Speech Therapy with IT

Speak with IT are recruiting volunteers to join their speech therapy programme, they assist patients suffering from Aphasia to recover their verbal communication ability.

Speak with ITIf you’re interested in this volunteering opportunity please call 07810 523228 or email cpalay@speakwithit.org



Volunteer Information and Celebration Event

On Tuesday 2nd June at Pathways, Mirfield, there will be a volunteer information and celebration event. 
This is one of the many events taking place as part of Volunteers Week 2015.

If you’d like to know more about volunteering, come along . There will be a range of information stalls, taster sessions and activities. There will also be lunch and refreshments available.

To book a place please contact the Recovery College Kirklees on 01924 326540 or email recovery.kirklees.swyt.nhs.uk

vol info and celebration


Are you interested in fundraising?


Alzheimer’s Society are looking for people to join their fundraising group.Alzheimers SocietyIf you’re interested please contact Jo Mawdsley on jo.mawdsley@alzheimers.org.uk or call 01484 429865


Do something Special – volunteer for West Yorkshire Police


West Yorkshire Police is currently recruiting both Special Constables and Volunteers, offering a great opportunity for you to work in a unique and exciting role.
Being a Special will give you the opportunity to learn new skills, improve your fitness and give something back to the community, while being at the front line of policing. Special Constables perform a wide variety of duties within the community, which can include patrols, making arrests and dealing with anti-social behaviour. They may also work at football matches and public events.


Read the full blog post about it here, or check out the website. 

Music night fundraiser


Healthy Minds are hosting a music night fundraiser on Saturday 25th April at Arden Road Social Club in Halifax. This is a family friendly event so all are welcome, tickets are available with a suggested donation of £3. Please call 0771 538 2324 to book.

gig poster

Nobody wants volunteers!

Chris Stephen has written another great, short & sweet blog post with some tips for organisations who are facing the problem with volunteers thinking nobody wants volunteers.

Of course this isn’t the case, so here’s some suggestions to avoid this situation.

“Nobody wants Volunteers”! ! !

A call to organisations. Please Sort out your Information.

Worryingly this is something we hear in the volunteer centre regularly. Potential volunteers have gone on line, found opportunities that fit their criteria applied and then a big fat NOTHING.

If you spend a couple of evenings looking on line for the perfect volunteering opportunity and then apply for 6 or 7 opportunities and no one from any of the organisations gets back to you then you can be excused for thinking that “no one wants volunteers”.

Check list for organisations.

  •  Have a policy regarding time frame to reply to online inquiries. i.e. I will reply to all enquires with 7 days. If we set ourselves targets we are generally more likely to stick to it
  •  If I’m going to struggle to get back to people. Have a standard email that says sorry we are really, really busy at the moment we do appreciate your inquiries and will get back to asap.
  • If your volunteer opportunity has been filled. Write back to people and say thanks for your interest we are sorry etc….
  • Online checklist… Have any of your details changed. i.e. phone numbers names, role descriptions. Ensure your diary has a built in check to re read all online information. It goes out of date quickly so keep checking. It does take time but it is so important.

Chris (on her high horse about keeping info up to date)

PDF version here.

Got green fingers?

Age UK PGEYour role will be to engage children by sharing your knowledge and skills around growing, cooking and nutrition. You will work with them to help them grow food, learn how to cook it and share your own skills and knowledge with them.You will volunteer alongside the Food for Life Partnership and other volunteers with the support AGE UK Calderdale & Kirklees.

If you’re interested you can find full details and how to apply here. 

Foodies needed!

Huddersfield Partnership is recruiting volunteers for the Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival on the 6th – 9th August 2015.
If you’re interested please contact Karen at karen@huddersfieldpartnership.co.uk

food&drink festival