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:

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:

WHAG

WHAG are a Charity that offers accommodation and community support to Women and Men affected by Domestic Abuse across Cheshire West and Chester. They are looking for empathic and enthusiastic Volunteers who can support us in the following ways:  

  • Volunteer befriending – providing emotional support to clients attending Court, practical and emotional support to those who are feeling isolated
  • Community Activity Volunteers – supporting with setting up and running regular group activity sessions within our Hub (Blacon)
  • Volunteer Counsellors  – Providing weekly counselling sessions to women and men who have been affected by Domestic Abuse (Blacon and Ellesmere Port)
  • Wellbeing Volunteers – Facilitate wellbeing activities such as walking, Yoga, mindfulness from the Hub (Blacon)
References and a DBS are required for the role. Agreed expenses will be reimbursed. Training and ongoing support provided.

For further information:

Information, Advice and Support Service 

We are currently recruiting for volunteers for our new Training Course in January. 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 and young people to make decisions about their child’s or their own education and enable them to become partners with professionals. Our volunteers do not make decisions on behalf of parents, carers or young people. Our aim is to provide an impartial source of independent advice and support and to support our volunteers to empower parents, carers and young people. We ask new volunteers to commit to supporting us in our work for a minimum of 6 months after completing the initial training course. We pay all expenses.

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.
 

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:

Bridge Community Farm, Ellesmere Port

Bridge Community Farms is a social enterprise based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.  They are a working farm that brings together people from all parts of the local community and offers those in need a helping hand.  The main purpose is to offer permanent and sustainable jobs to people who are long-term unemployed, by growing and selling fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs to the local community. 

Bridge Community Farm are in need of the following volunteers:

Learning and Well-being Client Mentors

  • Times: three hour slots on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday starting 9.30am and 12.30pm
  • Duties: Reporting to the Learning and Well-being Co-ordinator, you’ll mentor up to three teenage students engaged in a work experience programme on the farm.  Each student will work two x 6 hour days per week.

Market Stall Sales Volunteers

  • Times: three hour slots, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday starting 9am and 12noon
  • Duties - reporting to the Sales and Marketing Manager, work alongside a Bridge Community Farm employee to sell produce and craft items, promote this good community work and recruit weekly vegetable box members.

Drivers

  • Times: three hour slots, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday starting 9am and 12noon
  • Duties - reporting to the Sales and Marketing Manager, drive the van to deliver and return stock to/from market stalls and also deliver weekly veg boxes.  

If you’d like to find out more about Bridge Community Farm or register your interest in volunteering they’d love to hear from you.

Action Transport Theatre

Action Transport Theatre are looking for volunteers to take on various roles. Volunteers help Action Transport Theatre to achieve everything that they do at Whitby Hall. You do not need any previous experience, just a willingness and ability to commit your time. There are regular opportunities for people to help with their Youth Actor and Young Writer sessions, This is usually an evening commitment with some weekends from January to August.

They are also looking for volunteers to help prepare events at Whitby Hall in Ellesmere Port, including the Family Film Club and other performances from visiting companies. Sometimes volunteers also help to get their touring shows ready before they hit the road and they occasionally need people to support with marketing, technical and admin. Volunteers gain valuable experience and contacts as well as getting the opportunity to see free theatre at Whitby Hall. Volunteers must be aged sixteen and over. For more information, pop along to their Volunteer Information Event on Wednesday 9 December, 4.30pm - 7pm at Whitby Hall for a mince pie and a chat about what they do.

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:

Volunteering with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Volunteering Programme have a range of volunteering activities, roles available include:
  • Safety team volunteer
  • Road safety volunteer 
  • Cadet leader volunteer
  • Youth activity volunteer
  • Historical society
  • Business liaison volunteer
If you would like more information please contact:

Claire Bennett
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ
Sadler Road
Winsford
Cheshire
CW7 2FQ

Volunteering at Links Healthy Living Centre

This centre has a number of volunteer positions available, all these positions are offered on a two month placement and full training and induction course will be provided. CRB checks and references are needed. Below is a list of the current volunteering opportunities:
  • Volunteer Cookery Assistant
  • Volunteer Fruit and Vegetable Bag Packer
  • Volunteer Receptionist
  • Volunteer Data Input Assistant
     
  • Visit: Links Healthy Living Centre
  • Tel: 01244 385035

Volunteering advice at the EPNAVCO

EPNAVCO (Ellesmere Port and Neston Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations) is the local volunteer centre offering volunteer brokerage to would-be volunteers.  They are based at the The Community Hub, 108 to 112 Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 0AB. Local residents wishing to volunteer have a choice of more than 400 volunteer roles with more than 200 charities or community groups in the West Cheshire area.  Volunteering can be short or long term commitments and can be just 1 hour a week, half a day a week or a day a week or a one off event, there is a great deal of flexibility.

Would-be volunteers can either apply on line using the West Cheshire volunteer website www.volunteerwestcheshire.org.uk or they can check out the Do-it website using their postcode or many choose to call in and arrange a face to face interview to discuss the roles available.

Volunteering supports many people get back into a routine, gain new skills or keep existing skills up to date. Many organisations wanting volunteers provide their own training or access training provided by EPNAVCO. There are many roles for those with specialist skills or interests such as baking, reading, driving, gardening, coaching, IT, practical skills or fundraising. There are many roles for people who would just like to get out of the house, enjoy being sociable or are happy helping others.

Where appropriate volunteers can also have free DBS checks.

A rewarding volunteer role which needs no specialist skills other than being a friendly, honest, reliable person is a Volunteer Befriender.  Befrienders are matched to older people in the local community who would benefit from a caring neighbour to pop in and keep them company and check up on how they are.  In the winter months this is particularly important when people get out less and become isolated.  A befriender will get a FREE enhanced DBS check, training and ongoing support.  Most of our befrienders are matched to someone within walking distance of their home.  This is one of the most flexible and satisfying volunteer roles we offer.  Volunteers can give as little as an hour of their time, they can be working or not working, they can be available during the day, evening or week-end and it is an ideal role for anyone considering training or working in the care sector and wanting to get involved in their local community.

Volunteer as a Street Pastor

Street Pastors are an inter-denominational Church response to neighbourhood problems. They engage with people on the streets and in night-time venues to care, listen, communicate and offer practical help.

Street Pastors have concern for society in particular young people who feel they are excluded and marginalised and they are willing to engage with these young people where they are, in terms of their thinking (i.e. their perspective of life) and location (i.e. where they hang out be it on the streets, in the pubs and clubs or at parties etc). Street Pastors also work with church and community leaders, with agencies and projects, both statutory and voluntary, to look at collaborative ways of working on issues affecting youth, and initiatives that will build trust between them and the Street Pastors.

For further information please contact:

Ellesmere Port and Neston Live at Home Scheme

They are based at Trinity Church and offer a range of activities such as:
  • Advice and sign posting
  • Befriending
  • Lunch club
  • Social outings
  • Hospital visiting
  • Newsletter and talking newsletter
  • Internet corner
  • Welcome centre
  • Support shopping
  • Medical support
For further information please contact the Scheme Manager on:

West Cheshire Credit Union (Ellesmere Port)

A wide range of volunteer roles are available at the West Cheshire Credit Union. Individuals are needed to staff collection points across the borough. Volunteer roles are also available on the management board for people with experience in areas such as marketing, finance, funding applications and IT.
  • Visit: West Cheshire Credit Union
  • Tel: 0151 355 7430

Home-Start West Cheshire

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. Volunteers spend two to three hours a week with a family in their home. Training is given and out of pocket expenses are reimbursed. You will need to have experience of bringing up children.

To find out more about Home-Start West Cheshire contact Joyce on:

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 members through a steering group. Buzz runs on a weekly basis across Cheshire West and Chester district and all activities on offer are chosen by the young people who attend.

For further information please contact the Cheshire Centre for Independent Living on:

West Cheshire Buddy Scheme for ages 5-18

Volunteers are required 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 in their chosen activity or get involved to some extent yourself.

For further information contact:

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.

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:

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. 

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

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)​ 

Alzheimers Society

The Alzheimers Society have a range of volunteering opportunities available: If you are interested in any of these opportunities please contact the Alzheimers Society:

The Debt Advice Network

The Debt Advice Network is a registered charity in the Ellesmere port area. If possible we would like volunteers come to assist us here in our new offices; 108-112 Whitby Road, Ellesmere port, CH65 0AB. 

We are looking for at least five people aged 18 and over.

Duties may consist of;
  • Working closely with members of the public
  • Helping with computer courses and training
  • Assisting in Job Searches and creating CVs for our clients.
  • Assisting senior members of staff with the day to day workings of a busy office. This will include; Answering the telephone, filing and faxing, scanning and uploading documents, booking appointments.
  • The opportunity to Learn about money management, finance and budgeting as well as upskilling and being given the opportunity to attend several  courses as part of their work experience with us.
  • Attending community functions 
The requirements for our volunteers are as follows;
  • Over 18 years old
  • Willingness to undertake a DBS check 
  • Ability to read and write and MUST know alphabet
  • Basic IT Skills
  • Ability to use the Telephone (training will be given)
  • Able to work under own initiative
  • Available to work afternoons (between 12pm and 4pm) and to cover holiday periods 
  • Flexible 
  • Willingness to upskill (accredited money advice courses and training available and will be offered free of charge)

Ellesmere Port Sea Cadets

Across the UK there are thousands of young people involved in Sea Cadet activities – learning new skills that will give them a head start in life. With 14,000 Cadets aged  10 – 18 the SCC is the UK’s largest maritime youth charity.

They need your help – they need volunteers who are happy to roll up their sleeves, get involved and make a huge positive difference to the lives of the young people they work with.

Currently Ellesmere Port Sea Cadets are looking for volunteers for various roles. 

How you can help

Instructors

You'll be helping cadets in a range of activities and learning new skills yourself! They have a mix of uniformed and non-uniformed instructors and follow a rank structure aligned to the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines.

Unit assistants

Be the backbone of your unit helping out in lots of ways from mini-bus driver, admin, running the tuck shop to painter and decorator.

Committee Member/ Unit Management Team (UMT)

Each unit has a UMT - the trustees of the unit. So we need: general committee members and are currently looking for a chairperson. You'll be working as a team to fundraise and manage the unit.

If you feel you can help or contribute any time then please contact:
Helene Storey, Development for Sea Cadets North West. 

Minerva Arts

Minerva Arts runs four Youth Theatre groups across Cheshire West; two in Chester, one in Neston and one in Malpas. In order to keep our services as reasonably priced as possible we rely on volunteers to support our trained and professional drama leaders to run brilliant sessions for young people. We are currently looking for volunteers to support our new Neston and Malpas groups. This opportunity is ideally suited to anyone wishing to gain more experience working with young people or kick start a career in the arts. To find out more, please get in touch.

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 Ellesmere Port 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 they would love to hear from you. They are recruiting the key roles of Chair and Treasurer too!
 
If you would like to get involved with the fundraising group or would just like more information:

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:

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:

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: ​

Carers Trust 4all - Singing Together groups


Carers Trust 4all are looking for Volunteers to help with their Singing Together groups in Chester, Frodsham and Ellesmere Port. Their Singing Together Groups are specifically aimed at adult carers (any carer over the age of 18).  Singing Together offers the chance to meet other people and have fun in a supportive environment. Volunteers will be helping make people feel welcome, engage with participants, helping with refreshments and joining in with the session.  They are looking for volunteers who are caring, friendly, and approachable. You don’t need to be a good singer, just somebody who enjoys listening to music and singing along to familiar tunes.
 
Their groups are listed below:
  • Ellesmere Port: Wednesday 1.30pm - 3.30pm at Trinity Church
  • Chester: Thursday 1.30pm - 3.30pm at Quaker Meeting House
  • Frodsham: Friday 10am - 12pm at Frodsham Community Centre

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:

Forum Housing

Forum Housing are a Housing Association which provides housing for young homeless people aged 16 – 25.

They are currently looking for volunteers at The Lock Project in Ellesmere Port, this could be working with young people and staff or general maintenance on the building such as painting and decorating, anything would be greatly appreciated.

Volunteers would have to undergo a DBS check which will be carried out and paid for by Forum.

Volunteer packs can be obtained by:

Forever Hounds Trust - Events volunteer

Forever Hounds Trust require an events volunteer to ​support the smooth running of Forever Hounds Trust events (e.g. street collections, dogs shows, quiz nights) by working with other volunteers, providing a friendly and helpful service to their supporters and members of the public. 

To help them maximise the opportunities to raise money and awareness for Forever Hounds Trust.

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:

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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