We work closely with local universities and Lancaster District Community & Voluntary Solutions to recruit and train volunteers to help with our work. Volunteers are a crucial part of the day-to-day running of our charity, and can involve user-facing case work, administrative support and other general responsibilities.

This is an especially good opportunity for students (for example student social workers seeking work placements) or for those who are seeking to expand their work experience. We are especially keen to recruit those who have experienced or are familiar with the kind of issues that our service users experience such as drug abuse or discrimination based on their sexuality or gender orientation, as this is integral to the work we do with our peer support groups. However, we welcome volunteers from all walks of life and our inductions involve extensive sensitivity training to the issues our service users experience.

Our staff and volunteers are bound to strict codes of conduct, best practice and confidentiality, and potential volunteers are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau) check, though this does not necessarily preclude you from volunteering with us.

If you are interested in working with us, please feel free to get in touch with us for more information.

To find out more about the government’s guidelines about volunteering, click here or, if you’re on Jobseeker’s Allowance or a similar form of government benefits scheme talk to your adviser about how volunteering with us would fit into your obligations.