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Great volunteering opportunities!

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, increase your confidence, meet new people and have fun! 

Here at DASH we fundamentally rely upon the support of volunteers to deliver our services and achieve our goals. We welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds and we would appreciate whatever time you can commit, whether that is a full day, a week or just a few hours per month.

Our volunteers bring fresh perspectives and skills as well as the compassion and care we need to help make a lasting and meaningful difference to the lives of those we help. Our volunteers take part in a huge variety of exciting and engaging opportunities.

We always look to recruit volunteers who share our vision and values. We seek volunteers who are good listeners, strong team workers and people who are adaptable, friendly and flexible in their approach.

For most of our voluntary roles, we would expect a commitment of two to four hours per week.  We sometimes ask volunteers to help us after office hours, between 5pm and 8pm as well as at weekends occasionally but this is completely optional. Any help we receive, for however long, is greatly appreciated.

Some volunteering can be done remotely, at home, in college or at work and some volunteering requires the volunteer to attend at our offices or at another one of our properties. For example, we have Durham University student volunteers who volunteer for us and don’t need to visit us all the time. We also have volunteers who live and work outside of Durham who are able to volunteer remotely with the support they need without visiting our offices much or in some cases, at all.

We like to be as flexible as possible in providing worthwhile volunteering opportunities for people from a wide range of backgrounds, abilities, interests and skills.

We have a variety of opportunities available to individuals wishing to volunteer:

  • Helping our Support Workers to support our service users
  • Administration and office support
  • Mentoring service users
  • Painting & decorating
  • Sports coaching
  • Job coaching
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Fundraising
  • Gardening
  • Cookery

Durham Community Action – Durham Volunteering Kite Mark

DASH first achieved the County Durham Kite Mark certificate in December 2017. Securing the Kite mark shows an organisation manages a volunteering programme where volunteers receive a high quality, positive volunteering experience.

It will help volunteers to make informed choices when they apply to volunteer, and they can be reassured that DASH have the correct policies and processes in place to offer a rewarding and positive experience.

Gaining the Kite mark demonstrates that DASH meets standards to overcome barriers to volunteering, and recognises the value of recruiting and retaining volunteers as set out by Durham Community Action, whose commitment to volunteering is actively underpinned by the County Durham Compact.

For further information about volunteering with DASH call Trevor Atkinson on 0191 3845073.

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