Our Supported Volunteering Project helps people who want to volunteer but may need extra help to do so. If you think you need extra support or feel unable to start volunteering yourself then we can help.

People we support

You may need extra support because you have:

  • physical disability
  • mental health needs
  • learning disability
  • sensory impairment
  • lack of confidence
  • caring responsibilities
  • ex-service personnel

Support we offer

Some of the things we can support you with include:

  • deciding what type of activity you would like to do and finding the right opportunity
  • completing application forms and contacting organisations on your behalf
  • helping you get to your first meeting, interview or volunteering opportunity
  • helping you to get adaptations or equipment that might help you volunteer
  • learning your role and gaining the confidence to volunteer on your own
  • understanding your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer

We provide on going advice and support to all our volunteers so that you enjoy your volunteering role.

Volunteering opportunities

Health and social care volunteering opportunities

We strive to find innovative ways to involve volunteers to enhance and enrich the lives of the residents of Kirklees. Volunteering opportunities in Adult Health and Social Care could include;

  • Befriending on a one to one basis or helping to deliver a group activity in a dementia setting.
  • Supporting a person with a disability during activities and outings.
  • Supporting people with long term health conditions to improve the quality of their lives.
  • Raising awareness of services and devices that enable people to stay independent in their own homes.
  • Delivering or running activity sessions such as arts and crafts, music, baking, singing groups and reminiscence.
  • Supporting vulnerable adults to volunteer.

We welcome enthusiastic volunteers who want to make a difference.

Learning Disability Day Service Buddies

A large service spread across Kirklees offering day opportunities to adults with learning disabilities. Supporting adults who use our service to take part in various activities. These include accessing facilities in the community such as sports centres, libraries, gyms and swimming pools. Also support our service users to access work and voluntary placements in a number of different settings, from offices to charity shops and caf├ęs. As a buddy you would give valuable one to one time to an individual, either in our base or out in the community, getting to know them and supporting them in their chosen activities.

Opportunities available

  • Helping to support arts and craft sessions
  • Assisting with music and drama workshops
  • Enabling individuals to develop computer skills
  • Accompanying staff and users of day services to visit the hydrotherapy pool
  • Enabling individuals to take part in volunteering or work placements

Experience and skills volunteers may gain

Volunteers will receive a variety of training opportunities relevant to the role in which they will carry out. Volunteers will have the chance to enhance their personal development by increasing their knowledge and skills and gaining a wider understanding of working in a Health and Social Care setting.

Health Trainer

Kirklees health trainers support people who have a long term health conditions, like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and many more.

Health trainers use motivational techniques and suggest positive lifestyle changes to enable and empower people to:

  • Identify their health needs in order to self care
  • Recognise the triggers that set off their condition 
  • Care for themselves better and achieve goals to improve lifestyle
  • Make changes to their life to make them healthier and happier
  • Help identify barriers that might prevent them from making healthier choices and look at ways to overcome them by listening, empathising and sharing information

Opportunities available

The health trainer service now needs volunteers to support people who need a little bit of extra support on a time limited basis and this might include:

  • Accompanying someone to the supermarket to assist them to make healthier choices
  • Support someone to attend an event in the community
  • Accompany someone to access Shopmobility scooters to enable the person to shop in the town centre
  • Support an older person to gain the confidence needed to start going out again following a period of illness
  • Support someone who wants to get to their local sports centre and be part of the PALS programme
  • Encourage people to have the confidence to walk to the local amenities

Experience and skills volunteers may gain

Volunteers will receive a variety of training opportunities relevant to the role in which they will carry out including Adult Safeguarding Training and Dementia Awareness Training. Volunteers will need patience, good communication skills and a sense of humour. Volunteers will have the chance to enhance their personal development by increasing their knowledge and skills and gaining a wider understanding of working in a health and social care setting.

Meeter and greeter in care homes

Opportunities in locations across Kirklees, Newsome, Netherton, Heckmondwike and mirfield are available for volunteers to act as 'meeters and greeters' to enhance the experience of visitors to the homes and also to new residents on arrival.

Opportunities available

  • To be a first point of contact for members of the public, professionals and older people arriving at the homes, to be a welcoming face, offer drinks and guide to the appropriate place in the home.
  • To drop in on new residents who have arrived that day, to welcome them and assist with orientation and settling in.
  • To gain feedback from residents and/or visitors periodically on how things are going and to feedback any comments, compliments or concerns.
  • To develop activity displays for additional activities that may be identified from a volunteer;s own skills or interests.

Experience and skills volunteers may gain

Volunteers will receive a variety of training opportunities relevant to the role in which they will carry out including Adult Safeguarding Training and Dementia Awareness Training. Volunteers will need patience, good communication skills and a sense of humour. Volunteers will have the chance to enhance their personal development by increasing their knowledge and skills and gaining a wider understanding of working in a health and social care setting.

Contact us

If you are over 18 and hoping to volunteer for six months or more please contact the Gateway Volunteer Service for more information.