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. 


Action for Children Volunteers Needed **New**

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 **New**

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) **New**

Accountable to: PCP Chair & Board of Trustees PCP Trustee 

Duties: 
 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.

Changing relations Board Recruitment **New**

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: lisa@changingrelations.co.uk 

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 **New**

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: DPSS@family-action.org.uk Visit: www.family-action.org.uk/volunteer 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: https://www.ssafa.org.uk/durham 

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: durham@ssafa.org.uk 

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: durham@ssafa.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