"I started volunteering at Pennine Magpie one day a week. I increased this to 5 days after finding how much I enjoyed it.
I was recommended to volunteer at Pennine Magpie by Calderdale College. I wanted to volunteer here so I could learn new skills for future work and placements.
I have been involved with office work, answering telephones, printing, photo copying, typing and registration.
I would recommend Pennine Magpie for work placements as it is a fun and friendly place to work."


From February 2015 to June 2015, I was a volunteer at Pennine Magpie.
During my time I would support students on a one to one basis as well as helping support larger groups.
Pennine Magpie has a lot to offer its students, from learning life skills to learning how to cook and going on days out.
Pennine Magpie is a fantastic day center and anybody going there will be very lucky.
As a volunteer I learned so much about the different kinds of disabilities that there are and how to help people in the way they needed.


I am at Pennine Magpie on placement for my PGCE course at Huddersfield University; I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The staff and students have been very friendly and welcoming. I enjoy coming here and interacting with everybody, both those in my Music group and those who I communicate with at lunch time. I would definitely recommend Pennine Magpie to anyone wanting to attend as a student. The setting may not be that of a typical school, but from my experience the atmosphere and nature of the sessions, make it a much happier and stress free environment to work in.


I am currently a student at Pennine Magpie from the University of Huddersfield. I am training to be a teacher and I take the cooking classes every week with 2 groups. I have enjoyed my time here and I will continue to volunteer once a week after my teaching hours are finished. The students are very welcoming and they have made me feel at home from day 1. Pennine Magpie is a really special place and it is evident that all the students enjoy attending and they have a good rapport with staff. The students are guided and enabled here, they are not told what to do. As a trainee teacher I feel the word facilitator resonates highly, the students are empowered and learn life long skills to enhance their independent living experiences.  I would definitely recommend this organisation for any student looking for a placement.

Cheryl Hey