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Swan Advocacy

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.

swanadvocacy.org.uk/opportunities...


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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Beanstalk


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
www.beanstalkcharity.org.uk


Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) Charity Shop Volunteers


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
www.chsw.org.uk
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Computer Support Volunteers (ongoing position)


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:

  • Are competent and confident users of computers, conversant with use of the Internet and email, and are familiar with Microsoft Office software. An ability to manage photos and music downloading, along with an awareness of social networking sites such as Facebook, would also be desirable.
  • Have a general interest in online information sites hosted by the library and an ability to explore these with customers, such as Ancestry and online encyclopaedias.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal and customer care skills, are comfortable with people of all ages and backgrounds; enjoy helping others and have patience.
  • Especially encourage those who are afraid of IT, helping them make the most of the services on offer, particularly encouraging individuals to take advantage of online training resources such as www.learnmyway.com
  • Supporting those who are applying for jobs, composing CVs, contacting the Council or using sites such as www.gov.uk and Universal Jobs match.

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
Email:


Contact the Elderly


Supported by a network of volunteers, Contact the Elderly 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
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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
4tvl.org.uk
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Free Sighted Guiding Service: Volunteers Needed


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
guidedogs.org.uk/myguide
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Friends of Kingsgate Park Volunteers


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.

myyate.co.uk/yate/kingsgate-park


Girlguiding Leaders and Assistant Leaders


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.

www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involv...


Handyman Volunteer Wanted


Handyman wanted for our Community Hub in Cranleigh Court. For more information please contact Sato, Community Worker on 07971 or by email below.

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Healthwatch


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
healthwatchsouthglos.co.uk/volunt...
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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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Red Cross Support at Home Service Volunteers - South Glos and Bristol


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.

www.redcross.org.uk
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Remap Bristol


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.

bristol.remap.org.uk
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Shopmobility Volunteer Opportunities


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
www.myyate.co.uk/yate/local_organ...
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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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Volunteering Yate


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.

Tel: 07970984763
www.southernbrooks.org.uk
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