Making Volunteering Accessible

Thursday, 27th February 2020

Volunteering is a great opportunity for you to get out of the house and meet new friends. It’s ideal for building confidence, overcoming barriers, gaining new skills, and getting you ready for the workplace, all whilst knowing that you’re giving something back to your local community.

If this sounds like it could be for you, but you still need that little extra help to get started, come along to REfUSE café, who are running a supported volunteering project.

The Making Volunteering Accessible project has been designed to help people who may need that extra bit of support get in to volunteering. Working alongside a support worker, you’ll be embedded in a supportive and inclusive environment, where you’ll be encouraged to both set and achieved goals.

REfUSE, based in Chester-le-Street, is a community café and fridge which aims to reduce food waste. The group collects food that would otherwise go to waste and redirects it towards the local community. The enterprise is run by volunteers from all walks of life; including those who are long-term unemployed, socially isolated or experiencing problems with addiction.

The social enterprise has secured over £8,500 worth of funding from Karbon’s ‘Investing in Communities’ grant scheme, to develop and run the project.

To find out more about the project and how you can get involved, either message the Facebook page,, or email REfUSE director, Mim Skinner at