Your Support is Important to us
Volunteers play an essential part in making Gateshead Carers a successfully run charity by giving their time, talents, energy and enthusiasm. Volunteering your time can also help with personal development and developing your talents. We are keen to recruit volunteers to help Gateshead Carers identify and help our work to support carers. You can help in a variety of ways:
Our befriending service aims to match carers with a volunteer befriender who will visit the carer for an hour each week and provide one-to-one companionship and support for adult carers. It is a human need to feel connected to other people and society. When we feel isolated we feel lonely and this has a profound effect on our well-being. Adult carers often become socially isolated due to caring commitments. Befriending is a way to reduce the isolation and offer someone companionship as well as being a rewarding role for those who befriend. Befriending can be a very rewarding role. It can also give someone the opportunity to get involved in positive action within their local community. As well as this the opportunity to develop personal skills, training and knowledge that can be transferred to employment. Befrienders are volunteers from all walks of lives. What they have in common is a respect and compassion for adult carers. Befrienders are selected and trained by Gateshead Carers and have DBS clearance. We try to ensure the match is suitable and the befriender lives locally and have similar interests. The befriending co-ordinator will introduce the carer to the befriender and monitor the friendship. Please get in touch here if you would like to find out more.
Volunteering in other ways
Help with events
Throughout the year Gateshead Carers hold events including Carers Week activities, information stands and community fun days. If you would like to volunteer to support at any of these events please get in touch here. Volunteers can be vital to making these events a success.
Every 3 months we produce a newsletter for carers, partners and professionals working with carers and their families. We need help packing and labelling over 2000 newsletters and are looking for volunteers who can spare a few hours of their time to help with this operation. Please get in touch here if you would like to get involved.
Help with fundraising
Whether you can sell raffle tickets, help out at bag packs, organise coffee mornings or give out collection tins, volunteers are a crucial part of fundraising and ensure that future services are provided by Gateshead Carers.
Join our Board of trustees
New board members are nominated and recruited for their specific skills and expertise, take a look at our members to see what they each bring to the charity. Currently we are looking to appoint board members with experience and knowledge in Human Resources or with a legal background. If you think you could bring these skills to Gateshead Carers, please get in touch here.
If you are interested in volunteering your time for Gateshead Carers please click here and complete our enquiry form or call 0191 4900121 today.