A Year Like No Other: Volunteers stories recognised in online exhibition

In celebration of National Volunteers’ Week, 1-7 June, we’re supporting Third Sector Leaders (TSL) Kirklees to mark the role volunteers played locally in supporting their local communities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

What’s happening?

TSL Kirklees are hosting an online photographic exhibition that will eventually become part of the council’s Museums & Galleries collection. The launch of the exhibition coincides with National Volunteers’ Week, and brings together images and stories of individuals who gave their time to help others during the past 12 months.

It includes volunteer stories, like Amy’s. Amy was already supporting new parents over the phone as a Breast-Feeding Peer Supporter with Locala when the pandemic struck. However, she quickly became involved in helping make scrubs with three others. The enterprise quickly expanded to a group of about 30 people, producing 162 pairs of scrubs, plus hundreds of washbags and hats.

Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said:

“We are delighted to be working with TSL Kirklees to create this historic record that will become part of the Museums & Galleries collection. It’s so important to document the collective efforts of the communities of Kirklees during the extraordinary, and unprecedented, times of Covid lockdown. I

n the future, people will be able to look back at these photographs, taken at this time of national crisis, and reflect on the contributions of these volunteers, their individual stories and the how the people of Kirklees came together during the pandemic to support each other.”

Becky Bracey, Volunteer Development Manager at Third Sector Leaders Kirklees explains

“National Volunteers Week is an opportunity for us to recognise and thank all volunteers across Kirklees. We have experienced a year like no other and we wanted to do something special as a permanent reminder of the significant role volunteers have played during the pandemic.

This important partnership with Kirklees Council’s Museums & Galleries will ensure that some of our remarkable volunteering stories from across the borough will become part of our social history for years to come. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has volunteered or simply been ‘neighbourly’ during this time, the power of communities to pull together and help each other has been truly inspiring.”


View the exhibition

The exhibition is available online throughout Volunteers’ Week, 1- 6 June, at TSL Kirklees

What is Volunteers Week?

Volunteers’ Week takes place 1-7 June every year. It’s a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you.

What else is happening?

On 1 June

We join councils across West Yorkshire to light up Town Halls. Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Batley and Cleckheaton town halls will be lit up in purple as a way of marking the start of Volunteers’ Week and acknowledging the amazing contribution local volunteers make.

8 – 10 June

TSL Kirklees is hosting a Virtual Volunteers Fair where you can hear about the latest opportunities to volunteer from a wide range of organisations across Kirklees. Find out more and book your free place now