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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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  • Make a Smile

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Make a Smile Newcastle was established in 2020, and spent their founding year successfully navigating virtual events and building a volunteer base of individuals with the unified goal of spreading smiles across the city. Going into the new academic year Make a Smile Newcastle in partnership with Go Volunteer look forward to taking the magic making from behind the screen back to in-person events.

    Our volunteering is predominantly for children, working with children’s charities, hospices, hospitals and more to run events to make children smile! However, some of our events may also take place with the elderly as we believe no matter what the age happiness can make a difference to someone’s day. Our events involve, fun days, arts and craft days, meet and greets, story times and much more, with each event tailored to suit the needs of those in attendance

    Make a Smile is dependent on volunteers kindly agreeing to dedicate their time to visiting children and making them smile.

    Our door is always open to keen and enthusiastic volunteers who want to get involved. 

    New volunteers must complete some paperwork, undergo training and submit a DBS prior to attending events. 


    Our volunteers undergo rigorous training in order to ensure the very best standards. All of our volunteers are trained in character studies and working with children before being permitted to participate in events. We also provide a number of different optional training sessions, allowing our volunteers to expand their skill set and interact better with all children. 

    These optional training sessions include British Sign Language, Autism Awareness, Confidentiality, Non-Verbal Communication, Improvisation and many more. 

    For the first 20 hours of volunteering, all new volunteers are monitored by the Lead volunteer or committee member on duty, and are frequently offered feedback to build on their skills and interactions. Following any necessary remedial measures, they become a full volunteer. 

    These measures are all in place to ensure Make a Smile provides only the best service and remains at the forefront of our practice.


    Attend events in character

    Plays games, chats to and interacts with children

    Magic Maker

    Attend events out of character

    Often act as supporting staff

    Plays games, chats to and interacts with children

    Assists characters at events

    Can be a jumping to being a character


    Does not attend events

    Helps with the general running of Make a Smile

    Organises events, helps with costumes etc

    For people short on time or who dont want to attend events

    Volunteers will be added to the facebook groups where events will be advertised to enable volunteers to sign up when they are able. We ask that volunteers try to donate 5 hours a month be that in events or fundraising for the chapter, we understand that this is not always possible and any volunteering helps :)

    • Area of InterestArts, Music and Culture, Children and Young People, Disability, Events, Health and Social Care, Local Community
    • Volunteering TypeOn-Going Projects
  • LOT

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Due to current circumstances this Go Volunteer supported project is on hold, LOT are keeping a close eye on developments and frequently re-assessing when this project can recommence. The best way to stay up to date with all things LOT is to register your interest below and you will receive all the links to follow the project on social media LOT is an outdoor green art space in Ouseburn, situated directly behind the Cumberland arms. Although LOT is predominately an Art space, we host a variety of workshops, exhibitions, concerts and other events. LOT has its very own orchard, large raised beds (where we grow our very own produce), a hut built by volunteers and a wooden gazebo. All these aspects of the land need regular tending to whether it be gardening or building improvements. We are looking for volunteers to help with management and hands on involvement with our events and ongoing conservation of the space. We have around seven events throughout the academic year and are in need of motivated and creative thinkers to join our friendly, innovative team. We are always open to new ideas and suggestions from volunteers for our collaborative community project.

    • Area of InterestArts, Music and Culture, Events, Local Community, Outdoors, Environment and Conservation
    • Volunteering TypeOn-Going Projects, One-Off Projects
  • Go Volunteer Ambassador

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Could you help promote Go Volunteer projects to your peers? Has volunteering enriched your life and you want to tell everyone about it? Need to gain marketing experience to impress an employer? We would love for you to come on board as one of our official Go Volunteer Ambassadors! Apply today.

    Could you help promote Go Volunteer projects to your peers? Has volunteering enriched your life and you want to tell everyone about it? Need to gain marketing experience to impress an employer? We would love for you to come on board as one of our official Go Volunteer Ambassadors! Apply today. 

    • Area of InterestCampaigning, Events, Local Community, Media and Marketing, Representation
    • Volunteering TypeOn-Going Projects
    • Skills
  • N.E.S.T

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    North East Solidarity and Teaching (N.E.S.T) is a multi-award winning and internationally-recognised student-led project at Newcastle University Students Union (NUSU) that is managed by Go Volunteer. N.E.S.T empowers the refugee and asylum-seeking community in the region through a variety of formats such as one-to-one English teaching, group English classes, sports, creative arts and trips into the local area. Through N.E.S.T, learners (refugees and asylum seekers) gain confidence in their language skills, find new friends and family, and become better integrated into the community.N.E.S.T runs every day, providing up to 13 sessions each week for people of all ages. The wide variety of activities available mean that there really is something for everyone and with over 300 lovely volunteers, you are bound to make new friends! N.E.S.T is one of the easiest Go Volunteer projects to get involved with and by doing so, you will learn more than university alone could ever teach you and be helping out in one of the biggest crises of our time.Join the family by registering your interest below!

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

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2018 and 01 Aug 2022

    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
  • Nightline

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Aug 2018 and 01 Oct 2028

    Want to make a difference and help fellow students? Are you compassionate, empathetic and a good listener? Then you should think about joining Nightline.Nightline is a confidential and anonymous, listening and information service run by students, for the benefit of students. They’re open every night of term to provide a listening ear to students who need it.

    There are two volunteering roles that students may apply for at Nightline:

    · Listening volunteers complete shifts throughout term time taking calls and instant messages from students, helping them to talk through their feelings and explore their problems.

    · Friends of Nightline are volunteers who help to publicise the service by distributing promotional materials, giving presentations and talks, and representing Nightline at public events. This type of work is just as vital as taking calls but is typically less of a time-commitment than doing shifts.

    Students wishing to volunteer do not need any prior experience, as full training will be provided. Ongoing support and retraining opportunities will also be available throughout your time at Nightline.

    Applications open twice per academic year – once during autumn term and once during spring term. For the latest information on when applications will open, please visit our Facebook and Instagram pages.

    Please note: After registering your interest in volunteering with Nightline, you will be sent an email with more information on the role. Registering your interest alone does not amount to an application to volunteer with Nightline – applications are completed via an online form released each recruitment cycle.

    • Area of InterestHomelessness and Vulnerable People, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
  • Heaton Food Garden

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Jun 2021 and 01 Jun 2023

    Heaton Food Garden is a Heaton-based project working to rebuild the long-lost connection between people and food in an inclusive, hands-on and eco-friendly way.

    We want to transform every unused, paved-up front garden in our neighbourhood into a tiny food oasis, full of container-grown vegetables, shrubs, pollinator-friendly flowers and wildlife features for the enjoyment of the local residents. While with us, you’ll get a chance to build, paint and install containers and bug hotels in local front gardens, plant seeds, pot up seedlings and more – all while learning DIY and horticultural skills.

    • Area of InterestLocal Community, Outdoors, Environment and Conservation
    • Volunteering TypeOn-Going Projects
  • INTOgration

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    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.

    • Area of InterestEducation, International and Languages
  • Procrastiknitting

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Procrastiknitting is a fantastic opportunity for new and experienced knitters, crocheters and sewers to practice and enhance their skills, all while helping the community. We have weekly meetings to work on our projects such as bonding squares and cannula sleeves for premature babies in hospitals.

    • Area of InterestArts, Music and Culture, Children and Young People
  • A Second Life

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Aug 2018 and 01 Aug 2022

    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! 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 2021 and 01 Aug 2022

    Grow Volunteer NUSU’s very own on campus green project which encompasses all things urban growing a range of vegetables, herbs, flowers and trees. We meet regularly to do things such as creating growing spaces on campus and raising plants for use in schools and other green spaces. This project is great to get outside, take a break from studies, meet other people and broaden your knowledge of veggie growing and wider environmental issues.

    Beginning Tuesday 5 Oct. Wednesday 6 Oct. and each week at these times until further notice 

    At 12noon and 2pm both days one-hour sessions. 

    Clothing: - wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty and sensible shoes. All protective equipment such as gloves and eye protection provided. In the event of bad weather, we will do upcycling work indoors. 

    Activities: - 

    Main aims for autumn and winter are: 

    • To create a small roof garden. 

    • Clear spaces for herb planting 

    • Prepare existing planters for vegetable growing 

    • Sow over wintering vegetable seeds 

    • Clear and repair plastic greenhouse 

    One off events off campus: - 

    • Fruit tree pruning, lifting raspberry canes  

    • Planting tree seedlings, potting up and growing on young wildflower plants,  

    • Building hedgehog houses nest boxes and bug hotels. 

    Dates and times for these to be arranged. 


    • Area of InterestOutdoors, Environment and Conservation
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