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
Personal Resilience and Stress Management Workshop. A second workshop has been organised for 4 September. More details.
We’ve popped up again! Our pop-up shop opened on 12 May, and was an immediate success. More here.
Annual report Our annual report for 2018 is published. View or download here.
Volunteer Managers’ Network Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday 20 June. More here.
AGM date announced: It will be on 18 July with guest speaker and refreshments. All welcome! More details.
Big grant permits local projects: We have been granted £2000 from Tesco's Bags of Help scheme. We plan a series of events during 2018 to bring organisations and volunteers closer together. More information.
General Data Protection Regulation: We helped organise two successful workshops to assist local organisations to come to grips with new data protection regulations. Details here.
Quiz nights at the Swan: Our funds benefited by more than £400 from the April quiz nights at the Swan. Details here.