Locally advertised opportunities

For more information about these opportunities, please contact us.

Group Support Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to provide support to the group leader of a charity supporting people with dementia. They will enable people so affected to engage with and socialise with other group members or participants in a welcoming and non-judgemental environment. Volunteers will help set out the room, put out signage and record attendees, prepare and serve simple refreshments, welcome and talk to guests and participants.

Drivers: Volunteer drivers are essential to ensuring people affected by dementia are able to attend the services provided by the local branch of a dementia charity — these include singing for the brain, memory cafés and day centres. By becoming a driver you will help to ensure people with dementia are able to access these services and, most importantly, enjoy travelling to them.

Digital media executive: A volunteer with a strong knowledge of social media platforms is needed to maintain and build a local organisation’s online social media presence throughout Thornbury and district. Maturity, creativity and sensitivity are needed to post suitable material.

Support at Home Volunteer: You will visit local service users of this national medical charity at their own homes and keep them company for a few hours at a time. You may help with practical tasks such as shopping, collecting prescriptions, or accompanying the service user to appointments. You will need to commit to a minimum of three hours per week or up to one day per week.

Mobility Aids Volunteer: As a mobility aids volunteer for this national medical charity, you will be on hand to deal with wheelchair requests and enter details on to a database. This key role will enable people to return home after an illness or surgery and help them to remain independent or go on a holiday or trip with friends or family.

International Family Tracing (IFT) Caseworker: Caseworkers assist with the delivery of the IFT Service in the UK. A large part of the role will involve undertaking sensitive and comprehensive interviews by phone and in person with service users, using interpreters where appropriate. The casework volunteer will carry out local searches using the information available to find a person sought in the UK. Caseworkers maintain thorough and accurate case records via the computer database and paper files. This is a challenging role, both technically and in terms of dealing with distressed clients: it requires a long-term commitment to build up these skills.

Recruitment and Selection Volunteer: Your role will be to help provide a quality recruitment and induction support service for volunteers to this national medical charity, making sure that the new volunteer’s experience is a positive one and increasing the chances of their being retained. You need to have good interpersonal, diplomacy, communication and teamwork skills, an awareness of the benefits of having a diverse range of volunteers within the organisation, be IT literate and be able to give constructive feedback to potential volunteers who are not suitable.

Enter and View Volunteer: Shape and improve local health and social care by going into services like hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries and finding out what people think about the care they receive. Help this organisation, a voice for children, young people and adults in health and social care, to bring about real and positive change to the services we all use and need.

Healthcare Champion: Help improve local healthcare for local people by becoming a champion for your community, healthcare or faith group. Ask people in your group to tell you their views and experiences of using local healthcare services, like hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes and dentists and share these views so that action can be taken to improve care based on what local people say they want and need.

Healthcare Community Outreach Volunteer: Do you have a passion for health and social care? Want to use your experience from your healthcare career to make a difference? Or gain skills to build a career in public health, nursing, social services and/or community engagement? Community outreach volunteers hold information stands at local hospitals and GP surgeries, visit local community groups and attend big community events to find out what local people want and need from their local health care services.

Healthcare Representative: As a representative of a regional independent voluntary and community organisation that acts as a voice for healthcare concerns, you will actively participate in local healthcare meetings to ensure local people’s voices are heard and acted upon by policy and decision makers. Feed in the views and experiences of local people by telling the meeting what the organisation has been told by the public. Share your record with the organisation so it can stay up to date with developments in local healthcare.

Helpline, Text and Email Volunteer: A Bristol-based support charity that helps girls and women in emotional distress with a focus on self-injury seeks volunteers to provide non-judgemental, non-directional, emotional support to women of all ages. Full training and support given. Three hours per week.

Events and Collections Fundraiser: An active regional emergency medical charity is looking for friendly, approachable and enthusiastic individuals to assist in a whole host of upcoming summer events. Once trained, the hours are totally flexible, based on your availability and preferences — some volunteers commit to a few hours a week, some twice a year.

Volunteer Driver: Covering six counties means that this active emergency medical charity occasionally needs assistance picking up and dropping off merchandise, equipment from events or collection tins across their region. Using either organisation-branded vehicles or your own, you’ll be driving between supporters, other volunteers and the main offices in Bristol to collect and deliver fundraising materials. All expenses paid.

Collection Tin Servicer: A regional emergency medical charity is looking for flexible and reliable collection tin servicers to place and service existing collection tins in your local area.

Café Assistant: A volunteer with a strong interest in offender rehabilitation is needed to work alongside day-release offenders from a local prison at a social enterprise café near the prison. This provides the prisoners with an opportunity to develop their skills in a work environment, with the goal of becoming “employment-ready” prior to release. The café has a civilian, salaried manager who is responsible for the day-to-day operations, and the right volunteer will work on behalf of the manager, but very much operating alongside the offender group and being sensitive to providing opportunities for skills development.

News & information

Celebrating Thornbury fair: On 30 March, showcasing local clubs and societies & volunteering opportunities. More here.

Volunteer Managers’ Network: The next meeting, focussing on planning for Volunteer Week, has been arranged for Wednesday 6 March. Details here.

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Thornbury Volunteer Centre is a registered charity, number 1180775. The Town Hall, 35 High Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AR. Hours: Monday‑Friday, 10.30‑12.00; Tel: 01454 413392

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