WELCOME to you, visitor to the website. And to you as someone interested in becoming a volunteer in Hexham, a very special welcome.
A lot of aspects of the town’s community life depend on volunteers. Volunteers are in so many ways the life-blood of our town.
Volunteers can be all ages. Older people can utilise and offer existing skills or they can choose to support an altogether different kind of activity. Young people have bags of energy and enthusiasm to offer. So don’t hesitate! We almost all have time, and it is nothing more complicated than this, time, that is one of the best gifts we give through volunteering.
We know that many people in the early years of their retirement select Hexham as a location for their next busy but calmer years. All will agree that this is a good choice. Additionally, opportunities to volunteer can increase Hexham’s attraction and become the icing on the cake.
Here are some important and useful practical contacts for you.
The Hexham Community Partnership, which works closely with the Town Council on many initiatives in the town’s and its residents’ interests, depends on the time and availability of volunteers. Its Board is made up of volunteers and representatives of Hexham organisations. It leads or supports many activities and events in Hexham, from Spook Night to the town’s Newsletter, Hexham Matters. For more information, give Lorraine Reay a ring on Hexham 622796 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CAN – Community Action Northumberland – is the umbrella organisation for smaller voluntary organisations in the County. They provide advice on funding, management and projects to organisations aiming to enable people to overcome disadvantage and improve the quality of their life. They will be able to sign-post people interested to some of the local volunteering opportunities available. You may contact CAN on 01670 517178 or email@example.com.
ADAPT (North East) is based in Hexham and has recently moved to new premises in Burn Lane, more suitable for their many transport activities. They work with people with sensory, physical and learning disabilities or mental health needs. Volunteers are integral to the organisation. They suggest that people interested to learn more about volunteering with them should email them – firstname.lastname@example.org – or ring Hexham 600599 and speak to a member, perhaps Liz Prudhoe, the leader.
Here are some more suggestions. You can contact any of these via their websites.
The Hextol Foundation aims to improve the lives of people with disabilities and other disadvantages by creating opportunities to work, by providing education and training and by developing other forms of support as are needed.
Tynedale Talking Newspaper – weekly (Friday evening) recordings of the best of the Hexham Courant that are circulated to local people.
Finally Northumberland Life offers a growing register of groups providing charitable support and seeking to recruit new volunteers.