How you can get involved in Middlesbrough and Cleveland

'Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth' - 1 John 3: 18

Many churches and organisations are working hard to help people in the area who are facing the challenges that come with poverty. These organisations rely on volunteers to be able to give the help that is much needed. Below you can see some information about organisations1 in the area, the work they do and the help they need. If you see somewhere you would like to volunteer, please click on the ‘I want to help’ button to fill out a very short contact form that will go direct to the organisation you want to help. Please help: we know that when people get involved in helping others they can make a real difference to those in need and to their own lives as well.

If you are an organisation wanting to advertise for volunteers, please either click here to complete an online form or contact us for more details.  Follow this link for practical resources and guidance for working with volunteers.

MAP Middlesbrough


MAP Middlesbrough offers practical support and social opportunities for those seeking asylum in the Middlesbrough area. We aim to reduce isolation and meet basic needs, to enable empowered individuals to live healthy lives, filled with meaningful activity & social opportunities.

We use volunteers for a wide range of tasks (leading English classes, sorting clothing, serving teas and coffees, leading trips and events, showing newly arrived asylum-seekers around town, helping in our various drop-ins). Mainly Wed/Th/Fri mornings.

Trinity Youth and Children's Project

North Ormesby, Middlesbrough

A youth and children's project based at the Trinity Centre, North Ormesby. We provide after school activities and holiday clubs for ages 5-16. After school clubs on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for age 5-11 focus on playing and learning together, healthy lifestyles and faith, while activities for ages 10+ take place at North Ormesby Hub on Mondays and Thursdays. We also provide family support for families that are struggling, and activities for younger children.

We are looking for volunteers to work with children and young people at after school and holiday clubs. This may include making refreshments, helping with arts & crafts and games, supporting activities such as music, cooking, sports and accompanying children and young people on trips.

Holy Trinity Church and The Trinity Centre

North Ormesby, Middlesbrough

This is a church and community centre offering diversity in worship and a wide variety of community activities, in the spirit of support, learning, culture, faith and fun. The Cloister Garden offers a beautiful, quiet space for people to enjoy and the community garden is open to people who want to enjoy gardening & growing. We have rooms available for booking for community activities and events.

We would like volunteers to help with the Community Cafe (Tuesday morning) and with general maintenance and gardening (any time)

Pioneer Credit Union Ltd

Middlesbrough Area

Member-based financial co-operative offering easy access to safe savings facility and loans to members at ethical rates. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works within the local authority area of Middlesbrough

Dealing with members in a face to face situation, accepting payments, marking passbooks, assisting with form filling, balancing collection sheets and cash at the end of each session.

Easterside Partnership

Easterside, Middlesbrough

Easterside Partnership is a local group leading community work primarily, though not exclusively, within Easterside in Middlesbrough

We are looking for volunteers with a variety of skills, including management, administration, gardening and cookery. If you have any skill you would like to share with us please get in touch.

John Paul Centre


The Roman Catholic based John Paul Centre is a community of different charities and organisations working together to support those most vulnerable in our area; people experiencing homelessness or destitution, refugees and asylum seekers, people struggling with drugs/alcohol issues, all are treated with respect and compassion..

We are looking for people to help in the cafe, with administration in the centre office, and to offer peer support and listening support across a range of different groups, issues, and cultures.

Nightstop North East

Across Teesside (Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton, Darlington, Hartlepool)

Nightstop provides emergency accommodation for homeless young people aged 16-25. They are placed with volunteer hosts on a night by night basis who provide a warm, safe environment. Project staff also assist with other support including finding long term housing.

Hosts who can provide a spare room and can offer a hot meal, washing facilities and a listening ear. Drivers to transport young people to host homes. If you have a specific skill/experience you would like to offer please get in touch.


Middlesbrough and Eston

FLAME is a project run by the Methodist Church in Middlesbrough and Eston. It provides activities for families with primary aged children, such as children's clubs, fun events such as 'Family Time' and a new initiative called Cafe Craft.

We are looking for volunteers to help with games, crafts and some basic cooking for the children's club. There are also opportunities to look at Bible stories with the children and help on outings.


Grangetown, South Bank, Eston, Port Clarence

Our aim is to see children, young people and families transformed by the Gospel, and connected to believers and church families, being a consistent presence in their life. We see this through impacting young people with the love of God.

We’re looking for volunteers to become part of our reach out community and serve on a project, one or two evenings a week. This would include befriending and providing positive activities for young people, assisting a team leader and/or being involved in a drop in community or sports workshop for young people to build positive relationships with opportunity to share faith. Please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

Tees Valley Ministry

Tees Valley and South West County Durham

TVM helps people to discern God’s presence in the workplace, as a bridge between Churches and the Tees Valley economy. We support people in paid and voluntary work; and collaborate with Church communities, enabling them to serve their neighbours.

Voluntary chaplains are recognised by organisations as representatives of TVM to visit workplaces. The ministry they provide, by agreement, complements the organisations’ welfare provision. They also have a prophetic role and champion workplace chaplaincy among their networks.


1 These organisations are known to, but not part of, Together Middlesbrough. The organisations have not been vetted by Together Middlesbrough and will have their own systems for working with volunteers. The role of Together Middlesbrough is simply to make it easier for you to get in touch with organisations through our website and hopefully to then join in with the important work of tackling poverty