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

 

gardeningMicrovolunteering

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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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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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.

 

Testimonials

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

Contact

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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What are you doing this summer?

Welcome to our guest blogger Dexter, working on the National Citizen Service in Kirklees. He is looking for organisations who would love to work with him and his merry volunteers this summer.

Who do you picture when you hear the word volunteer?

Dexter

Dexter

Not many of you will be imagining a bunch of fresh faced 16 year olds straight out of their GCSEs.

Not yet anyway. It will be a hard picture to avoid this summer. 390 young people from across Huddersfield will be embarking on the journey of a lifetime, redecorating, gardening and fundraising their way through oodles of community projects.

The youngsters will be taking part in National Citizen Service (NCS), a government funded programme that sees them pushing their comfort zones, learning new skills and giving back to the community.

My name is Dexter and I work on the NCS programme at Huddersfield Community Trust (HCT). I’d like to talk a little about how NCS is changing perceptions on volunteering forever. I’ll also mention how local organisations can get involved with these incredible young people.

Callum eats a cockroach

Callum eats a cockroach

In 2015 NCS groups at HCT volunteered 4000 hours and fundraised over £13,000. All for much needing local organisations. The young people are given the framework and guidance to set up their own projects and that is why it works so well. NCS is empowering young people to make the changes that they want to see.

In October 2015 one group of NCSers took to the streets of Huddersfield to conduct bush tucker trials. They were eating bugs, hot sauce and other horrible things, all to raise awareness and funds for Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

In February 15 one group visited Leonard Cheshire care home, they socialised with the service users and spent the day gardening.

Champions of Success

Team New Champions of Success

In August one group spent a day recording information off headstones at All Hallows Church Almondbury. This information was compiled into a booklet that is now used to help locate specific headstones.

And back on a rainy day in July one group hopped on a bus to wales. They carried this forget me not banner up mount Snowdon and raised over £1,200 doing so.

Snowdon

Snowdon

That was just a sneak peek at some of the work that went on last year. Proof that inspired young people are out there doing amazing things in West Yorkshire. NCS sets young people up to be volunteers for LIFE. They often stay on with NCS after their project to do more community work. Better still, some stay on with their partner organisation and volunteer on a regular basis. There is so much more to come, NCS is going to massive in 2016.

We are currently looking for around 25 groups, organisations, and charities to collaborate with NCS in summer 2016. The projects are completely self-managed so will not be a burden to you or your staff. It could see 500 hours and over £1000 invested into your organisation. If you could benefit from being involved with one of our inspirational teams this summer, I’d love to hear from you.

Take a chance on today’s youth, you will not regret it.

 

DexterDexter Barnes

01484 484180

dexter.barnes@thezone.uk.com

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Masterclass: 21st Century Volunteers

In this first in our series of masterclasses for 2016, I’m In, Kirklees and Volunteering Kirklees are inviting you to hear national expert Rob Jackson talk about how we work with volunteers in a modern context – volunteering today is not the same as it was twenty years ago.

This session will look at some of the key ways in which society is changing and how these changes affect volunteerism. However, just exploring these changes isn’t enough, we will also discuss what leaders of volunteers can do to update their practices to accommodate these changes, further enhancing their engagement and retention of 21st century volunteers.

If you would like to come along, please sign up via Eventbrite. Please note that this is a FREE event:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/masterclass-understanding-and-engaging-21st-century-volunteers-rob-jackson-tickets-20037760481

 

 

 

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The twelfth way of Christmas…

The twelfth day of Christmas...

Please volunteer and SHARE the #12ways on your social media. If you aren’t just the right person, maybe someone you know is!

One Good Turn support people in poverty and isolation. They are a very grassroots, locally-based charity who believe that one good turn deserves another. They believe getting people the practical help they need at the time they need it is the best way to make sure that next time round, they are the ones helping someone else.

The Yorkshire Choice Awards are a celebration of achievement in Yorkshire. One Good Turn have been nominated for the Charitable Business Award. Please take two minutes to vote for them: Vote for One Good Turn

Or, if you want to give time, money or stuff contact Amanda, Sophia or Jennie on 01484538700 or one.good.turn@hotmail.com Or via the webiste at One Good Turn

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The eleventh way of Christmas…

The eleventh way of Christmas

Please volunteer and SHARE the #12ways on your social media. If you aren’t just the right person, maybe someone you know is!

Carers Count  is a charity that recognises that being a carer can impact on your day to day life: physically, mentally and emotionally. They aim to promote the wellbeing of carers by offering advice, information, training and support through different group activities.

If you are a carer or know someone who gives their time and energy unpaid to look after an adult family member or friend who needs support due to illness or disability, then please tell your GP the next time you go into the surgery. Because carers count, we need to count our carers!

For more information about their work visit their website: Carers Count

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