Volunteering

It is often the generosity of local people giving their own time and commitment through volunteering that means that many voluntary led organisations, groups and clubs are able to deliver projects and hold events and activities that make a real difference in our communities. 

The following organisations rely on volunteers to exist. Get in touch and use your spare time to support your local area.  If you are looking for volunteers, either on an ongoing basis or for a specific event, and would like to promote your group here, please email the details to ecommunications@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.


Age UK - Money Matters Project

Do you have good organisational and listening skills? Would you like to make a massive difference to someone who is having difficulties in organising their Money Matters due to money related issues which they are struggling with?

Volunteer - Money Matters Mentors are urgently wanted 

We are looking for volunteers to visit people aged 55 years and over to provide support to them primarily to reduce their outgoings and maximise their income. Other actions could be to:
  • Set up a filing systems, organising paperwork
  • Produce a personalised budget
  • Help organise payment of household bills, setting up direct debits/standing orders
  • Manage small debts and arranging payment plans
  • Identifying and transferring to cheaper service providers
  • Provide training on basic book keeping to those not used to running a household budget (possibly due to loss of a partner/partner has dementia and they’ve never done the household accounts before)
The role of a mentor has no stipulated hours as appointments are made to flexible to fit into our mentors own schedules. Any home visits undertaken are only carried out during normal office working hours (between 9 and 5 Monday to Friday). A full DBS check will be required to undertake the role of a Money Matters Mentor and training providing shadowing opportunities are provided for this role. Out of pocket expenses such as mileage and parking expenses are repaid for this role.​

If you would like further information about this role please get in touch with either Hazel or Linda:

Age UK Cheshire

Age UK Cheshire provides a range of care and support services to empower and enable older people to continue to live full and active lives, to participate in community activity, and to remain in good mental and physical health for as long as possible.  Our Day Services aim to relieve isolation by promoting independence and integration into social circles. They are ideal for older people who like to get out of the house now and then to join activities and make new friends.  We are looking for volunteers to help in our Day Services.

Older People’s Activity Volunteer

You will be friendly, kind and caring, previous caring experience is not required just an interest in spending time with older people.  Patience and listening skills are essential.
You will be:
  • Interested in helping older people
  • Friendly with a good sense of humour   
  • Approachable
  • Supportive
  • Patient
  • A good listener
  • A team worker
Main tasks for this role are:
  • Helping with activities and crafts
  • Playing board / card games with clients
  • Help serving refreshments
  • Giving support and friendship to clients
The Day Services Activity Sessions run on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Ellesmere Port, Chester and Northwich.  Opening hours are typically 10am – 3pm.  We are grateful for any help between these hours.

We are also looking for an Older People’s Activity Group Leader for our Ellesmere Port Service and a Volunteer Minibus Driver working from our Hartford centre.  If you would like any more information about these roles please get in touch with Chris Rees, Day Services Development Officer:

British Red Cross volunteering opportunity in Winsford

As part of the Shop for Grenfell appeal the British Red Cross is currently sorting a huge amount of items at its warehouse located in Winsford for distribution across their shops nationwide. All proceeds raised from the sale of these items will go to the London Fire Relief Fund.

Volunteers are needed urgently to help with this momentous task. If you are able to support please:

Catch 22

Catch 22 is recruiting volunteers to support young people across the Cheshire West and Chester area now.  

Volunteers urgently needed for the following two positions:
  • Volunteer Drivers to help transport young people to/from group sessions. Volunteers must be willing to travel to sessions across Cheshire West and Chester.
  • Volunteer Peer Mentors (aged 16-25) to support young people. 
For further information or to apply please contact Gemma Godfrey, Volunteer Coordinator Catch 22:

Volunteering at Mere Brow Farm - Permaculture and Forest Garden Project, Weaverham

We are a 13.5 acre farm in the heart of Cheshire being developed using permaculture principles. 

Our aim is to create an ecological system that is fun, educational, productive, diverse and sustainable with a combination of mixed woodland, orchard, hedging and edible forest. This isn’t a project we can do on our own however, so we are looking for like-minded volunteers to help us deliver our vision. 

We are especially keen to hear from you if you have permaculture experience/interest or general experience in volunteering on horticulture projects.  However please don’t be put off if you don’t have experience – you may have a skill set that we need, whether that be woodworking, bee-keeping or just general enthusiasm and energy! We plan all our days to be fun and want it to be just as much fun for our fabulous volunteers! 

A taste of things you can get involved in are; Greenhouse maintenance, weeding, cutting back of shrubs, clearing ivy from forest areas, collecting leaves, pine needles, mulching, turning of manure, tool maintenance, mowing lawns, slug control, collecting wood from fallen/felled trees, pruning and tree maintenance, building compost bin/treebog/bug hotels/bee hives, pest control management,  prepare/build paths, preparing ground for winter tree planting, basic protective fencing.

You will need to be 18 or over. 16 -17 year olds are welcome but will need to be accompanied by an adult.  No animals are allowed on site without prior agreement. We will consider groups of young people but please contact us in the first instance to discuss in person. 

We will supply all the equipment you will need unless otherwise communicated to you.  However if you have a good pair of gardening gloves it would be helpful to bring those.
  • Volunteering takes place Monday - Friday from 11am - 4pm
For further information:

Information, Advice and Support Service 

We are in need of new volunteers to help us support parents and  carers of children with special educational needs and to support young people with special educational needs. Our trained volunteers support parents and carers After the initial training course a volunteer may help a parent/carer or young person with:

  • viewing schools
  • completing forms
  • accessing the assessment procedure for Education Health and Care Plans
  • accessing Personal Budgets relating to Education Health and Care Plans
  • preparing for school meetings and annual reviews and helping them to express their concerns during the meetings.
  • explaining the education system, the structures and roles of professionals and any confusing terminology
  • signposting to any relevant literature or other organisations that may be able to help
A volunteer may also help out at:
  • parent/ carer information days
  • administration work in the office.
For more information please call 0300 123 7001 or email iasservice@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk


Winsford British Heart Foundation Shop

Winsford British Heart Foundation shop is now recruiting volunteers for flexible opportunities, which include Customer Service Volunteer, Volunteer Stock Collection Driver, Stock Generation Volunteer and Sort Room Volunteer.
 
There are lots of benefits to volunteering, such as developing your existing skills, gaining new skills and supporting a cause you care about. Whatever your reason for joining, you can expect to have lots of fun and meet some great people.
 
Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer but we are leading the fight against it.

Our volunteers help our fight for every heartbeat and make a big difference in the local community. As one of our volunteers you will receive a full induction and further training in specific roles. 

For further information
  • Telephone: Kirsten (Shop Manager) on 01606 860453

Volunteer for NYAS

  • Do you want to make a difference to a young person's life?
  • Do you have 1- 4 hours per month to spare?
Why not volunteer as a mentor/befriender for NYAS as an Independent Visitor for children and young people in care.

As a volunteer you will:
  • Have fun
  • Offer support and a listening ear
  • Maybe share a hobby, sport or interest
  • Take young people on outings e.g. cinema
  • Be a positive influence in a young person's life
  • Help build self- esteem and confidence
You don't need any special qualifications. We are looking for reliable and dependable people from all walks of life.

We will:
  • Provide training and ongoing support
  • Pay expenses to a set limit
NYAS is a charity promoting the rights of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

For more information on this rewarding role please contact: You can also find out more in the following places:

Beanstalk

Beanstalk is a national literacy charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading. Our vision is a nation of confident children who can read and grow up to lead successful lives. We are currently looking for volunteers in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire and would like you to consider volunteering for us. Alternatively, you may wish to pass our details to someone you know, who might wish to volunteer for us. To find out more information or to apply:

Grozone

Grozone Community Garden is looking for volunteers. The Garden based in Northwich runs regular sessions with permanent and volunteer staff.  All tools, instructions and drinks are provided. Just bring lunch, some old clothes and possibly some wet weather gear if you want to get your hands dirty.
 
Anyone over 14 are welcome to volunteer, but if under 16 will need to bring permission from a parent or guardian and we can supply a form if requested. 
 
Grozone is a friendly group and hold regular barbeques, cake days, open days and someone is always getting a brew on (with water heated in a wood burning kettle).  No new fangled inventions like electricity here. For more information:

​​Alzheimer's Society

The Alzheimer's Society it looking to recruit new volunteers to be a part of a fundraising group in Northwich. Meetings will be held monthly, where new ideas will be discussed in the group and plans set in place to organise fundraising events. No experience is necessary, just plenty of enthusiasm. If you would like more details, please telephone Jo Burton on 07803 115497 or email: joanna.burton@alzheimers.org.uk.


Vale Royal Disability Service

Give a few hours a week to an organisation that relies on volunteers to deliver many of its services. 

Shopmobility Northwich and Winsford

Shopmobility Northwich urgently requires volunteers to help run the Shopmobility scheme at its Northwich and Winsford sites. (Northwich Shopmobility is located at the Information Centre; Winsford Shopmobility is located at The Dingle Recreation Centre).

They welcome volunteers aged 18 or over, with all levels of abilities and from all backgrounds. You can volunteer for as little as one day per week – all that VRDS asks of you is reliability, commitment and enthusiasm. For further information:

Get involved with sport

Volunteers are key to the success of sports within Cheshire West and Chester and many of the sporting activities in the borough are provided by voluntary lead organisations, groups and clubs. 

Friends of Anderton and Marbury

The Friends of Anderton and Marbury (FoAM) are an active group who get involved in looking after both parks and have a busy programme of walks, talks, conservation tasks and events.

​​Friends of Marshall's Arm

The reserve has an active Local Management Group and Friends Society who organise events, practical tasks and training. They are always looking for new members.

Home-Start West Cheshire

Would you like to make a difference to families with young children by becoming a family support volunteer? Home-Start is a charity offering regular support, friendship and practical help to families who may be struggling to cope with a variety of challenges including, the demands of parenting young children, post natal illness, isolation, disability and multiple births. You would spend two to three hours a week with a family in their home. Training will be given and out of pocket expenses, reimbursed. You will need to have experience of bringing up children.

Home-Start West Cheshire (Family Support Charity)
Waterside House
Navigation Road
Northwich
CW8 1BE

Buzz Youth Group Volunteering

The Buzz Youth Group was set up in response to disabled young people in the Cheshire West and Chester area asking for a place to ‘hang out’ with their friends. The group is funded by Children In Need and is run by the members through a steering group. The group runs on a weekly basis  across Cheshire West and Chester district and all activities on offer are chosen by the young people who attend. To find out more, please call the Cheshire Centre for Independent Living on 01606 872760.

West Cheshire Buddy Scheme for ages 5-18

As a volunteer your role is to support a young person with a disability to enable them to be involved in a leisure activity of their choice. Depending on your own leisure interests and the interests of the young person you will be supporting, you will help him or her to gain access to a mainstream local sport or leisure club or group. Depending on the club and the young person you may need to supervise them only in their chosen activity or get involved to some extent yourself.

Rudheath 5-12

Rudheath 5-12 Youth Club is looking for volunteers. Any skills or talents are welcome - but mainly you just need enthusiasm. The Youth Club is open from 6pm-7.30pm on Fridays at Venue, Gadbrook Road, Rudheath, and aims to develop 5-12 year olds through information, education, leisure and fun. If you would like to volunteer for this rewarding role, contact Hazel using the details below:

Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Cheshire Wildlife Trust is a charity dedicated to preserving Cheshire's plants, animals and wild places for all to enjoy, both now and in the future.

Volunteering on the Mid Cheshire Line

Stations between Mouldsworth and Navigation Road are managed by Northern Rail (Altrincham is also part managed by Metrolink) and there are always opportunities for volunteers to help at stations. Volunteering mainly means helping to keep stations clean and tidy by litter picking or sweeping but there are usually opportunities for weeding, planting and other gardening tasks. They particularly welcome new volunteers with artistic talents, those who work with young people and people who are knowledgeable about the history of the Line.


Waste reduction volunteers

If you are passionate about reducing waste, we would like to hear from you. CWAC is on the hunt for volunteers to advise and empower local residents to reduce waste, compost at home and make the most of leftover food.  The team of dedicated Waste Reduction Volunteers attend road shows and deliver talks throughout the area, speaking to people about home composting and food waste reduction.  If you think you have what it takes to become part of our friendly, enthusiastic team please contact the Volunteer Coordinator on 0300 123 8 123 for an application form or apply online.


Save the Family are looking for new Trustees

Save the Family provide a safe community environment combined with basic support to homeless and troubled families where safeguarding of both children and vulnerable adults is absolutely paramount.

Save the Family are recruiting  new Trustees. For more information:

​​Citizens Advice

There are over 22,000 volunteers involved in the Citizens Advice service, performing a wide range of roles. There are many roles to choose from including advisers, receptionists, information assistants and many more. Please note, not all volunteer roles will be available in every bureau. To view the full range of roles and descriptions please:

St John Ambulance

St John Ambulance is the nation’s leading first aid charity. Our volunteers are trained in life saving skills and play a key role in delivering first aid care in the community.

If you are energetic, reliable and committed to putting the needs of others first we have opportunities for you now in Winsford.

Visit www.sja.org.uk and search for ’volunteer vacancies’ and take the first step to stand out from the crowd.

Help us be the difference between lives lost and lives saved.


Cheshire West Eating Support Team (C.W.E.S.T)

C.W.E.S.T is Cheshire West eating Support Team. We run self help support groups and therefore looking for volunteers to help facilitate the two monthly meetings. One for those with eating disorders and one for their carers, whether they be parents, partners or friends.
As a facilitator you may have had an experience with an eating disorder or careered for someone who has. However, this is not a requirement, as it is more important that you mare  a good listener, empathetic and patient. If you have a couple of hours a month and would like to support these groups or would like any more information or an informal chat please contact Helen Davies for more information:
  • ​Telephone: 07763061307

Sue Ryder's charity shop

Sue Ryder's charity shop team in Northwich are looking for enthusiastic and reliable volunteers to help maximise sales which fund our healthcare services.

Tasks will vary according to need and may include:

  • sorting donations
  • serving customers
  • pricing goods
  • cleaning & preparing goods for sale
  • creating window displays

We'll need you to:

  • be friendly and approachable
  • have common sense
  • use your own initiative
  • work as part of a team.
Previous retail experience would be beneficial but is not essential as all training will be provided.​ If you're interested please:
  • Telephone: 01606 352805
  • Visit: Sue Ryder's charity shop, 46 Witton Street, Northwich

Stroke Association - Resolution Run Delamere Forest

The Stroke Association Resolution Run returns to Delamere Forest on Sunday 12 March 2017. This annual sponsored run is currently on track to be bigger than it has ever been before, and we need your help to ensure the safety of our runners and smooth running of this event.

We’re looking for volunteers to act as route marshals, man our water station, and present medals/water to our runners as they cross the finish line.

The Stroke Association believes in life after stroke. That’s why we campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best possible recovery, and why we fund research to develop new treatments and ways to prevent stroke. 

For more details or to register as a volunteer, please:​

Sunrise Nursery

Over Hall Community Enterprises Limited, a Registered Charity and Social Enterprise which runs 3 Children’s nurseries and an after school club in Winsford are seeking volunteer trustees to join our Board. Applications are welcome from all sections of the community, everyone has something they can bring to our Board. These positions would suit people with an interest in improving the outcome for the children of Winsford by providing targeted help to those families/children that need it, in preparation for starting school. No prior knowledge is needed and the time commitment is not onerous, five meetings a year, each lasting approximately one and a half hours with meeting papers circulated beforehand. There is scope for interested trustees to become more involved if they wish ie recruitment, finance sub committees, policy approval etc but this is not necessary. Full training will be given and the positions are subject to enhanced DBS checks.
For more information please contact Mrs Jo Hopton, Company Secretary.

Mid Cheshire Scouts

Mid Cheshire Scouts are looking for adult volunteers. The work would be working with beavers, cubs and scouts in Northwich/Middlewich and Winsford. The roles available are as follows:
  • Assistant Beaver Leader - Various Groups
  • Assistant Cub Leader- Various Groups
  • Assistant Scout Leader - Various Groups
  • Group Scout Leader - Moulton Scout Group
  • Beaver Scout Leader - Moulton Scout Group
If you are interested please contact Alan Buckley:

Vision Support , Northwich Club for the Blind

Can you spare one Wednesday afternoon a month to support people with Visual Impairment? The Northwich Club for the Blind need volunteers to support them with their monthly meetings which include, activities, speakers and trips out.
For further information please contact Jo Jardine:

Changing Lives

Changing Lives in Cheshire is a charity and social enterprise based in Winsford. We deliver real environmental, social and community impact.

Volunteering at Changing Lives in Cheshire can be for a number of reasons. For some, it’s to meet new people, and to offer something back to the local community or to make a difference to people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or to build upon existing experience and knowledge and further your job prospects.

We have a wide range of opportunities available including Reception, Admin, Finance, Marketing, PR, Shop and Online Sales, Warehouse, Driving, Electrical and Wood Workshops.

All volunteers receive a comprehensive induction plus travel costs, meals (we provide a set limit for lunches for our all-day volunteers), protective clothing, training and ongoing support from the Volunteer Coordinator For an informal chat:
  • Telephone: Carol Halpin on Mobile: 07867 356 796 or
  • Office: 01606 827120

The NeuroMuscular Centre

The NeuroMuscular Centre (NMC), based in Winsford, is looking for volunteers to help out at some up and coming events this year. Do you want to help make a difference to the lives of people with muscular dystrophy, which is a severe and progressive muscle wasting condition?

We need volunteers to help with an up and coming collection at Aldi in Northwich on Saturday 21 May 2016. We have three volunteer slots available: 10am - 12pm/12pm - 2pm/2pm - 4pm. Collection shave helped raise thousands of pounds over the last couple of years, so if you can spare a couple of hours please get in touch.

We are also lucky enough to be the local charity partner for The Cholmondeley Castle Triathlon on Sunday 26 June 2016. We are seeking enthusiastic event volunteers to help with a range of roles including:
  • Registering Competitors
  • General marshalling
  • Helping on the food and water stations
  • Bucket collection
There are two volunteers slots, so we are looking for people to help either from 7am - 1pm or from 11.30am - 5pm. Food and refreshments will be provided and it’s a great opportunity to gain some experience at a large outdoor event, plus have loads of fun! It’s taking place at Cholmondeley Castle in Malpas.

For more information on either of these opportunities contact Amy:

Skills and Employment Volunteering

Volunteer Employment Mentor Opportunities

Volunteers will work out of their local Work Zone providing one to one support to an individual (or individuals) looking to secure employment.
They help with such things as job searching, IT, interview tips, overcoming barriers into employment. They work with their mentees to help them to establish an action plan, then support and empower them towards achieving their aims.
Training is available, including the possibility to gain a Level 2 qualification in Mentoring.
Applicants should be able to provide a long term commitment to this role as mentees are offered a minimum of 30 hours support should they require it.

Volunteer IT Support Opportunities

Volunteers may be required to support an IT Tutor in the delivery of a computer course in one of the local Work Zones in Ellesmere Port, Chester, Northwich, Winsford.
Working with a Tutor, volunteers be working with learners in whole groups, or on a one to one basis.
Applicants must be willing to undergo an IT qualification if not already achieved. 

Volunteer Administration/Reception Opportunities

Volunteer Administrators/Receptionists will work out of our busy local Work Zones based in Ellesmere Port, Winsford or Northwich.
Each day will be different. Successful applicants would be meeting and greeting visitors and users of the Work Zones, dealing with registration paperwork, signing in sheets, typing letters, updating notice boards, photocopying etc. Good IT skills would be an advantage, but training opportunities will be available, some of which may result in a nationally recognised qualification.

Volunteer Learning Support Tutors (maths, English, IT and Family Learning)

Volunteers may be required to support a course in one of the local Work Zones, or at a community venue in the Cheshire West area (e.g. Ellesmere Port, Chester, Northwich, Winsford).
Working with a Tutor, volunteers will assist in the delivery of courses working with learners in whole groups, or on a one to one basis.
Applicants must be willing to undergo an Adult English or maths qualification at level 2 if not already achieved. 

Nightstop Host

Join our fantastic team of existing volunteers who have been opening their own homes up to homeless young people since 2008. 

Role Specification
  • Offer your spare room(s) for 1 to 3 nights at a time to young people who present as homeless to cheshire west housing team in an emergency due to reasons such as family breakdown, domestic violence, eviction, finances and emotional troubles. 
  • You will offer them a safe breathing space for up to 3 nights, giving a bed for the night from around 5.30pm to 8.30am plus basic evening meal and breakfast in the morning and access to bathroom facilities 
  • You will also provide a listening ear 
  • Expenses payment of around £10 per stay to cover food and board. 
  • Assessment process includes home visits from our dedicated staff team, DBS check and references. 
  • All young people are fully risk assessed prior to placement and we do not accept young people under the influence of drugs, alcohol or any other factors which would make us feel they would not be safe in your home. 
  • Full training provided and 24 hour help line 
  • To apply please complete attached application form and return to claire.litherland@forumhousing.co.uk 
  • Or ring claire litherland on 07740080715. 
  • Volunteer application pack (PDF, 1MB)


British Red Cross Emergency Response Co-ordinator

Can you keep a cool head in a crisis? As an emergency response volunteer you would help people in need and have a special role to play in supporting the emergency services. You will be providing much-needed practical and emotional support to individuals, as part of an emergency response team, in support of category 1 and 2 responders and other agencies following an emergency or major incident. Volunteers must be able to reach Birchwood Fire Station within 30 minutes of being called out and ideally be a car owner/driver. ​For more information and to apply: and then select A24 - Emergency Response - Fire and Emergency - (FVS) - Cheshire.


Marie Curie

Marie Curie is looking to recruit new volunteers to join the Northwich Fundraising Group. The group meet monthly and are looking volunteers to help out in lots of ways, including organising and taking part in supermarket collections to helping support the fundraising group in organising events. If you feel you could help Marie Curie fundraise, then we would love to hear from you.  We are recruiting the key role of Treasurer too!

If you would like to get involved with the fundraising group or would just like more information please contact Holly Fraser:

The Cinnamon Trust

The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity for the elderly and terminally ill and their pets. They seek to keep owner and pet together for as long as possible with the help of a national network of volunteers who assist when day to day care poses a problem. Their aim is to relieve the owners of any worry concerning the welfare of their pets both during and after their own lifetime making us unique amongst charities. All volunteers help in the ways that are most appropriate to them. Teams take it in turn to visit housebound owners, to take dogs for walks, volunteers foster pets as one of their family when owners face a spell in hospital, they take pets to the vet, clean cages out. They take any problem posed in day to day care of pets. For more information contact Sally:

Cheshire West Citizens Advice

Cheshire West Citizens Advice are an advice service that help people resolve a wide range of problems from employment, benefits, housing, immigration and debt amongst others, by providing information and guidance to those in need and by influencing policy makers. The Citizen’s Advice Service has provided free, confidential, impartial advice to anyone on almost any subject since 1939 when it was established as an emergency war service. Cheshire West Citizens Advice would not exist without their fantastic team of volunteers that regularly give their time, dedication and enthusiasm. All of their front line services are delivered by volunteers.

Cheshire West Citizens Advice are always looking for more volunteers to continue to support the increasing volume of clients they see on a weekly basis and to be there for the clients across all our various available channels such as telephones, webchat, email and face to face. There are a range of roles available:
  • Volunteer Support Worker - some of our volunteers have additional needs and need a volunteer support worker to enable them to do parts of their role​
  • Telephone Adviser – these volunteers man our phone lines answering calls from clients on a variety of issues. Again our telephone advisers are highly trained and offer brilliant service to those that cannot visit a centre.
  • Webchat and Email Adviser - these volunteers respond to online enquiries from people that need our advice services. They are highly trained to be able to break down issues and offer tailored advice
  • Centre Support Volunteer or Meet and Greet Volunteer – these volunteers manage our waiting rooms making sure clients are comfortable , do admin support for the centre and do initial checks on clients to help the volunteer adviser.
If you are interested, or for more information:
  • Telephone Hailey Wood: 01244 503945

Action Hearing Loss

(Formerly known as RNID) is looking for volunteers to support their Cheshire based information officer, getting out and about across the region and providing information on deafness, hearing loss and tinnitus to deaf and hard of hearing people, their families, carers, community groups and professionals, encouraging independence and reducing feelings of isolation.

The charity has regular information stands in the libraries across Cheshire West and Chester which would benefit from an extra pair of hands. If you like talking, consider yourself to be friendly and approachable and have an interest in hearing loss and information, come and spend an hour or two with us answering questions from visitors to the stand and handing out leaflets as appropriate. In return you will receive training, reimbursed expenses and a great experience! Location is flexible – we are open to visiting anywhere that would benefit from our information and welcome any feedback and suggestions. The length of each information session can vary too, from a few hours a month, to a full day a week. The level of commitment depends entirely on you. 

For more information:

Cheshire Young Carers

Cheshire Young Carers offers support to over 150 young carers across Cheshire. CYC aims to respond to the needs and improve life chances of children and young people providing care to a parent or sibling. This includes parents with mental illness, entrenched substance misuse, physical illness and other conditions and disabilities that may impact on the young person’s wellbeing.

Volunteers make a significant contribution to the work and objectives of CYC. At CYC they recognise that there are benefits for a volunteer too, by having the opportunity to pursue an interest and consequently gain new information, develop new skills or enhance existing ones. Their volunteers learn leadership and social skills as they interact with paid staff, young carers and other volunteers. They develop personal pride and satisfaction as they help young carers, and this self-esteem is matched by a recognition by others of their expertise in specific areas such as tutoring, mentoring, coaching etc. For further information:

Vale Royal Conservation Volunteers

The Vale Royal Conservation Volunteers are a group of volunteers with an interest in working to preserve and enhance the local natural environment and maintain and improve public access to it.

They do this by working by arrangement with local charities and organisations who share their interest, and can provide the supervision, tools and insurance necessary to carry out our work.

By tradition they operate on Thursdays only, and normally confine their activities to within a ten mile radius of Mid-Cheshire.

The way they operate gives their members variety of experience both in work and location, whilst , by meeting weekly, providing an ideal environment in which lasting friendships can be forged. For further information:

Brightlife

Brightlife has an exciting opportunity for Volunteer Co-researchers to work with the University of Chester to evaluate the impact of the Brightlife programme.

Brightlife is a Big Lottery funded partnership set up to improve the lives of older people across Cheshire West and Chester by reducing social isolation.

As a Volunteer Co-researcher, you will have the opportunity to be involved in all stages of the evaluation; this could include gathering data by conducting focus groups or interviews, analysing the data or helping to write reports. Full training and support will be given to all volunteers through a five week training programme (5x2 hour sessions) taking place from January.
There will also be a range of social events specifically for their Co-researchers. Out of pocket expenses will be covered.​ To find out more information, contact Mandy Roberts:

Greyhound Rescue West of England (GRWE)

Greyhound Rescue West of England (GRWE) is the leading greyhound rescue charity in England and Wales independent of the greyhound racing industry. They are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of greyhounds and lurchers, and re-home around 500 of these special dogs every year.

The charity is seeking volunteers across Cheshire to help with dog walking, home visiting, transportation, events and much more! For more information contact Anna Claxton, Volunteer Co-ordinator: 

Royal Voluntary Service Cheshire

The RVS (formerly the WRVS) is a volunteer organisation that enriches the lives of older people across Britain. They are looking to put a team of enthusiastic people together to attend events on their behalf, talking to people about their services and inspiring others to volunteer with them. If you are interested in helping improve the lives of older people in your local community please get in touch.
 
For more details about the RVS and details of opportunities available across Cheshire:

Saltscape

Saltscape Landscape Partnership works alongside other environmental and wildlife charities to protect enhance and celebrate the unique landscape and character of the Weaver Valley in Cheshire.

We have many volunteering opportunities to work on a range of projects and make a difference to an area steeped in natural and industrial heritage.
 
You could get your hands dirty helping to look after your local environment by joining our practical workdays volunteering team  or even carry out valuable research into local heritage and join us at events.

All our volunteering opportunities are advertised on our website, why not have a look:

Vision Support - Social Group Supporter Winsford

Could you spare a couple of hours once a month to support a Social Club in Winsford for people with a Vision Impairment?  We need a volunteer who is willing to have a coffee and chat with people, who would also enjoy organising small activities. In return Vision Support offers support and training and expenses.  

For further information please contact Jo Jardine at Chester Office:

Cheshire West, Halton and Warrington Youth Offending Service

Volunteers wanted to support:
  • Referral Order Panels
  • Reparation Projects
  • Girls and Young Women Mentoring Scheme
  • Young people who need help accessing and attending ETE (education, training and employment)
Enhanced ​DBS and references required. Formal interview, induction; training and team meetings. If you are interested please contact Christine Dunn:

Cultural Ambassador for Brio Leisure

If you’re looking to bolster your CV with some interesting and varied volunteer work experience, then you should consider joining our Entertainments team as a Cultural Ambassador!

Not only do you get to meet interesting people and help deliver our ever-growing programme of shows and events, you’ll be having fun and helping out in your community too.

Cultural Ambassadors are here to help raise awareness of the events and shows that Brio Leisure host, and they play a customer service role during events too.

As a Cultural Ambassador, you’ll be:
  • Meeting and greeting audiences as they arrive at events
  • Checking and validating parking and helping manage late arrivals
  • Resolving issues with seating plan and ensuring everyone’s sat in the correct seats
  • Monitoring the audience to ensure restrictions around cameras and recording equipment are being observed
You’ll also get to help with the distribution of flyers, brochures and other printed material in the local area to help make the shows as successful as they can possibly be!

In return, you’ll get valuable experience in a customer service environment. It’s also a nice place to work! There’s a good buzz when we’re running events, and you’ll get to meet lots of people, all excited to see the show.  You’ll also get to watch any show you’re working on for free, once you’ve helped everyone to their seats! You’ll also be able to save up shifts and “cash them in” for free tickets to shows you’re not working on! So for those that love live music, comedy or theatre productions, becoming a Cultural Ambassador is a great way to indulge your passion without breaking the bank!

To apply, send a copy of your cv to:

Just So Festival

Just So Festival, organised by Wild Rumpus CIC, have several volunteering opportunities available where you can boost or gain hands-on events and tourism experience within an arts setting.

For more information and to apply:

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