Become a Volunteer

Give just a little time and make a whole world of difference.

You can help to support people in your own community in a flexible way that can make a real difference to somebody.

We are always looking for volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds with all kinds of different interests. If you live in Furness or the South Lakes, and have a few hours a week that you could regularly spare, we would love to hear from you.


Oaklea Employee of the Year - Volunteering

Jeff Smith, a Lifestyle Co-ordinator from Barnard Castle, County Durham won the 2017 Employee of the Year award for the sheer amount of extra hours he puts in on a voluntary basis. Jeff has also engaged customers at Oaklea into getting involved in fundraising and the wider local community. Jeff can often be spotted out & about with his trusty 4 legged friend - flask and cake based bribes optional!

Jeff started with Oaklea in 2008, when he began working on the relief team. “I worked at different houses with different customers, but eventually I found a niche in Barnard Castle, where I developed a particularly close working relationship with Kit and Kev. I have supported these customers for a number of years paid and unpaid with great pleasure. Their self-help skills are excellent and they have a high profile in the local community. Kit in particular works at a riding school for the disabled, a local animal refuge centre and a local charity shop. He has achieved ‘fame’ at the special Olympics with his swimming and they both enjoy a game of snooker. I supported both to attend their local church and they have a good rapport with Jonathon the vicar. The church is always looking for willing helpers to keep it tidy and fund raise and Kit is very adept at clearing out birds nests in the belfry!....

Here you can see Jeff clutching his award presented to him in July 2018 by Oaklea CEO Clive Wigley -both being ably supported by Kit!

Also we have our car boot sale over August bank holiday and this is attended by all the local villagers. Kit has not missed one in the last 5 years and he gets involved erecting the marquee, working in the refreshment tent and collecting money at the gate. I will often collect him to help deliver church mags and then on for a game of snooker, what better way to spend a summer evening.”

Good Neighbours

Our Good Neighbours programme matches people with a few hours to spare, with people in the community who need a helping hand. It is run through our partnership with the Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme and aims to reduce isolation and loneliness. A whole range of volunteer opportunities are available. Training and on-going support will be provided.

Lend a hand - Volunteering with our Young People’s team

If you want to help out or gain new skills through our clubs & activities - why not join us as a volunteer Youth Leader - we are always keen to hear from anyone keen to join us on a voluntary basis - you could assist with the smooth running of a youth club, take part in day trips etc.

Right2Work (R2W)

You can volunteer at The Furniture Warehouse, which is run by Oaklea subsidiary, R2W. If you would like to get involved with The Furniture Warehouse - you can give some of your time and use your skills to help people in your community. Training and on-going support will be provided.

Have a listen to Dan - he’s been volunteering at The Furniture Warehouse since 2017 - we caught up with him as part of Volunteer Week in June 2021…to him it’s not just about giving something back -it’s also the friendships & camaraderie:

“Our aim is to ensure that customers are enabled to widen their experiences within a safe and supportive environment and that those individuals are supported in recognising, developing, and maintaining their own potential. Through our established and positive systems, R2W is able to provide effective assistance, guidance and training that would support an individual to enter and maintain paid employment.”

Please call our Customer Advice Team on 01539 735025 for more information.

Oaklea & R2W Teams talking to people about volunteering at a Cumbria CVS event

More info on volunteering opportunities at R2W here Volunteer with R2W

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