Voluntary Organisations

Todmorden is fortunate to have many amazing voluntary groups offering everything from access to the arts, care for the body, mind and soul, preservation of the environment and celebration of our local architecture, history, and natural surroundings. These voluntary groups and the people within them enhance Todmorden and help to make it an incredibly special place to live, work and visit.

If you can’t see your voluntary organisation listed here, please call contact us and let us know so that we can make this a really comprehensive list.

3 Valley Vegans

3 Valley Vegans (3VV) is a community group based in and around the upper Calder Valley in West Yorkshire.  This local group supports all who want to move towards a vegan lifestyle.

8th/26th Calder
Valley Scouts

The Scouts have been present in Todmorden for over 50 years and the 8th/26th Calder Valley Scouts offer a varied range of activities to the boys and girls in the Group including camps and trips. The Group meets at the Central Methodist Church but welcome all denominations and religions.

Age Concern

Age Concern Todmorden is a small local charity supporting older people in Todmorden, Walsden, Cornholme, Portsmouth and surrounding areas.

Calder Valley
Community Land

Calder Valley Community Land Trust is a member-led community benefit society with charitable status which has been established to help address and meet housing needs in our part of Calderdale.  Their mission is to work with the people of the Calder Valley to hold property and create sustainable and affordable homes in vibrant communities.

Calder Valley
Search & Rescue

Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team (CVSRT) is a 100% voluntary charity, that operates within Mountain Rescue (England & Wales) guidelines and is part of the Mid-Pennine Search & Rescue region supporting the statutory emergency services, working on behalf of West Yorkshire Police.

Friends of

Calderdale Friends of Dorothy is an inclusive group of older (over 50yrs) lesbians who live, or have roots in, the Upper Valley of Calderdale. The group seeks to raise awareness of the issues they face as they age and to explore, promote and address particular issues around health, social care, housing and social networks.

Cancer Research Todmorden

The Cancer Research Todmorden group meets on the first Monday of every month.  New volunteers are always welcome to join the meetings or help with events and activities.


Todmorden Christian Fellowship is a friendly and informal church meeting Central Methodist Church, Todmorden. Our services are now at the new time of 2pm.

Climate Challenge College

The Climate Challenge College is the first of its kind in the country. This exciting and pioneering new course aims to provide people with the opportunity to learn new skills and expand their knowledge in sustainability and the green economy. The course focuses on the areas of natural building, regenerative farming and recycling/upcycling using repair and reuse methods.

Cornholme and
Portsmouth Old

Cornholme’s Old Library is a lively community space hosting a cafe, events, classes and activities for everyone who lives locally.

Rights of Way

The volunteers at CROWS work on public footpaths and bridleways – usually referred to as Rights of Way, repairing the routes or in some cases improving them to widen access. The Group works all over the Western end of Calderdale– Todmorden (including Cornholme and Walsden), Blackshaw, Heptonstall, Erringden, Hebden Royd (including Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale), Luddenden and Ripponden.


Dementia Friendly Todmorden are a volunteer run group who aim to make the town a dementia friendly community. They work closely with West Yorkshire Police Todmorden and West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue to help provide as much support as they can.

Friends of the Earth Calderdale

Calderdale Friends of the Earth is a group committed to tackling the effects of climate change through efforts to improve and protect our local environment.

Friends of Centre
Vale Park

The volunteers who form the Friends of Centre Vale Park group work hard to protect, improve, promote and enhance Todmorden’s beautiful Centre Vale Park. Their activities include woodland management, planting initiatives and path  improvements as well project managing improvements to the the park’s facilities, fundraising and public awareness raising. They help ensure the park is well maintained and raise and monitor any issues that arise with the staff of Calderdale Council who oversee the park.

Friends of Christ Church – Todmorden

The work of this non-profit community group centres on the historic graveyard of Todmorden’s Christ Church. Christ Church is no longer an active Church but is was once the Parish Church for Todmorden.    The Friends group supports volunteers to “adopt a grave” and seeks to maintain and improve access to the graveyard for the entire community. 

Friends of

The Todmorden Friends of Overgate is a voluntary group that coordinates fundraising activities and community events in aid of the Overgate Hospice in Elland.

Friends of the
Town Hall

Friends Of Todmorden Town Hall is a community group, developed in 2019, to ensure the continued use of our outstanding Grade I Listed Town Hall for the benefit of the local community. The group support the Town Hall Volunteers, who provide regular tours around the building.

Gaddings Dam Group

Gaddings Dam is owned and maintained by the Gaddings Group Dam Preservation Company Ltd, more commonly known by its trading name, the Gaddings Dam Group.The group is a not-for-profit company set up for the sole purpose of preserving Gaddings Dam as a heritage site and amenity for the public. It is run by unpaid volunteers and is funded by donations and subscriptions.

Heptonstall Exhibitions Charity & Richard Naylor Charity

The Heptonstall Exhibitions and Richard Naylor Charities offer educational grants to young people, under the age of 21 years on first application, who live within the area of the ‘Ancient Chapelry of Heptonstall’.  Grants are awarded annually with the closing deadline for applications usually being in September.

Hippodrome Youth Theatre

The Todmorden Hippodrome Youth Theatre (or HYT for short) is the youth section of Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society. Formed in 1981, HYT is now one of the area’s largest youth theatre groups with over 100 members. They cover everything from full scale musicals to contemporary drama and learning stage craft and production skills

Hour Car

Hour Car is a thriving Car Share Scheme, which has been operating in the upper Calder Valley for more than 14 years.  They now have 5 vehicles and over 60 members and since 2010 there has been an Hour Car station in Todmorden.

In the Park Productions

In The Park Productions create high quality, interactive, theatrical productions and events for a family audience. Productions take place in accessible, outdoor locations, such as Todmorden’s Centre Vale Park,and incorporate a mix of Make, Do and Watch activities.

Incredible Edible Todmorden

The volunteers behind Incredible Edible Todmorden (IET) grow fruit, herbs and vegetables around Todmorden that are for everyone to share. They also run a wide range of events that help strengthen the local community.  IET was born in 2008 and since that date it has inspired action around the UK and the world.

Incredible Farm

Incredible Farm is a not-for-profit company, originally a project of Incredible Edible. The company aim is to model the idea of food-growing as a basis for local businesses, through methods of permaculture. This method of farming ensures a sustainable approach to food production that has least possible impact upon the environment.

Keep Tod Tidy

The volunteers behind Incredible Edible Todmorden (IET) grow fruit, herbs and vegetables around Todmorden that are for everyone to share. They also run a wide range of events that help strengthen the local community.  IET was born in 2008 and since that date it has inspired action around the UK and the world.


Todmorden Kidsfest is a marvellous, magical annual winter festival for the children of Todmorden. Every year the volunteers at Kidsfest work hard to organise amazing, engaging and free activities for young ones, held in Todmorden’s historic Town Hall.

Pennine Animal Welfare

Pennine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was set up as a voluntary group to provide shelter and care for animals in the Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Bacup area. Their aim is to rehome as many animals as possible into secure loving homes for the rest of their lives.

Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion’s Todmorden branch brings community and aid to veterans of every war living in Todmorden and surrounding areas.  They organise the annual remembrance march through the town and a he remembrance ceremony held in the memorial garden of Centre Vale Park.

Slow the Flow

Slow The Flow is a charity working to advance the education of the public in Natural Flood Management, Sustainable Drainage Systems and other renewable methods of managing the environment.   Run entirely by volunteers, Slow the Flow works to provide practical solutions to reduce flood risk in the Calder Valley.

St Mary’s Youth Cafe

The Youth Café is a resource for children transitioning from primary to secondary school (yrs 6, 7 and 8).  It opens Fridays (term time) and offers a small tuck shop and lots of games and activities.  Admission is £1

Talking Newspaper for Todmorden

The Talking Newspaper is a local voluntary organisation which provides recordings of items from the Todmorden News and other material free of charge to people with visual disability.  Anyone is welcome to listen to this material online and for the visually disabled there is an option to receive the talking newspaper on a memory stick posted monthly.

The Kindness Hub

The Todmorden Kindness Hub is a revolutionary venue built on the principles of caring and communitarianism.  At its heart is a welcoming community café where people from all backgrounds and walks of life can meet, socialise and relax but the Hub also aims to make a contribution to the local community by hosting therapeutic programmes and creating opportunities for social enterprise activity, the gaining of skills and experience and access to training and qualifications.

Todmorden Learning Centre & Community Hub

Todmorden learning centre and community hub (TLCCH) which has run Todmorden College since the Spring of 2021 after 5 years of campaigning and fundraising to save the building. TLCCH aims to create a community space for the benefit of the people of Todmorden, this is carried out through offering a range of provision for local people and community groups including opportunities for learning, sports facilities, office, studio, and workshop spaces as well as providing local young people with the learning and skills they need for jobs in the new green economy and a weekly food drop-in.

Todmorden Canal Action Group

The Todmorden Canal Action Group is a campaing group focussed on  improvements to the Rochdale Canal in Todmorden.  The group’s current focus of activity is to enhance the canalside at Lever St Car Park, to ensure a greener, more sustainable and distinctive welcome to the town in this gateway location. 

Tod Riverside Improvement Group

Todmorden Riverside Improvement Group (TRIG) are a small group of volunteers who look after the stretch of the river bank alongside the Calder known locally as Tipside.  TRIG was established in 1998 to try and prevent Tipside from becoming a car park and have since worked hard to retain it as green space and resource for the people and wildlife in Todmorden.


Todconnect was established in 2018 to facilitate networking and mutual support between businesses of all types based in and around Todmorden.  The group also aims to provide a forum through which local businesses can engage with other bodies.

Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society

Year on year the Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (TAODS) gives our town an amazing run of plays and musical productions, all performed in the stunning Edwardian Hippodrome Theatre which is also home to the Electric Cinema.  Keep an eye on their website for details.

Todmorden Angling Society

The Todmorden Angling society has been established since 1935 and their waters include seven stillwater ponds and parts of both the Rochdale Canal and the River Calder.  New members with a valid Environment Agency Rod license are welcomed.

Todmorden Flood Group

Formed after the June 2012 flood, the Todmorden Flood Group brings aid to the people of Todmorden  who have been or are likely to be victims of flood, by raising awareness of the flood risks, flood prevention methods and resilience measures; by providing advice, support and relevant materials in times of flood.  Made up  entirely by volunteers, the group campaigns and collaborates with  other relevant organisations, including the Environment Agency and Calderdale Council,  to promote a better understanding of the needs of the Todmorden area.  

Todmorden Food Drop-In

The Tod Food Drop In is an independent food bank, not linked to any official agencies.  The Group provide food for people who cannot afford to buy it- whatever the reason.

Todmorden Health Centre Champions

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The Todmorden Health Centre Champions are a group of volunteers who offer patient support and some additional services, all of which are particularly relveant to people with disabilities.  The Champions can assist patients during their visits to the health centre and with simple queries ahead of visits, plus with appointment bookings. 

Todmorden in Bloom

Todmorden in Bloom is a voluntary group dedicated to creating a big, bright, beautiful blooming community in the heart of the Pennines.  The volunteers look after 25 pocket gardens, 130 hanging baskets, 45 barrier baskets and Todmorden and Walsden Railway Stations.

Todmorden Makery

Todmorden Makery is an exciting new asset to the town, providing initiatives for reducing landfill waste, promoting and practising recycling and bringing the community together. It is a community workshop that offers a space for people to engage in repairing, arts and crafts making, and idea-sharing.

Todmorden Rotary Club

Todmorden Rotary Club was established in 1946 and continues to this day in promoting the values of service, fellowship, diversity, integrity and leadership within the community. Members come from all walks of life but share a common desire to provide service to the community, both locally and Internationally. Read more


Treesponsibility is a not-for-profit community group based in the Upper Calder Valley, dedicated to tackling climate change by providing people with the opportunity to make the simple yet powerful act of planting a tree. The emphasis on climate action lies at the heart of Treesponsibility’s ethos, with campaigning and educating people on the importance of such action. Since the floods of Boxing Day 2015, Treesponsibility volunteers have helped to plant over 50,000 trees. This not only provides our local environment with more trees for improving air quality, but also provides support for flood mitigation and increasing local biodiversity.

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