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Becoming a volunteer can be personally rewarding and help you to 'give something back' to your community.

As a volunteer you will be giving your time to help others but you will also increase your own confidence and get a sense of satisfaction and achievement. It's a great way to make new friends, try something new and gain new skills, maybe even increase your future job prospects. There are many ways to volunteer depending on how much time you can spare. Full-time, part-time and evening volunteering opportunities are offered by various organisations.

If you want to find out more either contact the local organisation or group that you are interested in volunteering with to see what is available or get in touch with one of the organisations below and they will help you to find a volunteering opportunity that suits you.

There are a wide range of voluntary, community and faith groups across Blackburn with Darwen that you can get involved with. You can search for and apply for volunteering opportunities online at:



Blackburn with Darwen CVS

Blackburn with Darwen Community & Voluntary Service (BwD CVS) manage the local Volunteer Centre, which offers a service free of charge to all Blackburn with Darwen residents and locally based non-profit making groups, including registered charities, community groups, self help groups, sports clubs etc. They provide a confidential information, advice and guidance service on local volunteering opportunities.  They can provide additional support for those who need it.  They also help groups to recruit and support volunteers. If you want to know more call in and speak to a member of staff or telephone for further details.  Further information is available on the Blackburn with Darwen CVS website


Age UK Blackburn with Darwen

As a local charity Age UK relies on its team of volunteers to help them provide services to thousands of local people - they couldn't do it without their volunteers and always need more!

They have a wide range of volunteering opportunities available across all our services - to suit all types of skills and abilities and with varying time commitments. 

Information about volunteering on Age UK's website


Age UK Blackburn with Darwen
Address: 4 King Street, Blackburn
Phone: 01254 266620
Fax: 01254 266621


Blackburn with Darwen Library and Information Service

Blackburn with Darwen Library and Information Service relies on its team of volunteers to help them provide a book delivery service for those borrowers who are unable to visit the library in person. If you are a car owner, have a current driving licence and are interested in volunteering, visit their website for further information.


Become a Shared Lives carer

A Shared Lives Scheme placement offers vulnerable adults the chance to receive the care and support they need in a different setting to the family home, or the supported accommodation, in which they usually live.  People requiring support are matched with an approved carer and live as part of the family household.  You can be approved to offer a long term placement which involves supporting someone on a full time basis, on a short term basis, or for respite or day support. If you are interested in becoming a paid Shared Lives carer please contact us on (01254) 269277 or (01254) 269278.


Care Network

Care Network provides services for vulnerable adults and carers including an assisted shopping service and befriending service.  Without their volunteers Care Network could not run these services.  Care Network is always looking to recruit new volunteers to meet the ever growing demand for these services.  If you would like to find out more about the volunteering opportunities available then please contact Care Network or visit their website.

Care Network
Address: 1st Floor, Blackburn Central Library, Town Hall Street, Blackburn, BB2 1AG
Phone: 01254 507255


Care Network Hub

The Care Network Hub can help you find volunteering opportunities in Blackburn with Darwen.  Click here to find out more.

Volunteers needed for new community transport service

Would you like to volunteer as a driver for a new community transport service in Blackburn with Darwen run by the Royal Voluntary Service?  To find out more click here

There are many ways to volunteer depending on how much time you can spare. Full-time, part-time and evening volunteering are offered by various organisations.

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