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:
https://www.cumbriacvs.org.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-volunteering

Citizens Advice Virtual Volunteer Recruitment Event 

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 

12noon-1pm 

Interested in becoming a volunteer with your local Citizens Advice in Cumbria?

Citizens Advice in Cumbria helps local people, through providing free, confidential, independent advice and support on matters including employment, debt, benefits, housing, energy and consumer affairs.

Coronavirus has made life hard for so many people and there has been an increase in people needing advice and support. Locally, Citizens Advice rely on a team of committed volunteers to support the essential Citizens Advice work and therefore new volunteers are currently being recruited, in particular Volunteer Advisers and Volunteer Trustees.

Some Citizens Advice are also recruiting Social Media volunteers.

To find out more about becoming a Citizens Advice Volunteer, join the Citizens Advice Virtual Volunteer Recruitment Session. Download poster here

For joining details please email info@cumbriacvs.org.uk or call Cumbria CVS on 01768 800350.

If you are unable to attend the event but wish to volunteer directly with Citizens Advice please visit:

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/support-us/volunteering/ or contact Cumbria CVS to volunteer!

Get on Board – Trustee Virtual Volunteer Information Session  

Thursday 4th November 2021 

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm 

This event hosted by Cumbria CVS online via zoom and is open to anyone who is interested in becoming a Trustee in Cumbria. Download poster here

Join the Get on Board – Trustee Virtual Volunteer Information Session with Cumbria CVS to find out what a trustee is, the amazing work they do and the different types of trustee volunteering opportunities available here in Cumbria. Currently there are a range of trustee roles and new volunteers for roles such as a general trustee, secretary, treasurer or chair.

See what skills and qualities are needed to be a trustee, the time commitment involved and the training and support that is available. The session will also look at organisations that are currently recruiting trustees and information on how to become a volunteer trustee.

Organisations attending looking to recruit new trustees include:

4Eden, Citizens Advice, Howgill Family Centre, Carnegie Theatre and more!

Please book by calling 01768 800350 or email info@cumbriacvs.org.uk

Volunteering

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:  info@cumbriacvs.org.uk

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:

Trustee Voluntary Vacancies 2021 – THIS ONE NEWEST (4)

Virtual Volunteering in Cumbria

NEW Barrow Voluntary Vacancies October 2021

NEW Carlisle Voluntary Vacancies October 2021

NEW Eden Voluntary Vacancies October 2021

NEW South Voluntary Vacancies October 2021

NEW West Voluntary Vacancies October 2021

Living With and Beyond Cancer are looking for volunteers in West Cumbria.

Could you support people with a cancer diagnosis in West Cumbria? Volunteers are needed to help with:

Do you have time to spare to offer practical, social and emotional support to people with cancer?

Become a volunteer and make a difference to people Living With and Beyond Cancer by completing this form and returning to: info@cumbriacvs.org.uk

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

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 info@cumbriacvs.org.uk.
Alternatively contact Judith Smale, Volunteering Manager for Cumbria CVS directly on 01768 800350 or email: judiths@cumbriacvs.org.uk