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 – email@example.com, 07776 588692.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 01484 645217, www.fobp.co.uk