Volunteers are vital to the work of the Calvert Trust and there are many ways you can get involved. Not only does volunteering help us, it can be a rewarding and fun experience for everyone involved. Volunteering can offer you the opportunity to gain new skills, useful life and work experiences as well as meeting interesting new people!

We offer volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, as well as work experience placements for students studying Outdoor Education or Recreation. Our volunteering opportunities range from assisting with occasional fundraising events to regular weekly sessions at our Riding for the Disabled Stables.

We currently have four different volunteer schemes, see below for more information.

Activity Volunteers

Activity volunteers assist our instructors by supporting visitors out on activities. As groups bring their own support staff, there is no care work involved. No qualifications are required, but volunteers must have an interest in working with people with disabilities and experience of outdoor activities will be beneficial.

Our ‘Buddy Scheme’ volunteers accompany the visitor on activities and provide additional support around the centre outside of activity time. They may stay in our visitors’ accommodation on site.

A group raising their paddles in the air while canoeing with the Lake District Calvert Trust

Centre Volunteers

Your time or specialist skills can support us in many ways. We have a pool of local people who volunteer during our busy periods or on a regular basis at the main centre for various duties such as office and reception support, maintenance, support in the kitchen, bed-making, gardening, general help with outdoor activities and other tasks to support our guests.

Three volunteers making beds at the Lake District Calvert Trust

Fundraising Volunteers

Volunteers play a crucial role in our fundraising team, helping change the lives of children and adults with disabilities! Without the help of volunteers we wouldn’t be able to carry out our work as effectively as we do.

This role will primarily involve supporting the fundraising team. These activities will include administrative and general tasks or at local shows and events.

Two volunteers raising money at a stand for the Lake District Calvert Trust

Stables Volunteers

We need 70 regular volunteers to support our stables sessions!

No qualifications are required, but an interest in horses and working with people with disabilities is essential. Volunteers help in a variety of ways:

  • Leading a pony
  • Side-walking a rider
  • Escorting a ride / trap drive session
  • Assisting with horse care
  • Customer/horse contact

Duke of Edinburgh and work experience placements can be arranged with the stables manager.

All volunteers working with our visitors must have satisfactory references and either standard or enhanced DBS approval (depending on area of business) prior to working with us. This process may take up to 4 weeks, so please apply well in advance of your intended volunteering dates.

For more information about our volunteer opportunities, contact the centre on 017687 72255 or email enquiries@lakedistrict.calvert-trust.org.uk

Volunteers leading the ponies of the Lake District Calvert Trust stables