Hive offers both regular and occasional opportunities for volunteering in a creative field, including supporting tutors and community projects, delivering creative workshops, supporting the office staff and getting involved with events.

Our usual expectation would be that volunteers work a weekly 2.5 hour shift. We offer a full package of support including reasonable travel expenses, training and support. Some roles are at fixed times in the week whilst others are more flexible.

We also have a variety of one-off volunteering opportunities through the year so please do get in touch even if you can’t make a weekly commitment.

We have specific volunteer opportunities for young people through our POP project.

Some volunteer roles allow you to work towards a level 2 CERTA award.

If you are interested in volunteering or finding out what opportunities are available, contact Rachel, our Volunteer Coordinator, on or via the office, or complete our volunteer application form.

I started volunteering at Hive in January. 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 office with the administration of the Thrive Project. This appeals to me because I am assisting with a project that is helping people who are experiencing issues 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. 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 focused.


I first came to Hive to do a photography course. This was my introduction to the world of community arts, which I later turned into a career leading workshops in photography, video and computer graphics at Hive and other community groups in West Yorkshire and beyond.

I feel close to Hive because of the number of years I have spent here, and after my retirement I wanted to retain my links with the organisation. My voluntary role at Hive now consists of maintaining and supporting staff with the IT system. This is a challenging role and I am enjoying learning new skills, as well as interacting with the staff, volunteers and members.

Volunteering at Hive means I can keep in touch with my friends here, and it is an important element in my determination to keep active during retirement.