Northwich and Rural North

Talking West Cheshire


VolunteersIt is often the generosity of local people giving their own time and commitment through volunteering that means that many voluntary led organisations, groups and clubs are able to deliver projects and hold events and activities that make a real difference in our communities. 

The following organisations rely on volunteers to exist. Get in touch and use your spare time to support your local area.  If you are looking for volunteers, either on an ongoing basis or for a specific event, and would like to promote your group here, please email the details to


Beanstalk is a national literacy charity that recruits, vets, trains and supports volunteers to work in primary schools with children who have fallen behind with their reading. Our vision is a nation of confident children who can read and grow up to lead successful lives. We are currently looking for volunteers in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire and Cheshire and would like you to consider volunteering for us. Alternatively, you may wish to pass our details to someone you know, who might wish to volunteer for us. To find out more information or to apply:


Grozone Community Garden is looking for volunteers. The garden, based in East Northwich, runs regular Saturday sessions with Groundwork and BTCV staff . All tools, instruction and drinks provided. Just bring a lunch and wear old clothes. From September we will also be running fortnightly weekday sessions.

Tasks include gardening, construction of paths and raised beds, woodland maintenance and making tea. Anyone 14-years-old or over is welcome. Anyone under 16 will need to bring permission from a parent or guardian. We are a friendly group and hold regular barbeques and open days on site.

Alzheimer's Society

The Alzheimer's Society it looking to recruit new volunteers to be a part of a fundraising group in Northwich. Meetings will be held monthly, where new ideas will be discussed in the group and plans set in place to organise fundraising events. No experience is necessary, just plenty of enthusiasm. If you would like more details, please telephone Jo Burton on 07803 115497 or email:

Vale Royal Disability Service

Give a few hours a week to an organisation that relies on volunteers to deliver many of its services. 

Get involved with sport

Volunteers are key to the success of sports within Cheshire West and Chester and many of the sporting activities in the borough are provided by voluntary lead organisations, groups and clubs. 

Castle Park Arts Centre

Castle Park Arts Centre has a rolling programme of visual arts exhibitions and displays of craftwork.  There are several ways of volunteering with the Arts Centre, call 01928 735832 to find out more.

Friends of Anderton and Marbury

The Friends of Anderton and Marbury (FoAM) are an active group who get involved in looking after both parks and have a busy programme of walks, talks, conservation tasks and events.

Friends of Marshall's Arm

The reserve has an active Local Management Group and Friends Society who organise events, practical tasks and training. They are always looking for new members.

Volunteering on the Mid Cheshire Line

Stations between Mouldsworth and Navigation Road are managed by Northern Rail (Altrincham is also part managed by Metrolink) and there are always opportunities for volunteers to help at stations. Volunteering mainly means helping to keep stations clean and tidy by litter picking or sweeping but there are usually opportunities for weeding, planting and other gardening tasks. They particularly welcome new volunteers with artistic talents, those who work with young people and people who are knowledgeable about the history of the Line.

Home-Start West Cheshire

Would you like to make a difference to families with young children by becoming a family support volunteer?  Home-Start is a charity offering regular support, friendship and practical help to families who may be struggling to cope with a variety of challenges including, the demands of parenting young children, post natal illness, isolation, disability and multiple births. You would spend two to three hours a week with a family in their home. Training will be given and out of pocket expenses, reimbursed.  You will need to have experience of bringing up children.

Home-Start West Cheshire (Family Support Charity)
Waterside House
Navigation Road

Buzz Youth Group Volunteering

The Buzz Youth Group was set up in response to disabled young people in the Cheshire West and Chester area asking for a place to ‘hang out’ with their friends.  The group is funded by Children In Need and is run by the members through a steering group. The group runs on a weekly basis  across Cheshire West and Chester district and all activities on offer are chosen by the young people who attend. To find out more, please call the Cheshire Centre for Independent Living on 01606 872760.

West Cheshire Buddy Scheme for ages 5-18

As a volunteer your role is to support a young person with a disability to enable them to be involved in a leisure activity of their choice. Depending on your own leisure interests and the interests of the young person you will be supporting, you will help him or her to gain access to a mainstream local sport or leisure club or group. Depending on the club and the young person you may need to supervise them only in their chosen activity or get involved to some extent yourself.

Frodsham Community Association

Are you 18 years or older? Having a gap year? Applying to uni? Between jobs? You could add to and improve your CV by volunteering with Frodsham Community Association. Volunteers are needed for bar work, administration, funding applications, organising events, staff cover, working in groups and committees and dealing with the public.If you are interested in any of the above or have other ideas or suggestions:

Rudheath 5-12

Rudheath 5-12 Youth Club is looking for volunteers. Any skills or talents are welcome - but mainly you just need enthusiasm. The Youth Club is open from 6pm-7.30pm on Fridays at Venue, Gadbrook Road, Rudheath, and aims to develop 5-12 year olds through information, education, leisure and fun. If you would like to volunteer for this rewarding role, contact Hazel using the details below: