Age UK Carlisle & Eden are looking for additional volunteers to join their existing team of 500 volunteers who currently serve the local community.There are opportunities in a whole range of services - day care service, befriending service, home day care, lunch clubs, mini buses requiring drivers and passenger assistants, assisted shopping trips, administration, walking for health, cancer support services and homeshare. Time commitment varies from one off events to monthly, weekly or even daily tasks. To learn more, click here to visit the Age UK Carlisle & Eden website, or phone 01228536673 or 01768354918.
The Eden and Keswick Branch of the Alzheimer's society is based in Penrith and covers a huge area from Shap to Keswick, including all the valleys. It is a charity which is growing daily and is much needed. Most people know someone who has been touched by dementia. We have plenty of volunteering opportunities apart from the usual tin rattling. There are things to be done in the office, tasks in the various groups involving clients and their carers , organising 'events', and any 'one off' fundraising events such as coffee mornings etc. We would welcome anyone who would like to become a volunteer for anything from one hour a year upto two to three hours a week. Click here to go to the loacal Alzheimer's Society web page and learn more.
Himalayan Balsam is a present nuisance in the Ullswater valley and in recent years volunteers from a number of agencies, working in co-operation with the Lake District National Park Authority, have had some success in dealing with the problem. 2007 saw probably the first decline in the spread of the weed in and around Glenridding. In 2008, 2009 and 2010 the efforts have been effective and the weed is now much reduced in extent. For more information click here
Every five weeks of so a group of helpers, church-goers and non church-goers, meet in St Patrick's church yard at Patterdale, to spend a couple of hours tidying it up. We call these sessions "Boon Days" and they are open to anyone wishing to come along and join us. They are actually good fun and there is satisfaction in seeing the result of two hours collaborative effort. If you would like to try a Boon Day just turn up on the day or give Richard Theobald a ring on 01768482379 and he will answer any queries you may have. Give it a try?
Opportunity to join the Glenridding and Patterdale First Responders, local volunteers trained by North West Ambulance Service to respond to certain 999 calls and provide First Aid till paramedics arrive and take over - click here for more information about NWAS Community First Responders, click here to learn more about the Glenridding and Patterdale group or ring Paul Neate (Team Leader) on 01768482284.
Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service - Cumbria CVS - help individuals by promoting and supporting volunteering, advising people on the types of voluntary work available, placing people into voluntary work and helping organisations provide the best voluntary placements possible by sharing good practice with them. Click here to access the volunteering section of their website.
Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service is looking for Volunteers to join its expanding team to get out and about in the community and help spread community fire safety messages. As a Volunteer you’ll be able to get involved in all sorts of different activities within your community such as:
Assisting in the carrying out home fire safety visits;
Helping at community days and events;
Getting involved with campaigns and speaking to local residents about community and road safety issues;
Assisting with youth engagement events;
Supporting us in the delivery of HeartStart Basic Life Skills Training;
Raising awareness of the Fire Service at community events with our Firefit activities (climbing wall and soccer cage).
Community Volunteers are given training, a uniform and are paid any out of pocket expenses. For more information about becoming a Volunteer with Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service please telephone 01768 812500, e-mail email@example.com or visit their website http://www.cumbriafire.gov.uk/ .
Cumbria Wildlife Trust is the only voluntary organisation devoted solely to the conservation of the wildlife and wildplaces of Cumbria. Formed in 1962 and supported by over 15,000 members, the Trust cares for over 40 nature reserves, campaigns for the protection of endangered habitats and species such as limestone pavements and red squirrels, and works with adults and children to discover the importance of the natural world. Cumbria Wildlife Trust is part of a partnership of 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the UK. With 670,000 members and 2,200 nature reserves, it is the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK’s habitats and species.
The Cumbria Wildlife Trust are always looking for volunteers - click here for current opportunities.
This is an opportunity to get involved and contribute towards crime reduction. Around 30% of young people who appear at court charged with an offence receive a Referral Order of between 3 and 12 months. Panel members direct the way forward for the young person who has admitted the offence. To learn more, click here or contact Amy Madge (Volunteer Development Coordinator) at the Cumbria Youth Offending Service on 01228544140 or email Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Eden Carers exists to provide information, support and a point of reference for Carers of any age who provide substantial and regular care on an unpaid basis.This can be for a family member or friend who cannot manage at home without some help.Eden Carers have a whole range of volunteer opportunities - to learn more, click here to visit their website.
Eden Credit Union Study Group has been set up by a group of volunteers to establish a credit union in Eden. To learn more about credit unions, the study group and numerous volunteering opportunities, click here to go to the study group website.
"Fix the Fells" are a team of skilled rangers and volunteers who repair and maintain the mountain paths in the Lake District with funding from donations and partners. A combination of millions of pairs of walking boots, the weather and gradient means erosion is a constant problem. Our path work reduces erosion scars and also helps protect the ecology and archaeological heritage of our beautiful landscape. Click here to learn more about volunteering opportunities with Fix the Fells.
The Lake District Volunteers Service offers a range of opportunities with the Lake District National Park Authority and some of its partner organisations. Many volunteers call it 'giving something back'. They give their time, skills and energy looking after this unique place and helping visitors enjoy its special qualities. By getting involved you'll meet new people, learn new skills and discover different parts of the National Park. To learn more and find out about current opportunities, click here .
The National Trust relies heavily on its team of volunteers. There are literally hundreds of rewarding ways to become involved as a volunteer: from working with a warden on high fells, lowland estates, gardens, coast or countryside.
Alternatively, you could assist house staff in caring for historic buildings and collections, archiving or developing learning opportunities for local communities and visiting schools. Alternatively, how about research, or working with Trust staff at one of the Trust's Regional Offices.
To learn more and find out about current opportunities, click here.
Patterdale Health Walks (PHeW!) is an open and independent voluntary walking group and is also an Accredited Scheme under the umbrella of the Natural England "Walking for Health" Initiative. We meet every Tuesday at 2 p.m. either at the Patterdale School (CDC) or the Glenridding Public Hall - click here to learn more.
Cumbria Constabulary have launched a scheme that calls for volunteers from the local community to carry out brand new roles that will support policing across the county. The scheme asks for members of the public to put themselves forward for brand new volunteer roles that have been created across Cumbria Constabulary to support police staff members and police officers. To kick-start the scheme, twelve vacancies have been identified across Cumbria Constabulary for three key volunteer roles. These include Admin volunteers to support Community Speed Watch initiatives; ‘All Watch’ Volunteers to support initiatives like Neighbourhood Watch, Shop Watch, Farm Watch, Horse Watch etc; and Neighbourhood Policing Communications Volunteers to help prepare things like neighbourhood newsletters and information for parish council meetings. More details about the roles and how to apply are available on the Constabulary website - click here to learn more.
Cumbria County Council has lots of information on volunteering opportunities in Cumbria. You can enter your postcode on their website to see current opportunities in your local area. To access the relevant page of the Cumbria County Council website, click here.
There is a Government online guide to Volunteering with lots of info on volunteering opportunities and how to access them. To go to the Government guide, click here.