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With just under 7 weeks to go, the Active Sunderland BIG Walk will be taking place on Sunday 30th September, starting and finishing at Herrington Country Park. Routes for walkers are 3, 7 and 11 miles incorporating the park and its surrounding area.

Are you thinking about volunteering or what the right type of volunteering could be for you? Citizens Advice Sunderland are looking for people retired, professional or students. No experience is necessary and our team will support you right through your journey with us. 

New volunteers can join us in any of the following roles: 

• Receptionist and Admin Support 
• Telephone Assessor 
• Benefits Form Filler
• Fundraiser 

Sunderland City Council - Specialist Stop Smoking Service


The Council is beginning a process to set up a Specialist Stop Smoking Service in Sunderland.  The Service aims to reduce the current high rates of smoking by focussing on particular communities and identified groups, as well as those with complex needs such as people with long term conditions. 


Royal British Legion – Volunteers Wanted

Volunteers wanted to help support the Poppy Appeal in Sunderland and Washington to man supermarket static points or help deliver poppies.

Due to the lack of volunteers there has been a £20,000 decrease in Sunderland’s last Poppy Appeal.

Volunteers can do from even for a few hours to as many as they would like. We are looking for the following dates and times:

·         29th Oct – 9th Nov

·         10am - 6pm

Invitation to Volunteer at Hylton Castle Battle Re-enactment

We would like to let you know about a further exciting event happening in Sunderland - Summer 2018.

The Hylton Castle Battle Re-enactment will take place on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th of August Bank Holiday weekend 2018 at Hylton Castle, Craigavon Road, Sunderland, SR5 3PA. 

Volunteer with Citizens Advice Sunderland 

Who we are and what we do?

Formed in 1976, we are proud to be part of the Citizens Advice Network. We provide free, confidential, independent and impartial advice and information to residents across Sunderland and Washington.

We are an independent, not-for-profit charity, supported by a range of different organisations, volunteers and staff, without whom we would not be able to offer the quality and important service that we do.

Why volunteer?

MBC Arts Wellbeing CIC is opening the doors of its brand new city centre premises on Wednesday 18th July 2018 to showcase the exciting work we have been undertaking and to talk about our plans to make our city-centre site a cultural hub for Sunderland, for artists and the community alike to benefit from our services and facilities.

Our open day will run from 10am to 2pm on Wednesday, July 18th 2018. On the day we will be offering:


Gateshead Council learningSkills, on behalf of the 7 Local Authorities (LA7) from the North East LEP area, is seeking bids from Third Sector Organisations for the provision of community projects. This is the fourth round of procurement and we are offering grants of up to £15,000 to support a range of activities aimed at assisting inactive/ unemployed and disadvantaged people to move closer to the labour market.

Following the Prime Minister's wider endorsement of the Jo Cox Commission recommendations on Loneliness in January 2018, the £11.5 million Building Connections Fund has been set up to support projects that are able to prevent or reduce loneliness.



Suitable for

Voluntary or community organisations

Funding size

£30,000 to £100,000

Total available

Main fund: Close to £9 million

Application deadline

The Fore offers unrestricted funding and strategic support to small charities and social enterprises across the UK. It aims to make grants that will have a transformational impact by enabling them to grow, become more sustainable, more efficient, or take some other major step forward toward achieving their goals. Among other partners, The Fore is being supported until July 2019 by £1.3 million of National Lottery funding thanks to a partnership with the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.