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
What: Food Saver Champions, helping to deliver food waste events and workshops
Where: across Kirklees
When: until end of December 2018
Volunteering Kirklees is urgently looking for volunteers to join its Food Waste Team to help deliver food saver events and workshops across Kirklees between now and the end of December.
We’re particularly looking for excellent communicators who are good with people and can chat to anyone, no matter what their background. The role would suit someone who is interested in cooking and reducing food waste, and could help deliver cookery demonstrations, events and workshops, and tastings. There are opportunities to be involved in the demos themselves, developing ideas, leading workshops, and promotion, depending on your skills and interests. You will need to be reliable and trustworthy and we will require references.
You will work as part of the Food Waste team, and be able to learn more about the issues around food and food waste. We will be able to provide support and training and pay travel expenses.
Contact Sharron to find out more about the role and discuss your availability – firstname.lastname@example.org, 01484 519053
What: Park Clean-Up and Lantern Making
When: 20th October 2018, 12-2pm
This is a one-off opportunity for families to get outside, enjoy Meltham Pleasure Grounds in the Autumn, and have some fun, whilst helping to improve the local park and riverside, and contributing to a community event.
River Holme Connections, Meltham Walkers are Welcome and Friends of Meltham Pleasure Grounds are joining forces to organise a tidy in the park, and put on a family lantern making workshop, making wildlife-themed lanterns for the Festival of Light – Light Up The Pleasure Grounds event the following weekend. See poster for more details: Poster for lantern making – Oct 18
Contact Sharron if you’re interested in going along as part of a VK Social Volunteering group – email@example.com, 01484 519053