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What’s It Really Like to Volunteer?

Hear From Three Local Volunteers About What They Do and Why…

Graham’s Story

“Being new to the area, I’ve been able to make new friends.”

WHO?: Graham is a Warehouse Volunteer at The Welcome Centre Food Bank in Huddersfield

WHAT?: He drives the van to collect donations and sorts them in the warehouse.

WHEN?: Every Monday morning

WHY?: He was recently retired and new to the area, and wanted to give something to a charity that wasn’t money.

HOW HAS VOLUNTEERING KIRKLEES HELPED?: Graham looked for an opportunity on the Volunteering Kirklees website, applied and was invited for a chat and a tour.

“I’ve also learnt from other volunteers more about the local area.”

Read Graham’s Full Volunteer Case Study


Kavan’s Story

“I feel really happy when I’m at CART and I didn’t before.”

WHO?: Kavan is a Donations Volunteer at CART Yorkshire in Lockwood.

WHAT?: He collects and sorts  educational and medical supplies and household items to be sent to Africa

WHEN?; He works every Tuesday and once every six weeks on a Saturday morning (loading a container with the goods to be transported).

WHY?: He needed to practice and improve his English and wanted to feel useful.

HOW HAS VOLUNTEERING KIRKLEES HELPED?: On the advice of his English Tutor, Kavan came to see the Volunteering Kirklees team who matched him with CART and made him an appointment.  After a tour and a chat, he applied for the role.

“It’s all helping me improve my English.”

Read Kavan’s Full Volunteering Case Study


Meg’s Story

“I am continuing to learn things and keep my mind active.”

WHO?: Meg is a Drop-In Service Volunteer at DASH in Paddock

WHAT?: She gives support to refugees and asylum seekers helping with everything from translating, finding clothing and resources, helping people fill in forms, to referring them to other sources of help. She is now training as an Asylum Guide so that she can give people more help.

WHEN?: Every Thursday morning

WHY?: She was looking for something to do after a period of ill health and after her children has left home, ideally which made use of her language skills.

HOW DID VOLUNTEERING KIRKLEES HELP?: Meg came in to see the team at the Volunteer Centre in Huddersfield.  She was matched with DASH, filled in an application and was invited to visit and attend and introductory session.

“Through volunteering I feel that I am involved with my community.”

Read Meg’s Full Volunteer Case Study


“Volunteering Kirklees were really helpful in signposting me to an appropriate role.”

If you need help with getting into volunteering, you can ring on 01484 519053, email or call in to see us, or you can search for your own opportunity on the website.

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