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.

Toddlers Grove Hill

Grove Hill, Middlesbrough

Our Toddlers Group provides a safe and fun space for children from 0-4yrs to play. Parents and carers enjoy time with their children and with each other; they feel less isolated and make friendships that last.

We're looking for volunteers who will be be prepared to have fun as well as: put out/away toys, make tea, talk to parents/carers – make them feel welcome, be friendly. CRB/DBS will be organised.

Middlesbrough Live at Home

Middlesbrough, Eston and Normanby

We provide activities, events and support for elderly people to help reduce loneliness and social isolation. We also aim to help people form friendships and gain companionship in their later years to help them enjoy their retirement.

We are looking for volunteers who are able to spend a few hours a week helping at our lunch club, providing transport for members in your own car or a minibus, or befriending people in their own home. Enthusiastic fundraising volunteers are also very welcome.

Trinity Family Friendly Centre

Whinney Banks, Middlesbrough

We run a range of activities for families living on the Whinney Banks estate including girls’ and boys' groups, breakfast club for primary school children and the Little Shoots Parent & Toddler Group

We’re looking for volunteers who could: - Teach about the bible to young children; - Deliver arts and craft and help to create interesting activities for children; - Make teas/coffee, and snacks; - Generally help with opening and closing of the venue. Do contact us for a chat.

St Vincent de Paul Society Community Shop


St Vincent de Paul Community Shops provide a point of access to SVP services for those most in need. We operate 34 community shops across England and Wales. The shops are situated in areas of deprivation and serve local communities, providing low cost goods and household items to disadvantaged individuals and families, offering a listening ear, and where appropriate, arranging for local SVP members to visit those most in need.

Our shop in Redcar provides a Customer Service in a Community Hub, and your ability to talk to people is important. We’re looking for shop assistants to serve customers, as well as sort, arrange and label goods and furniture. Do get in touch if you can help for a few hours a week.

Safe Families for Children

Teesside, Tyneside and Wearside

SFFC is an innovative collaboration between faith groups, volunteers and childcare professionals designed to support children and isolated families in need. We recruit, train and support volunteers from local churches to get alongside families in a temporary crisis, helping them to get back on their feet.

We're looking for: Host Families to offer temporary respite care for children; Family Friends to offer support for children / families and Resource Friends to offer resources for needy families.


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