Much of our work depends on volunteers and we are always looking for more people to join our busy team. Examples include Mental Health Advocate Volunteers and Relevant Person’s Representative Volunteers.
Please find more information about our current volunteer opportunities below.
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
Could you bring the magic of reading to a child in South Gloucestershire?
Beanstalk is a national literacy charity that transforms children’s life chances by recruiting and supporting volunteers and placing them in local primary schools. These volunteers work with children who have either fallen behind with their reading, lack confidence, or struggle with their fluency, comprehension or vocabulary.
The charity is searching for more members of the community in South Gloucestershire who can spare a few hours a week supporting children in local primary schools. As a Beanstalk reading helper in a local school you will work with three children at a local primary school and spend 30 minutes with each child twice a week, during term-time, for at least one academic year.
Tel: 0845 450 0307
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 ring the store or call in.
Unit 3 Tesco, East Walk, Yate Shopping Centre, Yate BS37 4AS
Tel: 01454 323993
South Gloucestershire’s libraries provide free access to computers, the internet, email and online resources and free Wi-Fi access for all members of the public. Library staff assist the public in using our facilities and when requested can signpost to further local help through our colleagues in the Council’s Community Learning Service, and through courses run by South Gloucestershire and Stroud College in many of our libraries.
Quite often, especially with those new to IT, a more in-depth one-to-one approach is needed and this is where we see a role for computer volunteers. We are thus seeking individuals who:
Volunteering is available at any time libraries are open. You can be as flexible as you like in the pattern of hours you do, and at times that suit you.
Interested in this opportunity? Please ask library staff for an application form to be returned to the librarian or for further information, please contact us by phone or email.
44 West Walk, Yate BS37 4AX
Tel: 07718 130 916
CVS is the umbrella body for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, and our staff and associates provide advice, information and support to help local organisations develop and grow.
Looking to start a social enterprise in South Gloucestershire? Need expert advice to grow your charity, community group or CIC? Our friendly experts provide tailored support with:
Starting up - Marketing - Business planning - Financial management - Applying for grants - Governance - Fundraising strategy - Recruiting volunteers - Registering your organisation - and much more
"The right support, at the right time, at the right level. Invaluable."
Poole Court, Poole Court Drive, Yate BS37 5PP
Tel: 01454 865205
Have your got spare time on your hands? Want to help in the local community? Then become a volunteer driver/leaflet distributor.
We provide transport to those members of the community who, for whatever reason, cannot use existing transport services.
Crossbow House, 58 School Road, Frampton Cotterell BS36 2DA
Tel: 01454 250500
The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Our My Guide service helps blind and partially sighted people step out with confidence in their communities, get fit and have fun.
It's a flexible and enjoyable experience for our volunteers, who gain new skills as sighted guides, for a few hours each week.
Contact Maeve Kearney, My Guide Volunteer Manager at the Bristol Mobility Team if you're interested in partnering with a My Guide or volunteering as one.
Tel: 0118 983 8722
Tel: 0776 974 1155
Do you enjoy our award-winning Kingsgate Park? Then why not join us and help to keep the park looking as good as it always does? Click below to find out more.
Girlguiding are seeking Leaders and Assistant Leaders across South Gloucestershire. If you’re someone with a sense of adventure looking for a rewarding challenge then Girlguiding could be for you.
Help girls to realise their full potential and share some unforgettable moments along the way. Click below to register your interest.
Healthwatch can shape and improve local health and social care services for the future but we need volunteers to find out what people think works well and how they would like to see care improved.
Volunteers can represent Healthwatch at health and social care meetings and boards or help staff information stands at venues such as local hospitals and GP surgeries, visit and talk to local community groups and attend big community events to find out what local people want and need from their local health care services. Healthwatch volunteers can also be trained to ‘enter and view’ health and care services to observe the service and make recommendations to help make the service better.
Tel: 0117 9589 363
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
The National Garden Scheme was founded in 1927 to support district nurses. At the start, over 600 gardens opened at a shilling a head. Now visitors have access to more than 3,500 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales.
Thanks to garden owners, volunteers and visitors, over 55 million pounds has been given to nursing and health charities. Macmillan Cancer Support has been the longest supported partner, to date having received almost 20 million pounds. Other beneficiaries include Marie Curie and Hospice UK. In 2013 Parkinsons UK joined this list. There are other charities including MIND, the new guest charity, and Horatio's Gardens. The National Garden Scheme is proud to say that 80% of what is raised goes to the charities.
In our area, Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath there are almost 40 gardens to choose from, all described in the local 'Yellow book.' In South Gloucestershire 7 very different gardens open to visitors providing 'Great Gardens, Great Cakes!' Some will open for groups, at a time to suit you, 'By Arrangement.'
Details of all the gardens can be found on the National Garden Scheme website below, or you can download the smartphone app. On both you can search for gardens opening within the distance you are prepared to travel. So why not go ahead and plan the gardens you would like to visit? The huge benefits of gardens and gardening to health and well being are now well recognised. You may feel you would like to become involved in this inspiring organisation. It's possible to volunteer in a small way by helping with serving teas, or you may even feel that your own garden could be enjoyed by others. Seeing the pleasure on visitors' faces and sharing your endeavours with others, whilst helping the NGS charities, has a huge 'feel good factor.'
Contact the County Organiser, Su Mills by phone or email.
Tel: 01454 615438
Supported by a network of volunteers, Re-engage organises monthly Sunday afternoon gatherings for small groups of older people aged 75 and over who are dealing with loneliness and social isolation.
Once a month, normally on a Sunday afternoon, each older guest is collected from their home by a Volunteer Driver, and taken to a Volunteer Host’s home, where they join a small group for refreshments, talk and companionship. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the charity’s drivers and older guests remain the same. This means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.
Tel: 01225 873812
We match up a volunteer with someone in the area identified as needing extra support - often after a hospital discharge. Visits are once a week for around 6 weeks and support is with practical things like shopping/picking up prescriptions and also emotionally in the form of companionship and signposting them onto different services they may need. Our service is aimed at helping people regain their confidence and independence and to avoid re-admission into hospital/admission in the first place. For more information contact Lauren Slack.
Remap Bristol is a branch of Remap, a national charity that provides custom-made equipment for disabled people in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire areas. Our 30 or so skilled volunteers provide innovative, practical solutions to everyday challenges encountered by disabled people.
We are always keen to recruit new members who could help us expand the range of help that we offer.
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.
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
Do you need volunteers? Would you like to volunteer?
You could gain valuable experience, share your talents and help your community.
Contact us today for more information.
Yate & Dodington Neighbourhood Network Group is looking for someone who'd like to:
- Be more involved with community decisions
- Develop meeting facilitation and chairing skills
- Is able to attend four, 2 hour meetings a year at locations in Yate
- Talk with the community development workers to plan the agendas
If you are passionate about local matters, have a voice about how you'd like the area to be developed and want to act together for the common good of whole community then this role would be right for you.
Contact us for a conversation about the group and role:
Southern Brooks Community Development Coordinators Sato Black 07971 670880 email@example.com and Alex Swatton 07890 56919 firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the purpose of the group?
Yate & Dodington Neighbourhood Network Group is a group of residents, community groups and services working in the local area who meet to steer the strategic direction of community development work in Yate and Doddington. The discussions at the meeting produce tasks and actions to
take which everyone completes and updates at the following meeting.
Who goes along?
South Glos Council services e.g. public health, community
Emergency Services e.g. fire and police
Community groups e.g. Scouts, Abbottswood Action Group
Churches and other faith groups
The 2 community development workers from Southern Brooks Community Partnerships facilitate the meetings by setting the agenda, sending the invitations and following up actions.
What experience do I need to do this role?
No previous experience of chairing meetings is required, only a desire to learn. The community development workers can support you to understand the aim of the meetings and help you to develop chairing skills as needed.