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Volunteering: Yorkshire and the Humber

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We want to turn the civil service into a "civic service" by encouraging more civil servants to play an active role in the community. In fact we want every civil servant in our region to complete at least one day voluntary work each year.

Below are schemes in policy areas like social mobility, all looking for civil service volunteers.

To apply please email a completed expression of interest form to Richard Armstrong. Don't forget, you must get the permission of your line manager before you apply.

Current opportunities

Leeds Education Business Partnership

Leeds Education Business Partnership runs various activities which help young people develop the skills and knowledge required for the workplace. All of our events are supported by volunteers from business because it’s you that makes the difference. Young people who have 4 or more opportunities to engage with employers whilst at school are 5 times less likely to become unemployed than those who haven’t had that engagement.

All our current volunteering opportunities are listed below so if you or anyone you know would like to get involved, just e-mail Becky and Lee at and we’ll save you a space. Training is provided for all activities. Hope to see you soon!

Mock employment tribunal: Leeds City College providing opportunities for students to interact with employers. Volunteers are needed from the legal profession to act as judges in a mock employment tribunal looking at a dispute over employment rights. Three sessions available: Monday 19th, 9.30am – 12.30pm; Tuesday 20th, 9.30am – 12.30pm; Tuesday 20th, 1 – 3.30pm

Cashpoints: Benton Park High School: Help a team of 6 students compete in a business simulation game to maximise sales and income

'Inspiring Futures' careers event: Leeds Civic Hall - talk to the young people about your organisation and run a short activity to help them to understand what working there involves

You're Hired! Interviews skills training: Mount St Mary's High School - mentor a team of 9 students at a day designed to teach success at job interviews. Event is led by a EBP facilitator and you will help your team undertake the tasks set.

'Interactive Workplace' careers event: Benton Park High School - deliver 8 workshops of 20 minutes duration to small groups of students giving a short practical activity that gives them a flavour of a typical task they may find themselves doing in your organisation.

Hosting Mock Interviews: At Your Workplace:  - 3hr sessions - Part of the Youth Contract initiative to reduce youth unemployment Wed are looking for organisations to host short mock interviews for young people who are currently not in employment, education or training.

For the opportunities above contact

Ongoing opportunities

If you are interested in any of the following ongoing opportunities, please contact Jackie Hogarth.

CatZero: Hull, Grimsby and Immingham
What: helping children, young people and the families

Emmaus Leeds: Leeds
What: helping people move on from homelessness

Holbeck Elderly Aid: Leeds
What: helping improve older people’s quality of life and prevent social isolation

Keep Britain Tidy: Eco-Schools
What: helping schools become more sustainable and making good environmental practice an integral part of school life

Mosaic: West Yorkshire
What: mentoring programmes to create opportunities for young people growing up in our most deprived communities

Nurture by Nature: Sheffield
What: community allotment project for young women and their children to take part in individual and group environmental and creative activities, which aim to reduce the stigma of mental health, empower service users and improve physical and mental well being

Support Arts Gardening Eduction (SAGE) Greenfingers: Sheffield
What: promoting the mental and physical well-being of adults experiencing mental health problems via the provision of creative therapeutic activities

St Wilfrid’s: Sheffield
What: working with people who often have multiple and high support needs including homelessness, addiction, mental health issues, learning disabilities and social exclusion

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