Volunteering is an important part of the work we do. We offer a number of volunteering opportunities within the council which enhance the wide range of services we provide to communities.
The principles of volunteering
Our volunteering policy was written with the support of Volunteer Centre Newcastle. We work toward four principles of volunteering:
- Choice - people must be free to choose to volunteer, no one is forced to volunteer. Volunteers are also free to choose not to volunteer.
- Diversity - volunteering is open to all, regardless of background, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, faith or other factors. However, some projects may not be suitable for particular groups of people to volunteer in and this can be discussed with the volunteer.
- Reciprocity - in return for giving their time, energy and skills, volunteers expect to gain something. This could include a sense of worthwhile achievement useful skills, experience and contacts, sociability and fun or inclusion in the life of the organisation.
- Recognition - we want to recognise volunteers’ contributions to the council, the community, the social economy and wider social objectives.
Where can I volunteer?
Many different departments within the council have volunteers. The type of roles vary too, from park rangers to childcare opportunities or providing special needs support. There are also a range of opportunities to get involved in community clean ups in your local area.
We also support a number of groups which are either partly or fully run by volunteers. If you are interested in finding out more please contact your local Communities Officer.
What can I expect as a Newcastle City Council volunteer?
As a council we will endeavour to provide the best in volunteering opportunities and high quality support for those who volunteer with us. You will have a supervisor, who will provide you with a clear role, explaining what is expected of you and when you are needed to volunteer. You should be offered an induction to your role and any relevant training required should be provided.
The amount of time you can spend in a volunteering role is also flexible. It can vary from an hour a week to much, much more. Similarly the skills you need to volunteer can be the ones you already have, or you could learn and develop new different skills in your volunteer role.
Why is it different if I am under 16?
Some roles will not be suitable for children and young people (if you are under the age of 18). Also many younger volunteers like to work in a role where they have more support, such as group volunteering or where they have a role that offers 1 to 1 support from a more experience volunteer or member of staff.
Who do I contact about volunteering with Newcastle City Council?
To find out about current volunteering opportunities visit the Volunteer Centre Newcastle website or the Do It website. You can also contact the department you are interested in volunteering with directly by phoning 0191 278 7878 and asking for the department or person you need.