Why volunteer? What are the benefits?

At Kirkgate Arts, we believe that volunteering can provide a wide range of benefits not just for the organisation, but most importantly for you.

Volunteering with us here in Cockermouth enables you to:

  • Meet new people and socialise
  • Boost your CV with recent experience and training
  • Develop your skills and gain new ones
  • Gain ‘hands-on’ experience in a wide range of varied and exciting roles
  • Give something back to your local community
  • Support creativity, learning and heritage
  • Promote the arts in rural Cumbria
  • Enjoy an inspiring wide range of shows and events

"I do not do any paid work at the moment as I have small children so volunteering fills the same role as paid work would, gain skills maintain existing skills, interact with other adults, gain a sense of achievement. I also gain a lot of satisfaction working for a cause I truly believe in."
Kirkgate Centre Volunteer

"I became a volunteer about 3 years ago when I moved to Cumbria. My main reason for volunteering was to meet people and make some new pals. I work in the office on a Wednesday morning with a great bunch of people. I am a full time carer and volunteering at the Kirkgate gives me a break and makes me happy and chilled."
- Caroline

"I started off doing Front of House for the films but now I do daytime Box Office and I’m also on the bar rota. I’ve always been interested in the arts and I think its vital to support arts in the community. The best thing about volunteering is the interaction with lots of different people at different events. It’s very varied and helps to keeps my mind open to new things."
- Ros

Would you like to get involved? Click here to find out about our current opportunities.