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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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:





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The fourth way of Christmas…

4th way

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

Cancer Research UK fund scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner. They also provide cancer information to the public.

They would love you to join them in getting dressed up for Christmas and rattle a bucket to raise funds on several dates in December. across Kirklees.

If you could help, contact Laura on 07496725207 or email: laura.robinson@cancer.org.uk

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The third way of Christmas…

3rd way

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

Dash is a Huddesfield charity that works with asylum seekers and new refugees.

This year, they would like  dontations of craft materials as well as volunteers to come in and help their clients make Christmas cards, so that they can send cards to their friends and their children’s friends. Old christmas cards, felt tip pens, glitter, glue and tinsel too – anything to make a handmade card. The Big Christmas Card Make in on Thursday 10 December any time from 10.30 to 4.  They are offering refreshments, lunch and a warm welcome.

If you could help, contact Elaine on 01484 519053 or elaine@vkirklees.org.uk


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Giving Tuesday: ’tis the season!

Micro - Change for Good (2)1st of December is the date many people start their official countdown to Christmas. This year 1st of December also happens to coincide with Giving Tuesday.

In recent years as Black Friday and Cyber Monday have focussed people’s attention of the things they are getting for Christmas, charities and groups across the world have asked people to take a moment and take part in Giving Tuesday. It’s the opportunity to reflect and ask – what could I give? Money? Stuff? Time?

Last year, when talking about Giving Tuesday, a few people reflected to me that it comes at the wrong time: the start of the Christmas season is exactly when people have the least time and money to spare. It might well be the season of good will, but we need to make it easier if we want busy people to take part.

So to that end, we have come up with the 12 Ways of Christmas. 12 easy ways that you can help make a difference in Kirklees this Christmas.

By taking just 2 minutes to change your social media status to share the messages of our 12 partners you could help them by spreading the word to just the right person to help them.

So, on this first day of December… could you help spread the word? The first way of Christmas, is to change your socail media to the following message:


1st way

Pack your bags!

The Welcome Centre is an independent charity that provides practical, short-term support to help people who are in crisis. They offer basic essentials such as food, toiletries, warm clothing and bedding as well as a listening ear and information about where to get further help.
They are in constant need of monetary donations so that they can keep up with the demand for their service and they need between 3 to 6 volunteers to help us at our Marks and Spencer Bag pack on Saturday 19th December at Waterloo between 4-8pm. The slots are two hours long and all you need is a great big smile and they’ll provide the hats! If you are interested, contact: Emma on 01484 515086 or emma.thewelcomecentre@gmail.com

PLEASE JOIN IN and CHANGE your status and help us spread the #12ways





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Are you People Helping People?

people helping peopleCM456On Thursday 10th September 2015 and Friday 11th September 2015, I’m In Kirklees is one of the proud partners hosting the People Helping People Event - a two day conference, that will look at the landscape and tools we have to build and support a ‘people helping people’ culture.

The first day will focus on the role of and potential for volunteering in delivering social impact. The second day will focus on social value and how to apply it.

We have invited a range of national, regional and local speakers to address, provoke and challenge and want to create a vibrant environment for learning, networking, sharing and innovation.

The event is based in Kirklees but we will welcomes delegates from across the North of England, and beyond; delegates are strongly encouraged from across the public, private and third sectors and delegates are welcome to attend either or both days of the conference.


will include international best practice in volunteer inclusion and development, practical strategies for recruiting and communicating with volunteers; measuring the impact of volunteers – and translating that into social and economic values.

FRIDAY – DAY 2: Social Value [REDUCED COST OF £25 to ATTEND]

will include the landscape on social value and its application three years on from the Act; technical areas around social value, reporting and measurement and how public and private sector use social value in people procurement.

More information about speakers and the programme for each day will be released shortly.

To book your place, go to: https://peoplehelpingpeoplekirklees.eventbrite.co.uk

or for any queries,  email: alex.sobel@seyh.org.uk

Event partners:

People Helping People Partners

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