Volunteer

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volunteers

We are always looking for a wide variety of volunteers, to assist with the broad range of services we offer. Such as; Learning Support Assistants, Support Workers, Catering Assistants, Receptionists/Administrators, Pass-It-On Shop Assistants, Drivers Mate or Drivers, Antiques & Restoration Support, Travel Companions, Lunch Club Volunteers, Dementia Reading Champions, Let’s Move volunteers and Befrienders. These positions are available in North & South Kirklees, Elland, Calderdale and Doncaster.

All Yorkshire Children’s Centre Volunteers are reimbursed with out of pocket expenses, which are outlined in the Volunteer Handbook. Volunteers will be assigned a project mentor, plus Volunteer Coordinators are always on hand for advice and support when required.

All our dedicated volunteers are given the option to take an NVQ qualification in Customer Service, Retail or Business Admin. This is alongside the ongoing training they receive from staff members. There will also be the opportunity to attend, First Aid Training, Manual Handling Training and Food Hygiene. Each month one volunteer is chosen as Volunteer of the Month and awarded a Certificate and Gift Voucher! We appreciate our volunteers and ensure they are a part of the team!

How much time do volunteers give?

Depending on which role you would like to volunteer for, we ask that you dedicate at least 1 full day or 2 half days per week. We have rotas in place and try to keep as structured as possible.

Some volunteer roles are very popular and you may find that we are not recruiting for a particular role you are interested in, however please get in touch with us because new volunteer opportunities are always coming up and also we can contact you when there is an available opportunity.

How to apply

We follow a very simple process which involves completing an application form with references. We require DBS checks for some projects. You will be supported with this process by our Volunteer Coordinator.

If you would like to discuss any of the volunteer opportunities in more detail call our Volunteer Coordinator, Jacqui Smith, for a chat about how you can best help out. Call 01924 479082 or email jacqui.smith@yccuk.org.uk

 

New Beginnings 16-19yr Projects

Learning Support Assistants

New Beginnings 16-19yr Projects – Learning Support Assistants

Volunteers are required to support tutors engage young people (16-19yrs) who are NEET with life skills & confidence building. Help progress onto positive destinations within training. To gain small/short qualifications such as Employability, Personal and Social Development and Functional Skills(Numeracy, literacy and ICT). Support Young People with work experience.

We also on require support with admin, duties will include, photocopying, issuing bus passes, timesheets, registers etc. Age 21+.

Based in Huddersfield and Batley.

 

Bike Library

Bike Enthusiast Volunteer

Bike Enthusiast Volunteer

We are looking for volunteers who have a passion for bikes, bike maintenance or keen to learn. We will be fixing donated bikes, offering a maintenance service and loaning bikes. Plus we will be engaging the local community, i.e. schools, young people or groups who are interested in cycling. This project is based behind Brian Jackson House and alongside the train station. You will be supported and trained by our coordinator and must be available at least 1 day from Thursday– Saturday. Age 18+.

Based in Huddersfield.

 

Brian Jackson College

Learning Support Assistants

Brian Jackson College Learning Support Assistants

Inclusion support volunteers are required to support current staff to deliver training packages to Year 10 and 11 students who have been excluded from mainstream school. Working to support individual students who need extra help in a particular discipline eg literacy and numeracy. Working alongside learning support workers, in making students aware of negative behaviour and building trust with particularly difficult students in order to be a calming influence. Must have some experience of working with challenging young people. Age 21+.

Based in Heckmondwike.

 

Child Contact Centre

Child Contact Centre Support Workers

Child Contact Centre Support Workers

Volunteers play an important role in helping staff create a warm and welcoming environment for children attending the centre. Volunteers assist the lead worker in facilitating play, providing support to parents and children and observing contact sessions. Volunteers also assist in setting out appropriate equipment and resources and tidying them away. In addition to greeting parents and children volunteers may also be asked to assist with basic reception duties by answering the telephone, directing parties to appropriate waiting areas and taking payments. This opportunity may suit those wishing to gain experience supporting children and separated families. Age, 21+.

Based in Huddersfield, Brian Jackson House & South Yorkshire – Doncaster, Barnsley & Sheffield.

 

Cafe Jaxx

Cafe Jaxx Catering Assistant

Cafe Jaxx Catering Assistant

Volunteers are required to work as a catering assistant in Brian Jackson House community Café – ‘Cafe Jaxx’. Duties will include clearing tables, preparation of foods, using the till and serving customers. Also you may be required to support other volunteers whom may be less able.

Based in Brian Jackson House, Huddersfield.

 

Health and Wellbeing (Community Connections)

Varied Opportunities

Varied opportunities to support the work through Safety Rangers, Safety in the Home and Healthy Start including admin support.

Based in Huddersfield.

Dementia Reading Champions

Dementia Reading Champions

This project is where groups of people or individuals living with dementia are supported to enjoy reading, listening, chatting and sharing memories.

Volunteers will lead small groups to talk about poems, or for example proverbs or old local sayings, chat generally creating a pleasant and hopefully stimulating session. There will be support and training for volunteers to read aloud to individuals and/or facilitate groups for people living with dementia in Kirklees. Volunteers will lead one sessions a week either in a care home or day care setting or an established group or activity for 6 weeks. Age 16+.

Based in Kirklees and Elland.

Lets Move Volunteer

Lets Move Volunteer

Let’s Move volunteers support older people who are downsizing their property. This service goes hand in hand with our befriending project. Volunteers visit the client in the run up to their move and help them to pack, and support them with deciding which items they need to keep and which items they will need to let go of, this can often be a difficult decision. Volunteers could also help with changeover of bills or signposting them to the local amenities. Age 18+.

North & South Kirklees.

Leisurely Lunch Volunteer

Leisurely Lunch Volunteer

A Group of over 50’s come together to enjoy a hot lunch, bingo & Quiz’s! It’s an opportunity to socialise and mix with others, which is crucial for well-being.

A team of volunteers are required to coordinate the sessions, duties include, serving food, washing up and setting tables. Age 16+/

Based in Huddersfield on Wednesday’s and Batley on Thursday’s.

Befriending Volunteer

Befriending Volunteer 

Our Befriending service is available for people who may be experiencing isolation and loneliness or a limited social life. We match volunteers with people who are referred to us; in the main its older people but we do accept referrals for and from people with mental health problems, physical disabilities or just low in confidence. Volunteers then visit and spend time in their home for company and conversation. Sometimes people sit and chat over a cup of tea, or they may play board games, watch TV or go out to a cafe. The relationship built between the Befriender volunteer and client can promote confidence, health and wellbeing and personal development whilst providing them with a new friendship and support. If you have just 1 free hour each week to commit to visiting someone in your community, or if you would like to expand your social circle, meet new people and make a difference? Then our volunteer Befriender project is ideal for you. Age 18+.

Kirklees and Elland.

Sports Buddy Volunteer

Sports Buddy Volunteer

Volunteers are required to support and motivate referred individuals who are isolated, have a disability or low in confidence with accessing sports and physical activity. Examples of this could be the gym, disability sports group, bowling or even a walk. You will not need any knowledge of any specific sport, although an interest in health & fitness is useful. On a personal level you will need to be patient, motivated and open minded. Above all you will want to help people! You only need to give as much time as you can, even if this is 1 hour each week. The time you give, however should be regular and reliable. People will become reliant on your support so only give whatever time you can afford. Age 18+.

Kirklees and Elland.

Travel Companions Volunteer

Travel Companions are volunteers who offer their time to assist a client to carry out everyday tasks such as shopping, GP appointments, community groups or simply getting fresh air!

Car Companion Volunteer

‘Car Companions’ are volunteers who have their own vehicle and are able to drive, accompany or drop off clients to appointments or shopping etc.

 

Public Transport Companion Volunteer
(using buses, trains or taxis).

This can be a short term or long term support to increase people’s confidence to use public transport. A client may require a Travel Companion go to an appointment or attend a community activity on a particular date and time and needs extra support using a taxi service or on public transport.

 

Walking Companion Volunteer

A client may require a ‘Walking Companion’ for confidence and support with walking to the local shops for fresh air, exercise and buy a few groceries, or just to reconnect with their neighbourhood.

All services are booked through Jo Cox House, and a volunteer will be sought who can offer their time to help the client. Every travel companion job is different and volunteers can decide which jobs are convenient for them, if you are unavailable then we will simply call another travel companion. All volunteers travel and out of pocket expenses are reimbursed by Jo Cox House. Age 18 +

All areas in South & North Kirklees. (Particularly Huddersfield)

Telephone Befriender Volunteer

Telephone Befriender Volunteer

This Volunteering role offers companionship and a supportive relationship through weekly phone conversations. Clients again may be an older person or have a disability and be socially isolated or lonely. The role can be varied to suit the volunteer in terms of phoning the same client each week or phoning clients who are waiting to be matched to a volunteer befriender who will visit them in their home. You will be making calls from our office in Huddersfield or Batley whichever is closest to your home. Volunteers are given basic training before they start, but as long as you are comfortable with speaking on the phone, can make conversation, are friendly and can understand situations which isolated people may be going through, this may be all you need. Your will be supported by Yorkshire Children’s Centre staff every step of the way. This role can really make a difference; a friendly chat can really make a difference to someone’s week. Volunteers are required to work around 1hr each week. Travel expenses will be reimbursed. Volunteers will be supported with a simple application process. Age 16 +.

Based in Batley Jo Cox House or Huddersfield Brian Jackson House.

 

Pass It On Charity Shop Volunteers

Pass It On Fashion – Shop Assistant

Pass It On Fashion – Shop Assistant

Volunteers are required to help work in the shop – helping to display goods for sale, pricing, cleaning & tidying and serving customers.

Based at Upperhead Row, Huddersfield.

Pass It On Home – Shop Assistant

Pass It On Home – Shop Assistant

Volunteers are required to help with ensuring the showroom looks presentable to the public, helping with customers requirements, sorting of clothes, bric a brac & furniture. Answering the phone, logging donations, organising pickups and deliveries and PAK testing. Age 16+.

Shops Based at Huddersfield, Heckmondwike, Batley, Doncaster & Halifax.

Pass It On – Drivers Mate or Drivers

Pass It On – Drivers Mate or Drivers

Volunteers are required to support the ‘Pass It On’ team of drivers and drivers mates, by helping to deliver and collect donations of house hold furniture and bric a brac from shops and homes in an around the Yorkshire area. Drivers must hold a full clean UK driving licence. This role involves lifting and carrying so you will need to be physically fit. Age 18 +.

Based at Heckmondwike.

Pass It On – The Vintage Mill

Pass It On – The Vintage Mill

Volunteers are required to help out with the running of the Mill, which includes taking donations, cleaning, pricing, researching and EBay inputting (training required). looking through donated pieces of furniture and other goods for antiques and items of possible value. Someone with a background in French polishing, furniture restoration and antiques.

Based at Heckmondwike

Please contact Jacqui Smith, Volunteer Coordinator if you are interested in pursuing a role within Pass It On, on 01484 519988 jacqui.smith@yccuk.org.uk for more information.