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Christmas Volunteering Opportunities 2021

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The following opportunities are with our community partners, for more information and to apply to be a volunteer with any of these email us at govolunteer.union@newcastle with your student ID number and the name of the opportunity you are interested in.

Crisis at Christmas

Clear-down volunteer: 27th December: We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to support with clearing down after our Christmas Event. We will be putting chairs / tables away, moving left over donations or hampers from the venue to the warehouse or Crisis (you will be based at the venue) and putting all event equipment back in the correct places. We will also be cleaning the venue (mopping / hoovering). Please note this role will involve some manual handling.

Hairdresser / Barber: Monday 20th December: 10 – 3pm: We are looking for qualified hairdressers or barbers to volunteer to come and cut our client's hair in time for Christmas at our centre. This will be part of a wellbeing day for our clients.

Podiatrist Volunteer: Monday 20th December: 10 – 3pm: We are looking for qualified podiatrists to volunteer to come and give treatments in time for Christmas at our centre. This will be part of a wellbeing day for our clients.

Oral Health Volunteer: Monday 20th December: 10 – 3pm: We're looking for qualified dentists and dental nurses who will be able to provide basic dental health advice and education to our guests. Unfortunately we will not able to offer guests full dental procedures as we do not have the necessary facilities, but hope people will leave better informed on how to maintain better oral health. This will be part of a wellbeing day for our clients.

GP Volunteer: Monday 20th December: 10 – 3pm: For many of our clients the chance to sit and talk with a doctor or nurse about their healthcare needs is a vital part of our Crisis at Christmas offer, helping them get set up for the new year. If you are a qualified healthcare professional (MD or medical nurse) then you could offer general health advice to our guests, encouraging them to access healthcare services through the year.

Food Deliver Driver: We are looking for experienced drivers with access to their own vehicles to support with the food and hamper delivery service to our Crisis members on 24th December. You will work closely with the Transport Coordinator to ensure the safe and timely delivery of freshly cooked food and hampers. Ideally you will have a good knowledge of Newcastle and the surrounding areas, and for insurance purposes you must have a full driving license, have access to your own vehicle, have insurance which covers you for voluntary activities, have no more than 6 points This role is subject to a DBS check.

**Please note we are also looking for support from people on 23rd under the role 'warehouse driver'

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Help with the preparation for our Christmas celebrations

· Friday 19/11 – Put up Christmas trees and decoration in 4 centres (House on the Hill Felling/St Marys Heworth/Belsay @ Disability North/ Angel Court Harlow Green) – 2-3 volunteers for each

· w/c 29/11 – Christmas shopping support 1-1 with clients at Metrocentre over 5 days (Monday – Friday) between 10 and 15 clients per day – up to 10 volunteers per day

· w/c 6 & 13/12 – Christmas activities - crafting/baking/quizzes etc – choice of 5 centres – anyone who can lead a short craft/music/baking session –couple of volunteers

· 3/12 - Volunteers Christmas Party (general helping, sprinkling tinsel and glitter over the occasion J) – 5 volunteers

· 20th Dec - Christmas party – Angel Court Extra Care Harlow Green (cooking, serving, sprinkling tinsel and glitter over the occasion ) – 10 volunteers

· 21st Dec – Christmas party for 60 – St Marys Heworth (cooking, serving, sprinkling tinsel and glitter over the occasion) -10 volunteers

· Christmas Day for 30 – House on the Hill – (cooking, serving, sprinkling tinsel and glitter over the occasion J) – 5 volunteers

Also card writing and gift wrapping potentially, and there is a Christmas Carolling fundraising crawl round the pubs of Felling if anyone fancies a sing (date to be confirmed)!

Heel and Toe

We are a local children’s charity based in Chester le Street, we offer free conductive therapy and subsidised therapies to children across the North East with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities.

The ultimate Christmas party on Saturday 4th December 6.30PM until 11.30pm – Over 18s at Ryton Social Club.

· This will include selling stand up bingo tickets/ raffle tickets throughout the evening

We also have the Children’s Christmas party on Sunday 5th December at Pelton community centre

Volunteering would include

· selling raffle tickets, setting up stalls ready for the event

· you may be asked to host an activity stall.

Oasis Community Housing

We are a North East based Christian homelessness charity committed to bringing hope to those facing homelessness. We’ve have worked for 35 years to provide not only a response to homelessness in our communities but also to identify the root causes of homelessness.

Help us bring hope not homelessness this Christmas. We need some helpful Christmas elves to help run our gingerbread hunt at Trinity square Gateshead this November and December. We are looking for volunteers to work in pairs for three hour slots of either 10-1 or 1 - 4  to facilitate a family focussed fundraising activity. It’s a brilliant opportunity to support a local homelessness charity as well as build up your transferable skills including organisation, public relations, communications and fundraising. 

Crisis Christmas Collection

Crisis at Christmas is a lifeline for homeless people in Newcastle, it provides immediate help for homeless people and those at risk of homelessness at a critical time - offering support and companionship during the festive period and the opportunity to leave homelessness behind for good. This is only made possible through the generosity of volunteers, individuals, community organisations and companies like yourselves who donate their time, skills, goods and services.

This year Crisis are making gift hampers and need donations of:

  • Chocolate and Biscuits
  • New Socks and underwear
  • Toiletries
  • Warm coats and Jumpers
  • Nice crsips and snacks
  • Gift Cards

The drop off point for donations is the entrance to the Go Volunteer Office on the First Floor of the Student Union Building. Please leave items in the Crisis box, any questions just ask a member of staff.

Christmas Sing Along at Fleming Court

Fleming Court Care Home in Jesmond are keen to hear from any students or student groups who would like to pop along to the home and sing some Christmas tunes to the residents. You would need to be available on a week day from Monday 13th December and from any time from 11-12.30 or 1pm to 4pm.  At the moment this would have to be done in a socially distanced way in the garden area. 

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