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


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?

Please note: We are currently finding as a result of covid19, some organisations are not actively recruiting new volunteers  – this is mainly due to current restrictions and the need to develop ways of safely protecting volunteers to return to volunteering. However, those that are recruiting, are looking to recruit volunteers for specific roles.

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:

Barrow Volunteer Vacancies Autumn 2020

Carlisle Volunteer Vacancies Autumn 2020

Eden Volunteer Vacancies Autumn 2020

South Volunteer Vacancies Autumn 2020

West Volunteer Vacancies Autumn 2020

Cumbria CVS is looking for Volunteers:
Cumbria CVS is currently looking to recruit Volunteer Trustees.

  • Are you driven to make a difference?
  • Do you wish to support a strong voluntary sector working collectively across Cumbria for the greater good?
  • Are you a people focussed individual?
  • Do you value diversity, integrity, respect and transparency?
  • Are you looking for a new opportunity to develop your skills?

We are looking to enhance the strengths of our existing board by recruiting new trustees.  The role of trustee is vital for holding the organisation to account and ensuring public confidence, for determining the overall direction of the organisation and providing leadership.

We are keen to reflect the diversity of the Cumbria population in all its characteristics; including but not limited to, ethnicity, gender, faith/non-faith, age and disability and we are looking in particular, for skills/experience in the following areas: Finance; Fundraising, Legal; Digital; HR and Health and Safety.

For more information and the Application Pack see: www.cumbriacvs.org.uk/vacancies

Completed applications must be submitted by Friday 6 November 2020.

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 070720

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

Cumbria CVS are hosting a Virtual Volunteer Information Session  –  online via zoom on Thursday 29 October, 11am-12noon.

This is an information session for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer!

The session will cover:

Volunteering, community action and being prepared for future emergencies

Cumbria CVS Volunteer Brokerage Service

Update with Covid-19 and current volunteering opportunities

Staying safe during Covid-19 when volunteering

Training opportunities

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteer Recruitment Process

If you would like to join in this session please email: info@cumbriacvs.org.uk

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, County Volunteer Support Officer for Cumbria CVS directly on 01768 800350 or email: judiths@cumbriacvs.org.uk