Volunteering in North Northumberland

“Supporting the people who support our Communities”

Volunteering in North Northumberland is a unique brokerage service set up to support community organisations, groups and charities in identifying and referring potential volunteers who fit the bill.

Many social enterprises, charities and community organisations and support services are continuously seeking enthusiastic, compassionate and caring volunteers to support the ongoing needs of communities.

Recently we have been seeking drivers to pick up recycled food from supermarkets and deliver to Northern Soul Kitchen in order to reduce food waste and support local families, helping Berwick Community Trust deliver food parcels, identifying potential befrienders who are able to chat to isolated members of the community on a regular basis, volunteer support at the Berwick Vaccination Centre, delivering small sacks of logs to isolated residents in villages in North Northumberland for the Northumberland Log Bank and many more.

So……. If you are a Community Group seeking volunteers – get in touch and let us help you identify volunteers who can support your local projects

So ………Looking to volunteer and want to help people, meet new people, learn new skills and support your local communities? Get in touch for an informal discussion of how you can help make a difference.

Call us or send an email for more information

Volunteering in North Northumberland
Project Coordinator – Lynda Swinden
Mobile: 07783 331 549
Telephone: 01289 304141
Email: lyndaswinden.volunteeringnn@gmail.com

Be a part of Making a Difference – You’re going to love it!

Here are some of the current roles – feel free to call or email for more information.

BERWICK

Veteran’s WARM HUB Coffee morninglast Wednesday morning in the month

Volunteers required – Ex service personnel who would be interested in supporting this coffee morning, for service veterans. Part of this role would involve having a coffee and a chat with participants, sharing experiences and generally demonstrating good listening skills and an understanding.  This would be a small group gathering ideally run by ex-forces members and would take place on a monthly basis (last Wednesday of each month) at the Berwick Voluntary Centre, Tweed Street, Berwick upon Tweed.

If you feel you would be interested in this and can spare a couple of hours a month, possess a caring personality a sense of humour and good listening skills please contact us for further details.

Citizens Advice Northumberland

Citizens Advice in Berwick are currently seeking volunteers.
Volunteering at Citizens Advice Northumberland is rewarding, challenging, demanding and fun. You will have the opportunity to enjoy working as part of a team that operates across the county and also being part of a national organisation.


They are currently looking for volunteer advisers who can commit to at least 5-8 hours each week for a minimum of 12 months. There are both face to face and digital (telephone/e-mail) adviser positions available. Previous IT experience is essential due to the method of
some of the training: e-learning, video calls, emails, online workshops and the IT use required for the role: online research on their information system and case recording.


Previous advisor experience is not necessary as full training is provided – their adviser training programme needs to be and is very thorough. It is important that the organisation gives the correct advice and information to clients as well as recording it appropriately.
Trainees are fully supported throughout their training journey.

Berwick Cancer Cars – Drivers

Consider joining our team of fabulous volunteers.

Volunteer Drivers – automatic 4 x 4 cars, driving client to cancer care appointments at specialist hospitals in Newcastle/Northumberland and possibly Edinburgh.

If you have suffered cancer yourself or know someone who has you will understand and appreciate the difference this local charity can make in supporting local people.

If you have some free time available maybe one day a week, or a fortnight or a month – whatever you feel you can commit to and want to make a difference please contact me for further information.

Berwick Cancer Cars – Scheduling Coordinator

Volunteer support required – have you got some free time – want to make a difference and support this amazing local charity and local people? Consider joining our team of fabulous volunteers.

This volunteer role is effectively organising transport for cancer care patients to get to their appointments at various hospitals in the North East and Edinburgh. The role involves interacting with the client and the volunteer drivers to ensure a smooth and stress free service for the client.

You could be based from your home and would be taking calls from clients and coordinating the transport to fit with their appointment times.

Full training and ongoing support will be provided

If you love learning new skills and knowledge, want an interesting and rewarding volunteer experience, then please email lyndaswinden.volunteeringnn@gmail.com in the first instance – add your telephone number and Lynda will give you a call back.

WOOLER

Wooler Warm Space  – Volunteer Soup Makers/Helpers

The Wooler Warm Space, based at Wooler URC , are seeking one or two volunteers to help make and serve soup at their Warm Welcome  event on a Friday morning/lunchtime – ideally on a weekly basis each Friday. This is a social gathering of people of all ages who use this facility to socialise and interact over lunch or coffee. Soup can be made at home and brought in or made on the premises at the Warm Hub. Expenses for this are covered. 

Volunteer Shopping Companion

The Wooler URC and Glendale Gateway Trust have organised a Community Transport Scheme from Wooler where a minibus will collect local people who do not have transport and find it difficult to use public transport and take them into Berwick (Aldi and Morrisons) and back again to do their shopping. They are seeking volunteers to ‘assist’ people on and off the bus, help people with their shopping bags etc and back on the bus. A companion really for the shopping trip. Can you help? The plan is to go once a fortnight on a Sunday and will probably take just a couple of hours. Any volunteer help you can offer would be much appreciated either on an ad hoc or regular fortnightly basis The group is also seeking Volunteer Drivers for the minibus regarding the shopping trip above – no special licence required and you will be fully insured and added on to the Bell View Insurance policy.

If you are interested in any of these volunteer roles in Wooler or just want a chat to gather more information, please email lyndaswinden.volunteeringnn@gmail.com in the first instance – add your telephone number and Lynda will give you a call back.

ACROSS NORTH NORTHUMBERLAND

RNLI – Grace Darling Museum, Bamburgh –  Front of House Volunteers

Grace Darling Museum in Bamburgh. Seeking volunteers to help in the museum – a variety of duties – working alongside a sociable team. Half a day a week minimum would be extremely helpful and would make a huge difference to the work of the RNLI at the Museum – but if you can do more or help out on an ad hoc basis too that would be fantastic.

The role of Museum Front of House Volunteer begins with welcoming visitors to the museum, relaying information about the museum and providing an excellent level of customer service.  Queries may relate to the exhibits themselves or the surrounding area, however, you don’t have to be an expert as there’ll always be a colleague on hand to assist. This role also includes serving customers in the gift shop, stock replenishment and cash handling, whilst maintaining a high standard of customer service.

Potential volunteers will be flexible individuals who have time and enthusiasm to help keep the RNLI story alive whilst raising vital funds to save lives at sea. Training to fulfil your volunteer role will be provided.

If you are enthusiastic, have good communication skills and like meeting and interacting with people and understand great customer service then get in touch for further information.

If you are interested in this volunteer roles or just want a chat to gather more information, please email lyndaswinden.volunteeringnn@gmail.com in the first instance – add your telephone number and Lynda will give you a call back.

LOWICK – RURAL

Turn About Pegasus and Nurtured in Nature

This local and successful Social Enterprise and Community Interest Company is seeking volunteers who would be interested in any of the following areas:

Pasture work, Admin and IT support, support with the horses, writing funding bids, general maintenance.

If you have skills or an interest in any of the above as well as a light hearted attitude and a willingness to muck in this is a great opportunity to be involved in an enterprise that offers life changing opportunities and support to individuals and families.

You must be over the age of 18 and will need your own transport or be able to get to Hetton Steads via private transport as this project is based in a rural location – but what a great location to volunteer in.

There are opportunities to volunteer various days and hours due to the nature of the work involved and depending upon the needs of the projects and your own availability.

If you have an interest in, or would like to gain more experience in the outdoors, rural crafts, fencing, dry stone walling, horticulture, farming, foraging, cooking outdoors, orienteering, team building, course building, tree excavations, digger driving, IT (that’s a biggy as they admit that they are hopeless in this area – so they say!!) Photography, Social media etc. then please get in touch.

The main requirement, as well as being willing and able, is a keen interest in supporting the organisation to deliver a quality service and enjoying having a laugh and being a part of an amazing team.

If you are interested in this volunteer roles or just want a chat to gather more information, please email lyndaswinden.volunteeringnn@gmail.com in the first instance – add your telephone number and Lynda will give you a call back.

FEEDBACK ON HOW WE ARE DOING – WHAT ORGANISATIONS AND GROUPS SAY…

Northumberland Log Bank

“Volunteering in Northumberland has been, continues to be, of great support to the Northumberland Log Bank. The Log Bank relies on volunteers to operate and we are always in need of volunteers as we expand. Volunteers help collect and process wood as well as delivering logs all over rural Northumberland to those in need. We are hugely grateful.”

Northern Soul Kitchen

 “Working with Volunteering in North Northumberland completely revolutionised the way Northern Soul Kitchen works with volunteers and recruits them. The Project Coordinator’s approachable and professional manner meant we could communicate openly and easily about what we needed. They were able to find fantastic volunteers who we couldn’t imagine being without now.”

WHAT VOLUNTEERS SAY ABOUT VOLUNTEERING IN NORTH NORTHUMBERLAND…

“When I approached Lynda about volunteering she pointed me in the direction of Northern Soul Kitchen where I have been volunteering 1 day a week since last August. I thoroughly enjoy my day in the café – it has given me the opportunity to meet lots of different people and have also made some friends, which being new to the area has been great. Knowing you are doing something that positively contributes to the local community is hugely fulfilling. Thanks to Lynda I think my skills and interests have be utilised to good effect.”

“You are doing a brilliant job facilitating lots of great volunteering projects.

“I first thought of volunteering locally early this year I looked up local voluntary agencies and found Volunteering in North Northumberland, after contacting you I was offered various options in my area , the role of volunteering was discussed along organisations looking for volunteers , I chose The Gathering in Wooler I now volunteer there on a weekly basis.

“I found Volunteering in North Northumberland very supportive and informative when making a decision about where to volunteer.”

“As far as the volunteer service is concerned, I would say that I am very happy with the support that I initially received when first finding some volunteer roles to help with in North Northumberland. I discussed several options with Lynda and decided on 2 different roles which fitted in with my time schedule and experience. Lynda keeps in touch with any new opportunities and is always available if I require anything, I am very happy with my volunteer roles.”

“I’m extremely grateful to Lynda and the North Northumberland Voluntary Forum for linking me with a walking group in Berwick supporting people with mental health issues, people who have suffered in other area’s of their lives’ but are now looking to take their first steps back into society, without Lynda’s networking I wouldn’t have been aware of this group.