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. 

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 

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