Recruiting, Managing and Supporting Volunteers

We provide support and advice on recruiting, managing and supporting volunteers through a range of activities including network meetings and training, and sharing good practice with Volunteer managers (and/or those responsible for managing volunteers).

Recruiting Volunteers

We can help you to advertise your volunteering opportunities and to recruit volunteers by registering on the new Cumbria Volunteering Opportunities database here:

Organisations can self-register their organisation and add different volunteering opportunities onto the database. Organisations can also keep their volunteering opportunities up to date by simply just logging into the system. This enables potential volunteers who also register through this Cumbria CVS Volunteering Opportunities database to search for local volunteering opportunities and apply directly to your organisation.  This brand new volunteer management software works to build better communities through volunteering and to raise the profile of volunteering to help to grow, nurture and develop our volunteer workforce and volunteer pool throughout Cumbria.

The new online database aims to enable organisations to advertise volunteering opportunities, attract more volunteers, and sign volunteers up quickly and effectively. Through this new Cumbria Volunteering Opportunities Database we can also email and communicate with volunteers instantly as well as reward and motivate  volunteers with instant feedback, achievement badges, and personalised thank you messages. Organisations can self manage their own volunteers through the system through volunteer rotas or use this system to attract volunteers to register via their own websites/online volunteer management systems. Furthermore, volunteer hours can be logged.

For more information please email:

Spreading Good Practice in Volunteer Management

If you are part of a voluntary, community, statutory or private organisation that involves or would like to involve volunteers, we can help you to recruit, manage and support them through a range of activities including network meetings and training, sharing good practice and one to one support for Volunteer Managers.

Here are some useful templates for Volunteer Managers for good practice in Volunteer Management:

How to Develop a Volunteer Policy

Template Volunteer Handbook

Template Volunteer Role Description

Template Volunteer Application form

Template Volunteer Interview Checklist

Template Volunteer Agreement

Template Volunteer Risk Assessment

Template Volunteer Supervision Form

Online Training for Volunteers

Template Volunteer Exit Form

County Volunteer Network

We support 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, volunteer and trustee recruitment events and much more.

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

To join and receive an invite to the next Volunteer Managers Network meeting, simply email

Training for Volunteer Managers

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

For the latest NCVO Volunteer Management Training please see:

Contact Cumbria CVS:

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, Volunteering Manager for Cumbria CVS at