Great North Run 2019

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The Great North Run 2019 takes place 8th September and it is about this time of year when we get approached by charities who are really keen to have student volunteers help out on the day. 

Below there is more information about the different charities and roles, if you would like to volunteer with any of these give us an email at and let us know who you would like to specifically help with.


At Shelter, we believe that no one should fight bad housing or homelessness alone. That’s why we offer free, expert advice to anyone – no matter what their situation – 365 days a year. We provide people with the best possible help to solve their housing problems. Free, accessible advice is available on our website, via the expert advisers on our helpline, and in our face-to-face advice centres across the country. For those in more challenging situations our specialist support services give the full, practical support needed to get people back on their feet.

How does volunteering at Great North Run help

Events like this enable us to fundraise for our services, and volunteers on the day are a huge part of that.  We find that having on the day supporters makes a huge amount of difference to the runners and it also allow us to get our name out there to allow people to know who we are and how we help.

When and where is it?

The Great North Run takes place on Sunday 8th September and we will be looking for volunteers between 10am and 3pm at mile 8 of the race route. A map and exact location will be provided in a full brief.

What do students get from it

It is a one-off event, meaning it works well for students who may not be able to commit to an extended volunteering period, and we are able to provide references for any students who requests one.  On the day, the cheer point will be manned by Shelter staff members as well as other volunteers so it’s a great chance to work on communication skills as well as being able to ask any questions about the work that Shelter does and how to get involved within the charity sector. All volunteers will receive full brief beforehand along with a contact number for the Staff member at the cheer point.

Diabetes UK

We are Diabetes UK. We are leading the fight against the most devastating and fastest growth health crisis of our time.

This year, as Simpleyhealth's chosen partner, we have hundreds of runners join us in our fight for a world where diabetes can do no harm.

We will be having two cheer points along the route, as well as a post-race reception in the charity village. One of the cheer points is on a double-decker bus!

If this is something you’d be keen to help out with, do let us know


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