What we do
We are the volunteer development agency serving Thornbury and district. We aim to link volunteers offering their services with organisations that need voluntary help. We work as a clearing house for information and provide training, advice and support.
We serve Thornbury and its surrounds, primarily the BS35 and BS32 postcodes of South Gloucestershire.
Our office is staffed on weekday mornings by a team of volunteer co-ordinators who work with our development co-ordinator, Kim Webb. The Centre is a charity (number 1004285) whose activities are overseen by a management committee. We are based in the Town Hall in Thornbury. Details of how to contact us are here.
Links within the community
We promote good practice to organisations that use volunteers through our health check, our good practice guide and a support package of low-cost training. Through our activities, we increase awareness of the issues that affect volunteering.
We are a member of the Volunteer Centre Partnership South Gloucestershire, which also includes the Centres in Yate, Kingswood, and Patchway, Filton & The Stokes.
The Partnership works closely with CVS South Gloucestershire, the South Gloucestershire Council and other local organisations to inform strategic thinking and planning at a regional and national level. We participate in campaigns and represent local voices in issues affecting volunteering.
News & information
Christmas lunch: Our annual Christmas thank-you lunch 2017 draws 50+ local volunteers. More.
Alan Hudson Award 2017: We are proud to present the 2017 award for volunteering achievement to Thornbury Foodbank.
Christmas closing dates announced: Our office will be closed between 18 December and 1 January inclusive, reopening on Tuesday 2 January.
Fun and profit at the Swan! The Wednesday night quiz nights at the Swan during November raised £665 for our funds. More information.
Bags of help please! We have been chosen as a finalist in the Tesco Bags of Help scheme in its Thornbury store. More information.
Newsletter: Our 2017 newsletter has been published. Get it here.
Plans for 2018: Next year is our 30th anniversary. We plan events to bring organisations and volunteers closer together. Details here..
Personal Resilience and Stress Management Training: Tools to help you feel less stressed. 31 January 2018. More information.
Experiences: Michele tells how a local company restored her confidence and helped her back into work.
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