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Community Groups

Community Organisations in Batley and Birstall

There are many voluntary organisations in our locality which enrich our community, offer our children and their families opportunities to experience new things, participate in new activities and meet new people.

We have tried to list some of them – but this is not an exhaustive list of organisations in the area.


Mount Cricket Club

Community Cricket Club with Senior and Junior Cricket Teams. Involved in Community, Charity, Interfaith, Disability & Women's Cricket Work. 



Brownies and Guides groups

There are a number of girl guiding groups with brownies and guides meetings in the locality


Batley Carr (St Andrew) 7th Batley Scouts

Batley Castle 14th Batley Scouts

Batley: 20th Batley (St Thomas) Scout Group
There are a number of scout groups with Beavers, Cubs and Scout meetings in the locality



185 (Batley) Squadron Air Training Corps

A uniformed youth organisation for boys and girls aged 13 to 18 years closely associated with the RAF but also committed to the aim of producing good citizens. Provides outdoor education, flying and gliding, sports and Duke of Edinburgh's Award preparation.


Batley Ladies Circle

Ladies Circle is a club for women aged between18 and 45 who want to make new friends, have lots of fun and do some fundraising along the way.


Friends of Batley Station

A community group campaigning & working to improve Batley's railway station: volunteer & join us!

More information on their Twitter page




Friends of Batley Library

A group promoting the activities, events and resources in the iconic library building. 

Information found on their Twitter page



Batley Boys ARFLC

Community Rugby League club with junior teams for different age groups.


Batley Community Choir has the aim of bringing together members of the local community in and around Batley, West Yorkshire.

The ethos is one of a shared enthusiasm and passion for singing music, and the plan is simple - to get together and sing regularly, to meet new people and to have fun. There are no auditions - anyone who wants to join can. 

@Batleysings ‏



Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites

A group supporting individuals, groups and charities in our local community, nationally and internationally. New members are very welcome! 






Batley Festival volunteers support community events in Batley, West Yorkshire.



Friends of Wilton Park

Group promoting and protecting Wilton Park




Batley Food Bank

We collect food from the public and redistribute it to families in need, providing enough food for the whole family for three meals a day for a week.





Friends of Birstall Library

A group promoting the activities, events and resources in the library building.

Information found on their Facebook Page




Friends of Oakwell Hall


Founded in 1988, the Friends of Oakwell Hall and Country Park are a voluntary support group for this wonderfully authentic 16th Century Manor House in Yorkshire - and for its surrounding 110 acres of country park.

Whilst many people join the Friends simply because they appreciate the beauty and tranquillity of the Hall and Park, others join because of the 'hands on' opportunities available on site. Friends work closely with the dedicated staff at Oakwell and provide assistance both inside and outside the Hall.



Batley Bulldogs

Profession Rugby League Club

Supporting community activities across the locality



Women’s Centre

Services for women & girls including domestic violence support, counselling, learning & skills, refugee/asylum support and pioneering work with women offenders. Locations in Huddersfield and Dewsbury

Birkenshaw Bells is a Netball Club based in Birkenshaw, competing in the West Yorkshire Junior League. For more info contact



Birkenshaw Bells is a Netball Club based in Birkenshaw, competing in the West Yorkshire Junior League.

For more info contact




Inspiring & empowering the community while having fun riding a bike. It’s not just about the bike.

It’s about the journey. We are Hop On. We are Change Makers.



Mencap in Kirklees works with people who have learning disabilities and with their families and carers to enable them to lead full and purposeful lives. With our ever-growing service we are always looking to reach the people that don’t get the care & support they need.


For 80 years and at every part of Britain’s history, WVS, today Royal Voluntary Service, has inspired more than three million ordinary women and men to give their time to help others.

The driving force behind the organisation has been our founder, Lady Reading. Our world today may be very different to that of 1938, but her words still resonate with us. 

"The ultimate strength of a nation lies not in her trading, nor in the multitude of her financial transactions. It’s not found in her banking operations nor in the acumen of her leaders. The ultimate strength of a nation lies in the character of the men and women who are that nation and voluntary service is an integral part of that character."

Lady Stella Reading, Founder, WVS 


We aim to harness that strength and character and use it to reach two million older people in the next ten years. We need to achieve this as the UK’s older population is growing and needs more support. 

Royal Voluntary Service wants to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved whatever their age. Our volunteers will help us to do this – just as they have done since the beginning.



Howden Clough Community Centre. We're (only just) round the bend! On Leeds Road, Howden Clough. WF17 OHY. Like Us, Help Us, Hire Us.  





An advocacy group for mountain biking in and around Kirklees



Inspired by the Gujarati Writers Forum, The Yorkshire Dialect Group and local poets, the Batley Poets first assembled at the Batley Festival in 2012 and have since gathered a growing number of local poets to share the words and sentences that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. 

As the name suggests, this website has been put together to give the poets of Batley an opportunity to share their poetry and allow it to be heard and read long after the Batley Poetry events. 

If you have a poem to submit, please go to the submit page and follow the instructions. If you have any other queries or feedback you can always email us at 

To keep up to date with new posts, events and videos, follow @BatleyPoets on Twitter and Facebook (search for Batley Poets). Don’t forget to subscribe to the site below for regular updates.




The Friends of Staincliffe Park is a voluntary group who organises events at the park and ensure that the park is looked after for the community.




Friends of Wilton Park in Batley, Yorkshire.A group of dedicated volunteers who wish to improve the park.



The Pakistan and Kashmir Welfare Association (PKWA) is a grassroots, community association operating from a purpose-built centre in the heart of Batley. We are committed to providing social, welfare and educational services to the general public, and in particular to the Pakistani and Kashmiri communities, of Batley; and to campaigning for positive social change on a range of issues. 

The PKWA was established by a group of community activists in 1990. At the outset the PKWA had no premises or resources, and initial meetings were held at the homes of the founding members, who also supported the development of the organisation from their own personal resources. The initiative to form the Association arose out of growing concerns that locally the people of the Pakistani and Kashmiri community were facing exclusion in a number of key areas, such as health, housing, education and employment.



The IMWS women’s committee are made up of members of the community who share an interest in addressing, promoting and improving the health, social, educational and religious needs of women in the Batley and surrounding areas.

In the past two years, we have held workshops, organised trips and written articles. We hope to endeavour to continue and improve the diverse opportunities available to women in our community.


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