Warm Welcome Buddy


The Warm Welcome Social Sessions take place every Tuesday 10am-12noon and Thursday 1pm-3pm at Thornaby Pavilion Indoor Bowls Hall. We are looking for people to volunteer for approximately 2.5 hours every fortnight.

The social sessions are simply a place for people to come together face to face to feel connected and socialise. Through several activities, we are also keeping peoples minds active, teaching them new skills and giving them a sense of belonging. But at the heart of the project is to enable those who are isolated and/or lonely to feel comfortable to join our session and meet new people, make new friends.

Please complete the application form here: https://forms.volunteero.org/view/8262b9db-9c90-4aa3-a445-fed74e7f2c1d rather than the contact form at the end of this page.

The Warm Welcome Social Sessions are providing a friendly, safe space for adults to come together to socialise, play cards and dominoes and take part in lots of different activities from crafting to quizzing. Since the sessions launched in mid May 2023 we have engaged with over 400 people who are isolated or lonely. Thornaby Community Partnership have identified the lack of social provision across Thornaby and launched the Warm Welcome Social Sessions in response to this.

The volunteer will:

  • Welcome people to the Warm Welcome Social Sessions in a friendly manner
  • Happy to approach people to get drinks orders
  • Aware of surroundings and able to react when people are sitting alone or looking uneasy
  • Be an integral part of a multi-skilled team of volunteers
  • Receive supervision and support from the Warm Welcome Co-Ordinator
  • Comply with policies and procedures
  • Carry out duties with due regard to Catalyst Policy
  • Seek advice and guidance from Warm Welcome Co-Ordinator when necessary
  • Receive regular support via one to one and group sessions.

Engage and encourage people to get involved in activities and meet new people
Be approachable and a real people’s person
Have good communication skills and able to start conversations with people from all walks of life
Have a willingness to learn, develop and progress the role

Catalyst is the leading voice for Stockton on Tees voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE). We work with all types of organisations, to find innovative solutions that help the sector continually improve and thrive. Catalyst offers a range of specialist support and benefits to it’s 300+ members and 600+ organisations in the borough.

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