Challenging Disability Through Outdoor Adventure

Volunteer at Calvert Trust Kielder

At Calvert Trust Kielder, we rely on the help and support of our volunteers. Whether you would like to come as a long term volunteer and live at the centre or you have a few hours spare each month and just simply want to lend a hand, there is something for everyone. Volunteering at Calvert Trust Kielder allows you to contribute directly to the amazing work that we do and help to make our guests' stay as memorable and enjoyable as possible.


Volunteer Roles

There are many varied volunteer roles available including:


  • Socialising with our guests
  • Helping the activity team provide activities
  • Helping the care team support our guests
  • Maintenance work around the site
  • Gardening around the site
  • Domestic or kitchen work
  • Fundraising in your local area
  • Supporting the Fundraising Events team
  • Customer service and admin 

Volunteer Open Days

If you are thinking about becoming a Calvert Trust Kielder volunteer, our open days are an ideal opportunity to come and have a look around our site and talk to our volunteer coordinator about how you can help. Keep checking this page for Volunteer Open Days.


Long Term Volunteers

We also have many part-time volunteers who visit us on a regular basis to help out. They give their time for a few hours a week or month and every minute is a valuable resource to support us with our work.


Fundraising Events

Each year, our fundraising team organises a number of events including a charity ball and golf day. If you would like to help the team on the day, download and return the application form.


Download an Application Form


Duke of Edinburgh Award

Calvert Trust Kielder has helped many people complete the residential section of The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. Participants live on-site for four nights and help out daily on activity provision and caring and supporting our guests. Roles include preparing activities, helping guests to get ready to take part in activities, and generally socialising with guests in the centre. The cost for the week is £135 which covers all food and accommodation.

Dates for our next Duke of Edinburgh Residential:

24 - 28 July 2017

23 - 27 October 2017

Applications must be received by 30 April 2017 for July, and 30 June 2017 for October dates

2018 dates now available

26 - 30 March 2018

30 July - 3 August

22 - 26 October 2018

Applications must be received by 30 December 2017




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Work Placement

Calvert Trust Kielder offers placement opportunities for students.  We can provide placements for outdoor activity or care related degrees or diplomas for varying periods of time. Our first student is doing an outdoor related degree at university and is here working with the activity team for her placement year. Click here to read Amy’s story about her placement at Calvert Trust Kielder.

Read Amy's Story

Amy in Action

Download an Application Form


GAP Year Volunteers

Anna TalbotAt Calvert Trust Kielder, we have many full time volunteers who are on a GAP year and many come to volunteer with us from overseas. Our GAP students generally work in all of our departments including activities, care and maintenance. We provide on-site accommodation and food.

"Thank you so much for having me at Calvert Trust Kielder.  I hope I have been of significant help to the charity. I have loved volunteering here.  I have not only learnt many new skills, but also gained independence, confidence, life experience and met such a variety of interesting people.  I hope to come back in the future and see how the place has changed and developed.  Thanks for an inspiring and unforgettable seven months."

Anna Talbot, GAP Year Volunteer 2011


Contact Us

If you are interested in volunteering at Calvert Trust Kielder in any way, please download our application form and return it to Calvert Trust Kielder.  You can also contact our volunteer coordinator by email: Work with Us or by calling us on 01434 250232.

"The work is wonderfully varied and every day is a new learning experience."

Amy Richardson, University Placement 2010/11

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"I learnt so many new skills whilst helping run the various activities, and I hope I can come back and volunteer again at Calvert Trust Kielder, it was a brilliant experience in an amazing setting."

Rachel, Duke of Edinburgh Placement 2010

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