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Volunteer Centre Gateshead

Opening Times:  9.00 am - 4.15 pm Monday to Friday

The Volunteer Centre Gateshead promotes volunteering across Gateshead.  Whether you are an individual looking to volunteer or an organisation looking for volunteers, we are here to help.

Volunteer Centre Gateshead is part of a national network of organisations that are working to encourage people from all sections of the community to get involved in volunteering.  We are committed to working pro-actively to ensure that all those who wish to volunteer are actively encouraged and enabled to do so.

For people who want to volunteer...

We offer a brokerage service to match individuals up with volunteering opportunities.  We can offer you a confidential one to one interview where we will discuss your motivations, interests and availability to then match you up with a volunteering opportunity.  We can support and advise any person who would like to volunteer in Gateshead.

 

We hold regular Volunteer Open Days where you can find out about current volunteering opportunities in Gateshead.  The next ones are as follows:

 

Open Days in 2014:

Monday, 7 April

2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Wednesday, 23 April

10.00 am - 12.00 noon

Wednesday, 7 May

10.00 am – 12.00 noon

Wednesday, 21 May

2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Monday, 2 June

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Wednesday, 18 June

10.00 am - 12.00 noon
Monday, 30 June 10.00 am - 12.00 noon

Wednesday, 16 July

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Monday, 28 July 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Wednesday, 13 August 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
Wednesday, 27 August 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
Wednesday, 10 September 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Monday, 22 September 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Wednesday, 8 October 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
Monday, 20 October 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
Wednesday, 5 November 2.00pm - 4.00 pm
Monday, 17 November 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Wednesday, 3 December 10.00 am - 12.00 noon
Monday, 15 December 10.00 am - 12.00 noon

All sessions are held at:  GVOC, John Haswell House, 8/9 Gladstone Terrace,

Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE8 4DY

 

We also post new opportunities on the national website www.do-it.org.  This is a great place to find out more information about opportunities in your local area.

For further information about volunteering please see our leaflet - page 1, page 2.

For Organisations...

The Volunteer Centre is here to support any not for profit volunteer involving organisation in the borough. We offer a range of free support as well as low cost training courses, specialist advice and bespoke training

FREE Support

Finding you volunteers:

  • We can post your opportunities on to the national volunteering website www.do-it.org
  • Promote your volunteer vacancies at eventsMatch individuals to your opportunities through 1:1 appointments, group sessions and drop ins
  • Post opportunities onto out Facebook, Twitter and Our Gateshead websites

Best practice advice on the following topics:

  • Recruiting and Retaining VolunteersLegal issuesPolicies and proceduresHealth and Safety and safeguardingWho can and can’t volunteer
  • Specialist volunteer projects

Gateshead Volunteer Network

The network meets bi-monthly and is made up of Volunteer Involving Organisations in Gateshead. Most members are volunteer coordinators or trustees. Come along and find out all the latest news, listen to guest speakers and share any issues with a group of supportive professionals. Contact Jillian Lamb to find out the next meeting date. (0191 4784103, vc@gvoc.org.uk)

Training

We can offer low cost training on the following topics:

 

  • Introduction to Managing Volunteers
  • Creating Roles for Volunteers
  • Recruiting Volunteers
  • Supporting and Retaining Volunteers
  • Writing a Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers and the Law
  • Introduction to DBS
  • DBS – The Role of an Evidence Checker

Courses start at just £15 per person

 

Please visit our current Training Menu or get in touch to arrange a bespoke training package.

For further information about being a volunteer involving organisation please see our leaflet - page 1, page 2.

The vImpact Report, a Report into the impact of the vInvolved Project in Gateshead, can be downloaded here.

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Volunteer Centre Staff

All staff can be contacted on (0191) 478 4103.

Rebecca Leary

Volunteer Centre Manager

Jillian Lamb

Volunteer Recruitment and Administration Officer

Sarah Hollis

Apprentice

Gateshead Supported Volunteer Programme

A volunteering programme to support people with a learning disability to become independent volunteers with the support of a trained buddy.

Claire Howard

Project Co-ordinator and Trainer

Hannah Barugh

Volunteer Recruitment Officer

Emma Price

Volunteer Recruitment Officer

Gateshead Action Volunteers

 

A volunteering programme to support people with a learning disability to take part in volunteering one day a month with the support of trained staff.

 

Hannah Barugh

Project Co ordinator

 


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