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'Breaks for Carers' Sitting Service


Do you want to make a difference to your community? Do you like spending time with people? Are you kind, caring, reliable and responsible?

Carers often find their own well-being is affected due to the pressure of caring, so having a regular short break can make all the difference. The South Glos 'Breaks for Carers' Sitting Service is looking for people who can offer 2-3 hours of their time, (normally during the day on a weekday) weekly or fortnightly to spend with a cared-for person so their carer can take a break. You’ll have induction, training and support, with paid travel expenses. We also have social events for volunteers. We’re looking for men and women over 18.

The Carers’ Support Centre provides support, information and advice to carers living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. For more information about this role, please contact Marilyn Crump, Sitting Service Coordinator for an informal chat.

Tel: 0117 937 5622
Tel: 07722 283 672
www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk
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Age UK Befriending Service


Could you spare some of your precious time to help us reach more people in need living in your community? We are facing an unprecedented demand for our Befriending service across the county and one of your neighbours may be in need of help.

Befriending is simple but very rewarding. Our volunteers pop in for a chat once a week for around an hour and talk about everything and anything. It is simple but means so much to the older person.

Our volunteers benefit from the visits as much as our clients. You can help to change the lives of local people and make sure no one has no one. Please get in touch for more information.

Tel: 01454 411707
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Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) Charity Shop


CHSW is on the hunt for enthusiastic volunteers to help run their shop. There’s a variety of tasks that volunteers can get involved with from processing stock received from donations, to window displays, dressing mannequins and processing payments. It’s a great way to meet other people and really help to make a difference in the local community.

To find out more about volunteering, please contact CHSW’s Volunteer Advisor Stephanie Robey by phone or email.

Unit 3, East Walk, Yate Shopping Centre, Yate BS37 4AS
Tel: 01271 313319
www.chsw.org.uk
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Code Club


Do you have an enthusiasm for computers and working with young people? Want to inspire the next generation? We are currently looking for volunteers to run code clubs for 6-12 year olds in our libraries in Staple Hill, Kingswood, Yate and Filton.
You don’t need to be an expert as we have training and resources available, just bring a sense of fun and adventure. If you want to find out more click below ​or call 07739 705578.

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Healthwatch


Do you have a passion for health and social care? Help us bring about real, positive change by becoming a Champion, Representative or Enter and View volunteer for Healthwatch. To find out more, click below.

Tel: 0117 9589 363
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Marie Curie Cancer Care


Marie Curie needs your help! We are recruiting in your area for volunteers to join our local Yate & Sodbury Fundraising Group.

Fundraising Groups across the UK meet regularly to organise and support fundraising activities in their local area. As the local face of Marie Curie’s fundraising team, volunteers donate their time and effort to raise money to help us continue caring for terminally ill people at home.

Why join a local Fundraising Group?

There are so many benefits to joining a Fundraising Group including:
- meeting new people in your area
- getting involved in your community
- sharing new experiences and having fun
- raising money to provide care to terminally ill people in your local area
- receiving expert support and advice from the local Marie Curie fundraising teams

If you are interested in hearing more about our local fundraising group please contact your local community fundraiser Natalie.

Tel: 01179 247 275
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Shopmobility


We are seeking volunteers who are prepared to serve as committee members with a caring manner who may be interest in undertaking the role of Trustee or Chairperson.
Our aim is to support people with physical disabilities and their carers to improve quality of life and reduce social isolation. Meetings are normally held every 2 months.
We urgently require a Treasurer with a good level of accountancy/book-keeping skills to potentially take over as Treasurer given the poor health of our present Treasurer.
Trustees may be needed to support the Project Manger to assist at the office when required or to assist undertake specific tasks. This should provide an overview of project through the work undertaken both at committee and operational level.
This overarching and eclectic nature of the role of committee member /Trustee may appeal to people from a social care perspective with an in interest of working as a member of a team as a committee member and with the Project Manager, the public, community and statutory other bodies.
The role could also appeal to those interested in community sector involvement including raising the profile of our project and sharing ideas with other agencies in utilising both our own and other services more effectively.
We welcome people who can use their own initiative and offer their own skills and ideas to contribute to the aims and objectives of the project. We are for example working with agencies to identify people who may be socially isolated by virtue of a disability and in seeking ways to support people access our service.
Training and support will be provided to understand the wider issues of working within the Charitable sector and the importance of funding, promotion and direct support to people who use our service.
Please contact Project Manager Sheridan Crew should you feel you can assist us.

Tel: 01454 868718
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Singing for the Brain Support


Singing for the Brain is an innovative service for people affected by dementia and their carers. The groups use singing to bring people together in a friendly and stimulating social environment.

Singing is not only an enjoyable activity, it can also provide a way for people with dementia, along with their carers, to express themselves and socialise with others in a fun and supportive group.

What do our volunteers do?
- Help to set up the room, including moving tables and chairs
- Welcome clients
- Listen and communicate with empathy and respect
- Support with making tea and coffee
- Support singing activities, hand out song sheets etc.
- Help to close down

You do not need to be a great singer as this service is about the social aspect of singing and the impact music has on aiding memory.

When can I volunteer? Yate, day and time to be confirmed- this is a new group just about to start.

To apply for this opportunity please e-mail below or call Cat Watkins, Volunteering Officer on 01179 673006.

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The Hive


Formerly Avon-North Mencap

We are a South Gloucestershire charity working with people with learning disabilities, their families and carers. We run a volunteer programme where volunteers are matched one-to-one with adults with learning disabilities. We are currently looking for volunteers (who are given training and their expenses are paid) and for people who would benefit from the service.

322 Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood BS15 1AJ
Tel: 0117 9614372
www.thehiveavon.org.uk
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Yate Volunteer Centre


The Volunteer Centre offers free, friendly advice and information to anyone interested in volunteering; we offer an informal chat about your volunteering interests and can place you in roles to suit your skills, interests and availability. Open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays between 10am and 12pm. Just call in to our office adjacent to Yate Library. We can also offer appointments on Thursdays between 10am and 3pm, please phone or email to arrange. If you are a group seeking volunteers, register with us and we will advertise your role for free, we can also help with advice on developing new volunteer opportunities.

Based at Yate Library
Tel: 01454 324102
www.volunteeryate.org.uk
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