Newcastle Futures recognise that volunteering can provide a successful route in to employment for many people. It can provide people with new skills and experience, increased confidence as well as access to a wider network of contacts.


Some people may not feel they are ready for work at the moment and volunteering can help bridge that gap by providing the support and experience which will help improve their longer term goals of finding employment.



What is volunteering?


This is when you can choose to give your time and energy to benefit other people and yourself without being paid for it. You may be given out of pocket expenses for travel. In the UK, more and more people are volunteering every year, it also gives people a good sense of well being as well as builds confidence and skills.




As a volunteer, you could:


Volunteer with a charity or other voluntary organisation for example:


  • Spending time mentoring and befriending a young person

  • Befriending an older person

  • Volunteering outdoors to improve the environment or supporting at one off local community projects

  • Volunteer within the NHS

  • Help your community at one-off gardening projects or festivals

  • and many more 


It is not volunteering if you:


  • Doing something for a family member for example volunteer in a family members shop

  • Are given money in addition to your expenses, or

  • Are under contract to do it (this does not include any ‘volunteer agreement’ you may have)  





Newcastle Futures work closely with a number of voluntary organisations, such as:


Volunteer Centre Newcastle

Please contact Karen Watson on 0191 2116720

E-mail:  info@volunteercentrenewcastle.org.uk

Website: http://www.volunteercentrenewcastle.org.uk/


Tyne and Wear Museums

Please see the website

Website: http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/


Volunteering is your choice!

If you would like to read more on volunteering please see these links