Volunteers’ Open Morning

21 Mar, 2019

23rd March


Saturday, 23rd March

Would you like to be part of the team that helps to keep The Barlow working as a vibrant hub for the community?  Would you like to be more involved in your local community, make new friends, develop new interests?  We are looking for volunteers to help us in many areas and if you feel you would like to be involved, we would love you to come and have a chat with us.

All the leaders of the various departments at The Barlow will be available to talk to on 23rd March between 10.00 am and 12.00 pm.  If you have skills that you think might be useful – come along.  If you are looking to develop your skills – come along.  There is no need to make an appointment – just drop in and have a chat.

Some of the areas where we are looking for help (not exhaustive by any means!):

Volunteers required for Saturday morning cafe

The Reading Room:    Volunteers to prepare and serve hot drinks and snacks.  Keen cooks might enjoy making in house cakes, soup or daily specials.  Free food hygiene and barista training offered

Facilities team – organisation of seating and tables for events.  Small scale maintenance jobs and gardening

Reading Room Bar – glass collectors, general helpers at private events

Events – generally helping with planning and running events including Front of House roles, taking tickets, selling raffle tickets etc.

Marketing – graphic design of posters, distribution of posters, general assistance

Can’t make it on Saturday?  Download the volunteer form and email back to us info@thebarlow.co.uk or drop off at the office:  VOLUNTEER FORM

Can’t commit to being a volunteer?  Help the Barlow in another way by becoming a Friend of The Barlow.  For a small monthly contribution (usually £5 per month) you can contribute to renovation costs.  All it takes is a Standing Order form.  Find out more and download a form here:



The minimum age for volunteers is 16.


Blackburn with Darwen Council handed over the running and upkeep of The Barlow to the community in 2013. Since then The Barlow Charity has relied upon the generosity of benefactors and income from users of the facilities, plus the efforts of volunteers to sustain this much valued community facility. Significant improvements have been carried out to help ensure a long-term future, including a new roof, replacement windows, new hygienic worktops in the coffee shop kitchen and a new hot water & heating system. Most recently (summer 2022) the renovation of the outdoor veranda has been completed and a new adjacent decking area has been installed. In addition the snooker room has been restored to its former splendour by a small group of volunteers.

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An important source of funding that has contributed to the above mentioned improvements is The Friends of the Barlow scheme.  By becoming a Friend you can contribute to a fund that is used for repairs and renovations to the structural fabric of the building and pathways etc, and to upgrade, refresh and improve facilities e.g. now that the building is once again weathertight there are plans being drawn up for the main hall can be deep-cleaned, re-decorated and refurbished and other water-damaged areas such as the main stairway & its beautiful large, stained glass window to also be restored to their former glory.

As a Friend of The Barlow, your regular donations provide a much appreciated, steady income stream that to date (summer 2022) has raised in the region of over £40,000, which has been mostly used contributing towards paying for the roof, windows and heating system.
We intend to soon publish the overall list of improvements/tasks and from that you will see that there is a significant amount of expenditure still needed to achieve all of the identified tasks and improvements. We would welcome donations/sponsorship for specific items that may be of particular interest to individuals or families or groups, but the regular donations by Friends of The Barlow are also crucial. Therefore, we welcome any and all new donors and are grateful for whatever amount you choose to donate.

We are of course also very grateful to all of our existing Friends of The Barlow and if you are able to increase your monthly donation by any amount, that would be hugely appreciated – you can either make the increase to your standing order directly with your bank or you can complete a new form and send it to your bank or give it to us to process.

Please also consider increasing the value of your donation at no extra cost to you by using Gift Aid – as an example, an £8 donation from you becomes £10 with the Gift Aid add-on!

If you wish to donate please click on the link below, complete the form and either send it to your bank with an email copy to our email address fotb@thebarlow.co.uk  or return the completed form to the Barlow’s office in a sealed envelope addressed to Friends of The Barlow.  Paper copies of the form are available from The Barlow.

For any further information please email fotb@thebarlow.co.uk or contact the office via info@thebarlow.co.uk or 01204 852216.

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