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Local Volunteer Opportunities

VOLUNTEERING KIRKLEES HAS MOVED! Call us, email us, or drop in for a chat to find out more: 01484 519053,, Volunteering Kirklees, 8 Upperhead Row. Huddersfield, HD1 2JW Volunteering Kirklees is your local expert in volunteering. We help individuals to find interesting and rewarding opportunities as well as supporting organisations that involve volunteers. Why Volunteer? There are many reasons to volunteer; here are just a few of them: Meet new people Gain real skills, experience and training Feel useful Boost your job prospects Make a positive contribution to your community Improve your health and wellbeing Make a difference This booklet has a list of some of the latest local opportunities for volunteers, but it’s just a sample. There are new opportunities being created every week; check the Volunteering Kirklees & Do It Website for updates. How Do I Get Started? Here at Volunteering Kirklees we realise that first step into volunteering can often be a confusing one. We’ve produced this easy to use step-by-step guide to get you on the right path 1/ Read through the rest of this guide. The FAQs on the next page will answer some of the basic questions you may have. The opportunities listed later on will give you a feel for the variety of different roles available. 2/ Think about what kind of roles you’re interested in, what types of organisations you’d like to volunteer with, what skills you already have & what skills you’d like to gain / develop, where you would like to volunteer & how often. 3/ Once you have an idea of the type(s) of role(s) you are looking for you can either: Visit the website to search through the opportunities yourself or come to see us at the Volunteer Centre (8 Upperhead Row, Huddersfield, HD1 2JW) – advisers are available on Tuesdays & Wednesdays (10am-3pm). We also run a weekly session at Dewsbury Library every Thursday morning (10am-1pm).


Want to pop in to see us? Advisers are available... Every Tuesday & Wednesday @ Volunteering Kirklees (10am –3pm) or Thursdays @ Dewsbury Library (10am-1pm)

Frequently Asked Questions, Who can volunteer? Almost anyone can volunteer, including: Young people Refugees and asylum seekers Job seekers Older and / or retired people Busy people People with a criminal record People receiving benefits What can I offer? Your time, enthusiasm and skills. Everyone has got something to offer (even if you don’t think that you have). It’s a good idea to think about what you’d like to get out of being a volunteer - this can help you to find the right thing for you. How old do I have to be? Most volunteering opportunities are open to anyone over 18. For Under 18’s volunteering, more info is available via the website or pop in to see us for a list. How can Volunteering Kirklees help you to get started? Provide you with information on the wide variety of voluntary work available Give you details (names, addresses, phone numbers) of organisations looking for volunteers and explain more about their work Help you decide on the kind of voluntary work you may want to try Outline what you should expect as a volunteer / what is expected of you Text you the details of the latest opportunities via our Texting Service How do I keep up with the latest opportunities? The Volunteering Kirklees website ( is regularly updated with the latest news & info. For those familiar with Social Media you can also find us on Facebook ( and on Twitter (@vckirklees). We also offer a free text service, in which we can send the latest opportunities by text message direct to your mobile phone. For more information how to sign up, visit or pop in to see us. What are DBS checks? Different opportunities have different application processes. Roles which involve working with vulnerable people (children, young people, people with disabilities & the elderly) often require a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS check is a new process introduced in 2013 to replace the previous Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) check. More info about DBS checks can be found via the or by asking at the Volunteer Centre. 3

OPPORTUNITIES BY AREA OF INTEREST Accounts / Finance Pennine Domestic Violence Group Administration / IT Carers Count Citizens Online Communities United Project DEBRA Denby Dale Centre Fair Traders Cooperative Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice Fusion Housing Leonard Cheshire Disability Lifeline Kirklees The Milestone Society One Good Turn RSPCA (Halifax, Huddersfield & District) Society For The Blind Sue Ryder The Nerve Centre United Churches Healing Ministry West Yorkshire Police WomenCentre Calderdale & Kirklees Advice & Support Age UK (Calderdale & Kirklees) CRI The Base th 19 Huddersfield Golcar Guides Stroke Association Animals & Wildlife Dial Wood Carriage Driving For The Disabled West Yorkshire Dog Rescue Arts & Culture Holme Valley Gardening Network Leonard Cheshire Disability Befriending & Mentoring Action On Hearing Loss Age UK (Calderdale & Kirklees) Better Future For The Blind Cloverleaf Advocacy Cool 2 Care Denby Dale Centre Leonard Cheshire Disability Making Space Mencap Kirklees Network Mentoring and Befriending Foundation Society For The Blind WRVS Kirklees

Caring & Elderly Age UK (Calderdale & Kirklees) Carers Count Community Service Volunteer Friend To Friend Leeds Housing Concern Mencap Kirklees Network WRVS Catering Leeds Housing Concern Longwood Village Group Oakes Baptist Church / Oakes Community Cafe Charity Shops / Retail Canal & River Trust Cancer Research DEBRA Fair Traders Cooperative Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice Kirkwood Hospice Pass It On (YCC) PDSA Dewsbury & Brighouse Sense Uniform Exchange United Churches Healing Ministry Yorkshire Children’s Centre Children & Youth Communities United Project Cool 2 Care CRI The Base Girlguiding (Calder Division) Heavy Woollen District Scouts th 19 Huddersfield Golcar Guides Huddersfield Ramsden Division Guides Jubilee Melody Makers Matrix National Coal Mining Museum Prince’s Trust Conservation, DIY, Gardening & Environment Canal & River Trust Stirley Community Farm Trans Pennine Trail (Penistone – Dunford Bridge) United Churches Healing Ministry Disability Better Future For The Blind DEMAND Specialist Autism Services


Driving Age UK (Calderdale & Kirklees) Denby Dale Centre Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice Friend To Friend Kirkwood Hospice One Good Turn WRVS Kirklees Education & Literacy Askham Bryan College Canal & River Trust Citizens Online National Coal Mining Museum Stanley’s Training Project Events & Activities Age UK (Calderdale & Kirklees) Canal & River Trust Fair Traders Cooperative Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice Friend To Friend Jubilee Melody Makers Kirkwood Hospice Lawrence Batley Theatre Leonard Cheshire Disability Oxfam Online Batley Prostate Cancer UK Ruddi’s Retreat Specialist Autism Services Families Uniform Exchange Fundraising Action On Hearing Loss Cancer Research DEBRA DEMAND Denby Dale Centre Dial Wood Carriage Driving For The Disabled Friend To Friend Hollybank Trust Laura Crane Cancer Trust

Leonard Cheshire Disability RSPCA (Halifax, Huddersfield & District) Stroke Association Trans Pennine Trail (Penistone – Dunford Bridge) United Churches Healing Ministry Health, Hospitals & Hospice Cancer Research Media / PR / Marketing Age UK (Calderdale & Kirklees) Communities United Project Dark Horse Theatre DEBRA Fair Traders Cooperative Prostate Cancer UK Ruddi’s Retreat The Milestone Society Trans Pennine Trail (Penistone – Dunford Bridge) Prisoners & Ex Offenders West Yorkshire Community Chaplaincy (WYCCP) Sport & Development Communities United Project Leonard Cheshire Disability Trustee / Committee Members Better Future For The Blind Communities United Project Denby Dale Centre Friend To Friend Kirklees Rape And Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre RSPCA (Halifax, Huddersfield & District) School Governors’ One Stop Shop Slaithwaite Community Association The Welcome Centre West Yorkshire Dog Rescue

Please note, this is just a sample of the many opportunities available. For full, updated listings visit,uk or come to see us at the Volunteer Centre.



Autumn / Winter 2013 Outlined below are some of the many opportunities currently available. Please contact Volunteering Kirklees for more details about these & many more. Confidential appointments are always available. Action On Hearing Loss Org Details: Formerly known as the RNID, Action On Hearing Loss are working to reduce the impact hearing loss and tinnitus has on people’s lives, as well as provide information on how to look after your hearing. Featured Role:Befrienders – To reduce feelings of isolation & loneliness suffered by those with hearing loss. Befrienders are required to provide support and friendship. This involves helping with everyday activities such as trips out in the local community, as well as home visits. Support: Out of pocket expenses, training provided Commitment: Flexible – weekdays or weekends Location: Kirklees Other Roles: Fundraisers, Hear To Meet Volunteers, Information & Outreach Volunteers Age UK (Calderdale & Kirklees) Org Details: Providing older people with a variety of services, including information & advice, advocacy & support, day care & befriending. Featured Role:Social Media Marketing Volunteer - To help grow their new Trusted Traders directory they require a volunteer to promote this via social media such as Linked In, Facebook & Twitter. IT Skills essential, marketing or writing skills desirable. Support: Travel expenses & induction training provided for all roles Commitment: Monday daytime, part time Location: Calderdale & Kirklees Other Roles: Befriender, Day Care Helper, Drivers, Home From Hospital Volunteers, Marketing & Events Volunteers, Meeters & Greeters, Swimming Project Volunteers Askham Bryan College Org Details: Working with the unemployed who are seeking a new direction, as well as young people wanting ideas for their future. Featured Role:Classroom Assistant – Volunteers are required to provide support to team leaders in the delivery of learning engagement and support for services to learners (aged 16-25) on the Princes Trust Programme. The role will be based in the classroom and involves encouraging young people and acting as a positive role model. Each programme lasts for 12 weeks and covers team building, a residential (optional) working on a community project, progression routes and a team challenge. DBS check required. Support: Travel expenses only. Informal training provided, may be able to access formal training such as First Aid & Mental Health Commitment: Weekdays, part time Location: Based in Central Huddersfield


Better Future For The Blind Org Details: A befriending service for the visually impaired, aiming to reduce loneliness and isolation. Featured Role:Befrienders – Visit a visually impaired person once a week to provided companionship & friendship. DBS check required. Support: Induction training provided Location: Kirklees Other Roles: Activity Club Volunteers, Committee Member Canal & River Trust Org Details: Entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England & Wales, the trust works to inspire as many people as possible to connect with their canals & rivers. Featured Role:Huddersfield Broad Towpath Taskforce – Held on the second Friday of every month, the Towpath Taskforce is a drop in session (from 10am-3pm) for volunteers to help with tasks such as painting, weeding, cutting back vegetation, litter picking & general maintenance. Location: Huddersfield Other: Latest Towpath Taskforce dates can be found via the website Other Roles: Event Assistants & Co-ordinators, Huddersfield Broad Towpath Taskforce, Lock Keeper, Retail & Catering Assistants, Visitor Centre Guides, WOW Education Volunteers Cancer Research Org Details: The world’s largest volunteer supported organisation, dedicated to cancer research. Featured Role:Breast Cancer Awareness Ambassadors – Helping to distribute information in your local area, as well as contacting local businesses, encouraging them to support the ‘Join The Fight’ campaign. Support: Travel expenses paid, on the job training provided Commitment: Weekdays or Weekends Location: Kirklees Other Roles: Fundraising Campaign Volunteers, Kirklees Action Team Members, Shop Worker Carers Count Org Details: A brand new project to provide advice and information for adult carers who generously give their time & energy to look after a family member or friend who can’t manage on their own. As well as giving carers a voice, they also offer training and raise awareness of carers’ rights and issues. Featured Role:Carers Count Volunteer – An ideal opportunity for anyone looking to start a career in health and social care. A varied role, with duties including assisting with phone calls and other office based tasks, and to providing a listening ear for clients. There will also be opportunities to go out and visit carers in the local community, and in their own homes, to provide emotional and practical support. Support: Travel expenses only, training provided Commitment: Flexible Location: Based in central Huddersfield, role covers across Kirklees Other Roles: Social Media Volunteer


Citizens Online Org Details: A national charity set up to tackle the issue of digital inclusion – to make sure that everyone has access to the Internet & that individuals & communities alike understand the benefits of being online. Featured Role:Digital Champion – Volunteers needed to help out at events & sessions; showing people the basics of using a computer, helping them to access the Internet, setting up email accounts & general guidance. Support: Induction training provided Location: Kirklees Cloverleaf Advocacy Org Details: Cloverleaf help people to get their voice heard. Cloverleaf provides independent & confidential advocacy services for carers, older people, people with mental health needs, learning disabilities, physical & sensory impairments and people with brain injuries. Featured Role:Volunteer Befriender – To provide one-to-one support to vulnerable adults who are socially isolated. Support can be given in person, over the telephone or in a group setting in Huddersfield or Dewsbury. DBS check required. Support: Travel expenses provided. Induction and on-going training available Commitment: Flexible Location: Dewsbury & Huddersfield Library (10am Communities United Project Org Details: Working with under-resourced communities, helping them to set up & run sports & creative activities for young people. Featured Role:Sports Buddy -Supporting adults (including vulnerable adults) to access physical activity such as walking, sports, dance classes and swimming, as part of schemes to increase participation in sport. Each scheme lasts for 12 weeks, after which the aim is that participants will be able to continue unassisted. No experience needed, but must be reliable and trustworthy. DBS check required. Commitment: Weekdays or Weekends, part time Location: Kirklees Other Roles: Marketing Support Worker, Multisports Coaching Assistants, Office Worker, Playscheme Assistants,Trustees Community Service Volunteer (CSV) Org Details: Creating opportunities for people to take an active part in the life of their community. Featured Role:Social Care Volunteer – Ideal for volunteers wishing to gain experience in social or health care. Full time placements available. Support: Volunteers will be provided with free accommodation and £35 per week towards day-to-day expenses. Training available. Commitment: 6-12 month placement, away from home Location: Across the UK


Cool 2 Care Org Details: A not for profit organisation which specialises in recruiting, screening, training and placing individuals with children and young people with disabilities. Their trained volunteers give the children & young people the independence to enjoy an active and fulfilling life at home and in the community. Featured Role:Volunteer Befrienders –An enjoyable and rewarding role, which can involve anything from helping with creative activities in the home, to playing a game of football in the park or visiting the local swimming baths. Some young people will require more support than others – but Cool 2 Care will support volunteers and match you with a child or young person near to you, so you can fit visits around your other commitments & responsibilities. DBS check required. Support: Travel expenses only, training provided (free courses include listening & communication skills, working with children, disability and awareness) Commitment: Flexible, Weekdays or Weekends Location: Across Kirklees CRI ‘The Base’ Org Details: Working with at risk groups in society, empowering individuals to make positive changes in their lives. To achieve this, they provide access to training, education, employment opportunities & leisure activities. Featured Role:Young Person’s Substance Misuse Volunteer – Working with young people (ages 10-25), providing assistance & support, as well as maintaining records of clients. Support: Out of pocket expenses, training provided Commitment: Flexible. Monday – Fridays, ideally for a minimum of six months Location: Based in Huddersfield, but working throughout Kirklees Other: DBS check required Dark Horse Theatre Org Details: A national touring theatre company, producing plays that feature actors with learning disabilities. They provide training for disabled actors, work with writers and directors to improve their productions, and encourage further integration. Featured Role:Marketing Co-ordinator – Can you help spread the word about Dark Horse? Communication with targeted audiences regarding touring venues required, by email and phone, as well as working with Dark Horse’s Marketing Team to produce marketing materials. Support: Travel expenses paid. Induction training offered Commitment: Weekdays, part time Location: Huddersfield DEBRA Org Details:

Helping people affected by EB (Epidermolysis Bullosa) – a genetic disorder where the skin blisters and does not repair it. The organisation works to promote research into the cause, nature, treatment of EB & to relieve the physical & mental suffering amongst those suffering with EB. Featured Role:Shop Volunteers – Providing retail help in the organisation’s charity shops, serving customers & sorting stock. Location: Kirklees. Holmfirth, Netherton, Salendine Nook for shop based roles


Other Roles: Cash Creators / Fundraisers, Fundraising Committee Member, Public Speaker, Social Media Guru, Youth Engagement Volunteers DEMAND (Design and Manufacture for Disability) Org Details: A charity dedicated to helping people with disabilities. They believe that physical or mental impairment should be no barrier to living or opportunity.They design, manufacture and modify everyday equipment to better suit the needs of disabled individuals. Featured Role:Collection Box Placer & Collector – Volunteer required to collect existing fundraising boxes on a regular basis, as well as to search for new locations across Kirklees. Current sites include local post offices, public houses and shops. Own transport desirable, but not essential. Support: Travel and meal expenses up to £5 for those volunteering over six hours Commitment: Flexible, Weekdays or Weekends Location: Across Kirklees Other Roles: Administration Volunteer Denby Dale Centre Org Details: Working with the Denby Dale & Kirkburton local community, the centre helps to reduce poverty & feelings of isolation of those most vulnerable. Featured Role:Volunteer Drivers –To drive the group’s minibus (or own car) to escort members to & from the centre. Location: Denby Dale & Kirkburton Other Roles: Activity Club Support Workers, Fundraising & Promotion Volunteers, IT Trainers, One to One Befrienders, Receptionist / Cashier, Trustees Dial Wood Carriage Driving For The Disabled Org Details: Enabling people with disabilities to carriage drive & spend time with ponies; Dial Wood provides benefits to their clients’ health & wellbeing, as well as helping them to achieve personal goals. Featured Role:Carriage Driving Helpers – Accompanying users on carriage rides & providing assistance where necessary. Support: Induction training & travel expenses provided. Also offer volunteer qualifications. Location: Flockton Other Roles: Fundraisers, Stable Yard Helpers, Volunteer Co-ordinators Fair Traders Cooperative Org Details: Promoting sales of Fair Trade and ethical products. Featured Role:Online Business Development Volunteer – Maintaining the Fair Traders website and web catalogue. The role will also involve using social media to promote their latest offers and the positive impact of Fair Trade on supplier communities. There may also be opportunities to collaborate on starting their own Fair Trade business. Support: May pay travel expenses, training provided Commitment: Flexible, Weekdays or Weekends Location: Based in centre of Holmfirth but can be home based Other Roles: PR / Event volunteers, Retail Assistants


Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice Org Details: Supporting life-limited children, young people & their families. They offer nursing care, practical help & emotional support to families at their purpose built hospice at Brackenhall to give a wide range of care, therapies & play activities. Featured Role:Administration Support – Offering support to the Hospice’s Community Fundraisers, duties will include making phone calls, typing, filing, handling cash and general admin. Support: Induction training & travel expenses provided. Commitment: Weekdays & Saturday daytime Location: Kirklees Other Roles: Event Assistants, Fundraiser, Retail Assistants, Volunteer Drivers Friend To Friend Org Details: A local charity offering a range of activities for older people including: arm chair exercise, mobility & walking groups, monthly meals, a men’s group, arts & crafts, local history and monthly get togethers. Featured Role: Fundraisers – Helping with a variety of fundraising activities including events, corporate fundraising and grant applications. Support: Travel expenses can be provided for all roles, meal for some. Induction training available for all roles, with additional training on offer relevant to role description Location: Holmfirth & Netherton Other Roles: Activity Group Leader / Helper, Driver, Transport Organiser, Trustee Board Member, Volunteer Group Leader Fusion Housing Org Details: Offering a range of support to young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. This includes legal advice on housing issues, debt advice and tailored learning support. Featured Role:Volunteer Work Club Admin Support – Every Tuesday & Thursday Fusion run a Work Club and require a volunteer to help with general admin tasks in support of this, including: setting up resources for the club and providing support to work club staff in session. Good oral and written communication skills essential, as well as IT skills and teamworking. Support: Travel & meal expenses available to those who volunteer for more than five hours. Location: Dewsbury (Tuesday mornings) & Huddersfield (Thursday mornings) Other Roles: Trainee Administrator Girlguiding (Calder Division – Batley, Dewsbury & Mirfield) Org Details: Offering a range fun, creative and practical activities to young girls in the region including Art, Drama, First Aid and many more. Featured Role:Unit Leaders / Assistant Leaders – Working with groups of girl guides (either Rainbow / Brownie / Guide or Seniors) to plan and enjoy a range of fun activities, in a safe, relaxed and friendly environment. DBS check required. Support: Some expenses towards training may be available Commitment: Weekday evenings Location: Batley, Dewsbury & Mirfield


Call us, email us, or drop in for a chat to find out more: 01484 519053,, Volunteering Kirklees, 8 Upperhead Row. Huddersfield, HD1 2JW Heavy Woollen District Scouts Org Details: Delivering fun, friendship, adventure and opportunities for over 400,000 young people across the UK. Featured Role:Scouting Volunteers – Required for numerous groups including Beavers, Cubs, Scouts & Explorers. Duties include planning and running a programme of activities. DBS check required. Support: Informal and nationally recognised training is provided to all volunteers, including Safeguarding & Scout Leaders qualifications Commitment: Weekday evenings / Weekend mornings Location: Groups are held in Batley, Birstall, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike, Mirfield and Roberttown Hollybank Trust Org Details: Meets the needs of children and adults with complex disabilities, but aims to reach beyond meeting purely physical needs to nurture, develop and enrich lives. Featured Role:Fundraisers – To represent the Trust & assist with event organisation, bucket collections, distribution of promotional leaflets, & the recruitment of more volunteers. Location: Kirklees 19th Huddersfield Golcar Guides Org Details: A membership-led organisation that provides a girl-only space for their guides that is free from the pressure of a mixed gender setting. Featured Role:Guide Assistants - To provide help & support at meetings every Wednesday night for an hour and a half. Support: Induction training provided, but do not cover expenses Commitment: Wednesday evenings Location: Golcar Huddersfield Ramsden Division Guides Org Details: Providing social activities & events for over 700 members of Girl Guiding UK in the area. Featured Role:Volunteer Leader – An excellent opportunity for individuals to help out and gain experience with children & young people. DBS check required Support: Ongoing mentoring & one-to-one support Location: Kirklees


Want to pop in to see us? Advisers are available... Every Tuesday & Wednesday @ Volunteering Kirklees (10am –3pm) or Thursdays @ Dewsbury Library (10am-1pm) Jubilee Melody Makers Org Details: Runs groups to support parents and educate children through play, stories, music, craft and cooking. Featured Role:Organisational Helper – Setting up and tidying away for the group’s sessions, as well as providing any assistance needed during activities. Commitment: Tuesday and Thursday mornings Support: Travel expenses and planning to run training days for volunteers Location: Paddock, Huddersfield. Other: DBS check required for some roles. Positive attitude & ability to work unsupervised is essential Other Roles: Admin Assistant, Craft Helpers, Door Welcomers, Kitchen Helpers Kirkwood Hospice Org Details: Caring for the terminally ill and those with life threatening illnesses, as well as providing holistic care. They have recently achieved the Kirklees Volunteering Quality Award – an award that recognises their commitment to providing volunteers with a high quality and positive experience. Featured Role:Shop Worker (Waterloo) – Volunteers are required to carry out a variety of tasks including customer service, till operation, floor walking, steaming and ticketing items for sale. Support: Training provided Commitment: Weekdays and Saturday daytime, part time Location: Huddersfield Other Roles: Drivers / Mini Bus Drivers Kirklees Rape And Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre Org Details: Providing specialised, professional, free support and counselling to men and women over the age of 16 living in the Kirklees area, who are experiencing / have experienced sexual or domestic violence / abuse. They also work to promote greater understanding of the issues surrounding sexual and domestic abuse. Featured Role:Trustee / Management Commitment Member – KRASACC are a well established organisation and charity and require new Trustee / Management Commitment members to hold governance over the continuation and development of their services. Members would be required to attend regular meetings (2 hours per session). Individuals with business management, research, finance or fundraising skills / experience encouraged. Support: Travel expenses and mandatory training provided Commitment: Weekdays or Weekends Location: Central Huddersfield Other Roles: Telephone Helpline Volunteers (10am –3pm) or Thursdays @ Dewsbury Library (


Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust Org Details: Funding research into cancers affecting young people (ages 13-24) and providing support to the 38 hospitals admitting young cancer patients throughout the UK. Featured Role:Telephone Sales / Fundraiser – Based within the Fundraising department you will be responsible for making calls requesting support from organisations and individuals, information to update the Trust’s records and promoting the cause. Energy, enthusiasm and good communication skills essential. Support: Meal (conditions apply) and travel expenses, ongoing training and support provided Commitment: Tuesday daytime, Thursday mornings or afternoons Location: Huddersfield Other Roles: Admin / Secretary Lawrence Batley Theatre Org Details: Huddersfield’s Premier Performance Theatre, as well as productions, the LBT runs a number of community activities and host local groups meetings. Featured Role:Youth Theatre Volunteer – To support the Youth Theatre Assistants during classes, assisting with group supervision and behaviour management. Will require involvement with practical activities during the Youth Theatre classes, including: games, warms up and exercises, as well as supporting the Assistant to deliver the practical and creative elements of the classes. DBS check required. Support: Ongoing training provided Commitment: Weekdays or Weekends Location: Huddersfield Other Roles: Volunteers Stewards / Kiosk Stewards Leonard Cheshire Disability Org Details: Promoting the independence of disabled people and upholding their physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Featured Role:Sport Volunteers – Individuals with an enthusiasm for sport required to encourage residents to participate in exercise activities. Support: Induction training provided. Travel & some lunch expenses Location: Cleckheaton & Huddersfield Other Roles: Arts & Crafts Volunteers, Befrienders, Escort, Event Co-ordinator, Fundraisers, Gardener, Photography & Social Media Volunteers Lifeline Kirklees Org Details: Lifeline is a drug and alcohol treatment service. It offers advice, information and support related to drug and alcohol dependency. This includes harm minimisation, complementary therapies, counselling, education and employment support and referral to other specialist services. Featured Role: All volunteers are given a month’s induction training to the organisation before deciding which area they are interested in. Roles available include Administrator, Adult Services & Counsellor. Location: Dewsbury & Huddersfield


Longwood Village Group Org Details: Providing community facilities for the residents of Longwood. To fund this they run a community coffee shop, staffed by volunteers. Featured Role:Coffee Shop Volunteers – Duties include: setting up tables, waiting on customers, taking orders, serving & clearing up. Support: Health & Safety, Basic Hygiene training Location: Longwood Making Space Org Details: Offering advice, information & support for those living with dementia, and their loved ones. Featured Role:Dementia Support Volunteer – Volunteers are needed to provide emotional support and understanding to people living with dementia. Informal groups are run across the region, at which you would be required to make tea & coffee, greet attendees, encourage involvement in-group activities & talk to members. DBS check required Support: Travel & meal expenses may be paid. Induction training provided Commitment: Volunteers needed for a minimum of two hours. Sessions run on Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Location: Kirklees Matrix Org Details: Helping to meet the needs of young people in Mirfield. Featured Role:Volunteer Youth Workers – To support & supervise activities such as: arts & crafts (pencil drawing, canvas, graffiti projects), sports, cooking, dancing, walking & fishing. Support: Ongoing training provided Location: Mirfield & District Other: DBS check required. Volunteers must show an enthusiasm for working with young people & a willingness to learn Mentoring and Befriending Foundation (Equal Approach) Org Details: Recruiting volunteers across the UK to support disabled and disadvantaged individuals who have been made redundant or are threatened with redundancy following the recent closure of Remploy factories. Featured Role:Volunteer Mentors / Befrienders – Providing practical and emotional support to disabled and disadvantaged individuals whilst they search for new employment. Meeting weekly / fortnightly, the role may involve assisting with application forms, accompanying on visits to the job centre or just providing a listening ear when needed. Support: Travel expenses and training provided Commitment: Weekdays or Weekends Location: Kirklees Mencap Kirklees Network – The Voices & Choices Group Org Details: A project run by Mencap to support people with learning difficulties in meeting to discuss service provision and planning throughout the Kirklees area. Featured Role:Network Supervisor – A volunteer is required to support individuals and groups of people with learning difficulties who are participating in 15

the meetings and training; ensuring that they understand content and encouraging them to participate. Times vary according to the needs of the service – could be as little as three hours a month, additional hours may be available with other Mencap projects if desired. DBS check required. Support: Travel expenses are paid, meals are provided. Volunteers are encouraged to complete Mencap’s disability rights training package. Commitment: Weekdays Location: Dewsbury / Huddersfield area Other Roles: Activity Club Worker, Social Group Volunteer, Volunteer Buddy The Milestone Society Org Details: Made up of around 420 subscribing members nationally, The Milestone Society work to raise public interest in milestones and their associated history / heritage, so that these quirky little lumps of stone are valued by future generations. Featured Role:PR / Publicity Officer – Spending a few hours a few week planning, preparing and placing articles and press releases. In addition, the society has a Facebook page which requires regular updates. Will also require a weekly chat over Skype with the Society’s chair for the latest updates. Support: Training provided Commitment: Weekdays or Weekends Location: Huddersfield Other Roles: Membership Development, Social Media Volunteer National Coal Mining Museum For England Org Details: Working to keep the long history and rich heritage of coal mining in England alive, the museum provides an enjoyable and inspiring way to learn for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Featured Role:Library Volunteers (Storytelling) – Supporting the library team by researching children’s stories, rhymes and songs to use in regular toddler sessions. Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in the sessions if desired. Support: On the job training provided Commitment: Termly. Wednesday mornings. Each session last four hours. Location: Wakefield Other Roles: Industrial Collection Volunteers, Library Research Volunteers The Nerve Centre Org Details: Supporting people who live with neurological conditions (with a network of carers) and promoting well-being, education & awareness. Featured Role:Admin / Reception Volunteer – Booking people in for therapies, handling enquiries (both in person & over the phone), providing info, as well as general admin tasks. Support: Travel expenses provided. Induction training available Location: Huddersfield Other: Volunteer Cleaner, Workshop & Room Preparer Oakes Baptist Church / Oakes Community Cafe Org Details: Providing cheap, nutritional food in a safe environment for the community of Oakes. Featured Role:Café / Kitchen Assistant – Assisting with general café duties including; serving food, washing up, clearing tables & preparing food. Support: On the job training. Meals provided. May pay travel expenses. 16

Commitment: Required for two hours on Friday between 8:30am & 3pm. Minimum commitment of two months Location: Oakes, Huddersfield Other: Experience of kitchen work beneficial, but not essential One Good Turn Org Details: Helping to relieve financial hardship among people living or working in Kirklees by providing advice, goods and services they would otherwise be unable to afford. Featured Role:Drivers – Required to collect donated clothes / items and deliver to the organisation / Item Listers for sorting and online promotion. Full driving licence required (preferably clean). Suitable for car and van drivers. Support: Travel and meals paid for if volunteering for a full day, induction training available Commitment: Flexible Location: Across Kirklees Other Roles: Item Lister, Leaflet Distributors Oxfam Online Batley Org Details: Working to overcome poverty and suffering. Their online store showcases a broad range of Oxfam’s best donations: offering distinctive, sought after and valuable pieces. Featured Role:Volunteer Recruitment Co-ordinator – The opportunity to create, implement and recruit for a number of unique and diverse volunteer roles. The role requires an individual to interact and network with the local community in Batley and Kirklees. Will also require heavy involvement with an upcoming Community Open Day in October. Support: Travel and meals expenses Commitment: Weekdays or Weekends Location: Batley Other Roles: Volunteer Recruitment Co-ordinator PDSA Dewsbury Org Details: The PDSA provide care for the pets of those in need. They offer free veterinary services to sick & injured animals, as well as promoting responsible pet ownership. Featured Role:Retail Assistant - Help needed in the running of their Dewsbury based shop. Duties will include assisting & serving customers, ensuring stock & cash security, as well as keeping store premises clean & tidy. Support: Travel expenses, full training provided for all aspects of the role Commitment: Part time (Four hours per session, three month minimum commitment), Weekdays Location: Dewsbury & Brighouse Prince’s Trust Org Details: Around one in five young people in the UK are not in work, education or training. The Prince’s Trust aims to address this by giving practical and financial support to the young people who need it most. Featured Role:Business Mentors /Programme Volunteers – To provide advice & support to young people. DBS check required Support: Training & some expenses provided 17

Location: Kirklees Other Roles: Development Assessors Prostate Cancer UK Org Details: Prostate Cancer UK supports men living with prostate cancer and prostate disease and the effects of treatment, by providing specialist information and support services. To do this, they run a variety of fundraising activities throughout the year. Featured Role:Volunteer Awareness Speaker – A volunteer is required to attend a wide range of events on behalf of the group and deliver presentations about the cause. Venues will include community centres, work places and health centres. Support: Travel and meals expenses Commitment: Flexible, Part Time. Training available in Sheffield in September & October 2013. Location: Volunteers will be placed at their nearest local venue RSPCA (Halifax, Huddersfield & District Branch) Org Details: With a long history of caring for and finding new homes for unwanted animals, the RSPCA have long been one of the most respected animal charities in the UK Featured Role:Cat & Dog Fosterers – To provide safe homes for cats or dogs currently in the RSCPA’s care. Support: Training & expenses provided Location: Calderdale & Kirklees Other Roles: Fundraisers, Trustees Ruddi’s Retreat Org Details: Offering holidays for children who have life shortening illnesses and/or have suffered bereavement. They have two caravans to provide these holidays and are fundraising to keep these going. Featured Role:Mascot – Volunteers are needed to dress up in character costumes at their bag packs and fundraising events – kids love to see Mickey and Minnie Mouse, George and Peppa Pig. Volunteers will have to cope with lots of attention and claustrophobic conditions (when wearing costumes). Support: Travel expenses. Induction training given before events Commitment: Flexible, part time. Minimum amount of time per session – two hours Location: Across Kirklees Other Roles: Bag Packer, Event Assistant, Leaflet Distributor School Governors’ One Stop Shop Org Details: A unique charity that recruits governor volunteers for schools across England, working with Local Authorities and schools to help volunteers find mutually beneficial placements. Featured Role:School Governor – The Governor role is a vital one within the education system as they are responsible for planning a school’s longterm future, appointing staff, as well as budgetary allocation and control. Management skills desirable. DBS check required. Support: Depends on policy of placement school Commitment: Weekday Evenings, part time Location: Across Kirklees


Sense Org Details:

A national charity that supports and campaigns for children & adults who are deaf and / or blind. Featured Role:Shop Volunteer – Working in their large Dewsbury based shop, duties include steaming clothes, sorting, helping customers, window dressing and operating the till (optional). Support: Informal and nationally recognised training is offered to all volunteers Commitment: Full time & part time roles available, Weekday & Weekend daytime Location: Dewsbury Other: Volunteers should be friendly, trustworthy & reliable, with good communication skills Slaithwaite Community Association Org Details: Run by volunteers who ‘caretake’ the centre & deal with its day-to-day running, Slaithwaite Community Association provide great local facilities for groups, clubs and societies to use & promote social welfare of Slaithwaite residents. Featured Role:Committee Members – To bring fresh ideas, a professional perspective, as well as valuable experience & expertise in aid of helping the organisation achieve its goals. Support: Training provided. Travels expenses paid. Location: Slaithwaite, Huddersfield Other: Individuals with Business / Project Management experience would be ideal for the role. Society For The Blind Org Details: Formed in 1918, this local charity enhances the lives of local visually impaired people in North Kirklees (Dewsbury, Batley & District). The charity relies heavily on donations from the public and attends many events and promotional activities as possible. Featured Role:Computer Volunteer – Every Monday & Wednesday morning (10:30am-12:30pm) the charity runs a computer group. A volunteer is needed to provide help and assistance during these meetings, as well as to serve and clear away lunches straight after (12:30pm-1:15pm). Support: Travel expenses and subsidised meals Commitment: Monday and Wednesday mornings, Part Time Location: Batley Other Roles: Craft Group Volunteers, Recycling Volunteer, Sewing Volunteer, Social Centre Volunteer Specialist Autism Services Org Details: Providing support to individuals with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. Featured Role:Volunteer Support – The role not only requires volunteers to support and encourage individuals to take part in the tasks at the group’s structured workshops, but also to interact with other participants, both members and staff, improving social and communication skills. Volunteer should be good at ‘reading’ people and their moods. Support: Travel and Meal expenses, Induction and Informal training provided, with potential to complete Formal Training relevant to role Commitment: Tuesday and Thursday Daytime, part time Location: Huddersfield 19

Stanley’s Training Project Org Details: Working to increase inclusion, employment & opportunities for people with disabilities (aged 14+). Featured Role:Learning Support Volunteer – Sharing your own knowledge, skills & experiences, as well as supporting tutors with reports on learners, assisting with emergency situations, being involved in the coordination of travel arrangements and accompanying small groups of learners on short local excursions. DBS check required Support: Travel expenses & induction training provided, as well as Safeguarding, Food Hygiene & First Aid Location: Batley & Cleckheaton Stirley Community Farm Org Details: Stirley Community Farm is a 250-acre upland farm to the south of Castle Hill, Huddersfield, which promotes nature conservation and local food. Featured Role:Gardeners – To tend to the fruit & vegetables planted by groups. Duties include seed sowing, weeding, mulching & harvesting. Support: Training provided. Do not pay expenses, but do offer tea, coffee & wet weather clothing. Location: Huddersfield Other Roles: Grass Cutter Stroke Association Org Details: Providing the services, education and research that helps to prevent strokes, as well as reducing the damage they cause when they do occur. Featured Role: Box Collector – Placing collection boxes at appropriate locations & returning to collect them on a bi annual basis, before counting donations & reporting back to the Regional Fundraising Manager. Commitment: Flexible, Weekdays or Weekends Location: Throughout Kirklees Other: Volunteers must be caring & patient. Understanding of confidentiality essential. Other Roles: Communication Support Volunteer Sue Ryder Org Details: Passionate about giving people the care they want. Featured Role:Shop Volunteers - Help needed in their shops based in Dewsbury & Mirfield. Duties include sorting clothes, serving customers, pricing goods & working on the tills. Also opportunities to help with cleaning & preparing goods for sale and creating window displays Support: Travel expenses can be provided. Induction training, Health & Safety and may be able to access NVQ training Location: Dewsbury & Mirfield Trans Pennine Trail (Penistone – Dunford Bridge) Org Details: Set up to maintain and promote the use of this popular walking trail, the group rely on volunteers to keep the trail in good condition. Featured Role:Biodiversity Officer – An exciting opportunity to investigate the wildlife on the trail – which originates as an old railway route, now covered 20

in flora and fauna. The volunteer will work with TPT to make sure their conservation practices enhance the biodiversity of the trail, as well as liasing with organisations such as Barnsley Biological Research Centre and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to create a record for the area Experience in a similar role is essential. Support: Some limited expenses provided. Basic induction training available Location: Kirklees Other Roles: Conservation Volunteers, Fundraising Officer, Publicity Officer, Volunteer Ranger Uniform Exchange Org Details: Supplying free, recycled school uniforms – making a difference to the lives of families in Huddersfield and Kirklees. Featured Role:Sorting Volunteer – Every year a generous number of items are donated to Uniform Exchange. They require help sorting and folding these items, as well as picking and packing, ready to be sent to local families. Support: Travel and expenses if volunteering more than five hours. Induction training provided. Commitment: Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, part time Location: Huddersfield United Churches Healing Ministry Org Details: A Huddersfield based Christian charity that provides a number of services, including: counselling, training, sports activities & room hire for their local community. Featured Role:Evening Receptionist – Required to help on reception on weekday evenings. The role will include offering drinks to visitors and answering the telephone. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings Support: Induction training & ongoing support. Travel expenses paid. Location: Milnsbridge, Huddersfield Other Roles: Fundraising Co-ordinator, Handy Person, Office Admin, Shop Volunteer, Trust Admin The Welcome Centre Org Details: A charity that provides practical support to vulnerable local people in crisis. This can be in the form of food packs, household packs, clothes, toiletries and bedding. Featured Role: Volunteers have the chance to work in reception; welcoming visitors and giving out food packs, in the store; making up food packs and sorting donations or in customer service; answering telephone calls, inputting data and helping with general admin. Option to work across all three areas if desired. Support: Full induction training provided Commitment: Flexible (estimated five hours per month) Location: Huddersfield Town Centre Other Roles: Committee Member West Yorkshire Community Chaplaincy Project (WYCCP) Org Details: The aim of the project is to help offenders resettle into the community: engaging faith communities in this process, but open to all faiths and no faith. 21

Featured Role:Link Workers – Supporting ex-offenders, helping them with housing, employment, training, drug & alcohol issues. DBS check required Support: Must attend a three-day training course. Location: Throughout Kirklees West Yorkshire Dog Rescue Org Details: West Yorkshire Dog Rescue takes in and cares for unwanted dogs and finds them suitable homes. Featured Role:Foster Care Rescue Volunteer – provides temporary care for rescue dogs – including taking dogs to the vets as required, talking to potential owners & allowing viewings. Support: Induction & ongoing support. Full out of pocket expenses Commitment: Ranging from two weeks – two months Location: Kirklees Other roles: Chairperson West Yorkshire Police Org Details: West Yorkshire Police serve approximately 2.2 million people living in one of the five metropolitan districts of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. The area is policed by around 5,000 police officers and 3,600 support staff - making the Force the fourth largest in the country. Featured Role:Crime Call Backs and Satisfaction Survey – Helping to improve the service offered by West Yorkshire Police. Duties include researching computer systems and conducting outbound calls to victims of crime to increase confidence and satisfaction, as well as helping to identify weaknesses and repeat issues through the completion of telephone surveys. Support: Travel and meal expenses (if volunteering more than four hours) Commitment: Weekdays, part time Location: Huddersfield WRVS Kirklees Org Details: WRVS believe in making Britain a great place to grow old. They provide personal and practical support so that older people can stay independent at home and active in their local community. Featured Role:Healthy Eating Promoter - Helping with the running of a food co-op. Duties may include bagging fruit and vegetables, selling to customers, taking orders & handling petty cash. Support: Ongoing support & training available. Travel expenses paid. Location: Kirklees Other Roles: Befriender, Driver Yorkshire Children’s Centre Org Details: Formerly the National Children’s Centre, the YCC provides services & projects that benefit young people in Yorkshire. Featured Role:Antiques & Restoration Volunteer – Based in the ‘Pass It On’ charity shops across the region, help is needed sorting & valuing donated items of possible value. A background or interest in furniture restoration & French polishing would be beneficial. Support: Lunch & travel expenses, induction training provided Location: Kirklees Other Roles: Catering Assistant, Drivers Mate, New Beginnings, Shop & IT Support, Step Up Volunteers


More Information Volunteer Mentors Now available to help you start volunteering. Our trained mentors can help you to: make appointments, complete applications forms, attend interviews and start your role. For more information & to book an appointment contact the Volunteer Centre on 01484 519053, email Volunteering for Young People Most volunteering opportunities are open to anyone over 18. For Under 18’s volunteering, more info is available via the website, including lists of which organisations are suitable for under 18s, as well as info about the increasingly popular Duke of Edinburgh scheme. Volunteering from Home It’s possible to stay at home and still make a difference. Opportunities include completing online surveys and proof-reading book pages, to becoming an E-mentor, or even helping to classify galaxies, and more hands-on tasks such as knitting. For more details call Volunteering Kirklees on 01484 519053. Overseas Volunteering There are around 100 agencies in Britain that place volunteers abroad on work placements. To find out more, check out the following websites: The Lonely Planet have also produced an excellent guide to overseas volunteering which can be found at: Supported Volunteering The Gateway Volunteering Service offers extra support to people wanting to volunteer who have physical or learning disabilities, mental health needs, caring responsibilities or low levels of confidence. For more information call 01484 414774, email One-off Opportunities There are many one off opportunities where you can volunteer on an occasional basis. These latest one-off or less formal opportunities are advertised by the organisations themselves on the Volunteering Kirklees website in our new ‘More Opportunities’ section:


WHAT YOU CAN DO AS A VOLUNTEER Listed below are some of the areas of activity that volunteers can get involved in


Education & Literacy

Advice and Support




Arts and Culture

First Aid




Health, Hospitals & Hospices



Charity Shops

Mental Health

Children and Youth


Community Work

Prisoners and Ex Offenders


Practical Work and DIY


Sport & Development


Trustee & Community Work


Volunteer Opportunities - Autumn / Winter 2013  

The Autumn / Winter 2013 edition of Volunteering Kirklees' Volunteer Opportunities brochure, featuring all the latest opportunities in Kirkl...

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