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
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
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
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
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 provide a lifeboat search-and-rescue service on the Severn Estuary between Gloucester and the Severn Bridges – one of the most challenging waterways in the UK. We need a volunteer fundraising crew who can give some of their weekend time, working alongside the operational lifeboat crew to collect the essential donations that keep the lifeboat station running.
If you are 18+, enthusiastic, willing to tell our story to the public – and able to give at least 20 hours a year of your time, then this volunteering opportunity could be just right for you.
In return, we will introduce you to the work we do, give you occasional opportunity to go out on one of the lifeboats, give you a uniform, and involve you in the life of the lifeboat station. Suitable volunteers may also be able to progress to full operational crew in the future.
Please contact Hugh Inwood for more information about this role, or click on the link below to apply.
Tel: 07774 260429
Tortworth Forest Centre is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company which aims to improve lives by reconnecting people with nature, through conservation, wellbeing programmes, outdoor events, courses and volunteering opportunities.
The Centre is based at Tortworth Arboretum, a historically and culturally rich woodland. There is huge potential to bring this unique place back to use and to share it with people who want to learn about woodlands and develop outdoor skills - so get in touch if you want to be a part of it.
Tortworth Arboretum, off Tortworth Road, Tortworth GL12 8HH
Tel: 07717 201 329