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. (No current vacancies for this opportunity, we will update as this becomes available).
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.
Read more about our Volunteers in our newsletter - Volunteer Voice (You can find it under Downloads to the right of this page)
Could you be a Trustee at Northorpe Hall?
We’re currently looking for new Trustees. Trustees are volunteers working as a board of Trustees, ensuring the charity is working legally and effectively.
The Trustee Board receives reports from managers every six weeks or so and at a board meeting they ensure funds are well managed and that the charity responds well to challenges and opportunities. Trustees are involved in recruiting and appointing trustees and managers. It is a strategic role and does not involve working with children or being directly involved in the day to day work of the charity.
You don’t need to be an expert or have done something like this before as you’ll learn loads as you go along. If you are willing and able to work together with other Trustees to make the right decisions for the charity, then you can be a trustee.
If you'd like to become a Trustee, download the Trustee Role Information document (link to the right of the page) and get in touch before the end of August!
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.
Some of our Volunteering success stories
How to volunteer
If you are looking for some voluntary work or would like more information, please Contact Us for more details and current opportunities. Alternatively you can view our listings on Do-It.org
One of our long term Volunteers, Steve, had the following to say about being a Family Support Volunteer:
“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.”