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,


Could You Organise Events from Home?

What: Volunteer Events Organiser (1 or more people)

When: as needed

Where: working from home with occasional meetings in Huddersfield/Halifax and events in Kirklees & Calderdale


KIMESG are looking for self-motivated and pro-active people who can join their small and friendly team to help the committee organise events in Kirklees and Calderdale.  They will generally know what they want to do, but would like someone else to use their own creativity and initiative to research the options and make it happen.  They are happy for the role to be shared by more than one volunteer if necessary.  The volunteer or volunteers can work from home, but may occasionally need to meet up with committee members in central Huddersfield or Halifax, and potentially attend events to welcome people, co-ordinate things and make sure that everything runs smoothly.

Tasks may involve:

  • researching venues
  • presenting options and costs
  • planning
  • organising speakers
  • publicity
  • co-ordination
  • compliance with any legal, insurance and health and safety arrangements
  • coming up with creative ideas

Training and travel expenses will be given.

KIMESG is a local support group for people with ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and their carers. It is run by volunteers, most of whom, themselves suffer from ME, which limits what they can do on a day to day basis.  However, they are passionate about helping people with this isolating illness.

For futher information about this role, please contact Becky:, 01484 519053






Are You Passionate About Food, Cooking & Reducing Food Waste?

What: Food Saver Champions, helping to deliver food waste events and workshops

Where: across Kirklees

When: until end of December 2018


Volunteering Kirklees is urgently looking for volunteers to join its Food Waste Team to help deliver food saver events and workshops across Kirklees between now and the end of December.

We’re particularly looking for excellent communicators who are good with people and can chat to anyone, no matter what their background.  The role would suit someone who is interested in cooking and reducing food waste, and could help deliver cookery demonstrations, events and workshops, and tastings.  There are opportunities to be involved in the demos themselves, developing ideas, leading workshops, and promotion, depending on your skills and interests.  You will need to be reliable and trustworthy and we will require references.

You will work as part of the Food Waste team, and be able to learn more about the issues around food and food waste.  We will be able to provide support and training and pay travel expenses.

Contact Sharron to find out more about the role and discuss your availability –, 01484 519053


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, 

Spruce Up Ravensthorpe

What: Community Litter-Picking, Tidying, Gardening

Where: Ravensthorpe

When: Thursday 18th October 2018, 10am-12pm

Volunteering Kirklees are hoping to take a team of volunteers along to join Ravensthorpe Residents Action Group and Kirklees Council for a clean-up morning in Ravensthorpe.  This is a great opportunity to get out and about, do meet some new people, whilst doing something physical and helping improve the local area.

Volunteers can meet there, or meet up with the VK team at Dewsbury Train Station.  Any equipment needed will be provided and we can pay people’s travel expenses to help them get there.

Contact Sharron if you’re interested in going along as part of a VK Social Volunteering group and to find out the exact details and location –, 01484 519053


Family Fresh Air and Fun in Meltham

What: Park Clean-Up and Lantern Making

Where: Meltham

When: 20th October 2018, 12-2pm

This is a one-off opportunity for families to get outside, enjoy Meltham Pleasure Grounds in the Autumn, and have some fun, whilst helping to improve the local park and riverside, and contributing to a community event.

River Holme Connections, Meltham Walkers are Welcome and Friends of Meltham Pleasure Grounds are joining forces to organise a tidy in the park, and put on a family lantern making workshop, making wildlife-themed lanterns for the Festival of Light – Light Up The Pleasure Grounds event the following weekend.  See poster for more details: Poster for lantern making – Oct 18

Contact Sharron if you’re interested in going along as part of a VK Social Volunteering group –, 01484 519053

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