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The Volunteer Stories of young adults involved in an innovative Kirklees volunteer programme have been featured in a series of podcasts published on major platforms including Apple and Spotify.

Luke, Benita and Iqra who tell their stories in the podcasts; have all been volunteering with Third Sector Leaders Kirklees (the local Volunteer Centre for Kirklees) as part of the Future Creative volunteer programme. They have been involved in volunteering at a wide range of creative events including supporting Lawrence Batley Theatre and Kirklees Year of Music.

The podcasts were produced by Graham Sykes of the social enterprise Youth Social which is a local not for profit organisation which aims to enable young people under 25 years of age to maximum their potential, including through volunteering. The podcasts showcase the benefits of youth volunteering – both for the young people involved and the organisations they are supporting.

Becky Bracey, Volunteer Service Lead at Third Sector Leaders Kirklees commented:

“We were delighted when Graham from Youth Social approached us with the idea for the podcasts. We know a lot of young people listen to podcasts and we thought it was a great opportunity to celebrate the volunteer stories of some of our wonderful Future Creative volunteers and inspire more young people to get involved in volunteering”.

Graham Sykes of Youth Social added:

“These podcasts tell some genuine stories of the power of volunteering – not only helping young people develop skills for their career path, but also highlighting the health and wellbeing benefits volunteering can provide. These podcasts are the first in a series we will be producing that celebrate youth volunteering in the local area.”

Links to the podcasts:

Luke’s story

Apple: http://tiny.cc/j9xgvz Spotify: http://tiny.cc/n9xgvz

Iqra’s story

Apple: http://tiny.cc/p9xgvz   Spotify: http://tiny.cc/q9xgvz

Benita’s story

Apple: http://tiny.cc/y8xgvz  Spotify: http://tiny.cc/a9xgvz

If you are interested in volunteering in the Creative Sector in Kirklees, find out more here: https://tslkirklees.org.uk/volunteering-roles/entry/creative-steps-tsl-kirklees-29515/

For general volunteering queries in the Kirklees area contact Becky Bracey, Volunteer Services Lead at Third Sector Leaders Kirklees (the accredited Volunteer Centre for Kirklees) Email: volunteer@tslkirklees.org.uk tel. 07776588691 / 01484 519053

Future Creative is managed by Lawrence Batley Theatre and funded by the Arts Council England’s Volunteering Futures Fund – through National Lottery Project Grants and working with Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). There are 19 Volunteering Futures projects across England which aim to create high quality volunteering opportunities for young people and others who may experience barriers to engaging in volunteering.

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