Are you interested in supporting our work with young people and families? If you are over 18, with a passion and some existing skills, these opportunities could be just what you are looking for.
You could be a volunteer Mentor for a young person – `being a positive adult in their lives’, someone to talk to, a role model and another perspective on life. Mentors should be able to offer stable, reliable and positive interaction with young people, usually on a weekly basis and committing for a year.
If you have experience of the issues affecting families, you may want to join our team of Family Support Volunteers. You will need to be enthusiastic, have a good understanding of the issues that families, children and young people face, and be able to act as a positive role model, offering this support each week over a year.
Those with a Diploma in Counselling could volunteer as a counsellor.
For those who have some experience of working with children and young people, you could help out at the activity groups for young carers, or in Create, our arts based group for children with mild to moderate learning difficulties.
There are other volunteering opportunities with us, that don’t need so much experience, but need passion and enthusiasm. You might be interested in helping out around the site, doing some DIY, doing some gardening, or helping out at our events. You might be able to bake cakes, so that visitors to our Centres are given a warm welcoming cuppa and cake.
We are very proud to have achieved the Kirklees Volunteering Quality Award, demonstrating commitment to our volunteers and ensuring we meet all the criteria of this quality assurance scheme. We pay out of pocket expenses, and ensure all our volunteers are trained, supported and supervised to ensure we continue to meet our high standards of service. Our volunteering follows best practice recruitment guidelines, making sure we place our volunteers in the best positions to suit their skills and experience, carrying out relevant reference and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks.
Have a look at our latest version of Volunteer Voice containing interesting pieces written by our volunteers about their experiences.