Volunteer with CAfS
We couldn’t do everything we do without help from our volunteers, and we welcome new volunteers at any time.
Whether you want to do some research at home, put up a poster in your town to promote one our activities, or come out and help us at events, there are all sorts of things you can do.
Please get in touch with us if you have some time to spare. Here are a few opportunities we’re actively seeking help with at the moment…
We’ll give you a free two-day training course in energy use in the home, so that you can drop in with people in your area and help them reduce their energy use and bills. Find out more
Would you be willing to put up a poster or drop off some flyers in public places near you from time to time? We’re building up a network of Poster Pals to help us promote events and projects around Cumbria. If you can help once in a while, please email [email protected]
We are looking for trustees to help us continue to punch above our weight and make the greatest difference in Cumbria. If you have one or more of these skills, we’d be particularly delighted to hear from you:
- Financial management
- Experience of income generation, sponsorship and sales
- Real vision and ability to think strategically
- Experience of developing partnerships
- Legal knowledge, especially on charity and company law
- Marketing or campaigning
If you’d like to talk to us about what the role involves, please call us on 01768 210276. Or if you’d like to come on board now, please complete our Trustee Application Form and send it to [email protected].
Other ways to support us…
You can attend our events and share information about Working Towards Zero Carbon Cumbria.
You can sign up for our newsletter and share it with everyone you know in Cumbria and beyond.
You can follow us on social media.
What our previous volunteers say
“I joined CAfS as a volunteer in January 2015. I have a degree in environmental management and I was looking to gain some experience in a sustainability field and to do some volunteering. I did a quick search on google and found CAfS who were looking for ‘volunteer energy advisors’. Perfect! I contacted the team and was invited to a training day where, with three others, we discussed and learned about the different energy tariffs and problems with switching suppliers.
My time as a volunteer was only short. I participated in 4 energy advice events around Eden and south Cumbria. It was really interesting to the meet people wanting advice and to listen to all of the misconceptions around changing tariffs. Working with CAfS, I was able to build upon my customer service skills and gain experience in the energy advice sector.
Helping people who struggle to pay their bills, or just guiding people who may feel they are stuck with their long term supplier and paying far too much is definitely a worthwhile cause. I hope people get behind the scheme and I hope to be able to do more volunteering in the future. Thank you for the opportunity.”
“I joined Cumbria Action for Sustainability as a volunteer after attending the 2013 AGM and what a great decision it turned out to be. After graduating from University in July 2013, I wanted to further my interest and knowledge of sustainability and CAfS was the perfect place to do so.
As a volunteer I have participated in a variety of events, from the Green Build Festival to Green Open Homes and Energy Advice Sessions, gaining fantastic experience in customer service, events management, logistics and much more. From researching topics, arranging events and advising clients on domestic energy use, my time volunteering at CAfS was about getting really involved with the work of a busy and growing charity.
CAfS is a brilliant platform on which to develop an interest and understanding of energy saving technologies, renewable energy and sustainability. The variety of individuals and professional backgrounds offer a unique opportunity to work with a very knowledgeable and approachable group of people. The support given to me from CAfS has been fantastic, from information packs and online resources to shadowing and attending Trustee meetings. Working for CAfS has provided me with invaluable experience of which I am very grateful for and happy to have been a part of.
I would highly recommend volunteering for CAfS to anyone interested in sustainability and working alongside a supportive, positive and hard-working team.”
Thanks Jonathan and good luck with your career in London.