On this page you will find information about ways to help during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Please conact the organisations directly on the contact provided.
Our online volunteering system, VolunteerConnect, has information about more long term volunteering opportunities.
Local volunteering opportunities
Mutual Aid Groups
Mutual Aid is a list of local support groups that have been established during the COVID-19 pandemic. To find your local group click here.
You can join the Middlesbrough Covid-19 Mutual Aid Facebook Group which is offering help and services from local people and businesses and for those who also need help.
PIPSCO - various roles
A pop up food store providing weekly deliveries & collections of food parcels for people living in Teesside through the Covid19 Pandemic. They are looking for volunteers to do various roles including delivery drivers, shoppers, administrators and fundraisers. PIPSCO Facebook page has more information and contact details.
Ageing Better Middlesbrough - Tech Helper
If you are tech savvy and have the patience to help people to solve technical issues then you can apply to become a tech helper. You will be offering one to one phone support to help people aged 50 plus stay connected while they are at home.For more information please contact Joanne Stevenson: email@example.com
Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust (TEWV)
. Volunteer Driver: You will be helping patients/service users that require transport on discharge from hospital to home or require transport to essential services. There may be occassions when you may be asked to transport good or equipment (such as masks,post and IT equipment) to other parts of the Trust.
. Community Responder: You will be supporting teams during this difficult time in the NHS by providing community response activities for service users that will enable them and their pets to have access to food, drink and any other essential basic needs.
. Chat and Check Volunteers: The role is to make telephone contact with service users who are socially isolated or may require some additional contact during this time. Contact would be on a regular basis as directed by the local care team. The volunteer will offer support to individuals, who are under the care of secondary mental health services, to try and reduce loneliness and check how they are. The role will be informal chats and is not as an alternative to contact with the mental health service. (Note: currently full)
If interested in any of these roles please contact TEAWVNT.firstname.lastname@example.org or 0191 3336328 – you will be given full Coronavirus Guidance
Changing Futures North East - Digital contact
We're looking for confident, chatty adults who can put in a few hours a month to chat/video call with a young person. Digital contact is really helping the children feel less lonely at the moment. Once it is safe to do so again then this voluntary role will grow into face to face visits such as at the park. If you would like to be sent more information then email Jess at email@example.com
Walsingham Support - Community Responder
Walsingham Community Responders Scheme has been developed to support the most vulnerable of individuals in our community including those who are self-isolating during this global pandemic. Our Responders, or as we like to call you, Super Heroes, will carry out simple non medical tasks that will in turn provide an opportunity to support the work of our frontline staff. We know that our volunteers do their best work when they are making use of their unique talents, that’s why we have developed a set of “Super Hero” roles that you can chose and help you find the role that suits you and you skills best. To find out more click here.
Teesside Lions Basketball - Website/APP developer
Teesside Lions require help with general improvements to their website with additional features such as online shop and fixtures/stats connectivity. If you are somebody with web and app/software experience or you have experience with vidoe production please get in touch with them. Email: James@teessidelions.com
Thornaby Cricket Club
Thornaby Cricket Club are looking for support to develop a new replacement website.The site would be used to promote/market the club, let people book events, see upcoming events and potentially pay subscriptions. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer from Home / Remote Volunteering Opportunities
Just Me Mental Health: Mental Health Champions
We are looking for Twitter&Instagram volunteer to post positive/mental health quotes every hour on Twitter and Instagram and Mental Health Youtube Champion to champion our growing mental health group on YouTube. To find more contact them through their Facebook page.
Quolimbo Uk: Varied homebased roles
Do you have time to spare? Are you looking to learn something new? We have taken our volunteer positions national and all will be home-based. Some of the roles they are promoting include: social media researcher, HR , Finance officer etc. If you're looking for experience, have the required skills, and live in the UK or Ireland contact them through their Facebook page.
Be My Eyes: Sighted volunteer
Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call. As a sighted volunteer you can help just by installing the Be My Eyes app. A blind or a low-vision user may need help with anything from checking expiry dates, distinguishing colors, reading instructions or navigating new surroundings. To find out more and download the app click here.
Shout: Crisis Volunteer
Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere and is powered by a team of volunteers, who are at the heart of the service. Volunteers need to commit to 25 hours of online training and then fulfil 200 total hours of volunteering; that’s 2 – 4 hours volunteering per week. If you are someone who is resilient and mentally robust to help people in distress and want to make a difference ti peoples lives by resolving crises then this role maybe suitable for you. Visit the Shout website here.
Translators without Borders: Translator volunteers
TWB translates more than ten million words per year for non-profit organizations by working with thousands of volunteer translators worldwide. Their work focuses on crisis response, development, capacity building, and advocacy. By specializing in language solutions, they provide meaningful and critical support that allows the core work of a wide range of non-profit and aid organizations to be more impactful and to better serve communities.
You can volunteer as a translator volunteer if you are fluent in at least one language other than your native language. Whether you are interested in translating medical texts or translating for crisis response, there are engaging projects available to suit all preferences. Professional translators are especially encouraged to apply. Other roles such as project manager, graphic or web page designers and fundraising are also available. To find out more about how you can help click here.
Missing Maps: Mapping Volunteer
Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people. It is no problem if you have never mapped before - it doesn't take long to learn. To find out more click here.