can provide door-to-door transport for people who have difficulty accessing other forms of public transport and who need to get to healthcare and hospital appointments. Volunteers should be able to provide up to a half day’s volunteering every now and then. Volunteer Drivers need a clean driving licence, MOT, Insurance & Tax.  Appropriate training will be provided and a DBS check is required. If you have staff who may be interested in joining the pool of volunteers, please contact Sector Connector at ian.dodds@voda.org.uk

Support for people with health conditions that are looking for work – VODA is helping to deliver the Moving on Tyne & Wear (MOTW) programme, which aims to help people aged 18+ who are unemployed due to physical and mental health issues to get closer to work.  As part of this work, we are interested in hearing from Sector Connector businesses who may be able to support MOTW participants by providing work placements, volunteer opportunities, taster days, mock interviews, help with CV writing, customer services training, talks about your business etc. If you are able to help, please contact Sector Connector at ian.dodds@voda.org.uk

LD:NorthEast supports people across North Tyneside who have a learning disability to live their life to the full and feel part of their local community.  In June 2019 they are issuing the Hadrian’s Wall Challenge to walk the 84 mile trail over four days, either as an individual or as a team and in relays – maybe ½ day each. Read more here.

LD:NorthEast is also looking for teams of volunteers do a charity bag pack on Saturday 24 November at Sainsbury’s in Heaton.  If you’re interested, please contact Lisa Wild.

Rookie Sports delivers physical activity programmes that are accessible to all, and is holding a special Christmas social afternoon on 5 December at the PTE club in Byker. The event is aimed mainly at older people in the community.  Money raised from the event will be used to pay for a visit to the pantomime for a group of adults with learning disabilities. The charity is looking for teams of volunteers that can help on the afternoon with running the raffle, helping with bingo (checking winning tickets), etc. Donations of prizes would also be greatly appreciated.  Read more here or more information email June Shone.

Whitley Bay Community Allotments and Gardens is setting up a Community Orchard and is looking for businesses that might like to fundraise a small amount to buy a heritage apple tree that can be donated to the Orchard.  Each tree costs £60, and each tree will carry a plaque with the name of the business donor.  For more information email allotnews@blueyonder.co.uk.

Creative Minds is a not for profit organisation that supports people living with brain injury, neurological conditions, developmental disability and mental health issues to remove some of the barriers to accessing activities.  They are holding a Christmas Fair in December 2018 to raise funds to develop a portable autistic-friendly safe space for community events, and in the run up to the Fair are looking for teams of volunteers to carry out a bag pack at Morrisons, Preston North Road Tynemouth on Monday 3 December 2018.  For more information contact Rebecca Southern at VODA.

Balliol Youth and Community Centre in Longbenton is holding a Christmas Lunch for socially isolated residents on Thursday 13 December  (12.30pm to 2.30pm).  They are looking for teams of volunteers who can give a few hours to help set up the room, serve the meals and provide entertainment.  For more information email alexholding@gmail.com.