Recruiting, Managing and Supporting Volunteers

Covid 19: March 2020
Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, organisations will be changing the way they recruit and support volunteers.
For further information, visit the Support Cumbria website or visit the following page on our website which is full of useful information and resources:

Alternatively please contact Cumbria CVS on 01768 800350 or email:

Cumbria CVS provides support and advice on recruiting, managing and supporting volunteers through a range of activities including network meetings and training, sharing good practice and 1:1 support for Volunteer managers (and/or those responsible for managing volunteers).

Recruiting Volunteers

Cumbria CVS can help you to recruit volunteers. We do this by promoting local volunteering opportunities through Do-it website, local volunteer vacancies and social media.

To register an opportunity with us, please complete and return the Opportunity Reistration Form and email it to

Supporting good practice

If you are part of a voluntary, community, statutory or private organisation that involves or would like to involve volunteers, Cumbria CVS can help you.

We can help you to recruit, manage and support volunteers through a range of activities including network meetings and training, sharing good practice and one to one support for Volunteer Managers.

County Volunteer Network

Cumbria CVS supports a County Volunteering Network for Volunteer Managers to promote good practice in volunteer management. Through the network you will receive regular updates on sector developments, training opportunities, volunteer recruitment events and much more. We also run two County Volunteer Network meetings each year in March and September.

The Network open to all volunteer involving organisations and provides an excellent opportunity to meet and network with other Volunteer Managers, to share skills and experiences and to receive valuable training and updates.

To join, simply email

In response to Covid 19,  a Coffee and Chat Meeting (online via Zoom) has been arranged for Thursday 23 March 2020 from 11am – 12noon.
Please see attached poster for full details.

Cumbria CVS also support good practice through the Cumbria Compact Volunteering Code of Practice. Further information is available on the page on the Cumbria Compact by clicking here

1:1 Support for Volunteer Managers

If you would like advice, information and/or support on recruiting, supporting or any other aspect of involving volunteers in your organisation, contact Cumbria CVS on 01768 800350 or

Training for Volunteer Managers

Cumbria CVS provides a range of training for Volunteer Managers to help with the recruitment, retention, management and support of volunteers.

The next training session planned is: Planning for Success – How to grow your volunteer programme however it has been postponed and will hopefully be rearranged for autumn 2020.

Please keep an eye on our training calendar for details of other organisation training that may be of interest to you.

Cumbria CVS Twitter Hour – #cvsvolunteerhour

The CVS Twitter hour brings together people involved in managing volunteers from across Cumbria to share ideas and good practice.

Each session focuses on a different topic.

Use the hashtag #cvsvolunteerhour and tag us @CumbriaCVS

Please do follow us on twitter @cumbriacvs and tweet us your volunteering opportunities and posters.

Training for Volunteers

We normally run a series of short training courses to support your volunteers, but as above, all current training and events have been postponed/cancelled due to Covid 19 (March 2020). We hope to resume sessions in autumn 2020.

We can also provide training tailored to the needs of your volunteers. Contact us today to discuss this further.

Contact Cumbria CVS:

  • Call: 01768 800350
  • Email:
  • Facebook:
  • Twitter: @cumbriaCVS

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

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 at