Blyth Star Enterprises is a charity established in 1987 to work with people who experience severe and enduring mental ill health and / or learning disabilities to enable them to live and work within their local community and to support them towards a better quality of life. The time commitment to volunteer is dependent on an individual’s availability. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

As part of the volunteer project, volunteers will be able to access the support from our employability staff with CVs, cover letters, universal job match, and any other mentoring they need to reach their goals and aspirations.


At Blyth Star Enterprises, we offer a range of opportunities for volunteers at our various sites located across Northumberland.

The Old Chandlery, Blyth

From our historic base at The Old Chandlery, we operate day services which help our service users to expand their life skills as part of their unique pathway to independent living.

  • Cookery courses

  • IT skills

  • Music classes

  • Art and crafts

  • CV writing

  • Life coaching

For further information on volunteering opportunities at The Old Chandlery, please contact:

Judi Gray
Tel: 01670 355 421
Email: j.gray@blythstar.org.uk

Stakeford Nurseries, Stakeford

The Stakeford Nurseries is Blyth Star’s horticultural hub. Offering a range of training opportunities for our service users, the Nurseries is one of our two innovative day services designed to provide real work experience in a sheltered environment.

  • Accredited horticultural training programmes

  • ‘Next Steps’ community-based project

  • Planting and growing garden plants, fruit and vegetables

  • Retail opportunities in the on-site shop

  • Mobile gardening service for the local community (domestic and commercial)

For further information on volunteering opportunities at Stakeford Nurseries, please contact:

Dan Hedley
Tel: 01670 855 130
Email: d.hedley@blythstar.org.uk

The Woodfuel Centre, West Sleekburn

The Woodfuel Centre and adjacent woodwork department is another of Blyth Star’s innovative day services designed to provide sheltered work experience for our service users. Specialising in the production of sustainably-sourced kiln-dried logs and kindling for wood burning stoves, The Woodfuel Centre provides a commercial service for over 700 customers across the region.

  • Accredited in-house training programme

  • Hands-on experience in a woodfuel factory environment

  • Commissioned joinery and carpentry projects

  • Community services ie product delivery

For further information on volunteering opportunities at The Woodfuel Centre, please contact:

Neil Hedley
Woodfuel Centre tel: 01670 857 138
Woodwork Department tel: 01670 811 409
Email: n.hedley@blythstar.org.uk

Lionhearts, Alnwick

Lionhearts is a service user-led group which provides a programme of fun, social activities to help combat isolation and loneliness for individuals from Alnwick and South East Northumberland. 

  • Walking clubs

  • Arts and crafts

  • Lunch clubs

  • IT club

For further information on volunteering opportunities at Lionhearts, please contact:

Ann Marie Lister
Mob: 07545 424862
Email: am.lister@blythstar.org.uk