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Volunteer at Hive

Hive offers opportunities for volunteering in a creative field, for people who want regular or occasional involvement. Volunteers can access training and support and work on individual development plans.

If you are interested in volunteering or finding out what opportunities are available you can contact Hive and arrange to meet our Volunteer Co-ordinator who will discuss the best option for you. Alternatively you can complete the application form below and email it to: [email protected].

Hive volunteers normally work with us for one shift a week on a mutually agreeable day, however, some volunteer roles are on fixed days only. We expect that the minimum volunteer shift at Hive is around 2.5 hours although many of our volunteers do a longer shift by arrangement. For shifts of less than 2 hours Hive regrets that, unless in exceptional circumstances and at our discretion, travel expenses cannot be reimbursed.

Download our Volunteer Application Form (Word 884 Kb)

Volunteering Opportunities include supporting tutors and community projects, supporting the office and admin staff, delivering creative workshops and getting involved with events. To see a full list of the opportunities we offer please see application form.

Get an accreditation for the Volunteer work you do at Hive.

Hive is pleased to be able to offer all Volunteers the opportunity to undertake a Level 2 Certa unregulated unit which is quality assured by Ofqual.

This short unit looks at professional boundaries, health and safety and safeguarding for Volunteers and provides the opportunity to accredit your volunteer experience.

Undertaking this unit would be optional and free to Volunteers. Full information on the work required, timings and assessment will be given at the information sessions held for Thrive Volunteers.

Please follow the links below to view the policies relevant to volunteers undertaking this unit of study.

Below are some of the policies relating to Certa accredited courses at Hive

Equality & Diversity Policy

Health & Safety Policy

Malpractice Policy

Fair Assessment & Reasonable Adjustment Policy

Appeals Policy

Complaints Policy


Below are the experiences of some of our regular volunteers.


"I started volunteering at Hive in January 2014. Hive was recommended to me by my mental health support worker who had referred people to Hive before.

I made the application myself and within a few weeks was invited to come in for a friendly chat with the Volunteer Coordinator. I was made to feel welcome and initially started volunteering as a Volunteer Support Worker in a Pottery Class. After a short time trying pottery out I decided to change my volunteering direction and start helping in the Hive office with general admin and the administration of the Thrive Project, which aims to help the wellbeing of people living with mild to moderate mental health illness through arts and crafts activities. This appeals to me because I am assisting with the administration of a project that is helping people who are experiencing issues which are similar to my own.

I am still volunteering in the office and have started doing an extra half day as well, which is continuing to help with my mental health and wellbeing. A typical admin volunteering session for me at Hive consists of helping with various admin tasks such as emailing volunteer referees, data entry and word processing using Microsoft Office. I also work on more specific tasks such as collating & analysing Equal Opportunities Monitoring data.

What I like about Hive is that it gives me a non-judgemental environment in which to volunteer. And for me this volunteering gives me a lot of positives. For example, it gets me out of my house and into the real world where I find the work good for keeping my mind agile and focussed."


"I came to Hive through a recommendation from KVC, where I also volunteer.

I am a writer, so being in a creative environment such as this is good for the mind and soul. I come away from each session of volunteering mentally richer.

I am a volunteer fundraiser at Hive; I research companies to contact and process their replies. I ask these companies for contributions of goods for raffle prizes and directly for money for Hive’s fundraising campaigns.  Over the years I am proud that I have raised many, many hundreds of pounds for Hive. I feel like this work also helps to raise the profile of Hive in the community.

I love and need the routine. Stability is one of the keys to my mental health. I like coming here because the staff are supportive, non-judgemental and encouraging inside and outside of the hours I am here."


"I came to Hive to continue my journey in challenging and working through particular personal issues, and my involvement has far exceeded my initial expectations. Hive has enabled and provided a space where ideas and involvement are encouraged, reigniting my interest in creativity and the arts. For so many years, my negative sense of self and view of the world had dulled any potential. Once a Thrive participant, I now volunteer on the project and love meeting the wide range of people involved. I have also experienced many new things from working with ceramics across to creating a Thrive blog, as well as continuing and developing my love of photography. To me, Hive is an essential piece of a positive tapestry, whereby a holistic, rich and continued course to personal well being is being achieved."


Graham first came to Kirkgate Studios and Workshops, (as Hive was known then) to do a photography course in 1989. This was his introduction to the world of community arts; a world he later began working in, leading workshops in photography, video and computer graphics at Kirkgate Studios and Workshops, and other community groups in West Yorkshire and beyond.

Graham went on to become a permanent member of staff at Hive in 2006, until retiring in April 2014.

Graham feels close to Hive because of the number of years he has spent here and after his retirement wished to retain his links with the organisation. Graham’s voluntary role at Hive consists of supporting staff with the IT system, solving problems and maintaining the IT systems.

As he is still learning about the new IT network Graham is finding this a challenging role, and is enjoying learning new skills. He also enjoys the interaction with the staff, volunteers and the service users. Volunteering at Hive means he can keep in touch with his friends here, and is an important element in his determination to keep active during his retirement.