Spring into Action with Microvolunteering

Today is International Microvolunteering Day. To celebrate our guest blogger Val from Volunteering Kirklees shares how you can get involved.


Isn’t spring a wondSpringerful time?  The birds are singing, the flowers are starting to bloom, the sun is shining and you know summer is just around the corner!  Doesn’t all that make you feel good, energised and raring to go?  ‘Spring into Action’ is a campaign we have launched which lets you channel this feel good energy to making a difference in your community through microvolunteering.


For those not familiar with microvolunteering, it’s all about helping out for a short period of time with no long term commitment.  Opportunities available this spring range from helping to maintain the wonderful Trans Pennine Trail to helping to ensure runners have a great run.  Our full list of opportunities can be found here


If none of these take your fancy there are other ways you can help out.  Happy Hour is a place where you can find other microvolunteering opportunities available across Kirklees.  You can access current opportunities by clicking the link here.  If you don’t see anything that takes your fancy through either of these sites you can sign up here to be informed of future opportunities.


If you have skills that would make a difference to groups in Kirklees but haven’t been able to match them to an opportunity listed, why not offer them on Comoodle?  Comoodle is a platform where you can share your stuff space and skills with your community.  Register your skills here



Why not put a spring in your step by making adifference to people in Kirkleesmicrovolunteering day is 15th April every year

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End of Year Volunteer Celebration Event

This month our guest blogger is Jim Dodds, Mayor of Kirklees who hosted two end of year celebration events for volunteers last week.


This time of year usually provides us with the opportunity to take stock of the past year.  This week I had the pleasure of attending a volunteer celebration event to say thank you to volunteers for the amazing contribution they have made in Kirklees over the past year.  It is estimated that over 30 million hours are given a year in Kirklees: but it is not just the amount of hours given which is amazing. It is also the difference these hours make to the lives of people in Kirklees.  Volunteering has meant:


  • we have been able to offer the vital hand of friendship to many of the older generation, for whom it is more difficult to get out and about
  • when some people have experienced trauma in their lives, there has been someone there to say “it’s okay you are not alone”
  • that for people going through tough times we have been able to say, “Here’s some food, here’s some clothes, and let’s together help make life better”
  • people fleeing war and persecution, who have been too close to the worst that the world has to offer, have been welcomed and helped to make a new life here
  • hundreds of miles of paths are regularly cleared so that more of us can experience the stunning beauty of this place we call home
  • children (of all ages!) have been able to take part in outdoor activities, sport and experience the true value of teamwork, physical exercise and all the benefits that this will bring to them throughout their lives
  • people who have been the furthest from the job market have been able to find opportunities to learn and to develop skills in non-threatening and nurturing community environments, often cheered on by people who have been in the same position


And this really is where volunteering particularly comes into its own – more so than any other kind of help.  It makes it possible to reach out to people experiencing something incredibly difficult, or personal, because it is something the volunteers themselves have survived.  Whether it be bereavement, sexual violence or life limiting conditions, it means having someone to talk to who has walked that mile in shoes just like yours.  Sometimes that can sometimes make all the difference.  And what better way to show the diffevolunteersrence volunteering makes than from the volunteers themselves.

I said that there are more than 30 million volunteer hours in Kirklees. And it’s true that we may never know the full extent of everything those hours achieve. But we do know that it is much to be thankful for.

So, on behalf of everyone in Kirklees:  Thank You.

Keep up the great work you are doing, and may your work inspire more like you in 2017!

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Bright Ideas – invest your time to make an idea shine

A guest post from One Community, the Community Foundation for the people of Kirklees

Have you got skills that could be used to assist people to develop projects to make a difference in the community, but not been sure about how best to use them?

We at One Community are excited to work with I’m In on a new approach to funding to enable local people and groups bring their Bright Ideas to life.  We will bring together people with ideas, skills and money to develop projects to make a real difference to younger and older people in the community.

Normally One Community follows a formal application process but Bright Ideas allows people to pitch their ideas to us in about 100 words. This is a much quicker process; a different and exciting way to apply for funding.

Businesses, and other local employers, are volunteering their staff to team up with people with Bright Ideas, to create full proposals. This will then be pitched to our donor funders at a Dragon’s Den style event. Donors will choose where to put their money to make a real impact.

Bright Ideas donor Jimmy Dickinson Managing Partner, Longley Farm said: “I am thrilled to be a supporter of the new  ‘Bright  Ideas’ initiative between One Community and Kirklees Council. It’s a great venture. It matches local donations with funds from the Council, to support and develop good ideas from individuals and the voluntary sector.”

Jimmy Dickinson  of Longley Farm with Sir John Harman, Chair of One Community

Jimmy Dickinson of Longley Farm with Sir John Harman, Chair of One Community

Bright Ideas will help community groups and individuals to develop great responses to benefit younger and older people.   We couldn’t do this without the support of local donors and businesses and we are grateful for their support. For anyone thinking about volunteering it’s a great opportunity to work with a small team with diverse backgrounds to come up with innovative solutions to real needs.

Everyone involved is looking forward to the challenge of developing some fantastic project ideas.

If you want to join us then please contact One Community

Tel: 01484 468397

Email: brightideas@one-community.org.uk

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Making a little story go a long way

social-mediaLast week I found out 50% of the UK population is on Facebook, 30% on YouTube and 25% on twitter and Instagram.  That means at least 100,000 people are using social media in Kirklees.  This got me thinking about how we make the best use of these platforms to share the good work we are doing in Kirklees far and wide.

That’s why it’s great we can get John Popham to help us make the most of stories we tell.  John will help us to;

  • Understand the purpose and power of social media and storytelling and how it can benefit your work directly;
  • Know how to capture and share content on the move;
  • Know how to use smartphones to capture high quality video, audio and photography;
  • Understand and use the best equipment for the job;
  • Put our newly developed social media and storytelling skills into practice;

To book on to this masterclass please follow the link here.  Places are limited and are on a first come first served basis so book now to avoid missing out on this opportunity.

I also came across a very useful toolkit for social media use so if you are unable to attend take a look at ‘The Charity Social Media Toolkit’ produced by Skills Platform.  The aim of it is to help organisations become more effective with their use of social media.  It can be accessed here

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Well Done Priya! Volunteer of the Year

Priya - volunteer

Priya – Student Volunteer of the Year 2016

At Gateway Volunteer Service we are delighted to announce that Priya, a valuable volunteer, has been Awarded Huddersfield University Student Union, Volunteer of the Year Award 2015-16.

As a Volunteer Peer Mentor Priya supports the work of the Supported Volunteer Service, and gives time and commitment to give one to one support and encouragement to people who are new to volunteering and need some extra input to get started. She has supported a number of new volunteers: young women who have experienced domestic violence, a young woman with autism, as well as assisting individuals with mental health issues.  She has been willing to volunteer at short notice, has worked across all of Kirklees, and is invaluable in that she will also spend time in the office helping us with research and enquiries. In particular, she has given us lots of assistance in getting organised for Volunteers Week.

Priya  is also  a volunteer befriender for older people with Royal Voluntary Services and is Vice President of Huddersfield University Mindfulness Society.

Priya’s commitment, enthusiasm, and hardwork are outstanding and we are very proud she is part of the Gateway Volunteer Team.

On the 9th June we will be holding our Volunteers’ Week Celebration Event to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Priya and all our volunteers.

Janet and Catherine

Gateway Volunteer Co-ordinators

PS – If you are interested in learning more about Gateway Volunteers, 

We are always happy to hear from new volunteers!

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Let’s Celebrate… it’s Volunteers’ Week!

Volunteers’ Week is even bigger and even better this year – it’s even longer… with 12 days of celebrations.

Here in Kirklees we have a number of great events, including:


chives,lavenderMirfield Health Walk

Wednesday 1st June –10:30-12:30 – Meet at Mirfield Library at 10:00

If you go down to the woods today… you might meet Viv the (Very Important Volunteer) Bear who will be visiting volunteer projects to say thank you, starting with this Health Walk with volunteers and Friends Of Mirfield Library.

More information from Ashley Lucas, Tel: 01484 221000 or Email: Ashley.lucas@kirklees.gov.uk


NCS Case Study PicNCS summer 16 Launch Event

Thursday 2nd June – 13:00 – 16:00 – Textile Centre of Excellence HD2 1YF

Come along and celebrate the launch of the National Citizen Service (NCS) summer programme.

Tel: 01484 484168 or Dexter.Barnes@thezone.uk.com


people helping peopleCM456People Helping People Event 2016 – The impact sessions

Monday 6th June – 09:30-16:30 – Huddersfield Cathedral House, St Thomas Road, HD1 3LG

A range of third sector organisations will be at the conference hearing from experts on how to develop their work with volunteers

More information from Ashley Lucas, Tel: 01484 221000 or Email: Ashley.lucas@kirklees.gov.uk


Giving feels goodHappy Hour – the launch

Monday 6th June – 09:50 – Huddersfield Cathedral House, St Thomas Road, HD1 3LG

During the People Helping People Event, the Kirklees Happy Hour campaign will be launched, to get more people to volunteer for at least one hour this year.

More information: www.iminkirklees.org.uk/happyhour


P1370458Recovery College Volunteer Fair

Tuesday 7th June, 11:00-14:00 – Pathways, Nettleton Road, Mirfield, WF14 9AQ

Organisations will have stalls and be providing taster sessions to promote their work

More information from Simon on Tel: 01924 326540 or Email: recovery.kirklees@swyt.nhs.uk


P1370380Dewsbury Market Volunteer Stall

Wednesday 8th June10:00-16:00 – Dewsbury Market

Come to Dewsbury Market to see what volunteering opportunities are available from organisations across Kirklees.

More information from Lynn McCarron on Tel: 01924 454875 or Email: lynn.mccarron@cloverleaf-advocacy.co.uk


IMG_6160WomenCentre Celebration Event

Wednesday 8th June10:30-12:00 – WomenCentre Allotment, located off St Johns Road behind St Johns Church

Celebration of the role volunteers play in running the WomenCentre.

More information from Sobiya Din on Tel: 01484 450866 or Sobiya.din@womencentre.org.uk


P1370358North Huddersfield Trust School Volunteer Fair

Wednesday 8th June – 14:00-17:00 – Northfield Hall, Norfolk Avenue, HD2 1GS

Organisations will be promoting their opportunities for local residents.

Contact Lorna Wright on Tel: 01484 223888, Ext 206 or Email: lwright@nhtschool.co.uk



Thursday 9th June – 10:00-12:00 Oakwell Hall Country Park, Birstall, WF17 9LG

Volunteers will be helping to maintain the beautiful grounds of Oakwell Hall.

Contact: Patrick Crowley on  tel:01924 326244 or Patrick.crowley@kirklees.gov.uk

Photo opportunity: 11:00 volunteers undertaking microvolunteering tasks


P1370442Mencap Volunteer Open Day

Friday 10th June – 14:30-16:30 – Waverley Café, Waverley Road, Huddersfield 

Mencap will be celebrating their volunteers and recruiting new ones at this open day

Contact Shelley on Tel: 01484 340811 or Shelley.lane@mencapinkirklees.org.uk


people enjoying a walk through bluebellsWild Flower Counting and picnic

Saturday 11th June – 10:00-12:30 – Dewsbury Country Park

Families will be enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Dewsbury Country Park whilst monitoring the diversity of flowers before having a picnic afterwards.

Contact: Simon Pedley on Tel: 01484 221000 or Simon.pedley@kirklees.gov.uk


IMG_6204You and Your Community

Saturday 11th June – 10:00-13:00 – Volunteering Kirklees

Volunteering Kirklees is opening its doors for Saturday shoppers to find out about all the different ways that they can volunteer.

Tel: 01484 519053 or Contact: chris@vkirklees.org.uk


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People Helping People2016 – The Impact Sessions

 people helping peopleCM456Here’s a gentle reminder for everyone who has not yet booked their place for the 2016 People Helping People conference:

Monday 6th June 9.30-4.30

Cathedral House, Saint Thomas Road, Huddersfield, HD1 3LG

This year we are focused on impact. Colleagues from public, private and third sectors will hear about new innovations and share great practice on working effectively with volunteers and enhancing and evidencing the phenomenal impact they deliver.

We have made the day’s activities flexible so people can attend the morning conference, or the afternoon masterclass, or both. Just state on your booking which you would like to attend.

This event is for people from across the public, private and third sectors working with or planning to work volunteers. As in previous years, we are based in Kirklees but colleagues and friends from across the North of England and beyond are more than welcome to join us.



Our keynote speaker, Rob Jackson, is an international voice on volunteering in the 21st Century. He will talk about national and international trends in making sure that the impact of volunteering is high on everyone’s agenda.

Our workshops, hosted by a variety of experts will include:

  • Measuring Volunteering – Exploring ways you can show the impact, celebrate success and prove the value of your volunteers.
  • Working with Business Volunteers – Hear directly from businesses on what will attract them to your cause.  Businesses want to work with you to make a real impact in our communities. .
  • Developing meaningful volunteer roles – Working out what you really need from your volunteers and describing it better will help attract the right volunteers for the impact you want
  • Marketing your organisation – How to make an impact with your marketing and attract volunteers to you as well as how to make your organisation volunteer friendly.
  • Happy Hour – How to create attractive short term, one off micro volunteering opportunities that still have impact. And how just one happy hour can lead to many more.


Over lunch, you are warmly invited to spend time networking with colleagues from across the region.



Safeguarding and Working with Volunteers – the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) and Your Organisation

Lyn Gavin, Partnership Engagement Lead from the Disclosure & Barring Service will deliver definitive and specialist guidance on how this service works, when you should be applying it and what it means for your organisation and your work with volunteers.


To book your place, please follow the link below.



We look forward to seeing you there.

The People Helping People Team


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Make a difference… in just an hour

Chris and Ashley

Chris and Ashley… ready to help you find your Happy Hour for microvolunteering

Can you make a difference in just an hour? YES you can!

To celebrate International Microvolunteering Day (yes, it’s a real day, read more here: http://www.microvolunteeringday.com/) Chris Stephen (Volunteering Kirklees) and Ashley Lucas (Kirklees Council) have collaborated to bring you this handy insight into all things ‘micro’ in volunteering.

I’m In -  is encouraging everyone to give at least one hour of their time this year to make a difference in our communities. As today is International Microvolunteering Day we thought we would take this chance to show how easy it can be to volunteer and make a difference.

For those not familiar with microvolunteering it is about helping out for a short period of time (anything between a single minute to four hours) with no long term commitment involved. In fact it is sometimes called ‘volunteer in your pyjamas’ because it includes some opportunities to volunteer you can even do from your own home.

What excites us about microvolunteering is that it provides everyone with the opportunity to volunteer.  In our modern society we often feel we have less free time to ourselves due to work commitments, family life and studying amongst other things.  Trying to fit time for volunteering in to all the other demands our free time means, in all honesty, that it can sometimes be way down on the priority list.

Microvolunteering is creating opportunities even the most busy people can take up and help make a difference. Over the next year we are hoping to help groups and organisations develop more “micro” opportunities, and if your group would like help or inspiration with that then contact either Chris or Ash, we’d be happy to help.

Opportunities you could sign up for today, include:

– things you can do from home at any time of day or night – like reviewing websites to ensure they are user friendly

– things you can do solo or with a group of friends – like organising clothes for a charity shop so they are aware of stock levels

– things that will get you active and outdoors – like creating footpaths to allow more people to take in our beautiful Kirklees scenery.


It will only take 2 minutes to look through the whole list here: www.iminkirklees.org.uk/happyhour

In the spirit of micro that’s it from us and we hope this year you give just one hour to make a lasting difference.

Chris and Ashley


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Happy Hour

Giving feels good
The number one reason for people not volunteering or stopping volunteering is down to a lack of time available. Happy Hour aims to address this barrier by providing the opportunity for people to volunteer for a short amount of time with no long term commitment.

Bag packing in supermarket
Denby Dale Centre

Come and help us raise much needed funds for the centre.  Just bring yourself and be ready for a chat.

Time needed: 2 hours
Contact: 01484 860077
More info: Denby Dale Centre

Bag sorter in the charity shop
Denby Dale Centre

Help us to get donations out to the shop floor faster.  All we need is you to have the ability to lift light loads.

Time needed: 1 hour
Contact: 01484 860077
More info: Denby Dale Centre

Helping on days out
Denby Dale Centre

Come and help us to offer more day trips and events by volunteering.  All we need is someone with the ability to help people with mobility needs.

Time needed: 6 hours
Contact: 01484 860077
More info: Denby Dale Centre

Plant Waterer
Growing Works

Come and help keep our plants well watered, all we ask is that you are fairly fit.

Contact: 01484 606506
More info: Growing Works 

Huddersfield State of Decay

Zombie Fun Run – Sunday 8th May 2016

4km fun run in support of the NSPCC at Beaumont Park.  Come along and be a zombie!

Time needed: 2 hours
Contact: Huddersfield State of Decay on Facebook 
More info: Huddersfield State of Decay  

Facebook expert
Volunteering Kirklees

Post a link to our website or share our social media. All it takes is 1 minute.

Time needed: 1 minute
Contact: 01484 519053 or info@vkirklees.org.uk

Social media publicist
Oxfam online Batley

‘Like’ Oxfam Online and ask 100 of your friends to like them via facebook, twitter or instagram.

Time needed: 2 minutes
Contact: 01924 351892 or 351897 or hrothwell@oxfam.org.uk

Oxfam online Batley

Share our volunteer roles from the website on social media.

Time needed: 2 minutes
Contact: 01924 351892 or 351897 or hrothwell@oxfam.org.uk

Fashion Model
Oxfam online Batley

Buy an item of clothing from Oxfam Online, take a picture and enter it into our fashion blog.

Time needed: 2 minutes
Contact: 01924 351892 or 351897 or hrothwell@oxfam.org.uk

microvolunteering day is 15th April every year

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Do you run a club?

football clubRun A Club?

Kirklees Council are giving away free Run A Club licences to voluntary groups and clubs in Kirklees.

They have a limited number and they will be given out on a first come, first served basis. So, of you are a volunteer who runs a club, group or organisation or if you are thinking of setting up a voluntary club but would like some extra support and advice, get in touch with them and bag a Run A Club licence.


What is Run A Club?

Run A Club is an online, easy to use, administration system for volunteers who run community clubs and groups.

You’ll get all the necessary support you need to set up, manage and run your own community club or group – whether it’s a sports, youth, health, faith, residents, toddler, music or arts club, for any age and any community.

Kirklees Council is able to offer a limited number of free licences to use Run A Club for volunteer run organisations in Kirklees. The licences are free for a period of two years.



When you’re a volunteer running a club, you often don’t have much time to spare and you want to pour your energy into the club and its members. It is really important to me to have a system that I can rely on to provide me with information simply and quickly and that aids me rather than distracts me from running my club. RunAClub has certainly provided that.

- Marc Balkham, Founder Band Together

Using RunAClub means our Thursday football runs smoothly. Recently our key organiser was injured and has been unable to play, but because RunAClub records all our members, it allows us to communicate with our members for their availability and record their subs.

- John Clark, Thursday Footy Club Organiser


If you think this might be for you, or you want to find out more, then please get in touch with Dorothea Annison who will be happy to help on 01484 221 000 during office hours, or complete this form at any other time:

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