Gig Buddies Scheme – An exciting New Project with Square Chapel

Gig Buddies is a new initiative within Calderdale which aims to promote social inclusion among people who have a learning disability.

The scheme aims to reduce the barriers faced by people with a learning disability in relation to accessing social activities. These have been identified as attending the theatre, cinema, live music and anything else that a person may wish to engage with in their leisure time.

The scheme aims to match volunteers who will be referred to as ‘Gig Buddies’ with people who have a learning disability; ‘Gig Goers’ based upon shared interests. The idea is that we will match buddies with people and arrange introductions before supporting you to your first gig; whatever this may be.

Click here to read more about the new scheme

Volunteer to help preserve Calderdale’s countryside

Calderdale Countryside and Woodlands Service is responsible for maintaining and preserving Calderdale’s unique landscape and are always looking for volunteers to assist with the work.

Volunteering opportunities include habitat management, drainage work, footpath maintenance, tree planting, hedge laying and dry stone walling.

Practical work generally takes place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with volunteers giving as much time as they like.

For further details, please call Philip Singh on 07841 784185 or e-mail

Therapies Volunteers needed – Overgate Hospice

Could you help us to enhance our patients, relaxation and general well-being?

We are looking for qualified volunteers specialising in a variety of areas including nutrition, Thai Chi, massage and yoga.

If you hold a diploma and over 2 years experience in one of these or a similar area and can spare a few hours each week we would love to hear from you!

Please call 01422 387145 for more information.

Volunteer opportunities with Citizens Advice Calderdale

cabCitizens Advice Calderdale have a variety of volunteer opportunities available including Telephone and face to face Assessors, Information Assistants and receptionists.

You must be free to attend 2 training sessions a week based in both Todmorden and Halifax- Travel costs will be provided.

If you’re interested, please email or call 01422 330 104 and leave a message.

Have you got time for victims of crime?

Victim Support are recruiting for community volunteers across Bradford & Calderdale to help people overcome the impact of crime.

In return for your time Victim Support will offer:

  • full training to further your development
  • the opportunity to be part of a team
  • agreed out‐of‐pocket expenses.

For more information about how your skills could be put to best use, please go along to the next information session at 6pm on Monday 27 June at Orangebox, Thomas Street, Halifax, HX1 1AF.

No previous experience is necessary but applicants must be 18 years of age or older.


Volunteer at the 2016 Shroggs Party in the Park

The 2016 Party in the Park is set to take place at Shroggs Park, Lee Mount on Saturday 25 June from 12noon to 4pm.

Volunteers are required to help set up, steward in the process and to help clean up after the event has ended so if you could offer an a hour or two to help out on the day contact Glenn Roper by text/phone on 07969 062005 or e-mail

Volunteering opportunities launch at Voluntary Action Calderdale

Go along to the drop in launch of VAC’s brand new volunteering opportunities.

Wednesday 1 June – 1pm to 5pm (Drop in)
At Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall St, Halifax, HX1 5AY

Our volunteering roles will help you make a real difference for local people when it comes to health and social care services in Calderdale including:

  • Mystery Shopping of health and social care services
  • Patient Experience volunteers to gain patient feedback
  • Engagement Champions to give communities a voice
  • And many more!

Refreshments and snacks provided – For further information call 01422 348777 or email

Click here for more VAC drop in locations during volunteer week 2016 (1 to 12 June)