You can volunteer with us if you have an hour a week to spare. In return we can help you gain valuable skills that will help you to enhance your life experience. More importantly, you will have the opportunity to help those who need help. Most of our service users come as referrals from other professional organisations, after a thorough assessment of the individual’s current situation and needs.
When you express an interest in volunteering with Sunderland Literacy Aid, you will be invited for an informal chat about the volunteering opportunities that we can currently offer and the roles that may suit your skills and interests. If you decide to go ahead, you will be asked to complete a Sunderland Literacy Aid Volunteer registration form. A DBS check is very important and if you don’t already have one, it may take a few weeks to complete. One your registration has been approved by Sunderland Literacy Aid’s director, you will be invite to attend an induction session which outlines important information such as our policies on confidentiality, safeguarding, gifts and equal opportunities. All our volunteering roles are subject to a 4 weeks trial period, this allows you to try it out to be certain that it is suitable for you.
Reading for Wellbeing
If you love reading and enjoy bringing people together, you should consider volunteering for one hour a week for this project. No qualifications are required as comprehensive training is provided. In order to become a reader facilitator, you will have to complete 10 hours of training with one of our staff members. If you’re successful, you will need a DBS check before being assigned to one of our service users, usually older individuals who are isolated and affected by social exclusion, anxiety disorders, loneliness, bereavement, early Alzheimer’s and early dementia.
Writing for Wellbeing (Expressive Writing)
Help people to discover the health benefits of expressing themselves with pen and paper. In order to become a facilitator for this project, you will have to go through a comprehensive period of training. It can last between 10 and 15 hours. If you’re successful, you will need a DBS (when we have enough funding, we’ll pay for it) before being assigned to one of our service users, or a small group of individuals.
We Save Books
We need help to divert more educational resources from landfill, as well as support in spreading the message of the Culture of Reuse to people within your local community. At times, we are unable to collect unwanted educational resources because we don’t have volunteers to help us collect them. In this case, they end up to landfill. If you drive and you are a car owner, and don’t mind collecting educational resources for us from different locations (all within Sunderland), we would love to hear from you.
The Literacy Project
If you’re good a grammar, punctuation, writing structure, and you wish to help others who need help in this area, get in touch. This project helps people from all backgrounds and of all ages. Some people might need help with writing skills on a resume, others help with school work, and others simply they wish to become better at the entire literacy spectrum.
EAL for Refugees and Asylum Seekers
If your first language is English, and you wish to help newcomers to the city/country to understand, speak and write English on a level that will help them become self-sufficient, you can do that by becoming a volunteer with us. The overwhelming majority of the service users for this project are refugees and asylum seekers.