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In its 20th year, Volunteers' Week will celebrate the work volunteers do with a host of events across the UK.

Taking place this week, the national celebration aims to promote innovative ways to thank, recruit and involve volunteers and raises the profile of the work of the UK's 22 million volunteers.

There are lots of organisations throughout the North East in desperate need of volunteers.

The Newcastle Society for Blind People has been caring for visually-impaired and blind people of all ages in the city since 1867. It aims to help them by increasing their independence, extending choice, promoting privacy and dignity and raising public awareness.

Advocacy in Gateshead and South Tyneside South Tyneside is a metropolitan borough in Tyne and Wear in North East England.

It is bordered by four other boroughs - Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead to the west, Sunderland in the south, and North Tyneside to the north.
 is an independent organisation that supports adults of any age with a learning disability.

Advocacy is when a person speaks up for themselves or others, and is about supporting people Supporting People is a UK government programme helping vulnerable people live independently and keep their social housing tenancies. It is run by local government and provided by the voluntary sector. It was launched on 1 April, 2003. External links
  • Supporting People
 to express their needs, opinions and choices.

It offers accredited accredited

recognition by an appropriate authority that the performance of a particular institution has satisfied a prestated set of criteria.


accredited herds
cattle herds which have achieved a low level of reactors to, e.g.
 training and continuous support for its volunteers.

Volunteer co-ordinators from across Durham City Durham City could be:
  • The city of Durham, County Durham
  • The City of Durham local government district
  • The Northern League football team Durham City A.F.C.
 and Chester-le-Street have been working together to launch a directory of local volunteering vacancies.

Copies can be obtained free from Durham Volunteer Bureau (0191) 383 1944 or the Chester-le-Street Volunteer Bureau (0191) 3892947.

This Friday a Volunteers' Fair will be held in Durham City market place, where potential volunteers can meet local voluntary organisations. There will be entertainment throughout the day, including jazz and face-painting .

VODA's Volunteering Team is always developing opportunities for people in North Tyneside North Tyneside is a metropolitan borough of Tyne and Wear in the North East of England. Its seat is at the Town Hall, Wallsend.

Created in 1974, the borough lies within the historic county boundaries of Northumberland.
 to take up volunteering. From befriending to web design, sports coaching to fundraising, it aims to find something to suit everyone.

As well as providing a general volunteer bureau-style service, it also runs a Millennium Volunteers Millennium Volunteers (often abbreviated as MV) is a national UK government initiative, set up with public funding, and aimed at people aged between 16 and 24. It offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities, with support and accreditation for young people.  Project for people aged 16-24. It also offers volunteering opportunities for people who have experienced mental health problems.

AGE Concern Gateshead has been providing a wide range of services for older people throughout Gateshead for more than 30 years. It could not run any of these services without the help of its team of 150 volunteers but it always needs more.

Its volunteers really make a difference to older people's lives by providing companionship to frail and isolated people, assisting on outings, providing information and advice and advocacy or helping out in charity shop to raise vital funds.

In return for their time and hard work the charity provides its volunteers with travel expenses, training and social opportunities.

Picture this scenario: Kate just called and she does not know where to turn to for help. Her teenage daughter has threatened to run away again, and has started to hang out with a bad crowd. She has stopped going to school and Kate saw her with a much older boy last week. Kate says she had it out with her daughter and it nearly came to blows. She used to have such a good relationship with her. They used to go out shopping and chat all the time but it is all different now. Kate is struggling and does not know what to do next.

She feels so alone and has not got anyone to turn to. Her only hope of support is a confidential helpline helpline
Noun

a telephone line set aside for callers to contact an organization for help with a problem

helpline nteléfono de asistencia al público

 where she does not have to give her name.

They will listen to her, be there for her when she needs to talk, will not judge her or tell her what to do. They will come up with a few ideas, but most importantly Adv. 1. most importantly - above and beyond all other consideration; "above all, you must be independent"
above all, most especially
 they will support her to have the strength to do what she needs to do (when she's ready.

There are lots more Kates out there, with different stories to tell. The trouble is, there are not nearly enough people to answer the phone when the calls come in.

At the Newcastle branch of Parentline Plus, there are 30 volunteers. They all have parenting experience and have completed a training course to equip them with the necessary skills to help parents like Kate.

The volunteers give four hours a week of their time to the helpline.

Issues range from divorce and separation to problems with a child's school. This, combined with the every day demands of parenting, can leave parents feeling depressed and isolated.

For many of these parents the support that Parentline Plus offers is a lifeline.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 2, 2004
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