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:

Volunteer drivers needed to support Children's Services

A Volunteer Driver Scheme is being run in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council to provide essential transport for young people and adults who need support travelling to their place of education/care service.  If you are interested in supporting/would like more information about this volunteering opportunity please:

Trustee vacancies

OPAL Services, has been helping others in rural West Cheshire to live the lives they want to lead. Rural life can become quite difficult and isolating for older people. RCS offers OPAL services across the rural parts of the borough which aim to enhance people’s lives and tackle the issue of loneliness and isolation.

OPAL Services is led by a board of trustees with a range of professional backgrounds and skills and they are looking to expand our team. 

Commitment needed for the role to vary between 4-10 hours per month and the duties would include:
  • Attendance at quarterly board meetings with time in between to read all papers
  • Attendance at subcommittee and task group meetings (this could be another four meetings per year)
  • Engaging with RCS activities, projects, training and events
For further information:

Carers Trust 4all CarerLinks - Volunteer Befriender

CarerLinks is a lottery funded project that identifies unpaid carers within the community who may benefit from our free service. 

To compliment the service we are looking for Volunteer Befrienders who can possibly spare a couple of hours on a weekly or fortnightly basis by either:
  • Visiting carers in their own homes
  • A weekly telephone call to a carer
  • A social visit to a café and a cup of tea
  • Accompanying a carer to a social activity or supporting them with a shared hobby
We offer:
  • A first class induction, training and support along with reimbursement of local travel expenses
  • A reference to future prospective employers
  • An opportunity to make a real difference to an individual on a one to one basis
  • A chance for you to meet some new people and make new friendships
To find out more information, contact Rachel Heyhoe:

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:

Cheshire Restorative Justice and Mediation Hub

Remedi are a charity who provides a restorative justice and mediation service across Cheshire.

Restorative Justice is all about helping people to communicate following a crime. It provides victims with a chance to explain the impact of the offence and ask questions and it helps offenders to explain their actions and offer an apology. Involvement in Restorative Justice is voluntary and confidential. 

Mediation helps those experiencing conflict to communicate and find a way forward to address the individual needs of all parties. Involvement is voluntary and confidential

Could you:

  • Work with victims of crime AND offenders in a none judgmental way
  • Work with families and communities in conflict in a restorative way
  • Commit to 100 hours volunteering, this is usually during the day or early evening,  Monday – Friday
What we need:
  • People who can listen to others
  • People who want to help other people
  • People who are motivated to make a positive change in people’s lives
  • People who want to use the skills they already have, and build on them
  • People who want to help us develop the service and raise its profile
  • Full driving licence and access to a vehicle essential
What we can offer you:
  • Huge degree of satisfaction. You will be helping people
  • Training 
  • All out of pocket expenses
  • The opportunity to work within a passionate and committed team
For further information, or if you are interested:

Appeal for volunteers - Stretton Water Mill

Stretton Water Mill (part of Cheshire West Museum Service) is appealing for volunteers.  Current vacancies include:
  • Helping to promote the Mill at the Tilston Wakes event on 25 and 26 August 2018
  • Meeting and greeting visitors, general maintenance around the Mill , supporting the Millers, assisting or leading with children’s activities (weekends during September) 
  • Help with woodland maintenance in October and help closing down the site and Mill for winter.
Watch our three minute video and learn about what museums have to offer: To register your interest or for further information please contact Tony Rigby, Cheshire West Museums:

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


Sandstone Ridge Trust

As a volunteer with the Trust you can:
  • Meet new people in your community
  • Learn new skills
  • Gain valuable work experience and enhance your CV
  • Indulge your passion for the environment
  • Engage with your local natural and cultural heritage
  • Help make a lasting difference to this special place
  • Make a difference to people's interaction with, enjoyment and understanding of the Sandstone Ridge
There are a number of volunteering opportunities available with the trust:

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:

Burton Manor College

Be part of a innovative historical and horticultural heritage project with genuine educational value. All sorts of volunteering jobs available from getting your hands dirty to archiving historical items.

For further information:

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.

Police volunteering Rural

Volunteer to become a Special Constable or Police Support Volunteer


Volunteering at Ness

Volunteers were first used in the Gardens in 1982 to help clear the Rock Garden in preparation for the 1984 Liverpool Garden Festival.  Since then they have supported the Gardens in many ways and are a formidable workforce.

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.

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.

Friends of Trafford Mill

Trafford Mill Partnership is looking for volunteers to help with the upkeep and development of Trafford Mill, and to establish a new regular Friends of Trafford Mill group. Conservation volunteers are able to get involved in a number of different ways:
  • Practical work: building work (internal and external), decorating, maintaining tools and equipment, processing logs for the boiler
  • Supporting roles: office administration, funding and publicity work, guide to visitors and catering
  • Development work: archaeological and historical research contributing to the longer term sustainability of the Mill.
Future potential projects include:
  • Rearranging internal space to create a larger meeting and training room
  • Fitting out the old forge to create a better maintenance workshop
  • Running repairs to secure the fabric of the building
  • Improving the insulation and energy efficiency of the building to make the most of the new heating system

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.

OPAL Services (Older People Active Lives)

At OPAL Services their aim is to enrich the lives of older people and carers living in areas of rural West Cheshire by enabling them to socialise more. OPAL currently run three main services which all support independence, social engagement, enjoyment and a sense of wellbeing and belonging.
 
OPAL clubs operate in Kelsall, Helsby, Frodsham, Tattenhall, Tarporley and Malpas. The clubs provide companionship, the opportunity to share a meal with others, a range of interesting activities, as well as plenty of laughter.  
 
We also run two other services, BreakTime and GoOnLine. BreakTime is a free service offering short breaks to carers of older people, tailored to the carer and the person they care for. GoOnLine is a drop in service which helps older people learn how to access the internet, with one-to-one support of volunteers. The sessions are run in social settings in local venues.
 
In Spring 2017 they will be launching two new services to help reduce social isolation in the Frodsham and Helsby areas of Cheshire West. These are New Horizons: helping people to rekindle hobbies they used to enjoy whilst also developing some new interests locally; and What’s Cooking: a project all about food and drink, encouraging people to eat, cook and share their food experiences. 

For more information:

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:

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

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. 

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 Frodsham and Helsby 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:
  • 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:

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 opportunities for Volunteer Community Connectors to work in our social prescribing areas of Winsford, Chester and Malpas. 

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 Community Connector, you will support the work of team, by providing practical support to the older people we work with. Our Community Connectors choose the ways in which they would like to support our Social Prescribing Co-ordinators, depending on their own interests and skills.

The ways in which Community Connectors help include:
  • Accompanying Co-ordinators on home visits to help individuals set and reach their goals
  • Transporting an individual to somewhere in the local community
  • Assisting Social Prescribing Co-ordinators with regular drop-in sessions
  • Accompanying an older person on their first visit to an activity or service and staying with them
  • Visiting or making telephone contact with an older person 
  • Being involved in events to promote the social prescribing service
  • Acting as an ambassador for Brightlife within your local community
To find out more information, contact Lynne Humphries:

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: 

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

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:

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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