Volunteering

Without the terrific work done by our volunteers Hand in Hand would not exist.

We have volunteers aged 18+ from all walks of life, to help at our Clubs - both are held on a Tuesday.

Volunteer Roles

Click to view current volunteer roles

What do I do if I'm interested in Volunteering?

We are always willing to talk about our Volunteer roles and deal with any queries you may have.

If you wish to apply please complete the application form Online via the link below or call in at the Club you are interested in Volunteering at and speak to Diane,Club Co-ordinator Wallsend or Barbara, Club Co-ordinator Heaton or e-mail admin@handinhandproject.org.uk.

Click to Complete Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to commit to a number of hours each week to volunteer at one of the clubs?

No, if you can give a weekly commitment that's great, but you can go on a rota and volunteer one day a month (or whatever availability you have). All we ask is that you let us know when you are / are not available so we can ensure we have enough cover.

Do I have to sign up for a minimum period?

Yes, we do ask our volunteers to make an initial six month commitment to Hand in Hand.

Will I get my expenses paid?

Yes, we don't want you to be out of pocket. You will be reimbursed with your travel expenses in line with Hand in Hand's current policy.

I'm currently unemployed will this affect my benefits?

No, despite what people think it does not affect your benefits. It helps people gain back their confidence and makes them feel useful. It is also good for your CV.

Quotes from Volunteers

Clubs Summer Outing to Seahouses

“Thank you so much for welcoming me into your group.  I’ve treasured every Tuesday afternoon spent at the Wallsend Club.  Having an opportunity to meet so many incredible people that I would not have otherwise met has made my university experience all the more special.  You all do a job that you should be incredibly proud of!  I hope that when I grow old there will be people like you who take the time to look after others.  Family is important to me – being 4 hours away from mine can be difficult – but being able to spend time with you all every week has made Newcastle feel like home.  Keep doing the fabulous job you’re doing and thank you for including me in what you do.  I feel privileged to have worked with you all.  I know that I’ll look on my time here fondly!"

“I’ve been with Hand in Hand since November 2012 and I’ve never looked back.  I came to help in the kitchen at the Longbenton Lunch Club and after a coupe of months I did my first Lunch Club as cook and wow what a feeling of satisfaction as the members enjoyed what I had cooked.  I now oversee the Club and cook every 4 – 5 weeks.  Hand in Hand is part of my life now and I look forward to going to the Club.  I always come away with a sense of pride that I have done something which means a lot to members.  My only negative would be I wish I had started volunteering at the group earlier……..”  

Christmas Shopping

“Volunteering with Hand in Hand has been the best decision I’ve made since retiring!"

“I came on placement from College and stayed! – I love it”

“A life changing experience – for the better!”

“Volunteering has given me experience and confidence”

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