Sometimes people need a bit of extra support to volunteer and to overcome barriers such as a lack of confidence and motivation, difficulty communicating, problems completing application forms or anxiety about travelling to unfamiliar venues and meeting new people.

Our Supported Volunteering service helps people who have a mental health or other long-term condition to access and sustain volunteering and to enjoy the benefits of volunteering activity, such as:

  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Increased self-confidence, self- esteem and sense of worth
  • Routine and structure
  • Increased social interaction
  • Improved skills, experience and CV

By offering one-to-one support and volunteer training, we can help people to volunteer with other organisations and to get involved with VODA’s own volunteering projects, including:


“Thank you so much I never thought I’d be working again and this is such a boost to me”

“I am enjoying my placement and hope my volunteering will lead to paid employment”

Good Neighbours

Helping residents of North Tyneside with small, odd jobs on a casual basis

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Social Action in North Tyneside (SAINT)

Supports people facing barriers such as mental health issues to volunteer

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STEM Innovation Project

Volunteering opportunities in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields

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Contact us to find out more.