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Volunteer Centre

Lancaster District CVS has recently set-up a Volunteer Centre for the District, which is now up and running at The Cornerstone on Sulyard Street. This new centre will provide information and advice about local volunteering opportunities.

Anyone that is interested in volunteering, but is not sure what to do – the Volunteer Centre can help. Potential volunteers can drop in on a Friday 10.00am – 2.00pm or can arrange an appointment on a Tuesday or Wednesday.  To arrange an appointmetn call Mark Waddington on (01524) 555900 extension 26 or  email:

To find out more about local opportunities in the District, see the website

The Lancaster Centre is part of a network of Volunteering Hubs supported by Lancashire County Council and ONE Lancashire to develop a county wide strategic approach to volunteering support across the whole of Lancashire that gives equal opportunity and a benchmarked volunteering standard in each District.

Lancaster District CVS also supports volunteering in the District in the following ways:

  • Hosting an annual Volunteer Achievement Awards ceremony
  • Volunteer Co-ordinators Network
  • Advice and information with policies around volunteering
  • Training for volunteers and volunteer managers

If you need advice in any of these areas, please contact the Voluntary Sector Development Team on (01524) 555900. For specific volunteering opportunities, please contact the organisations listed below.

If you are interested in volunteering or recruiting volunteers in the District, please contact one of the organisations listed below.

Lancashire Volunteer Partnership

It’s not always easy to decide on what volunteering opportunity is the right one for you, particularly if it is your first time volunteering. But fear not, we are here to help. There are many different reasons that people choose to volunteer and a whole host of benefits that volunteering brings to the individuals helped, the community and the volunteer. It may be that you would like to gain experience in a specific area, or learn and progress in your career; volunteering is a great way of trying something new.

Visit our website  and simply searching by your postcode or town location will bring up all the opportunities available at this time that are close to where you live. Our Volunteer Officers are here to help advise you on what might be the best opportunity to fit with you. To contact them please email: was launched in 2001 with the first national database of volunteering opportunities in the UK. is part of the registered charity YouthNet, a non-profit-making organisation. To search for Volunteering Opportunities throughout the country, visit the Do-It website.


v is a youth volunteering charity which aims to inspire a new generation of young volunteers by developing volunteering opportunities for young people; running a volunteering opportunities database; distributing certificates of achievement (v50 & vImpact) and offering free training courses.

Volunteering Lancashire

Although there is no ‘Volunteer Centre’ (ie under the Volunteering Lancashire brand) in the Lancaster area, the Volunteering Lancashire website will direct you towards Volunteer Centres and volunteering opportunities in the Lancashire area.

Volunteering Opportunities for Students

Lancaster University

Lancaster University Volunteering Unit, Alexandra Square, Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4XX.

Contact Ben Matthews Co-ordinator on 01525 592828, via email or visit the Lancaster University Volunteering Unit website.

University of Cumbria

University of Cumbria Student’s Union Volunteering, University of Cumbria.

Contact Emma Egglestone, Volunteer Co-ordinator by calling (01524) 526577 or emailing Call in to the Lancaster based Students’ Union for a chat or visit the University of Cumbria Students Union Volunteering website: