Do You Love Books, Chatting & Reading?

What: Therapeutic reading group volunteers, working with people mental health problems, dementia, or who are isolated, and their carers

When: regular volunteering

Where: in your local community (anywhere in Kirklees)



Our colleagues at Third Sector Leaders Kirklees have Big Lottery funding to run a new project called Words in Mind, and need volunteers to help set up and run therapeutic reading groups in their communities with the aim of helping and supporting people who are isolated, have long-term conditions or have mental health problems.

Words in Mind will work with existing local community groups and organisations to  set up the groups all over Kirklees in community centres, places of worship, libraries, in-patient wards, care homes, day care centres – anywhere that people get together.  Volunteers will be given full training (in what’s called, bibliotherapy) and will learn how to  encourage people to read together in groups and use the written word (poems, short stories, novels, articles) to encourage discussion, reminiscing and exploring thoughts and feelings.

For more information about opportunities and training, contact Elaine Duffy –, 07776 588692.

Speech Therapy Volunteer

What: Speech Therapy Volunteer working 1-1 with people who’ve had a stroke or brain injury

When: 1 hour plus travel fortnightly or monthly.  Hours are flexible depending on how much time you have available and when.

Where: Across Kirklees (the project is Yorkshire-wide)


SpeakwithIT use volunteers to work 1-1 with people with aphasia (speech loss and comprehension problems following a stroke or brain injury) and use a specialist computer programme to help them improve their verbal skills.  They would like to recruit more volunteers in Kirklees who would be able to go into someone’s home on a regular basis (fortnightly and monthly) and work with them for at least a year.

Volunteers need to be patient and good with people, and will be given full training on how to run a therapy session and how to use the programme.  It would help if they had their own transport and could commit to at least 1 hour plus travel per month for a minimum of 12 months. They will also need to have a DBS check. The role is flexible and can fit around your other work and time commitments/

Volunteers can have a huge impact on the lives of people who are struggling to socialise and be understood, and will hopefully form meaningful friendships with their clients.

For more information about this role, please contact Hattie Foreman,


Looking for DIY Enthusiasts & Gardeners

What: DIY, Woodland Management, Gardening

Where: Beaumont Park, HD4

When: weekly and monthly opportunities

Friends of Beaumont Park are always on the look-out for volunteers to help keep their beautiful park and Visitor Centre running and to help co-ordinate and staff the many community events that they put on.  In particular at the moment they’d like people to help with DIY projects in the Visitor Centre and to join the woodland management and gardening groups who help maintain the park. This is a great opportunity to use skills and interests you already have, meet new people, work in fantastic surroundings, contribute to your local community and be part of a varied, active and welcoming Friends group.

The woodland group works on cutting back and maintaining the park every month on a Saturday. For details about the work and meeting dates contact Darren on or phone 07801431837

The gardening group meets on a Monday, 10 till 12.

And to enquire about helping with DIY,  or other volunteering opportunities (such as events, helping in the Visitor Centre or cake baking), please email, 01484 645217, 

Want to volunteer at a music festival?

About this opportunityMarsden Jazz Festival

Marsden Jazz Festival is run largely by volunteers, the majority give up their time for the festival weekend and some also join the committee to help plan the next festival throughout the year. There’s loads to do and something to suit everybody!
Community Liaison – pubs, clubs, shops, residents
E-marketing – email newsletters
Festival Committee Member – attending meetings
Publicity – leaflet and poster distribution in local area
Recycling and Waste management
Social Media – management of Twitter and Facebook presence
Street Management – road closures, signage, festival transport
Volunteer Management
Website – content management
And more..

About the organisation

Founded in 1992, Marsden Jazz Festival is one of the UK’s longest established jazz festivals.
Thousands of visitors make the trip by train, bus, car or narrow boat to experience the unique atmosphere the festival brings to Marsden every year, and more than 60 volunteers give up their time to help make the weekend a success.
They are proud to showcase a wide range of jazz musicians from internationally-acclaimed artists to local school bands and rising talent.

What are they looking for?

See above opportunities

Date and details

Dates and times will vary, depending on the particular role you wish to help with.

How to apply

Do you want to make a difference?

Marie Curie are looking for Fundraisers to:

  • Organise collections, events and other fundraising activities
  • Promote the work of the charity
  • Attend and participate in group meeting

Contact: Emily Sharman on 01274 386190mariecurielogo

Do you enjoy meeting people?

Kirklees Museums require Public Engagement Volunteers.  You will:

  • Assist staff at roadshows, fairs and special events
  • Support staff with workshops at Museum and Gallery sites
  • Deliver talks to community groups and organisations
  • Deliver guided tours of our sites

Required for at least half a day per month during weekdays, weekends and/or evenings.

Contact: Becky Bracey on 01484 221000, Email: Museums

Working with Dementia Groups…

Volunteers required to work with our new dementia groups in Emley, Honley, Lindley and Birkby.  Roles include drivers, support workers and cooks.

Register directly with Dale Centre

Make a real difference to people’s lives

Can you demonstrate Level 2 in English?

Thinking of a career in teaching?

As a volunteer tutor with Talk English you will help people to improve their English skills.  Free training and support provided to achieve a professional teaching qualification.

Contact: Nadine Littlewood, Tel: 01484 221000 or email: English