Volunteering allows you to give back to the community, as well as build up experience and skills.
Please see the following link which will take you to the new funding opportunities website which also contains details of local voluntary sector discussion and news stories.
Idox Funding Portal [external link]
Good Friends [external link] - Good Friends is an initiative in Darlington that aims to encourage people to commit just a few minutes of their day or week to improve the life of a disadvantaged neighbour.
Darlington Cares [external link] is a partnership of the town's leading employers which works by matching its members to projects and charities in the local community.
Volunteering on a Youth Offender panel allows you to contribute to the reduction of re-offending and rehabilitation.
Join the Tenant's Board and have your say about Council housing policy and services.
Darlington Borough Council is keen to support not for profit organisations who trade and there will be opportunity to have a pop up shop in the Town Hall to sell products. This could be to sell gifts, cards, crafts, produce or insurance and funeral plans. As you will appreciate there will need to be checks in terms of public liability insurance and accreditation for financial products. These stalls will operate on a rota basis and need to be booked in advance. Dependent on demand extra days may be added but at the moment the stalls will be operational on a Thursday between 11am and 2pm.
Further details of how to apply to have a pop up shop can be found by following this link
Raising the profile of your activity
The Council in collaboration with Department for Education now has an opportunity for voluntary and community organisations to use space in the shared areas to display pop ups, have a stand (information only or a staffed stand) and to put information on the TV screens in the collaboration space. As voluntary and community organisations all you need to do is to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org stating what you would like to display and when you would like to display the information. Information to go on the screens needs to be in PDF or JPEG format.
VONNE is the support body for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) in the North East of England. We represent over 700 member charities, voluntary organisations, community groups, networks and social enterprises from across the region with further reach through our many networks. Why not join us and become a member [External Link]
Darlington Compact is a statement of partnership between the public sector and the voluntary and community sector. It is a commitment to work together more closely, and to respect each other's rights and responsibilities.
Darlington Compact document [pdf document, 4mb]
Codes of Practice [pdf document, 3.9mb]
Volunteering Opportunity-Move More Team
The Move More team is running activities in a number of sheltered housing schemes and is looking for volunteers to help. If you are interested, or know anybody who may be interested, and have skills in arts/crafts, music or any other activity you think would be beneficial, get in touch with the Move More Team on 01325 254370 or email email@example.com
GOV.UK [external link] has additional information about volunteering including your rights as a volunteer and volunteering whilst on benefits.