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
Friends Group
GP link Volunteers
Sitting Service and Companionship
Young Carers activities and mentors
Considerate Friends
Carer Representative for Community Champions Steering Group
Craft Volunteer
Theatre Club Supporter
Events Coordinator

Become a Trustee

This is an exciting time to be involved in the governance and development of Carers Support Centre 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.

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.

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.

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!

Theatre Club Supporter

Our new theatre club for carers is an exciting opportunity for a volunteer supporter to help provide a chance for carers to enjoy a social trip to the theatre. Benefits include free theatre ticket and travel expenses reimbursed.

You will need to be able to research suitable shows, take bookings and attend 6 performances a year with the group across the local area.

Events Coordinator

We organise a variety of events throughout the year for the carers we support, the volunteers who support us and for the general public, to raise our profile and to fundraise.

We are looking for someone who is well organised, enthusiastic, able to work on their own initiative and as part of a small, friendly team.

We provide:-
• excellent training and on-going support
• reimbursement of expenses
• an opportunity to gain experience
• a chance to make new friends
• new skills development