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Are you a compassionate individual with excellent interpersonal skills, looking to make a real positive change in the local community? We would love to hear from you!

Our Chain Reaction team support older people who may be feeling lonely, by helping them connect with other people, stay active in the community, and improve their mental wellbeing.

We have remote opportunities, in the form of Telephone Befrienders. This allows you to volunteer from the comfort of your own home, and is a good opportunity for people who might not live in the North East to still volunteer for our charity, to gain experience and make a positive impact on the community. As a Telephone Befriender, you will chat to older people living on their own, and provide friendship, advice, and support. You will support people to improve their emotional health and wellbeing by helping them to feel less socially isolated, remain connected, feel valued and more confident.

Alternatively, if you live local to Newcastle upon Tyne and prefer face-to-face volunteering opportunities, we also need volunteers to help run the increasing number of community activities that are back in action across Newcastle, as well as one-to-one help for older people returning home from hospital and need some extra support. Our community activities are primarily based in the north of the city, and include coffee mornings, walking groups, lunch clubs, and more.

How to apply

For further information about Chain Reaction, please click here.

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering for Chain Reaction, please call 0300 300 7070 or email

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