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