A vital support in your community
“We try and help the families and young people, but along the way it is them that helps us grow as human beings. I don't think you can volunteer here without finding out more about yourself. You meet so many interesting people, and start to understand things from a new perspective. I have learnt so much, and my attitudes towards situations and people have changed so much since I’ve been involved with Northorpe Hall.”- Steve, Family Support Volunteer
If you have experience as a mum, dad, grandparent or carer, you could make a big difference to a struggling family and be a valuable asset to Northorpe Hall. Equally, if you have an interest in supporting families, young people, want a career change, this could be the role for you. You can read more on our leaflet. If you’d like to look at wider volunteering opportunities with our Kirklees partners, check out opportunities at Thriving Kirklees.
Volunteering within your community, you'll be supporting families through a range of problems including; physical and mental health problems, financial difficulties, relationship problems and isolation. You might be supporting a family to maintain behaviour management, to learn to have fun together and to get the best out of family life.
As a Family Support Volunteer you will meet on a weekly basis supporting families and individual family members to meet their needs. It could be helping them to get out of the house to attend appointments or offering emotional support. You might be supporting people to access community activities and link in to other resources in their local area.
What you will need
We are interested in applications from all potential volunteers. You don’t need to have loads of experience.
- The ability to be non-judgmental and with a friendly, caring attitude towards others
- A good understanding of the issues that families, children and young people face
- Act as a positive role model
- Be able to make a regular, long term commitment.
- Be over 18 years of age
What you will gain
In return for your time and dedication, we will provide:
- Full training (including preparation for the situations you'll be dealing with, learning how to work within our safeguarding procedures and how to keep records)
- Regular support and supervision
- Professional development
- Enhanced DBS
- Valuable experience
- Being part of a team
- The chance to make a difference
- A chance to learn new skills
Ready to commit? see our do-it.org page or contact us for details.
Kirklees Volunteering Quality Award
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.
In fact, in our last assessment for the quality awards the team stated they were particularly impressed with Northorpe Hall's safeguarding processes and the level of training and support provided to volunteers.