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Howgill Family Centre


The important work that Howgill carries out in our local community requires ongoing support in order that we may continue to achieve maximum benefit. Your assistance in any of the ways outlined on this page would be greatly appreciated


There are many volunteering opportunities with Howgill Family Centre. Here is a brief outline but please feel free contact our volunteer co-ordinator Samantha Benson on 01946 817900 (option 3) for more details!


Family Support Befriending Service

A free confidential service, offering befriending support, and practical help to families with young children in West Cumbria.

Family Support is one of the many services and resources provided by Howgill Family Centre, it is a scheme where trained volunteers provide emotional support and practical help to families, in their own homes, who are experiencing difficulties.

Volunteers come from all walks of life and no specific educational qualifications are required. The Family Support project aims to recruit people with potential as well as those with relevant experience and qualifications. Usually Family Support Volunteers are either parents themselves or have aspirations to form a career working with Children and Families.

Volunteers can be found in many areas other than family support these could be areas of Admin, Carer & Toddler, Arts & Crafts, Drivers, Charity Shop, Trustees and many more, so if you feel you have what it takes or would like to discuss volunteering further please contact us.



We offer a wide range of training that is family orientated, at no cost to the volunteer.



All out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.


Job Satisfaction

Knowing you are contributing to your local community or helping families in need gives you a great sense of job satisfaction.



Helping others gives you gives you a great deal of enjoyment knowing that you are making a difference to someone’s life.