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 ask for a minimum of 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
Giving your time makes a real difference - thank you
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 www.do-it.org page or through this website. 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.
During this period of Covid restrictions we remain focussed on ensuring our support to families helps to keep children safe and feeling secure. Volunteering within your community, you'll be supporting families through a range of problems including;
- Physical and mental health problems
- Financial difficulties
- Relationship problems
As a Family Support Volunteer you will meet on a weekly basis supporting families and individual family members to meet their needs. At this moment in time support will be offered remotely through telephone, text and video call. Throughout our services we are ensuring we comply with our social distancing policies and keeping up to date with government and local guidance for Covid restrictions.
You might be supporting people to access community activities and link in to other resources in their local area. Alternatively you could support a family to maintain behaviour management, to learn to have fun together and to get the best out of family life.
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.
Some of the types of support we offer are to families who are facing changing and challenging circumstances, families who are facing loss and bereavement, and also families who may need strategies and techniques for improving family life. Volunteers have made an impact with encouraging positive mental wellbeing.
Volunteers have enjoyed working with families to encourage positive play and interactions within the home. Young people have been given the confidence to transition to high school by having a positive role model to help them deal with any worries or insecurities at these challenging times. “The support helped me with different discussions about school and we talked about what I would do after school. I enjoyed all the activities we did and I feel it’s gotten better.”
Adults within the family have said: “I feel the whole family benefitted, not just my son. This was because I learnt a lot of things too. I found myself changing some things in our routines. I noticed my son become more confident and he really enjoyed the activities with Adrian. He has explored areas regarding his future that I don’t think he would have without the support from Adrian. The team were always able to help, and explained everything we ever asked and made us feel they were very approachable.”
This family gave an overall satisfaction score of 10/10
Mum: “I listened, and I felt supported – my mood is different, I am more happy. It helped me with phone calls because my English not so good. I’m so happy to have had good people here, it’s been very good for our family. We’re starting a new life, a new start, and you’ve all really helped us. With professionals its professional, but with my volunteer Kay it was easier, I felt more at ease”.
Feedback from Volunteer Kay “This match was a real learning curve for me, I was apprehensive about the language difference between us. A lot of my support was about mum’s emotions, and I didn’t want language to be a barrier….. but I don’t feel it was. I was able to reassure her over time, and she said that she felt understood. Reflecting back, now its ended, it’s helped me realise how offering the emotional support with integrity, but still keeping a professional distance was really important for us all.”
Qualities you will need to be a volunteer
We are interested in applications from all potential volunteers. You don’t need to have lots of experience and we are looking for people who have the following qualities.
- 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 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
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 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.