Helping out in your local community – benefits and blocks
We want to find out a bit more about people who give some of their time to help in their local communities. For example, some people may:
- Organise a knit and natter group
- Help out at a Stay and Play session
- Coach a youth football team
- Run a local choir
- Be a key holder for a community building
We would like to know more about why people get involved with helping their local community and what might put others off doing so. In this survey, we call anyone who gives his or her time free to help out a ‘volunteer’.
It would be helpful if you could take a few minutes to answer some questions. All the information we gather will be treated confidentially – information will be collected by Kirklees Council and only shared with Communities United Project and Third Sector Leaders. For more information take a look at our
Do you currently volunteer?
Where do you volunteer?
How did you hear about the place you volunteer?
What do you think are the best things about volunteering? Please choose up to three things.
Mix with people, meet new people and make friends
Help my community
Keeps me fit, active and mentally alert
Makes me feel better about myself
Being a volunteer helps me build my self-confidence
I learn new skills
I can use my skills and experience to help others
I get the opportunity to go on training courses and gain qualifications
Work experience to help build my CV and look for a job
I am passionate about the cause/organisation
I have benefited from the service myself and want to give back
Did you find it difficult to find a volunteering role that was right for you?
If you did what were the difficulties? You can select as many as you like.
I could not find anywhere to meet my needs
I need help with communication to be able to volunteer
I felt like I did not fit in
I could not afford the travel costs
The time commitment was not flexible enough
My health condition makes it difficult for me to volunteer
I need my assistant/carer to be with me
I could not afford the travel expenses for my carer
What do you think stops people from volunteering?