Volunteer 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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Contact your local volunteer centre to have a conversation with one of the co-ordinators about what you're looking for.
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Volunteer Centres in South Gloucestershire
There are lots of volunteer opportunities at local charities and organisations. Our local Volunteer Centres based at Kingswood, Patchway and Yate have friendly Volunteer Co-ordinators who will help find the best opportunities to suit you.
They are very happy to have a chat with you to help find the perfect role for 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.
Current volunteer roles at Southern Brooks are:
Director of Brooks Cafe CIC
Brooks Café CIC is a community café, based in the heart of Patchway, South Glos. It is a lifeline to many people in the local community as there are hardly any other places nearby to access homecooked food and a friendly welcome. It is situated in one of the priority neighbourhoods of South Glos and many people use it for their only hot meal of the day.
Brooks Café has been open for a number of years. This is an exciting time to join us as a Director with a new café manager, a new cook and a fresh approach to running a sustainable community business.
You are looking to use your skills in business in a way which truly gives back to the community. You will quickly see the difference your knowledge and skills make and the direct impact on people. You might be local or live a distance away from Patchway, either situation is welcome to apply.
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 Jayne Antis, Community
Development worker for Patchway with Southern Brooks Community Partnerships.
Office: 01454 868570
Mobile: 07800 857093
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.
Practical Volunteer Roles
Support Worker at The Limes Dementia Day Centre
About us: The Limes is a day care centre for people with early onset dementia. It has a home from home feel and is located on Kingswood Foundation Estate. Plenty of activities take place each day from gardening, singing, crafts and conversations stimulating memories. The team are passionate about providing excellent care for people.
About you: You are patient and caring with an interest in supporting people with dementia. You might have had personal experience of dementia or know about the disease, or you might not either is fine. You are confident to talk to people and are happy to support people to engage with activities.
Retreat Memory Cafe Assistant Volunteer
About us: We run a memory cafe from 10.15-12.15 at St Stephen's church in Soundwell on the second and forth Monday or each month. This is a welcoming and safe place for people with dementia and their friends or families to visit. It is a social session where people can share their experiences, take part in suitable activities and have a chat over a cup of tea and piece of cake.
About you: You are interested in supporting people with dementia and their families. You'd like to know about the disease and how people are able to live well with dementia. You enjoy meeting new people and feel confident to encourage people to talk and take part in activities.
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.
PATCHWAY: GARDENING ASSISTANT VOLUNTEER
This opportunity if for Spring 2020.
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.
Wellbeing Volunteer Roles
5 Ways to Wellbeing Course – Volunteer Assistant Facilitator
This is a course of 5 sessions each based around one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing topics – connect, give, learn, be active and take notice. These group sessions will last for 2 hours and include time for tea and chat as well as a focused discussion and activity on the topic. The volunteer role of assistant facilitator will support the Wellbeing Support Worker to run the session, setting up the space, talking to people about the topic, welcoming people and helping them to feel included and relieve any anxiety.
Individual Support - Wellbeing Buddy
This role is to buddy up with people who need a friendly helping hand to access community groups, sports or wellbeing activities, courses and services. Once a Wellbeing Support Worker has met with someone and designed an action plan with them, they might decide that they would benefit from a buddy. This role will go with them to activities and support them to work through their action plan. The aim is to help them feel less anxious about going, more motivated and keep on track to complete their goals.
Sharing Lived Experience – Peer Supporter
If you have experience of poor mental health and would like to support others in similar situations this role might be suitable for you. The role requires you to be in a mentally well state. It will provide support to people in a group setting, through sharing personal experiences and being a role model in how to look after your own wellbeing. The group will be lead by a Wellbeing Support Worker and this role will support by welcoming new members and making them feel comfortable, supporting the group discussion and making sure everyone feels heard, raising any safeguarding or risk concerns about people with the member of staff.
Increasing Awareness of Health and Wellbeing- Health Advocate
Perfect opportunity to talk to people about what they could do to lead a healthier and happier life at festivals, fairs and community events. The events and activities will be based around national health initiatives such as mental health awareness day, Stoptober and Dry January. This role will include training about how to have a constructive conversation about health and gradually gather knowledge about what community groups and services are nearby to “signpost” people to e.g. a walking for health group.
Children and Young People Volunteer Roles
FAMILY SUPPORT CHAMPION VOLUNTEER
About us. A project supporting families in the Patchway area who have a child aged 1 - 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.
ASSISTANT YOUTH WORKER VOLUNTEER at Patchway
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 on Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Patchway. 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 pancake!
Advice and Support Volunteer Roles
JOB CLUB SUPPORT ASSISTANT VOLUNTEER
About us. We run 2 regular drop-in Job Clubs, at Patchway on Thursday 10:30am - 12:30pm and Yate on Monday 11am - 1pm. 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.
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.
Please fill in the form below if you'd like to volunteer for one of these roles. If you'd rather talk about your options or would rather speak to someone over the phone, please call Jenny or Catherine on 01454 868570.