Spring Clean…

#teamvk will be working with S2R to spruce up their courtyard and help make garden planters on Tuesday 29th January. Come along to meet the team at our offices at 10am for a coffee first or head direct to S2R. Contact sharron@vkirklees.org.uk or 01484 519053 for more info and to let us know you are joining us!

Fancy volunteering with #TeamVK in Dewsbury?

Next Thursday #teamvk will be out at Dewsbury Leisure Centre helping the formidable Dewsbury Soup team with their 3rd Dewsbury Soup evening. We need a few extra pair of hands to help out on the evening. You will be guaranteed a warm welcome and will be part of this team helping to put on a great event in Dewsbury. Tel Sharron 01484 519053 or email sharron@vkirklees.org.uk for more information.  If you can’t help out but fancy attending this feel-good night out then there are still tickets left for the evening https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dewsbury-soup-3-tickets-53045499517

Could you help the RNIB promote their services?

The RNIB Leeds have a range of new Volunteer roles in Kirklees including:
Awareness Raising Volunteer – could you hold information stalls in your local area promoting Talking Books, activity groups and the RNIB helpline?
Public Speaker Volunteer – delivering talks to local organisations to raise awareness of RNIB and Talking Books.
Street and Store Collector – join in for a sociable couple of hours to raise funds for RNIB in your local community.
Connect Community Lead – if you have sight loss yourself, could you lead a local network to share support and information for others with sight loss in your local area?
To find out more about any of these roles please contact:
Catherine Tonge
catherine.tonge@rnib.org.uk
tel. 07850 975093

Care 2 Listen?

Do you have a few hours a month to help support a vulnerable young person?
Could you make a difference in their life?

In Kirklees, there are many children and young people in the care of the local authority who would benefit from a positive relationship with a trusted, responsible adult.

By becoming an Independent Visitor, you can help give a looked after child or young person regular independent adult guidance and support as well as having some fun along the way.

You will receive training to help prepare you for this role, together with support from your peers and a dedicated Independent Visitor Scheme Coordinator.

You will be reimbursed for ‘out of pocket’ and travel expenses when taking a young person out on an activity.

What are we looking for?

No formal qualifications are required but patience, flexibility, determination to make a difference, and a non- judgmental attitude are essential.

We are looking to recruit adults (18-75 for insurance purposes) who have a genuine interest in supporting children and young people; who can offer their time and long-term commitment to be a consistent, reliable and trustworthy person in a young persons’ life.

Currently, Male volunteers and volunteers from minority ethnic communities are particularly under represented on the scheme so we would particularly welcome expressions of interest from these people.

Practical Considerations

The Independent Visitor Scheme covers all areas of Kirklees. Some young people may live in other areas such as Leeds, Sheffield and Greater Manchester.

Recruitment process: Application Form, Enhanced DBS, Informal Discussion, Interview, References, Training.

How to Apply

Find out more about the role here

Download an application form here

For an informal discussion, please call, Chris Berridge, the Scheme Coordinator on 07976 497735 or email christopher.berridge@kirklees.gov.uk

Interested in volunteering in an education setting?

Crosland Moor Community Learning Centre are running a 3 week training course to help people interested in volunteering in an education setting.

The Essential Skills for a Volunteering Placement course will cover:

  • Safeguarding
  • Prevent
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Inclusivity and communication

The course starts on 10th January from 9.30am – 3.30pm

For further details contact Clare or Joanne tel. 01484 462346

Leonard Cheshire Disability seek Volunteers to help with trips to the shops, theatre, church etc.

Leonard Cheshire Disability is a charity supporting disabled people to fulfil their potential and live the lives they chose.

They are seeking Volunteers for their Kenmore House residents in Cleckheaton, particularly for evenings and weekends.

Volunteer Drivers: You will  drive their minibus to activities such as shopping, meals out and community activities. Full training will be provided free of charge and you will need to be 25 years or over for insurance purposes.

Volunteer Escorts/Befrienders: You will help residents attend activities such as the theatre church or shopping.

Both roles require a DBS check which is organised and paid for by the organisation.

For further details contact  Jeanette Fullwood, Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Telephone: 01274 872904

Email: jeanette.fullwood@leonardcheshire.org