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.


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



Tasty ideas for leftovers

We’re working with the council and Sainsbury’s to  ‘Save Food Save Money’. Find out more here.

Olivia, one of our volunteers, has put together these tips:

What are the most commonly thrown out foods?
  1. Potatoes
  2. Bread
  3. Milk
  4. Bananas
What can I do to save these ingredients from the bin?

Uncooked Potato

  • If your uncooked potatoes are bruised or sprouting in some parts, simply cut the spoiled section off and your potato is good to use!
  • If you have too many in your cupboard and know you won’t use them, boil and mash them as mash freezes better than whole potatoes.
  • Roastie fan? Par-boil your potatoes and freeze them so they’re ready to roast on a rainy day.

Leftover Roasties:

  • Cut your roasties into small cubes and fry in some olive oil and crushed garlic, serve with some cracked salt and pepper and a sprinkling of parsley.
  • Make your own Spanish-style omelette by cutting your roasties into small cubes and combining them with some fried onions and a few beaten eggs. Fry the mixture in a small fry pan. Whilst frying, top with halved cherry tomatoes and pop the pan under the grill cook the top for a few minutes, et voila!
  • Microwave your roasties and top them with your favourite chilli recipe – we love vegetarian lentil and bean chilli!
  • Combine your roasties with some mayonnaise, wholegrain mustard and fresh dill for a delicious fresh take on cold potato salad.
  • Toss your roasties and some boiled cauliflower florets in olive oil and your favourite spices for a warm potato salad.

Leftover Mash:

  • Combine your leftover mash with some cooked salmon and sautéed leeks. Mix in some chopped parsley, salt and pepper and shape your mixture into burger like patties. You can freeze these fishcakes, bake them in the oven, or pan fry until golden brown.
  • Combine your leftover mash with a generous amount of grated parmesan, cooked leeks and chopped fresh chives. Shape your mixture into cylindrical croquettes and roll in some bread crumbs. You can freeze these croquettes, bake them in the oven, or pan fry until golden brown.


  • Freeze your sliced loaves of bread. Pop them in your toaster for your morning breakfasts. Very simple.
  • Blitz the remainder of your loaf in a food processor to make breadcrumbs. You can use these to crumb chicken breasts or potato and leek croquettes. Mix a pinch of salt and pepper into your breadcrumbs to season. Not to worry if you cannot use your breadcrumbs straight away. Pour them into a plastic zip lock bag and pop them in your freezer for another day.
  • Chop up the remainder of your bread into cubes and dry in a tablespoon of olive oil to make croutons. These are a lovely addition to your fresh salad.
  • Beat an egg and pour onto a plate. Soak a slice of bread in the egg mixture and turn over to coat both sides. Fry your eggy bread in an oiled fry pan. For a savoury treat serve with fried bacon, for our sweet –toothed friends out there, serve with berries or chopped bananas.


  • Use brown bananas in banana bread, banana cake and banana muffins. Add some delicious toffee pieces, or dark or milk chocolate chunks to boost the flavour of your muffins.
  • Freeze your bananas! You can use frozen bananas to make homemade banana ice-cream, milkshakes and smoothies (add some honey and cinnamon for a gorgeous taste)


  • Freeze your milk cartons or pour into an ice cube tray to freeze. They make the perfect dose for your cup of tea!
  • Make your milk last longer – take them out of the fridge door (the warmest part of your fridge) and store them lying down on a fridge shelf.


We want to hear about your own food saving tips!

Follow us on Facebook (Save Food Save Money) and Twitter (@savefood kirk) and share your own food saving tips with us.

Love your Garden/Home..

‘Love Your Garden’ with Alan Titchmarsh ( where deserving and inspirational people are treated to a full garden make over) are currently looking for individuals to be nominated for the show who would benefit. They are also accepting nominations for their sister show ‘Love Your Home and Garden’ which involves home and garden transformations. They are looking for selfless individuals who, through circumstances beyond their control, find themselves in a home that doesn’t suit their needs. Perhaps it’s now too small or the wrong shape for them or their family, or a change in circumstances mean that they haven’t been able to look after it and it is now in desperate need of adapting.  If you know of any volunteers or service users that you would like to put forward then contact Liv Witt on 020 7065 6937  Nominees could have given up their time for others, been hit by tragedy or be one of Britain’s un-sung heroes.


to Home-Start Kirklees who are the latest group to achieve the Kirklees Volunteering Quality Award which recognises how organisations value their volunteers. Well deserved as they do amazing work across Kirklees.  If YOU are interested in supporting families, then they need new volunteers and their next training course starts on the 10th January 2018


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Get out there and feel the dirt!

Green Pathways is a Froglife project for young people aged 16-25. Come and explore the wild side of Kirklees and help yourself to learn new skills and increase confidence!

They want to help you…

  • have greater confidence
  • talk to people more easily
  • feel positive about yourself
  • learn about frogs and reptiles
  • improve your practical skills
  • enjoy yourself
  • increase your knowledge of the outdoors

Who are they looking for?
They work with anyone aged 16-25 who is experiencing difficulties in their life; for example, you might:

  • lack confidence
  • suffer from anxiety
  • have negative thoughts
  • have difficulty making friends
  • may no longer be in full-time education
  • have got yourself in with the wrong crowd
  • want to enhance your career prospects

What’s on offer?
Long-term projects
They can tailor make a project just for you. You help plan and direct what they do and even control the purse strings. In the past they have; painted raised beds, created a pond, created a wildlife garden, made bug houses and bird boxes.

If you’re not sure something long term is for you, they can provide one-off activities like; creating a bog garden, creating a wildlife or pond area, species survey, tree planting, environmental art or photography.

They can happen on afternoons, evenings or Saturdays, be regular or one off, involve a small group of people. If you complete 30 hours you get to go on a group trip!

Important stuff
You control what you do
You can attend one session or ten 3 hour sessions, the choice is yours
A £2 contribution to the session is applicable

Gary Wilkinson or Becky Houlding
07487 271167 / 07399 553666

Whale Hunting for Charities

“Whale hunt as a metaphor for landing big supporters and larger corporate and company sponsors, the kind that transforms your charity”

This session will show you the key elements and tactics for you to start to engage with large sponsors without asking them for direct financial support.
It will last for three hours, with lunch included.
Contact: to book your place.

6th June 2017
10am – 1pm

Paul Simpson
Currently Director of newly launched The Business Hub and a Business Transformation Coach, Paul Simpson’s background maybe in sales but he defies the stereotype of the typical salesman having a zest and drive for helping business owners and small enterprises reach their professional potential.

Dewsbury Library Drop In Sessions are Changing

From the 4th May we’ll be attending on the first Thursday of the month, 10am – 1pm as opposed to the current every Thursday 10am – 12pm.

Our last 10am – 12pm session will be this Thursday, 27th April 2017.

We’ll keep you updated via social media for reminders when the dates are coming up so you don’t miss out.

If you can’t make these sessions please call or email us for help
01484 519053

HealthBloom Funding

New funding available for local groups in Kirklees
Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities an even better place to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

People’s Health Trust has just launched Active Communities in Kirklees – a funding programme for local people wanting to create fairer places to grow, live, work and age.

Using money raised by HealthBloom through The Health Lottery, People’s Health Trust is looking to invest in projects that support people living in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods of Kirklees.
Active Communities is a funding programme for not-for-profit groups with an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

Projects could be almost anything that encourages strong connections between people, and that help people to make their communities or neighbourhoods even better places to grow, live, work and age.

We’re looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages. We’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have something in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.

John Hume, Chief Executive, People’s Health Trust, says: “We’re looking to support ideas designed and run by local people which help create even stronger links and ties within communities. Whether it’s a women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women; a computer skills support group run for and by older people; support for local people to become community organisers; or young people living with mental ill-health wishing to address access to work issues or discrimination, we’re interested to hear about it.

“Applying couldn’t be easier – it’s about local people telling us what would make their local community an even better place grow, live, work and age.”

The closing date for applications is 1pm on Wednesday, 3 May 2017. To apply for funding, visit

Before applying, come along to our information session on Wednesday 12th April, at 10:30am, please call 01484 519053 to book a place. Or alternatively, speak to Val Johnson if you can’t come along.