Events will promote work of volunteers

Volunteer of the Year, Alice Taylor receives her award from North Tyneside's Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn.

Volunteer of the Year, Alice Taylor receives her award from North Tyneside's Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn.

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Two events are taking place to highlight the range of opportunities for promoting volunteering.

North Tyneside’s Volunteer Centre is holding the events on Monday, January 25, from 2pm to 5pm at the Linskill Centre in North Shields, and on Saturday, February 6, from 10am to 1pm at Wallsend Library.

The events will feature stalls and information about a number of groups and organisations in the borough that involve volunteers.

Robin Fry, volunteer centre manager, said: “Volunteering can be such a positive experience. Whether you can give a couple of hours a week or would like to get involved with one-off events, there is something out there for everybody.

“These marketplace events are a great way to bring organisations together that involve volunteers and for people to find out about the real range of opportunities available.”

For more contact (0191) 643 2638 or email volunteering@voda.org.uk

VODA recently recognised the work of North Tyneside’s volunteers at its annual awards ceremony, where this year’s Volunteer of the Year was named as Alice Taylor.

Alice was acknowledged for her work with the Relative Experience project, which is based at Meadow Well Connected in North Shields.

Having become a kinship carer for her grandson, she became involved with the project receiving advice and support from a befriending volunteer who “changed my life”.

Inspired by this, Alice began volunteering with the project herself, and despite her own health problems, has dedicated a huge amount of time and effort to helping other kinship carers in a similar position to her own.

Project worker Ray Blythe, who nominated Alice for her award, said: “Volunteers are the foundation of our project and we would like Alice to know how incredibly grateful we are for her hard work and of the volunteer she has grown in to.

“She really deserves recognition for the effort and contribution she has made.”