Information for Volunteers

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

Volunteering is an opportunity to meet new people, learn something new, and help make a difference to others, build your confidence and share your knowledge and skills with others.

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.

Alternatively, you can drop into one of our next Volunteer Recruitment Events (click here), meet representatives from local organisations and find out first-hand what opportunities are available.

Volunteer Vacancies

To give you an idea of the type of opportunities available in your area, please have a look at the attached lists:

What to do next?

Contact Cumbria CVS to :

We are open five days/week: Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm; Friday 9am – 3.00pm

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

The Cumbria Community Integration Project –  English Language Support Volunteers

Cumbria CVS are working in partnership with AWAZ as part of The Cumbria Community Integration Project, which aims to strengthen communities, improve access to services and empower  the voices of black a minority ethnic communities in Cumbria. AWAZ Cumbria is currently looking to recruit English Language Support Volunteers in Carlisle.

The Cumbria Community Integration Project is a two year project looking to recruit and train 24 English Language Support Volunteers, resulting in 72 people whose English has been improved to the point where they can attend and benefit from mainstream ESOL classes. English Language Support Volunteers will provide English Language support to individuals from ethnic minority groups, to help individuals feel empowered to engage with communities around them and build their confidence to access public services equitably and confidently.

Volunteers may help an individual who feels isolated because they don’t have the confidence to speak, a child struggling to keep up with the language in the classroom, a parent struggling to communicate with the school and other parents, etc. The language support will vary depending on the individual and their language needs. It can range from conversational English whilst doing an activity e.g. having a coffee or going for a walk to basic language tutoring.

Interested in being an English Language Support Volunteer?

Download the volunteer role description here

Download the AWAZ Volunteer application form here

If you would like to find out more about this project or to volunteer for AWAZ please contact Nicole Cottingham, AWAZ Community Development Worker on 07501942287 or email:

Training Opportunities
If you are a volunteer or are interested in becoming a volunteer we have a range of training opportunities that may be of interest to you. Click here for further details.

Additional support
This can be provided to anyone interested in volunteering upon initial contact with Cumbria CVS, e.g. helping to complete application forms, supporting a volunteer to visit the host organisation for their initial interview, etc.

Tell us!
If you have any comments, feedback, compliments or complaints regarding the CVS Volunteering Service please email Judith Smale, County Volunteer Support Officer for Cumbria CVS: