Volunteering Opportunities for UoC Students

CkkS5-UWsAAB7QjWe went along to the Cumbria CVS Volunteering Fair last week and found out about the wide range of volunteering opportunities available to University of Cumbria students. Check out the Cumbria CVS website here.

Volunteering is a great way to gain new skills, take part in free training and add to your CV. As well as giving you the opportunity to give back and help people.

There are a range of opportunities listed below and you can also find out about volunteering opportunities for students on the UCSU website here.


Volunteering Opportunities

Age UK – Carlisle and Eden

01228 536673 / office@ageukcarlisleandeden.org.uk

Age UK have a wide range of volunteering opportunities working with older people in and around Carlisle and Eden. Find out more on their website here.


Alzheimer’s Society

0845 504 9400 / volunteers@alzheimers.org.uk

Alzheimer’s Society are currently recruiting for volunteers for their ‘Side by Side’ project. This involves spending time with people with dementia. This could be helping them join a local club, going to the football, or just going for a stroll in the park. Find out more about ‘Side by Side’ here.


Amnesty International Carlisle

Hazel Phillips – 07792 788449 / hphillips80@googlemail.com

A local group campaigning for respect for human rights around the world. They meet the second Wednesday of each month to discuss current issues, to campaign together and raise funds for Amnesty International. You can find out more on their Facebook page here.




Volunteering opportunities at Barnardo’s include a range of roles including: Family Support, Community Development, Activities for children and families, office duties and drivers. To find out more register go to their website here.

CADAS (Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service)

Opportunities include: client support, centre support, community and training and fundraising/events. All CADAS volunteers have access to their free foundation training programme. Find out more on their website here.

CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development)

Rosa Telford – 01772 733310 / lancaster@cafod.org.uk

Volunteer with CAFOD and help reduce poverty and injustice across the developing world. Contact Rosa or check out their website here.

Carlisle Carers

01228 542156 / volunteering@carlislecarers.co.uk

Opportunities include: driver, fundraiser, young carers support, providing counselling, social activities organiser and carer supporter. Find out more on their website here.


Carlisle Christian Aid Group

Doug Scott – 016974 735556 / scott@vantydoug.freeserve.co.uk

Carlisle Christian Aid supports Christian Aid’s work worldwide in tackling poverty. If you would like to get involved please contact Doug Scott.



Carlisle Fairtrade Group

07540 469370 / claire@carlislefairtrade.org.uk

Carlisle Fairtrade Group promotes Fairtrade to ensure the city receives Fairtrade City status. Find out more on their website here.



Carlisle Key

01228 595566 / admin@carlislekey.co.uk

Carlisle Key is a charity which helps young people move towards independent living. Volunteering opportunities include: volunteer fundraiser, volunteer young person adviser and trustees. Find out more here.


(Carlisle One World Centre)

07881 488566 / agil.cowc@gmail.com

COWC works to raise awareness about local and global issues, and how our actions affect the whole world. Projects include support for the socially deprived and campaigns for global justice. Find out more here.

COAT (Carlisle Oversea Aid Trust)

COAT are a small locally based charity that uses all money donated to the trust towards helping others. Over the past years we have continued to support projects and communities in some of the poorest regions of the world. Find out more here.


Carlisle World Shop

01228 550385 / shop@carlisleworldshop.co.uk

If you are friendly, enjoy talking to and helping people and Fairtrade is important to you then get in touch. Shop volunteers needed – find out more here.


Carlisle Youth Zone

At Carlisle Youth Zone we are recruiting a committed core of volunteers & Mentors to ensure we deliver a world-class service to Carlisle’s young people. We have a number of volunteering and mentoring opportunities available, offering a wide-range of experiences. Volunteering or mentoring at Carlisle Youth Zone is your chance to be at the heart of a project that will turn around the options and opportunities for Carlisle’s young people. CYZ are always interested to hear about new ideas for activities we can run with young people. Do you have an idea? Get in touch. Find out more here.
Citizen’s Advice

Volunteer opportunities include: advice services, charity fundraising, trusteeship, research, campaigns, publicity and supporting witnesses. Find out more here.

CRAG (Carlisle Refugee Action Group)

Offers support to Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the camps in Calais, Dunkirk and elsewhere in Europe; Campaigns on refugee issues; Supports refugees and asylum seekers locally and globally. Find out more here.

CROPT (Cumbria Reducing Offending Partnership Trust)

Enabling offenders & ex-offenders to restart their lives and re-engage with the community in a positive way. Opportunities include: mentoring, horticulture project and circles of support and accountability. Find out more here.


Cumbria Community Transport

Volunteer drivers needed. Find out more here.


Cumbria’a Top 50 Trees

01768 881775 / iris@cumbriastop50trees.org.uk

The hunt is on to find Cumbria’s favourite trees. UoC students are already involved in this project and the organisers are particularly interested in media, outdoor studies and forestry students volunteering. Find out more here.

Depaul UK (Nightstop Cumbria)

Using spare rooms to give young homeless people a safe place to stay. Volunteer roles include nightstop hosts and volunteer drivers. Find out more here.

East Cumbria Family Support Association
We support families experiencing stress or difficulty and aim to offer practical, emotional and accessible support to reduce isolation and health inequalities and to empower children and their parents. We provide two levels of training and ongoing support for all our family support volunteers. Find out more here.



Healthwatch Cumbria

Promoting the views of local people using health and social care services. Volunteering roles include Representatives and Board Members. A paid role is also available – Engagement officer (casual). Find out more here.


Volunteer for Oxfam and meet new people, gain skills and help lift lives for good. Opportunities include: online work/social media, shop assistants, book sorters, dispatch controllers, online store stock assistants and event organisers/fundraisers. Also, once you have volunteered for Oxfam for 3 months you will be eligible to apply for festival volunteering. Find out more here.




Pact is a registered charity supporting people affected by imprisonment, providing practical and emotional support to prisoners’ children and families and to prisoners themselves. Volunteer roles include: supporting offenders and their families, community support volunteer for ex-offenders and group facilitators.


Palestine Solidarity Group, Carlisle

This group is opposed to the ongoing occupation of Palestine. They are looking for people who are interested in coming together to organise supportive action. Find out more here.

People First

People First is an independent organisation. Providing help and support to some of Cumbria’s most vulnerable citizens. Paid and voluntary roles available; find out more here.


Sustainable Carlisle

Mark Lloyd – 01228 267167 / mark@sustainablecarlisle.org

Working to make Carlisle more sustainable. If you would like to get involved please contact Mark Lloyd.
The Say It Service – Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
01228 814730

Provides community support to adults in East Cumbria who have speech and language problems following a stroke. Looking for volunteers to work with our clients to help them improve their communication. Training will be provided. Please call the number above to find out more.


Tools for Self Reliance

01228 529369

We take broken tools and instruments and send them to poor people in poor lands.


VSO (Volunteering Overseas)

As a VSO volunteer, you’ll live and work abroad alongside local professionals, helping improve the quality of life for people who need it most. What’s more, you’ll experience a different culture in a way few people ever can. Find out more here.



The University of Cumbria does not guarantee the legitimacy of the above opportunities. It is suggested that you research into each before applying.