Debbie-Altieri-Rochester-2012-web.jpgWe are looking for family carers who can help the CBF reach more families of people with severe learning disabilities.

Perhaps your family have benefitted from our work and you’d like to give something back...

...or you may be new to the CBF and looking for something rewarding to get involved with.


You could volunteer for us in these two roles:volunteer-map-image.jpg

Local Champions – you would share our information and resources in your local area, by attending events and joining networks.

This would suit you if you like meeting people, know about what's available in your area or want to link into local groups.

We aim to have a wide network of Local Champions who can spread the CBF’s work to all corners – have a look at our map (right) to see if we need a volunteer in your area. We're focusing on England now, but in the future we hope to spread our reach even wider!

Maureen, who is already a Local Champion for us, said this about one of the events she attended on our behalf:  “I loved running the stall as I felt proud representing the CBF… This also gave me an opportunity to attend the conference which was excellent and very informative.”


Family Link Volunteers – a ‘link’ for family carers, offering them a listening ear from someone who understands.

This rewarding role is for you if you like supporting people and want to have a real positive impact on someone's life.

Caring for someone with severe learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges can be very stressful and isolating, so having someone on the end of the phone offering support can make a huge difference.

Carol describes her experience of this role, “Listening without giving constant advice is a skill I have had to cultivate, and it can be invaluable for someone who is struggling with problems related to challenging behaviour”.


If you are a parent, brother, sister, or other close relative and would like to help, then we’d love to hear from you.

You don’t need any specific experience or qualifications, just the experience you have from supporting your family member. We give you a full introduction to the charity and your role at our CBF Essentials and CBF Volunteering events, funded by the Big Lottery.

To volunteer in this project you must live in England. If you live outside England or don't think one of these roles is for you, there are other ways you can help us so you are welcome to get in touch.


To apply to be a Local Champion or Family Link Volunteer please download the application and monitoring forms here.

You can call 01634 838739 or email our Volunteer Coordinator Holly Butcher for a chat.


'Volunteers are vital to the work of the CBF; we couldn't achieve the things we do without the support of our volunteers, both in the office and around the country' - Holly, Volunteer Coordinator



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