Got any common sense?

Give regular support to young people or families

You’ve got the skills to be a great mentor or support volunteer: it’s about listening, asking questions and offering your time. A little bit of guidance can go a long way for those that need it. And it’s so rewarding to see young people and families make positive changes and know you’ve helped.

So what’s what?

Volunteer Mentors help a young person aged between 10 and 19 who’s going through an unsettled period in their lives and have few positive adult relationships to support them.

Family Support Volunteers  spend time with families to help them make changes such as building confidence, developing routines and improving kids behaviour. Sometimes it’s just about being there to listen.

Both roles are organised by Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust, based in Mirfield. But both roles can be carried out in the community, eg meeting up with the person or family you are supporting at a cafe or community centre (or their home).

You’ll need to be over 18 and able to commit regular time for at least one year.

You will be supported and guided at all stages.

Click on the links in the box below to get more details on both opportunities on the Do-it website. You can use Do-it to register your interest. If for any reason you don’t hear back – LET US KNOW AND WE WILL SORT OUT ANY GREMLINS!!

Volunteer Mentors – Supporting a young person to set their own goals; someone to talk to, a role model and another perspective on life.

Family Support Volunteers – For people with a good understanding of the issues that families, children and young people face.

Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust supports over three thousand local children every year, providing telephone support to families and professionals, counselling, mental health support, mentors and confidence building group activities to help children grow strong and well.  Young people rate our services 9 out of 10, and they tell us that we have really made a difference to their lives.


Support local learners

Give support in the classroom

Learning new things can feel scary, so having someone on your side can really help. We’re looking for volunteers to support:

  • adults on courses such as ‘Confidence to Work’ and ‘Basic IT’
  • schoolchildren practice and develop their reading

Both opportunities are about laughing, learning and succeeding together. And great work experience too. You’ll receive training and ongoing support.

Supporting adults – this role is with Richmond Fellowship, an organisation that helps people who have had mental health problems to recover and live a full life. Their slogan is “making recovery a reality”. Could you help out in a classroom, maybe sitting alongside someone on a course who is feeling anxious and helping them with tasks? Courses cover things like making healthy choices, being assertive and using IT. They take place in Huddersfield and Dewsbury. Please get in touch with Karl to chat things through:

Supporting children – this is a scheme called 321 because you’ll help three children with their reading, twice a week, for one academic year (three terms, starting at any time of the year). Richard has been volunteering for this scheme (run by Beanstalk) in Bradford. He says,
“It’s hugely rewarding watching them grow and seeing the change. We are so lucky to be able to give them all of our attention. I worked with one child  with a very poor attention span. It was very hard to keep him focused on anything for much time at all. However, by the end of the year he could sit down for the whole of our 30 minute sessions with really good concentration.”
To find out more (such as what training is given) contact: 0845 450 0307 or look at their website.

Charity shops need you!

Get great skills at your local charity shop

Teamwork, customer service and problem solving – just a few of the skills you can gain by helping out at a charity shop. Shifts start at half a day. Current vacancies include:

1. SENSE  (Huddersfield) Monday am/pm, and Thursday am/pm. Also at their shop in Dewsbury.
2. RSPCA (Huddersfield) A brand new shop due to open in Marsh in March!
3. Pass it on (Heckmondwike, Batley, Huddersfield) NVQ training available.
4. Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice Superstore (Huddersfield HD1 3JF) The team needs a bric-a-brac volunteer (chosing what you think will sell) a ladies fashion helper and a general merchandise volunteer to create eye-catching displays.

5.Oxfam(Huddersfield) Colne Road,  Are having a recruitment drive at their Warehouse / Shop on Chapel Hill for Warehouse Volunteers, Back of House Team Volunteers and Shop Volunteers – lots of choice of activities.

Help to make stock look good, serve customers,answer the phone, sort CharityShopdonations – there’s always loads to do!

Get in touch with us to find out about more vacancies.

  2. RSPCA – Sarah on 0784 208 5321
  3. Pass it on – 01484 519988
  4. Forget Me Not – Kielly Law 01484 411040
  5. Oxfam (Huddersfield) Colne Road – Debbie or Martin  01484 423262



Do you like fun?

Support young adults to get more out of life.

More2do supports young adults with learning disabilities to try new and exciting activities on monthly weekends away. Here is a link to a page with a short film that shows what they get up to – would you like to be a helper on a weekend? Canoeing, trampolining? Paint balling? You name it…
They meet weekly in Huddersfield on Mondays and Mirfield on Wednesdays to plan trips and get to know each other. A great, friendly and adventurous team. Call Shelley on 01484 340811 or email


Get creative

Singing, making, mending and music.

Enjoy singing? Like to help a new singing group get going? Singing with other people is fun, but it’s also good for your health. A group of people who are blind or have difficulty seeing would like to start a daytime singing group in Batley and they’d love some support. The group will be based at the Whitfield Centre on Tues, Weds or Thurs. Contact:

Like fixing things? A local charity needs help repairing bikes and renovating hand and electrical tools so they can be shipped to (and reused in) countries in Africa. They also need a hand in their warehouse. More info at

Join the creative crew – getting a chance to create really helps everyone’s mental health. You could help to make one of Hoot’s Creative Pie events happen. They are a chance for local people to show their creative work in a celebratory, supportive atmosphere. Hoot needs volunteers who can offer Tech support (eg sound and light), be stewards, take photos, help with publicity and look after front of house skills. Most of all they want enthusiasm and would love to hear from you. Click here to read more about Creative Pie . The dates for the Pies (?) are 30 Jan, 28 Feb, 20 March and 16 April. Get in touch as soon as possible with Hoot to find out how you can help 01484 516224 or 07880 731 767 or


Be part of something!

Want to get behind a local cause?

Here are a few examples of organisations that would welcome your support.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance – They’d love you to help out with fundraising. If you’d like to be involved please email Angela

Leonard Cheshire – supports disabled people to live the lives they choose. LC runs Kenmore Care Home in Cleckheaton and Beechwood in Edgerton near Huddersfield. They have a range of volunteer roles including Drivers, Admin and Reception Helpers, Befrienders (spending time with someone with a disability who uses LC services), Speakers (give presentations to raise awareness of LC).
Contact Gemma on 01484 429 626 or

Kirkwood Hospice – have events and opportunities all year. Two dates for your diary are Midnight Memory Walk – Saturday 22nd June and the Colour Rush run – TBA  Contact

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice – charity superstore (Huddersfield HD1 3JF) needs a bric-a-brac volunteer (choosing what you think will sell) a ladies fashion helper and a general merchandise volunteer to create eye-catching displays. Contact Kielly Law on 01484 411040

Dewsbury food bank -Could you be a friendly face at Fusion Food Bank, weekdays in Dewsbury? Contact 01924 454770 ext 201.

Dalton Stay and Play – Help a small local playgroup provide a great service for local families on Monday afternoons. Arts and crafts, messy play, books, outdoor play, dressing up and more. Contact Paula Wood: 01484 539 531

National Coal Mining Museum – 


Help a local gardening project

Gardening and growing is good for everyone’s mental health

You could help out at a community garden or park in your neighbourhood. Or at a hospice or residential home. Here are some ideas, but please contact us for more.

Kenmore Care Home (run by Leonard Cheshire) – in Cleckheaton, needs a couple of volunteers to keep their gardens in good shape. Kenmore is home to almost thirty physically disabled adults.

Denby Dale Cricket Club would love a helping hand with keeping their grounds tidy and attractive.

Community allotment projects:

Paddock Trust – meet on Mondays and Wednesdays 1-3 pm at the Branch Street site, off Heaton Fold Lane, Paddock, Huddersfield. Click here for a great slideshow on how the site was revived.
No skills needed! Just an interest in growing stuff. Please turn up at the site and ask for Diane who will explain all. Raised beds mean people can work without bending, hot drinks available. You can park next to the gate and the site is wheelchair accessible. Everybody is welcome!

Clare House in Huddersfield offers people who are homeless a chance to get off the streets and start rebuilding their lives. Could you work alongside vulnerable adults to create a thriving allotment? Allotment volunteers needed on a Monday and Thursday afternoon. Find out more

Drop-by gardening! help keep our green spaces looking lush – join The Great Outdoors project in monthly tidy-ups of community areas. Community Workdays are the first Tuesday of the month from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Just turn up and go guerilla gardening! Meet at Support to Recovery’s Create Space, 7 – 9 Brook Street, Huddersfield, HD1 1EB. To contact Support to Recovery click here.

Peace Pit Growers meet Mondays 10.30am to 2.30pm (please offer at least 30 mins of time). They have an allotment space with a poly tunnel. Peace Pit Lane, From Old Field House Lane, off Leeds Road, Huddersfield HD2. To contact Support to Recovery click here.