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Are you ready to make a difference for Student Volunteering Week?

Student Volunteering Week takes place from Monday 7 February to Sunday 13 February, and offers a chance for students to discover volunteering opportunities. The Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) is proud to deliver projects and services that make a difference in local communities, with much of the work not possible without the support of volunteers.


Volunteering is a great way to boost your CV, gain skills, meet people and try something new. PCP has volunteering opportunities across the North East, all offering the chance to develop unique skills. Why not make a difference for Student Volunteering Week 2022 and give back to local communities by signing up with PCP as a volunteer?


Befriending Services You've got a friend in PCP. PCP is proud to offer befriending support to people who are often isolated and lonely, through a befriending phone service and in-person group. Volunteers that support PCP's Befriending Services, are known as 'Befrienders' and offer their time to have a conversation with people through our befriending phone service, or attend our Befriending Group on a Tuesday, 12.30pm - 1.30pm, at the Pioneering Care Centre, Newton Aycliffe. Contact befriending@pcp.uk.net or call 01325 321234 to volunteer.


Community Garden Based at the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe, is PCP's thriving Community Garden. The space is used by local community groups for sensory education based activities and much more. The Community Garden requires lots of tender loving care to maintain it, and our Lead Community Garden Volunteer, David Cockburn, is happy to share his gardening knowledge and skills through volunteering opportunities. Contact enquiries@pcp.uk.net or call 01325 321234 to volunteer.


Garden Kitchen Serving up delicious scones, 'cuppas' and more - the Garden Kitchen is based at the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe and is fully operational through the support of volunteers. If you're looking to build on your customer service skills, meet new people and much more - join the Garden Kitchen team as a volunteer by contacting enquiries@pcp.uk.net or call 01325 321234.


Healthwatch County Durham

Healthwatch County Durham is the independent champion for people who use health and social care services. When you join Healthwatch County Durham as a volunteer, you make a difference in your local community by giving people the opportunity to speak up about their health and social care. Visit their website to volunteer and boost your CV as you develop new skills and confidence in the workplace


Healthwatch South Tees

Healthwatch South Tees encompasses both Healthwatch Middlesbrough and Healthwatch Redcar and Cleveland. They offer communities a voice to have their say on health and social care services in the area. Their volunteers are called Community Champions and they play a vital role in helping people have their say on health and social care through campaigning and much more. Volunteering with Healthwatch can help you develop skills, gain experience and make a difference to your community. Visit their website to volunteer.


Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees

Do you want to improve health and social care in Stockton-on-Tees? Join the independent people champion for health and social care, that lets communities have their say. You can make new friends as you become part of the Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees team! Visit their website to volunteer.

Healthwatch Sunderland

Healthwatch Sunderland make a difference in Sunderland, through listening to people and letting them have their say on health and social care. Volunteers play a vital role in helping people have their say on health and social care. Volunteering with Healthwatch can help you develop skills, gain experience and make a difference to your community. Visit their website to volunteer.


Options Options is PCP's longest running service. Delivered from the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe, Options is a day service for adults with a range of learning and physical disabilities. Volunteers will support the delivery of the service with the Option's team. It's a great opportunity for those looking to gain experience in support work. Contact enquiries@pcp.uk.net or call 01325 321234 to volunteer.


Stockton-on-Tees COVID-19 Community Champions

The Covid-19 Community Champion network in Stockton-on-Tees has been established to empower and support residents stay up to date with the latest advice about COVID-19, to 'myth bust' and to identify any barriers that face our communities. You can volunteer and join their network of COVID-19 Community Champions to support spreading key messages. Contact SCCC@pcp.uk.net to volunteer.



Together 21 Together 21 provides a wide range of fun learning activities to help children and young people, aged 0 – 17 with Down syndrome to develop key skills. Delivered from the Pioneering Care Centre in Newton Aycliffe, Together 21 volunteers support the delivery of the service with the team. It's a rewarding opportunity where volunteers can gain experience in support work. Contact enquiries@pcp.uk.net or call 01325 321234 to volunteer.


To find out more about volunteering opportunities with PCP, visit our volunteering information page.

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