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

Are you a Kirklees Resident interested in how Council decisions are made? – Closing date 21 Dec 2018

Kirklees Council are seeking a Voluntary Co-optee to attend the Council Scrutiny Panel Meetings. These monthly meetings are where decisions and policies made by the Council and key partners including local health providers are scrutinised.

This role is ideal for anyone with a keen interest in local matters who can listen with an open mind to the points of views of others.

Suitable for over 18s who are not a current or recent employee of Kirklees Council.  Meetings take place during the day, approx half a day per month.

You can download the application pack here:

http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/your-council/overview-and-scrutiny.aspx#contact-us

Or if you would like an informal chat about the role contact Richard Dunne

email: Richard.Dunne@kirklees.gov.uk

tel. 01484 221000

Friendly and confident Volunteer to support Cancer Charity

The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust is the only UK Charity funding research into the types of cancer affecting teenagers and young adults, They also fund support for teenage cancer patients across 43 hospitals.

The charity is looking for a Lottery Promotion Volunteer to attend fairs, businesses and community events in the Kirklees and Calderdale area.

This is ideal role for someone who likes getting out and about and meeting people.

Suitable for over 18s, own transport would be useful but not essential.

Training and support provided.

For further details contact Lauren Barber lauren@lauracranetrust.org

tel. 01484 510013

 

 

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice seeks Volunteer Shop Assistants

If you are interested in  gaining new experiences and enhancing your skills then the Volunteer Shop Assistant role could be for you!

Current vacancies at two Forget Me Not Shops:

Manchester Road, Huddersfield HD1 3JF and

11 Victoria Street, Holmfirth HD9 7DF.

Role is flexible, and may include serving customers, handling money, sorting and steaming clothes, merchandising and training and supporting younger volunteers.

A great way to meet people and make a positive difference in your local area.

For further information please visit www.forgetmenotchild.co.uk or contact Kielly Law, Volunteer Partner on tel. 01484 637996 or email volunteers@forgetmenotchild.co.uk

 

Interested in keeping yourself and others active in your community?

Kirklees Sport and Physical Activity Development Team help inactive people to become more active through Sport and  Physical Activity. They offer training to support volunteers in their local community. They are currently offering the following free training to Volunteers:

WALK LEADER TRAINING

Could you lead or support a Health / Nordic Walk in your local area? This training will enable you to either support an existing walk group or set up a new group in your local area. Further details here: http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/food-exercise-and-sport/walking.aspx

 

MOVEMENT AND  GAMES IN A CHAIR (MAGIC ) TRAINING

Movement and Games in a Chair is aimed at people wanting to improve their mobility and memory.  Once you have completed the training you could lead or support one of the MAGIC classes which run in several fire stations or leisure centres across Kirklees. Further details here:  http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/food-exercise-and-sport/moving-more-often.aspx

If you have a passion for physical activity and are friendly and reliable then this could be the role for you – Session times are flexible.

For further details contact :

gill.logan@kirklees.gov.uk

or emma.schofield@kirklees.gov.uk

Tel. 01484 221000

Interested in Youth Work and supporting LGBT young people?

The Brunswick Centre are looking for a Group Activity Volunteer to support their Youth Worker  at their fortnightly sessions on Wednesdays 3.30pm – 6pm.  Your role will be to make everyone feel welcome,  and encourage and support LGBT young people to participate in the sessions. Activities will include painting, drawing, food preparation and walking and will take place at various community settings across Kirklees. Induction and training will be provided and out of pocket expenses reimbursed. For further information or to get involved tel. 01484 469 691

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 – elaine.d@vkirklees.org.uk, 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, hforeman@speakwithit.org

 

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:

becky@tslkirklees.org.uk, 01484 519053