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Staff Blog: Get Active as a Volunteer

Get active as a volunteer. Mark Blyth, Peer Mentor and Volunteer Coordinator

I’m Mark, a Peer Mentor and Volunteer Co-ordinator at Moving On Tyne & Wear (MOTW).

Part of my role is to encourage participants in South Tyneside to take an active role in their local community through our service, and sometimes this means supporting them to get involved in volunteering.

What does being a volunteer involve?

In my last blog post I spoke about our peer mentoring service in South Tyneside, and what’s involved in becoming a peer mentor.

Volunteering may seem like a step-up from mentoring, but the principles don’t differ! The motivation to become a volunteer may vary—a participant may want to gain skills and experience for future employment, or they might want to give back to or raise awareness about an organisation that they feel passionate about—but all volunteers receive access to regular support.

In South Tyneside, we offer two options to participants when they’re considering volunteering. We have opportunities within the project where individuals can volunteer, or we can refer the participant to other services within South Tyneside where there are opportunities. We have established good working relationships with organisations in South Tyneside and will support participants to get the most out of their volunteering experience.

Find out more

Although I work to support volunteers in South Tyneside, MOTW offers support into volunteering and volunteer training throughout Tyne & Wear!

If you’d like to find out more about how MOTW could support you to get back into volunteering, training or employment, you can explore our website, or contact us using the details at the bottom of this page.

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