Volunteering is really vital for us as an organisation so that we can keep providing the best support and opportunities for our members. Volunteers support us in many different areas, from volunteering in Wellbeing groups and Social groups to helping at events. We particularly need volunteers to do fundraising activities for us. For more information on fundraising please go to our Support Us page for ideas
Benefits of volunteering
Volunteering is a very rewarding experience. Here are just some of the reasons to volunteer with People Matters:
- We support some amazing people who are fun and friendly to be around
- It feels good to help others and give back to the community
- All volunteer expenses are paid – so you are never out of pocket
- Full training and induction are provided
- You will receive ongoing support to help you develop in your role
- We have a volunteer’s handbook to give you guidance
- It’s a great way to gain work experience in a safe, inclusive environment while having fun!
People Matters has been awarded Volunteering Quality Mark. The certification shows that our volunteering programme meets a high standard, for example in training, supporting and valuing volunteers.
Wellbeing group volunteers support the group members to participate in a fun and active programme that promotes health and wellbeing, through activities such as arts and crafts, mindfulness and sports. We run two weekly Wellbeing groups, on Tuesdays 1.00 – 3.00pm and Fridays 10.30am – 12.30pm.
Social group volunteers support young people and adults to take part in various social activities, like bowling, trampolining or mini golf. The groups run weekly, on weekday evenings and on Saturday afternoon.
Job club volunteers assist members to look for work. The members focus on building their confidence, practising team work and communication skills, CV-writing, job searching, completing job applications and working on job interview techniques. The Job clubs meet on Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am – 1.30pm.
social enterprise volunteers are involved in our micro social enterprise Nourishing People, that sells snacks and provides a trainee programme for members. Volunteers support trainees in different business-related tasks, such as sending emails, researching clients, stock take and selling the snacks. Nourishing People runs Wednesday to Friday 10.00am – 3.00pm.
People Matters is seeking two new trustees. We need people with expertise in either health/social care or fundraising. Could this be you?
All our trustees hold a voluntary role. They are responsible for taking messages from members and translating these into leading the strategic direction of the organisation and monitoring the performance of the management team. The board meets approx every 6 weeks and other post holders include a mix of professionals with relevant expertise and people with lived experience of disability. These post holders will both provide board level expertise and contribute across all aspects of decision making. As a social enterprise the organisation wishes to secure the expertise to support its development.
More information can be found in our trustee role description. and on the ‘about us’ pages of our website. Interested volunteers are also welcome to discuss the role with the CEO Tina Turnbull by contacting the office on 0113 2346896 and leaving their contact details. Applications can be made by CV to firstname.lastname@example.org. Trustees will consider all applications as they arrive in order to make a prompt appointment and may hence close the selection process early before 25th November 2022, if we make an early appointment.
Applications are particularly welcomed from people with minority ethnic backgrounds who are underrepresented on the board of trustees. As an organisation shortlisted for an Inclusivity award at the Leeds Care Awards 2020 we are actively trying to improve the influence and presence of those from minority ethnic backgrounds across the whole organisation.As a leader of a CQC registered care provider all trustee roles are subject to a satisfactory DBS check.
Sometimes we also offer other volunteer roles, for example in social media, marketing, videography, event planning and admin. If you are looking for a specific volunteer role, please get in touch.
“I love volunteering at People Matters, we have so much fun and I am enjoying getting to know the members more and more each week. I have developed my confidence, social skills and creativity through volunteering. There is a strong sense of community and it is a very friendly environment. It is lovely being part of such a welcoming group of people.” Stephanie – Social group volunteer
Work experience and placements
We are committed to providing work experience and placement opportunities for students (year 12 through to postgraduate) – please bear in mind that these opportunities are limited. Contact us on 0113 2346896 or email@example.com for more information.
Successful volunteers will be asked to provide two references and to complete a DBS-check, paid for by People Matters. Please note, we cannot always guarantee a suitable role.
Work Experience Blog from Mila
We are very proud of our link with Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) in Hämeenlinna, Finland and now offer their social work students international placement opportunities.
When I started my placement at People Matters in August, I was new to the UK and I had no idea how much I would experience during these couple months. I came here to learn as much as possible not only about organisational work but also about the UK’s service system. The tasks I have done have supported creating a picture of them: Thank you for all the opportunities to get to know different parts of the work in People Matters and for arranging visits to other services. It has been a great pleasure to be able to see the contrast between them. This has helped me to come to a better understanding of what type of work I would be interested in doing in the future.
I have heard from so many people here that people in Leeds are very welcoming and helpful and after being here I can agree with that 100%. Both the staff and members have taught me a lot and it is amazing how welcome I have felt to every part of the work of People Matters: For example, even though I have been new to every group that I have visited, it hasn’t shown in any way and everyone that I have interviewed has been surprisingly open about their experiences. It feels great that people have felt secure enough to share their stories with me and that the staff has been able to rely on me to do that. My placement has included a lot of interviewing which has been a great way to get to know people and what kind of effect the work of People Matters really has on them. It has also been good practice for maybe the most important project for me in University: Thesis, which at least in our studies consists of research and interviews. I have interviewed both members and staff and it has been a nice chance to get to know a little about the wellbeing of the staff too, because wellbeing at work is one part of our studies.
Life at the office is sometimes very busy and since the Finnish people are known to be quite reserved and shy, it has been a very welcome challenge for me to learn how to gain courage to go and say what I have to say. The tasks and responsibilities I had and the way nobody judged me but helped me with my English got me feeling more and more comfortable speaking it and improve my English skills in general – So a big thanks for that too!
People Matters (West Yorkshire) is a charitable incorporated organisation reg no: 1170724.
We are registered with CQC ID 1- 3997439113.