June – a Youth Work volunteer

June is probably the longest serving volunteer  youth worker in Kirklees.  She has been involved in youth work since 1963, as a worker, and since 1995 as a volunteer.  That’s 54 years of continuous service to the young people of our district.

WheJune Barrown asked what keeps her going, June said that the young people had become a huge part of her life.  Being able to have contact with young people, give them help and advice and have fun with them, means she can leave her own problems behind and focus on them.  She believes it doesn’t matter that there’s such a big age gap between herself and the young people, saying: “as long as you’re doing a good job, age doesn’t matter.”  At the end of a night’s work, if she’s managed to help anyone, or give them the support they need, or beaten anyone at table tennis, she’s happy!   The current staff confirm that June is a big hit with the young people, and has become something of a role model.  Hannah Bettany, current Youth Worker in Holmfirth, said: “I don’t know what we’d do without her.”

As a youth worker, the greatest reward you can get is when the young people come back to you, when they’ve grown up, to tell you what you meant to them. As one grown-up young man said to June when she mentioned that she had no children of her own: “What do you mean, no children?  You’ve got absolutely hundreds!”

This year June has been honoured with an Exceptional Service Award for her contribution to volunteering in Kirklees. June’s response to being granted the Award was: “By gum! I’m still valuable!”

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Adrian – a Family Support volunteer

When Adrian left work in 2015 to start his own businesses as a Life Coach, he knew he wanted to volunteer to give back to the community before work commitments took over.

Adrian had volunteered with young people before and for some years had offered respite foster care: so when he was looking for a voluntary role, he knew he wanted to find something that would use his experience with young people as well as his skills as a life coach.  Adrian searched on the Do-It database, and found the Family Support role at Northorpe HallAdrian Wales.

 

As a Family Support volunteer, Adrian was matched to the family of an 8 year old boy with challenging behaviour. He spent two hours a week with the boy, giving him space to share his feelings without being judged and giving him tips on managing his anger (as well as some tips on football skills!) Mum also benefitted as Adrian offered her some 1-2-1 life coaching sessions, helping her not only to understand why she reacted to her son the way she did, but also to see things from his point of view.  Coaching also gave her hope, by helping her to think about her own aspirations and ambitions.

 

At first, Adrian wasn’t sure how much impact he was having on the boy he was matched with, it took so long for the boy to trust him and open up. But, slowly and surely the relationship grew, and now the match has come to an end, both mum, boy and Adrian himself were able to share with each other the ten things they had learned from their time together.  The boy can manage his anger better and work through his feelings, the mum now knows she is resilient and can understand why her son behaved as he did.  Through having Adrian volunteer, everyone learned to never give up.

Read about becoming a Family Supoort volunteer here: http://www.iminkirklees.org.uk/makeadifference/familysupport/

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Susie and Jon: volunteer Friends of Holmfirth Library and Tourist Information Centre

When Holmfirth Library first put out a call for support, Susie and Jon were some of the first to step forward and volunteer their time.  They helped to set up the Friends of Holmfirth Library and Tourist Information Centre group (FOHLATIC) and have been on the management committee ever since. The aim was to raise funds and recruit enough volunteers to help keep the library going during these difficult financial times.

As well as giving their time to managing the group, they also volunteer actively in the library and Tourist

Susie and JohnInformation Centre.  They have helped out in a number of different ways: redecorating the library; running poetry evenings; organising book launches for local writers; starting a Lego club on Saturdays, running the summer reading challenge, organising quiz nights and socials to promote recruitment. But the activities they most enjoy are the ones they do with children, especially Storytime: “The thing that gives me most joy, that gives me real satisfaction, is running the Storytime sessions,” says Susie.  Jon agrees: “However fed-up or down I feel before I go in, I always come out of it with a smile on my face.”

Susie and Jon are both retired teachers: Susie taught English and was very involved in family learning and literacy, while Jon’s subject was drama. They both see real value in the library as a resource for families and are committed to protecting and promoting its place in the community.

Susie and Jon get a great deal of satisfaction from their volunteering.  They both feel the staff at the library are really supportive of the volunteers and there is a very friendly and positive relationship between them, making it a great place to volunteer.  They enjoy being involved in supporting and protecting such a dynamic library.  As Jon says: “Life would be duller without it!”

Read more about becoming a library volunteer here: http://www.iminkirklees.org.uk/makeadifference/libraryvolunteers/

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Vera – a Public Health Volunteer

At almost 92, Vera must surely be one of the oldest volunteers in Kirklees and she is certainly one of the longest serving: she has been a volunteer for the Public Health Service since retiring 25 years ago. There is no one working currently in Public Health who has served as long as Vera!   Vera started volunteering in 1991 for Health Promotion, when it sat within the NHS at the Princess Royal Health Centre.  Since then she has seen so many changes within the Service over the years, with staff coming and leaving and new technology being introduced along with numerous building moves but has never let anything faze her.

 

Every Wednesday Vera comes in to help out with proof reading documents, counting leaflets, mailshots, laVeraminating and many other administration jobs asked of her. Vera has the skills to be able to use a PC to carry out her work.   She is not afraid to learn new things and has an extremely strong work ethic.

 

Over the years, Vera’s contribution to the team and her high standard of work has been a huge asset, and has helped Public Health carry out their duties with improving the quality of life for the people of Kirklees.  Her team say: “Vera is meticulous in her work, a lot of the time going above and beyond what is expected of her.   She is an example to us all and is a joy to have around the office.”

 

Volunteering really suits Vera.  She enjoys the social networking it gives her with staff and knowing she is making a valuable contribution to the community gives her a real sense of satisfaction.  Vera will be 92 in June. She has already done 25 years of volunteering and has no intention of stopping!

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Charlotte – Reading Friends Volunteer

When Charlotte was diagnosed with Guillian Barre Syndrome (GBS) five years ago, her life changed dramatically.  GBS affects the nervous system and causes muscle weakness, which meant Charlotte was unable to continue to work.  Determined not to give in to her illness, Charlotte has dedicated herself to volunteering and is now busier than ever!

Charlotte - Reading Friends

Charlotte hadn’t set out to become a volunteer, she fell into it almost by accident.  She had started taking adult education courses at her daughter’s school, and was encouraged by her tutor to take the Reading Friends course.  Although Charlotte had initially no interest in volunteering in schools, she enjoyed the course immensely, and has now been volunteering in her daughter’ school for two years.  Being a Reading Friends volunteer involves sitting with 3 children for 20 minutes each, once a week, and helping them to read, understand what they are reading and, most importantly, helping them to enjoy reading.

 

Charlotte loves this role.  It is flexible and fits around her lifestyle and her medical condition and she has found that being able to give something back to the community while learning new skills has really boosted her confidence.  She loves it when the children start to really engage with the books.  At first they are often quiet and withdrawn, but after three or four weeks they start to open up and show an interest in the book.  They become more chatty and when they start to laugh with you at something you are reading, or make connections themselves between different characters or different books, then you know you’ve really made a difference to that child’s reading level.  Charlotte finds it immensely rewarding: “The more attention you give them the more they blossom and start to engage.  They tell you everything about other books they’re reading in class as well as everything they did at the weekend!”

 

As well as being a Reading Friend, Charlotte is also a founder member and Chair of the school’s PTA, a peer mentor for the How Schools Work course, she runs an online support group for people with Sepsis and has just been asked to be lead volunteer for Yorkshire by the national charity.  Volunteering is certainly keeping her busy!

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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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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 


Zombies
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


Marketing
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.

 

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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