Information for Volunteers

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

Volunteering can be so beneficial in enhancing self-esteem and confidence, gaining experience and knowledge, widening social networks and improving CVs for future employment.

We can help you to volunteer and 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 give 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.

To register for information on volunteering, please download and return the Volunteer Contact Form.

For the latest Cumbria Volunteer Vacancies please see below:

One-off and Summer Volunteering Opportunities 2022

Volunteering Vacancies to support children and young people

Volunteering with Animals Vacancies

Trustee Volunteer Vacancies 2022

Barrow Volunteer Vacancies June 2022

Carlisle Volunteer Vacancies June 2022

Eden Volunteer Vacancies June 2022

South Lakes Volunteer Vacancies June 2022

West Volunteer Vacancies June 2022

You might also find it useful to download the Volunteering FAQ


Volunteer Fundraising Champions!

Cumbria CVS are helping local charities and community groups to recruit Volunteer Fundraising Champions to place in charitable and community organisations around the County.

  • Do you want to make a difference in your community?
  • Are you interested in learning new skills?
  • Would you like to become a Fundraising Champion?

Many charities and community groups across the County want fundraising volunteers to help them raise vital funds to continue to provide services for their beneficiaries.

A small amount of time will make a huge difference and for the causes you can support!

To find out more:


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.

Volunteers are needed for:

Holistic Needs Assessment Cancer Support 

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, and 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 

A new Cancer Coffee Club in Workington is opening, and needs a small team of volunteers to join in and chat to people affected by cancer. The Coffee Club will be held every second and fourth Tuesday of the month between 10am and 11:30am at the Carnegie Theatre, Workington.

Cancer Support 

Volunteers are always needed 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 Janem@cumbriacvs.org.uk or call 01768 800350.

Working in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support

We are 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 Volunteer Form to info@cumbriacvs.org.uk. Please click here to download: CVS Internal Volunteer Record Form


Community Action – How you can make a difference in your community

If formal volunteering isn’t something you have time to do then you could consider doing some information volunteering/community action. 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 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.

Volunteer Case Studies to inspire you to volunteer!

Check out our new Volunteering in Cumbria video to hear stories from volunteers about why they volunteer and why you to could become a volunteer!

What to do next?

Contact us to:

Call: 01768 800350
Email: info@cumbriacvs.org.uk
Complete a form here and we’ll get back to you.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cumbriacvs
Twitter: @cumbriaCVS

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 are still offering our services virtually either online, email or telephone.

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

Tell Us!

If you have any comments, feedback, compliments and/or complaints regarding the Cumbria CVS Volunteering Service, please email info@cumbriacvs.org.uk.
Alternatively contact Judith Smale, Volunteering Manager for Cumbria CVS directly on 01768 800350 or email: judiths@cumbriacvs.org.uk