Volunteering Opportunities in Bristol and South Gloucestershire
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 email@example.com or contact Catherine on 01454 868570 if you'd like to talk through what might suit you best.
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.
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.
Our current volunteering opportunities are:
Practical Volunteer Roles
BROOKS CAFÉ ASSISTANT VOLUNTEER in PATCHWAY on WEDNESDAYS and FRIDAYS
About us. We love coffee. We love cake. We love making healthy home cooked food. We welcome the local community into the cafe, offering a friendly space for people to feel comfortable and safe. We have just opened a new cafe in Kingswood along with our existing cafe in Patchway. 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.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES ASSISTANT VOLUNTEER
About us. Every school holiday we run simple activities for families and children to do. When families visit the cafe during the school holidays we want them to have such a fun time that they want to come back every week! We want it to be a special cafe that people love to spend time in, alongside enjoying tasty home cooked lunches.
About you. You love crafts and helping children get the most from being creative and exploring different materials. You are a confident and enthusiastic person who enjoys working with children. You enjoy talking to people and helping them get stuck into an activity.
NEXT recruiting for February half term activities in Kingswood and Patchway, and Saturday 10th February at the Feel Good February Fair in Kingswood.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Project Volunteer Roles
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.
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.
More volunteer opportunities across Bristol
We'd love you to volunteer for Southern Brooks but there are also lots of volunteer opportunities at other 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.