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!
We have a variety of volunteering opportunities in each of our services…
Community Fundraiser (volunteer)
A Way Out is offering an amazing opportunity to become part of an organisation that works to engage, empower and equip some of the region’s most vulnerable and excluded people.We are looking for people with flair and self-motivation to join our new team of Volunteer Community Fundraisers – a role which will offer plenty of scope for growth and personal development. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have a passion for the valuable work that A Way Out does to maximise the generation of community funding and support for the organisation through agreed fundraising projects/events; community partnerships and individual donors, whilst fully conforming to industry best practice and legal requirements. Each volunteer will receive comprehensive training and continued support as they grow in skill and experience within the role. If you are interested in applying for this voluntary role, please take a look at the job description and person spec below and complete the relevant application form, then submit to email@example.com or send to Anita Burke, A Way Out, 1-2 Castlegate Quay, The Riverside, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1BZ.
Youth Outreach Service
We are seeking to recruit enthusiastic volunteers to support our RELOAD sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, 2.30-5.30pm. Volunteers will support the Youth Outreach team to deliver the sessions, helping with indoor and outdoor games, activities and crafts – all specifically designed to empower the young people, raise their self confidence and aspirations while exploring topical and relevant issues faced by young people today.
HALO (Helping And Loving Others) is our 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 alongside our Youth team.
Get Active is a sports based session where the young people partake in physical activities, skills practice (such as throwing, catching) and Team Building. Also improving their confidence and self-esteem. .
Evo is a new and exciting initiative which we are currently developing to support young people in Year 7 who have recently transitioned from primary to secondary school .
YOUTH SERVICE VOLUNTEER TIMINGS:
- Mondays: GET ACTIVE 2.30pm – 5.30pm
- Tuesdays: RELOAD, 2.30pm – 5.30 pm
- Wednesdays: HALO, 2.30 pm – 5.30 pm (seasonal),
- Wednesdays: EVO. 2.30pm – 5.30pm
- Thursdays: RELOAD, 2.30 – 5.30 pm
Tuesday & Friday Drop In
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 and Friday afternoons. The drop-ins aim to provide a non-judgmental, safe environment for young women to engage in positive and creative activities and increase their self-awareness and self-worth. The drop-ins offer a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere along with opportunities for young women to socialise and meet new people.
BLOSSOM DROP IN VOLUNTEER TIMINGS:
- Tuesdays: 4.00pm – 6.00pm
- Fridays: 3.00pm – 5.00pm
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.
Wellness and Recovery Activity Sessions:
We are looking for volunteers who are available to help out with our Liberty Case Load drop-ins that currently. The aim is provide a non-judgmental, safe environment for women ton case load to engage in positive and creative activities (such as creative crafts, cooking etc) and increase their abilities, self-awareness and self-worth. The drop-ins offer a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere along with opportunities for women to socialize and meet new people.
Day time and Evening Outreach
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, 2 – 3 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 in the AWO 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.
LIBERTY SERVICE VOLUNTEER TIMINGS:
- Mondays: Drop In, 12.30pm – 3.30pm
- Tuesdays: Daytime Outreach, 1.00pm – 3.00pm
- Tuesdays: Evening Outreach, 7.30pm – 10.00pm
- Wednesday: Evening Outreach, 7.30pm – 10.00pm
- Thursdays: Daytime Outreach, 1.00pm – 3.00pm
- Thursdays: Drop-in, 3.00pm – 5.00pm
- Thursdays: Evening Outreach, 7.30pm – 10.00pm
NEW VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITY!! – If you are talented and creative with crafts we are looking for volunteers to support our clients in developing a Social Enterprise project to raise self esteem and raise funds by producing and selling handmade craft items. More details regarding timings to follow – or contact our office on 01642 655071 and speak to Rachel for more information.
The women we work with do have complex mental health needs. Many of them will have substance misuse issues and in some cases will also have been diagnosed with a mental health condition such as “Borderline Personality”. Very often they require long term support. It is the commitment of the psychotherapist / counsellor to be there for the duration which is important.
Examples of psychotherapeutic support needed by clients include being enabled to experience unconditional acceptance, feeling valued by another and hence valuing themselves.
If you are a student reading this please be aware that you do need to have completed year 1 of a Foundation degree.
In house support from a qualified and experienced psychotherapist is provided.
*We are currently at full capacity for Counselling Volunteers, however we would be happy to take your application for a Volunteer if you would like some experience in this client area.
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.