Parkrun (Volunteering): parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. These events take place in pleasant surroundings and we encourage people of every ability to take part; from those taking their first steps in running to Olympians; from juniors to those with more experience; we welcome you all. If you’re interested in signing up to run at an existing parkrun event, or volunteering to help out please go to

NSPCC (Volunteering): An opportunity for DofE participants in the North East of England. The NSPCC is inspired by a belief that we can make a difference for all children. That’s why we aim to end cruelty to children in the UK. Even if it takes many generations to realise it, we achieve much more for children by having this inspirational vision. The NSPCC needs to make the biggest impact it can, but our limited resources are only a fraction of the government and voluntary sector’s budget for children. So all of our service, advice, support, campaigning and education activities are driven by these four principles:
• focus on areas in which we can make the biggest difference
• prioritise the children who are most at risk
• learn what works best for them
• create leverage for change.
When we have an idea we think will reduce harm to children, we test it. We measure it carefully to ensure that it works. If it does we tell others, in order to make sure that these new ideas and services are taken up by them to help other children.

How you can help
You help make a difference through the DofE by raising money or volunteering for the NSPCC as your volunteering activity – and you will be supported along the way by professional NSPCC fundraisers. Whether you are working towards a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award there is plenty you can do to help the NSPCC and make your DofE journey satisfying and rewarding, including:

Fundraising in groups
Whether it’s a sponsored run, a music or dance event or a cake sale, there are plenty of fun ways that you and your friends can raise money to help the NSPCC in the North East deliver vital services and protect vulnerable children. Whatever Award you are working towards our resource below and our experienced fundraisers will help you every step of the way. For further information please click here: Fundraise for us

RNLI (Volunteering and Skills): With over 236 lifeboat stations around the coast of the UK and ROI and 46 in Scotland alone there are opportunities for young people of all ages to learn more about the RNLI and what it takes to be a volunteer crewmember and real lifesaver and without having to live by the sea or get their feet wet too!

Useful Links

Development and Training Roadshow October 2014 presentation (PDF)

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