North Tyneside’s Volunteering Centre is looking for local people aged 50 and over to get involved in the second wave of a short-term volunteering project to really make a difference in their local community.
Starting in January 2018, Friends of North Tyneside is a 12-week programme which offers volunteers the chance to use their skills and experiences working in teams to benefit either
pre-school children, young adults or older and isolated residents in the borough. By volunteering two days a week for three months, participants join fellow volunteers to plan and deliver a range of sessions and activities that will have a positive impact on people in the local area.
Business in North Tyneside are being urged to get involved and volunteer. This year we opened a public nominated and voted for award at the North Tyneside Business Awards which recognised businesses which have gone the extra mile in their community. Next year it could be your business which is nominated for the Heart of the Community Award.
The project first launched in September and currently has two projects underway. Volunteers on the ‘Pathways to Employment’ project are working with young people to get them more prepared for work by supporting them with CV building, interview skills and attending a range of creative and enterprise workshops, while the ‘Making Christmas Special’ volunteers are running a series of visits and events to help older and isolated residents feel special over the holiday period. As well as making Christmas crafts and collecting donations of gifts, the team are encouraging residents who may be alone on Christmas Day to come along to one of four community centres in the borough and enjoy Christmas lunch with others.
VODA’s Volunteer Centre Manager, Ian Dodds, explains more about the project: “There are so many benefits to taking part in a volunteering programme such as this. It’s not a long-term commitment, it’s a time-limited project and the volunteers will get to see the real results of their participation at the end of their projects. Plus it’s a fantastic way to meet new people, take on new challenges and have some fun! We know that people in this age bracket have a lot to give in terms of their skills, experience and knowledge. We want to really harness that and put it to good use to help solve issues in the community such as social isolation and getting young people ready for work.”
The next Friends of North Tyneside programme begins in January 2018 with two fun and interactive taster sessions taking place at the Cedarwood Trust in North Shields on Wednesday 17 January 2018 to give anyone interested in taking part more information about the project and have a go at some of the activities they might be involved in. For more information on dates or to register an interest in becoming a Friend of North Tyneside, contact VODA on 0191 643 2626 or email email@example.com.