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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 Greater Durham CAB **New**

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

http://www.greaterdurhamcab.org.uk/






Age UK County Durham needs volunteers to help them Beat the Scammers **New**
 
Could you give an older people the confidence to hang up the phone on nuisance telephone calls? Age UK Country Durham are in need of more volunteers to enable older people in County Durham to protect themselves against telephone crime.
 
The charity’s ‘Beat the Scammers’ project involves trained volunteers giving practical tips to older people across County Durham to give them confidence to hang up on fraud. In some areas the project is installing call blockers in the home of older people to stop the nuisance calls immediately.
 
Christine Fletcher, Development Manager at Age UK County Durham said “Some older people receive 15-20 calls a day from people who want them to share personal information or buy something they do not want and which might not actually exist.
 
Cold call scams can involve fraudsters deceiving people into believing they are speaking to a police officer, a member of bank staff, or a representative of another trusted agency, such as a government department. The charming fraudster may convince an individual that they have been a victim of fraud and ask for personal and financial information such as pin numbers and passwords in order to gain access to bank accounts.
 
Older people tell us they are being bullied into spending money on expensive items such as beds or hearing aids they did not need. Others had money taken from their bank accounts because they have given their card details over the phone. Older people tell us they are too scared to answer the phone and have become socially isolated and stressed.
 
Beat the Scammers has been developed with older people to help them protect themselves by sharing simple tips. The call blockers provide immediate relief from the phone ringing every hour.”
 
Jim, one of the volunteers delivers the Beat the Scammers talk to older people in his local area. He said “Beat the Scammers is a great project. I enjoy the training with the Consumer protection Team and Durham Constabulary. We are showing people easy and practical ways to protect themselves against a horrible crime. I can see straight away that as a volunteer I am making a difference.”
 
Tony Murray from the Fraud Investigation Specialist Crime Operations Unit for Durham Constabulary said “The work Age UK County Durham is doing is more than just needed in the fight against this type of crime, it is essential. I have seen the damage this type of crime has; it devastates families and reduces physical and emotional well-being.
 
The home telephone is the enabler that lets fraudsters into the homes of some our most vulnerable members of society, the only way to stop it is with robust systems of crime prevention, dedicated and caring people and creative schemes such as Beat the Scammers.
 
Importantly, on an individual basis, I have seen the results that this type of scheme can produce and the empowerment it gives to people. I am delighted to be part of this project. Together we can make a big difference and this scheme should not only be supported but also commended and held up as an example of what can be done. It is something that has potential to make County Durham very proud.
 
George Barber Development Worker for Beat the Scammers said “The demand for talks and installation of call blockers is very high and we are in need of volunteers who would be able to give talks to older people’s groups in the community or would like to install call blockers for those in need of immediate help.
 
We are especially looking for volunteers in the Spennymoor area. You will join a friendly and enthusiastic team.”
 
For more information, please contact 0191 3746568 or email bts@ageukcountydurham.org.uk   
 

Community Peer Mentor Project**New**
 
The Community Peer Mentors is growing bigger and bigger and thereby helping more people across County Durham who are vulnerable and isolated owing to being victims of crime, neighbourly disputes or anti-social behaviour, real or perceived; who end up relying on the emergency or other services; the results so far have been magnificent; hence we are looking for new kind hearted, enthusiastic and motivated volunteers who can become a member of a brilliant team.
 
No previous experience in volunteering or supporting people is required; we welcome everyone, whatever their background; we feel life experiences are really important; whatever has happened in their past will not automatically be a barrier to becoming a Community Peer Mentor.
 
The training is FREE! And delivered by our wonderful and experienced accredited trainer.
 
The two sets of training have the same content they are just of different durations:
 
2 day Course 26-27APR17 – At the Town Hall Durham - this will run from 0930 to 1630hrs – they will be required to attend both days

5 week Course – 01MAY-31MAY17 – At the new Police HQ in Durham - every Wednesday night; the training lasts 2 ½ hours starting at 1800hrs (6pm);

All the training has proved to be very enjoyable and practical, it certainly prepares the volunteers to meet and support vulnerable and isolated people. 
 
The course provides an opportunity for experiential learning, using techniques including role play, large group discussions, e-learning and creative exercises. The feedback from volunteers includes: ‘Always interesting and informative’ – ‘Easy to understand’ - ‘Met more than my expectations’- ‘Felt comfortable and able to talk’ and ‘Absolutely brilliant’.
 
Once trained they will have access to a number of organisation training courses including the Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards, NHS and MIND, which have proved to be excellent by increasing and improve existing knowledge and an opportunity to update CV’s. 
 
On completion of the training mentors can choose which areas of the County they wish to mentor clients.
 
When deployed to support clients Mentors can claim travel, mileage and some out of pocket expenses.   
 
If anyone has any questions please can contact the team via email :
 
jim.cunningham@restorativehub.org.uk or 01325-405565 for Jim, Liz and Susan or Jim on 07787-860087

Joining the Dots looking for volunteers **New**

Macmillan Joining the Dots County Durham is an ambitious partnership project between Durham County Council and Macmillan Cancer Support that aims to transform access to support services that people affected by cancer may need during and following treatment for cancer. The main focus of the project is on individual support based on individual needs.

The Macmillan Joining the Dots County Durham coproduction volunteer role is an exciting opportunity for people affected by cancer, whether as someone who has been diagnosed with cancer or a family member or carer, to help shape future ways of working between organisations to make access to support easier. We recognise that everyone’s cancer journey is different and whether your experience of support has been good or bad we think it is important that all of these experiences are used to make things better in the future for people affected by cancer.   

More Information


 
Sunderland Healthwatch Chair **Current**

Location: Sunderland localities
Voluntary: out of pocket expenses paid

The Board of Healthwatch Sunderland is seeking to recruit a highly skilled and motivated Chair who has a real interest and passion for improving health and social care services.

Key knowledge / skills required:
Experience of health and social care services in Sunderland
Understanding / experience of community engagement as a means of improving social and public policy
Awareness of current health and social care issues facing residents in Sunderland
A strategic understanding of the role of relevant public bodies and how public engagement can influence them
High level of communication skills with the ability to engage with people in different capacities and with different communities
The ability to act on behalf of others at all levels of influence.

For an application form and further information please contact Healthwatch Sunderland on:
Telephone: 0191 514 7145

Email: healthwatchsunderland@pcp.uk.net
website:www.healthwatchsunderland.com
Closing Date for applications: Friday 31st March 2017


Independent Visitors for looked after children **Current**
 
Could you make a difference to a young person in care?
Independent Visitors are volunteers, independent of social services, whose role is to befriend a young person who is looked after by the Local Authority. To find out more visit

https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/in-your-area/services/childrens-rights/north-east-independent-visitors/  
 
Volunteer drivers **Current**
 
Volunteer drivers use their own car to transport children and young people in care to appointments and visits to see their families. We need volunteers who can be flexible with their time and can be available at short notice.
 
To find out more about becoming a volunteer driver visit http://www.supportive.org.uk
 
 
Volunteer Opportunities at Wear River Trust **Current**

Wear Rivers Trust has conservation activities available for groups and organisations throughout 2017 in County Durham.  Get involved in riverbank restoration, habitat creation and tree planting. 

Contact 01388 488867 or email admin@wear-rivers-trust.org.uk for more details.
 
Jane Greenwood  Cert Acc (Open), BA (Hons)
Office Manager
 
Wear Rivers Trust
Registered Charity 1094613, Company limited by guarantee 04260195
Low Barns Nature Reserve, Witton-le-Wear, County Durham, DL14 0AG
www.wear-rivers-trust.org.uk

The mission of the Wear Rivers Trust is to conserve, protect, rehabilitate and improve the landscape and watercourses of the whole River Wear catchment.
 
Volunteer opportunities at Aspire, Learning, Support and Wellbeing (Chester-le-Street) **Current**

Are you a woman with experience of tackling the challenges life has thrown at you? Could you draw on this experience to help others?

Aspire is seeking volunteer listeners and befrienders to help us provide a safe environment for women to talk and feel supported as part of our new Supporting Sisters service.

Full training and ongoing support will be provided to help you get the most from your time as a volunteer with us.
Interested? Further details about both opportunities are available to view on the Do-it website. To register your interest, call (0191) 389 1504 and speak with Val or Hannah or email sisters@aspire-northeast.co.uk

Supporting Sisters is proudly funded by the Big Lottery Fund's Women and Girls Initiative.

Volunteering Opportunity with Macmillan Joining the Dots Project **Current**

Great volunteering opportunities at DASH **Current**
 
We believe that everyone, regardless of circumstances, should have a fundamental right to shelter and help to rebuild their lives.
If you share our belief and would like to help us to deliver our mission then get in touch to talk to us about volunteering opportunities.
 
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; www.dashorg.co.uk
 
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.
 
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, mentoring or coaching our service users, office support, gardening, decorating and getting involved in exciting fundraising events and campaigns.
 
Give us a call today!  Tel: 0191 384 5073

Volunteering with STROKE **Current**
 
Do you want to be part of a vibrant team supporting your local community?
Do you want to do something new and meet some new likeminded people?
Do you want to enhance your CV and learn new skills to make employers heads turn?
Do you want to be part of the team that works together to conquer stroke?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then The Stroke Association in Durham want to hear from you. You do not have to have any experience but if you have a passion to help people and a friendly and approachable manner you will go far. We want volunteers who will show up and join in and in return we will give you hands-on experience of working with, supporting and empowering stroke survivors to live independently.

If you think this is something you might be interested in we have various roles to offer and can be flexible in helping you find a role to suit. 

Email grace.fry@stroke.org.uk for more details. 


Volunteer Vacancy at DISC **Current**
 
We have a volunteer vacancy at DISC, Newton Aycliffe, could you please share with your service / customers.
 
 
Volunteer with The Stroke Association **Current**

Do you want to be part of a vibrant team supporting your local community?
Do you want to do something new and meet some new likeminded people?
Do you want to enhance your CV and learn new skills to make employers heads turn?
Do you want to be part of the team that works together to conquer stroke?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then The Stroke Association in Durham want to hear from you. You do not have to have any experience but if you have a passion to help people and a friendly and approachable manner you will go far. We want volunteers who will show up and join in and in return we will give you hands-on experience of working with, supporting and empowering stroke survivors to live independently.

If you think this is something you might be interested in we have various roles to offer and can be flexible in helping you find a role to suit. Email grace.fry@stroke.org.uk for more details. 


Beanstalk ‘Start a new chapter’**Current**
 
For further information, or to arrange an interview with a Beanstalk reading helper or spokesperson, please contact Tom Rippon on 020 7729 4087 tom.rippon@beanstalkcharity.org.uk
 
WORRIES MOUNT FOR MAJORITY OF THOSE APPROACHING RETIREMENT
One in five (20%) in the North East are worried about becoming lonely or isolated, 20% said they worry about becoming mentally inactive
 
The majority (59%) of people approaching the end of their working lives in the North East say they are worried about retirement.
 
In new research, commissioned by literacy charity Beanstalk, one in five (20%) nearing retirement in the North East said they are worried about becoming lonely or isolated, while the same number (20%) said they worry about becoming mentally inactive.
 
Worries about losing motivation were highlighted by 16%, while 18% say they’ll miss camaraderie among colleagues and worry about not having opportunities to interact with other people and other ages (23%).
 
Janet Skeen, North East Area Manager for Beanstalk, the charity providing volunteer reading helpers in primary schools, says: 
 
“Retirement, though daunting for many, can offer great new opportunities and can represent a new chapter in people’s lives. Many of our reading helpers in the North East join us after retiring and the time they spend helping children learn to read is a perfect antidote to loneliness or isolation. It makes them feel valued, introduces them to new people and new challenges, and is a fantastic way to use the skills they’ve developed in their careers. Their contribution is vital – without them, these children would still be struggling to read, and facing all the problems associated with low literacy levels - but it’s always worth recognising what the volunteers get out of it themselves, too.”
 
Over a third (34%) of those who took part in the research said they wanted to ‘do something meaningful’ in their retirement and 12% said they planned to help the next generation.
 
That’s just what Jim Jelly from Ferryhill, County Durham did. When he finished full time work as a journalist, 65 year-old Jim knew he wanted to volunteer as a way to give something back.
 
“I was made redundant and when it became obvious I probably wouldn’t work again, I started to look for voluntary work. I wanted to do something that would continue to engage my brain and to give something back. I liked the sound of Beanstalk’s work and applied straight away, and I’ve found a great little community at the school where I volunteer. Besides the excellent relationship I’ve built with everyone, it’s the kids that make it so worthwhile – they always seem delighted to come and read with me. I’m really impressed by their attitude; despite the social problems many of the children face, their hard work and enthusiasm really shines through.”
 
For more information on Beanstalk and becoming a reading helper visit http://www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk or call 020 7729 4087.
 
Volunteer opportunities St Margarets Centre **Current**

St Margaret's Centre is looking for crafting volunteers to help us develop our MDF trading arm -  please click on our our Do-It page for further information.

 
 
Volunteer Driver Required **Current**

I am just e mailing you as I know you engage with the local voluntary and communiy sector.  We are advertising a volunteer role that may be of benefit to your members and readers.
 
I just wanted to share this rewarding opportunity.  Please feel free to distribute this as far and wide as possible.

Mark Roberts
Recovery Academy Durham Coordinator
County Durham
07912 308 198
0300 266 666 (Option 3 ext:497877)


Recruitment to Patient, Public and Carer Engagement Committee **Current**

 

We are delighted to announce that applications for the NHS North Durham CCG Appointed (public) members of our Patient, Public and Carer Engagement Committee are now open.

 

Following the completion of our current Appointed (public) members tenure, there are three positions for Appointed (public) members which we are recruiting to. These positions exist to help represent the MyNHS membership in North Durham. The membership scheme is a way for people of North Durham to stay up to date with what is happening in their area regarding local health service decision making.

 

Please can you kindly share this through your networks, we welcome as many queries and applications as possible. The full details and information is available on the CCG website following the link included CLICK HERE

 

 
Volunteering opportunity - St Margaret's Centre **Current**

Please find below a link in relation to volunteering opportunities.  St Margaret’s Centre are looking for people to work in the allotment and the workshop.  If you can help out, please contact the Centre on the number below.

Lisa Harrison
Administrator/Finance Officer
St Margarets Centre - Durham Tel: 0191 3848100
Supporting people recovering from mental health problems
www.stmargaretscentre.co.uk Charity no. 1060900
 


Durham Cathedral – volunteer and help make history come alive! **Current**

Durham Cathedral is one of the great buildings of Europe. With its commanding setting on a rocky headland high above the sweeping River Wear, next to the Castle and with the medieval city huddled below Durham Cathedral is unmissable and magnificent. Its architecture is at once powerful and poetic, a monument to the Norman invaders who created it from 1093. Set grandly within a World Heritage Site, the Cathedral has been described by Bill Bryson as the “the best on Earth”!
 
The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St. Cuthbert of Durham, usually known as Durham Cathedral is the home of the Shrines of St. Cuthbert and St. Bede.  It is a Christian church of the Anglican Communion, the seat of the Bishop of Durham and a focus for pilgrimage and spirituality in North-East England and across the world.
 
Durham Cathedral is cared for by over 700 volunteers in more than 70 different roles and it is the dedication and energy of our volunteers who support the buildings and Cathedral community, which help to make it such a special place to be.   As a volunteer you will contribute to a more welcoming and inspiring experience to our 720,000 visitors a year, than we could otherwise achieve. 
 
Roles include our wonderful Stewards, Guides, LEGO Makers, Listeners, Broderers, Flower Arrangers, Bedesmen, Bell ringers, Woodlands and Riverbanks volunteers etc. but also those working in vital roles behind the scenes in areas such as administration, exhibitions, marketing and fundraising.  We have an active events programme of concerts, services, festivals, family activities and lectures. 


Volunteering opportunity in Newton Aycliffe **Current**
 
Newton Aycliffe Stroke Support Group is looking for volunteers to help support the group. 

The group meet on the first and third Wednesday of the month 10am-12noon in Newton Aycliffe.

Full training and support will be given by the Stroke Association. 

Please contact Danielle Cottrell on 0191 4978328 or Danielle.cottrell@stroke.org.uk for more information.
 

 

Floating Support Volunteer **Current**

County Durham Floating Support 

Providing housing related support and advice to 16 to 25 year olds who need support to gain independent living skills in order to maintain their own tenancy.  Working in close partnership with the key agencies across Durham we will support young people to access appropriate accommodation whilst signposting to a range of support services to ensure we meet individual need.

Assistance in the set up and delivery of group work and training
Support to enable service users to access appointments with other agencies
Assisting service users to develop domestic and independent living skills
Providing general support and confidence building
Befriending and peer support

Able to communicate effectively with a range of people and an understanding and empathetic of others
Able to share skills and knowledge in a supportive manner, be self motivated and reliable
Experience of doing a similar role is desirable
A car owner and driver is essential due to the travel involved (expenses are reimbursed)

For an application email volunteering@disc-vol.org.uk or call 07957 297 828   
LinkedIn launches volunteer matching service **Current**
Charities in the UK will be able to advertise volunteer opportunities to 250,000 LinkedIn members who have declared an interest in volunteering or trusteeship, using a service launched recently by the business network.

Victim Support Calls For More Volunteers In The North East **Current**
The charity Victim Support is urgently seeking some more volunteers to help with its work support local victims and witnesses of crime.
 
The charity relies on its volunteers to give confidential advice and support to crime victims. But the charity is worried that some people will not get the help the information, emotional support or practical help they need after a crime unless more volunteers come forward.
 
As a volunteer for Victim Support, you will provide confidential services for victims of crime and other people affected by it by providing information on police and court procedures. You can reassure people through tough times and help with compensation and insurance. You can provide security and crime prevention information and help with housing problems. You will be someone to talk to for those who need a listening ear and make contact with other local organisations where appropriate.
 
Since June 2014 the charity contacted more than 3,000 victims of crime in the Durham area and more than 500 of these victims received support from volunteers in the community.  The charity’s volunteers outnumber staff by more than three to one, which shows they are essential to its work.
 
Dennis Gilbertson, is already volunteering for Victim Support.  He said:
 
“I have volunteered for Victim Support for 3 years now both in the community and at court and thoroughly enjoy it”.  Volunteering with Victim Support is extremely rewarding. Besides the satisfaction of supporting people in need, I’ve developed new skills and got to meet some fantastic people.  I’ve really enjoyed learning more about crime, criminal justice and the legal system.”
 
Victim Support offers volunteers on-going training, support and supervision to help them develop essential skills as well as learning more about crime, criminal justice and the legal system.
 
Gemma Munro, Victim Support’s Service Delivery Manager for Easington, Durham & Chester-le-Street, said:
 
“We would not be able to do what we do without our volunteers. The existing volunteers are working hard to maintain this vital service in the area, but need more volunteers to keep it going. They are an essential part of our service so we make sure that our volunteers get all the training they need to be able to help crime victims. We also pay travel expenses so the only thing it costs to volunteer is someone’s time.”
 
If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer for Victim Support in Easington, Durham & Chester-le-Street please ring 0191 5185070 or e-mailgemma.munro@victimsupport.org.uk
Spennymoor Sapphires Netball Club – Volunteers needed  **Current**
 
Spennymoor Sapphires Netball Club (SSNC) are looking for volunteers to help support with the running of the club. (SSNC) are currently developing the club from having one junior age group to two. SSNC are looking for volunteers in any capacity from coaching to administrative duties.  No experience is needed as SSNC will mentor any volunteers to ensure they are comfortable with the roles they decide to support with. You don’t have to commit to a certain amount of hours per week, all that SSNC ask is you are passionate about developing netball provision for the local community and are ready to support by providing fun and safe activities for the young people. The club is also keen on running an adult ‘Back to Netball’ project, so anyone interested in supporting SSNC run then please get in touch.
 
Anyone interested or who would like to discuss please contact 07747486880 or peter.garrod2@durham.gov.uk  
 
Durham Palainate’s Netball Club Opportunites **Current**
 

Volunteers Wanted for Swimming Club **Current**

Durham City Amateur Swimming and Water Polo club are looking for volunteers. Our members are from 6 years upwards to adults and no experience is necessary and all training will be provided.

For more information contact our secretary Laura Tustin  secreary@dcasc.org.uk