We have volunteering opportunities in Ambleside in the Bradford, Barnsley and Wigan areas, or in your own home!

We'd love to hear from you if you:

  • Can give a few hours or occasional days

  • Would like to give a regular commitment

  • Are interested in volunteering through work or a community group

We have a full programme of events and are always looking for volunteers to help us make them a success. Here are some of the ways you could get involved:

Join the Challenge Events Team

Support the inspiring ASICS Windermere Marathon, Brathay 10-in-10, Brathay Cycling and Brathay 262 events by helping as a refreshment station volunteer or a marshal. 

It was incredible to be able to cheer on the runners and know I was keeping them safe. I admire their incredible efforts and I soaked up the exciting atmosphere.

2014 Brathay Windermere Marathon Marshall

Click here to download a Marathon Marshall role description


Collection box volunteers

We have collection boxes placed in local businesses, all managed by volunteers. Just find a busy shop or business in your local community and see if they’d be prepared to host one of our boxes. A well placed collection box can generate £400 a year.

Fundraising events volunteers

We hold regular fundraising events and need volunteers to help run them. It’s a fantastic way to meet new people and have fun. 

Office tasks, research and marketing

Put your skills to good use or learn new ones while volunteering in one of our offices or from home.

Gardening and decorating

At our residential centres in the Lake District and community centres in Barnsley, Bradford and Wigan there are always tasks to be done to keep them looking fresh and welcoming.

Group volunteering

Whether you have a team of three or 30, we can find a project to suit you.

Other opportunities

From time to time, we recruit for roles where we need people with a more specific set of skills. This might include mentors for young people, IT or social networking volunteers.


Volunteer Case Study - Sharon Callaghan

Volunteer Case Study - Sharon Callaghan

Sharon has been volunteering with Brathay since February 2014. In that time she has become an important team member supporting with admin, fundraising research and events development. Sharon was responsible for bringing in the prizes for our 2015 Grand Draw. We asked her about what motivates her to volunteer for Brathay. 

Name: Sharon Callaghan

About You: I hail from Bradford in West Yorkshire, moved to Cumbria in 2014 to join my husband Mick who manages Stott Park Bobbin Mill on the west shore of Windermere. I am mum to Maria and Liam.

What motivated you to volunteer for Brathay Trust?  I really believe in the cause - Helping young people to make changes that last a lifetime. It's not just short term.

What does a typical day volunteering with Brathay like for you?  It's very varied - from contacting businesses for support for raffles and auctions to helping run stalls at fun days. 

What do you enjoy about the role? The staff at Brathay are great to work with and I enjoy being part of the team and hopefully helping them to make a difference.


Please click here to contact our volunteering team or phone Ed on tel: 015394 39747