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 9988 or use our online contact form.

We currently have the following opportunities:
Trustee Event
Trustees
Telephone CarersLine Support Volunteer
Friends Group
GP link Volunteers
GP Link Volunteer Coordinator
Sitting Service and Companionship
Young Carers activities and mentors
Considerate Friends
Carer Representative for Community Champions Steering Group
Lunch/Supper Club Volunteer
Crafty Carers (Downend)
Carers Emergency Card Forms Volunteer

Trustee Event

We need your help to identify where we can make the most difference to carers’ lives and become more sustainable in the way we run the charity. 

Carers Support Centre – Bristol and South Gloucestershire (CSC) is a local independent charity that supports unpaid adult and young (children) carers. 

In an increasingly challenging environment for carers, with social care and healthcare services facing difficult times ahead, it is more important than ever that CSC as an independent organisation champions and supports unpaid carers. 

Trustees are responsible for the governance of CSC and play a pivotal role in working alongside the Chief Executive and Senior Management team to ensure that that the organisation achieves its aims and objectives. 

Trustees come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences and you do not need to have been a trustee before in order to apply. 

We would like to invite you to our ‘Get Involved’ event taking place during National Trustees Week, where you can meet some of our current trustees, find out what’s involved and how you can apply. 

Thursday 16th November 6pm – 7.30pm
Carers Support Centre, The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2QQ 

All welcome – call 0117 939 2562 to book a place, or just turn up 

There will also be an opportunity to find out more about becoming involved in other ways too, if you decide that being a trustee isn’t for you. 

What level of commitment does being a Trustee require? 

There are a minimum of six trustee meetings a year with the possibility of some additional meetings. This commitment is likely to be a maximum of one day per month on average, dependent on the role. We can also offer support and development opportunities in a range of skills. 

 

Become a Trustee

This is an exciting time to be involved in the governance and development of 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 too.  

The Chair is particularly interested in recruiting members with experience and expertise in the following areas: 

  • Caring, either currently or perhaps a former carer 
  • Social Enterprise 
  • Business planning and Service Development 
  • HR and Personnel 
  • Community development, more specifically experience of working with  Black and Minority Ethnic communities  
  • Finance 
  • Fundraising 
  • Health and Social Care 

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

Telephone CarersLine Support Volunteer

Can you help us provide support and information to family and friend carers of all ages over the telephone?  Can you commit to a half day a week for 12 months or longer? 

We are looking for some more volunteers to support our CarersLine service which is a confidential helpline and point of referral into Carers Support Centre services.  Volunteers help at the Fishponds office by conducting ‘welcome calls’ to carers who are new to our services and ‘wellbeing calls’ to carers already registered with us.  There is also some computer and admin work as part of the role. Full training and support will be given. 

 

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.

 

GP Link Volunteer Coordinator

We have created a great volunteering opportunity to enable a special person to gain experience in volunteer coordination. 

Are you extremely good at organising?  Do you enjoy working with a variety of people who are volunteers?  Would you like to gain experience in volunteer coordination or utilise skills you already have? 

This role exciting role to recruit, train and coordinate new and existing GP Link volunteers across Bristol and South Gloucestershire ensuring they are supported to fulfil their role to the full. 

Support and training will be given.

 

Sitting Service and Companionship

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. 

We are looking for people who are reliable and trustworthy and who enjoy the company of others.  No previous experience is necessary; if you are sensitive, caring and compassionate this could be the ideal volunteering role for you.

 

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.

 

Lunch/Supper Club Volunteer

Once a month: Thursday Lunch in Fishponds or Wednesday Evening in Bedminster
This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys socialising and company. We have a ‘Carefree Lunch Club’ and a ‘Carefree Supper Club’ to give carers the opportunity for much needed break and to socialise with other carers. The clubs meets once a month at a restaurant in Fishponds (lunch club) and one North Street Bedminster (supper club). We need sociable, outgoing volunteers to meet and greet carers as they arrive, reassure new attendees and help with introductions. 

If you are: 

  • a sociable and confident person a 
  • are able to be reassuring to carers that may feel anxious about a new social setting and help put them at their ease.  
  • self-organised and  
  • happy to volunteer with a second volunteer 

Expenses will be paid!

Crafty Carers (Downend)

Downend  

Once a month, Second Monday. 

 This is a well-established group of carers who have a passion for all different sorts of crafty.  As a volunteer you would also share their passion, be able to suggest and assist in different crafty projects and generally be a support to the carers who go.  Ideally we would welcome anyone who feels they have what it takes to lead this small group

Carers Emergency Card Forms Volunteers

If you have experience of telephone work, methodical in your approach and a good understanding of using and imputing into databases and want a bit of a challenge to your volunteering role, this could be the position for you.  Ideally you will be someone looking for a long term volunteering post. 

We would like a volunteer who is able to assist with the follow up of carers who have requested a Carers Emergency Card but not returned the form .  You would be telephoning carers, sending out replacement forms where applicable, updating excel spreadsheet and Carers Support Centre database.   

Hours: 2 – 3 hours fortnightly, day and times can be flexible however if the volunteer can do Tuesday am that would be advantageous. 

Full training and support will be given.