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Volunteering opportunities update: 18 May 2020

As we head towards the two month mark in this lockdown, we are in awe of the work carried out across North Tyneside by the army of volunteers that have signed up to help.

The response to the VODA volunteering opportunities has been overwhelming, as of the end of last week we had recruited over 250 new volunteers, carried out almost 1200 tasks and spent £10,800 on shopping.

Understandably, the range of volunteering opportunities has been massively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, with most on hold until we can return to some sort of normality. However, there are still opportunities for those of you who are able to get out and about to help with the response efforts, as well as a few things you can do from home.

If you have a volunteering opportunity that you would like us to promote, please email volunteering@voda.org.uk.

VODA volunteering opportunities

COVID-19 Good Neighbours update

Please note, there is currently a waiting list for both our Tier 1 and Tier 3 Good Neighbours roles. Find out more about these roles and sign up to the waiting list here.

Make someone’s day with a letter (home based)

VODA is running a social action project that you can take part in from home. Our SAINT team (Social Action in North Tyneside) would like to expand this to include letters to the beneficiaries to brighten their days.

All you have to do is write a nice letter (ideally one side of A4), with whatever you think you would like to receive yourself. You could share what you have been up to during lockdown, things you are thankful for, a favourite poem or song lyrics, or a little anecdote to brighten someone’s day.

Take a picture of the letter (make sure you can read it clearly on your screen) and email the picture to jo.woolley@voda.org.uk. We will then print them and add to future food parcels.

Other COVID-19 volunteering opportunities

Food Share (Newcastle-based)

FoodCycle is looking for food prep and food parcel delivery drivers in the west end of Newcastle. Find out more here.

Fareshare (Newcastle-based)

Each week FareShare North East deliver 80kg of surplus food to each of the 200 organisations who are providing vital assistance to vulnerable people. They have a range of volunteer roles available, including; warehouse assistant, driver, admin assistant, social media ambassador, community champion, customer service, volunteer engagement and community fundraiser.

To find out more, go to https://fareshare.org.uk/volunteer/  and complete the form to help decide which roles are suitable for you.

West End Refugee Service (home based)

WERS is recruiting volunteer remote befrienders to support a family or an individual in Newcastle/Gateshead through Covid-19 with phone calls and video chats, to give social support, information about staying safe and connecting with services. You will play an important role in helping a family or individual with a refugee background feel more welcomed, supported and safe during this time. Go to their volunteering page to find out more www.wers.org.uk/how-to-help/volunteering/

The Palette (North East)

The Palette is seeking volunteers to help deliver Kids Art Boxes across the North East!

All you need is a valid UK drivers licence and insurance on your vehicle and spare time on a Tuesday (at a time to suit you). They will provide a pre-planned route for deliveries to your chosen area and 45p per estimated mile you drive.

If you might be interested, please fill in a no-obligation registration at www.thepalettenewcastle.com/at-home-arts-programme. They will then send you an information leaflet so you can decide if you’d like to help out!

Making for the NHS (home based)

Making for NHS North of Tyne is a collaboration between North Tyneside based businesses and our local community, making cotton bags and crafts for those in need both in the NHS and families affected by the Coronavirus.

If you would like to get involved, go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/makingforthenhs/ or email makingforthenhs@gmail.com

HenPower Henpals scheme from Equal Arts (home based)

Henpower is asking for letters and cards that they can distribute to people in care homes (their Hensioners) https://www.facebook.com/henpowerproject/. You can take a picture of the letter or card and email it to henpals@equalarts.org.uk

Digital Story Chain from Equal Arts (home based)

Help create a piece of lockdown literature alongside acclaimed author Kate Mosse. Equal Arts ​story chain is shared and shaped by everyone’s different ideas to help keep us connected and creative. Take part at www.equalarts.org.uk/story-chain

Age UK North Tyneside

AGE UK North Tyneside is seeking volunteers with cars to provide local patient transport to get the routinely discharged older people out of hospital and back home ahead of the peak of the pandemic.

They also need more telephone befrienders, find our more here https://www.ageuk.org.uk/northtyneside/get-involved/volunteer/

Dreamshine (home based)

Dreamshine telephone befriending volunteers, you can sign up here – https://voda.org.uk/opportunity/telephone-support-covid-19-711/ Or here http://dreamshine.co.uk/contact-us/ (new volunteers can join a waiting list).


The national GoodSam scheme will reopen in a few weeks – https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHSvolunteerresponders

Non-Covid 19 roles

Forest Hall Young People’s Club is looking for volunteer (s) caretaker / groundsperson to help cut, maintain and mark the grass pitches at their Pavilion. Expected hours are 4/5 hours per week during warmer weather, less throughout winter. https://voda.org.uk/opportunity/caretaker-groundsperson-695/

Princes Trust has a role available for online mentors – https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/support-our-work/volunteer/become-an-online-mentor.

Common Room of the North archives volunteer – https://thecommonroom.org.uk/can-you-help-us/. they can induct new volunteers remotely


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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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Volunteering opportunity: Can you spare a few hours to support a young person at risk of offending or re-offending?

Northumbria Coalition Against Crime is looking for volunteers for its award-winning Odyssesus project, which provides mentoring support to young offenders and helps to steer them away from crime.

Induction programmes take place throughout the year in which volunteers receive 30 hours training.

See the poster for full details, including contact information.

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VODA launches Volunteer Plus for North Tyneside!

We are excited to announce the launch of Volunteer Plus for North Tyneside – our new database of volunteering opportunities in and around the borough. Volunteer Plus allows people to search for opportunities based on a range of factors – location, interests, activities and availability. It also allows you to find out more about roles and register your interest for more information. Search Volunteer Plus here – if you require any support to access volunteering or would like to make an appointment with one of our Volunteer Development Officers, please get in touch.

Any organisations who want to advertise roles, contact our Volunteer Centre team – we can help you to write and develop roles and to promote them on Volunteer Plus and through our other communication channels.

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Useful Vision – Call for Volunteers






Useful Vision organises a range of entertaining and stimulating activities for vision-impaired children and their families across the North East. They also run skills workshops for older children and teenagers who have sight loss to help them develop the skills and confidence to move towards positive living; as well as very sensory focused toddler groups for the younger children.

They are looking for volunteers to help run their activities. The Activity Volunteer will work alongside the events coordinators to ensure that the activities and skills workshops run smoothly so that vision impaired children, and their families, have an enjoyable experience. They run approximately two family days per month over weekends, monthly baby and toddler groups and additional workshops and days out over the school holidays. Volunteers can commit to as many or as few activities as they can manage – Useful Vision always give plenty of notice of up-and-coming activities.

All volunteers will receive Visual Awareness Training, undergo a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and receive regular support and supervision.  All volunteer costs will be reimbursed.

Read more here or email Louise at louise@usefulvision.org.uk for further information.

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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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