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Search is able to support so many older people because of funders.

Find out more about Search as an organisation. On this page you can find information about the governance and finances of Search.

The shop front of Search on Adelaide Terrace

Search is one of the oldest voluntary projects in the West of Newcastle, set up in the mid 1970’s to help the welfare of local pensioners.

It was originally a single-worker project offering advice to callers and visits to the housebound. Clients came from word of mouth not Social Services. It has a long history of being part of the neighbourhood on Adelaide Terrace. Working together with local residents and neighbourhood groups to make Benwell and then the whole of the west a better place to live.

Throughout the 80’s and 90’s and in spite of increased deprivation local people remained proud of their area and committed to making their community a good place to live. These were challenging times and annual reports by Search note these difficulties and how many people stuck together to try and make things better. The west end has always had a tremendous community spirit which has stood Search in good stead.    

By 2000 Search was a well-established and trusted organisation. It worked in partnership with other groups and some of these relationships are still going strong today, providing much needed resources for older people.

Reading Search’s annual reports over this period to the current day it is surprising that the core of the work remains the same; advice and information and good access to social networks through leisure and learning opportunities. Times change but maybe people stay the same.

Search has always had a history of independently evaluating its work and involving local older people in running the organisation and deciding on its direction. This is one of its great strengths. Search belongs to the community and the work it does gives all the people connected with it a great sense of belonging to the community. Long may it last. 

Lunch Club Cook

Community Connector

Trustees


Lunch Club Cook  

POST: Lunch Club Cook at Bishops Court, West Denton off Slatyford lane

Hours: Thursdays 9.30am to 1.30pm (4 Hours)

Salary: £7.99p per hour (equivalent to £15,375 p.a. pro rata)

Applications: by email F.A.O. Johanne Mears to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Interviews: To be arranged

We are looking to recruit an experienced cook to prepare, cook and serve a hot two course lunch for up to 40 older people, every Thursday.

You will have experience of cooking for older people and of cooking for a large number of people at a time. You will also hold an appropriate qualification, for example NVQ level 2 in food preparation, and have experience of working in a busy kitchen environment.

Our lunch club is managed by our Lunch links organiser and supported by a team of enthusiastic volunteers. If you are interested in working for a local charity and becoming part of our friendly team, please get in touch.

For an informal chat please call Simon Luddington or Johanne Mears on 273 7443.

How to Apply

Please download the following fapplication form and job description/person specification and email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Job Description

Application Form

Or alternatively contact Search on 0191 273 7443 or pop into our office on 74 Adelaide Terrace. 

 


Community Connector

 
We are looking to recruit several Community Connector bank workers to support the development of our new community service, Chain Reaction.

Chain Reaction promotes independence and increases the person’s sense of good emotional health and wellbeing. Community Connectors will work as part of a team providing a personalised and flexible community based service for older people (55+) in Newcastle. They will work with individuals and small groups to provide a real alternative to building based day services, supporting older people to access activities in the community that meet their individual needs, as well as supporting and sustaining links and friendship groups between those using the service.

We are looking for applicants that are able to work across the west of Newcastle, providing support to individuals and groups, for 2 to 4 hours at a time, once or several times a week, depending on the need. Hours may cover seven days per week from 8am to 8pm. There are no personal care tasks required in this role. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who loves working with people in their local community and enjoys a varied working week.

JOB DESCRIPTION

POST: Chain Reaction Community Connector Bank Worker 
Hours: Flexible as needed
Salary: £8.38 per hour (£16,123 p.a. pro rata)
Annual leave: 25 days plus bank holidays calculated pro rata, in retrospect, every 6 months 
Post holder reports to: Chain Reaction Pioneer
Return of applications: by email F.A.O. Johanne Mears to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Interviews: To be arranged
Role Description:
Search is looking for applicants to work with our Chain Reaction Pioneers as part of a team developing a personalised and flexible community based service for older people (55+) in Newcastle. The Chain Reaction service will promote independence and increase the person’s sense of good emotional health and wellbeing. The service will provide a real alternative to building based services and will support older people to choose and access activities in the community that meet their individual needs, as well as supporting and sustaining links and friendship groups between those using the service.
How to apply:



Trustees needed

We have a really exciting opportunity for two new Trustees to join us in developing the next stages of the organisation’s work. You will be a joining a team of 7 Trustees who come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

We are keen to hear from people who have a business background and experience within financial and commercial sector. You don’t need Trustee experience but be prepared and able to offer governance and leadership to guide the organisation’s strategic development. For more information download here.

 

Meet our Trustees

 

 

As a charity Search is governed by a Board of volunteers called Trustees.

Your donations are vital –every donation keeps Search working for local older people