New Volunteer Opportunities in Newcastle

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Check out this list of volunteer opportuntiies put together by our friends at the Newcastle Volunteer Centre. For more information on any of these email us on govolunteer.union@newcastle.ac.uk

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DARCEY’S DREAM

Darcey's Dream is a North East based Charity supporting newly bereaved families and siblings Darcey's Dream Annual Ball and Awards 28TH September 2019 is a red carpet event to raise awareness of our support to families and raises funds to provide our support to families

We are asking volunteers to help at the ball by

  • helping run our merchandise table
  • wave of light table
  • memory tree table,
  • go around the room and sell raffle tickets
  • greet guest and show them to their tables
  • sell balloons for balloon pop
  • run auction
  • collect money off tables for games
  • take payments for auction Items
  • hand out raffle prizes.
  • We require them to be 18 years or over
  • They will need to be in smart dress e.g Shirt and trousers or dress

DECAFE NEWCASTLE #TURNUP

My Life My Say in partnership with Starbucks & Bite the Ballot will be running a DeCafe (Democracy Café) event at Starbucks, Grainger Street on Saturday morning to debate the upcoming General Elections over a free cup of Starbucks coffee. The aim of these DeCafe events is to reignite the traditional 1930s 'talking shop', which was often in the local cafe, where local people would meet to discuss current affairs. 

We'll be joined by young influencers, students and young citizens living in Newcastle to debate the upcoming General Elections, Brexit, NHS and other issues that matter most to young citizens in Newcastle. 

RETINA UK 

Retina UK is a charity representing people with inherited retinal sight loss. 

We are holding a Tandem Cycle Challenge event in October and are looking for teams of volunteers to join us at our refreshment points on Sunday 13th October at Haltwhistle, Newbrough, Tyne Riverside Country Park and at the final destination, Tynemouth Priory.

We need cheerers, water station attendants, first aiders and photographers.

BRAIN TUMOUR RESEARCH

Event Name: Walk of Hope

Walking Route: 5km

Event date: Sat 28 Sep 2019

Location: Rising Sun Country Park, Whitley Road, Benton, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE12 9SS

The role would be marshalling and I would need the volunteers to arrive for 10:30am and they would be finished by approximately 12:30pm.

GIBSIDE RESIDENTIAL

Learning & Community Assistant is a trainee residential volunteer opportunity for twelve months to help in the preparation and delivery of educational activities offered to school and community groups at Gibside.    You will support the day to day operations of the stables bunkhouse, plan and deliver fun family engagement activities, including Wild Child birthday parties, engaging events and help create interpretation for visitors to enjoy.  

This role will suit people who… enjoy working with children and people of all ages and abilities and who are looking to develop their own skills and experience of working in the heritage sector to enhance their CV. We are open to people from lots of backgrounds who enjoy talking to people, like getting stuck in and working as a team to provide positive experiences for others.

Free accommodation including utility bills except telephone/internet. Basic food costs reimbursed. Funding for training specific to this role is available

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

STAR AND SHADOW CINEMA

When you walk through the door of the Star & Shadow you make a friend. 

This sentiment resonates with most of our volunteers. 

To keep the establishment going we need you to keep getting involved. 

We need gardeners, window cleaners, cake makers, sweepers, bar staff, event organisers, people who make things happen, people who make things, admin folk, marketing folk, DIY culture enthusiasts, front of house specialists, back of house crackerjacks, keyholder hotshots and technical dab hands.

 Everything can be learned on the job, by shadowing your volunteer friend and doing our inductions. Inductions are always on a Sunday 

You can volunteer for a job, a one-off occasion, a regular weekly slot – however it best fits with you.

MY GUIDE

“My Guide” is a service where trained volunteers support people with sight loss to get out and about into their communities doing the things they want to do the most.

For just 2 to 3 hours, once a week, it could be something as simple as going for a walk, a cup of tea and a chat… going to a gym class, clothes shopping or a museum… the service opens up a world of opportunities to our clients – and it can do the same for our volunteers, too!

We’re currently recruiting for volunteer Sighted Guides in the Newcastle area. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what background you’re from, what’s important to us are your qualities as a person, your willingness to learn and your enthusiasm for enjoying an active, social life.

BLIND VETERANS UK

Home Visitor Volunteers in Newcastle upon Tyne area

Can you spare a few hours a week to brighten someone’s day?

We are committed to supporting our blind veterans no matter where they are. Our community home visitors provide crucial social interaction for our veterans who can’t reach our centres, and can often feel isolated or lonely.

By popping by once a week or fortnight to see a veteran in their area, home visitors are a friendly face that can make all the difference to our veterans.

 A visit could be a simple chat and a cup of tea, helping out with odd jobs around the home that can otherwise be a struggle for our veterans to complete or getting out and about in the local area.

 You will never be asked to do any personal care.

TRUSTEES SCOTSWOOD GARDEN

We are looking for a chair and a treasurer to join our existing team of six trustees. We’re especially looking for people who share our purpose and values, who are committed to community and people, and who are creative, enterprising and brave.

Your role as a trustee will be to provide strategic direction, guide the development of Scotswood Garden, make sure Scotswood Garden complies with its statutory duties and uses its assets and resources well. 

INDEPENDENT MONITORING BOARD

We are currently looking for new volunteers to join the Board (IMB) at HMP Frankland (Category A male prison) & HMP Low Newton (female prison).

Candidates will be asked to express a preference at interview.

You'll help to monitor respect and fairness for people in custody.

You don't need any special qualifications or experience - we will provide all necessary training and support.

If you live within 20 miles of the prison and can dedicate around four days a month, we want to hear from you!

ST OSWALD’S HOSPICE

St Oswald’s Hospice provides care to those with life limiting conditions and needs to raise £7.5 million each year to continue to provide the service it does. As such, volunteers make a huge contribution to the overall running of the Hospice and they couldn’t do what they do without them. Join team St Oswald’s by becoming a volunteer:

  • Outpatient Receptionist
  • Minibus Drivers

Retail volunteering opportunity of the month: Retail Events Volunteer

Would you like to join St Oswald's brand new retail events team volunteering on an ad-hoc basis and supporting us at various events that we attend across the North East?

Our friendly retail team love to get out and about meeting our supporters and showcasing the best products that we sell in our charity shops.

Some of the events we attend include crafting fayres, Christmas markets, animal shows, county fayres and St Oswald's own events too.

We're on the lookout for friendly and helpful people who might be interested in working with the public, supporting us at events, helping us to sell products and talk about the work of St Oswald's.

This is a perfect role for someone interested in volunteering but who cannot necessarily commit to a regular role. This is a brilliant role where you can really make a difference, have fun, work alongside our friendly retail team and help raise money and awareness for St Oswald's.

BEAT

Echo Peer Coach

“This service was very rewarding. I feel that the programme has been very well thought out and was definitely very manageable for me. I am so pleased that I have been able to put my experiences to some positive use for another family. The level of care given to me as an Echo coach was excellent - kind, caring, intelligent, insightful and much more!” Echo Peer Coach

Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity have an exciting opportunity to join their team of volunteers, volunteering as an Echo Peer Coach from home. If you’ve previously cared for someone with an eating disorder (as a parent, partner or sibling), you can use that experience to provide one-to-one telephone support for someone currently supporting a loved one. Rather than giving advice or providing solutions, a Peer Coach's role is to actively listen, provide a sounding board, and most importantly, help the other person find insight and solutions for themselves. Before you make your first call you will receive online training giving you all the skills to become a Peer Coach.

CUSTOMER SERVICE VOLUNTEER - MOBILITY AIDS

Come and join our friendly team based in Newcastle and support your local community!

We provide people in your community with wheelchairs on a short-term basis.

Our Customer Service Volunteers use their people and administration skills to serve the public who require a wheelchair or other mobility equipment.

We are interested in applicants who can commit to volunteering a few hours a week on any weekday (daytime Monday to Friday) on a regular basis.

Your time will help people in your community stay independent by accessing a wheelchair.

Activities include:

  • Issuing and receiving wheelchairs (or other mobility aids equipment) using a computer based stock control system.
  • Demonstrating how to use and look after our wheelchairs (and other equipment).
  • Dealing with enquiries from people wanting to borrow a wheelchair (or other equipment) by telephone, face to face and online.

We Offer:

  • The opportunity to meet new people and be part of a dynamic and inclusive team
  • Free training and ongoing upskilling.
  • Reimbursement of out of pocket expenses
  • The chance to truly make a difference to local lives.

We are also recruiting for our Durham and Stockton areas.

WILDFOWL AND WETLAND TRUST

At WWT, we shape unforgettable experiences. By working as part of the Grounds Volunteer team you will assist with the maintenance of all aspects of gardening within the grounds at Washington in order to exhibit our waterfowl and mammals from around the world to the highest standards. This will help to provide our visitors with a great day out and encourage them to engage with and support our work to save wetlands for wildlife and people.

  • Assisting with development and maintenance of visitor centre grounds
  • Assisting with planting, weeding and pruning

CAFÉ BEAM

Café Beam is a wonderful café bistro established in 2014 by Smile For Life Children’s Charity, based here in the North East. 

We serve delicious quality food and drink all carefully prepared and served with the assistance of our young people, all of whom have a disability or a learning difficulty.  The launch of Café Beam was driven by the need to provide real life work experience and skills to disabled youngsters as they prepare to leave and college increasing their skills and confidence for the world of work.

The young people are mentored throughout their placement in Café Beam by dedicated volunteers who provide hands on support and encouragement.

Volunteers help the young people to greet customers; take, prepare and serve orders; receive payment; clear up and wash up.  The mentor demonstrates tasks, giving praise where possible and providing clear instructions with a view to the young people becoming as independent as possible in the café.

  • We need volunteers to be friendly, approachable, flexible and adapt to working in both busy and quiet periods.
  • Over 18 years of age to supervise the work each day either for a morning or afternoon basis
  • The position will involve training of the young people as they enter their work placement and on an ongoing basis.
  • Giving clear instruction and guidance for carrying out daily tasks

ROOM FOR YOU

Room for You - Arts in Health is a unique charity providing emotional support through creativity and listening to people with life limiting, long term conditions.

We are currently seeking individuals from a variety of backgrounds to contribute knowledge and skills to the organisation at Board level

Your background and experience might include:

  • Marketing or publicity
  • Fundraising or sponsorship
  • Arts or health
  • Human resources or finance

The Board of Trustees oversee the work of the coordinator, artists and counsellors who run the charity's various projects, and meets approximately six to eight times a year. As the charity is a limited company the trustees are also company directors. The meetings are currently held in the Room for You office in central Newcastle and take place in the early evening

We do not require board members to have specific qualifications but ideally you will be living in the North East and have an interest in arts and health.

Above all we are looking for people who are willing to play an active part in the development and future direction of Room for You

GARDEN LODGE RESIDENTIAL HOME (MANOR CARE HOME GROUP)

We have a medium size garden which is kept clean and tidy but would benefit from the life and colour of some flowers for our residents to enjoy whilst they sit out.

We are a friendly, happy family here and would welcome any help and advice from someone with a passion for gardening.

GARDENING AT THE EAGLES COMMUNITY ARENA

The Eagles have been in their new home of the Eagles Community Arena since the start of 2019. We are very keen the Arena is part of the local community and adds to it.

With summer upon us we are keen to ensure the grounds remain in good condition, with plant life looked after and litter in the area reduced.

What we need:

We are looking for a group of 5 -6 volunteers who would carry out some low maintenance tasks on a weekly basis

Two hours of your time on a Thursday morning between 10am and 12 noon.

Tasks Include: Litter picking, Weeding, Grass Cutting

(All equipment will be provided)

In return:

For any volunteer who gets involved we are happy to provide a free lunch in our Eagle Eats Café

WALLSEND RFC

Wallsend RFC are looking to appoint a number of new Coaching staff for your youth section.

We are looking for coaches that have the potential to be a a motivator and are able to support and shape our young players.

You will work along side your team manager and as such will be expected to assist in training the team in preparation for matches. Sharing your experiences and instilling your wisdom and vision amongst our junior players. It's an exciting, rewarding and active way of staying in the game and lets you have a direct influence on future generations of Wallsend RFC.

  • Help plan and deliver engaging, effective training sessions
  • Attract new players and assist with recruitment
  • Retain players and work with relevant volunteers to recruit players
  • Build team spirit and encourage participation
  • Develop individuals' skill, confidence and fitness - Work with the Club Coaching Coordinator to continue learning and developing
  • Promote fair play, team standards and codes of conduct

Ideally carry a RFU Accredited level 2 qualification or equivalent or enthusiastic and willing to earn an RFU Coaching Award as the club will support you to work towards this

INDEPENDENT AGE

A million older people in the UK are lonely most of the time, and 3.9 million say television is their main form of company. Independent Age volunteers help reduce loneliness through phone calls, visits, telephone discussion groups and more.

People are often surprised by how much they receive back when they volunteer. The act of giving your time to help another person fight through their loneliness or social isolation can lead to a feeling of accomplishment and happiness.

Could you spare an hour Regularly to Visit an Older Person living in Gateshead - (Ryton, Blaydon, Crawcrook, Winlaton)

Then you might want to think about becoming a Volunteer Visitor.

We are looking for Volunteer Visitors to support the growing demand for our Face to Face friendship service visiting people in their own home.

THE GRANGE DAY CENTRE

The Grange is a unique charity built by local people to offer day care and support services for elders as well as a social venue for the community

Set in the village of Throckley with free parking, shopping and a post office on the doorstep, The Grange offers non-traditional day care with a strong focus on the individual, part of our service is our vibrant lunch club

To meet the demand we need more helping hands as lunchtime assistants

  • Assisting elders to the dining area
  • Serving 3 courses and water to elders
  • Clearing tables
  • Assisting elders back to their seats in the main hall
  • Cleaning tables and chairs in the dining area

If you could give us 2 hours a week 12 till 1 30pm. We need helping hands Monday to Friday so any day would be great.

GATESHEAD AQUA FIT BUDDY

Karen is a lovely giggly 36 year old woman with learning disabilities who lives in Blaydon, she wants to lose some weight and get fit but is under confident going to classes

She wants an aqua fit buddy for the session at at Gateshead Leisure Centre Thursday 19:30 - 20:30 which would be ideal.

Karen doesn’t need any help in the changing room except to remind her not to chat and dawdle!

If you are a woman interested in supporting Karen to go to Aqua Fit then please get in touch

LIZ’S CAFE

Liz’s Cafe at the Lemington centre as we welcome interest from anyone who would like to  be considered  to volunteer  for us.

  • Within  The Lemington Centre  there is  a  busy friendly community café  –Liz’s Café  (full address below)
  • We have some fantastic volunteers who help us  provide affordable  good quality –home cooked  food with a healthier twist
  • We are looking for more volunteers to join our team to  do a range of tasks –Food preparation & Cooking ,  Serving customers,  Clearing tables ,Dish washing.
  • The days that we would like this support would be a Monday or Friday between 9.30  & 2.30 from 2 hour slots to 5 hours slots, over 4 hours lunch provided .

THURSDAY CAFE ASSISTANT

To assist the full-time cafe worker in the preparation and service of hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks and keeping the kitchen and service areas clean and tidy

  • Assisting in the preparation of hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks
  • Assisting with shopping for provisions
  • Assisting in keeping the kitchen area clean and tidy
  • Serving hot and cold meals, snacks and drinks
  • Taking payment for food and drinks
  • Keeping the serving and eating areas clean and tidy
  • Collecting crockery and utensils and washing up

NORTHUMBERLAND COALITION OF CRIME

We are currently recruiting volunteer mentors for our next training group starting in September!

We work with vulnerable young people who are at risk of offending/reoffending by offering them a safe place to take about their issues. Our aim is to support, guide and educate our young people through informal education. Could you dedicate a few hours a week to support a young person like Jacob?

'Jacob really wants to be liked and accepted. He finds it hard to say no to his friends. He worries if he says no he will disappoint them and they won’t like him anymore. He sometimes does things that they ask him to do out of fear of losing them but as a result he ends up in trouble with the police and most the time he doesn’t even realise what he has done is that bad.

He secretly loves school but puts on an act in front of his friends that often gets him expelled which makes him sad.

His Dad has recently moved away with his stepmam and his stepsister and Jacob finds it really hard to cope with this as he feels abandoned and not wanted. This often leads him to being angry at the people who love him like his mam.

His mam tries her best to reassure him but it isn’t enough. His confidence is really low and he doesn’t see how he can change.'

If you answered yes, please get in touch for more information. We are currently seeking volunteer mentors who can commit to a 12 month relationship.

PATIENT-LED ASSESSMENTS OF THE CARE ENVIRONMENT (PLACE)

Good environments matter. Every NHS patient should be cared for with compassion and dignity in a clean, safe environment. PLACE assessments provide motivation for improvement by providing a clear message, directly from patients, about how the environment or services might be enhanced.

The assessments involve local people (known as Patient Assessors) going into hospitals as part of teams to assess how the environment supports the provision of clinical care, assessing such things as privacy and dignity, food, cleanliness, general building maintenance. It also includes the extent to which the environment is able to support the care of those with dementia and looks at aspects of the environment in relation to people with disabilities.

Expected to launch in September, the only restrictions for PLACE participation are employees of the Trust or those who have left the Trust within the last 2 years are not permitted.

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