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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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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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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The fifth way of Christmas…

5th way

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

Pennine Domestic Violence Group provides support, advice, information and safe accommodation to anyone that is affected by domestic violence. In time for Christmas one refuge wants to develop outdoor space for children. Could you donate a trike, a bike or a scooter? Or some tough toys such as wooden toys or lego?

If you could help contact Ann on 01484 308320.

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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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