We were delighted that the BBC Radio Newcastle Breakfast Show was able to join our Good Neighours shopping trip last week. They spent the morning chatting to our shoppers and volunteers to find out more about how this wonderful project helps to support people stay in their own home and keep their independence. You can listen to the feature from last week’s show below. If you would like to get involved, please contact us for more information.
A new online guide has been released to help charities support age-friendly and inclusive volunteering. The Centre for Ageing Better’s Age-Friendly and Inclusive Volunteering guide sets out key principles to avoid missing out on the talents of people in later life.
The Age-Friendly and Inclusive Volunteering guide introduces six principles that organisations working with volunteers can adopt to address barriers to inclusion and widen participation. These include offering more flexibility, providing opportunities for volunteers to meet and spend time with other people, and making use of volunteers’ individual strengths. It also lists practical examples and recommendations that can help support, recruit and retain older volunteers.
The guide is based on a review into community contributions in later life carried out by the Centre for Ageing Better, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Following the review, the Centre for Ageing Better awarded over £250,000 of government funding to five projects to pilot and share new approaches to age-friendly and inclusive volunteering.
Emma Ramshaw has been volunteering with VODA in North Tyneside since 2008. During that time she has changed the lives of hundreds of young people. Emma was recently awarded Volunteer of the Year at the Pitman Superachievers Awards for her hard work and dedication. Emma volunteers for a variety of charities and organisations including VODA, The Prince’s Trust and NCS and despite her own uphill battle, she continues to create change in our local community.
We interviewed Emma to find out more about her volunteering experience and what motivates her to continue to help others…
Using evidence from the National Youth Social Action Survey (NYSAS) and NCVO’s Time Well Spent research, #iwill ambassador Stephen Tutin explains how organisations can recruit and retain younger volunteers.
Stephen’s top 10 tips for getting more young volunteers are:
- Start as young as possible
- Get their families involved
- Explain your social purpose clearly
- Don’t underestimate young people.
- Have young representatives (eg in steering groups, or as trustees)
- Build their confidence
- Focus on career skills
- Engage with schools and universities
- Get their friends involved
- Keep things fun and flexible
VODA and the services we offer are available across North Tyneside and although we are based in North Shields we are keen to make sure that volunteers, groups and organisations across the borough know who we are and what we do.
For that reason, we are taking our services on the road throughout 2019! Members of VODA’s team will be available at community venues on the following dates and times to speak to anyone interested in volunteering in North Tyneside, or in finding out more about VODA and the services we offer to the voluntary and community sector:
- Monday 4 March, 10am to 1pm at North Shields Customer Service Centre
- Monday 13 May, 10am to 1pm at Whitley Bay Customer Service Centre
- Monday 1 July, 10am to 1pm at John Willie Sams Centre, Dudley
- Monday 9 September, 10am to 1pm at Wallsend Customer Service Centre
- Tuesday 12 November, 10am to 1pm at White Swan Centre, Killingworth
We have recently launched a new visual representation of our vision and plans – see picture above – and offering an outreach service is just one way of making sure these plans happen effectively. There is no need to book a place at any of these sessions – just pop along to talk to one of our friendly team to find out how VODA can help.
Did you know that VODA is a delivery partner in the Moving On Tyne & Wear programme?
Moving On Tyne & Wear helps people who live in North Tyneside, Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside and are unemployed due to their physical or mental health.
Support through the programme is delivered on a one-to-one basis – every person on the programme receives a unique service which completely depends on their needs.
As part of the Moving On Tyne & Wear programme, VODA works with North Tyneside Council to provide volunteering opportunities and related support to people who are looking to overcome health barriers and access further training, education and employment. We can help MOTW participants to access meaningful volunteering opportunities across the borough with both voluntary and community sector organisations and within North Tyneside Council itself.
In order to give more information to anyone interested in finding out about the programme and the support on offer, we are holding Moving On Tyne & Wear drop-in sessions every Wednesday from 10am to 12 noon at VODA, beginning on 13 February. There is no need to book a place at these sessions, simply call in to our offices at the Queen Alexandra Campus and ask to speak to the Moving On Tyne & Wear team.
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.
Time Well Spent is a major new report into the volunteering experience published by NCVO in January 2019. It is the result of a national survey carried out through YouGov’s panel (10,000+ respondents).
The survey focuses on volunteering through groups, clubs and organisations and includes data on recent volunteers, but also lapsed volunteers and non-volunteers.
The aims of the survey were to:
- gain a rounder view of the different ways people get involved
- look at how volunteering fits into people’s lives and the impact it has on them
- understand people’s experiences across the volunteer journey
- consider what a quality volunteer experience looks like
- explore how to better engage potential volunteers.
The new volunteers will join the established Community Health Champion programme, which helps people make small changes that have a big impact on the activity levels of those they support.
Champions choose to support a friend, family member, work colleague, or even a community group to be more active 10 times over six months. This could be by going for a regular walk or bike ride, swimming, dancing, roller skating or anything else they choose. Champions get lots of support, plus freebies and a shopping voucher as a reward on completion.
The Active North Tyneside team will be out in the community in coming weeks to let people know about the opportunities on:
- Tuesday 4 December, 6.30pm at Cedarwood Trust
- Thursday 6 December 6.30pm at Lakeside
The team will also be at the following venues, to let people know about the This Girl Can campaign:
- Monday 3 December 6.30pm Hadrian Leisure Centre
- Tuesday 4 December 9.30am Howdon Community Centre
- Thursday 6 December 6.30pm the Parks Sport Centre
Read more here for more information about Active North Tyneside or telephone 0191 643 7171.
The North Shields branch of the British Heart Foundation is currently recruiting volunteers to two roles:
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