Short of time but still want to help?

Ruddi’s Retreat have loads of one off volunteering sessions November/December where they need an extra pair of hands! Whether it’s singing in their choir, running a tombola or bag packing…they need you! A small amount of time can make a huge difference to this local charity. Contact Vicki Green for more info ruddisvicki@gmail.com or 01484 766050

 

 

Could you make a difference to a local school?

Are you able to make a difference in how schools are run? See how your efforts can raise standards? Do something positive for the next generation? School Governors can make a huge contribution to our local communities all across Kirklees, could you help? http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/working-for-kirklees/school-governors.aspx

Volunteer Training……What’s On- November 18

 

WE HAVE A NEW LAB RUNNING IN NOVEMBER

The LAB Family is growing…
We are now offering an extended LAB Project in Kirklees.
This course runs from 5th to 23rd of November.
Designed for unemployed adults aged 19+, the LAB Project with Volunteering is the much-loved two week course combining team working, confidence building and communication skills…along with a week to look at the benefits of, skills and requirements for, volunteering.
Best of all, we can offer learners meetings with organisations offering volunteering opportunities.   For more information or to refer someone on to the course, contact:Melissa – engagement@properjob.org.uk
Telephone:
Office: 01484 524687
Marilyn: 07716615312 or Melissa: 07951807601

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Volunteer Jam Makers required

Strawberry, Rasberry, Apricot….whatever your favourite, there will be something for everyone at the next social volunteering activity.

Meet at Volunteering Kirklees at 12.45pm or head straight to S2R and volunteer to make “Jam”……

For further information contact sharron@vkirklees.org.uk or Tel 01484 519053 

 

 

 

Short of time but still want to help….

…then these brand new roles may suit.  As a Virtual Befriender you will provide support to families at a time when they need it most. Volunteering from home you will provide support via the phone, email or by instant messaging. Areas of support could be parenting, relationship breakdown, education, domestic abuse, financial hardship….

Full training is provided and this role will be extremely rewarding for volunteers who may want to give something back or gain some new skills.

For full details click here https://do-it.org/organisations/family-action-kirklees

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