Organisation seeks Volunteer Buddies

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A new Northumberland CVA supported volunteering project aims to give some of the county’s hardest to reach unemployed people the confidence and skills they need to find work.

And the organisation is already looking for a team of new Volunteer Buddies, while training the first cohort to offer one-to-one support to individuals with multiple barriers.

This initiative is part of Bridge Project Northumberland, which is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund through the Building Better Opportunities programme.

Anne Lyall, Northumberland CVA chief executive officer, said: “We are looking for Volunteer Buddies who will support an individual to undertake volunteering and also possibly to travel to and from the volunteering location.

“Buddies themselves can gain new skills and meet new people, as well as having the satisfaction of taking on a new challenge and supporting others who are less confident.”

Those interested need to be willing to commit to a minimum of one half day per week, plus training prior to becoming a buddy. Out of pocket expenses will be paid and a DBS check will be required.

For more information, call Lisa Wackett at Northumberland CVA on 01670 858688.