Supported Volunteering

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Supported volunteering is part of the service provided by the Volunteer Centre North Tyneside. It aims to help people who have a mental health problem or a long term condition to access and sustain volunteering activities.

The benefits of volunteering activity to the individual are well known and include:

  • Improved health and wellbeing
  • Increased self confidence
  • Improved self esteem and sense of worth
  • Increased routine and structure
  • Increased social interaction
  • Improved skills, experience and CV

However, people who have a mental health problem or other long term condition can face barriers to accessing and sustaining volunteering activity, such as a lack of confidence and motivation, difficulty communicating, problems completing application forms or anxiety about travelling to venues.

VODA's supported volunteering service aims to help people with a mental health problem or other long term condition to overcome these barriers by offering support and training. 

To find out more about supported volunteering, contact Ian Dougall, Supported Volunteering Development Officer on 0191 643 2638 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Read our Supported Volunteering case studies here.