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

Veteran’s WARM HUB Coffee morning

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.

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 (The Gathering) 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

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.

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