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.
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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.
Current volunteering opportunities at Southern Brooks are:
Patchway Priority Neighbourhood Steering Group Chair
We’re looking for someone to act as an independent chair for our Patchway Priority Neighbourhood Steering Group.
Patchway is classed as a Priority Neighbourhood (PN) under the Indices of Deprivation measure; one of 5 PNs within South Gloucestershire. Professionals, stakeholders and residents meet together quarterly to share updates on work in the area, problem-solve, connect to help mobilise existing resources and work together to ensure that all
residents have the same opportunities to enjoy a good quality of life.
In consultation with residents, the steering group have created a Community Plan for Patchway that we are currently busy actioning through 4 subgroups that then feedback to the main group.
We are looking for someone to fulfil this role who works within a company or organisation in South Gloucestershire, and if you have any connections with Patchway, then even better.
- Be involved in the creation of the agendas for the steering group meetings, working with the Patchway
community development worker.
- Chair the 4 meetings per year that take place in Patchway. This role requires being welcoming to all
attendees, professionalism, positivity, the ability to listen well and see the big picture; helping us to join up the dots and make connections that lead to more productive working.
- Reading the minutes of the meetings and agreeing them ahead of them being sent out the attendees.
- Make this role their own. We hope it’s something that you really enjoy. There would be the opportunity to go deeper into this role, potentially visiting some of the partners but this is optional depending on the chair’s capacity.
If this sounds like something you would be keen to get involved in then please contact Becci Feltham, Community
Development worker for Patchway with Southern Brooks Community Partnerships.
Office: 01454 868570
Mobile: 07800 857093
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.
Administrator Volunteer for Dementia Action Alliance
About us: We lead the Dementia Action Alliance in South Gloucestershire and want to make this area Dementia Friendly. We talk to groups and businesses about how to make adaptations for people with dementia, provide information about what dementia is and how it affects people.
About you: You have good I.T. skills and are confident in using a computer and speaking on the phone. You want to volunteer in an office environment, in Patchway. You are interested in learning more about dementia. You would like to either have a regular volunteering opportunity or would like to spend a month or two supporting this project.
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.
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.
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.
KINGSWOOD: GARDENING CLUB SUPPORT 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.
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.
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, Easter Fayre, Cream Tea afternoon.
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.
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
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.