By donating your time as a volunteer for Age UK West Cumbria you can help us to support your local community.

Have a look at our recent Volunteer Newsletter                                                         

Volunteering is a great way to:

  • Use your skills and learn new ones
  • Meet new people and make friends
  • Have fun and gain confidence
  • Be part of a team
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Help make your community a good place to live

"it has helped me gain confidence and I enjoy it!"

"I think it offers the opportunity to learn and improve, not only your own life but also to help others"

Ways you can help us:

Adminstration and reception

Support our busy information centres by dealing with enquiries, answering the phone, providing adminstration support, serving refreshments, preparing rooms for meetings or helping with activities. If you like meeting people or just want some experience to help you into admin work this could be just the role for you.

Information & Advice

Supporting our busy Helpline to deal with enquiries and helping people to complete forms such as applications for Blue Badges, Attendance Allowance, etc.

Shops

Opportunities in our shops range from behind the scenes roles such as sorting and pricing, developing your sales or customer service skills on the shop floor or showing your artistic side with window dressing.

Our busy equipment service also needs support to assemble, sell and dispense aids to daily living which help people maintain their independence.

Warehouse

Help to sort and grade items in our Workington warehouse ready for sale in the shops, or assist on the furniture van making collections and deliveries.

I.T. and Digital Support

If you are keen on technology why not come and help people learn the very basics of I.T. and develop their skills, for example, how to email, how to use the internet or use their own laptop, tablet etc.

Community research

Support our research team to collect feedback from service users and volunteers to help us evaluate and improve our services. We also carry out research to shape future services and funding bids.

Day care

Help with serving lunch and refreshments, supporting day care members to socialise and join in activities. If you enjoy a chat and a laugh, this could be just the role for you!

Minibus Driver

If you like driving, come and help transport older people to and from day centres or community activities.

Activities and groups

Get involved in running or helping with activities in our centres or in the community such as lunch clubs, friendship groups, IT sessions, craft groups, coffee mornings, walking groups, exercise classes or bring your own ideas!

Men's Sheds

Bring your DIY skills to our men's sheds groups and help to refurbish furniture for sale in our shops or make bird boxes, bat boxes, squirrel feeders, planters and other items of garden furniture.

Community Connections

Support socially isolated older people to connect or reconnect with their communities by helping them to get involved in social activities, becoming a befriender or telephone befriender. This is a lovely role where you could make a real difference to a lonely older person's life.

Click here for more information

Joining Forces Project

This project gives support to ex-service personnel aged 65 or over to maintain their independence and address social isolation. Volunteers are wanted to help with befriending - either on an individual basis or running social groups and to accompany veterans to commemorative events or reunions.

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Trustee

Become part of our board of trustees and help to give them firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, ensuring the charity operates within its governing document and charity law, defining goal, setting targets and evaluating performance against those agreed targets.

If you are interested in becoming one of our trustees please click the links below.

Letter of introduction

Role Decription - Trustee

Trustee Application Form

Equal Opps Form

Further information