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The Career Development Module is a 20 credit module for second year, final year and masters students with optional module choices in their degree programme. Students undertake 70 hours volunteering within the local community to develop graduate skills

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  • Aquila Housing - Volunteer Befriender (Basis)

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    A housing and homelessness charity based in the North East of England with 30 years’ experience of delivering bespoke, effective services for vulnerably housed and homeless people. A Volunteer Befriender is supported and encouraged to provide ongoing practical support and companionship to our service users. This may mean visiting them in 24-hour supported accommodation, in their own homes or at our homeless resource centre in Gateshead. Within our drop-in centre, Volunteer Befrienders provide practical support to our service users e.g. help with laundry, making refreshments, filling in forms, etc.

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Education, Health and Social Care, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, Local Community, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy, Older People, Representation
  • Aquila Housing - Volunteer Befriender (Residential Projects)

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    A housing and homelessness charity based in the North East of England with 30 years’ experience of delivering bespoke, effective services for vulnerably housed and homeless people. A Volunteer Befriender is supported and encouraged to provide ongoing practical support and companionship to our service users. This may mean visiting them in 24-hour supported accommodation, in their own homes or at our homeless resource centre in Gateshead. Within our residential projects, Volunteer Befrienders run activities to engage our service users positively e.g. arts and crafts, cooking/baking, family learning, beauty therapy.

    • Area of InterestDisability, Education, Health and Social Care, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, International and Languages, Local Community, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy, Older People, Representation
  • Blue Cross - Education Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    Blue Cross is the UK’s Pet Charity. Each year, thousands of cats, dogs, small pets and horses turn to our animal hospitals, clinics and rehoming services for treatment and to find happy homes. Our Education teams deliver talks and workshops to improve understanding of pets and their needs. The Education Volunteer will be delivering talks and workshops to children in your local area. • Based from home, visiting groups in your local area • Giving talks to children under the age of 12 at local primary schools, nurseries and youth groups such as Cubs and Brownies • Approaching local teachers and youth leaders about our education work • Ordering resources from the education office • Keeping records updated on talks delivered You will be expected to complete at least 8 school talks each term (minimum of 16 school talks over the module) to meet your 70 hours volunteering.

    • Area of InterestAnimals, Campaigning, Children and Young People, Education, Events, Fundraising, Local Community, Representation, Training
  • Food Nation: Enterprise Assistant

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    Food Nation is a Social Enterprise, based in Newcastle upon Tyne, with a vision to inspire people about good food. We do this by providing practical and innovative food education activities for the general public, schools and businesses in Newcastle, Gateshead and the surrounding area. Food Nation has opportunities for students to assist in a range of our food education, growing skills courses and help with management of demonstration garden. Food education sessions take place with local primary, secondary and special needs schools and are designed to encourage children and families to understand food and where it comes from. Growing skills enable participants to learn practical gardening skills. Food Nation manages a demonstration garden / food production site for practical growing skills. Help with the upkeep of the site offers an excellent opportunity for anyone wanting to learn more about organic gardening methods as well as enjoying working outdoors. Working to assist with the recruitment, preparation, development and delivery of our cooking skills work. - You may be required to assist the cooking skills trainer with cooking classes, this will include preparation of ingredients, interacting and assisting class participants. - You may be required to help with the end of session clean up, following strict health and safety guidelines to ensure the highest levels of food hygiene are observed. Assisting with the marketing and promotion of Food Nation services - You may be required to help at food nation marketing events, these can be stalls demonstrating the work we do or help out at food markets which are helped run by Food Nation. - You may be required to hand out marketing material at these events.

    • Area of InterestBusiness and Leadership, Campaigning, Children and Young People, Education, Events, Health and Social Care, Local Community, Media and Marketing, Training
  • Friends Action North East : 1-2-1 Friendship mentor

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    FANE was established in 2004, is based in Newcastle upon Tyne and the sole purpose of our team is to help adults in the North East of England with learning disabilities and/or autism to make and keep friends. FANE champions friendship, raising expectations and creating opportunities to do ordinary things. By working closely with the people we support. We have developed many different methods of supporting friendship. A one to one friendship mentor supports an individual with a learning disability and/or Autism who has enrolled on to our programme (friendship finder) to achieve their friendship goals A 1-2-1 friendship mentor is not a friend or befriender to the person they are supporting but a mentor who will support their friendship finder to build their own friends

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Education, Health and Social Care, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, Local Community, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
  • Alzheimer’s Society - Befriending Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    • Befriending visiting with a person with dementia on a regular basis (a few hours each week or fortnight) at home and/or in the local community depending on the activities agreed • Providing opportunities to participate in social and recreational activities • Building trust and companionship so the person befriended can engage with activities in a safe and enjoyable environment • Liaising with the Befriending Manager about changes or concerns regarding the service user and own learning and development needs • Maintaining accurate and legible records • Following service standards, service specifications, service boundaries and policies and procedures that impact on the activity being carried out. Our vision is a world without dementia. Our mission is to transform the landscape of dementia forever. Until the day we find a cure, we will strive to create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted, able to live in their community without fear or prejudice. Our vision is a world without dementia. Our mission is to transform the landscape of dementia forever. Until the day we find a cure, we will strive to create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted, able to live in their community without fear or prejudice.

    • Area of InterestCampaigning, Disability, Health and Social Care, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, Local Community, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy, Older People
  • Alzheimer's Society: Side by Side telephone volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    As a Side by Side telephone volunteer you will provide friendly, tailored conversations with people living with dementia. You will be connected with people based on their interests and preferences. Your involvement will support people with dementia to feel less isolated and focuses on individual’s strengths to remain connected, feel valued and more confident. Keeping people connected by providing person centred conversation and support You need to be: • Passionate about supporting, enabling and empowering people with dementia • Described as ‘chatty’ and/or a good listener • Comfortable making calls from remote locations • Capable of volunteering within service boundaries, following all appropriate policies and procedures • Knowledgeable about, or are willing to learn about, dementia and its impact on people • Able to recognise the importance of confidentiality • Keen to provide a high standard of service • Committed to inclusion

    • Area of InterestCampaigning, Disability, Health and Social Care, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, Local Community, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy, Older People
  • Barnardo's: Driver + Group Support

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    To pick up and drive children, young people and families to activities, events or for day trips. To support staff as they deliver group work programmes and drop in sessions to young people. Such sessions will be used to support a young person’s development, work towards positive outcomes, overcome barriers, and helping them to progress into education, training or employment. Supporting the young people in group work on a regular basis to work towards their goals, provide them with emotional support, help them to deal with issues and provide them with a positive role model.

    • Area of InterestCampaigning, Children and Young People, Fundraising, Health and Social Care, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, Local Community, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy, Representation
  • Friends Action North East - IT Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    FANE was established in 2004, is based in Newcastle upon Tyne and the sole purpose of our team is to help adults in the North East of England with learning disabilities and/or autism to make and keep friends. FANE champions friendship, raising expectations and creating opportunities to do ordinary things. By working closely with the people we support. We have developed many different methods of supporting friendship. IT Volunteers: Supporting all aspects of IT from data input, social media to campaigning for digital inclusion for people with learning disabilities and/or Autism.

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Education, Health and Social Care, Local Community, Media and Marketing, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
  • Age UK Gateshead - Income generation and development

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    Age UK is a registered charity supporting people aged 50+. Providing information, advice, advocacy, bereavement support, befriending, day centres, social groups, leisure and learning opportunities and insurance services. We are currently growing our offer of groups and services, as well as launching a sub brand to appeal to the 50-65yr market. This placement will assist the Head of Income Generation and Business Development with current project development, events and focus groups.

    • Area of InterestBusiness and Leadership, Disability, Health and Social Care, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, Local Community, Media and Marketing, Mental Health, Older People
  • Live Theatre : Live Tales - Writing Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    The writing volunteer’s main responsibility is to work with small groups of children as they develop their individual creative writing; listening to their ideas, asking questions and providing lots of encouragement. The volunteer will also provide practical support, including: setting up the room, meeting and greeting the group, hanging up coats, giving name badges to the pupils and tidying up. There is a briefing session and a debrief session for all volunteers before and after each workshop. We expect every volunteer will develop skills in teamwork, supporting children and young people and encouraging and inspiring creativity.

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Education, Events, Fundraising, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, International and Languages, Local Community, Representation
  • Alzheimer’s Society: Admin Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    The tasks are varied general admin, filling, emailing, ordering publicity materials, helping organise events, producing our volunteer bulletin, printing and copying, contacting local fundraisers and organisations. You could be supporting our fundraisers, volunteering officer or any other member of staff in the office who needs help. This role will suit you if you: • Have some experience of providing administration support in an office environment or are willing to learn • Have good communication skills and IT skills, especially Microsoft® Office applications • Have good literacy and numeracy skills • Are keen to provide a high standard of service and can prioritise tasks within appropriate boundaries • Have an understanding of, and a commitment to, confidentiality and data protection • Are comfortable following policies, procedures and guidance • Have a basic knowledge of, or willing to learn about, dementia and its impact on people Our vision is a world without dementia. Our mission is to transform the landscape of dementia forever. Until the day we find a cure, we will strive to create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted, able to live in their community without fear or prejudice.

    • Area of InterestDisability, Health and Social Care, Local Community, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy, Older People, Representation
  • Barnardo's: Reception Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    To provide support to reception in services at The BASE Answering the telephones and the door entry system Scanning Welcoming service users and visitors, showing them to the relevant group or room Taking general enquires and passing them onto the relevant staff via telephone, e-mail or in person

    • Area of InterestCampaigning, Children and Young People, Events, Fundraising, Health and Social Care, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, Local Community
  • Friends Action North East: Group Support Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    FANE was established in 2004, is based in Newcastle upon Tyne and the sole purpose of our team is to help adults in the North East of England with learning disabilities and/or autism to make and keep friends. FANE champions friendship, raising expectations and creating opportunities to do ordinary things. By working closely with the people we support. We have developed many different methods of supporting friendship. Group Support Volunteer: Supporting people to try and develop independence skills in group environments

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Education, Health and Social Care, Local Community, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
  • Caudwell Children: Family Support Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    Caudwell Children transforms the lives of disabled children across the UK. We act as a safety net for families who are unable to gain the help they need. We aim to provide access to the services, equipment, therapies and treatments they need; to enable disabled children to lead ordinary lives. Family Support Volunteer: We need empathetic, reliable and passionate volunteers with a can-do attitude. You must have good interpersonal and communication skills to work towards an improvement in circumstances for the family. You will deliver support by playing with children within the home, facilitating access to community activities, help with application forms for equipment and services, or prepare individual research projects about a specific health condition as support during diagnosis. There is also opportunity to support us with our hospital support service and attending a range of networking events. Activities mainly run Monday to Friday. However, there are opportunities to support us at evenings and weekends, to fit in around the needs of the family/events we have booked to attend.

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Health and Social Care, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, Local Community, Mental Health, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
  • Events administrator - Stephenson Railway Museum

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    Stephenson Railway Museum celebrates the achievements of George and Robert Stephenson who spent 20 years in North Tyneside developing their pioneering ideas which helped spread railways and locomotives worldwide. We organise many successful seasonal events when visitors can take a ride on a passenger train pulled by the 'Jackie Milburn' steam engine or heritage diesel locomotives. Goal – support the events co-ordinator in preparing for the two largest events that are held at the museum, Santa Specials and Day Out With Thomas Pre-event preparation: Assist with the preparation of literature, documentation and materials which will benefit any visitors attending museum events, sending prepared information to internal and external customers, helping to position equipment at venues in advance of events. On the event days: For ticketed events checking guests off the guests lists, collecting customer feedback, encouraging visitors to support the museum through donations, giving general information about the visit and the museum, answering visitor questions and general upkeep to ensure our visitors younger and older enjoy their time at the museum.

    • Area of InterestArts, Music and Culture, Business and Leadership, Children and Young People, Events, Local Community, Media and Marketing
  • Success4All Media and Communications - Elswick Ward Committee

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    Success4All is a Newcastle based educational charity that aims to fight educational inequality through our Learning Hubs that provide free to low-cost safe environments with access to learning resources, computers and internet access, and support from trained volunteer Tutors and Befrienders, to those who could otherwise not afford it. Elswick Ward Committee for Regeneration aims to support the work of local groups such as Friends of Elswick Pool, raise awareness for people who have private tenancies i.e. meter tampering to organise regular markets at Cruddas Park Shopping Centre. As a Media Communications Assistant your role would be to improve the profile and raise awareness of Cruddas Park Shopping Centre as a market for community businesses (through personal relations, advertising, marketing). Examples of activities the role will include: - attending Elswick Ward Regeneration Committee meetings and follow up with visits to Cruddas Park and stakeholders, - designing flyer for the market event and raise awareness via social media of the event. Follow up enquiries made, - assistance with organization of the market event and with the running of the event on the day.

    • Area of InterestBusiness and Leadership, Campaigning, Education, Events, Local Community, Media and Marketing
  • Great North Children's Hospital - Foundation Volunteer

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    Fundraising, raising the profile of and marketing the GNCH brand, event planning, event participation, communications, Administrative duties, potential for other opportunities to meet student specific skills. The Great North Children’s Hospital is one of the 4 largest children’s hospitals in the UK and has a wide range of services for both inpatients and outpatients. The Hospital was rated outstanding by the CQC in 2016 and provides quality care to children and young people and their families.

    • Area of InterestBusiness and Leadership, Campaigning, Children and Young People, Events, Health and Social Care, Media and Marketing
  • Smile for Life Children's Charity - Cafe Mentor

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    Café Beam is a charming vintage café based in the heart of Gosforth. We proudly support young people with learning difficulties or physical disabilities or those from troubled backgrounds. We provide them with a work placement where they can further develop work and life skills to become more confident individuals. • Provide hands on mentoring and support to young people enabling them to serve paying customers in a café setting. • Build formative relationships with young people. • Tutor and model to the young people on the use of equipment supporting them to prepare and serve food and drinks to a high standard as well as supporting young people carry out routine clearing up and cleaning procedures. • At times of need (i.e. during busy times or when tasks are too high a level for the young person to safely accomplish) make food or drinks or complete cleaning tasks.

    • Area of InterestChildren and Young People, Disability, Education, Homelessness and Vulnerable People, Local Community, Mentoring, Befriending and Advocacy
  • Live Theatre, Live Tales - Volunteer Illustrator

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Oct 2017 and 30 Apr 2018. Applications closed on 30 Sep.

    Live Tales is Live Theatre’s new creative writing centre for children and young people. School groups (children aged 7-11) visit the centre for a two hour workshop and take part in a range of exciting activities to develop imagination, creativity and writing progression. The volunteer illustrator’s main responsibility is to produce two illustrations (in 15-20minutes each) based on the children’s ideas; staying faithful to their descriptions, however outlandish they may be. The illustrator is also responsible for slotting these images into InDesign and printing booklets for the children to take away with them. The volunteer may provide practical support, including: setting up the room, meeting and greeting the group, hanging up coats, giving name badges to the pupils and tidying up. There is a briefing session and a debrief session for all volunteers before and after each workshop.

    • Area of InterestArts, Music and Culture, Business and Leadership, Children and Young People, Education, Local Community, Media and Marketing
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