Latest Volunteering Opportunities
Volunteering with Durham Community Action
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
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
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
We can offer a variety of roles in the organisation from an Advisor, Telephone Advice Assessor , Administration and Reception across County Durham.
Volunteering with St Margaret's Centre
A couple of months ago we shared our plans to open a community mental health cafe. This is going to be a safe and welcoming place for people to mix with a wider social circle, access volunteering opportunities, and talk openly about their feelings.
We are finally moving into the final stage of renovating and outfitting the new area with the help of Jackie, our new cafe supervisor. The next step is recruiting some dedicated and compassionate people to support the day-to-day running of the cafe, helping with tasks such as greeting customers, taking orders, preparing fresh food and drinks, and cleaning. Training and expenses will be provided.
Latest volunteering opportunities at Auckland Project
Good afternoon I am delighted to inform you that two volunteering opportunities have been added to our website that of Mining Art Gallery and the Visitor Experience Team.
Please see the link below for full details.
Interested in Access and the Countryside in County Durham?
If you are interested in how public rights of way and access to the countryside in County Durham are managed and improved, then there are opportunities for you to get more involved.
The County Durham Local Access Forum (CDLAF) is looking for new members, and if you think you have something to offer we would love to hear from you.
The LAF is an independent statutory body which advises the County Council, Natural England and others on matters relating to access, rights of way and recreation. Anyone can apply, but we are particularly looking for people with knowledge or experience in areas such as farming, land management, health, cycling, tourism, motorised recreation and disability.
The Forum meets at least four times a year, usually in the evening, at a variety of venues around the County, and members are entitled to travel expenses. The meetings are open to the public and copies of previous minutes and annual reports can be seen at www.durham.gov.uk/laf
The Forum has been in existence since 2003 and has played a key role in a number of projects. It has advised on the development of the County Council’s three Rights of Way Improvement Plans (2007-11, 2011-14 and 2015-18) which set out the future for access in the County, and played a similar role in the development of the Cycling Strategy.
These are interesting times for access to the countryside in County Durham, with the England Coast Path now established, Landscape Partnerships looking at access improvements, and an increasing recognition of the health and well-being benefits of access to the countryside. If you want to be involved and to help shape future directions, then this is your chance.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Northern LGBTQI+ Support
We have just launched a new LGBTQI+ Service in Durham City Centre.
We currently have 3 VOLUNTEERING ROLES and would like to advertise these
Volunteer for Contact the Elderly
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.”
Volunteer Driver for Memory Cafes in Shildon
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
Little Treasures Volunteers Wanted
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.
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.
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
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.
Volunteer Board Member
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!
DASH - great volunteering opportunities!
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 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.
• 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
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.
Could you stand Side by Side to help people with dementia?
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."
Action for Children Volunteers Needed
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
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)
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
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: