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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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  • LOT

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Due to current circumstances this Go Volunteer project is on hold, we are keeping a close eye on developments and frequently re-assessing when this project can recommence. For regular updates, make sure you follow us on social media and sign up to our newsletter. If you have any questions about this project or volunteering in general please email govolunteer.union@newcaslte.ac.uk Facebook: @nclgovolunteer Twitter & Instagram: @nusugovolunteer

    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
  • 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 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
  • YES Planning

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Due to current circumstances this Go Volunteer project is on hold, we are keeping a close eye on developments and frequently re-assessing when this project can recommence. For regular updates, make sure you follow us on social media and sign up to our newsletter. If you have any questions about this project or volunteering in general please email govolunteer.union@newcaslte.ac.uk Facebook: @nclgovolunteer Twitter & Instagram: @nusugovolunteer

    '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
  • Nightline

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

    Nightline is a confidential and anonymous listening and information service run by students, for students. Phone lines are open 8pm-8am every night of term, providing a safe place for students to talk about whatever is on their mind. Interested in volunteering with Nightline? Our team of sensitive and proactive student volunteers help the wider student community by taking calls and running all aspects of the service. As a volunteer, you will develop skills in active listening, empathy, and patience, as well as get the chance to work with like-minded students from all walks of university life!

    • As a volunteer, you flexibly choose your shifts, which run throughout the night from 8pm to 8am. During shifts, you and another volunteer will go to our office on campus and answer any calls or messages that night. However, you are not expected to stay up all night and there are beds, a TV, kitchen and shower in the office. To prepare you for taking calls, we put you through a full weekend of training and, after signing off, you will have ongoing support and retraining throughout your time with us.
    • Because of the coronavirus crisis, we still can't say for certain when exactly we’ll next be able to take on new volunteers. We’re monitoring the situation closely and will be updating our Facebook and Instagram pages with more information as it becomes clear. If you give these pages a like/follow, you'll be kept completely up to date with our schedule for the coming year and any developments:

      https://www.facebook.com/NUSUnightline

      https://www.instagram.com/newcastlenightline/ 

    • Area of InterestHomelessness and Vulnerable People, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
  • Brush Up

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    Due to current circumstances this Go Volunteer project is on hold, we are keeping a close eye on developments and frequently re-assessing when this project can recommence. For regular updates, make sure you follow us on social media and sign up to our newsletter. If you have any questions about this project or volunteering in general please email govolunteer.union@newcaslte.ac.uk Facebook: @nclgovolunteer Twitter & Instagram: @nusugovolunteer

    This is a student volunteer group based in the School of Dental Sciences delivering oral health education. It has been running for almost 10 years! 
    We go out into the community, mainly into schools, around Newcastle in more deprived areas, where access to dental care is more likely to be limited. We give oral hygiene and diet advice and take along props to get the groups we visit involved. We have just recently been awarded funding from NUSU’s Go Volunteer fund and we now have a dental chair for people to become more accustomed to dentistry.

    BrushUp was runner up in 2 awards for the Community Impact Awards 2020: community outreach and students for health meaning they were also shortlisted for the Pride Awards 2020 too!

    You can also find us on social media: Instagram: @brushupncl and Twitter: @brushup_ncl 

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Education, Health and Social Care
  • Art Into Schools

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

    Due to current circumstances this Go Volunteer project is on hold, we are keeping a close eye on developments and frequently re-assessing when this project can recommence. For regular updates, make sure you follow us on social media and sign up to our newsletter. If you have any questions about this project or volunteering in general please email govolunteer.union@newcaslte.ac.uk Facebook: @nclgovolunteer Twitter & Instagram: @nusugovolunteer

    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.

    Due to current circumstances this Go Volunteer project is on hold, we are keeping a close eye on developments and frequently re-assessing when this project can recommence. For regular updates, make sure you follow us on social media and sign up to our newsletter. If you have any questions about this project or volunteering in general please email govolunteer.union@newcaslte.ac.uk Facebook: @nclgovolunteer Twitter & Instagram: @nusugovolunteer

    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.

    Due to current circumstances this Go Volunteer project is on hold, we are keeping a close eye on developments and frequently re-assessing when this project can recommence. For regular updates, make sure you follow us on social media and sign up to our newsletter. If you have any questions about this project or volunteering in general please email govolunteer.union@newcaslte.ac.uk Facebook: @nclgovolunteer Twitter & Instagram: @nusugovolunteer

    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.

    • Area of InterestEducation, International and Languages
  • A Second Life

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

    Due to current circumstances this Go Volunteer project is on hold, we are keeping a close eye on developments and frequently re-assessing when this project can recommence. For regular updates, make sure you follow us on social media and sign up to our newsletter. If you have any questions about this project or volunteering in general please email govolunteer.union@newcaslte.ac.uk Facebook: @nclgovolunteer Twitter & Instagram: @nusugovolunteer

    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.

    Due to current circumstances this Go Volunteer project is on hold, we are keeping a close eye on developments and frequently re-assessing when this project can recommence. For regular updates, make sure you follow us on social media and sign up to our newsletter. If you have any questions about this project or volunteering in general please email govolunteer.union@newcaslte.ac.uk Facebook: @nclgovolunteer Twitter & Instagram: @nusugovolunteer

    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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