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.

Healthwatch Cheshire

Healthwatch Cheshire, Sension House, Denton Drive, Northwich, CW9 7LU.

Volunteering roles:

  • Citizen Focus Rep/Virtual Volunteers: Take part in reviews of policies and workshops based around Health and Social Care within Cheshire carried out on line/zoom/team calls and occasional face to face meetings when possible.
  • Enter and View Representative: Enter and View Representatives visit health and adult social care services Hospitals/Care Homes/GP Practices to see how they are run. By making observations, engaging with Management, patients, residents and visitors, E&V Reps work as part of a team to produce reports with recommendations for improvement or highlighting best practice to share with other services.
  • Engagement: Our Champions support HWC at drop-ins and other public events, gathering patient opinion and raising awareness of our organisation. HWC Champions can also attend meetings and forums on our behalf.


David Crosthwaite: david.crosthwaite@healthwatchcheshire.org.uk

SSAFA Cheshire Branch Secretary

Are you looking to make a real difference in your local community?
Our network of trained volunteers are at the heart of our work, providing practical and emotional support for serving personnel, veterans and military families.
You don’t need a military background, just basic I.T and admin skills, the ability to get on with people and good communication skills and written English. 
What is a Branch Secretary?
There is a SSAFA branch in each county in the UK. These are divided into local areas that we call divisions. Each branch has a secretary to organise day-to-day activities. This is a key role involving administration and coordinating people. As the first point of contact for SSAFA in the area, you will play a crucial part in promoting SSAFA locally, organising local events and ensuring the smooth running of SSAFA across the divisions in your branch.

Why do we need you?
We’ve been supporting the Armed Forces community for more than 130 years. Our clients come from all backgrounds and age groups and the number of people contacting us for help rises each year. In recognition of their service to the Nation we aim to provide financial, practical and emotional support when it’s needed most. To do this we need local branches and volunteers who can match clients to volunteers and keep things running smoothly behind the scenes.

When would you be needed and where would you be based?
This role is about coordination and administration. As part of your local branch you might have access to an office, but many volunteers are based at home.
The role would suit someone looking to offer a regular time commitment each week. You would also need to organise and attend a number of meetings each year.
During COVID-19 everyone is currently working remotely. 

What about training and support?
  • A three-day course for new branch secretaries. Your trainer will guide your group of like-minded volunteers through everything you need to know to run a SSAFA branch.*
  • On-line training modules to complete at home, so you are up to date on how to keep clients, their families and personal information safe.
  • Access to a range of e-learning courses as well as local opportunities to keep your training up to date.
  • Support from the Chair of the branch
  • Support from the Volunteer Support Manager (per region)
  • Access to the Welfare Team and Volunteer Support Team based at our central office
  • Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses
What are we looking for?
  • Friendly and approachable people of any age (18+) with some experience of coordinating people and admin
  • good written and spoken English
  • ability to be respectful and non-judgemental with clients, their family, other agencies and SSAFA colleagues
  • ability to send and receive emails – you will receive your own SSAFA email address
  • ability to coordinate a team of people volunteering
  • willingness to use our on-line case management system (this is covered in the training course)
  • ability to keep within boundaries of the role with regards to reporting any safety concerns etc
  • reliable attitude, contact clients and volunteers promptly, keep appointments etc.
  • ability to maintain confidentiality and keep information safely
  • access to public transport or a car to travel to meetings, events etc.
  • ability to provide two referees: former employers or other people that know you well (other than relatives)
*Due to COVID-19 we are utilising digital technology to deliver our training. Should you require any further information please message us.

Join our SSAFA Family, the Branch Secretary is a key role involving admin, coordinating people, promoting us locally and ensuring the smooth running across all divisions of the branch. 

To apply, register your interest to:

Footpath inspectors wanted in your area

Do you like walking or running on footpaths? Horse riding or cycling on bridleways? If yes, then PNFS would love to hear from you! 
PFNS inspect footpaths, bridleways and other rights of way and we report on any problems we find and work to resolve any issues.  We are looking for people with a passion for the outdoors, who would like to join our footpath inspection team and help us care for the countryside. 
This a unique opportunity to enjoy being in the great outdoors whilst giving something back to the community. It can be done as an individual or with friends, walking with a purpose as well as for fun.

What will you do?

You will monitor rights of way on behalf of the Society-
  • in an area you have agreed to inspect
  • at your own pace and in your own time
  • find the paths on our unique database
  • record your inspections and report any problems
To find out more information please contact Jenny Allen (Trustee) 

Become a My Guide volunteer

Do you have a couple of hours a week to help change a life?

Do you live in the local area? Could you help someone with sight loss to get their independence back? We need you now!

Contact Tony:

Contact Sharon

For more information, visit:

SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity

Job description

Looking at making a real difference in your local Cheshire community? Volunteer Caseworkers are the lifeblood of SSAFA, supporting a growing number of people in need of financial, practical and emotional support. Clients come from all backgrounds and age groups and may have served in WW2 or in a more recent conflict like Iraq or Afghanistan. Our trained volunteers listen without judgement to assess and provide tailored support to help people navigate life in and beyond military service. We need you to join your local SSAFA team to help us achieve this.

Skills & Experience

  • Good listening and communication skills including written and spoken English
  • Ability to be respectful and non-judgemental with clients, their family, other agencies and SSAFA colleagues
  • Ability to send and receive emails – you will receive your own SSAFA email address
  • Ability to make enquires on behalf of clients by phone, email, letter or by filling in forms
  • Willingness to use our on-line case management system (this is covered in the caseworker training course)
  • Reliable attitude, contact clients promptly, keep appointments, update the branch regarding your availability
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and keep information safely
  • Access to public transport or a car to travel to appointments with clients
  • Able to provide two referees: former employers or other people that know you well (other than relatives)
  • Happy to be DBS checked (this is paid for by the charity)

Why volunteer with SSAFA?

  • Three-day training course for new caseworkers. Your trainer will guide your group of like-minded volunteers through everything you need to know to get started as a SSAFA caseworker all expenses paid
  • Some short on-line training modules to complete at home and access to a range of e-learning courses
  • Local induction and gatherings for caseworkers to meet and share ideas
  • Reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses
  • Support people in your community with a military background
  • Use your skills, knowledge and life experience to benefit others
  • Experience, training and skills that you can highlight on your CV and in job interviews
  • Better physical and mental health – studies show that volunteers live longer and experience lower levels of stress and depression!

Caseworkers visit clients to work out what type of help they need. Next, they find the right sources of support and arrange for clients to access it. This might be funds for special equipment for someone with a disability, adaptions to a property so an older client can remain at home or funds for a rental deposit. Caseworkers also sign-post clients onto specialist local services for advice on benefits, housing, mental health, debt, finding work etc.

If your studying to be a social worker, have a background in the military or just want to volunteer some time in your local community we want to hear from you.

To apply please send your contact details through to dorothy.urban@ssafa.org.uk and someone will get in touch to give you some more information.

Stage Artz

We run a volunteer programme for young people  (13-19 years) who have an interest in the events industry. We put on community events this can range from Summer Festivals to Kids parties. We need adults who have an interest in the events industry or youth work, this maybe help with fundraising, marketing and promotion, youth work, refreshments and catering. This is an exciting programme and unique to Ellesmere Port.

OPAL Services (Older People Active Lives) 

At OPAL Services our 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.  http://www.opalservices.org.uk/opal-clubs/
We also run two services which benefit carers, BreakTime and Careers Connect. BreakTime is a free service offering short breaks to carers of older people, tailored to the carer and the person they care for.  http://www.opalservices.org.uk/opal-clubs/

Carers Connect is available to carers aged 60 or over or anyone who is caring for someone over the age of 60. The scheme offers a series of activities that may include recreational activities, cultural events, visits to places of interest and information or training. http://www.opalservices.org.uk/carers-connect/

A further service, 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. http://www.opalservices.org.uk/go-online/
In Spring 2017 we also launched two new services, New Horizons and What’s Cooking.
New Horizons aims to hel people to rekindle hobbies they used to enjoy whilst also developing some new interests locally http://www.opalservices.org.uk/new-horizons/
What’s Cooking is a project all about food and drink, encouraging people to eat, cook and share their food experiences. http://www.opalservices.org.uk/whats-cooking/

Our volunteers are the backbone of all our services, and we are always looking to recruit more people. Volunteers can offer their time and energy on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.

For more information:

Appeal for Young Carers Project Volunteer

Hours of volunteering: 
  • Monday – Chester 6pm – 7:30pm and 8-9:30pm
  • Thursday – Ellesmere Port – 5:30-7pm and 7:30-9pm
  • Thursday – Vale Royal (Rudheath) – 5:30–7pm and 7-8:30pm
  • Plus quarterly meetings/training 
As a Young Carers Project volunteer you will be required;
  1. To take responsibility for ensuring that activities are safe and enjoyable for the young people in the group
  2. To maintain client confidentiality
  3. To attend the group(s) on a regular basis
  4. To work as part of a team for the benefit of the young people in the group, to support other volunteers and the group leader as appropriate – e.g. in planning trips or activities
  5. To work within guidelines on child protection and hold this as the highest priority at all times
Skills and Experience
  • Experience of interpersonal work or youth work would be useful but not essential as the role is to work under the instruction of the group co-coordinator with youth work experience.
For further information/to apply please contact:

Recruiting Magistrates now

Magistrates are volunteer members of the judiciary who make decisions in criminal and family courts. We are all ordinary people.

Anyone aged between 18-70 can sit as a magistrate and you don’t need any formal qualifications as full training is provided.

Travel and subsistence is paid and if you are employed you are legally entitled to take time off for the role.

Could you offer 14 or more days a year?

Find out more at:

Age UK Cheshire

Age UK Cheshire provides a range of care and support services to empower and enable older people to continue to live full and active lives, to participate in community activity, and to remain in good mental and physical health for as long as possible.  Our Day Services aim to relieve isolation by promoting independence and integration into social circles. They are ideal for older people who like to get out of the house now and then to join activities and make new friends.  We are looking for volunteers to help in our Day Services.

Older People’s Activity Volunteer

You will be friendly, kind and caring, previous caring experience is not required just an interest in spending time with older people.  Patience and listening skills are essential.
You will be:
  • Interested in helping older people
  • Friendly with a good sense of humour   
  • Approachable
  • Supportive
  • Patient
  • A good listener
  • A team worker
Main tasks for this role are:
  • Helping with activities and crafts
  • Playing board / card games with clients
  • Help serving refreshments
  • Giving support and friendship to clients
The Day Services Activity Sessions run on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Ellesmere Port, Chester and Northwich.  Opening hours are typically 10am – 3pm.  We are grateful for any help between these hours.

We are also looking for an Older People’s Activity Group Leader for our Ellesmere Port Service and a Volunteer Minibus Driver working from our Hartford centre.  If you would like any more information about these roles please get in touch with Chris Rees, Day Services Development Officer:

Cafe assistant at The National Waterways Museum

With its dramatic location, extensive in-door displays, boat trips and historic buildings the museum is a great place to volunteer, where time slows down and history comes to life.


Be part of a passionate volunteer team in a unique location, meet new people, learn new skills and get involved!

Skills required

The role includes cash handling, food preparation, responding to enquires, clearing tables and engaging with the visitors. Full training will be provided.

A friendly manner and an enthusiasm for museums and the canals are a must.

Good communication skills, but most importantly a willingness to learn and use of own initiative.

To sign up for this opportunity, visit Canal and River Trust website.

Can you spare a couple of hours to change someone's life for the better?
You can help by becoming a Befriender Volunteer.

This volunteering role may include:

  • visiting carers in their own homes
  • weekly telephone call to a carers 
  • social visit to a café.
We will provide a first class induction, training, support and a reference to future employers.

For further information please contact:

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 Community Development Trust - Buddying and Befriending Scheme

Cheshire Community Development Trust (CCDT) is a charity all about community. We are based in Northwich and have a strong track record of delivering services across Cheshire which support and empower people to:
  • remain independent
  • reduce social isolation
  • attain their goals
  • find a place in society where they can live, work and have a sense of purpose.
We are looking for people to join our exciting new Buddying and Befriending Scheme, which aims to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst the over 50s in Cheshire.

As a Volunteer Buddy you could be helping someone to gain the confidence to leave the house for the first time, or take part in an activity, join a group, or enjoy trips to the cinema, with the aim of making new friends and connecting with the community around them. This is a shorter-term role for volunteers, usually for around 3-6 months.

Our Volunteer Befrienders help create a supportive friendship with people who may not necessarily want to engage with groups or activities, but would like to spend time with another person, maybe just having a cup of tea and a chat or going out for a walk, etc.
If you are interested and would like more information then please get in touch with the Volunteer Coordinators, Pete or Holly:

Appeal for volunteers - Stretton Water Mill

Stretton Water Mill (part of Cheshire West Museum Service) is appealing for volunteers. The role involves:
  • Welcoming the visitors, demonstrating the model and giving a background to the mill
  • Shop and admissions
  • Accompanying mill tours and learning about the mill machinery
  • Maintenance with the miller
To register your interest or for further information please contact Kate Harland, Cheshire West Museums:

Cheshire Centre for Independent Living

Do you have spare time each month? Are you interested in working with disabled young people? Have fun whilst enhancing your CV and make a difference to your community by volunteering with the Cheshire Centre for Independent Living. The centre need volunteers to work in a group setting in the Ellesmere Port area on a Thursday from 4pm - 6pm and 6.30pm - 9pm. For more information contact Victoria Atherton:

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:


WHAG are a Charity that offers accommodation and community support to Women and Men affected by Domestic Abuse across Cheshire West and Chester. They are looking for empathic and enthusiastic Volunteers who can support us in the following ways:  

  • Volunteer befriending – providing emotional support to clients attending Court, practical and emotional support to those who are feeling isolated
  • Community Activity Volunteers – supporting with setting up and running regular group activity sessions within our Hub (Blacon)
  • Volunteer Counsellors  – Providing weekly counselling sessions to women and men who have been affected by Domestic Abuse (Blacon and Ellesmere Port)
  • Wellbeing Volunteers – Facilitate wellbeing activities such as walking, Yoga, mindfulness from the Hub (Blacon)
References and a DBS are required for the role. Agreed expenses will be reimbursed. Training and ongoing support provided.

For further information:

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.

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:

Passion for Learning

Passion for Learning is an innovative, charitable organization, committed to enthusing children about reading and learning by making it fun, exciting and motivating. Our volunteers work 1:1 with primary school children (ages 4-11) to bring them books, games and activities that increase their skills and help them to grow in confidence. Above all, the work that Passion for Learning does is full of imagination and fun. We want to make children curious about their world and keen to find out more. 

Previous experience of working with children is not necessary. Enthusiasm, imagination, a good sense of humour and, most of all, a passion for learning is all that is required. 

Passion for Learning works hard to ensure that volunteers enjoy an excellent experience providing full training, regular ongoing support and a wealth of social activities that ensure that the team feels like a very big family. 

We are seeking volunteers to go into Ellesmere Port primary schools – can you help us?

To find out more, please contact Diane Clark

Bridge Community Farm, Ellesmere Port

Bridge Community Farms is a social enterprise based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.  They are a working farm that brings together people from all parts of the local community and offers those in need a helping hand.  The main purpose is to offer permanent and sustainable jobs to people who are long-term unemployed, by growing and selling fruit, vegetables, salads and herbs to the local community. 

Bridge Community Farm are in need of the following volunteers:

Learning and Well-being Client Mentors

  • Times: three hour slots on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday starting 9.30am and 12.30pm
  • Duties: Reporting to the Learning and Well-being Co-ordinator, you’ll mentor up to three teenage students engaged in a work experience programme on the farm.  Each student will work two x 6 hour days per week.

Market Stall Sales Volunteers

  • Times: three hour slots, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday starting 9am and 12noon
  • Duties - reporting to the Sales and Marketing Manager, work alongside a Bridge Community Farm employee to sell produce and craft items, promote this good community work and recruit weekly vegetable box members.


  • Times: three hour slots, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday starting 9am and 12noon
  • Duties - reporting to the Sales and Marketing Manager, drive the van to deliver and return stock to/from market stalls and also deliver weekly veg boxes.  

If you’d like to find out more about Bridge Community Farm or register your interest in volunteering they’d love to hear from you.

Action Transport Theatre

Action Transport Theatre are looking for volunteers to take on various roles. Volunteers help Action Transport Theatre to achieve everything that they do at Whitby Hall. You do not need any previous experience, just a willingness and ability to commit your time. There are regular opportunities for people to help with their Youth Actor and Young Writer sessions, This is usually an evening commitment with some weekends from January to August.

They are also looking for volunteers to help prepare events at Whitby Hall in Ellesmere Port, including the Family Film Club and other performances from visiting companies. Sometimes volunteers also help to get their touring shows ready before they hit the road and they occasionally need people to support with marketing, technical and admin. Volunteers gain valuable experience and contacts as well as getting the opportunity to see free theatre at Whitby Hall. Volunteers must be aged sixteen and over. For more information, pop along to their Volunteer Information Event on Wednesday 9 December, 4.30pm - 7pm at Whitby Hall for a mince pie and a chat about what they do.


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:

Volunteering with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service Volunteering Programme have a range of volunteering activities, roles available include:
  • Safety team volunteer
  • Road safety volunteer 
  • Cadet leader volunteer
  • Youth activity volunteer
  • Historical society
  • Business liaison volunteer
If you would like more information please contact:

Claire Bennett
Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ
Sadler Road

Volunteering at Links Healthy Living Centre

This centre has a number of volunteer positions available, all these positions are offered on a two month placement and full training and induction course will be provided. CRB checks and references are needed. Below is a list of the current volunteering opportunities:
  • Volunteer Cookery Assistant
  • Volunteer Fruit and Vegetable Bag Packer
  • Volunteer Receptionist
  • Volunteer Data Input Assistant
  • Visit: Links Healthy Living Centre
  • Tel: 01244 385035

Volunteering advice at the EPNAVCO

EPNAVCO (Ellesmere Port and Neston Association of Voluntary and Community Organisations) is the local volunteer centre offering volunteer brokerage to would-be volunteers.  They are based at the The Community Hub, 108 to 112 Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 0AB. Local residents wishing to volunteer have a choice of more than 400 volunteer roles with more than 200 charities or community groups in the West Cheshire area.  Volunteering can be short or long term commitments and can be just 1 hour a week, half a day a week or a day a week or a one off event, there is a great deal of flexibility.

Would-be volunteers can either apply on line using the West Cheshire volunteer website www.volunteerwestcheshire.org.uk or they can check out the Do-it website using their postcode or many choose to call in and arrange a face to face interview to discuss the roles available.

Volunteering supports many people get back into a routine, gain new skills or keep existing skills up to date. Many organisations wanting volunteers provide their own training or access training provided by EPNAVCO. There are many roles for those with specialist skills or interests such as baking, reading, driving, gardening, coaching, IT, practical skills or fundraising. There are many roles for people who would just like to get out of the house, enjoy being sociable or are happy helping others.

Where appropriate volunteers can also have free DBS checks.

A rewarding volunteer role which needs no specialist skills other than being a friendly, honest, reliable person is a Volunteer Befriender.  Befrienders are matched to older people in the local community who would benefit from a caring neighbour to pop in and keep them company and check up on how they are.  In the winter months this is particularly important when people get out less and become isolated.  A befriender will get a FREE enhanced DBS check, training and ongoing support.  Most of our befrienders are matched to someone within walking distance of their home.  This is one of the most flexible and satisfying volunteer roles we offer.  Volunteers can give as little as an hour of their time, they can be working or not working, they can be available during the day, evening or week-end and it is an ideal role for anyone considering training or working in the care sector and wanting to get involved in their local community.

Volunteer as a Street Pastor

Street Pastors are an inter-denominational Church response to neighbourhood problems. They engage with people on the streets and in night-time venues to care, listen, communicate and offer practical help.

Street Pastors have concern for society in particular young people who feel they are excluded and marginalised and they are willing to engage with these young people where they are, in terms of their thinking (i.e. their perspective of life) and location (i.e. where they hang out be it on the streets, in the pubs and clubs or at parties etc). Street Pastors also work with church and community leaders, with agencies and projects, both statutory and voluntary, to look at collaborative ways of working on issues affecting youth, and initiatives that will build trust between them and the Street Pastors.

For further information please contact:

Ellesmere Port and Neston Live at Home Scheme

They are based at Trinity Church and offer a range of activities such as:
  • Advice and sign posting
  • Befriending
  • Lunch club
  • Social outings
  • Hospital visiting
  • Newsletter and talking newsletter
  • Internet corner
  • Welcome centre
  • Support shopping
  • Medical support
For further information please contact the Scheme Manager on:

West Cheshire Credit Union (Ellesmere Port)

A wide range of volunteer roles are available at the West Cheshire Credit Union. Individuals are needed to staff collection points across the borough. Volunteer roles are also available on the management board for people with experience in areas such as marketing, finance, funding applications and IT.
  • Visit: West Cheshire Credit Union
  • Tel: 0151 355 7430

Home-Start West Cheshire

Home-Start is a charity offering regular support, friendship and practical help to families who may be struggling to cope with a variety of challenges including the demands of parenting young children, post natal illness, isolation, disability and multiple births. Volunteers spend two to three hours a week with a family in their home. Training is given and out of pocket expenses are reimbursed. You will need to have experience of bringing up children.

To find out more about Home-Start West Cheshire contact Joyce on:

Buzz Youth Group Volunteering

The Buzz Youth Group was set up in response to disabled young people in the Cheshire West and Chester area asking for a place to ‘hang out’ with their friends. The group is funded by Children In Need and is run by members through a steering group. Buzz runs on a weekly basis across Cheshire West and Chester district and all activities on offer are chosen by the young people who attend.

For further information please contact the Cheshire Centre for Independent Living on:

West Cheshire Buddy Scheme for ages 5-18

Volunteers are required to support a young person with a disability to enable them to be involved in a leisure activity of their choice. Depending on your own leisure interests and the interests of the young person you will be supporting, you will help him or her to gain access to a mainstream local sport or leisure club or group.  Depending on the club and the young person you may need to supervise them in their chosen activity or get involved to some extent yourself.

For further information contact:

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.

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.

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:

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. 

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

Nightstop Host

Join our fantastic team of existing volunteers who have been opening their own homes up to homeless young people since 2008. 

Role Specification
  • Offer your spare room(s) for 1 to 3 nights at a time to young people who present as homeless to cheshire west housing team in an emergency due to reasons such as family breakdown, domestic violence, eviction, finances and emotional troubles. 
  • You will offer them a safe breathing space for up to 3 nights, giving a bed for the night from around 5.30pm to 8.30am plus basic evening meal and breakfast in the morning and access to bathroom facilities 
  • You will also provide a listening ear 
  • Expenses payment of around £10 per stay to cover food and board. 
  • Assessment process includes home visits from our dedicated staff team, DBS check and references. 
  • All young people are fully risk assessed prior to placement and we do not accept young people under the influence of drugs, alcohol or any other factors which would make us feel they would not be safe in your home. 
  • Full training provided and 24 hour help line 
  • To apply please complete attached application form and return to claire.litherland@forumhousing.co.uk 
  • Or ring claire litherland on 07740080715. 
  • Volunteer application pack (PDF, 1MB)​ 

Alzheimers Society

The Alzheimers Society have a range of volunteering opportunities available: If you are interested in any of these opportunities please contact the Alzheimers Society:

The Debt Advice Network

The Debt Advice Network is a registered charity in the Ellesmere port area. If possible we would like volunteers come to assist us here in our new offices; 108-112 Whitby Road, Ellesmere port, CH65 0AB. 

We are looking for at least five people aged 18 and over.

Duties may consist of;
  • Working closely with members of the public
  • Helping with computer courses and training
  • Assisting in Job Searches and creating CVs for our clients.
  • Assisting senior members of staff with the day to day workings of a busy office. This will include; Answering the telephone, filing and faxing, scanning and uploading documents, booking appointments.
  • The opportunity to Learn about money management, finance and budgeting as well as upskilling and being given the opportunity to attend several  courses as part of their work experience with us.
  • Attending community functions 
The requirements for our volunteers are as follows;
  • Over 18 years old
  • Willingness to undertake a DBS check 
  • Ability to read and write and MUST know alphabet
  • Basic IT Skills
  • Ability to use the Telephone (training will be given)
  • Able to work under own initiative
  • Available to work afternoons (between 12pm and 4pm) and to cover holiday periods 
  • Flexible 
  • Willingness to upskill (accredited money advice courses and training available and will be offered free of charge)

Ellesmere Port Sea Cadets

Across the UK there are thousands of young people involved in Sea Cadet activities – learning new skills that will give them a head start in life. With 14,000 Cadets aged  10 – 18 the SCC is the UK’s largest maritime youth charity.

They need your help – they need volunteers who are happy to roll up their sleeves, get involved and make a huge positive difference to the lives of the young people they work with.

Currently Ellesmere Port Sea Cadets are looking for volunteers for various roles. 

How you can help


You'll be helping cadets in a range of activities and learning new skills yourself! They have a mix of uniformed and non-uniformed instructors and follow a rank structure aligned to the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines.

Unit assistants

Be the backbone of your unit helping out in lots of ways from mini-bus driver, admin, running the tuck shop to painter and decorator.

Committee Member/ Unit Management Team (UMT)

Each unit has a UMT - the trustees of the unit. So we need: general committee members and are currently looking for a chairperson. You'll be working as a team to fundraise and manage the unit.

If you feel you can help or contribute any time then please contact:
Helene Storey, Development for Sea Cadets North West. 

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 Ellesmere Port 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:

Citizens Advice Cheshire West

Volunteering with Citizens Advice Cheshire West offers you a great experience and the chance to make a real difference to local people by providing valuable advice and support to members of your local community. All sorts of people volunteer with us for many different reasons, but one thing that our volunteers say is that volunteering with Citizens Advice Cheshire West is enjoyable, rewarding, challenging and varied.

Citizens Advice Cheshire West is at the heart of your community with offices in Winsford, Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Chester. Volunteering with us not only benefits the local community but also wider society as Citizens Advice influences and informs nationally via social policy and our recognised standing as a trusted and independent voice for our clients.

Being a volunteer adviser has many benefits including; improving your employability, helping you get new skills, using and improving your existing skills and experience, enhancing and building your confidence, working with people who have the same values, beliefs and commitments.

We currently have opportunities for people to train as face to face and/or telephone advisers.
A volunteer adviser’s role is very varied and includes providing information and giving advice by explaining the choices our clients face and helping them understand how those choices will affect them. We provide practical help to clients by completing forms and helping to progress their issues. We work with, and refer our clients to other agencies if they are better placed to help resolve issues and reduce future problems.

Volunteer advisers receive full training in the skills needed to help our clients deal with their problems by learning how to find the information the client needs from our extensive resources. 

Volunteers are fully supported and supervised and will get feedback and development opportunities throughout their time with Citizens Advice Cheshire West.

You don’t need specific qualifications or experience to train for the role of volunteer adviser the opportunity is suitable for many people from a variety of backgrounds; 

The main duties and responsibilities of a volunteer adviser may include:
  • Interviewing clients, both face-to-face and on the telephone; working with the client to explore their enquiry and helping the client to deal with and set priorities.
  • Finding, interpreting and communicating the relevant information to clients by exploring options and outcomes in order that they can understand them and make better informed choices and decisions.
  • Acting, where necessary, on behalf of the client including, negotiating, drafting or writing letters, completing forms and making appropriate referrals.
  • Completing clear and accurate case records.
  • Recognising the problems clients face and taking appropriate action to deal with them including using social policy.
  • Attending team meetings and training sessions.
  • Citizens Advice Cheshire West provides advice to people on their rights and responsibilities. We value diversity, promote equality and challenge discrimination. We are independent, impartial, confidential and free.
  • We are looking for people who have:
  • A commitment to the aims and principles of the Citizens Advice service.
  • Good listening skills. 
  • Are helpful, open and approachable.
  • Can communicate clearly both orally and in writing.
  • The skills to sift through information and extract what is relevant.
  • Basic mathematical skills.
  • Respect for views, values and cultures that are different to their own.
  • An understanding of why confidentiality is important.
  • Familiarity with using a computer keyboard and searching the internet.
  • A positive attitude to self-development and assessment.
  • An ability to work as part of a team.
  • The understanding to recognise their own limits and boundaries in the role.
Volunteer Advisers are needed at all four of our offices:
  • Citizens Advice Cheshire West; Winsford: Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 1AH
  • Citizens Advice Cheshire West; Ellesmere Port: 1 Whitby Road, Ellesmere Port Cheshire CH65 8AA
  • Citizens Advice Cheshire West; Chester: The Blue Coat, Upper Northgate Street, Chester CH1 4EE
  • Citizens Advice Cheshire West; Northwich: Meadow Court, MeadowStreet, Northwich Cheshire CW9 5FP
For more information on becoming a volunteer adviser at Citizens Advice Cheshire West call into any of our offices and speak to a member of our team or:

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:


Brightlife has an exciting opportunity for Volunteer Co-researchers to work with the University of Chester to evaluate the impact of the Brightlife programme.

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 Co-researcher, you will have the opportunity to be involved in all stages of the evaluation; this could include gathering data by conducting focus groups or interviews, analysing the data or helping to write reports. Full training and support will be given to all volunteers through a five week training programme (5x2 hour sessions) taking place from January.
There will also be a range of social events specifically for their Co-researchers. Out of pocket expenses will be covered.​ To find out more information, contact Mandy Roberts:

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: ​

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:

Forum Housing

Forum Housing are a Housing Association which provides housing for young homeless people aged 16 – 25.

They are currently looking for volunteers at The Lock Project in Ellesmere Port, this could be working with young people and staff or general maintenance on the building such as painting and decorating, anything would be greatly appreciated.

Volunteers would have to undergo a DBS check which will be carried out and paid for by Forum.

Volunteer packs can be obtained by:

Forever Hounds Trust - Events volunteer

Forever Hounds Trust require an events volunteer to ​support the smooth running of Forever Hounds Trust events (e.g. street collections, dogs shows, quiz nights) by working with other volunteers, providing a friendly and helpful service to their supporters and members of the public. 

To help them maximise the opportunities to raise money and awareness for Forever Hounds Trust.

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:

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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