CELEBRITIES are helping to get National Volunteers Week off the ground in Kirklees.
The week starts today and includes a big volunteers fair in Huddersfield on Monday and will be a big push to boost the number of volunteers in the area.
The celebrities include actors Paul Warren and Jonathan le Billon, Batley Bulldogs rugby player Barry Eaton and radio DJ Tony Francis.
They will be working alongside volunteers today.
Paul - who appeared as Toyah's love-rat lecturer in Coronation Street and also in Fat Friends - will be digging away with Kirklees Countryside Volunteers in Linthwaite.
Jonathan - who played Brian the Goth in Hollyoaks - will be helping young people at the Lawrence Batley Theatre.
Barry will be helping down on the farm at Ponderosa in Heckmondwike.
Home 107.9 DJ Tony will be helping out at Kirkwood Hospice.
Sharron Wilkinson from Volunteering Kirklees said: "The local celebrities and organisations have been fantastic about wanting to help promote this eventful week.
"This National Week is all about recruiting, recognising and rewarding the millions of volunteers out there in the UK.
"There is some amazing work being done every day by thousands of people across Kirklees."
The Volunteer Fair is being staged in Huddersfield to show people the huge range of volunteering opportunities.
The hundreds of posts range from being a cat catcher through to working with disabled people, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance or even the police.
The event on Monday, June 7, runs from 11am to 7pm and will be held at the Methodist Mission on Lord Street in Huddersfield town centre and the Volunteering Kirklees office which is next door.
It will feature 25 organisations and charities from across Kirklees and Yorkshire who need volunteers and they will give talks and demonstrations throughout the day.
Sharron said: "This is an exciting time for volunteering and we are really pleased so many charities and voluntary organisations want to become involved.
"We aim to show people how volunteering can change their lives by learning new skills, helping people and making better use of their spare time.
"Apparently, people don't volunteer because they haven't been asked. We aim to show people the sheer volume of organisations that need help."
Volunteering can often boost someone's career development and many people volunteer to get work experience or improve their CVs.
Some do it as a step back to full-time work, others simply to get out of the house and meet new friends.
Sharron added: "Everyone wins with volunteering. Many people are amazed at the wide range of opportunities."
People can drop into Volunteering Kirklees between 10am and 4pm from Monday to Friday.
Volunteering Kirklees can be contacted on 01484 226608 or email at vk@voluntaryac tionkirklees.co.uk