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.
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
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.