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Here at Go Volunteer we want to help you find the perfect volunteering opportunity. you want to develop skills in an area relevant to your chosen career; work on your personal development or just lend a helping hand in the local community, we’re here to help you get started. We manage our own community projects, including N.E.S.T; Stu Brew; Study Support; Art into Schools; It on the Move and many, many more. We also work with over 150 charities, schools, community and voluntary groups to offer a diverse range of opportunities. NOTE: NOT compatible with Career Development Module

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  • Micro Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Micro volunteering is bite-size volunteering with no commitment to repeat and with minimum formality, involving short and specific actions that are quick to start and complete. We understand as a student the biggest part of your time is taken up by studies, we want to give EVERYONE the opportunity to volunteer so we have created some micro volunteering activities which can be completed any time of the day whenever best suits you. The options are: Sewing wiggly bags or Chemotherapy bag covers Wiggly Bags – Wiggly Bags are small hand stitched fabric bags used by children with Hickman lines. What’s a Hickman line I hear you ask? A Hickman line is a central venus catheter often used for administration of chemotherapy or other medication as well as the withdrawal of blood from analysis. Some types are used mainly for the purpose of apheresis or dialysis. The RVI hospital see hundreds of children with Hickman line and have asked us to make some. Chemotherapy Bag covers – Like a wiggly bag these are hand stitched bags used to cover the chemotherapy bags during treatment. The Chemo bags can look scary and a lot of children don’t like the look of it. The RVI hospital has asked us to make fun bags to cover up the chemo and put a smile on the children’s face. These activities take around 20-30 minutes to make 1 bag, sewing experience isn’t necessary meaning anyone can take part. Post Pals – writing letters to sick children Post Pals is an online forum set up by volunteers, for volunteers to write to sick children to lighten their days. There are around 45 children on the forum looking for someone to write to them, you could send some jokes to make them laugh, draw them a picture or even write a story, it is totally up to you. We will provide all materials and even post your letter for you. To take part in either of the above volunteering opportunities all you have to do is email Becky from Go Volunteer to arrange a time which best suits you or nip up to the Go Volunteer office on Level 1 of the Students Union.

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Health and Social Care, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, Local Community
    • Volunteering TypeMicrovolunteering
  • N.E.S.T

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Aug 2018 and 01 Aug 2020.

    North East Solidarity and Teaching (N.E.S.T) is a Newcastle University Students Union (NUSU) student-run volunteer project (managed by Go Volunteer) which offers amongst other things free English lessons to the refugee community in the region. Through the delivery of these lessons, refugees improve their written and verbal communication skills enabling them to gain necessary language qualifications required to gain employment in the UK. Boosting their confidence empowers them to integrate themselves into the local community, reducing the stigma and prejudice from existing residents. There are 6 strands to the project and activities take place almost everyday of the week. This is Go Volunteers largest project with more than 300 students volunteering on it last year. It is also one of the easiest to get involved with.

    • Area of InterestEducation, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, International and Languages, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
    • Volunteering TypeOn-Going Projects
  • PALS Project

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    The PALS project was set up by the school of psychology to help try and ease the transition of pupils from school to university consisting of several interactive presentations which served to boost student’s mental resilience. Increased mental resilience is often seen to lower levels of anxiety and increase low mood. Since these first sessions the programme has been developed to boost the resilience of year 12 students irrespective of whether they will be going to university or not. The project now consists of 3 sperate 1 hour presentations (resilience skills, resilience in learning and resilience in every day life) which are usually delivered in a 3 hour slot to groups of around 40 year 12 students. The main bulk of this role would be in the delivery of these sessions as part of a small group to year 12/13 students (and potentially university students) across the north east. This role may also involve the helping of developing new ideas and concepts for the sessions to improve them and address them to different groups of students. For this role applicants need to have • A high level of interpersonal skills to engage with the students • Ability to communicate well with others in a team • The ability to think critically about information presented and to evaluate its usefulness

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Education, Health and Social Care, Mental Health
    • Volunteering TypeOn-Going Projects
  • YES Planning

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    'YES Planning' was established in 2013 in the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape. The project emerged following student research that identified a clear need to encourage young people to take an interest in their local environment and to have a voice on how those areas should be planned in the future. Whilst many young people are interested in finding out more about planning, there is little engagement between the planning system and young people. YES (Youth Engagement Service) Planning takes planning and local planning issues to the classroom to raise young people's awareness of the possibilities for influencing how planning shapes local environments. The project is looking for new volunteers to join our existing, dedicated group. Volunteers should be interested in the environment, showing some knowledge, but not necessarily any level of expertise of current environmental issues such as, climate change, sustainable transport, housing need, etc. They should be open to learning more around these issues and to listening and responding to young people's views. Specialist IT skills such as GIS, Photoshop or SketchUp would also be desirable. No experience of working with young people is needed, but a desire to listen and to be empathetic in discussions with young people is essential. Volunteers will be rewarded with a great sense of camaraderie, working alongside planning students, as well as one of purpose from the key messages of environmental guardianship that we foster. Workshops provide rewarding, informative and often fun environments in which to reflect on our own values as well as those of the next generation.

    • Area of InterestCampaigning, Children and Young People, Health and Social Care, Local Community
    • Volunteering TypeOn-Going Projects
  • Into School - YES Planning

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    'YES Planning' was established in 2013 in the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape. The project emerged following student research that identified a clear need to encourage young people to take an interest in their local environment and to have a voice on how those areas should be planned in the future. Whilst many young people are interested in finding out more about planning, there is little engagement between the planning system and young people. YES (Youth Engagement Service) Planning takes planning and local planning issues to the classroom to raise young people's awareness of the possibilities for influencing how planning shapes local environments. The workshops that we will delivering to year 6 in primary schools and to secondary schools next year will comprise: Planning our Future (1) What do we think town planning is? What examples of planning do we recognise from the area?(quiz) What is town planning? (card activity) What do town planners do? (power point) University life and planning courses (volunteer experiences) What our graduates are doing now (power point). Planning our Future (2) Deciding what is important when planning a new eco town (using diamond ranking), creating a vision for that place Planning a new eco town, creating a layout (interactive, creating a plan) Reflecting on what town planning is? Questions and what next? Looking for volunteers who: - have an interest in the local environment (town, city or countryside) and its connected issues, such as climate change, sustainable transport, sustainable energy etc. - are willing to take part in some initial 'YES Planning' training (90 minute workshop to familiarise with key activities we use and to meet as a team) - have additional skills such as drawing, Sketchup, GIS, Photoshop (desirable, but not essential) - can offer to support at least 2 x 2 hour school workshops per semester - have an interest in working with children and young people - like working in groups

    • Area of InterestBusiness and Leadership, Campaigning, Children and Young People, Education, Local Community
  • Stu Brew

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2018 and 30 Apr 2020.

    Stu Brew is Europe's first ever student-run microbrewery, and we're really proud of it. The brewery runs as a social enterprise managed by students from Newcastle University, delivering a clear sustainability message to the student community and the wider public, as well as keeping the union stocked up on decent booze. Stu Brew has its own society which not surprisingly is one of the fastest growing at the university, the beer tasting sessions have been particularly popular.... You can be involved in every aspect of the business, from label design to sourcing great hops, and from online promotion to bottling up the finished product. Contact us for further info on individual roles.

    • Area of InterestBusiness and Leadership, Local Community, Media and Marketing, Outdoors, Environment and Conservation
  • Junk Music

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Volunteers are needed to help children with special needs to make and play musical instruments with recycled material. At Junk Music you will be helping to facilitate 1.5 hour sessions with up to 12 young people aged 8 - 12, with and without additional needs. Sessions are led by a music facilitator, with support from volunteers and an Arts Award worker. There will also be some parent/carer support of participants. The sessions are music based, making and playing instruments, but have a broader purpose, including increasing confidence and social skills and working with others to plan a performance. The role will also include setting up and packing down, getting break snacks ready and contributing to evaluations. You will need to be available on a Tuesday evening from October 1st 4.30pm-7.00pm This is a unique and amazing project and one which needs reliable and committed volunteers. The Nunsmoor Centre is only a 20 minute walk from campus but we can reimburse you for travel if you decide to use public transport. We can also provided you with free accredited training.

    • Area of InterestArts, Music and Culture, Children and Young People, Disability, Education
  • Nightline

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Aug 2018 and 01 Oct 2020.

    Nightline is our confidential and anonymous support service run by students for the benefit of students. Lines are open from 8pm – 8am every night during term time. Need someone to talk to about any issues or upsets, from missed deadlines to mental health struggles? Nightline is a safe place to talk about all your troubles or just a friendly ear to listen. Our team of sensitive and proactive student volunteers help the wider student community by managing Nightline. As a Nightline volunteer, you will develop active listening skills, empathy, patience and gain a greater insight into student welfare. For those of you who enjoy and thrive in this environment, you get the chance to apply for a committee position at the end of the year. This position is extremely rewarding as well as providing great experience which will really enhance any CV!

    • Area of InterestHomelessness and Vulnerable People, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
  • Into Schools - Study Support

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date. Closing date for applications is 02 Oct.

    As a Study Support Tutor, you will go into local schools and work with students to help them better understand your chosen subject, boost their confidence and further develop their skills. You’ll tutor a small group of students, help them identify areas where they want more support and create engaging activities to improve their understanding of these topics. This is a really rewarding opportunity and fantastic experience if you want a career in teaching or working with young people. We are currently looking for mentors in the following subjects: History Geography French English Maths As this project is focusing on exam preparation you must have studied your chosen subject at GCSE or A-Level and confidently be able to mentor.

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Education, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
  • Art Into Schools

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Aug 2018 and 01 Aug 2020.

    Art Into Schools venture to primary schools across the North East, teaching arts and crafts to little people. A great opportunity for those interested in working with little’uns, this project enables you to expand on leadership, teaching and organisational skills whilst getting first hand experience of working with children within a school. Using your creative skills, you’ll work with children in local primary schools, helping to expand their imaginations and introducing them to new artistic skills and techniques. Students will work as a group to design and deliver the sessions. If you would like to take on more responsibility there are opportunities to become a project lead. This will involve you liasing with schools, deciding dates for the visits and coordinating the other volunteers.

    • Area of InterestArts, Music and Culture, Children and Young People
  • Ruperts Wood

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Aug 2018 and 01 Oct 2020.

    For over 20 years, Go Volunteer has enjoyed a close link with Rupert’s Wood in Otterburn, welcoming thousands of volunteers, children, and vulnerable adults to learn how to care for the natural world. We’ve aimed to create a safe and accessible place where children and young people can explore and discover trees, bugs and themselves through play, guided investigation and conservation. Get involved with the city’s youngsters and help to create a fun and educational experience. Our day trips and camps revolve around fun, mud and learning new things. Rupert’s Wood residential are planned by volunteers and Go Volunteer staff alongside the young people wherever possible, ensuring that each visit suits the needs of the children involved. To prepare the wood for residentials there are conservation tasks which need to be done throughout the year, so we are always looking for new volunteers to join the group.

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Outdoors, Environment and Conservation
  • Beekeeping

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Aug 2018 and 01 Oct 2020.

    NUSU has bees on and off campus, and throughout summer you can take part in helping look after them. We also link up with other beekeeping folk and pollinator-friendly community projects across Newcastle to do our best to keep the stripy things abuzz.

    • Area of InterestAnimals, Outdoors, Environment and Conservation
  • INTOgration

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Aug 2018 and 01 Aug 2020.

    INTOgration is a conversation group set up to help international students improve and practise their conversational English whilst learning about British culture, regional dialects, colloquialisms, idioms and lots more! Our ultimate aim is to help these students confidently integrate into both the Newcastle University community and the local Newcastle community. The sessions are informal and relaxed which is why we encourage students to join us for a cuppa. What is more British than having a chat over a cup of tea? Sessions will take place on campus in the INTO building every Wednesday 5pm- 6pm. We then hold a 30 minute meeting to plan the next session. As a volunteer, you will help to create content for sessions, teach the content to students, converse with students and help out with activities during the sessions. Volunteers must be native or fluent English speakers. The project is led by student volunteers. We are also looking for committed volunteers who we can mentor to take over the project in September 2019.

    • Area of InterestEducation, International and Languages
  • Into Schools - Back to school talks

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    If you attended a secondary state school in the UK, you could go back and deliver a talk about your journey to university and student experience. We can provide you with a basic presentation about university and then you add in your own personal experiences and anecdotes! We can also give you presentation support to boost your confidence and develop your public speaking skills. This is a great opportunity to share your experience, develop your public speaking skills and inspire the next generation of university students.

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Education
  • A Second Life

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Aug 2018 and 01 Aug 2020.

    A second life is our up-cycling creative project which takes old materials or products and gives them a new lease of life. Previously we have made a bench for our rooftop garden out of old wooden pallets, organised Christmas decoration making from old jars and bottles and made pencil cases from old vinyl banners. The project is perfect for anyone who is passionate about sustainability and recycling and enjoys doing hands on arts and crafts activities. Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the project but particularly for getting involved in the up-cycling workshops. These will be led by Jon our upcycling wizard, so no previous experience is necessary, just come along and get stuck in! New up-cycling ideas are always wanted, if you have seen something on Printest or thought something up then let us know!

    • Area of InterestOutdoors, Environment and Conservation
  • Grow Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Aug 2018 and 01 Aug 2020.

    Grow Volunteer is an exciting new project that encompasses all the green, growing and environmental projects that Go Volunteer runs. We have an urban growing area at Joseph Cowen Yard where we usually meet on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. We also have a roof garden for herbs and bees and a newly created ‘pop bottle’ greenhouse for salad growing in the mezzanine outside NUSU reception We want to create some green space using recycled materials and show volunteers what can be grown in limited urban spaces. Volunteer Role Volunteers are invited to help with all aspects of the project. One-off, occasional or regular volunteering opportunities Help with different aspects of the design and build Longer term helping with routine volunteering: gardening, watering weeding and growing. What's in it for you? Learn about what can be produced in an urban environment Work in a team for a design project that is actually happening Experience to put on your cv / portfolio Learn new skills, meet new people, fresh air

    • Area of InterestOutdoors, Environment and Conservation
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