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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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New Volunteering Opportunities at The Auckland Project

Volunteering at The Auckland Project

Thanks to you promoting the role profiles we have recruited in the last few weeks

5 Volunteer event photographers

2 handypersons

We have a couple of individuals we are talking to regarding the CAD and general admin roles

And we have 93 individuals signed up for selection/information sessions for the Castle Engager role so far. This is incredible, however we still need more castle engagers so please do continue to promote this if you can, we are not looking for history buffs, just people who want to learn and ultimately be able to tell the stories of Auckland Castle to our visitors.

The Auckland Project is a registered charity and volunteering is at the heart of the organisation and is vital to our achieving what we have set out to do. The project is immense and exists to harness arts and culture to revitalise Bishop Auckland and the surrounding area.  We currently employ 121 staff, and 335 volunteers are gifting their time, this combined resource is supporting the delivery of our purpose.  

Our live volunteering opportunities can be found  by following the link

Again many thanks for your help and support

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Volunteers urgently needed

Come and join our friendly Evenwood team and make a real difference

Join in the fun!

To find out more phone us on 01833 695822

Weekly to monthly rotas available Clubs run weekly Friday lunchtime

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Auckland Castle volunteering opportunity

Good Morning I am delighted to be able to share with you the volunteer role profile Auckland Castle Engagers. Please do share amongst your networks and if anyone is interested in applying for this please ask them to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We will be available in person to talk to anyone interested if they want to find out more on Thursday 13th June 10.30 to 12.30 and Thursday 27th June 3-5 at No 42 in the Market place opposite the Town Hall. We will also be at the Co Durham Volunteering Event in Durham Market place all day on 7th June.

The closing date for this role is 4/7/19

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you require further information

Many thanks Michele

Michele Armstrong

Head of Volunteering
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Local charity seeks volunteers to support families visiting HMP Deerbolt

A north east charity is currently seeking new volunteers to support children and families of prisoners visiting HMP Deerbolt.

Nepacs has worked across the north east region for over 135 years to help support a positive future for prisoners, their friends and families. 

Nepacs is looking for new volunteers to join their team at HMP Deerbolt located in the beautiful village of Startforth near Barnard Castle. HMP Deerbolt is a category C young offenders’ establishment that caters for male young offenders between the ages of 18 to 24. 

The Deerbolt team are looking for people who have a few hours to volunteer on Thursday, Saturday or Sunday each week to help families on the day they visit a loved one in prison. They need help booking people in for a visit, serving refreshments and in their play areas for young children, both outside and inside the prison.

Emma Price, Nepacs’ volunteer coordinator, said: “The impact of imprisonment on children and families can be devastating which is why we feel it is important to support them every step of their journey – from the courts, during the time their loved one is in prison and prior to release.  Our team of volunteers are dedicated to helping prisoners’ families and children across the north east, but we are looking for more volunteers to join our team and help us to offer the best support possible during what is an extremely difficult time for families.”

*Lorna’s husband was sent to prison for two years and she told us that the worst part was telling her children. She said: “Everything is destroyed, your way of life, your security, your finances. You try to keep everything normal but it’s not normal. Listening to your children crying every night asking when their dad is coming home.”

Emma added: “Nepacs volunteers come from all walks of life. If you think you could support someone like ‘Lorna’ 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 or find out more through our website.”

Further details of all volunteer opportunities with Nepacs are on their website or you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Volunteer Role Profile Handy person

The Auckland Project has acquired a number of buildings ranging from a castle to warehouse facilities and everything in between. Do you see yourself as a handy person and being able to help with maintenance and bespoke projects?

We are looking for volunteers to help maintain and conserve a number of these buildings as well as some of the fixtures and fittings. You would be joining our team of volunteers who have already supported with projects such as

  •   Shelving for gallery space

  •   Reproduced the Bishops Throne

  •   Repairs to the Ice cream cart

  •   Built bin stores

    And much more.

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DASH Trustees needed

We need new trustees to complement our existing Management Committee

Our trustees bring fresh perspectives and skills as well as the compassion and care needed to help guide the future direction of the charity and make a lasting and meaningful difference to the lives of the people 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.

Please contact Janet Boyle or Trevor Atkinson on 0191 3845073 for more information.

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Trustee Positions with Wheels 2 Work County Durham 

Wheels 2 Work County Durham is 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 

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.

We are looking for professional knowledge, experience and skills in at least one of the following areas: Accountancy, HR, PR & Marketing, Fundraising & IT backgrounds.

If you would like to support us and be part of a great transport initiative please 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; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Wheels to Work is supported by grants from the North East Combined Authority (NECA), Durham County Council, a number of County Durham Area Action Partnerships, the County Durham Community Foundation and the Virgin Money Foundation.

Wheels 2 Work County Durham is a CIO registered with the Charity Commission, Number 1160215, Registered Office Bullion Hall, South Approach, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, DH2 2DW.

Architecture Realisation and Design Support

About the Auckland Project

The Auckland Project is an arts, faith and heritage destination being created in Bishop Auckland.

It began in 2012 when Founder, Jonathan Ruffer purchased a series of paintings by Spanish artist, Francisco de Zurbarán, Jacob and His Twelve Sons, and their historical home of more than 250 years, Auckland Castle.

His ambition was to transform the 900-year-old bishop’s palace from an unknown private dwelling into a vibrant world-class heritage attraction and catalyst for real change.

An amazing and unusual opportunity to join our team of volunteers, but this time it is behind the scenes within our Property Department. The Auckland Project has a large portfolio of buildings and land, various plans exist to utilise these resources to help support our Purpose of Revitalisation. This role will help us to realise the potential of the portfolio in helping to produce development diagrams and plans

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Active Families Project Support Volunteer

Location: Bishop Auckland 

Time commitment: Flexible, 2-10 hours per week, mainly during term time. How you can help us:  The Family Action Project Support Volunteer will work closely with the Active Families Project Worker to deliver the exciting, new Active Families project in Bishop Auckland.

What’s involved:

  • Support the Active Families Project Worker to deliver a 12 week programme of activity, each term, to support families to become more active.
  • To be encouraging in the work with families, promote positive lifestyle choices and provide them with support to enable them to reach their potential.
  • Mentor parents/carers to become more active in their daily lives
  • To listen to families to identify their needs and to ensure that these needs are addressed within available resources, to support them to become more active.
  • Undertake basic administrative tasks to maintain effective recording systems.
  • Volunteers will need to gain an understanding (appropriate to your role) of, and comply with, all relevant Family Action Policies and procedures.

This role would suit people who:

  • Have experience of, or an interest in youth work.
  • Enjoy being active and leading a healthy lifestyle.
  • Are passionate about improving outcomes for families.
  • Can demonstrate commitment, reliability and consistency.
  • Are good communicators and relationship builders.
  • Are understanding of the, often complex, needs of families and young people.

What’s in it for you?

  • The opportunity to help build resilience and improve outcomes for families.
  • Gaining workplace experience and/or refreshing current skills.
  • Becoming part of a dynamic team who are part of a national charity.
  • Travel expenses subsidised.
  • Access to training and development opportunities for personal progression 

Training and support you will receive

As a volunteer with Family Action, you will get:

  • Access to our standard e-learning package, giving you a great basic introduction to topics such as Safeguarding and Equality and Diversity.
  • Face-to-face training to ensure that you are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for this role.
  • Regular meetings with your supervisor to discuss any challenges you are facing, and celebrate your progress in the role.
  • Ongoing support from your supervisor and the wider team.

Are you interested in finding out more? - Please get in touch with the Project Manager of the Active Families project for an informal chat where you can find out more about the role and look at the next steps to getting involved; by phone: 0191 3832520 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Durham Town Hall

Durham Town Hall has been at the heart of civic life in Durham since the 1350s.

Every Saturday, for the first time ever, all historical rooms in the building will be opened to the public. Visitors will be able to discover more about the history and governance of the city through new audio guides, written interpretation and from volunteers in the rooms. We would like your assistance to deliver a world class welcome and experience at Durham Town Hall for every visitor.

  • Durham Town Hall,
  • Meet new people, gain experience, get an insight into the history of Durham
  • No previous skills required but an interest in history, good communication skills are needed
  • There are several car parks situated in and around the city including many park and rides

If anyone is interested they can register on, selecting the first option ‘Events, Culture and Sports’ once they have registered they can select the opportunities they wish to get involved in including the Town Hall opportunity.

Volunteering opportunities St Margaret's Centre

St Margaret’s Centre Community mental health café will be officially opening on Monday 21st January 2019 in their main centre in Durham

Please find below the link for the advert for volunteers attached

If you or any of your colleagues would like to attend the opening day please feel free to drop in, the centre and café will be open from 9am.

St Margaret’s Centre

The Old School, Priory Orchard,

Margery Lane, 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?

Volunteer Poster

Kind Regards
Charlotte Booth

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: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: 07932 417839 to speak with Jill ~Chair of the Friends of Wharton Park

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
Freephone: 0800 8766887 Mobile: 07710 309504 Office: 01325 321234 Email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Volunteering Opportunities 

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 07808 243720

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 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.

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."

Anyone are interested in becoming a Side by Side volunteer should contact Carole on 0191 3890400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

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