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.

Get involved – volunteering can change your life for the better – so why not give it a go?

Where to start

Think carefully about what type of volunteering role you want to do, where you would like volunteer and how much time you want to give. Local organisations offer a variety of opportunities.

You can register your interest in volunteering here:

Search for local volunteering opportunities and then apply or register your interest with your chosen organisation.

Take a look at the support available in different areas of Cumbria below and contact our team, or for all other areas please email:


Furness For You

Furness For You Project is a partnership project, funded through Know Your Neighbourhood Fund and aims to tackle chronic loneliness across the Furness area by encouraging more people to get involved in volunteering. If you’re isolated and aren’t sure where to start with getting the right support or think you might be interested in volunteering within Furness Cumbria CVS is here to help.


This Is Us

This is Us is a project for Cumbria CVS, funded by Westmorland and Furness Council, through National Government and the levelling up agenda, aiming to develop new volunteering opportunities and to support organisations to recruit volunteers.

If you would like support email Volunteering Support Officer:


 Helping to transform West Cumbria – Bedrock

Cumbria CVS is a delivery partner in the Transforming West Cumbria programme. This programme is funded by Sellafield Ltd and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and managed by Cumbria Community Foundation. Cumbria CVS can support individuals in West Cumbria to find out about local volunteering opportunities.

For support in West Cumbria or all other areas of Cumbria please email:


South Copeland Volunteering Support

If you would like to find out about local volunteering opportunities in South Copeland, please email who is based in Millom.


Allerdale Volunteering Support

If you would like to find out about local volunteering opportunities in Allerdale, please email :


Volunteer Case Studies to inspire you to volunteer!

Check out our Volunteering in Cumbria video to hear stories about why people volunteer and why you should too!

You can also read about some inspiring volunteers in the case studies below (click on the thumbnail images to expand):

Keith – Barrow and District Disability Association





Ged – Business Development Lead for The Well Communities





Jacquetta – Buddhist Group of Kendal Theravada





Judith – Girlguiding Cumbria South





Pete – Heron Corn Mill, Beetham





Stuart – Carer Support South Lakes





What to do next?

Contact us to:

  • find out more about volunteering
  • register as a volunteer
  • discuss opportunities in your area
  • organise a confidential (virtual) appointment via Microsoft Teams, Facebook Messenger or Zoom

Call: 01768 800350


Or complete this online form below:

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Twitter: @cumbriaCVS

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

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: