ANYONE who thinks volunteering only involves working in charity shops had better think again.
In fact, they should prepare to be surprised.
For there are 350 posts available in Huddersfield and Dewsbury.
You can even volunteer to be a cat catcher.
A new office, called Volunteering Kirklees, has opened recently in Lord Street, Huddersfield, and can match people to just about anything they want to volunteer for.
The only catch is that volunteers don't get paid.
But there are big benefits - and volunteering can often boost someone's career development.
Many volunteer to get work experience or to boost their CVs. Some do it as a step back to full-time work.
Others volunteer simply to get out of the house and meet new friends.
Many do it because it makes them feel good to do something worthwhile, while helping others.
Volunteering Kirklees worker Sharron Wilkinson said: "Everyone wins with volunteering. Many people are amazed at the wide range of opportunities."
People can drop into Volunteering Kirklees
between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. The group is being funded by the lottery.
More than 200 organisations have registered with Volunteering Kirklees, offering 350 opportunities between them.
Here are just a few.
* Cats Protection gives people the chance to catch wild cats so they can be neutered. Or people can simply foster homeless cats
* Huddersfield-based national road safety charity Brake needs volunteers to help with administration, research and fundraising
* Scope, Mencap and Children With A Disability run schemes which need volunteers to befriend disabled people and take them out
* The Lawrence Batley Theatre has volunteer stewards for performances
* The National Trust at Marsden always needs volunteers to help care for 5,685 acres of moorland
* Victim Support always needs helpers.
Volunteer services manager Sarah Burden said: "By matching volunteers to good causes, lottery cash cascades down to help people."
Volunteering Kirklees can be contacted on 01484 226608 (email at email@example.com)