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About volunteering

What is volunteering?

Volunteering is about giving your time to a good cause. You don’t get paid, but you do get the chance to use your talents, develop new skills, and experience the pleasure that comes from making a real difference to other people’s lives, as well as your own.

Who can do it?

Anyone. Whatever your age, background or work experience, you will have a skill someone needs. No matter how busy you are, there will be something you can do. It can be trickier to find volunteer roles if you are under 16, but not impossible. Just ask us.

Among many possibilities, volunteers run the Over 60s Café in Thornbury Town Hall.

What can I do?

Anything. (Almost.) More than 100 different volunteer roles are available in Thornbury and its surrounding area. Everything from driving to gardening, befriending to administration, fundraising to shop work. There’s something for everyone.

Worried about risk or liability?

We will do our best to ensure that we signpost you towards organisations with appropriate insurance cover and safeguarding procedures to ensure that your volunteering experience is happy and healthy

Volunteers collecting furniture for resale at the Multiple Sclerosis People’s Help charity shop

How do I do it?

There are many ways to get in touch with the Volunteer Centre and find an opportunity that inspires you.

You can contact us by phone or email or drop in to the office for a face-to-face meeting where you can talk through your thoughts and needs with a Volunteer Co-ordinator.

You can browse a range of opportunities or register as a volunteer straightaway.

Want to find out more?

See our our Frequently-asked questions (FAQ) page for more information or download our leaflet about volunteering.

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 30 Sep. 2016.