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We work solely for the benefit of older adults and their carers living in North Tyneside. Through volunteering, you are helping to make a positive difference to the lives of older people in your community.

To find out more about volunteering, call us on 0191 287 7011 or send us an email.

Current volunteering opportunities

Make a new friend through our one-to-one befriending program. You will visit a lovely customer in their own home to have a cuppa and a chat on a weekly basis.
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Dementia Activities Volunteer
Activities may include cuppa clubs, activity or singing groups (e.g. craft, music, history, movement), excursion groups and peer support groups. All activities provide a safe, social space where people living with dementia and their carers can come to socialise and participate in an activity. They will include a chance to chat and have refreshments as well as receive presentations and information from professionals, discuss dementia and receive information about relevant services.
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Meeting Centres Volunteer
Meeting Centres are a local resource, operating out of community buildings, providing a welcoming and friendly support to people living at home with dementia – that is people with a diagnosis of dementia alongside their family/carers and friends network. As a volunteer, you would be a member of a team, trained in the Meeting Centre ethos to provide an enjoyable and flexible programme to its members.
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Telephone Befriender
Make a new friend through our telephone befriending program. You will call a lovely customer on a weekly basis, have a chat & build a friendship.
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Some of our wonderful volunteers' stories

Some of our volunteers have told us their inspiring stories about volunteering with Age UK North Tyneside. Why they became volunteers, what they have gained from it and how they are supported by Age UK North Tyneside.

Why Volunteer

Age UK North Tyneside works solely for the benefit of older people and their carers living in the Borough of North Tyneside. Through volunteering, you are helping to make a positive difference to the lives of older people in your local community. Age UK North Tyneside recognises the benefit and value of volunteering and believes volunteering is an activity that should be open to all members of the community.

Volunteers often create a friendly and caring community, they bring skills and qualities adding value and experience, and many of our services could not happen without them.

Volunteers are people who give freely their time, abilities, skills and enthusiasm, without payment, in order to contribute something to their community. 

DWP has published new guidance on volunteering and claiming benefits:

The guidance aims to help claimants make informed decisions on volunteering and explains:

  • How many hours you can volunteer
  • What happens if you get a health or disability benefit
  • What expense you can claim

Benefits of Volunteering

There are many benefits to being a volunteer:

  • Learning new skills
  • Gaining work experience
  • Building your confidence and self esteem
  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • Trying something new
  • Developing a skill, hobby or interest
  • Working as part of a team
  • Making a difference to your own life and the lives of others
  • As a way of saying thank-you to our volunteers we arrange regular social events and presentations for them

We will provide you with travel expenses and training opportunities. Your time, skills and enthusiasm make a very big difference to the lives of older people. Without your help, most of our work would not be possible. We will help you get the most out of your voluntary work by giving you support and training.

Volunteers may also qualify for a huge range of money saving deals and vouchers, from mouth watering restaurant vouchers, discount holidays, money off fashion fixes through to deals on gym membership, mobile phones, and utilities. Find out more on the Charity Workers Discount website.

How To Get Involved

It’s easy to become a volunteer and we welcome people of all ages and from all backgrounds, who bring with them their much needed experience and support. Have a look at the roles we have on offer in the Current Volunteering Opportunities section. If you would like to volunteer, please request a registration form from our HR Team by emailing

If you would like a registration form sent to you in the post, please call 0191 287 7011. You can return completed paper forms to the address below:

Volunteering Team
Age UK North Tyneside
Bradbury Centre
13 Saville Street West,
North Shields
NE29 6QP
Telephone: 0191 287 7011


Next Steps

On receiving your completed form we will then invite you in for an interview to discuss your form further, and talk about the current volunteer opportunities we have available which may suit you. Please be aware that the volunteer process can take up to 4-6 weeks due to the reference checks, DBS checks, and processes we have to follow before a volunteer can begin their placement.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the volunteering team on 0191 287 7011 or email

We hope that you will find your involvement with Age UK North Tyneside rewarding and interesting and look forward to working with you in the near future.

What else you can do to support us

  • Take part in a fundraiser

    Could you help us to raise vital funds by taking part in a fundraising event? We have regular events such as sponsored walks, but you could also do your own fundraiser like a cake sale. Why not contact us for a chat about it.

  • Get your colleagues involved

    Could you talk to your colleagues or your employer about how you can support us? We have lots of ideas for how organisations can get involved, including sponsoring an event, making us Charity of the Year, or donating equipment. Please get in touch for more details.