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Ending Loneliness in North Tyneside – Things to do in North Shields

As part of our Ending Loneliness in North Tyneside partnership – a four year collaboration between VODA, Age UK, Citizens Advice and The Carer’s Centre – we have created a new leaflet using the North Tyneside SIGN Directory highlighting the range of activities available in North Shields.

The leaflet, based on the five ways to wellbeing, gathers a range of local organisations into one place and aimed at individuals, professionals and groups. Copies are available in local GP surgeries, cafes, community centres and churches, or you can download a copy here.

This leaflet is the second in the series so far, following on from Things to do in Wallsend and Howdon. We hope that this leaflet will give a snapshot of activities available in the different wards; from social groups, craft sessions, peer support, sports sessions, advice and information.

Please share any feedback in relation to the leaflets with josie.robinson@voda.org.uk.

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Working together to End Loneliness in North Tyneside

Loneliness is an issue that is growing in awareness in our society. The Government recently launched a new website – Let’s Talk Loneliness – to bring together organisations, resources and inspirational stories to get more people talking about loneliness. One of their first case studies featured Minn Marshall, a beneficiary of North Tyneside VODA’s Good Neighbours project, which looks to team up volunteers to provide support to isolated residents in North Tyneside with small tasks and errands typically associated with a good neighbour.  

Minnan 89 year old resident of North Tynesidewas put in touch with the project by her warden when she started struggling with her shopping. Minn now attends Good Neighbour’s weekly shopping trip, supported by one of our volunteers. Minn said: “I really look forward to Tuesdays now and don’t know where I’d be without the Good Neighbours. 

VODA has managed the Good Neighbours project in North Tyneside for a number of years, including a weekly supported shopping trip to Tesco in North Shields and volunteers who use their skills to help out beneficiaries with odd jobs that they can no longer manage themselves. We recently secured funding to expand this project to the west of the borough and have appointed a new project coordinator to recruit new volunteers and beneficiaries to support this growth. Part of this expansion is a new weekly shopping trip to Morrisons Killingworth every Thursday at 1pm. If you would like to find out more, or to get involved, please contact jen.hewitt@voda.org.uk

This winter, as part of the North Tyneside Winter Support Network, VODA facilitated the distribution of keep warm packs and emergency food packs to residents who need extra support during the winter months. The keep warm packs included a fleece blanket, hot water bottle, thermometer, thermo mug, thermal socks, hats, gloves and snood. Alongside this, volunteers have made almost 200 draught excluders so far, which have been distributed to the Bay Foodbank and Walking With in North Tyneside.   


In 2019, 
VODA secured funding for a new partnership – Ending Loneliness in North Tyneside  to bring together like minded organisations to work in collaboration to tackle social isolation and loneliness in the borough Over the next four years VODA, Age UK, Citizens Advice and North Tyneside Carer’s Centre will be increasing our capacity to deliver services that improve people’s wellbeing and increase their connections within the community. Whether it’s volunteering, attending groups or engaging in social activity, each organisation in the partnership can provide a wide range of activities for all ages to reduce feelings of loneliness.  The partnership launched in Killingworth on Thursday 6 February as part of ‘Time to Talk Day’ 2020. 

VODA’s Ending Loneliness Project coordinator has also been working to identify new ways of working when tackling social isolation and loneliness. North Tyneside has a wealth of activity and community groups available to residents, but information can prove difficult to find. That’s why the partnership keen to increase awareness and public engagement with the SIGN Directory.  

The SIGN Directory is an online directory of over 200 providers of community services and events for the residents of North Tyneside. Based on the information available on the SIGN, Directory, VODA has produced the first in a series of ward-focused information booklets which list activities based on health, socialising, volunteering, learning and mental wellbeing. ’Things to do in Wallsend and Howden’ is available via GP surgeries, community venues, local libraries and the VODA website, with leaflets for other wards currently in development. 

Happy to Chat is another initiative that launched this winter. VODA is working in collaboration with members of the SIGN Network and Whitley Bay Big Local to develop Happy to Chat schemes across North Tyneside to help reduce loneliness and social isolation. The aim is to recruit volunteers who are willing to Chat Happily with other residents who would like company or conversation. The aim is to encourage people to show kindness to one another, take time to listen to others and make connections in the local community.

Volunteers will wear Happy to Chat badges so that people know they can approach them to chat. The scheme will then hopefully be extended to include cafes that are willing to host a Happy to Chat table on a regular basis, with volunteers available to sit and chat with people who would like to chat. Launch events were held at the end of January at the Beacon Centre in North Shields and Whitley Bay Big Local, with fortnightly events (Tuesdays 10am to 12pm) held at the Beacon Centre and regular events at Whitley Bay Big Local

To find out more email admin@voda.org.uk or call 0191 643 2626.  

You can search for activities and events on the SIGN Directory here

 

 

 

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Happy to Chat in North Tyneside

We were delighted with the success of the Happy to Chat launch in North Shields at the end of January. We had a range of different people and organisations get together to share a chat and a cuppa. Whitley Bay Big Local also held a similar event to launch the scheme in Whitley Bay.

There will now be fortnightly events on a Tuesday 10am to 12pm at the Beacon Centre, starting 11 February (excluding 3 March) and Whitley Bay Big Local will be running regular events, keep an eye out on their social media pages. The aim is to expand this scheme out to local cafes and other organisations in the hope to get the people of North Tyneside starting new conversations over a cuppa.

If you would like to know more, please contact Josie Robinson

Thank you to North Tyneside Council for coming along and producing this video.

 

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New Year Volunteer Recruitment Fair

If you want to do something special this New Year, why not help your local community by volunteering?
 
In order to let people know about the wide range of volunteering opportunities available in North Tyneside, we are holding a New Year Volunteer Recruitment Fair on Saturday 25 January 2019, from 10am to 3pm at The Beacon Centre in North Shields.
 
There will be stalls and information from a range of voluntary and community organisations who all involve volunteers in their work, as well as members of VODA’s friendly staff team on hand to answer any queries you have and tell you about our own volunteering projects.
 
There is no need to book – simply call in to the Beacon Centre between 10am and 3pm!
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North Tyneside LIFE: New Recovery College is here!

A new volunteer-led service has launched in North Tyneside, offering a programme of free courses and workshops aimed at the self-management of mental health and wellbeing.

Created in consultation with over 80 individuals, mental health professionals, charities and voluntary organisations, NT LIFE is the new Recovery College for North Tyneside and is launching from its new base at The Hub in the Linskill Centre, North Shields this September.

Recovery Colleges offer educational courses about mental health and recovery, which are designed to increase students’ knowledge and skills and to help them feel more confident in the self-management of their own health and wellbeing. Delivered in a safe and friendly community setting, courses and workshops are co-produced and designed by individuals who have lived experience of challenges with their own mental health, and who want to pass on their LIFE learning, skills and knowledge to help others.

Ali Donkin, North Tyneside Recovery College Coordinator said: “We are extremely proud and excited to launch NT LIFE, which stands for Learning Experiences From Everyone. We have been busy since June of this year developing a programme which meets the needs of local residents and supplements existing mental health and wellbeing support available. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended our drop-in sessions and who contributed their stories, input, opinions and feedback on how the College should be shaped. Everything from the name to the logo, course content, timings and prospectus have been co-produced by the students, volunteers and professionals who we will be working with to make NT LIFE a success.”

A series of workshops and courses are now available between September and December 2019 with a range of one-off events, weekly sessions and longer-term courses on topics including mindfulness, positive thinking, resilience, confidence building, creative writing, walking football and netball, and lots more. There are also a wide range of volunteering opportunities available as part of the College with roles in administration, enrolment, course delivery and co-facilitation. Ali goes on to say: “NT LIFE relies on the support of volunteers to deliver courses and provide continued support to its day-to-day running. We absolutely champion the ‘expert by experience’ approach and believe that those people with lived experience of mental health recovery and wellbeing can be best-placed to support those who are struggling or need some support. We’d love to hear from anyone – potential students, volunteers or professionals who want to know more and get involved in NT LIFE!”

Funded by North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and hosted by North Tyneside VODA, the Recovery College courses are free and available to North Tyneside residents aged 18 and over.

For more information, including how to enrol, course details and volunteering opportunities, visit the NT LIFE section of our website or contact us for more information.

  

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Information for GP Surgery Screens

VODA has been working with North Tyneside CCG to make it easier for VCS organisations to promote their services to patients.
Screens are now widely used to call a patient’s name so it’s a great way for people to find out about support they can get and activities they can go along to in their local community.

What can I send?
They will publish information which relates to improving an individual’s health and wellbeing. This can include opportunities around fitness, decreasing social isolation, encouraging someone to become more involved in their community, opportunities to
learn new things and support, advice & information services.

How do they want it to look?
More visual information is preferred with less written content so that it is eye catching to the patient and easily readable – it won’t be on the screen for long so something that will grab someone’s attention with key information available. Please be mindful of any copyrighted imagery.

What format should it be in?

  • All information would need to be in landscape to allow it to display correctly on the screen.
  • Formats that can be accepted are: jpg, png, PDF, mpeg, mp4 & mov.
  • They cannot publish Microsoft Word or Excel.
  • Font size should be between 12-14 and plain font should be used such as Arial or
    Calibri.

Can I send information to specific practices?

Yes. If you only work in a small area please let them know and they can target certain practices.

Who do I contact?

If you are a small group and need support to design information for the screens please contact: victoria.logan-coulsey@voda.org.uk

The main contact for sending information for GP surgery screens is: marc.rice@nhs.net

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New Pavillion and Queens Award for Collingwood Bowling Club

It was a double celebration for the North Shields bowling club this month – not only did their new and improved pavilion get its grand unveiling, but the club was also awarded the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the highest honour given to community groups in the UK.

The members of Collingwood Bowling Club have transformed their site at Heaton Terrace over recent years, since taking over the lease of the park from North Tyneside Council. They have also expanded the club’s reach in to the community, involving women players and those of all ages and backgrounds, and is now a thriving club with first class facilities.

Earlier this year, members of the club were nominated for the Queen’s Award by North Tyneside Council, North Tyneside Business Forum and VODA and were surprised and delighted to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in May, along with other recipients of this year’s Award.

Club Treasurer Keith Armstrong said: “The transformation of our Club over the past five years has been just amazing. Our aim has always been to improve our facilities and reach out to the local community to encourage new members to enjoy bowling both socially and competitively. With the new extension to our pavilion and receiving a Queens Award, everyone should be very proud of our achievements. Our new facilities will enable our club to grow and prosper in the future. Thank you for all the vital support provided by our local sponsors, North Tyneside Council, VODA and all of our financial contributors in helping us to reach our goal.”

You can read about Collingwood Bowling Club’s journey in this specially-produced brochure here.

For more information about Collingwood Bowling Club visit their website.

 

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Helix Arts call for volunteers

Helix Arts is keen to connect with 15 enthusiastic volunteers in North Shields who would like to enjoy a taste of arts and cultural volunteering on their doorstep. Whatever your experience to date working with the community and voluntary sector, they are certain you’ll enjoy some fresh and new volunteering in arts settings – and your health and well being will get a boost too. This arts volunteering taster programme is supported by the Lloyds Bank Foundation. If you’d like to know more contact Helix Arts Associate Colette Harrison, or call 0191 241 4931.

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New volunteering roles at the British Heart Foundation North Shields

 

 

 

 

 

 

The North Shields branch of the British Heart Foundation is currently recruiting volunteers to two roles:

Customer Services

Do you like to chat? Are you friendly and welcoming? The British Heart Foundation is looking for someone to join its friendly volunteer team at British Heart Foundation North Shields. No experience is necessary as full training and support is provided. The role is based in our busy central shop and includes:

  • Operating the till
  • Greeting customers
  • Chatting to customers providing guidance if needed
  • Promoting volunteering and BHF events to customers in the shop

This is a perfect opportunity for anyone wanting to gain retail experience, meet new people or just do something great with their spare time.

Stock Room Star

Do you love fashion? The British Heart Foundation is looking for someone to help behind the scenes in its busy stockroom. They receive donations on a daily basis of clothes and shoes which need to be sorted and prepared before they can be displayed on the shop floor. This is an interesting and crucial role in the shop and involves:

  • Preparing clothes for shop floor
  • Steaming clothes
  • Tagging clothes
  • Rotating stock on shop floor

This volunteer role would be perfect for someone who wants to gain retail experience, meet new people, learn new skills or who just wants to do something great with their spare time.

For more information about either of these roles contact Susan Dinning on 0191 259 6089 or email N18@bhf.org.uk

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Get clued up on cancer

North Tyneside Council’s public health team is working with the voluntary and community sector to help spread the word about cancer. 

A brand new service, focused on the North Shields and Wallsend areas, will see the team reaching the community via local groups and organisations.

The team want to support people in those areas to reduce their risk of getting cancer, recognise the symptoms early and know when to see a doctor.

It is aiming to raise awareness of cancer screening programmes and provide information and support to those looking to improve their health – including by stopping smoking, reducing their alcohol intake or reducing their weight.  The service is free and can provide:

 

  • Workshops to train your staff and volunteers
  • One-to-one advice on healthier lifestyles
  • A Stop Smoking Service
  • Leaflets and display materials for venues
  • Staffed information stalls at events

See the leaflet above or contact the public health team to find out more on:

Telephone: 07792 255029 or 07813 811490

Email: clueduponcancer@northtyneside.gov.uk

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