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.

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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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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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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.

 

MORNING: CONFERENCE

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.

 LUNCH

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

 

AFTERNOON: MASTERCLASS

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.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/people-helping-people-event-2016-the-impact-sessions-tickets-25263410541

 

We look forward to seeing you there.

The People Helping People Team

 

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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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The tenth way of Christmas…

The tenth 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!

Ruddi’s Retreat Café supports families affected by cancer and other serious illnesses as well as those bereaved. Through afternoon teas, coffees, sandwiches and a vintage sweet shop they make money to provide families affected by cancer with a holiday to help them come to terms with their situation. They have 2 caravans in Primrose Valley, Filey.

To keep up this great work they need volunteers to help run the cafe and ensure that they are running at a profit sooner than later. If you could give them a few hours of help, contact Kate on 01484 766050.

Ruddi’s Retreat

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The sixth way of Christmas…

The sixth way of Christmas...

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

West Yorkshire Dog Rescue is a small volunteer-led rescue charity who work to rehome around 350 dogs a year. They don’t use kennels but rather foster carers who look after the rescue dogs until a new home can be found. Dogs are for life not just for Christmas.

Every weekend in December they are fundraising in the Pets at Home stores throughout Kirklees where you could buy ‘a dog’s dinner’ – which is Pets at Home’s way of supporting their charity. January is their busiest time as they try to foster dogs abandoned at Christmas.

To find out more contact Dante on 07707 980245 or dante@westyorkshiredogrescue.co.uk

West Yorkshire Dog Rescue 

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