Volunteer

We are delighted to announce that we are now recruiting for volunteers once again and we need your support!

We have around 150 volunteers who add enormous value to the services we offer carers in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Volunteering with Carers Support Centre provides a great opportunity to contribute in a positive way to carers’ lives and for you to gain new skills and experience.

We ask for a minimum six month commitment and you can expect that, as a volunteer:

  • Your contribution will be recognised and appreciated
  • Your volunteer role will make the best use of your time, skills and experience
  • You will be provided with on-going support, training and feedback
  • You will be reimbursed for travel costs/expenses linked to your volunteer role

We are always looking for new volunteers to join our friendly team at Carers Support Centre, so if you would like to meet people, learn new skills, use your spare time in a rewarding way and make a difference to carers lives’, please contact Marilyn Crump, Volunteer Co-ordinator on: 0117 958 9906 or email: MarilynC@carerssupportcentre.org.uk or use our online contact form.

We currently have the following opportunities:

Communications Volunteer
Trustee
Trustee – Treasurer


Communications Volunteer

Carers Support Centre provides services for unpaid carers of all ages in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. This includes a confidential telephone support line, one-to-one support and carers’ groups, counselling, employment support, activities for carers to take some time out, short breaks and training.

We are looking for a Communications Volunteer to help communicate our range of services to unpaid carers. You will gain experience of a wide range of communications activities. This role would be ideal for someone who has studied writing, communications or marketing, who would like the opportunity to put their skills to use and get creative!

Please note: this is a remote role and you will need to be able to work from home.

About you:

  • You’ll help with a wide range of activities, from writing copy for our website and e-bulletins; to preparing newsletter articles for the local media and scheduling social media posts.
  • You’ll have excellent writing and editing skills, experience of writing articles or blogs and an interest in social media marketing.
  • Ideally, you’ll be able to commit to volunteering for at least one day per week (or more!) but we can be flexible.
  • You will need to be comfortable working independently from home, with remote support from the Communications Officer.
  • You will have an interest in supporting unpaid carers and keen to gain an understanding about the issues that they face.

We provide an excellent Induction and Training package, on-going support and opportunities for personal development.

How to apply:

Please download the application form to apply. If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please contact Freya Jeffries, Communications and Digital Media Officer Email: FreyaJ@carerssupportcentre.org.uk

Closing date: 25th September 2020

Last updated: 10/08/2020


Trustee

Contract Type: Volunteer

Hours:

  • Minimum of 6 board meetings per year (lasting 1.5-2hrs each) and 4 finance sub-committees per year (lasting 1.5-2hrs each).
  • Currently via Zoom or MS Teams

Every trustee is expected to join at least one sub-committee

Location: Bristol
Details of Role: Trustee

Carers Support Centre (CSC) is a Bristol based independent registered charity, established in 1997. We are a network partner of Carers Trust and have gained the Carers Trust quality mark as a centre of Excellence. CSC provides services to carers of all ages in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. These include a confidential telephone information and advice line, carers’ magazine, Carers Emergency Card, one-to-one casework support, carers’ groups, time-out activities, carers breaks and training. We also work to identify carers in hospital and GP settings through a specific team. More information can be found on our website https://www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk.

This is an exciting time to be involved in the governance and development of CSC and the Board of Trustees play a pivotal role in this. Having recently said goodbye to some longstanding members of the Board, we have been reviewing and refreshing the membership. We are looking to expand the number of trustees on our Board and are keen to hear from people who might expand the skills and experience of our body of trustees for the benefit of CSC. If you have skills and experience you feel will be beneficial to our organisation and the people we serve, do get in touch, especially if you have knowledge of the following:

  • Human resources
  • Equalities
  • Previous work in the charity sector
  • Safeguarding
  • Organisational development
  • Legal experience
  • Governance
  • Policy development
  • Fundraising

(CSC does have an agreement with a provider of HR services and legal support as required, so it would not be expected that a trustee would need to be solely relied on for this type of expertise)

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

We also have an annual Board away day that Chair and trustees would be encouraged to attend.

Trustees are elected to serve for a three-year period. Trustees can serve for a maximum period of 2 terms (i.e. 6 years).

All Trustees must demonstrate:

  1. A commitment to the organisation and its cause, demonstrating an understanding of the role of unpaid/family carers and the impact of this.
  2. A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.
  3. Strategic vision.
  4. Good, independent judgement.
  5. An ability to think creatively.
  6. A willingness to speak their mind.
  7. An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of trusteeship.
  8. An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

Closing Date: Sunday 27th September (midnight)

How to Apply:
So, if you are interested in helping carers get more out of life and are ready to join our dynamic and committed team here at CSC, please contact Chair of Trustees, Mary Whittington chair@carerssupportcentre.org.uk for further information and the role description.

Contact Person:
Mary Whittington
Contact Email: chair@carerssupportcentre.org.uk


Trustee – Treasurer

Contract Type: Volunteer

Hours:

  • Minimum of 6 board meetings per year (lasting 1.5-2hrs each) and 4 finance sub-committees per year (lasting 1.5-2hrs each).
  • Currently via Zoom or MS Teams

The treasurer is expected to sit on the finance sub-committee which they will chair (the expectation is that each trustee joins at least one sub-committee)

Location: Bristol
Details of Role: Trustees – Treasurer

Carers Support Centre (CSC) is a Bristol based independent registered charity, established in 1997. We are a network partner of Carers Trust and have gained the Carers Trust quality mark as a centre of Excellence. CSC provides services to carers of all ages in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. These include a confidential telephone information and advice line, carers’ magazine, Carers Emergency Card, one-to-one casework support, carers’ groups, time-out activities, carers breaks and training. We also work to identify carers in hospital and GP settings through a specific team. More information can be found on our website https://www.carerssupportcentre.org.uk/.

This is an exciting time to be involved in the governance and development of CSC and the Board of Trustees play a pivotal role in this. Having recently said goodbye to some longstanding members of the Board, we have been reviewing and refreshing the membership. We are looking to expand the number of trustees on our Board and are specifically looking for someone to join us who has expertise in Finance to fill the role of Treasurer.

The Treasurer provides a key interface between trustees and management on finance issues, liaising with the Finance Manager and CEO and offering advice and guidance to the Board on financial planning and strategy.

We are always keen to hear from people who might expand the skills and experience of our body of trustees for the benefit of CSC, so if you have other skills do get in touch, especially if you have knowledge of the following:

  • Human resources
  • Previous work in the charity sector
  • Safeguarding
  • Equalities
  • Organisational development
  • Legal experience
  • Governance
  • Policy development
  • Fundraising

(CSC does have an agreement with a provider of HR services and legal support as required, so it would not be expected that a trustee would need to be solely relied on for this type of expertise)

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

We also have an annual Board away day that Chair and trustees would be encouraged to attend.

Trustees are elected to serve for a three-year period. Treasurer can serve for a maximum period of 2 terms (i.e. 6 years).

All Trustees must demonstrate:

  1. A commitment to the organisation and its cause, demonstrating an understanding of the role of unpaid/family carers and the impact of this.
  2. A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.
  3. Strategic vision.
  4. Good, independent judgement.
  5. An ability to think creatively.
  6. A willingness to speak their mind.
  7. An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of trusteeship.
  8. An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.

Closing Date: Sunday 27th September (midnight)

How to Apply:
So, if you are interested in helping carers get more out of life and are ready to join our dynamic and committed team here at CSC, please contact Chair of Trustees, Mary Whittington chair@carerssupportcentre.org.uk for further information and the role description.

Contact Person:
Mary Whittington
Contact Email: chair@carerssupportcentre.org.uk