Volunteer

We have almost 200 volunteers who add enormous value to the service we offer carers in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. All our volunteers are fully trained, supported and expenses are reimbursed. We ask for a minimum 6-month commitment. Whatever contribution you feel you could make, we would love to hear from you. Call us on 0117 958 9906 or use our online contact form.

We currently have the following opportunities:

Trustees
Carers Break
Friends Group
GP link Volunteers
Young Carers activities and mentors
Considerate Friends
Carer Representative for Community Champions Steering Group
Craft Volunteer
Carers Buddy
Befriender


Become a Trustee

This is an exciting time to be involved in the governance and development of Carers Support Centre (CSC) and Trustees play a pivotal role in this.

Trustees are required to attend a minimum of six meetings annually and are encouraged to use their skills and expertise to contribute to various sub committees and task focused working groups.

The Chair is particularly interested in recruiting members with experience and expertise in IT and Digital Support.

Applications are also welcome from those with experience and expertise in:-

  • Caring, either currently or perhaps a former carer
  • HR and Personnel
  • Community development, more specifically experience of working with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities
  • Fundraising
  • Health and Social Care

Cares Support Centre trustees are all unpaid volunteers, however we are able to reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses.

So, if you are ready to join our dynamic and creative team here at CSC, to help carers get more out of life and would like more information on this role, please contact CSC to leave a message for the Chair of Trustees on 0117 939 2562 or email them direct: chair@carerssupportcentre.org.uk


Carers Break Volunteers

South Gloucestershire
Monday to Friday, mornings or afternoons (2/3 hours per week)

Do you enjoy building relationships with new people? Want a rewarding role where you make a real difference to someone in your local area?
Carers looking after a family member or friend, give invaluable care and support, so regular time-out is important to enable them to ‘recharge the batteries.’

We are looking for volunteer companions who can spare 2/3 hours each week to enable carers to take a regular break, by spending quality time with the person they care for. There is no personal care or manual handling involved.

If you are reliable and trustworthy and enjoy the company of others, you could be just the person we need! No previous experience is necessary; if you are sensitive, caring and compassionate this could be the ideal volunteering opportunity for you. Training and support are provided and we pay travel expenses.


Friends Group

This is a new exciting role which includes either becoming a Friend of CSC as such you would attend regular meetings to discuss and contribute to fundraising ideas and events. Or/and supporting with events, some of the events we have recently carried out are: Spring Fair, Bingo, Christmas Carols, Supermarket bag packs.


GP Link Volunteers

Various GP Surgeries in Bristol and South Glos
Are you able to volunteer for two mornings a month?

Working in partnership with GP surgeries, volunteers are needed to help promote the support that carers can access through their surgery and other sources.

If you enjoy meeting people, can be sensitive and want to make a real difference, this could be the ideal role for you. You would have a table within the waiting / reception area and speak with people as they visit the surgery.

Caring can be very demanding and this role helps us to reach as many carers as possible and to link them into the help they need.

Volunteers will have a friendly manner and good interpersonal skills. You will also need empathy and sensitivity in discussing carers’ personal circumstances. The ability to be self-organised is useful and maintaining confidentiality is essential.


Young Carer activities and mentors

We have a specialist service which supports young carers between the ages of 8 and 18; and young adult carers under 25 years old. We are always looking for volunteers to help with workshops, events and activities. We also have some one-to-one opportunities and mentoring opportunities.

“I have really enjoyed volunteering with you and want to thank you for all the hard work you do”.

“I hope that all of the volunteers who came to the volunteer celebration were able to go away as I did, feeling that the Carers Support Centre values its volunteers and does this with sincerity.”


Considerate Friends

Are you over 50 and a carer, or do you care for someone who is over 50? Do you want to have a say about how local services can be easier to use for carers? Do you know the Greater Fishponds area quite well? We’re looking for ‘considerate friends’ who will visit local activities and services in the Greater Fishponds area, and make recommendations about how they can be more accessible to older carers.

‘Considerate Friends’ is part of the wider Bristol Ageing Better Project, Greater Fishponds Community Champions. You would need to commit to a minimum of four hours a month.


Carer Representative for Community Champions Steering Group

Are you over 50 and a carer, or do you care for someone who is over 50?

The Bristol Ageing Better Greater Fishponds Community Champion Project finds out about local activities and services available in the local area, identifies gaps and develops projects to fill those gaps. We are looking for a carer who would like to be on the steering group for this project. You would need to commit to a minimum of four hours a month.


Craft Volunteer

Are you creative or would you like to share a craft/activity with a small group of carers at our Downed Carers Meeting? Group members enjoy learning a range of simple crafts that are, ideally, achievable in two hours. The Group meets in Downend on the second Monday of each month (not August or December). If you’re available between 2-4pm on an occasional basis or one-off basis, and would like to help, we would love to hear from you. Cost of materials and travel expenses will be refunded. If you know someone who would be interested in this role, please do ask them to get in touch!


Carers Buddy

Are you an unpaid carer, or do you have past experience as an unpaid carer? Would you like to share your experience with other carers who may be new to caring and needing emotional support and signposting to services? As a buddy, you will be matched with a carer to offer them practical support by phone, email or Skype. If you can commit to around 4 hours per month, we would love to hear from you.

You will need to be reliable, have a good understanding of health and social care systems (training will be provided) and have good listening and communication skills.

We provide an excellent package of training and on-going support to all our volunteers.

For more information please contact Marilyn Crump, Volunteer Coordinator. Tel: 0117 958 9906 | Email: MarilynC@carerssupportcentre.org.uk


Befriender

Are you able to offer emotional support and companionship to an unpaid carer? Many carers are isolated and find talking to someone who understands can really help. You’d provide regular phone, email or Skype contact with a carer (30 mins every 2/4 weeks) to support them in their caring role.

You will need to demonstrate sensitivity in communicating with people who care for someone who is unwell and be able to manage boundaries.

If you are reliable, have experience or an awareness of the issues that carers’ face, and have good listening and communication skills, we would love to hear from you. We provide an excellent package of training and on-going support to all our volunteers.

For more information please contact Marilyn Crump, Volunteer Coordinator. Tel: 0117 958 9906 | Email: MarilynC@carerssupportcentre.org.uk