Southern Brooks Community Partnerships

Volunteering Opportunities in Bristol and South Gloucestershire

Volunteering Opportunities in Bristol

Are you looking for volunteering opportunities in Bristol and South Gloucestershire?

Volunteers make the difference from getting a great project up and running, to making it grow wings and fly. Through sharing their time and energy, our volunteers change people's lives in Bristol and South Gloucestershire communities.

There are plenty of different opportunities which regularly come up, so have a browse and if nothing grabs your interest at the moment pop back in a couple of weeks.

Interested in a volunteer opportunity?

Take a look at our volunteering opportunities in Bristol and South Gloucestershire below. If you see something you are interested in then drop us an email at volunteering@southernbrooks.org.uk or contact Catherine on 01454 868570 if you'd like to talk through what might suit you best.

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Apply online for a volunteer role by completing our application form at the bottom of this page and we'll get in touch with you.

Brooks Supporter

Brooks Supporter

We regularly support families in crisis who cannot always provide everything their family needs. Many lack the support of family and friends. The stress of their situation can lead to chaotic lifestyle choices and ill-health making it impossible for families to break the cycle of difficulty.

A Brooks Supporter does not have contact with the family but helps by donating much needed resources; from toys, nappies, furniture or clothing, pre-loved bikes and toys, to spare kitchen equipment. 

This is a way of contributing to your local community and making a difference if you don't have time to dedicate to regular volunteering.

More volunteer opportunities across South Gloucestershire

There are lots of volunteer opportunities at local charities and organisations. Our local Volunteer Centres based at Kingswood and Patchway have friendly Volunteer Co-ordinators who will help find the best opportunities to suit you.

Drop-in to speak with the Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator on Tuesdays, 10am - 12pm at Patchway Hub (the room near the Library)
info@volunteercentre-pfs.org.uk
01454 868 986
Drop-in to speak with the Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator Thursday from 1 - 3pm at Kingswood Library.
volunteercentrekingswood@gmail.com
01454 864164

Current volunteering opportunities at Southern Brooks are:

Brooks Boost: Volunteer Placement Scheme

For Residents of Merlin Housing

About us. This is a volunteer placement scheme designed to provide intensive work experience to build up a C.V. or help you decide on a career path. It will be based in Brooks cafe Patchway or Brooks cafe Kingswood. There are different areas to focus on including front of house, events, publicity, fundraising. Together we will create a plan to help you achieve the most from your placement. Length of placement can vary between 8 - 16 weeks.

About you. You are looking for the next step and would like to build on existing skills or develop new ones. Perhaps you're thinking of setting up your own cafe or would like to run events for a charity. What ever you're considering you are eager to learn and are committed to reaching your full potential.  You want to help people in the community by helping create a welcoming and safe space for everyone to enjoy.

Brooks Boost

Practical Volunteer Roles

BROOKS CAFÉ ASSISTANT VOLUNTEER in PATCHWAY on FRIDAYS

About us. We love coffee. We love cake. We love our community! Making healthy home cooked food is what we pride ourselves on. The main aim of the cafe is to provide a welcoming and friendly space for people to feel comfortable and safe.  All profits from the cafe go directly back into our charity work. We provide you with a delicious meal when you do a volunteer shift with us.

About you. You are friendly and would enjoy welcoming people to the cafe with a glowing smile and a quick chat. You are happy to learn gradually how to operate the till, coffee machine and dishwasher. You want to help people in the community by helping create a welcoming and safe space for everyone to enjoy. You can spare a couple of hours a week to support the local community.

Brooks Cafe Assistant Volunteer Role Description

Charity

KINGSWOOD: PEER SUPPORT ASSISTANT FOR POSITIVE STATE OF MIND GROUPS

About us. We are a welcoming and inclusive group who meet to support one another with lived experiences of mental heath, such as anxiety and depression. We create a confidential, and supportive environment to support others. The group is led by an experienced facilitator. Each session is one and a half hours long, in the evening.

About you. You are welcoming, empathetic and resilient.   You want to help people in the community by helping creating a safe space for everyone to support one another. You have an interest in supporting mental health, and might be thinking about a course in counselling or wellbeing. You can spare a couple of hours a week to support the local community.

Volunteer Peer Support Group Assistant

Positive State of Mind - Peer Support

YATE: WELLBEING GROUP SUPPORT ASSISTANT 

About us. We are a welcoming and inclusive group who meet to support our wellbeing. We create a relaxed and sociable environment to support others. The group is led by an experienced facilitator on Tuesdays 12.30-13.30 at Tyndale Primary School.

About you. You are welcoming, empathetic and resilient.   You want to help people in the community and have an interest in supporting others. You can spare a couple of hours a week to support the local community.

Volunteer Group Assistant Wellbeing Drop in yate

Success Stories

FAMILY SUPPORT CHAMPION VOLUNTEER  

About us. A new year long project supporting families who are new to the Patchway area and  include a child aged 2 - 3 years old. Weekly interesting and creative activities will take place in Patchway, including activities like games, stories, eating healthy food, picnics in the park and exploring in the woods. Working with Steph our family volunteer co-ordinator and a small team of other volunteers.

About you. You are keen to help families spend quality time together and build strong relationships. As well as wanting to work with toddlers and children, you recognise how important it is for parents and primary carers to have a network of support. You know the Patchway area and want to share your knowledge. You want to learn more about supporting families and childhood development, and like the idea of giving something back to the community.

Family Support Champion Volunteer Role Description

Family Supprt Champion

KINGSWOOD: GARDENING CLUB MAINTENANCE VOLUNTEER

About us. We want to make a beautiful community garden in Kingswood for everyone to enjoy. This is a new project which is based at Made Forever Community Centre in Kingswood. We're looking for people with green fingers to support with the ongoing maintenance of the raised beds and pots. The gardening club meets every Wednesday afternoon, but you can support the upkeep of the garden at other times.

About you. You love being outdoors and digging in the garden. You know a bit about gardening (or maybe a lot!). You want to share your time and skills making the community garden a lovely place for children, young people, local residents to learn about growing things.

Gardening Club Maintenance Volunteer Role Description

PATCHWAY: GARDENING ASSISTANT VOLUNTEER

About us. We love making beautiful green spaces in Patchway for everyone to enjoy. At our youth centre we have a large grassy space with fruit trees and a raised bed with lots of veggies growing.

About you. You love being outdoors and digging in the garden. You know a bit about gardening (or maybe a lot!). You want to share your time and skills making the youth centre garden a lovely place for children and young people to learn about growing things.

Gardening Assistant Volunteer Role Description

ASSISTANT YOUTH WORKER VOLUNTEER at FRAMPTON COTTERELL

About us. We run a thriving youth programme with regular weekly sessions for both Juniors and Seniors. Currently looking for enthusiastic and engaging people to help with our  sessions, for ages 11 - 13 on Tuesday 6:30pm - 8:30pm and ages 14 to 16 on Thursdays 7pm - 9pm. All sorts of activities run each week including gardening, cooking, sports and arts.

About you. You love working with children and young people, and want to work in an informal setting, (not in school). You are empathetic and can relate well to children. You might have other interests and skills that you'd like to share at a youth session, a particular sport or maybe you make an excellent cupcake!

Assistant Youth Worker Volunteer Role Description

Volunteer Youth Worker Frampton Cotterell

FUNDRAISING and EVENTS VOLUNTEER for FRIENDS OF SOUTHERN BROOKS

About us. We are a small group of people who like to support the community and the great projects Southern Brooks does. We are from all walks of life and with different experience. We meet once every 3 months to plan fundraising events, with event planning meetings as required. At the moment we run a regular quiz night, stalls for summer fetes and other ad hoc events.

About you.  You are enthusiastic about supporting the local community and the work of Southern Brooks. Are looking for a volunteer role which fits in alongside other commitments. Like being part of a small team, enjoy meeting people and can get stuck in with organising events.

Friends role description

COMMUNITY ADVICE CHAMPION VOLUNTEER

About us. We are working in partnership with North Bristol Advice centre to offer support to people across South Glos who need assistance with benefits and debt advice. This role supports people to complete welfare benefit forms, understanding what benefits they are entitled to and helping people complete basic forms. There is a need in the local community for this level of support and it can make a real difference to someones financial situation and their wellbeing. 

About you. You are passionate about supporting disadvantaged people. You want to make a real difference in someones life. You enjoy meeting people and like supporting people on an individual basis. Are looking for a volunteer role which fits in alongside other commitments you have. This role can be done at times to suit you and the person you're supporting. You might already have knowledge of welfare benefits but this is not a necessary prerequisite for the role. 

Community Advice Champion Volunteer Role Description

HEALTH CHAMPION VOLUNTEER

About us. We are a team of local people who care about the health of our community and those around us. We provide quality face-to-face information and advice to a diverse range of people wherever they may be. We raise awareness about health and wellbeing, signpost people to local health services and provide support to those who need that little extra support.

About you. You live locally and care about the health of your community and those around you. You would like to be a positive role model and can provide advice and information.

Come along to a networking session to meet other Health Champions and your local Health Champion Co-ordinator.

Tuesday 10am - 12pm at Coniston Community Centre, Patchway

Thursday 1pm - 3pm at Kingswood Library, Kingswood

Friday 10am - 12pm at St Nicholas Family Centre, Yate 

Health Champion Role Description

Health Champs Flyer May 2018 side 1

JOB CLUB SUPPORT ASSISTANT VOLUNTEER

About us. We run 2 regular drop-in Job Clubs, at Patchway on Fridays 11am - 1pm and Kingswood Thursday 1pm - 3pm. People can receive support for job searches, C.V. writing, applications and interview practice. We aim to offer 1 to 1 assistance with various aspects of job seeking, depending on what individuals need.

About you. You are an excellent communicator and are passionate about supporting people into employment. You have experience of job seeking and being in employment yourself, and understand the recruitment process.

Patchway Job Club Assistant Volunteer Role Description
Kingswood Job Club Assistant Volunteer Role Description

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Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer Application Form
The right to volunteer can be dependent on your citizenship and UK immigration status so please make sure that you are allowed to volunteer on your visa. If in doubt please contact the UK Border Agency (www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk) for advice.