Latest Volunteering Opportunities

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How do school’s work?

If you have always thought about volunteering in a school but are not sure how to get involved, then look no further. Kirklees Success Centre in Huddersfield are running an 8 week course between school hours (10am-1pm) where you can find out all about volunteering in a school and what to expect. Full details here…

Short of time but still want to help?

…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 … Read more

Could you help unravel some stories?

As a Hidden Voices Volunteer you will be key to helping the National Mining Museum collect stories and experiences of former miners. If you have a keen interest in people and the ability to engage with people from all walks of like then this role could be for you. Minimum time half a day a week. … Read more

Make a real difference to local people..

Come along and help Dementia Champions at activity clubs being run across Kirklees. Cooks, activity assistants and drivers required. See this poster for full details….

Fancy clearing those cobwebs away…

Trans Pennine Trail  Wednesday 10th January 2018  10am – 4pm   Workday Support: Dave Sanderson Where: The Magic Wood 🌲 Meet: On the Trail at Hazlehead Bridge Station Click here for a map of the site and where to meet/park. What will we be doing? Removing Christmas decorations and carrying out any necessary maintenance work; removing one or two saplings. Transferring to Penistone adjacent Julie’s Cafe … Read more

Are you good at chatting?

Just one hour a week for a cup of tea and a chat can make a huge difference to someone’s life.  Yorkshire Children’s Centre will offer you some great training and support and provide full expenses. For more details contact Bekki Jacobs on 01484 519988 or email bekki.jacobs@yccuk.org.uk

Do you like fun?

Support young adults to get more out of life. More2do supports young adults with learning disabilities to try new and exciting activities on monthly weekends away. Here is a link to a page with a short film that shows what they get up to – would you like to be a helper on a weekend? … Read more

Get creative

Singing, making, mending and music. Enjoy singing? Like to help a new singing group get going? Singing with other people is fun, but it’s also good for your health. A group of people who are blind or have difficulty seeing would like to start a daytime singing group in Batley and they’d love some support. … Read more

Be part of something!

Want to get behind a local cause? Here are a few examples of organisations that would welcome your support. Yorkshire Air Ambulance – will be on hand for the Tour de Yorkshire 3-6 May 2018. They’d love you to help out with fundraising. If you’d like be involved please email Angela a.vyas@yaa.org.uk Leonard Cheshire – … Read more

Support local learners

Give support in the classroom Learning new things can feel scary, so having someone on your side can really help. We’re looking for volunteers to support: adults on courses such as ‘Confidence to Work’ and ‘Basic IT’ schoolchildren practice and develop their reading Both opportunities are about laughing, learning and succeeding together. And great work … Read more

Got any common sense?

Give regular support to young people or families You’ve got the skills to be a great mentor or support volunteer: it’s about listening, asking questions and offering your time. A little bit of guidance can go a long way for those that need it. And it’s so rewarding to see young people and families make … Read more

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 … Read more

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. … Read more

Face to face advice in January

Let’s talk volunteering!    8 Jan – Chances to volunteer in HD8  9 Jan – Volunteering Kirklees – Huddersfield drop in 23 Jan – Oxfam Festival and Online Shop OPEN DAY IN BATLEY 25 Jan – National Coal Mining Museum Chances to volunteer in HD8  –  Mon 8 January  –  4-7pm Come for a chat and … Read more

Free training in January

Get booked onto courses starting soon 17 Jan   –   Homestart 17 Jan   –   Reading Friends 22-26 Jan– Routeway to care 29 Jan   –   Volunteering in Sport Course 30 Jan   –   Talk English Friends Homestart = parents supporting other parents  (great stories here) When a parent can’t cope with what life throws at them, their children … Read more

Congratulations…

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 http://homestart-kirklees.org.uk/volunteers/  

Want to help out this Christmas?

There are loads of ways you could help at Christmas.  

Do you want to make a difference?

Marie Curie are looking for Fundraisers to: Organise collections, events and other fundraising activities Promote the work of the charity Attend and participate in group meeting Contact: Emily Sharman on 01274 386190

Do you enjoy meeting people?

Kirklees Museums require Public Engagement Volunteers.  You will: Assist staff at roadshows, fairs and special events Support staff with workshops at Museum and Gallery sites Deliver talks to community groups and organisations Deliver guided tours of our sites Required for at least half a day per month during weekdays, weekends and/or evenings. Contact: Becky Bracey on … Read more

Working with Dementia Groups…

Volunteers required to work with our new dementia groups in Emley, Honley, Lindley and Birkby.  Roles include drivers, support workers and cooks. Register directly with paul.jones@ddc.org.uk

Meet new people as a School Governor…

Average time commitment 10-15 hours per term.  Governors bring a range of experience and interest from many walks of life. Email: kirklees.governors@kirklees.gov.uk

Interesting roles with the MS Society…

Opportunities include: Support, Event & Fundraising volunteers and Activities Organiser. Contact: Kim Edge, Tel: 0208 8270318, Email: edge@mossociety.org.uk

Make a real difference to people’s lives

Can you demonstrate Level 2 in English? Thinking of a career in teaching? As a volunteer tutor with Talk English you will help people to improve their English skills.  Free training and support provided to achieve a professional teaching qualification. Contact: Nadine Littlewood, Tel: 01484 221000 or email: nadine.littlewood@kirklees.gov.uk

Volunteer Drivers and Hosts…

Once a month on a Sunday Contact the Elderly require car drivers to take older people to afternoon tea parties.  Hosts also required once or twice a year to provide a simple afternoon tea lasting 2 – 3 hours for 6 to 8 guests and 3 or 4 drivers. Contact: Jill Wood Tel: 01482 273103, … Read more

Passionate about vintage and unusual items…

The Warehouse Volunteer role involves packing and posting items, photographing, researching and describing items listed on the Oxfam Shop site. Contact: Debbie, Dionne or Martin on 01484 431563, Email: oxfamshopf0799@oxfam.org.uk

Marketing Assistant

Required for the Forget me not Children’s Hospice.  Various tasks including: marketing admin updating the website analysis/research Flexible hours between 9am – 5pm. Contact: Kielly Law on 01484 411040 or email: volunteers@forgetmenotchild.co.uk

Various roles at the Huddersfield Literature Festival…

Taking place at a variety of venues in March, Huddersfield Literature Festival require: stewards, help with planning events, marketing ideas, distributing brochures and more.  Training provided. Contact: Julia Lilof, Email: hudlitfestchair@gmail.com

Do you have Musical skills?

Hit the right note with children who have complex and severe disabilities.  As a Volunteer Musician for the Forget me not Children’s Hospice you will support the music therapist in running the staff choir and providing musical activities or singing activities.  From one to three hours once a month. Contact: Kielly Law on 01484 411040 or … Read more

Marketing Experience with Age UK…

Do you have copywriting skills?  Are you enthusiastic and outgoing? Then this position may be right up your street.  You will: Write press releases Update social media sites Monitor and report on website usage Organise and attend events Contact: Judith Churley on 01484 535994  Email: jchurley@ageukck.org.uk

Interested in Health & Social Care?

Based at Carers Count in Huddersfield this opportunity is suitable for anyone with social media skills to keep our website and facebook pages updated.  We are a friendly team and will reimburse local travel costs. Contact: Elaine on 07436 102743

We want to help you find the volunteering opportunity that’s right for you

We can help you face-to-face, on the phone or via email or social media.

We’re open in Huddersfield on Monday – Thursday: 10am to 3pm
And at Dewsbury Library on the first Thursday of the month 10am to 1pm

Confidential appointments are available – give us a ring and we’ll be able to see you in Huddersfield or the first Thursday of the month in Dewsbury.

We’re based in central Huddersfield within walking distance of the bus and rail stations. Our address is 12 New Street, HD1 2AR (sort of opposite Cafe Nero).

Do-it v VK online noticeboard – which opportunities go where?

It comes down to a few factors, but overall the opportunities on Do-it are with organisations that have a clear volunteer policy in place, or are working towards having one in the next twelve months. This means we know they offer support and supervision for volunteers.

Our local noticeboard ones are often opportunities with small groups of volunteers. We also publicise one-off opportunities here or things that are urgent.

Find out more about our opening times and the support we offer