Volunteering & Carers


Volunteering England

Volunteering England is committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Its work links policy, research, innovation, good practice and programme management in the involvement of volunteers. National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Volunteering England merged on 1 January 2013.

v vinspired

v is an independent charity aiming to inspire a new generation of volunteers (aged 14-25) in England. It does this by funding voluntary organisations all over England to create inspiring, diverse opportunities and by helping to overcome barriers that stop people from taking action to improve lives, communities and the planet. Its aim is to create a culture where volunteering comes naturally – and where the benefits of volunteering are understood and celebrated.


do-it.org.uk was launched in 2001 with the first, and still the only, national database of volunteering opportunities in the UK. do-it.org.uk is part of the registered charity, YouthNet, a non-profit-making organisation. It does not charge people to use the database as it believes that volunteering should be free to the user and so makes a small charge to organisations registering their opportunities to ensure this.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations) gives voice and support to civil society. NCVO believes passionately in the voluntary and community sector. This is a sector with the power to transform the lives of people and communities for the better.

CSV – Volunteering and Training

Community Service Volunteers (CSV) was founded in 1962 by Mora and Alec Dickson who also founded Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO). The aim of the founders was to involve young people aged 16-35 in voluntary service in the UK, to enrich the lives of volunteers and those they help and to generate social change. CSV is the UK’s largest volunteering and training charity.


voluntaryskills.com is a leading web site for training and skills development in the Third Sector. Featuring the biggest online training database of voluntary & community sector courses across the North of England, you can also find current news, events and job vacancies. voluntaryskills.com is managed by The PNE Group, a not for profit organisation based in Newcastle upon Tyne.


Al-Anon Family Groups UK and Eire

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking. We believe alcoholism affects the whole family, not just the drinker. We are an international organisation with over 800 support groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience in order to solve their common problems. Alateen, part of Al-Anon, is for teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen meetings are attended by 12-17 year olds. They meet to share their experiences of having, or having had, a problem drinker in their lives. They help and support each other.

Carers Trust

Carers Trust is a new charity which was formed by the merger of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care in April 2012. Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. With their Network Partners, they aim to ensure that information, advice and practical support are available to all carers across the UK.

Carers UK

Carers UK is the voice of carers. They improve carers’ lives by providing information, advice, support and by campaigning for change.

North Tyneside Carers’ Centre

North Tyneside Carers’ Centre provides a confidential advice and information service.  If you require a more in depth discussion about your needs as a carer, we can provide one to one support with a Carer Support Worker.  We understand how important it is to have access to emotional support and someone to talk to. We therefore deliver regular peer support groups across the borough of North Tyneside.  The Centre’s team of Carer Support Workers are available to provide you with advocacy support.  We have a specialist Mental Health Carer Support Worker who will discuss with you and recognise the impact of your caring responsibilities on your health and wellbeing. The worker will provide you with individually tailored advice, information and support to meet your needs.  If you are a carer living in North Tyneside and you are feeling the stresses and strains of your caring role, North Tyneside Carers’ Centre may be able to offer you support through our Counselling Service.  Each year the Centre runs a programme of training for carers, based on your feedback. We always try to offer training that will support carers and address any needs and issues they have raised.  Visit the web site for the Centre’s upcoming events and activities.  Visit our Young Carers web site here.

Young Carers

YCNet is a website and online support service for yAoung people aged 18 and under in the UK, who help to look after someone in their family who has an illness, disability, drug/alcohol addiction or mental health condition.

Learning Disability Matters for Families webapp

The free webapp is primarily for parents and carers of children and young people:

  • Who have been identified as having a learning disability
  • Who have concerns that their child or young person MIGHT have a learning disability.

The webapp gives parents and carers straightforward, pragmatic, realistic information that is aimed to help them day to day, know where to go for further help and understand what they are entitled to.

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