Volunteer Support Service


What we do

The Volunteering Support Service based at Northumberland CVA works to support organisations with the recruitment of volunteers and helps those who are interested in undertaking volunteering to find roles within local groups and organisations.


One to one support for those interested in volunteering

Our volunteer brokerage service is designed to provide one to one support for anyone who is interested in volunteering. Whether you are new to volunteering or have previous experience our team at NCVA can offer a range of support to help you identify a role. By working with you on a one-to-one basis we find out more about what you want to gain from volunteering, the skills and experiences that you have to offer and areas, causes or groups that interest you. This then helps us identify volunteering opportunities that match what you are looking for.

Our Frequently Asked Questions sheet provides answers to some of the questions people often have around volunteering , but please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you can’t find the information you are looking for and we will be happy to talk through any queries you may have with you.


Volunteering Vacancies

Our volunteer recruitment platform provides details of local volunteering opportunities and can be accessed by clicking OpportunitySearch - VMS (vcconnectsystem.org.uk). You can also register as a volunteer by clicking VMS (vcconnectsystem.org.uk) and then clicking on the blue button marked ‘Register’. Once you have registered you will be able to express an interest in roles, view roles that you have applied for and update your profile as appropriate. We regularly update our vacancies and add new opportunities on a weekly basis but please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if the type of opportunity you are looking for isn’t listed. We have links with many groups and organisations across Northumberland and can usually match people to the type of role they are looking for with some further research.


Support for organisations

Volunteers are the lifeblood of local organisations and make an enormous contribution to local communities. Our service works to support organisations who need volunteers to assist with their activities by helping with the creation of role descriptions and supporting recruitment through the promotion of opportunities through our volunteer recruitment platform and website. Organisations can register on our system directly and add their vacancies by following VMS (vcconnectsystem.org.uk) and then clicking on the blue button marked ‘Register’.

If you would like any assistance with registering or uploading vacancies please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We can also support groups and organisations with drawing up plans for volunteer recruitment. This can include looking at both current and longer-term needs and succession planning. We can also assist with developing committees and Trustee Boards and provide advice and guidance around role descriptions, governance issues and how to successfully recruit and retain volunteers.