Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people, gain confidence, help others, keep active, have a sense of purpose, gain work experience and improve your mental health.

Our volunteers play a vital role at Horton Housing by helping us to deliver good quality services for people in Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and North Yorkshire.

We are committed to ensuring a safe and professional environment for our volunteers and are proud to have Investing in Volunteers accreditation. More information about what this means can be found here.

Apply today by filling out our application form here. For student placement applications, click here.

READ: Volunteer and Donations Newsletter – Spring 2024

Volunteer Service description (doc.)

In this video, Jonathan discusses his role and how it benefits him.

We have new volunteer roles to fill! 

Van Driver:

Our volunteer van drivers help collect donations that we receive and distribute them to our different services. You will keep accurate records of collections/deliveries and provide strong customer service to all donors. You will need a full, clean manual UK driving licence and may be required to lift furniture.

Van Driver’s Mate:

Van Driver’s Mates are important volunteers that help our drivers with organising and collecting furniture or large item donations around the region. You will help to keep accurate records of collections and deliveries.


Befrienders work with individuals across multiple of our services. Experience working with people with mental health challenges, substance and alcohol misuse, and disability would be an advantage. Roles are flexible. The role will require an enhanced DBS Check, of which we will cover the cost.

Housekeeper Volunteer

You will assist staff with cleaning one of our buildings based in Bradford. This includes cleaning the toilets and kitchen, emptying bins and mopping floors in the communal areas. This role will help you to gain experience in the cleaning sector.


Our Gardeners encourage and support our residents to spend time outside in an allotment, helping to create a space for relaxation, exercise, gardening and activities. This role is in Shipley and we hope to welcome individuals with a holistic perspective and ideally some community experience, who enjoy working with groups. The role will require an enhanced DBS Check, of which we will cover the cost.

Activities Support Volunteer:

Bradford Respite Intermediate Care Support Service (BRICSS) is a home from hospital scheme for people who are homeless or living in unsuitable accommodation and are being discharged from the hospital. You will be supporting staff to deliver enrichment activities that will improve the overall wellbeing of those we support, many of which are affected by illness and disability. The role will require an enhanced DBS Check, of which we will cover the cost.

Administration Assistant:

You will work alongside the Volunteer Services Manager and Volunteer Services Administrator carrying out general administration duties. Tasks will include logging data, printing, photocopying, using Horton’s Volunteer database, making telephone calls and sending letters. This role is based in Bradford. The role will require an enhanced DBS Check, of which we will cover the cost.

Donations sorter:

You will help to sort through the donations that we receive and to make sure that they are being passed onto people who need them most. The role also includes using social media accounts to arrange collections and keeping the record of donations up to date on Excel spreadsheets.

Activities Support & Admin Assistant:

STARS provides temporary accommodation and a support service for single, homeless people (aged 16 and over) in recovery from alcohol or drug abuse across Calderdale and Kirklees. You will provide administration support to assist the STARS team with any appropriate administration tasks whilst also helping staff facilitate activities and the occasional day trip out. The role will require an enhanced DBS Check, of which we will cover the cost.

All roles include the need to follow Safeguarding processes when needed.

Our Stories:

We are proud to launch Our Stories, an online publication celebrating the voices of our colleagues, volunteers and the people Horton Housing supports.

To inspire your volunteering journey with us, download your free copy by clicking here to view online or here to view as a PDF.

For more information about any of our opportunities, please email: volunteer.applications@hortonhousing.co.uk.

My team working, interpersonal skills, networking skills and adaptability increased greatly. I was very satisfied with the level of help and guidance I received. Quote from former volunteer Florence.
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