On International Volunteers day our Vicki decided to volunteer her services for the day at children’s Charity Smile for Life’s HQ in Gosforth.

Here’s a little more from Vicki:Smile for life cafe beam

I hoped I added value to Paula and her fantastic team, by doing a whole host of things from wrapping up selection boxes, to helping to promote their Family variety show Smile for a night, which they are organising at the Mill Volvo Theatre next year.

It was amazing to see the young people working in their Community Coffee Shop, Cafe Beam, on Ashburton Road in Gosforth. 




The cafe provides a fabulous environment for young people with disabilities and learning difficulties to gain hands on work experience, learn new skills and meet many members of the community. Smile for life The cafe belongs to all of the youngsters involved; from baking the produce we sell to handcrafting the beautiful soft furnishings – 12 young people work in the cafe every week and are given the opportunity to develop their skills over a 3 month work placement.

Smile for Life have a number of ways in which businesses can help with their corporate sponsorship packages from as little as £25 per month for Bronze, £50 per month for Silver and £100 per month for Gold.

Despite being a small team, their enthusiasm and passion rubs off on anyone who works with them. As a small charity they are always looking for more volunteers on a daily basis. Whether you want to take part in a trek, take part in 2015’s Great North Run or just help with a supermarket bag pack – every little helps!

For more information visit www.smileforlife.org.uk or call 0191 284 4166