Volunteering with South Lakeland Carers

Many of the services that South Lakeland Carers provides for carers are delivered by volunteers. Volunteers also work behind the scenes, supporting staff and thus improving the quality of the service we provide. Without our volunteers we could not provide the level of support to carers that we do.

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What are the benefits of volunteering with South Lakeland Carers?

Supporting carers, who give so much themselves, is extremely rewarding. The difference volunteers make to their lives is very apparent and much appreciated.

Our volunteering roles are designed to help volunteers use the skills and knowledge they have, and to develop new ones. Knowledge or experience of caring is useful, but certainly not essential to the roles; a caring personality and the ability to listen and communicate well are of most value.

If you are thinking of volunteering in order to enhance your career prospects then we can help give you the experience you need. Indeed, several of our volunteers have gone on to paid employment as a direct result of their volunteering role with us – some of them within the organisation!

Volunteering can give you the chance to meet new people: we organise social events throughout the year so that volunteers have the opportunity to meet new people, develop friendships and share their experiences.


What do our volunteers say about us?

‘It’s relaxing and fun working in the office’ – Admin Volunteer

‘As a South Lakeland Carers volunteer I feel well supported by friendly, caring staff and valued by both staff and service users’ – Counsellor Volunteer


One of our volunteers has recently won a regional award for all of the hard work she does for us.  Read more about it here

Glenys Williams, award-winning volunteer, with Kathy Collins, Volunteer Manager
Glenys Williams, award-winning volunteer, with Kathy Collins, Volunteer Manager

What can volunteers expect from us?

Volunteers' Social at Beetham Nurseries

In return for their time, we offer all volunteers:

  • A role description
  • Training for the role
  • Regular support meetings with the Volunteer Manager
  • Expenses
  • Social events
  • Supervision costs for Counsellors
  • Newsletters

What roles are available for volunteers?

We have over 50 volunteers working with us in most aspects of our work. At present we are recruiting volunteers for the following roles:
Trustees   ( role description)
Counsellors (role description)
Sitting service volunteers (role description)
Young Carers volunteers (role description)

If any of these roles appeal to you, then please complete the Volunteer Application Form , however if you wish to volunteer as a trustee please complete the Trustee Application Form, and return to kathycollins@slcarers.org.uk or to South Lakeland Carers, Unit 16, Shap Road Industrial Estate, Kendal, LA9 6NZ


What next?

If you would like to get involved or find out more about volunteering, then contact Kathy Collins, Volunteer Manager, on 01539 815970 or email kathycollins@slcarers.org.uk

We look forward to hearing from you!