You make the difference! National Volunteers’ Week 2017

The first week in June is a chance to say thank you for the 30 million hours given by local people in the last year to help make good things happen.

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Local people, making an impact

People like Joyce, a retired teacher who ran a revision club for teenagers in Almondbury:

I’ve got everything out of it, I’ve got back in touch with teenagers, which is something I miss more than I can say. And I’ve got to feel useful, putting my skills to good use by helping them to know how to answer exam questions.

Highlights of the week

Highlights from the week include a pop up volunteering shop in Huddersfield on 1 June, a great chance to find out what sort of things you can do to make a difference.

1 June: Pop-up Volunteering Shop

What: Have a cuppa and a chat with advisers from Volunteering Kirklees to find out what’s right for you.

Where: Packhorse Gallery,  central Huddersfield

When: 1 June

3 June: Newsome Community Fun Day

What: Join in the fun at a celebration of 20 years of local volunteering and community action. Loads to do and find out.

Where: Newsome High School, Newsome, Huddersfield

When: 3 June, 12 noon to 4pm

More info: Newsome Fun Day website

Social media stories

All week we’ll will be sharing stories on social media about what local people get out of volunteering.

Sharron Wilkinson from Volunteering Kirklees said:

“This national celebration is a great chance to help people understand what’s on their doorstep. We’re here to help people who want to find an opportunity that will suit them and help them to make a difference too.”

Ways to help out right now

Tool share helper

Keeping green spaces in good nick takes tools. Could you help out at a borrow and return scheme for hand tools? Keep track of borrowing and keep tools in order at the scheme in Batley and Huddersfield. Help needed on Friday mornings. Contact: Tim at Natural Kirklees

Walk leaders

If you enjoy keeping active and socialising, you will love being one of our walk leaders. You choose how long your walk is and how often they happen. Interested? Contact Gill Logan on 01484 221000 or email:

Cheerful chat

Help to give older people the warmest of welcomes to the Wednesday lunch club at Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield. It’s all about a friendly face and a helping hand at this weekly chance for older people to enjoy some company. Contact:

Fun and games

Want to help girls to be amazing? Spen Valley Guiding are looking for volunteers to help organise fun activities such as cooking, crafts and games for girls 5-18 years old. Help them to enjoy themselves and grow in confidence, call 07840 233706 or email:

Get involved with volunteering

For more information, or for ways to get involved and volunteer, visit Volunteering Kirklees:


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