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!

Current Volunteer Roles …………………interested?

Feel free to call or email for more information.

Berwick

Volunteers required to support Vaccination Centre – Swan Centre, Berwick

Five Northumberland Surgeries will be undertaking the next round of vaccination clinics from the 6th of July at the Swan Centre in Berwick and are seeking local volunteer support.

These clinics will run every Tuesday from 8.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. and we would welcome volunteers who can support part or all of those days/hours to suit your availability.

Coffee/Tea and lunch breaks will be available. Support required is for volunteers to assist the medical teams in a. making sure social distancing of patients is maintained b. directing patients to the waiting areas c. directing and managing the car parking facility and other ad hoc duties to assist with the smooth running of the vaccination clinics.

You will need to be reasonably active as you will be on your feet for most of the time you are with us

Wooler

Royal Voluntary Service – Driver Volunteers – Thursdays, Cheviot Centre, Wooler

Would welcome volunteers to help collect and/or take home participants from the RVS Activity Sessions. Pick up of participants from Wooler and surrounding rural areas between 9.00 and 9.30 a.m on a Thursday – to arrive at the activity centre by 10.00 a.m. and to collect and take home from activity centre at 2.00 p.m. If you can support either of those slots or both those slots it would be amazing.

Royal Voluntary Service – Social Activity Session support –Thursdays, Cheviot Centre, Wooler

We run 3 activity sessions between 9.30 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. which is a morning session, lunch session and an afternoon session. Support would involve helping with refreshments for participants, companionship, chatting with and supporting participants with some of the activities and identifying other needs of participants e.g. health issues for referral, domestic support which can be addressed etc. Activities include anything from playing Dominoes, Quiz, Gentle exercise and dancing and craft work.

Maybe if you have an interest in any of the above activities and would like to run a session yourself we would love to hear from you – these specific activities usually take place between 1.00 and 2.00 p.m. We also run activity sessions in Rothbury on Tuesdays and would welcome volunteers to support us in this location.

Across Northumberland

Royal Voluntary Service – Community Companion

This important and much needed volunteer role would require your services for 1 – 2 hours a week with each client. You will be engaging with new clients and identifying needs of social support and connecting them with activities which are taking place in their local communities including encouragement and support in engaging in these activities. You will have great supportive and communication skills and have an interest in helping others.

There will be suitable geographical locations to suit your requirements.

Training and support will be available to all interested volunteers.

Berwick

Mind and Sole CIC – Walk and Talk Volunteers – supporting and encouraging people of all ages in getting fit, gaining confidence, encouraging interaction with people, some who may be suffering from loneliness and self-isolation. Participants are all ages and this group would really love to get some help with their new project in the Berwick area. If you like walking, enjoy chatting, have a friendly and empathetic and understanding nature and enjoy socialising and meeting new people and possess an amazing sense of humour this could be the role for you. Daytime – possibly one or two mornings a week in Berwick – 10.30 ish for a couple of hours along with a ‘cuppa’ stop. The group would also be looking for potential Volunteers for this activity in Wooler in the future. Existing and successful walking groups are also ongoing in Amble, Morpeth and Alnwick.

Mind and Sole CIC – Volunteer Support Open Water Swimming sessions – supporting and encouraging individuals who would like to try this amazing activity – participants range from a starting point of dipping their toe in the water to gradually increasing their confidence level to whatever suits them – there’s a level for everyone. If you fancy having a go at this and would like to encourage others then please get in touch – this is a new group in Berwick and is safely managed by experienced open water swimmers. Existing groups in Amble, Morpeth and Alnwick.

Well Close GP Link Workers Social Prescribing Team – Music for Dementia Group – commencing in September to act as Stewards to meet and greet, escort clients to the bathroom in the lifts, serving refreshments and joining in with the fun. You will require an amazing sense of humour, ability to interact with people in a caring and compassionate manner and be reliable. These sessions will be taking place in the Studio at The Maltings twice a month from approx. 10.30 a.m. for a couple of hours on each occasion.

Well Close GP Link Workers Social Prescribing Team – Dementia Walking Group – If you enjoy a gentle walk and like interacting with people who need someone to chat to or encouragement then this could be the volunteer role for you. You will be accompanying participants who suffer from mental health issues, mainly dementia, as one to one walking companions – you will be walking as a group with other volunteers and walk leaders and participants. So, if you are reliable, possess a caring and compassionate manner, are fit enough to complete a gentle walk and chat to participants as well as understanding the issues of dementia and still keep up a conversation then your support would be greatly appreciated and will be making a huge difference to the lives of these individuals and their families. These sessions are currently held walking around Berwick town and are usually with service users who live in and around this area. Walks take place on a Thursday at 11.00 a.m. and would be no longer than 1.5 hours with a coffee break taken during this time.

Northern Soul Kitchen – Café Support and support at Radio Rooms venue

Confident volunteers required to manage the kitchen in West Street on a Wednesday – maybe two people who would like to work as part of a team and work every other week. This would involve serving lunch and some food prep – heating and presenting food. Majority of the day’s menu would have been pre prepped. So if you like working with food, meeting people and would like to support this enterprise in tackling food waste in the local area, food poverty and instability then your voluntary help would be greatly appreciated.

Northern Soul Kitchen also requires volunteers to help at The Radio Rooms every weekend serving customers, prepping occasionally, clearing tables etc. So that would be Friday 5-8pm // Saturday 1-8pm but these hours could be split to suit individuals who would like to support the enterprise and venue. Music events will be happening during these times and the audience for these events will have pre-booked.

Lowick – rural area

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 want to discuss any of these volunteer roles in more detail, and in confidence please contact Lynda Swinden at Volunteering In North Northumberland at lyndaswinden.volunteeringnn@gmail.com or phone on 07783 331549/07921 262310