We have volunteering opportunities in Ambleside or Bradford, 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 – we have practical tasks that you and your colleagues could tackle together
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
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 centre in Bradford there are always tasks to be done to keep them looking fresh and welcoming.
Whether you have a team of three or 30, we can find a project to suit you.
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 - George Grange
George has volunteered for Brathay for around a day per week between March and June 2017.
Name: George Grange
About You: I’m an artist, have worked in both formal and informal education. I live in South Lakeland, have a family and lots of different interests. I also work for the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal part-time.
What motivated you to volunteer for Brathay Trust? I read about Brathay and thought it seemed a great organisation and their work was interesting. I happened to have a day a week free for the next four months and thought I might be able to help Brathay and learn some new skills.
What have you been doing for Brathay?
I’ve been putting together a fundraising pack which included research and then writing and designing the contents using a design software package. While I was volunteering an opportunity came up to use my art skills to design a new medal for the Windermere marathon.
What have you enjoyed about volunteering?
The project made use of my skills but I also learned some new ones and brushed up my knowledge. Its’ been fun and I’ve felt well-supported in a friendly, helpful office. It’s also been great to work on two self-contained projects which I’ve been able to start and then see through to the end.
Volunteer Case Study - Iona Golby
Iona has volunteered for Brathay’s Marketing and Fundraising departments for around two days per week between July and August 2017.
Name: Iona Golby
About You: I’m a second year Philosophy student from Durham University. I live near Keswick with my parents, and really enjoy walking, cycling, and rock climbing. I also work at YHA Langdale three days a week.
What motivated you to volunteer for Brathay Trust? I found I had some free time over the summer and wanted to gain some office experience with a local charity, preferably a children’s charity. I heard about Brathay’s amazing work with children and young people through a friend and thought it sounded like a great organisation to volunteer with.
What have you been doing for Brathay? I have been set a wide variety of tasks and mini projects whilst at Brathay, from making up fundraising packs and sorting donation boxes to trying not to break the paper shredder! Perhaps the most interesting task I was set was to sort through donations given to the charity and attempt to sell them. Donations ranged from outdoor equipment to children’s story books to limited edition prints.
What have you enjoyed about volunteering? I can’t think of a better place to have gained my first office experience- the staff at Brathay have been so friendly and helpful! One task I particularly enjoyed was a research task concerning donor stewardship, a topic I knew little about beforehand. I was able to expand my own knowledge by researching other charities’ methods for donor stewardship, and then make suggestions as to how Brathay could improve its own methods.
Please click here to contact our volunteering team or phone Ed on tel: 015394 39747