Gateway Volunteers

Gateway Volunteering Service runs programmes that help improve the lives of adults with health or social care needs in Kirklees. If you have a little or a lot of time to give, if you want to develop your skills or share your passions there is something to suit you.


Physical Activity Volunteer at Ings GrovePhysical Activity Volunteers

Physical Activity Volunteers support people with dementia and frail older people in care homes or sheltered accommodation to take part in gentle physical activity. Research has shown that inactivity, particularly among older people, has a major impact on their cognitive capacity and moving more often can help people to perform every day tasks and maintain independence and greater dignity in later life.

Volunteers are trained in basic Move More Often techniques and support people to take part in movement to music, active games like ping pong or bowling, or gentle exercises

This is a great opportunity for anyone with a passion for physical activity or looking to develop a career in social care, but generally the patience and desire to enable people to do as much as they can for themselves is what is most needed. If that describes you, and you want to find out more, contact Janet or Catherine on: gatewayvolunteers@kirklees.gov.uk or 01484 414774


Gateway Befriender - websizeBefrienders

Befrienders in care homes make a huge difference to residents through spending extra time chatting or taking part in activities alongside them.

No prior skills or experience is required, but many befrienders bring talents and interests from their own life and engage residents in activities like arts and crafts, music or story telling. The care homes also run coffee mornings and tea dances, walks in local communities to shops, parks and other places of interest or some have gardens and encourage residents to take part in basic gardening tasks and befrienders are always welcome to assist in these activities.

The care homes are Ings Grove in the centre of Mirfield, Claremont House in Heckmondwike, Moorlands Grange close to Netherton Village, near Huddersfield and Castle Grange in Newsome in Huddersfield.

This is a great opportunity for anyone with a hobby they want to share or looking to develop a career in social care, but generally the patience and desire to enable people to do as much as they can for themselves is what is most needed. If that describes you, and you want to find out more, contact Janet or Catherine on: gatewayvolunteers@kirklees.gov.uk or 01484 414774


Volunteer Health TrainersActivity for both volutneers and participants

Health Trainers support people who have a long term health condition such as asthma, diabetes, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), heart disease, chronic pain, stroke, neurological conditions or cancer.

Health Trainers use motivational techniques and assist people in finding the positive lifestyle changes that will empower them to manage their own conditions better and enjoy life more.

You will receive full training and support to undertake this role and also be able to access additional training if you want to develop your understanding and skills in health and social care. Health Trainers work with people one to one but on a time limited basis – making this an excellent opportunity for volunteers who need a bit of flexibility in their time commitment. There are opportunities across the whole of Kirklees so travel restrictions shouldn’t be a barrier.

Great Health Trainers tend to be highly personable, have good communication skills, a bit of patience and a sense of humour. If that describes you, and you want to find out more, contact Janet or Catherine on: gatewayvolunteers@kirklees.gov.uk or 01484 414774

 


Supported Volunteering Service

Gateway supports volunteersGateway also has a unique programme that will provide you with support to volunteer if you have additional needs, or just need a little extra help to build your confidence into volunteering.

You may need extra support because you have:

– physical disabilities

– mental health needs

– learning disabilities

– sensory impairments

– caring responsibilities

Some of the things Gateway can support you with:

– finding the right opportunity that suits your lifestyle

– completing application forms or contacting organisations

– helping you get to your first meeting, interview or volunteering opportunity

– helping you to get adaptations or equipment that might assist you in volunteering

– learning about your new role

– gaining confidence

– understanding your rights and responsibilities

Gateway provide ongoing advice and support  throughout your volunteering journey.


Volunteer Peer Mentors

Gateway are also looking to recruit Volunteer Peer Mentors, volunteers who can help others to begin volunteering: supporting individuals on a short-term one-to-one basis to settle into new volunteering roles, supporting with research, dealing with enquiries and helping people find out more about the whole Gateway service.


How to get involved

Find out more about some of the ways we work by watching our new film:

Janet and CatherineProgramme Co-ordinators Janet and Catherine are always happy to answer your questions about these opportunities. So, please contact them if you think being a Gateway volunteer might be right for you.

Contact Janet or Catherine on: gatewayvolunteers@kirklees.gov.uk or 01484 414774

 

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