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By volunteering with Bolton Cares, you will bring value and connection to people’s lives and support them in realising their aspirations and potential.

Our commitment to empowering thriving people is a key pillar of our mission. We want to ensure that everyone we support is living the life they want and our volunteers are an invaluable resource in helping us achieve this.

They strengthen and build on our core hours of support and bring a wide variety of interests, talents and experiences to ensure we provide a personalised approach that considers all aspects of a person’s individuality and aspirations.

We also want to ensure that our volunteers’ lives are enriched by spending time with the people we support across Bolton, Wigan and Salford.

Our volunteers help us to SUPPORT AND EMPOWER people to live life to the full.

By giving a piece of yourself to someone else, you help enrich their life.

From working on our community projects, supporting activities within our Life Opportunities day services or supporting someone to access the community, volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, to enhance your social circle and to share your passions whilst learning from others.

We work closely with partner organisations to ensure we can offer easy to access, meaningful role profiles, and to support anyone new to volunteering to become volunteer-ready before they start.

We also routinely bring our volunteers together to express our gratitude, to offer connection with other volunteers and to create an opportunity for us to hear from their experiences, which, in turn, contribute to improvements in the way we do things.

We’d welcome you to share your time, knowledge or skills…

…as well as giving you the opportunity to develop new skills, build your self-confidence, and help your career prospects.

How we support our volunteers

To support our volunteers to thrive in their roles, we offer:

  • An overview to our organisation and an in-depth service induction.
  • A volunteer agreement, outlining everything you need to know to volunteer with us.
  • A clear lead contact and regular check-ins.
  • Out-of-pocket expenses including vehicle mileage or public transport costs.
  • Appropriate guidance and / or training for your role.
  • Quarterly meet ups with other volunteers to exchange experiences and form friendships.

Find your role with us

To find out more about one of our live volunteer roles below, or to enquire about further opportunities, please use the expression of interest form and return it to volunteering@boltoncares.org.uk

Please note that all of our volunteering roles require 2 references to be provided, and some of our roles will also require a DBS check to be completed.


Older Adults - Brazley Centre, Horwich

Crafting Support - Lifeworks Books

To support people in our older adults services with gathering pictures, written stories and memories pulled together through craft / collage work.


OUR SPACE Autism Centre, Bolton

Cooking / Baking Support

Supporting people to prepare and bake or cook food items of their choice & maintain good hygiene practices.


Service Wide
Bolton | Wigan | Salford

Digital Buddy - Service Wide

Supporting adults with learning disabilities, autism or older adults to learn and practice basic or advanced IT / computer skills to enable better community connection.


Based at Community Hub
Thicketford Centre, Bolton

Walking Group Support

Supporting a group of people living with a learning disability to arrange a weekly walk from the Community Hub.


Service Wide
Bolton | Wigan | Salford

Match Day Buddy

Accompanying people we support on trips out to watch football and other sporting occasions.


Older Adults Life Opportunities Service
Thicketford Centre, Bolton

Activity Support, Older Adults

To participate in the day to day activities and social elements of our support to older adults in our Life Opportunities service at the Thicketford Centre.

For more information get in touch at volunteering@boltoncares.org.uk