Volunteer Opportunities

Lakes College West Cumbria has a range of Sport Students aged 16 to 19 who are seeking voluntary work experience opportunities in the West Cumbria area. Work experience is now an integral part of a Sport students study programme at Lakes College as it helps gain necessary skills and experience to help them gain employment. All work experience is voluntary and comes at no cost to the employer. Any work experience can range from a one-off half day structured visit/experience in the workplace through to a regular weekly one day a week commitment. It can also be project based, with a student joining the workplace to help with a specific project. If you have any opportunities that could  assist  our students gain work experience please contact Phil Graham on 07841 203 656 or

Carlisle College have volunteers looking for work experience opportunities in Sport. These volunteers are young people aged 16-19 on College full time study programmes. Work experience provides valuable opportunities for young people to gain necessary skills and experience to help them gain employment.  This can range from a one-off half day structured visit/experience in the workplace through to a regular weekly one day a week commitment. It could also be project based, with a student joining the workplace to help with a specific project.  If you could assist and offer our students an opportunity for work experience please contact Amy Mitchinson on or 01228 822707

Swim Safe are looking for swim teachers who hold a level 2 qualification, lifeguards who can attend a bolt on open water course and most importantly volunteers to help make this happen. 

Total Warrior love all of their amazing TW volunteers and to say a big thank you they offer them a discounted entry to a future Total Warrior event. They give a 50% Discount (off the current price) for people who volunteer for 1 day and a Free Entry to a future event for people who volunteer both days. Sign up today, tell your friends and join the fantastic 2016 volunteer team

Epic Events need volunteers to help out at their events. All volunteers will receive a free race entry to one of our other races of their choice, an event tshirt (where there are tshirts), food and a contribution to travel expenses up to £20. Volunteers need to be reasonably fit and able as there is often a bit of lifting or walking, often on forest tracks in the middle of nowhere, involved and all the events are outdoors. Contact 

Walking group volunteers are wanted to support a local group which provides gentle walks for older people living in the Sedbergh and Dent areas. Walks are organised by the local Village Agent yet extra help is needed. If you enjoy a walking yourself, and enjoy the company of others, this might be for you! For further information, please call 01539 728118 to speak to Roy Dangerfield or Linda Greensmith.

Walk Leaders wanted in CarlisleIf you are interested in becoming a walking for health walk leader and undertaking training to assist us run the schemes or to set up your own walks, please contact Alison on 01228 817158.

AOC Sport National Championships 15 - 17 April 2016 The college sport National Championships is one of the largest annual sporting events, involving over 1,800 college students and 200 staff. The 2016 National Championships will be held 15 - 17 April across Newcastle, Sunderland and Gateshead.  This is set to be a really exciting event, engaging students in competitive sport as well as a number of voluntary roles. If you would like to be part of the Championships simply complete the online application form 

Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club provide sporting opportunities for members of our society with all disabilities.

As part of our expansion programme  we are looking for a graduate/graduates to help develop the media part of our club, it will involve, coming along to our wheelchair basketball games home and away where its possible, to video and edit all the games,take pictures, put them on YouTube and flicker, to do club posters, match reports and to liaise with the media, match reports, update the clubs web site, and have your own input into the way we present the site. Boccia/ curling on ice, is a less demanding part of the club, we may need occasional media work done.

You will find the media work within our club very rewarding in terms of experience working with a group of very friendly people who like to play our sport and enjoy being part of a very pro active club, why would we want to volunteer, to make a real difference to the lives of disabled people.  Please email for more information.

Furness RDA are looking for new volunteers to help offer riding lessons to disabled children in the local area. Riding sessions take place at Seaview Riding Centre on Walney Island every Wednesday morning and Thursday evening during school term time. As well as the regular sessions we also participate in local Pony Club and national RDA activities, picnic rides and socials. You can be involved in everything or simply drop in for one or two sessions when you have time. Please click here to view the application form.

Watchtree Wheelers are looking for volunteers for the following positions;

  • Group Ride Leaders – Healthcare Organisations, Schools and other groups often book sessions that include a Group Ride Leader. The role of the leader is to fit all of the riders to suitable bikes and helmets, lead the ride around the Reserve incorporating areas or activities which they may enjoy.
  • Cycle Mechanic – they have over 50 cycles in their fleet and the variety is unlike any you would encounter in a ‘average’ bike shop. Maintaining all of these bikes really keeps the team on their toes! They would welcome anybody who has a understanding of cycle mechanics, willingness to learn and to help out.
  • British Cycling Coaches – Interested in cycle sport and want to improve your own skills whilst improving others? We now run weekly coaching sessions for children aged 6 to 15 years, this is a rapidly growing area of our work and in order to cope with demand we need qualified instructors in place to run the sessions.
  • Ladies Only Cycle Leaders / Instructors – British Cycling head up an initiative called ‘Breeze’ which is aimed at getting more ladies into cycling. We are joining the initiative and hope to start running guided rides and coaching sessions just for ladies. The groups aims will differ greatly some will be there to improve their skills for an upcoming challenge, come will want to lose weight others will be looking to gain confidence for riding alone on the road.
  • To find out more about becoming part of the Watchtree Wheelers team get in touch with Ryan Dobson

TriHard Events are looking for volunteers to help with the running of their Cumbrian events. Triathlons are rather heavy on marshals, so volunteers are always gratefully accepted and the lovely people at TriHard endeavour to look after volunteers so well that, they want to return. As well as general marshalling, they are particularly looking for people with access to and the ability to handle a kayak to help with water safety cover. If anyone feels that they have these skills and would like to volunteer, then please contact Rob on 01765 676622

Skills for Sporting Futures is giving 16-25 year olds deemed as NEET (not in education, employment or training) real opportunities in the world of sports, leisure and the outdoors. The project, run by the Cumbria Youth Alliance in Cockermouth, is helping young people into volunteering and training placements in sports related roles. It provides participants with financial assistance towards qualifications and support with travel costs. 

Barrow Sports Council hold a really successful wheelchair sports club at Hoops Basketball Centre in Barrow for young people with a disability.  They need help putting the wheelchairs together every week before the session; help supporting the young people to play various sorts; and help taking the chairs apart again and putting them back in storage.
It's rewarding and good fun!  It's great experience for any students who hope to work with young people, people with disabilities or in sport.  

The club have had lots of volunteers in the last few years but most of them have moved on the university so we need some more help. The sessions are every Monday in term time from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. If you can help ring Nicola on 07776348687 for more details.