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:
GP link Volunteers
Sitting Service and Companionship
Young Carers activities and mentors
Carer Representative for Community Champions Steering Group
Lunch Club Volunteer
Crafty Carers (Downend)
Carers Emergency Card Forms Volunteer
Theatre Club Supporter
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
- Health and Social Care
CSC trustees are all unpaid volunteers, however we are able to reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Once a month: Thursday Lunch in Fishponds
This is a great opportunity for someone who enjoys socialising and company. We have a ‘Carefree Lunch 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. 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!
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
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.
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.