As part of Kirklees Council’s celebration of Volunteer’s week (1 – 7 June 2017) some of Kirklees most inspirational and extraordinarily dedicated volunteers were presented with a trophy by the Mayor of Kirklees Cllr Christine Iredale on Tuesday 6 June 2017. Northorpe Hall are delighted to congratulate Family Support Volunteer Jan Eliasz, who was recognised with an Exceptional Service Award from Kirklees Council.
Family Support Volunteer Jan has been in this role since 2013, supporting families and young people to make positive changes in their lives. Jan uses his skills and professional approach to support people with a range of issues, helping young people manage their feelings, and change their behaviour. His support to families is of a very high standard and his commitment to this kind of role, over this many years, has been exceptional.
Jan was delighted to receive this award, saying:
“Well it was a total surprise to be nominated for this, never mind receiving the award. I was honoured to receive recognition for volunteering with families and young people. The award really goes to the families whom have opened their life and home to work with me. Volunteering is a two way communication based on current needs, families get strategies to work into their lives and I as a volunteer make progress in experiencing the change that takes place in young people overcoming their sometimes, many challenges.”
In other Northorpe Volunteering news…
Volunteers visit West Yorkshire Print Workshop
It was National Volunteer Week 1 to 7 June, and Family Support Volunteers from Northorpe Hall had their celebration at West Yorkshire Print Workshop in Mirfield. Volunteers attended a workshop, where they were able to design their own calico bags, using screen printing techniques. Many of the Volunteers tried this for the first time, others could cast their mind back to school days for their memories of the technique. Our celebration evening included some lovely food and drink, time to chat and get to know each other a little more. Volunteers loved the ‘hands on’ activity. Some comments from our Volunteers:-
- “The print workshop was a fantastic night, very relaxing and in a lovely environment. Was great to try something different and all the bags looked amazing!”
- “I thoroughly enjoyed the print workshop. Interesting and informative, very informally presented. Thank you for the idea.”
- “A lovely opportunity to meet and interact with other volunteers in a relaxed atmosphere rather than the slightly more formal training sessions.”
- “many congrats for yesterday’s celebratory day. It was nice to see you all and get creative!”
To find out more about our volunteering opportunities, please visit our volunteering page.