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The Town Hall, 35 High Street, Thornbury, BS35 2AR

Hours: Monday–Friday, 10.30–12.00; Tel: 01454 413392

Locally advertised opportunities

For more information about these opportunities, please contact us.

Group Support Volunteer (Alzheimer’s Society): Volunteers are needed to provide support to the group leader. They will enable people affected by dementia 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 (Alzheimer’s Society): Volunteer drivers are essential to ensuring people affected by dementia are able to attend the Society’s services, including singing for the brain, memory cafés and our day centres. By becoming a volunteer driver you could help to ensure people with dementia are able to access services and most importantly enjoy travelling to them.

Digital media executive (Gloss FM): A volunteer with a strong knowledge of social media platforms is needed to maintain and build the station’s online social media presence throughout Thornbury and District. Maturity, creativity and sensitivity needed to post suitable material.

Support at Home Volunteer (British Red Cross): You will visit service users 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 Spoke Volunteer (British Red Cross): As a Mobility Aids Spoke Volunteer, you will be on hand to deal with wheel-chair requests and enter details onto 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 Volunteer (British Red Cross): Caseworkers assist with the delivery of the British Red Cross 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 (British Red Cross): Your role will be to help provide a quality recruitment and induction support service for our volunteers, 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 (The Care Forum): Shape and improve your 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 Healthwatch South Gloucestershire to bring about real and positive change to the services we all use and need.

Healthwatch Champion (The Care Forum): Help improve local healthcare for local people, become a Healthwatch 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 with Healthwatch South Gloucestershire, so it can take action to improve care based on what local people say they want and need.

Healthwatch Community Outreach Volunteer (The Care Forum): 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.

Healthwatch Representative (The Care Forum): As a Healthwatch representative 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 Healthwatch has been told by the public. Share your record with Healthwatch so it can stay up to date with developments in local healthcare.

Helpline, Text and Email Volunteer (Self Injury Support)): Self Injury Support helps girls and women in emotional distress with a focus on self-injury. It seeks volunteers to provide non-judgemental, non-directional, emotional support to women of all ages. Full training and support given. Three hours per week. More information.

Office Merchandising Assistant (Great Western Air Ambulance Charity): The Air Ambulance is involved in hundreds of local fundraising events every year. The charity is looking for a friendly, organised individual for two or three hours a week to help prepare merchandise boxes and stock take. Training and support provided. Develop your interpersonal skills, your confidence and your experience in event management as well as learning about the charity sector. You will need good organisational skills, attention to detail and be able to work independently. You will be reliable and adaptable and able to follow guidance from staff members or event hosts. You must be available to come to the Air Ambulance’s Bristol office once a week.

News & information

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 Shallcross 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.

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Thornbury Volunteer Centre is a registered charity, number 1180775. This site © Thornbury Volunteer Centre. Site design by Michael Quinion. Last updated 27 Nov. 2018.