As a charitable venture, we rely on the support of our community. This could be through volunteering your time – we offer several different types of roles for our different projects that you can get involved in. We offer relevant training and travel expenses for all of our volunteer positions.

We also welcome any food and monetary donations which help towards the overall running costs of all our operations.

We offer a huge thank you to everyone who has donated their time or money so far to support the Community Cupboard – your support was and is incredibly valuable to us and the only reason we can continue to keep running.

Telephone Volunteer

Our telephone volunteers are the first point of contact for anyone who calls the Community Hub. They offer a calm and reassuring voice, can pass on their understanding of the different projects of the Community Cupboard and can pair up any errand request with available volunteers. Telephone rotas are made up each month depending on volunteer’s availability.

Ground Volunteers

Our ground volunteers pick up requests from the telephone volunteers and complete them when they can. This may be in the next hour, that afternoon, or even the next day. Our ground volunteers talk to the resident who made the request to find out any extra details needed, such as a shopping list and let them know when they will be completing them. We aim to allow our ground volunteers to keep a flexible schedule and engage with requests only when they have time.

Packing Volunteer

Each week, our packing volunteers spend a couple of hours with us carefully follow each Cupboard order and pack the food bags, ready to be delivered or collected on Friday. They will also take note of any new stock through donations or Fareshare and remove any out of date stock.

Stock Volunteer

We are looking for someone who is happy to volunteer remotely, who could update our stock levels weekly on our website. The website shop is based on a Woocommerce set up on WordPress andcan be easily explained either in person or online.

Delivery Volunteer

Our delivery volunteers operate for an hour on Monday lunchtimes, delivering hot meals to residents in Kirkby Lonsdale and surrounding areas between 12 noon and 1 pm. Our delivery volunteers are vital for those housebound or hesitant to leave their house, offering a physical check-in and friendly chat for those who may not see too many other people during the week.

Serving Volunteers

Our serving volunteers help out at our in-person lunches at the Lunesdale Hall in the centre of Kirkby Lonsdale. Our volunteers are trained in food hygiene safety to serve a hot meal, dessert and teas or coffees. We also offer a hot meal to our volunteers who will sit and eat with our residents offering a listening ear and a good natter!

Although we don’t currently have any volunteer opportunities surrounding our Mental health and wellbeing projects. However, there are a few ways you could still get involved.

Take part in one of our courses!

We are putting on Mental Health First Aid and Suicide Awareness courses to be held both online and in-person! Find out more here.

Have your own project you want to get started?

Are you wanting to set up a group tackling areas around mental health and wellbeing, such as loneliness in our young adults or connections for new families? Talk to us! We are always looking for new ways to support the community, but are limited by how many people are available to start up a project. Drop us an email at

Can I help but not be a member?

Yes! When we all act together we can achieve something amazing to support our community and the environment as a whole. If you’d like to help and don’t want to receive food then we’d love to hear from you too.

Food Collection Points

Collection boxes are currently at Cowan Bridge Stores, The Churchmouse at Barbon and in St Mary’s church porch. If you work somewhere that would be happy to house a collection box please get in touch as we would like to spread collection points as widely as possible. No collections will be wasted as excess goods will be passed on to neighbouring pop-up pantries and food banks.

Make a real change in someone’s life

Apart from giving using the collecting boxes you can might wish to make a financial donation. Please contact us here for further details, and thank you to everyone for your ongoing donations.