Regular opportunities

If you have time to spare, share your skills and knowledge by working voluntarily. Regular opportunities are available across Calderdale.

Volunteering with Countryside Services

Volunteers play an extremely important part in the delivery of countryside management in Calderdale, undertaking many tasks ranging from site management, wildlife surveys, maintaining public rights of way, supporting education activities, leading walks and running the shop at Ogden Water. Volunteers get the opportunity to explore the local countryside, meet new friends, get active and learn new skills. Experience isn't necessary as volunteers receive onsite training and an induction depending on the opportunity.

Formal Volunteering

We currently run three formal practical volunteering work parties a week, which take place on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Volunteers undergo an induction on their first day and expenses are covered for our formal volunteering opportunities. For more information please contact:

or contact the Countryside and Woodlands team by e-mail: or call: 01422 284417.

Informal volunteering (Community days)

If you just want to turn up and have a go at some practical work, once a month we run various informal volunteering opportunities throughout Calderdale. For opportunities at the following sites:

  • Colden Clough;
  • Dixon Scar (Sowerby Bridge);
  • Centre Vale Park (Todmorden);
  • Nutclough (Hebden Bridge).

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  • Norland Moor;
  • Cromwell Bottom (Brighouse).

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  • Ogden Water;
  • Cunnery Wood and Beacon Hill (part of Shibden Park);
  • Beechwood Park (Illingworth);
  • Scar  /Long Wood (Halifax).

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Ogden Water Visitor Centre

Ogden water visitor Centre is open 7 days a week and is run by volunteers. For more information about helping out within the centre please contact:

Corporate volunteering

Whether it's team building or just to put something back in the local community, we can offer a variety of volunteering days or team building days for corporate groups.

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities with the Countryside Services, please contact:

  • Username Countryside Services
  • Email
  • Telephone 01422 288001
  • Address
    Calderdale Countryside Team
    Spring Hall Mansion
    Huddersfield Road
    HX3 0AQ

Volunteering with young offenders

Calderdale Youth Offending Team offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities. These include:

Appropriate Adult: All young people (10 to 17 years old) require an Appropriate Adult when being interviewed by the police. If a parent/carer cannot attend you will be on hand to support a young person at a police station and ensure their welfare needs are met.

Mentors: Regularly meet a young person for a limited amount of time providing positive support and encouragement helping to increase their personal abilities and self esteem.

For more details see: PDFYoung Person's Mentor Role Profile [PDF 102KB]

Referral Order Panel Members: When a young person is subject to a Court Order and has to attend a panel, you will help to coordinate the meeting ordered by the Youth Court. The panel brings together members of the local community, victims, young people and their parents / carers to discuss and agree a plan of action designed to put right the harm caused.

Reparation volunteer: To accompany and support young people to accomplish tasks when putting right the harm caused by their offending behaviour by providing positive encouragement and support.

You need to be over 18 years old, able to relate well to young people and able to commit two or three hours a week.

Interested in volunteering with young offenders? Express your interest

Become a school governor

Schools are changing – and so are governing bodies. The government is committed to raising educational standards in the classroom, and to increasing the role of parents and the local community. Volunteers are needed to help all our children reach their full potential.

For more information please see Become a school governor .

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