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

I work for a small local charity who support vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, we are currently running a project in partnership with Aycliffe Secure Children's home, where we match the young people in the centre with a volunteer mentor who supports them through the transition back into their community. I was wondering if it would be possible to advertise via yourself either on the website of via facebook? 

Kind Regards 
Charlotte Booth

South Durham Community Led Local Development- vacancy for the Local Action Group 

The South Durham CLLD Local Action Group (LAG) meets regularly and allows representatives to be actively involved in being responsible for setting the strategic direction of the programme, monitoring activity against the Local Development Strategy (LDS), managing the approval process of applications and procuring strategic projects. The LAG is made up of approximately 15 people and the ‘public sector’ element of that (DCC, Housing Providers, Enterprise Agencies, County Councillors) can only be a maximum of 49% of the membership. We are currently under represented by the Private/Voluntary sector so are seeking representatives from these areas. The LAG also needs to be balanced geographically across the South Durham area. 

Essentially we are looking for people who are involved in economic development, skills and work sectors. The more the LAG reflects these key areas and is also representative of the target CLLD communities, the more likely we are to deliver successful outcomes through the programme. 

For further information on the CLLD programme itself and a map of the South Durham CLLD area please visit our website at For more information or an application pack please contact

Volunteer Opportunities at The Bridge Young Carers Service, County Durham 

At The Bridge Young Carers service, we support children, young people and their families who have a challenging caring responsibility through one to one work, project work, peer support and family support. You can join our team as a volunteer and help make a difference to the lives of young carers in County Durham, thanks to some exciting opportunities that are now available:

• Young Carers Ambassador Project Support Volunteer 
• Volunteer Driver • Family Support Volunteer
• Charter Champion, Community Engagement Volunteer

For more information please contact me, Kerryann Stewart, the Community Development Practitioner for an informal chat where you can find out more about the role and the service and look at the next steps to getting involved; by phone: 0191 3832520 email: or via the website:

Friends of Wharton Park - Community Garden and Park Activities

We are looking for volunteers to join our Friends of Wharton Park group. Anyone over the age of 18 can join us, or younger people with adult supervision. No prior experience required – just enthusiasm! It’s a great chance to get involved to look after and develop our fabulous garden area within Wharton Park. We are a very friendly group that meet during the week with Tuesdays and Wednesdays being the most popular days for our volunteers. 

What Will You Be Doing? There are a range of roles that you could be doing, from: +Hands-On Gardening (planting, watering, fruit/veg picking, weeding, pruning, etc) +Sowing and ‘Potting On’ (designing planting areas for the garden then growing the seed and potting-on the seedlings in the poly tunnel) +Crafts and Activities in the Community Garden with the ‘Friends’ or with the Rangers (helping with arts activities, group workshops, events in the garden or park, wildlife surveys, building a bug hotel) What Will You Get From Your Involvement? A chance to meet and chat with new people, to make friends and become a ‘Friend of Wharton Park’, learn new skills, or pass on your own skills and knowledge to others, build confidence, do something that you enjoy with like-minded company and create something for all the community to enjoy.

To get involved or to find out more about the Community Garden in Wharton Park, please contact us either via email: or telephone: 07932 417839 to speak with Jill ~Chair of the Friends of Wharton Park

Wheels to Work County Durham - Vacancies for Trustees

Wheels 2 Work County Durham a charity which delivers a moped-loan scheme to help people access employment, training or education that would otherwise be inaccessible due to poor public transport connections or out-of-hour work patterns. The project is governed by the Wheels 2 Work Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) comprising Chair, Treasurer and 3 other Trustees. We are looking for volunteers to help support the management and development of the charity and have vacancies for Trustee positions on our Management Board. We would welcome expressions of interest from anyone who might be interested in getting involved and helping to support our project.

Our Trustees provide advice and guidance to the delivery team which comprises one full time Project Manager, one part time Project Officer and one part time Project Assistant. They offer general support, help direct the future of the project and are involved in strategic decisions and issues surrounding governance. Applicants with accountancy, HR, PR & marketing, fundraising or IT backgrounds would be particularly welcome but anyone simply interested in supporting the work of the W2W project is invited to get in touch. 

Expressions of interest should be supplied with a CV and covering letter detailing the applicant's employment history, vocational experience, hobbies and interests and other voluntary work that they have done/are doing. These should be forwarded to the Chair, Feisal Jassat; 

Applicants will be invited to an informal meeting for a friendly chat with some of the existing Trustees. The W2W CIO currently meets approximately once every 2 months at Bullion Hall Community Centre, South Approach, in Chester-le-Street, DH2 2DW. Trustee positions are entirely voluntary. Other attendees at the meetings are Durham County Council's Transport Manager, the delivery team and occasionally the Principal Area Action Partnership Co-ordinator (North) for Durham County Council.

Anyone who would like to find out more about the project can contact the Project Manager Gina Davies by emailing or by phoning 07460 068668. Alternatively Feisal (W2W's Chairman), would be more than happy to have a conversation with anyone who would like to find out more, just email him at Gina Davies Proje

Northern LGBTQI+ Support 

We have just launched a new LGBTQI+ Service in Durham City Center. 

We currently have 3 VOLUNTEERING ROLES and would like to advertise these

Applications are via email to the Volunteers Manager, Phoebe Grace at volunteers

Volunteer for Contact the Elderly **New**

What do Contact the Elderly groups do? One Sunday afternoon a month, throughout the country, Contact the Elderly groups meet for tea and companionship. These groups are a lifeline of friendship for older, isolated people. Each older member is assigned a volunteer driver and together they become part of a small group invited to a volunteer hosts’ home for tea with the other members of the group. They visit a different host each month but the group remains the same and relationships grow. A warm welcome; a family home; meeting old friends and new, provides older members with companionship and a vital link with the community from which they have become isolated. This simple idea is the essence of Contact the Elderly.

3M Volunteer with PCP 

The Northeast’s leading health and wellbeing charity Pioneering Care Partnership were delighted to welcome an enthusiastic group of volunteers from 3M to the centre, Monday 17 September, as part of their Global Volunteer Day. Every year 3M seeks worthwhile community projects to engage and support for a day. Over the 50 years of service in Newton Aycliffe 3M have proudly supported a wide range of projects providing over 50 volunteers and over 536 hours of support this year alone. 

3M brought 16 volunteers who arrived bright and early, eager to help. The volunteers worked long and hard in the PCP Garden providing them with 7 hours of support each. The group dug up every weed in sight, cleaned the pavements and dug out old grass plots whilst listening to music and enjoying the day. Stacy Porter of Durham University on behalf of 3M said: “We’re constantly looking for charities and organisations for 3M employees to volunteer alongside which have a health and educational focus. This whole day has been rewarding not only for our employees as they have learned more about what PCP offer the community and also about the work of the charity. 

Durham University, who plan ‘Employee Supported Volunteering’, know this is extremely worthwhile for local business to get involved in, not only to see the changes around them but to make their mark in a better community. It’s so beneficial for our volunteers too, as every trip is an educational one.” Volunteers are integral to the work of PCP and are hugely valued members of our team they help us to deliver a vast array of projects and services. Lynsey Todd, Head of Customer Experience said: “It’s great to see business and the community working together to improve the health, wellbeing and quality of life of individuals. We are hoping to build further links with local business, to support the vast array of projects and services PCP delivers.”

If you or your organisation would like to find out more about volunteering with PCP please contact us at the Pioneering Care Centre, Carer’s Way, Newton Aycliffe,DL5 4SF tel: 01325 321234 email: website: Organisation or businesses who would like to find out more about Employee Supported Volunteering with Durham University please contact us: tel: 0191 3342176 email: website:

Volunteer Driver for Memory Cafes in Shildon. **New**

Livin help to run and support two Memory Cafés operating in Shildon. One location at Chestnut Close Community Lounge on the Jubilee Fields Estate and one at the Harrison Close Communal Lounge in Shildon. Both operate once a month. Harrison Close is 1-2.30 on the third Tuesday of the month & Chestnut Close 1-2.30 on the first Tuesday of every month. 

The bus used is the Shildon Health Express Bus and we are looking for a volunteer to drive the bus Ideally MIDAS trained but we can potential arrange this for the right and suitably qualified volunteer. As this will involve picking up clients it would probably be 3 hours work each time, therefore 6 hours per month. 

If you know anyone who is suitable or would be interested could they please contact Fiona Mawson directly on the details below… 

Fiona Mawson Project Lead South West Durham 
Freephone: 0800 8766887 Mobile: 07710 309504 Office: 01325 321234 Email address:

Little Treasures Volunteers Wanted **New**

Little Treasures is a charity supporting families living with autism in the North East. We have 13 groups offering parent support, teen groups and stay and play sessions. We are looking for volunteers to help with advertising and to cover sickness and holidays and to help with fundraising events. 

We are also looking for volunteers to help us run groups in their areas when we expand. No qualifications needed but an understanding nature is essential. We will DBS volunteers and put them on an Understanding Autism course Level 2. 

Please email Laura and Michelle at if you are interested.

CDS Board Recruitment **New**

County Durham Sport (CDS) is seeking to recruit new independent volunteer trustees who share our passion about the power and positive impact that sport and physical activity can have in improving people’s lives and the communities in which they live.

Committed to developing an inclusive Board and company which truly reflects our diverse community, we would especially welcome applications from people who are disabled, from black and minority ethnic communities, who identify as LGBTQ or who come from areas of social or economic disadvantage in the County. To complement existing skills, knowledge and experience, we are also, but not exclusively seeking new Trustees with relevant experience of Public Health, Marketing or Secondary Education.

More Information

New data on volunteering out today **New**

The government has released the results of its annual Community Life survey. Our analyst Lisa Hornung digs into the detail to reveal the latest trends about who volunteers, where and why.

Chester-le-Street Poppy Appeal Volunteers **New**

We are currently seeking well organised and dedicated volunteer(s) to take charge of the Poppy Appeal in the Chester le Street area. 
The role(s) involve · Poppy Appeal Organiser(s) - Co-ordinating volunteers, counting funds and completing necessary paperwork · Drivers - Delivering and collecting poppies to local shops, business & schools · Collector - Collecting in the 2 supermarkets Monday – Friday 

We are currently seeking local groups or companies to get involved. Even a few hours can make a huge difference (except the Poppy Appeal Organiser role, which requires more). 

We need to know asap who is willing to help and no later then 17th September. Full training and ongoing support will be provided. 
Warm Regards Peter Milne Community Fundraiser Durham, Sunderland and North Tees Mobile: 07825 316 289

Volunteering Opportunities **New**

We have a number of volunteering opportunities available at the moment - do you have any spare time that you could use by volunteering with us or do you know anyone that does and would like to help us out? - if so then please contact Lindsey on 0191 3038623 or via email to

Volunteer Van Drivers

Our volunteer van drivers are a crucial cog in the foodbank machine! Driving the foodbank’s own van, they deliver food to our food distribution points around the County and keep the foodbank going! They also pick up collections of food from our supporters such as schools and offices. Times and locations Mostly during Monday – Friday, between the hours of 9am and 5pm. The van is collected by volunteers from our foodstore in Chester le Street. Exact times are agreed between volunteers and the Food Supply Manager to suit needs and availability. Volunteers will need to - Be over 25 - Have a full, clean UK Driving License - Follow the procedures and record keeping requirements for van use - Be able to lift and carry (manual handling training will be provided)

Volunteer Drivers 

We also looking for drivers to pick up collections in their own cars as mentioned above - we are especially looking for volunteers during September to December as this is our busiest time of the year for collections.

Volunteer Shop Assistant

We are currently looking for volunteers to help at our Peterlee, Newton Aycliffe and Esh Winning foodbanks. We are looking for people to help distribute food to people who are in crisis situations. Distribution volunteers meet and listen to people who come to the foodbank with a voucher to get food. If possible we point people to relevant agencies or sources of support, aid or advice. Some volunteers do more of the “front of house” role; chatting to foodbank users. Other volunteers do more of the “behind the scenes” tasks, packing the bags and keeping the stock of food organised. 

We are looking for volunteers who: - enjoy chatting to people from all walks of life, making them feel welcome - can use a computer (but this is not essential) - don’t mind completing a bit of admin so we have accurate records - can pack up bags of food, and some who don’t mind lifting

Streetlights volunteers

Are you looking for something a little different, but rewarding to do? Want to join a team of people who are helping keep Durham a safe and pleasant place to be? Why not join the StreetLights team? To join our patrols you need to be: · over 18 · happy to attend training able to commit to going out about once a month on a Saturday night - more often if you want · able to cope with long / late nights, drunk people (with everything that goes with that) and still keep cheerful! Come and join the team for a taster night. Phone 0191 303 8623 or email volunteer@ Yes, it can seem a rather strange thing to do-go out into the cold and the dark at night and in the early hours of the morning when I don't have to. But once out there, it is always a privilege to be part of a team of folks who simply try to show something of Jesus’ love to whoever needs it.

Connecting Communities Volunteers wanted **New**

It starts with Hello! From new mums to empty nesters it is often surprising who is affected by loneliness. British Red Cross has teamed up with the Co op to reach out and reconnect thousands of lonely people with their communities to tackle a problem that is shortening lives and eroding wellbeing. The role of a Community Connector volunteer is to support people affected by social isolation and loneliness and help them regain their confidence and reconnect to their community - in partnership with existing and new partner organisations. We will place the person at the centre of what we do and help them by offering positive encouragement, practical help and emotional support for up to 3 months depending on their needs. Full training and support will be given. 

If you would like to find out how you can join our friendly team please visit our website or email or ring 07808 243720

Volunteer Board Member **Current**

About the opportunity This is a great opportunity to join the Board of a local children's charity and community building. We are supported entirely from funding grants and contributions and are looking for someone who can help manage and grow our charity. 

About The Den  - The Den is a local charity and community building. Our aim is to improve the lives of children and young people in the area and we run youth clubs for all ages, dance groups and Woodcraft Folk as well as organising community discos, trips and events. 

What are they looking for? We are looking for a volunteer Director to join our Board. As Board member, you will help make decisions about The Den and the groups that we run, contribute to funding bids and help manage the four part time members of staff that we employ. There are no qualifications or specific requirements - we welcome a range of people with a range of skills and would love to hear from everyone that feels they could offer something to the team. This could be practical building management skills to HR experience to experience with children. 

Practical Considerations There are currently six Directors on the Board for The Den and four part time members of staff; three Den Assistant and an Admin Support. Our Board meets monthly but we do most of our work remotely. This is an excellent opportunity to support a worthwhile local charity making a difference in our community. We have been extremely fortunate in securing funding and are expanding with several exciting projects coming up! 

If you are interested in this post please email for further information and next steps.

DASH - great volunteering opportunities! **Current**

We believe that everyone, regardless of circumstances, should have a fundamental right to shelter and help to rebuild their lives. DASH (Durham Action on Single Housing Ltd.) develop comprehensive support services addressing the problems connected with homelessness, from the prevention of homelessness to resettlement. 

There’s more information about what we do on our website Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, increase your confidence, meet new people and have fun. DASH can provide a range of support to individuals wishing to volunteer. 

Why Volunteer? 
• Develop your skills and experience 
• Give something back to your community 
• Meet new people and have fun Here at DASH we have a variety of opportunities available. 

We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds and can be very flexible regarding times and days available, we would appreciate whatever time you can commit whether that is a full day a week or just a few hours per month. Our volunteers bring fresh perspectives and skills as well as the compassion and care we need to help make a lasting and meaningful difference to the lives of those with whom we work. We seek volunteers who are good listeners, team workers and people who are adaptable, friendly and flexible. If you are interested in volunteering for DASH, there is a whole variety of ways you could help including; assisting our Support Workers, office support, gardening, decorating and getting involved in exciting fundraising events and campaigns.

Trustee positions with DASH **Updated**

Durham Action on Single Housing Ltd.        (please note if you have contacted us recently- the email was incorrect so try again!)

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  Visit our website

Could you stand Side by Side to help people with dementia? **Current**

A local charity is seeking volunteers for a new service to help people with dementia to keep doing the things they love. Side by Side is a free service from Alzheimer's Society that provides one-to-one support, making it easier for people with dementia, who might sometimes feel isolated or find it difficult to leave their homes, to remain active and feel part of their local community. The charity says it needs more volunteers to enable people with dementia to stay connected and help to reduce feelings of loneliness that may be felt after a diagnosis. 

Carole MacMurtrie, Side by Side Co-ordinator, said: "By doing things like going for a walk, to a football match, or joining a local class together, our volunteers support people with dementia to take up hobbies and get out and about. What they do together is entirely based on what the person with dementia wants." "Volunteers are crucial to the success of this service and can range from providing support once a week to once a fortnight at a time that works for the volunteer and person with dementia." 

Anyone are interested in becoming a Side by Side volunteer should contact Carole on 0191 3890400 or email for more details.

Action for Children Volunteers Needed **Current**

We run a volunteer service called the Independent Visitor Service which matches volunteers with children and young people who are in foster care and who have little contact with their natural families. It’s a befriending service and volunteers would visit their matched child on a fortnightly basis and take them out on some activity. Expenses are paid and all of our volunteers are trained and vetted. We are desperately in need of new volunteers in the Durham area (we cover the whole of County Durham). Can you help us get the word out through Durham Voice? Have you any other suggestions where I might find volunteers? 

Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

Many thanks Maria Layfield Independent Visitor Service Action for Children MOBILE: 07539225011 Office no: 0191 2724990

Sighted Buddy Volunteer Role **Current**

We want sociable and friendly people to be a guiding arm and eyes for someone with sight loss, so they can get out into the local community doing a range of activities as part of our My Guide service 

What does the role involve? Paired with someone with similar interests, for a pre-agreed period of time, you will provide a safe, guiding arm to support someone with sight loss to do the sociable fun things that will help them live life to the fullest. This can include activities ranging from a cuppa and chat, to swimming, the gym, knit and natter, theatre, sports events to visiting areas of local interest. Location: Venues across your local area depending on what you decide to do together. 

What skills or experience are required? Friendly and happy to have a go at different activities Like chatting to people and getting out and about Sensitive to the needs and feelings of others Experience of people with sight loss is an advantage but not essential; full training is given before you can be matched with your partner 

What will I get out of it? Enjoy sociable, fun and interesting activities Meet new people and possibly try new things Have fun, whilst knowing you are making a real difference to the life of someone with sight loss Full training in safe sighted guiding and safeguarding before you go out and about with your partner. Become a part of our friendly, sociable and supportive My Guide team and the wider Guide Dogs community 

What support / training will I get? 1 Day Sighted Guide Training Approved Guide Dogs safeguarding training Payment of all out of pocket expenses in line with Guide Dogs policy Staff and peer support, training and an information pack so that you and your partner get out and about safely and effectively An opportunity to take part in any general Guide Dogs volunteer training and activities that are available 

Will I need to do a Disclosure check? Yes, this role requires that you have an Enhanced Disclosure. Minimum age requirement: 18

For more information contact Catherine on 0345 1430220

PCP Trustee (Voluntary role) **Current**

Accountable to: PCP Chair & Board of Trustees PCP Trustee 

 To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations 
 To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document. 
 To ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are. 
 To ensure that the organisation prepares reports on what it has achieved and Annual Returns and accounts as required by law 
 To contribute actively to the Board of Trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets. 
 To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation. 
 To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation 
 To ensure the financial stability of the organisation.  Act with integrity and avoid any personal conflicts of interest. 
 To protect and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the proper investment of the charity's funds. 

Commitment Generally the time commitment varies according to the size and activities of the charity. PCP is a well-developed charity and therefore requires Trustees to focus on governance and strategic matters. PCP Trustees must commit to regularly attending quarterly Board meetings, the Annual General Meeting (AGM), the AGM pre-meeting and any other extraordinary meetings as required. Trustees should also be able to support relevant sub committees or special interest groups as appropriate. 

The time commitment varies but it is expected that all Trustees can commit to: 
 A term of office of 3 years
 Regular attendance – Trustees will be removed if they fail to attend 3 consecutive meetings or after absence of 6 months
 Time to reading meeting papers in advance 
 Essential training in relation to governance, policy and development.

Visit our website for more about us

Changing relations Board Recruitment **Current**

Help shape growing arts education company by joining Management Board! Changing Relations C.I.C. is an arts-based education & training company that provokes thinking around gender norms, gender equality & healthy relationships, using the arts & creative methods as the foundation of the educational & training resources we produce.

After touring a powerful Domestic Abuse-themed play in 2016, 2017 saw the creation of a filmed version to enable us to reach a wider audience with an insightful training on the lived experience of survivors. We also won Arts Council England funding for 2 new R&D projects: Men's Voices, which resulted in a multimedia exhibition exploring masculinity; & Honour Shame, a dance piece exploring how women's bodies & sexuality are treated with shame across cultures. 

We're looking to expand our Management Board to support us in our bid to maintain artistic quality, attain wide-reaching social impact & achieve financial sustainability. We will recruit at least 3 new Board members & are particularly interested in candidates with skills & experience in at least 1 of the following areas: - Education - Arts - Fundraising - Marketing & PR - Law This is a voluntary role with an expectation that you'd attend a meeting every 2 months & contribute a few hours in between, supporting the Directors in an advisory capacity. Board membership promises to be a useful CPD opportunity, with existing Board members & Directors committed to sharing the skills & knowledge they each bring. 

 Could you help us in our mission? 

Please express your interest by emailing Managing Director Lisa Davis before Friday 26th January 2018, including your CV, a Skills Mapping form & explaining why you're interested & what you could bring at this stage in our development: 

If shortlisted, you'd be invited to meet our existing Board & Directors in February 2018. We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteers Needed to Support Parents and Carers **Current**

Family Action’s new innovative Digital Parent Support Service aims to support and guide parents and carers with issues such as parenting, emotional wellbeing, benefits, housing, education, disabilities and additional needs. Experience is not necessary as full training will be given. If you’re looking for the chance to share your skills, develop your knowledge, be part of a friendly team and support parents/carers who are in need, please get in touch.

Contact us now to find out more: 

Email: Visit: or Call our Senior Volunteer Coordinators: Sonia Paul: 07966926755 Nicola Neville: 07970168901

RSVP Volunteering Matters newsletter **Current**

Please find attached our latest newsletter. If you no longer wish to receive this please do let us know. 

We hope you all have a very Happy Christmas and wonderful 2018

thanks Angela and Ashleigh RSVP North East Volunteering Matters Bullion Hall South Approach Chester-le-Street Co Durham DH2 2DW 0191 3891155 

Durham SSAFA - The Armed Forces Charity **Current**

SSAFA - The Soldiers, Sailors and Airmans Families Association is the oldest and longest running military charity in the world being established in 1885. We provide casework, medical services, adoption services, refuges and care homes for British military personnel and their families around the world. For information on SSAFA in Durham and in the UK go to: 

We urgently need to fill the posts below: 

Divisional Secretary x 5 (North Durham, Wear Valley & Teesdale, East Durham & Darlington areas.) 
The Divisional Secretary role is one of co-ordination, liaison and planning, and you will work closely with the Branch Secretary. You will be expected to attend a Caseworker course (3 days) and a Volunteer Co-Ordinator Course (2 days) either in London or another location within the UK. You will be coached and mentored throughout the induction process by experienced SSAFA staff. All expenses are covered at standard rates. You will co-ordinate the work of a team of volunteer caseworkers in your area and ensure that all casework meets the criteria set by SSAFA central Office in London. You do not need military experience for this role although it can be helpful, but equally a working knowledge of housing, benefits and welfare issues is very useful.For more information call Durham SSAFA on 0191 383 9452 or by email: 

Divisional Treasurer x 1 (North Durham) The Divisional Treasurer reports to the Divisional Secretary and the Branch Treasurer, and is responsible for the strict accounting of all funds for that Division. SSAFA as an organisation has recently moved to a Single Banking System, and the Divisional treasurer must attend a 2 day course on the Financial Management System (FMS), either at SSAFA central Office in London or at another location in the UK. No military experience is required for this post, however a sound knowledge of accounting practices is. For more information call Durham SSAFA on 0191 383 9452 or by email:

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:

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 North East Volunteering Matters 
Bullion Hall South Approach 
Chester-le-Street Co Durham 

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 Details of the full range of volunteer opportunities with Nepacs are on their website