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Volunteer to create


Volunteers are our HOT heros. Join us and help to create opportunities for a better life

Whether you’ve got a few hours a week to spare, or you’d like to get involved more often, we have a range of volunteering opportunities to suit. Your involvement is so valuable to us and the people we work with.

Arlene's Story

Arlene is a volunteer at the Outback Kitchen. She supports the HOT team and fellow volunteers prepare hot meals each week, as well as for many events hosted at the greenspace.

After caring for her late husband, Arlene struggled to get out and meet new people, which meant she became isolated. Through working as a volunteer at the Outback, Arlene has found a purpose and hopes that through her experience she will be able to find work so she can retire, travel and meet more new people.

Share your time, skills

and knowledge

We offer flexible volunteering opportunities in a range of roles and locations. Volunteering can be an excellent way to share and gain skills, meet new people and give something back to your local community.

Explore our volunteering opportunities

Did you know the Outback also hosts corporate volunteering and sponsorship opportunities for businesses with multiple employees?

Volunteer at the Outback Community Kitchen and Garden

If you are interested in working outdoors in a beautiful garden setting, or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, we are always looking for volunteers at The Outback. Some of the things our volunteers get involved with are:

A lot of our volunteers at the Outback ‘get stuck in’ to whatever is happening in the Kitchen and Garden. While there are no set roles, many of our volunteers tend to have a preference based on their skillset and abilities – when our volunteers something they love, we see the best in them, and that is what we like best about having a flexible approach to volunteering.

If you’d like to get involved at the Outback Community Kitchen and Garden, please complete our expression of interest form below:

Volunteer with Children and Families teams

Would you like to make a difference for families living in your community? Is so, could you be a Parent Champion?

Parent Champion’s support Children’s Centres and Family Hubs by being the voice of parents living in the local community and encouraging parents/carers to access the services and activities offered.

For more information please call Jubilee Family Hub on: 

or Todmorden Children’s Centre on:

Volunteer in Employment Support

Help a rising star to build confidence, aspirations and skills, through a new mentoring programme from Halifax Opportunities Trust and The Halifax Academy. Rising Stars Youth Mentoring is a unique programme that brings together young people and professionals through mentoring and guidance. Through connecting with young people, committing time and knowledge, mentors can spark change by building aspirations and confidence for young people while gaining new perspectives and professional accomplishments.

If you’re a local business or professional and would like to get involved with Volunteering in our Rising Stars program please complete our expression of interest form below:

Volunteer in Community and Wellbeing

We run community and wellbeing activities from our new Staying Well Hub at Hanson Lane Enterprise Centre, as well as other venues across Central Halifax. If you are interested in working with local people from diverse communities, there are a number of ways to get involved, such as:

If you’d like to get involved by volunteering in our Community and Wellbeing teams, please complete our expression of interest form below:

Volunteer in Inclusive Integration

We’re proud that our charity is known as a welcome hub for many migrant communities, and our Hanson Lane site is often visited by people from a range of backgrounds and nationalities. Our Inclusive Integration team works with migrants and refugees so they can settle in the UK and gain ESOL qualifications to enhance how they integrate and communicate. There are a number of ways you can get involved, such as:

If you’d like to get involved by volunteering in our Inclusive Integration team, please complete our expression of interest form below:

Creating Opportunities for a Better Life

We’re here so people have the opportunity to grow in a vibrant, multicultural and self-sustaining community.


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Please give two independent referees who would be willing to supply a character reference (these must not be family members)

I declare that the information I have given on this form is true to the best of my knowledge. Failure to provide information requested or providing inaccurate information will disqualify you from volunteering at Halifax Opportunities Trust. Please return the application form to your nearest Centre. Telephone enquiries: For enquiries about Children’s Centre volunteering, please contact Kausar Shahid at Jubilee Children’s Centre on 01422 342552

Confidential. Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

Halifax Opportunities Trust is committed to recruiting, retaining and developing a workforce that reflects the diverse communities that we work with. It is vital that we monitor and analyse diversity information so that we can ensure that our HR processes are fair, transparent, promote equality of opportunity for all staff, and do not have an adverse impact on any particular group. Any information provided on this form will be treated as strictly confidential and will be used for statistical purposes only. No information will be published or used in any way which allows any individual to be identified.

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