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Volunteer experiences

The reasons why people get into volunteering are as varied as the individuals themselves.

The old idea of a volunteer being somebody with lots of time to spare who is looking for something to do is a long-vanished stereotype. Primarily, people volunteer because they want to help others — it’s a valuable and important motive — but their reasons are frequently more complicated; they volunteer because they want to be active and involved as well as useful.

Volunteers may want to learn new skills, share a skill they already have, or practice a skill in order to be ready for a paid job that needs it. Some are devoted to a particular cause, others have a passionate attachment to their local community, while many just want to do something they love.

Taking on a job that needs doing for a few hours a week can be an excellent way to build self-esteem and confidence after a period away from work. And everybody benefits from meeting people, making new friends and having new experiences.

Most people get more out of volunteering than they expected. Find out from some of our volunteers what volunteering has meant to them, how they have used the Volunteer Centre and the organisations we work with, and see how volunteering can change your life.

Volunteers at work

Are you an active volunteer in Thornbury or nearby? We would like to include your account of volunteering. We know that most people have an interesting story to tell that will resonate with potential volunteers. We have prepared a short questionnaire. Download it, print it out, complete it and post it to us. Thanks!

News & information

Christmas closing: The office will be shut from 24 December for the Christmas break. We reopen on 3 January 2019.

Christmas Award Ceremony: To mark our 30th anniversary, we presented special awards to five local organisations.

Alan Hudson award: The 2018 award for volunteering excellence goes to Sandi Shawcross of Thornbury Museum.

Generous donations in November: We received substantial sums from Quiz nights at the Swan Inn and from Thornbury Round Table.

Help raise funds through AmazonSmile: If you shop at Amazon we are donated funds. More information.

Meeting dates arranged: Four meetings of the Volunteer Managers’ Network have been arranged for 2019. Details here.

Updated mailing list: You can now manage your subscription to our mailing list for yourself.

Volunteering opportunities: Most of our many volunteering opportunities are advertised nationally and can be searched online here. Some are advertised locally only and are listed here.

We’re on social media: Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news and events. And all our volunteering opportunities appear there as they’re published.

Thornbury Volunteer Centre is a registered charity, number 1180775. This site © Thornbury Volunteer Centre. Site design by Michael Quinion. Last updated 9 Mar. 2016.