Want to volunteer at a music festival?

About this opportunityMarsden Jazz Festival

Marsden Jazz Festival is run largely by volunteers, the majority give up their time for the festival weekend and some also join the committee to help plan the next festival throughout the year. There’s loads to do and something to suit everybody!
Community Liaison – pubs, clubs, shops, residents
E-marketing – email newsletters
Festival Committee Member – attending meetings
Publicity – leaflet and poster distribution in local area
Recycling and Waste management
Social Media – management of Twitter and Facebook presence
Street Management – road closures, signage, festival transport
Volunteer Management
Website – content management
And more..

About the organisation

Founded in 1992, Marsden Jazz Festival is one of the UK’s longest established jazz festivals.
Thousands of visitors make the trip by train, bus, car or narrow boat to experience the unique atmosphere the festival brings to Marsden every year, and more than 60 volunteers give up their time to help make the weekend a success.
They are proud to showcase a wide range of jazz musicians from internationally-acclaimed artists to local school bands and rising talent.

What are they looking for?

See above opportunities

Date and details

Dates and times will vary, depending on the particular role you wish to help with.

How to apply



Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations aimed at organisations working in the most disadvantaged neighbourhoods, 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.

They are looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, they mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.

They’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this they mean a group of people who have things 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.

Before applying, groups must be active in the areas shown on the online map (use the post code checker) Go to the website and click on the interactive map of Kirklees to see if the area is eligible for funding.  http://www.peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

HealthBloom  opens on next week for 4 weeks.
Applicants invited to Stage 2 will have until Wednesday May 24, 2017 to submit their application.

Volunteering Kirklees is running a workshop on April 12th at 10.30am at 12 New Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2AR. We will go through the application process and look at the kind of projects they like to fund.

It would help us to know if you are coming to the workshop, so please email val@vkirklees.org.uk or ring 01484 519053.

If you want to apply but can’t make this date please let us know and we’ll see how we can help.

You can find examples of previously funded projects here. 

Funding through People’s Trust Health Lottery- 51 Community Interest Companies raising money to address health inequalities in Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford.  www.healthbloomcic.org.uk

Volunteer Recruitment Event

Date                      Tuesday 21st March 2017

Time                      17:00pm to 20:00pm

Location                 Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, Russell House, Fell Greave Road, Huddersfield, HD2 1NH

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports children with life shortening conditions and their families across West Yorkshire. They currently support more than 270 children and their families through our hospice at home service and at their state of the art hospice, Russell House, in Huddersfield.

They simply couldn’t do what they do without the support of an army of volunteers who quite literally oil the wheels and keep them running.  They just couldn’t manage without them. They contribute in countless extraordinary ways, helping to ensure we can keep saying ‘yes’ to more and more children and their families.

Do you think you could spare 2-4 hours each week? Are you looking to make a difference in your local community? Would you like to improve your CV? Whether you have lots of time to give or a little, they would love to meet you so why not come along to their open evening event on Tuesday 21st March. Team members will be on hand to say hello and answer any questions you may have. You can also have a look around the hospice and get a feel for the place.

They are growing fast, and need all hands on deck so they have a variety of exciting opportunities available from Shop Assistants, to Family Supporters, Community Fundraisers and Office Support and almost everything in between. In exchange, they will provide you with all the skills and support you need to be a fulfilled and successful volunteer.

We hope you can join them to find out how you can really make a difference.


On the road to fashion…

What do motor vehicles and clothes have in common? You may think not a lot but on Thursday 16th February 2017 Trust FordFord X Oxfam went on their first day of employee volunteering to Oxfam Online in Batley. (Who are always keen to involve corporate or employee volunteers, or even social groups looking to give their time. Groups get the chance to prepare high-quality donations for sale on their online shop, from photography to online listing. Oxfam’s group volunteering days are a perfect way to add some creative flair to your working week, enjoy their lively environment and make a real difference to lives around the world.

“Team Ford were a wonderful group; enthusiastic about the volunteering activities and really Ford X Oxfam 2interested to hear about Oxfam’s work in the UK and overseas. They found the photography task the most fun. Whilst I could hear hoots of laughter coming from the photography booth as they learnt how to dress the mannequin, they made a superb effort and in total raised £3000 for Oxfam during their day. “
HOLLY ROTHWELL | Ecommerce and Festivals Manager

“We had a great day…..Apart from raising nearly £3,000 worth of income for OXFAM (a new record!), we were also given a really good understanding of how the charity worked. We will return with more volunteers.”
Shaun Cahill Trust Ford


Lloyds TSB gives back

December was a busy month for Corporate Social Responsibility for Lloyds TSB

Two team days were arranged for staff on the 6th and 13th December 2016Lloyds YCC

A team first went to the busy Yorkshire Children’s Centre based in Huddersfield where they worked together to paint a very tired room. They also discovered a staff member had artistic skills and they designed a fantastic mural for the wall. They are planning on returning in the summer to contribute to this great work.

Lloyds FMNOn the 13th another team helped the Forget me Not Children’s Hospice with their Christmas fundraising campaign at Sainsbury’s Shorehead.

“Great team….” Kelle Myers Yorkshire Children’s Centre

“Both groups really enjoyed it…..” Sarah Clarkson Team Leader Lloyds TSB

I’d love to help!

Arthritis Care are looking for people have an understanding of arthritis to help run their Living Well with Arthritis services in Kirklees. Volunteer as a drop-in volunteer, one-to-one or a peer workshop volunteer.

Emma Marshall

0808 800 4050

8. I'd love to help

2017 – Do more for the planet

Four fab ways to give time to care for our environment:

Love your canal!

A bit of wildness that runs through the heart of our communities, canals need some TLC. Towpath Taskforce teams are a flexible way to fit volunteering into a busy lifestyle.

The Taskforce on the Huddersfield Broad Canal meet on the second Friday of the month from 10am-1pm (next one 10th Feb). Tasks include painting, litter clearance, cutting back vegetation and planting. The meeting place varies so go here and register to find out where to meet.

Help make a happy Holme for wildlife

Get your hands dirty for a good cause. Help ‘River 2015’ to restore the River Holme and its tributaries to a clean, accessible and appealing haven for wildlife, people and businesses.

Saturday work party 21st Jan –  from 10 am to 12 noon, meet at Sands, more details here

Help to grow people in the outdoors!

Growing Works needs help running its Sprout sessions – outdoor activities for families and children with additional needs. Hide and seek in the woods, coo.king on a campfire and craft in the great outdoors. Based at Honley, they run Sprout sessions on Saturdays at Northorpe Hall and their own at Hope Bank Works. Check out a lovely 50 second film of a session here and their Facebook page here.

They also would love you to help with Bud – therapeutic gardening sessions for vulnerable adults and their carers. Getting hands on in the garden can give carers a break whilst having fun with those they care for. Click here for a link to send them your details or call Rachel on 01484 606506.

Charity shops – recycling pioneers!

Charity shops are the original recyclers. Many of them need help and are happy if you can offer as little as half a day. Shops needing extra hands at the moment include:

  • Sense in Huddersfield
  • Fusion Housing Charity Shop in Mirfield

Contact us to find out more.

2017 – Learn something new

Want to stimulate your brain and develop your skills? Here are some ways to do just that:

Help children,  young people and adults to improve their reading

Could you be the person that offers one-to-one support to help struggling readers to catch up? If so Yorkshire-based charity Reading Matters would love to hear from you. They offer a day’s training to start and ongoing support. call 01274 692219 or email info@readingmatters.org.uk

Reading Friends asks volunteers to help out in local primary schools. Call 01484 234153 or email helen.littlewood@kirklees.gov.uk

Help people learn English and get more involved in their community

As a Talk English Friend (after training!) you will be matched with people with little or no English who you will meet with regularly to practise English.  You will arrange to meet your Friend at “Conversation Café’s” in local libraries and community venues each week. Click here to find out more and fill in an application.

Help make a theatre group happen for young people

Develop your skills while you help young people to enjoy taking part in the Lawrence Batley Youth Theatre in Huddersfield. Sessions involve games, warm-ups and of course performance. Click here to see a short film about what goes on. Call 01484 484 415 or email volunteer@thelbt.org Opportunity is for over 18s.


2017 – Want to get fitter?

Volunteering can be a great way to be more active. Here are four ideas to get you started.

Become a Walk Leader

Walking groups bring people together to enjoy short free walks. If you enjoy walking why not have a go at leading or helping to lead a group?

  • Womencentre are looking for walk volunteers contact Sobiya.din@womencentre.org.uk
  • Kirklees Culture and Leisure Services offer a day’s training. Find out more here.

Click here to read an interesting short report on why ‘walking for health’ works.

Help out at Parkrun

Parkrun is a huge success story – every week volunteers organise free timed runs in public parks all over the world. They are a great place to start running and then keep going. It’s a warm and friendly atmosphere (even on a frosty morning) with runners of all abilities made very welcome. It doesn’t matter if you stop and walk!  Join in or help out. To volunteer (or run) sign up on the website first:

  • At Crow Nest Park, Dewsbury for adults on a Saturday and Sunday for juniors (4-14yrs)
  • At Oakwell Hall, Batley for adults on a Saturday.
  • At Tolson Memorial Museum, Ravensknowle Park, Huddersfield for juniors (4-14 yrs) on a Sunday
  • And Greenhead Park, Huddersfield for adults on a Saturday.

Get into sports coaching

Enjoy sport? Why not help others to enjoy it too by getting involved as a coach? You can help people of all ages to benefit from an active lifestyle. For example Kirkheaton FC needs volunteers to help provide fun coaching sessions to children from 5 to 16. You can even get a Coaching Level 1 qualification (if you don’t have it). Email Charlie Mitchell via this website.

Get in touch with us to find out about other opportunities like helping young people with special needs to enjoy gymnastics or leading chair-based exercise sessions for older people.

On your bike

Streetbikes is an award-winning local organisation that helps get people of all ages into cycling. They are particularly in need of female volunteers to help with their women-only cycling session on Tuesdays at Spenborough running track from 9.00am to 11.30am. Bikes provided! Telephone Gill Greaves on 0787 377 3417 for more details.

This is just a selection of ways to volunteer and get fitter contact us to find out about other opportunities.