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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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 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.
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 email@example.com
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