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Latest Volunteering Opportunities Co Durham
Volunteering with Durham Community Action **New** 

We support organisations, large and small, to help them recruit volunteers and to provide them with advice on policies and procedures, so that volunteers and organisations can flourish. 

Volunteering with Durham County Council **New** 

We have a number of volunteering opportunities that you can sign up to and which will help us to improve services across the council. 

Volunteering with East Durham Trust **New** 

Whether you are an organisation which requires volunteers or you are an individual wanting to volunteer we are here to help. 

Volunteering with Citizens Advice Co Durham **New**

We can offer a variety of roles in the organisation from an Advisor, Telephone Advice Assessor , Administration and Reception across County Durham. 

Volunteer Opportunities from YMCA Teesdale **New**

We are looking for a number of volunteers to help within our Youth Work, Community Café and Charity Shop settings. You will receive training, including some recognised courses that you can add to your CV and will be provided with the appropriate support from the senior management team. 

Youth Work 
Sessions take place at Barnard Castle (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings) and Cockfield (Wednesday evening). Young Parents Group takes place every Wednesday at The Bowes Museum between 1pm and 2.30pm 

Volunteer role will include: • Support youth workers in engaging with young people who attend YMCA Teesdale through arrange of activities and programs. • Work in partnership with professionals from other organisations that support young people such as social care, health, police, education, youth offending teams and local authorities. • Help plan programmes on topics such as health, fitness, smoking, drugs, relationships and bullying. • Provide social, emotional and behavioural support. • Support young parents and their children in the session at The Bowes Museum • Youth work volunteers require safeguarding training and a DBS 

Cafe and Kitchen staff 
Our Community Café at Cockfield is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday -
Our Community Café at Evenwood is open Monday and Tuesday 

Volunteer role will include: • Interacting with members of the public • Taking orders • Preparing food • Baking • Taking payments • Cleaning • Supporting community members to use the facilities available • Food hygiene training will be given 

Charity Shop in Barnard Castle 
Our Charity shop is open Monday –Saturday 9am -5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm - Our shop sells a range of items with second-hand retro goods, high street and designer clothing, accessories, books, CDs, DVDs, records, bric-a-brac and more. 

Volunteer role will include: 
• Sorting and preparing clothes or furniture for sale. • Back office duties – steaming, pricing and sorting stock. • Using the till. • Arranging collections of donated items. • Selling goods: clothes, shoes, bric-a-brac, furniture and DVDs. • Interacting with members of the public. • Representing YMCA on the high street. 

Volunteering times for all of the above can be as flexible as required. You can give as little as an hour of your time and you will be making a difference to the lives of the young people and communities in which we serve. 

If you are interested in any of the volunteer opportunities, please contact: Rachel Dyne, Operations Director on: Email:rachel@ymcateesdale.org.uk Phone: 01833 695780 Mobile: 07786 555095

County Durham Volunteer Co-ordinators Forum **New**

Just a reminder about the next forum meeting which is due to take place on: Tuesday 17th October 2017 10 am - 12 pm with networking until 1 pm and refreshments provided. At Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn. DH6 5AT 

If you haven't already done so it would be useful to us if you could confirm your attendance.

Click here to register – or send your apologies to Julie.bailey@durhamcommunityaction.org.uk

Volunteering with Durham Action on Single Housing **Current** 

We have a number of volunteering opportunities that you can sign up to which will help us to improve our services for homeless people. 

Here’s the link to our volunteering page; https://www.dashorg.co.uk/How-to-Volunteer

Treasurer and other new trustees needed! **Current**

Would you like to contribute to the important work DASH does? 
Do you have skills and experience which will help DASH to prosper? 
Do you have a few hours a month to work with our trustees and staff management team to strengthen DASH and provide a sustainable future for the charity? 

If so, we would really like to hear from you. We are looking for a Treasurer and other trustees to complement the existing Management Committee. Please visit www.dashorg.co.uk to see who we are and what DASH does. 

Please contact Janet Boyle or Trevor Atkinson on 0191 3845073 for more information.

Volunteer Drivers Wanted for Cornforth Partnership **Current**

Cornforth Partnership operate a community transport scheme to support local groups and organisations to make essential trips across County Durham and the North East.

We have three minibuses available - 2x 16 seater and a 6 seater and are looking for volunteer drivers to help us with our community groups. We are urgently seeking more volunteers; you will be paid an agreed mileage allowance and will be covered by our public liability insurance. Full training and qualification is provided as well as expenses and this could be a great stepping stone to future employment

For more details call leanne on  01740652000 or email leanne@cornforthpartnership.org 

Thank you Letter from Beanstalk **Current**

During this year in the North East alone Beanstalk volunteers have supported just over 400 children. The dedicated one to one support on a regular basis to each child makes such a big difference to the children both in confidence and academically and I would just like to take this opportunity to say Thank You to our Trained Reading Helpers for their dedication, time and their commitment to inspiring local children to read. 

Reading is essential in today's world and unfortunately, many children struggle to learn to read for all sorts of reasons. Beanstalk is a national charity that gives one-to-one literacy support to children in primary schools and we are looking for volunteers from local communities to work with children who have fallen behind with their reading. By becoming a reading helper, you’ll give a child the one-to-one attention they need to build their confidence and help them catch up with their reading. You’ll give them a chance to learn at their own pace and adapt the sessions to suit them. Volunteers work with three children and see each child for two 30 minute sessions a week, during term-time, for a whole year. Together, they will read, play and talk. With their support, the child's approach to learning and enjoying reading will be transformed. 

We now have ambitious plans to double the number of children supported during 2017/2018 and in order to do that we need more volunteers. If you would like to find out about the opportunities in your area please give us a call on 01325 315040 or email durham@beanstalkcharity.org.uk. More information can also be found on our website www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk

Volunteer Opportunity Waddington Street Centre  **Current**

Waddington Street Centre is a community resource mental health centre located in the heart of Durham city centre that has been running for 35 years working with individuals with life long and chronic mental ill health. We work with those resident in the community as well as in patients of Lanchester road hospital. We provide activities ranging from badminton, football, walking group, table tennis, gym group, swimming and one to one support and goal setting. 

We are looking for volunteers to compliment the health trainer delivering group support. In return, we provide invaluable experience of working with individuals with complex mental health needs, opportunity to attend in house regular training in a variety of subjects, the opportunity to train as a health trainer champion and work within an experienced small team of mental health workers in a supportive environment. 

Please contact Gemma Kilbride for more info on: 0191 3860702 or email: Gkilbride@waddingtoncentre.co.uk

Volunteer Drivers Wanted **Current**

RSVP North East / Volunteering Matters run a GP Transport scheme in Chester-le-Street, covering the surgeries at Cestria, Pelton, Pelton Fell and Sacriston. They take elderly patients who are unable to get to their appointments by any other means, wait for them and take them home again. 

We are urgently seeking more volunteers; you will be paid an agreed mileage allowance and will be covered by our public liability insurance. 

For more information, please contact Angela or Ashleigh on 0191 3891155 or rsvp.volunteeringmatters@gmail.com 
RSVP North East Volunteering Matters 
Bullion Hall South Approach 
Chester-le-Street Co Durham 
DH2 2DW

Trustee positions with DASH **Current**

 Durham Action on Single Housing Ltd.

We are looking to recruit new trustees to strengthen the Management Committee.

Our trustees bring fresh perspectives and skills as well as the compassion and care we need to help guide the future direction of the charity and make a lasting and meaningful difference to the lives of those we work with.

If you have skills and experience which you feel would be of benefit to us and you would relish the challenge and responsibility of being a trustee then we’d love to hear from you.

 We always look to recruit trustees who share our vision and values and we seek trustees who are strong team workers and people who are adaptable, reliable and flexible in their approach.

The minimum time commitment required will involve attendance at our Management Committee meetings which occur once a month and last approximately 2 hours. In addition you will be required to input to information sharing and decision making which happen remotely by e mail and/or phone between Committee meetings. The time input will vary according to what is happening in the charity at any given time but for general trustee roles this may range between 5 and 10 hours a month.

For further information call Janet Boyle or Trevor Atkinson on 0191 384 5073 or e mail admain@dashorg.co.uk  Visit our website

Local charity seeks volunteers to support families and children in Durham**Current**

A north east charity, supporting over 200,000 visitors to north east prisons each year, is seeking new volunteers in the Durham area to help support families and children of prisoners.

Nepacs has worked across the north east region for over 135 years to help support a positive future for prisoners, their friends and families.

The charity’s existing team of volunteers provide a wide range of services in all seven prisons in the north east and in the community. They are now calling out for more volunteers to help provide support to children and families at HMP Durham’s visitors centre and with their family support service in the prison.

HMP Durham, which is conveniently situated in Durham City, will soon become a reception centre for prisoners on remand, awaiting sentencing or serving short sentences, which means that the prison and Nepacs will be offering more visit sessions to families of prisoners 

There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities with Nepacs at the prison. The charity is looking for volunteers, particularly at weekends, to:

- Help run their visit tea bars – serving refreshments in the visitors’ centre to families and in the visits hall during the visit

- Provide a warm welcome, support and information within the visitors’ centre to families coming to visit their relative in prison

- Help run the play areas within the visitors’ centre and visits hall – providing games and activities for children during normal and special family visits

-  Assist their family support programme which helps the family throughout the time their partner/relative is in prison and prior to release.

Emma Price, Nepacs volunteer coordinator, said: “Our team of volunteers are dedicated to helping prisoners’ families and children across the north east, but we need more volunteers to ensure we can offer the best support possible, particularly in Durham which in the future will be providing more visit sessions for families who are supporting a relative who is awaiting sentencing or who has been remanded in custody.

 “The impact of imprisonment on children and families can be devastating and visiting court or prison for the first time can be quite difficult and sometimes distressing. Our volunteers offer a warm welcome and someone to chat to, which is particularly important at HMP Durham where many people are going into the unknown and are facing a place and situation they may never have thought they would ever be.”

Nepacs volunteers come from all walks of life, including people who are retired, students and professionals who volunteer in their spare time. We are particularly looking for volunteers who can help out on weekends, covering shifts of around 4 hours.

Emma added: “If you think you could support us by volunteering and would like to be part of a team who helps to make a difference to the lives of prisoners families please get in touch. All of our volunteers are offered travel expenses and receive relevant training and support.”

If you are interested in volunteering with the Nepacs team please get in touch with them on 0191 3757278 or email volunteering@nepacs.co.uk Details of the full range of volunteer opportunities with Nepacs are on their website