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
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with us please get in touch with Maureen, our lovely Shop Manager by phone or email.
The Thornbury shop is particularly looking for Cash Desk, Customer Service and Sort Room Assistants. Please click below to view the roles that we are able to offer.
16 St Mary Street, Thornbury BS35 2AB
Tel: 01454 417177
We are looking for volunteers to join the Events First Aid team and anyone age 15 upwards is welcome to join us. Sessions are held Monday nights 1930 - 2130. For more information, contact Group Leader Marie Davis.
Based at Turnberrie's Community Centre, Bath Road, Thornbury BS35 2BB
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.
Joining In, Gaining Support, Awareness and Wellbeing
JIGSAW Thornbury is a locally-based charity, set up to provide support for children with additional needs, and their families.
JIGSAW Thornbury is now 5 years old and going through a phase of significant growth with exciting prospects. The board of trustees have identified some recognised gaps in their skill mix, and are mindful that these gaps need to be filled in order to best support the charity as it moves forward.
We are therefore looking for new members to join the board who have any of the following areas of expertise:
- Finance and asset management
- Legal knowledge, particularly with regard to the charity sector
- Business development
If you would like to know more about these opportunities, or to register your interest, please contact Helen Harrison, chair of trustees by email below.
The Bakery Annexe, 4-7 Chapel Street, Thornbury BS35 2AW
After many weeks of lockdown many of our gardens are now open. But we know there are many people who are not able to get out and visit and they have particularly enjoyed our Virtual Garden Visits. So even though we will not be adding new videos from the end of June, our library of nearly 200 garden videos will be constantly available here. And the Help Support our Nurses campaign continues to the end of the year, so if you visit a garden or view a Virtual Garden Visit, do please consider a donation. We are tantalisingly close to our £100,000 target.
The National Garden Scheme is proud to say that 80% of money raised through opening gardens goes to health 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.'
To find out more, contact the County Organiser, Su Mills by phone or email.
Tel: 01454 615438
Oldbury on Severn Community Shop is a volunteer-run shop. Its sole purpose to provide a much needed service to the local Community and, subject to its continued success, provide donations to local good causes and local charities.
We currently have around 25/30 volunteers but always need more people to help us and importantly ensure the shop's future is guaranteed. Our volunteers come from the local Parish and from Patchway, Thornbury and Sharpness. It’s very friendly and a great place to make new friends and importantly give a little bit back to the Community and good causes.
If anyone is interested in joining please phone Chris Awde on the number below. Volunteer slots are generally only 2 hours and there is absolutely no pressure in terms of commitment, in that the volunteer picks when they want to work and this can be 2 hours a week or 2 hours a month. Basically the volunteer makes the decision when he or she wants to work.
Tel: 01454 418619
Are you interested in Volunteering? Would you like to help Oxfam raise funds to end World Poverty? Can you spare 2 – 8 hours/week? Even just short-term?
Perhaps you are retired, a parent of school-aged children, a student or looking to gain experience for your CV? Just want to do something useful or worthwhile? Perhaps you may even want to study for Oxfam-provided NVQs in Customer Services or Retail Skills? Or you may be interested in helping out with our Online Shop?
You can apply for one particular role or, if you want a more varied experience, we can provide that too. Any of the following roles interest you?
Till Volunteer – As well as looking after the till, you can help with customer service, restocking the shopfloor and keep our displays up-to-date
General Assistants – for sorting, pricing, steaming, visual merchandising, recycling, upcycling…
Window & Hotspot Displays - regular opportunities to update displays in line with shop promotions or Oxfam campaigns
Online Shop Specialist Role – Could you help photograph, research and/or list items? And package and post...
Specialist Areas: Womenswear, Menswear, Bric-a-brac, Kids clothing/toys/books, Jewellery, Music, Linen & Craft, DVDs or Books?
Also Seasonal Sunday Team 11-3pm Can you help on an occasional Sunday? Just up to Christmas? November? December?
Come along & join our friendly, dedicated, helpful team of volunteers. No experience necessary. Full training and support will be provided. USUAL SHIFTS: 9-1pm & 1-5pm but flexible hours may be possible.
Pleasecall in for a chat with any of our volunteers or the Managers Josie or Ali.
39 High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AR
Tel: 01454 414846
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 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
Thornbury Arts Festival, one of the longest running multi-arts festivals in the country, is looking for volunteers to join its committee to fill both key and supporting roles.
Entirely run by volunteers, the Festival is an established part of the Thornbury calendar and the organising committee is also responsible for the annual Thornbury Eisteddfod, and the Severn Vale Art Trail, which showcases the work of local artists.
If you would like to find out more, please get in touch.
Thornbury Carnival is organised by the Thornbury Carnival Community Interest Company (C.I.C.). If you would like to join the committee in any capacity and help plan the next Thornbury Carnival, please make contact as soon as possible.
There are lots of ways to get involved, many of which do not require Committee work, and can be done in small groups and spread throughout the year.
No experience is necessary, just a friendly approach, resourcefulness and reliability.
The event takes place in the Mundy playing field every Saturday at 9am. The event however cannot go ahead without you - the volunteers. The event needs approx 15 volunteers each week. Each week the volunteer rosta always has a number of slots that still need to be filled on Thursday and often still on Friday night!
Please look at the Thornbury parkrun site for more details on how to take part - as a volunteer or as a participant.
We aim to deliver high quality, relevant programming to Thornbury and surrounding villages. We support development of our community through frequent on-air mentions, sponsorship and campaigns. Unlike other stations, scarcely 10 minutes will pass without you hearing the word "Thornbury" or something else that is locally relevant!
Musically we are far more diverse than other stations on the dial. In contrast to most commercial stations that playlist only 300-400 songs, our playlist has over 5000 songs, and that excludes the music we play in specialist shows! Click below to listen and get in touch...
Every week across the UK thousands of young people, aged between 10 and 18, get involved in Sea Cadet activities. To make this happen we need the help of volunteers. We have lots of roles to match your skills from instructional staff to unit management.
Instructional opportunities range from sailing to marine engineering, navigation to catering, first aid to adventure training. Training for would-be cadet instructors is available so anyone interested should not be put off because they don't know anything/much about a particular subject. Unit Management opportunities include marketing and PR, asset management (buildings or boats or equipment), organizing events, recruitment (adult volunteers and cadets).
Please get in touch to find out more using the details below.
We help people find something worthwhile to do in their local community whilst having fun and making friends. We have volunteering opportunities for every age, gender, disability, skill level and time available. We have opportunities for those interested in volunteering with all age groups and opportunities in conservation, fundraising, driving, befriending, admin, IT, craft and much more. Most of these require no specific experience; just a willingness to help others. Any amount of time that you are able to spare would help, once a week or month or maybe just a few hours as a one-off can make all the difference.
If your group or organisation needs volunteers we can publicise these opportunities.
For more information please call in 10.30am-12noon Monday-Friday, phone us or click below. You really can make a difference!
The Town Hall, 35 High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AR
Tel: 01454 413392
Thornbury Welcomes is seeking volunteers to join the team, who are passionate about making Thornbury a more inclusive and welcome town. Click below to read more and for contact details.
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
A big thank you to all our volunteers, both established and new helpers. We are very grateful to you all.
Sadly, we have lost one or two of our regular volunteers due to ill health, so we now need some help for the following shifts:
• Monday mornings 8.30 – 11.00am, every other week, to work alternate weeks with our estab-lished volunteer
• Monday afternoons 2.30-4.00pm until our regular helper is able to return
• Friday afternoons 2.30-4.00pm
In addition, we should welcome offers to join our list of weekend helpers or people offering casual cover.
If you can help, we shall be very pleased to hear from you. Email below, phone the shop or pop in.
Itchington Road, Tytherington GL12 8QE
Tel: 01454 417618