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
…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
Our local Children’s Hospice are currently on the lookout for a confident driver able to help pick up children and their families. They also need shop assistants at their many shops in particular- Slaithwaite. Full details here https://www.forgetmenotchild.co.uk/join-our-team/be-a-volunteere
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: 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
- organising speakers
- 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:
email@example.com, 01484 519053
Holmfirth Tech are looking for Volunteers to support the running of the Tech (the former Adult Education building) in Holmfirth where they host a range of arts, music and wellbeing activities for local groups.
They are particularly looking for a Social Media Volunteer, Administration Volunteer and Catering Volunteer (for their café) . Training and support are provided and the opportunity to be part of busy and vibrant community resource.
To find out more contact Margaret Dale
St Giles Trust, West Yorkshire help ex-offenders and other marginalised members of the community to reach their potential. They are seeking Volunteer Mentors who can offer one hour a week or more to help their clients develop their confidence and self esteem. Training is provided and an opportunity to gain a Level 3 qualification in Mentoring. For further details contact: Naveed Akhtar
Volunteers who enjoy writing and describing items are needed to help raise vital funds for Kirkwood Hospice. Based in the busy Newsome shop you will use your creative words to help describe items that are being listed on E.Bay. You don’t need any specialist knowledge but of you have an interest in music, antiques, vintage stuff then this would be an added bonus. If you are interested then please call Chris on 01484 540678 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Could you offer some support to local families in our area? Home-Start Kirklees have new training starting on the 20th September, further details below.