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A positive influence

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.

NEW exciting volunteering opportunity for Back-to-School Mentors

Can you spare 2 or 3 hours a week to encourage, support and inspire young people to feel good about school? We are recruiting now for a short-term, dynamic project that aims to foster confidence and optimism in students who have been out of school due to Covid-19 restrictions and may have mixed feelings about going back.

If you are a friendly, outgoing and caring person with a positive attitude towards education, (even if you experienced your fair share of ups and downs at school!), we’d love to hear from you. Recruitment, training and delivery will be online for the foreseeable future, to keep everyone safe.

The commitment for this role is 6 months, after which you may decide to stay with us and pursue the youth mentor opportunity (see below). Apart from the length of the role, all the below information applies.

Could you be a positive influence in a young person's life?

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.

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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
  • 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
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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 page or contact us for details

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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.



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