About us

Umbrella is a Derby-based charity that provides a range of exciting activities for children and young people aged 5 to 30 with special needs including physical, sensory, learning & behavioural disabilities and additional needs. Whether in the home, the community, or via one of their exciting social groups or weekend day trips, the charity supports any child or young person no matter what their disability. If you’re able to engage with children and young people, have a sense of fun and enjoy making a difference with others, you’ll fit right in.

About your role

Umbrella has roles at different times throughout the week, offering flexibility around timetables. A lot of their roles are based at Umbrella House in Mackworth, but many involve being out and about in the community.

Playscheme Volunteer
Promoting physical, emotional, intellectual and emotional development through play, volunteers help out at sessions either at Umbrella House or out in the community, supporting the development of social and behavioural skills through play and interaction.
When: You can help out either mornings, afternoons or evenings Monday-Friday. There is no volunteering on weekend evenings.
Where: Umbrella House, Derby or out and out an about in the community.

Children’s Youth Club Volunteer
This is the same as the playscheme volunteer, but it’s with children only.
When: Weekday evenings between 6:15pm and 8:30pm
Where: Umbrella House, Derby or out and out an about in the community.

Family Support Day Volunteer
Umbrella organises Family Support Days to provide fun down time for the families of its service users. Volunteers help things run smoothly by helping to set up activities, signing families in and out, encouraging young people and children to engage in activities, helping with drinks and snacks and holding conversation with parents and families.
When: Every day apart from Sunday.
Where: Umbrella House, Derby

Trip Volunteer
Trip volunteers help recreational trips run smoothly for the young people using Umbrella, supporting them to access the activities and supporting them to engage. The trips take place on weekends and usually involve going out and about in the community.
When: Weekends
Where: Out in the community

Long Eaton Youth Club Volunteer
Umbrella is Derby-based, but it also runs a youth club in Long Eaton. Volunteers help out by engaging young people in activities such as sport, arts, story telling or magic shows! Sometimes they also go off-site, venturing to the swimming pool, bowling or soft play centres. As a volunteer you will help the young people develop through play and enhance their social and behavioural skills in a safe environment.
When: First Saturday of each month between 10:45 – 4:15pm
Where: Long Eaton Adult Community Education Centre, Long Eaton


Umbrella ask that you commit to volunteer for 60 hours over 1 academic year. In return you’ll receive all the training you need, including disability awareness and enjoy ongoing support from a team of activity support workers, a lead worked and the volunteer coordinator.

How to find us

You can catch either the number 8 or 9 buses from Derby city centre and get off at the Mackworth House School stop and from there it’s just a 1 minute walk.
Buses run every 12 minutes and it’s a quick 20 minute journey. Whether you’re travelling by bus or car, Umbrella will reimburse your travel expenses.

Application Process

1) Register your interest using the link below and we will send you details of how to apply

2) Once your application has been received the project will invite you in to discuss the role further and hear what you’re looking to get from volunteering at Umbrella.

3) You will need to complete a DBS check (the organisation will help you with this and they will cover the expenses)

4) You will need to provide a couple of references

5) Full training and resources will be provided by Umbrella so that you feel confident in your role.



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