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Become part of Smile For Life and help us change lives!

Volunteers are absolutely vital to helping the charity achieve its aim of making a difference to the lives of young people with physical and learning disabilities across the North East.

Whether it’s overseeing young people in our café, helping out at events, or even helping at our weekly Tuesday Club, there are roles suited to your skills and expertise, no matter your age or background.

Get in touch today to find out how you can help Smile For Life change lives.


Mentor at Cafe Beam

This rewarding voluntary role provides hands on support and encouragement to the young people who carry out their work placement each day in Cafe Beam. All of our young people have a learning or physical disability and require supervision as they learn to carry out work tasks and develop their confidence when meeting members of the public who visit our cafe. Volunteer Mentors usually assist one morning or one afternoon each week which enables them to build a rapport with the youngsters they are working with. Having said this we always need Mentors on an ad-hoc basis and would be very grateful for any help you could offer.

It is important that our mentors are friendly, approachable, patient, flexible and can adapt to working in both busy and quiet periods. As a volunteer mentor you will be required to complete our training and induction programme and undergo a full Disclosure & Barring Check.

For further information please contact our Cafe Beam Business Co-ordinator, Lauren Patterson on 0191 284 4166 or email


Tuesday Club Volunteer

Smile For Life provides an essential weekly youth club programme for children and young people with disabilities living in the North East. Our club welcomes between 20 – 30 youngsters on a Tuesday evening from 5pm-7pm to enjoy an active session with qualified youth workers, followed by a freshly prepared heathy meal and finishing with quiet activities such as crafts, board games, quizzes and more. We require volunteers aged 16+ to supervise the youngsters, keeping them safe and happy and supporting them as they take part in all of our sessions and ensure that they gain as much from all of the activities as possible. This role is both rewarding and varied with amazing relationship being established with youngsters from many different backgrounds.

Tuesday Club Volunteers must be friendly, flexible and confident  and be a great team worker. As with all our volunteer roles training and an induction will be given and a full Disclosure & Barring Check made.

For further information please contact Paula Gascoigne on 0191 284 4166 or email


Event Volunteer

Smile For Life host regular events, both fundraising and celebratory. We require enthusiastic and friendly volunteers to assist us with many different tasks during these events. This role is varied and exciting and can involve activities such as welcoming and registering guests, supervising our young people in their activities, hosting raffles and tombolas, serving refreshments and much more.

Our events take place at different times throughout the year at different venues. We will ensure that you are given plenty of notice to inform us if you can attend. As with all of our voluntary roles, full training and an induction will be given and a full Disclosure & Barring Check made.

For further information please contact Deborah Coulson on 0191 284 4166 or email