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!
Reload is our Youth Project and we have various opportunities for you within this work!
RELOAD is looking for volunteers to support them on a Thursday afternoon to run the drop in session, running indoor and outdoor games and activities, crafts and a tuck shop.
HALO (Helping And Loving Others) is our new Social Action project working to engage young people in supporting and loving their community. We are looking for practical people to get involved and work with the team alongside young people.
The Blossom Project
Tuesday Drop In – Dressing Room
We are looking for volunteers who are available to help out with our young women’s drop-in that currently take place on a Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday Blossom Dressing Room aims to engage young women in an art & craft fashion project and increase their artistic skills and give them the opportunity to learn and try new skill.
Friday Drop In – Beauty Hub
We are looking for volunteers who are available to help out with our young women’s drop-in that currently take place on a Friday afternoon. Friday Blossom Beauty Hub provides a non-judgmental, safe environment for young women to engage in positive activities and increase their self-awareness and self-worth. The Hub provides access to hair and beauty resources, create a fun and inviting atmosphere along with opportunities for young women to socialize and meet new people.
Young Women’s Outreach Volunteer
We are looking for volunteers who are available to help out with our weekly outreach. The aim of the Outreach is to make a first contact and to build and maintain relationship with vulnerable young women who are often marginalised from mainstream services. To encourage engagement with the outreach team toiletries packs are regularly given. Team provide a support during outreach as well as promote A Way Out activities and other specialist services available. The Outreach model will vary from taking place in scheme buildings to being out in the field in Preston Park or Stockton Town Centre.
Monday Drop In:
We are looking for volunteers who are available to help out with our women’s drop-in that currently takes place on a Monday afternoon. We are looking for people who believe in our values and are passionate about working with vulnerable women. It is important that you have a heart for getting alongside people, relating and engaging with the women we work with, befriending and that you are compassionate and empathetic.
If you have any creative skills such as cooking, baking, photography, art or beauty treatments, these would be a beneficial for our groups but are not necessary. We are also looking for people who are able to pitch in, and happy to tidy and cook and wash up.
A Way Out’s women’s outreach team engages women aged 18+ with various needs due to such issues as those involved in survival sex work/exploitation, substance dependency, homelessness and domestic abuse. The aim is to have a regular presence on the streets of Stockton, two 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.
This Volunteer role may include
- Preparing hot food and refreshments to take out on outreach.
- Organising outreach packs which include condoms, first aid, homeless packs and leaflets.
- Being part of a team of 2 or 3 to follow a set outreach route, either in the car, van or on foot to approach and engage the target group of vulnerable women.
- Befriending women and promoting activities and support A Way Out offers.
- Offering advice and information on ways to stay safe and other help available.
To get involved with these opportunities, please complete our Volunteer Application form and return
Why not stand beside A Way Out and help us to change the future for our clients. We hope to empower you to run your own events for A WAY OUT. We have some suggestions for what you might like to do, to raise awareness and much-needed funds for our work.
Supermarket Bag Packs
Whatever you can do is not only a huge encouragement to us, but a powerful message to our service users who are always overwhelmed that people are willing to give, not only their money, but also their words, their networks and resources, and their time.
You would be really making a difference.