By Leah Conway –
As the planning for 2023’s ‘Kirklees Year of Music’ continues to progress, the team organising the event has announced the involvement of Third Sector Leaders. The new partnership will see Third Sector Leaders join the project to support the Kirklees Year of Music volunteer initiative.
Third Sector Leaders Kirklees (TSL Kirklees) is a registered charity and the official volunteer centre in Kirklees. TSL Kirklees provides support for volunteering for the local community and voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises; it has over 2,000 contacts in its network.
Kirklees Year of Music 2023 will celebrate Kirklees’ rich musical heritage. Over a year-long programme. It aims to support and develop the music sector and scene in Kirklees. This includes enabling a thriving and safe nighttime economy, world-class education, training, skills and connecting the power of music to physical and mental health wellness.
TSL Kirklees will support Kirklees Year of Music in its volunteering initiative. As an accredited Volunteer Centre for Kirklees, their volunteer service will provide advice to Kirklees Year of Music volunteering plans and procedures. The charity supports organisations in a similar way all over Kirklees. It connects organisations with interested volunteers as well as providing policy, procedure and coordination guidance.
“Unrivalled music heritage of Kirklees”
Commenting, Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees, said: “The Year of Music programme is a ground-up initiative. It builds on the unrivalled music heritage of Kirklees, which is founded on community music – from choirs to brass bands. We want to build on this passion for volunteering in music, to offer opportunities to meet new people, gain new experiences and develop skills.
“Working with the Third Sector Leaders will be invaluable for us. Volunteers will help to shape and deliver the Year of Music – from and for the communities of Kirklees.
“This is the start of a journey around volunteering and we look forward to working with Third Sector Leaders on this, and on future developments.”
Val Johnson, Chief Officer of Third Sector Leaders added: “Third Sector Leaders Kirklees are delighted to be involved in this exciting partnership with Kirklees Year of Music – volunteering is at the heart of cultural activities across the borough and we aim to celebrate and strengthen existing volunteering as well as developing new opportunities for local communities to get involved.
“We look forward to offering our expertise in developing high quality and meaningful volunteering opportunities which benefit local communities and leave a lasting legacy for Kirklees Year of Music.”
For more information, you can check out the Music in Kirklees website. Check out our recent video on the first networking event for Kirklees Year of Music 2023: