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Interested in volunteering?

We ask for our volunteers to make a commitment of regular volunteering for a couple of hours a week and usually we would like a one year commitment. This helps us provide a consistently reliable service to children and families.

If you're ready and feel you’d like to become part of our dedicated team and make a real difference, then ask for more details about volunteering now

Ask for more details about volunteering now

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We are continuing to recruit and train volunteers, interviewing and training by online video calls using Zoom. We still do all the same safeguarding and identity checks on volunteers, of course.

We're always looking for people with a desire and enthusiasm to make a difference in their local community. You can view and apply for our opportunities on our page or through this website.  We're looking for volunteers to support families or young people, or young people's groups, or to help with DIY around the site. . In return, you'll be supported and trained throughout your time with us, in order to make a real difference to someone's life.  Read more about our volunteers in the Volunteer Voice newsletter.  If you still have questions, you can contact us.

Youth Mentoring

Being a Volunteer Mentor means being someone to talk to without judgement, providing consistent, reliable support on a weekly basis.  You would need to be a role model, offering stable, reliable and positive interaction with young people, giving them another perspective on life. You would meet on a weekly basis and commit to volunteering in this capacity for a year.  You can read more on our Youth Mentoring leaflet here.   If you think supporting young people in groups would better suit your talents, have a look at our group activity volunteers page.  If you’d like to look at wider volunteering opportunities with our Kirklees partners, check out opportunities at Thriving Kirklees.

Supporting families

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.

"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

What you need to have to be a volunteer

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
  • Enthusiasm
  • 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

Note: If you are interested in helping to maintain our gardens and buildings as a SIte Volunteer, you just need a willingness to help and some basic DIY skills.  Contact us to find out more.


What you will gain when volunteering

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

Kirklees Volunteering Quality Award logo

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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.

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