Become a Volunteer

Give just a little time and make a whole world of difference.

You can help to support people in your own community in a flexible way that can make a real difference to somebody.

We are always looking for volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds with all kinds of different interests. If you live in Furness or the South Lakes, and have a few hours a week that you could regularly spare, we would love to hear from you.


Good Neighbours

Our Good Neighbours programme matches people with a few hours to spare, with people in the community who need a helping hand.

It is run through our partnership with the Neighbourhood Care Independence Programme and aims to reduce isolation and loneliness.

A whole range of volunteer opportunities are available. Training and on-going support will be provided.

Get in touch today, at, or give us a call on 01539 735025.


You can volunteer at the Furniture Warehouse, which is run by Oaklea subsidiary, Right2Work. If you would like to get involved with the Furniture Warehouse, if you can give some of your time and use your skills to help people in your community. Training and on-going support will be provided.

“Our aim is to ensure that customers are enabled to widen their experiences within a safe and supportive environment and that those individuals are supported in recognising, developing, and maintaining their own potential. Through our established and positive systems, Right2Work is able to provide effective assistance, guidance and training that would support an individual to enter and maintain paid employment.”

Please call our Customer Advice Team on 01539 735025 for more information.

Riversiders Trust

Riversiders Trust run leisure activities for people with learning disabilities where they can meet in a happy, safe and non-threatening environment. Riversiders is a club for people aged 18 and over, who meet on a Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm at the Kendal day centre. The Riversiders have their own management committee and are encouraged to develop their life skills by running the club themselves.

Steps is a club for people aged 11 to 19, with learning disabilities. Activities encourage people to lead activities, use their skills, and build their confidence.

If you would like to get involved with either the Riversiders, or Steps, contact us on You can also see our Riversiders volunteer role information here.

Would you like to find out more? We can call you back.

Simply provide us a few details and we’ll call you at a time to suit you.

When is the best time for us to call you?

Contact us.

Oaklea Trust
48 Stramongate
Kendal LA9 4BD

Telephone. 01539 735 025

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