Information for Volunteers

Volunteer in your local area – help make a difference to others and yourself!

Cumbria CVS have developed a specific page relating to Covid-19 which is full of useful resources, advice and guidance, please visit:

Volunteering to support the vaccination and booster roll out

We know many people are keen to support the booster programme in Cumbria over the next few weeks.

If you want to support vaccination centres with marshaling, meeting and greeting and managing the numbers being seen at each session there are two ways to help:

  • Many of the primary care network and pharmacy hubs have been using local volunteer groups for the last year – this might be by local Community Emergency Response Groups, Rotary, church, or other groups and you may be able to connect directly and offer support/availability
  • You can offer support via – under the Volunteer Offer tab select Vaccine Support and share your details. Support Cumbria will then contact you as and when volunteers are needed once any opportunities become available.


Volunteering can be so beneficial in enhancing self-esteem and confidence, gaining experience and knowledge, widening social networks and improving CV’s for future employment. Why not find out more about volunteering?

If you would like to volunteer contact Cumbria CVS today on 01768 800350 or email:

Cumbria CVS can help you to volunteer and help you find an opportunity that matches your skills and interests. We can advise you on what’s available in your local area and help you find something that meets your needs. There are lots of exciting opportunities including caring, administration, supporting disabled or older people, driving, conservation and being a trustee. Getting involved can change your life for the better – so why not give it a go?

Where to start
Think carefully about what you want to do, where you might like to volunteer and how much time you want to give. Local organisations offer a variety of opportunities.

Once registered, we will provide you a selection of volunteering opportunities that may interest you. We will provide you with information about each opportunity and can put you in touch with local organisations so that you can progress things with them directly.

For the latest Cumbria Volunteer Vacancies please see below:

Volunteering Vacancies to support children and young people

Trustee Voluntary Vacancies 2021

Barrow Volunteer Vacancies December 2021

Carlisle Volunteer Vacancies December 2021

Eden Voluntary Vacancies December 2021

South Volunteer Vacancies December 2021

West Volunteer Vacancies December 2021

Next Virtual Volunteer Recruitment Session to support animal charities

Thursday 3 February 2022, 12noon-1.30pm online via zoom

Join Cumbria CVS and charities that support animals at the next Virtual Volunteer Recruitment Session. This event will give potential volunteers an opportunity to hear about the wide range of volunteering opportunities available across Cumbria.

Meet organisations looking to recruit new volunteers to support animals and to find out how to register.

Organisations attending the event include:

  • Animal Concern Cumbria
  • Eden Animal Rescue
  • Riding for the Disabled West Cumbria
  • Westmorland Riding for the Disabled
  • Oaktree Animals

There are a wide range of volunteering opportunities available including dog walking, cat cuddling, animal care, fostering animals, supporting children to horse-ride, administration, retail, drivers, wood-workers, trustees, gardening, fundraising and more!

To book your place at this event please contact Cumbria CVS via email at: or telephone Cumbria CVS on 01768 800350.

Living with and Beyond Cancer

Volunteering Opportunities to Support People Living with Cancer

Living with and Beyond Cancer aims to support personalised care and recovery for people affected by cancer in North Cumbria.

Living with and Beyond Cancer are looking for volunteers for:

Holistic Needs Assessment Cancer Support Volunteers

The Living with and Beyond Cancer Service will soon be able to offer volunteer support to people attending the new Cancer Centre at the Cumberland Infirmary. Living with and Beyond Cancer will be working closely with the team at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to support people affected by cancer.

They are looking to recruit volunteers to provide a friendly access point of support to people living with cancer, their family members, friends/carers, and to work within Cancer Centre to help people with a cancer diagnosis complete a Holistic Needs Assessment and where appropriate signpost to third sector support in the community.

Cancer Coffee Club Volunteers

Living with and Beyond Cancer will be opening our new Cancer Coffee Club in the New Year and would like a small team of volunteers to join in and chat to people affected by cancer. The Coffee Club will be held weekly on Mondays between 1pm and 3pm close to the city centre.

Cancer Support Volunteers

Living with and Beyond Cancer always need volunteers who are able to offer support over the phone, for many people affected by cancer this service has been a lifeline. If you have some free time and some understanding of the issues people face who are living with cancer, they would love to hear from you.

For more information on the above opportunities, please contact or call 01768800350

Working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support

Cumbria CVS is also looking to recruit a team of Virtual and Digital volunteers to support a range of their services which are in turn linked to volunteering, cancer support, funding support, CVS services, etc.
Volunteers would need to have skills in any of the following areas: digital design, ICT, graphic design, digital marketing, video editing, designing content for social media, hosting on-line forums or using digital platforms. These roles are predominately home based volunteering opportunities so volunteers will need access to their own computer, smart phone or internet. (Virtual) discussions/meetings will also take place as and when and dependent upon the role.  For more details on each role please click and download the Volunteer Role Descriptions:

If you would like to become a Cumbria CVS Digital Volunteer please complete and return this Cumbria CVS Volunteer Form to Please click here to download: CVS Internal Volunteer Record Form

Community Action – How you can make a difference in your community
Community action starts with looking at how we can help our neighbours and those in need in and around our local communities. The recent lockdown showed how all of us could make a big difference by making small changes by simply being kind to each other and reaching out to those in need.   Here are 10 simple ways you can help people out in your local community – Factsheet: How you can make a difference in your community

Online Volunteer Training

Some organisations are still looking at how they can start to bring volunteers back safely during Covid-19. Some of these online training courses may interest you and support you in your volunteer role when volunteering during the pandemic or when you are looking at becoming a new volunteer. They are all free online training courses – Online Training for Volunteers.

Staying safe when volunteering during Covid-19

When you are volunteering or looking at becoming a new volunteer during Covid-19 it is important to stay safe and be aware of how you can do this. It is important to protect yourself when volunteering, as well as keeping others safe and help to support the reduction in the spread of the virus. Here are some simple guidelines in how to stay safe when volunteering during Covid-19.  FACT SHEET – Staying Safe When Volunteering During Covid 19

What to do next?

Contact Cumbria CVS to :

Contact us:
Call: 01768 800350
Complete a form here and we’ll get back to you
Twitter: @cumbriaCVS
Join our mailing list for various NETWORK volunteer support groups here

We are open five days/week: Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm; Friday 9am – 3pm

Please note currently some staff continue to work from home but we continue to offer our services virtually either online, email or telephone.

Currently our telpehone hours are 10am – 2pm (emails are as above).

Alternatively, you can visit website to find a volunteering opportunity that interests you click the “apply for this opportunity” button and complete the online registration form.

Additional support
This can be provided to anyone interested in volunteering – if you need support, please ask.

Tell Us!
If you have any comments, feedback, compliments and/or complaints regarding the Cumbria CVS Volunteering Service, please email
Alternatively contact Judith Smale, Volunteering Manager for Cumbria CVS directly on 01768 800350 or email: