Become a Volunteer
You can make a difference and volunteer for one of our life changing projects.
We have a number of opportunities at the moment so have a look at the descriptions below and have a think about where you could fit in the A Way Out team!
Be part of COACH, our life changing mentoring scheme
We are looking for volunteers to befriend & mentor young people aged 12 – 24 who are considered vulnerable or in a high risk situation. The aim is to provide a weekly one-2-one for clients on one of our programs, an opportunity to chat and a link to further support.
You will meet with a young person, one-to-one, in a variety of settings such as a coffee in town, walk or drive, between Monday to Friday, or at a weekend, including any evenings up until 8pm for one or two hours at a time. We are looking for any volunteer who feels they have something to give and would be a positive influence in a young persons life. The following qualities are desirable: patient, non-judgemental, encourager, good at listening, level headed and a positive influence.
Monday – Friday, Evenings before 8pm or Weekends
Community Engagement Volunteer
We are looking for volunteers who are available to help out with our Community Hubs, our community drop-ins that are happening every weekday from 12-2pm or 1-3pm. This role will involve handing out nutritious food parcels and you will also have the opportunity to give advice and support, with art and craft activities, sports and beauty treatments available for the service users. As a volunteer, you will be albe to build a rapport and befriend people accessing the Community Hubs, to offer advice or information or to simply have a coffee and a chat.
Every Weekday from 12-2pm, or 1-3pm (Mondays are women only)
Food Distributor Volunteer
We are looking for volunteers to help pack the food parcels that will be handed out at our Community Hubs every weekday. This role will involve preparing and packing nutritious food parcels from the items available to ensure 3-4 meals can be achieved with each parcel, ensuring the fair distribution of food. Also, assisting with the loading of a car to transport the food parcels to the Community Hub.
Any Weekday Morning from 9:30am – 11:30am
The Cafe Team – Hand Deliver “Made with Love” Sandwiches
We are looking for volunteers to hand deliver our “Made with Love” sandwiches to local businesses in the area. This entails walking a short distance with a basket full of goodies that helps us raise the essential funds we need to continue changing lives for the better.
Monday – Friday 10:30am – 12pm
Women’s Support Volunteer
A Way Out’s women’s recovery service engages women aged 16+ with various needs due to issues such as prostitution/exploitation, substance dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse. A key part of this service is the opportunity to spend quality time with each service user on a one to one level, to assess the level of support they require and agreeing the most appropriate steps to take. We are looking for female volunteers who can offer befriending, practical support and life skills advice to help motivate women to develop positive routines and manage their daily/weekly commitments. The role would involve offering practical and emotional support to encourage and motivate change and to ultimately support their journey of recovery. The commitment is for 2-4 hours per week and would generally be between Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Please note, due to the nature of this role, you must be female.
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm. Roughly 2-4 hours a week.
Women’s Outreach Volunteer
The aim of our women’s outreach is to have a regular presence on the streets of Stockton, three evenings a week, to make first contact and to build and maintain relationships with vulnerable women. To encourage engagement with the outreach team, hot food is freshly prepared and refreshments are regularly given out. Advice and information on staying safe, condoms, homeless packs and emotional support are also offered as well as promoting A Way Out activities and other specialist services that are available. We are looking for female volunteers who can offer practical hep and friendship to vulnerable women. Your role may include preparing hot food and refreshments to take out on outreach, being part of a team of 2 or 3 to follow a set outreach route, either in the car or on foot, to approach and engage the target group of vulnerable women and befriending women and promoting activities and support A Way Out offers. The commitment is for 2-3 hours per evening, on either a weekly, fornightly or monthly basis. Please note, due to the nature of this role, you must be female.
Weekday Evenings. 2-3 hours per week, fortnight or month.
Youth Outreach and Sports Volunteer
We are looking for volunteers to help out with a youth drop-in that happens on a Thursday on Port Clarence estate from 3:30-6:30pm. Your role would include helping out with the drop-in, perhaps doing sports activities, arts and crafts or games with the young people and also helping with set up and pack down. We are also looking for volunteers who are able to help out with our sports activities with young people at other times during the week. We are looking for outgoing, confident and sporty individuals who can take initiative and lead by example. Preferably, we are looking for individuals who can drive and have a car that they can use. Are you passionate about working with vulnerable and at-risk young people? Then these volunteer roles could be for you!
Thursday afternoons 3:30 – 6:30pm