Volunteer Buddies needed for project

Anne Lyall, chief executive of Northumberland CVA
Anne Lyall, chief executive of Northumberland CVA

Some of the county’s hardest-to -each unemployed people, many of whom have complex issues, will be helped to develop the confidence and skills they need to find work as part of a new Northumberland CVA Supported Volunteering project.

This project is part of The Bridge Project which is funded by the BIG Lottery Fund and European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the Building Better Opportunities Programme.

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

Chief executive Anne Lyall said: “The Bridge Project is a county-wide, multi-agency project made up of local voluntary and community organisations working in partnership with Northumberland County Council.

“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.”

If you’d like to find out more or have an informal chat about becoming a Volunteer Buddy, call Lisa Wackett at Northumberland CVA on 01670 858688.