Penrith: 01768 890280 Carlisle: 01228 580214

From as little as two hours a month, your volunteering will make a difference to an unpaid Carer in need.

What’s in it for you? 

We are proud to say that all our volunteers have the opportunity to utilise existing skills and develop new ones, make a positive difference into the lives of Carers in the community and have an impact on others that can’t be put into words. 

Find an opportunity 

We have several roles within the charity, where you can make a meaningful impact in the local community. Scroll down to see what’s available. 

How to apply 

Once you have found an opportunity that suits you, you can fill in the application form online, or give us a call, have a chat and we can send you an application.  

Companionship Sit Volunteer

Our volunteer sitters visit with a ‘Cared For’ person for up to 2 hours at a time. These ‘sits’ are with ‘Cared For’ people who have no personal care needs but are too vulnerable to be left alone. The Volunteers will often chat, do jigsaws, or go for a walk during the visit.

Find out more here.

Carers' Hub Volunteer

Our Carers’ Hub volunteers come along to chat with Carers, sometimes about caring and often just to be sociable and help reduce feelings of Carer isolation.

Find out more here.

Call Companion Volunteer

Call Companions volunteers provide telephone support and companionship to Carers or ‘Cared for’ who are registered with Carer Support Carlisle and Eden and aged 18+. A good call companion should be interested in other people, a good listener, trustworthy and reliable.

It’s an enjoyable and simple way to ‘give something back’ and support someone who may be struggling with loneliness or isolation.

Find out more here. 

Young Carer Volunteer

Young Carers volunteers assist our Support Workers with after school clubs in Carlisle and Penrith. They also have the opportunity to accompany the Young Carers on trips and activities during school holidays.

Find out more here.

Administration Volunteer

Carer Support Carlisle & Eden, as an organisation, creates a lot of administrative tasks and we greatly value our regular volunteers who support our work by taking on some of the office-based tasks.

Find out more here.

IT Support Volunteer

IT volunteers should be confident in IT and are comfortable offering support to Carers in the comfort of their own home. They can advise on many things like emailing, social media, and other methods of keeping people in touch through their computer. 

Find out more here.

Social Media Volunteer

We need Volunteers to help us maintain a regular social media presence in an eye catching and engaging way. The role would inform Carers on our social media pages about upcoming Carer-events as well as keep any interested parties informed with up-to-date knowledge of changes to legislation or Carer-related news. 

Find out more here.

Fundraising Volunteer

You will help raise vital funds to ensure Carers are not alone in their roles, by collecting donations from the public at various locations and events, alongside guidance from the Volunteer Coordinators upon liaisons with local businesses and event coordinators. 

Find out more here.

Specialist Skill Volunteer

Do you have a skill that you would like to volunteer? We are always on the lookout for those with ‘something else’ to offer. We have had volunteers previously who have taken carers to do sporting activities, helped them continue past hobbies or have even assisted them to new social clubs. Whatever you feel like you would like to offer, we would be happy to discuss this with you.

For more information about any of the above roles and an informal chat, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator on 01768 890280 (Penrith) / 01228 580214 (Carlisle) or complete a Volunteer Application Form and email to

Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer Testimonies
Hannah - Young Carer Volunteer. Hannah started volunteering in sixth form and has continued during her time at university.
“The best part of my volunteering role has to be seeing the Young Carers light up during the holiday sessions. Lots of them come full of energy and they are clearly excited to see me and try new activities. Their smiles are priceless.”
Mark - Men's Hub Volunteer (Mark began volunteering over 9 years ago when he was unemployed. He used volunteering to give him a focus and get him back into employment)
“I decided to volunteer to hopefully put something back into the community around me and to hep myself in the process. Being in the company of Carers and seeing them enjoying themselves and going home happy at the end of the day is rewarding.”
Carolyn - supports Carers on a one-to-one basis with activities in the local community.
“Volunteering helps keep me motivated as most of my time is spent doing activities which I really enjoy. It gets me out and about and gives me an opportunity to chat whilst keeping fit. I feel I am making a small difference to someone else’s life and that means a lot to me.”
Carol - Sitting Service Volunteer
“Hi, I’m Carol and I am a sitting service volunteer for CSC+E. I started my volunteering journey in the summer of 2023 and I haven’t looked back! I volunteer 2 hours of my week to provide company for those who are isolated. I have a lot of pride in my role and I love getting to have interesting conversations with new people.”
Carers Champions - Our Micro Volunteers

These  ‘micro’  Volunteers add value to the work of Carer Support Carlisle & Eden by operating within their own organisation or community to help us to identify unpaid Carers. They also raise the profile of the work of Carer Support Carlisle & Eden to enable more Carers to access our services.

Carers Champions need to be active members of their community/business, who will signpost new Carers to Carer Support Carlisle & Eden; they will distribute promotional material and promote our services, sometimes by giving presentations, and talking to local groups and organisations.

If you'd like to know more about Carer Champion Training, please get in touch on 01768 890280 / 01228 580214.