Lorna – a library volunteer

Lorna loves books.  She loves them so much her own home is almost a library, so volunteering at Marsden Library and being surrounded by books is an ideal way to indulge her passion.  It has proved to be a perfect fit for her skills and experience as a retired Early Years teacher, too.  Every Friday afternoon in term time, Lorna takes classes from the local school for Storytime sessions:  sometimes she reads to them, while at other times she uses her skills as a former puppeteer and makes masks with them to tell the story. The rest of her shift is spent tidying shelves, helping people find the books they want, encouraging children to try new books and giving out Tourist Information.

 

Marsden library is the focal point of the village and provides residents with far more than just books.  As wellLorna Goldman as providing access to tourist information and computers, people often come in for a chat, and children use it as a safe place to wait.  The library is of huge benefit to the community, providing a resource which Lorna is keen to protect. When the call came for people to volunteer to step up to support the library service, Lorna and her husband Steve came forward to become some of the founder members of the Friends of Marsden Library group.

 

As part of this group, Lorna has been heavily involved in fund raising and organising activities to attract more people to use the library.  The activities held for Chinese New Year brought in a great number of people to the library, as does the regular Saturday Lego Club, which is a great way of attracting more children.  The library continues to be a big demand on her time, but while Lorna still has the opportunity to enjoy what she calls, “playing with books”, it all seems worthwhile to her!

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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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Rod – Volunteer Walk Leader (Walking for Health)

In September 2013 Rod went for his annual MOT at his GP surgery and was to discover that he had developed Type 2 Diabetes. At 16 stone, he realised it was time to change his lifestyle. His main goal was to lose weight, and this meant changing his diet and increasing his activity levels.Rod - Walk Leader

His GP told him about PALs, the local GP exercise referral scheme, and he got signed up straight away. He started slowly, changing his diet first and then starting to work on his fitness as the weight started to drop. He started with one exercise class a week and a bit of badminton, gradually working up to four classes a week. Then Colin, a Physical Activity Motivator at Colne Valley Leisure Centre invited him to join the weekly health walk, so Rod went along and added regular walking to his expanding list of activities. As part of the PALs anniversary celebrations he had a go at Nordic walking and enjoyed it. So when a new weekly session started up in Marsden he became a regular. He enjoyed it so much he bought his own poles and started going to the Holmfirth group too.

Rod is now a fully qualified volunteer Walk Leader and Nordic Walk Leader. As well as enjoying the social side of organising walks, he his health has greatly benefitted from his volunteering. He now weighs a trim 10 ½ stone, exercises regularly, his BP and cholesterol have returned to normal and his Diabetes is well controlled.

Rod says: “I feel fitter now at 69 than when I was 59. Way back in 2013 I would get out of breath crossing the road and felt tired all the time. Now I feel energised.”

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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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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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Telling a good story – Dementia Reading Companions

Bob, a dementia reading companion

Bob: “I can tell a good story!”

We all love to hear a good story, but for people with dementia hearing a good story or poem read aloud can be more than just enjoyable – it can be a way to trigger memories and personal stories, open doors to feelings and build bridges to connect to their own past.

The Dementia Reading Companions are a group of volunteers who have been specially trained to lead hour long sessions for people with dementia. The volunteers prepare not only the material to read but a range of other resources, available from Kirklees Libraries and Information Centres, that link to the text and encourage people to make connections with their own lives and memories.

The project has attracted volunteers from lots of different backgrounds:

 

Bob Clarke saw the advert for volunteers in his local library. He thought: “I can tell a good story!” and immediately phoned up to apply. Bob describes himself as a true Yorkshire man who still does all his own DIY, except for replacing roof tiles as at the grand age of 92 he feels he shouldn’t climb on the roof. Bob is a retired fireman who spent many years working for the West Yorkshire Fire Service and for St James’s Hospital in Leeds as a fire training officer. He loves to read and tell stories, and his favourite poem is Lord Byron’s Semacherib. Bob runs a group at a care home in Gomersal, with fellow volunteer Adrian, and has run three sessions already. His first gave him good experience of heckling as someone called out “Get on with it!”

 

Susanna and Chris, dementia reading companions

Susanna and Chris

Susanna Shotter got involved because having spent the last few years at home being a mum, she was planning to return to work in the near future and thought volunteering would be a good route back. Susanna is an Occupational Therapist and has considerable experience running groups and working with people with dementia, something she feels passionate about. She is starting some sessions at a care home in Newsome. Susanna unexpectedly got more involved in the project than she had originally planned, when she stepped in to deliver some dementia awareness sessions as part of the volunteer induction training. As well as dementia awareness, the induction training covered how to run a group, listening skills, managing difficult situations and included input from Kirklees Libraries and Information Centres on resources available in local libraries to support the sessions.

 

Chris Loveday was drawn to the project because as a former English teacher he has a love of books and reading that he was keen to share, and the idea of using literature therapeutically was too good to resist!  Chris has yet to start his sessions but hopes to do so in the future.


 

Could you be a Dementia Reading Companion?

It’s an enjoyable, social role with immediate feedback!
Contact Chris Stephen on 01484 519053.
More info:
Dementia Reading Companions – Volunteering Kirklees
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