Volunteer

We have almost 200 volunteers who add enormous value to the service we offer carers. 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:
Trustees
Friends Group
GP link volunteers
Sitting service and companionship
Telephone ‘check in’ service
Young carers activities and mentors

Become a trustee
We are particularly interested in recruiting members to our Board with experience and expertise in:
• Marketing and business planning
• Black and minority ethnic issues
• Property and/or employment law
• Finance
• Fundraising

Friends Group
This is a small friendly group who raise money for our charity by organising events. For example, if you can help organise craft stalls, can help put up posters or with leafleting, or have got an idea for a new event, we would love to hear from you.

GP Link volunteers
We work in partnership with GP practices to help carers get advice and support. You would set up an information stall in the waiting area of a GP practice. You will be someone who enjoys meeting people and isn’t afraid to start up a conversation. But you will also be someone who has empathy and can be sensitive about discussing carers’ personal circumstances. You would need to commit to two mornings a month.

Sitting service and companionship
Would you like to make a difference to someone in your community?  Do you enjoy spending time with people?  Are you kind, caring, reliable and responsible?  Carers often find their own health and well-being is affected due to the pressure of caring, so having a regular short break can make all the difference.  The South Glos “Breaks for Carers” Sitting Service is looking for people who can offer just 2-3 hours of their time each week,  to spend with a cared-for person so that their carer can take a break.  We’re looking for men and women to get involved, and age is no barrier – as long as you’re over 18.

Telephone ‘check in’ service
Our ‘check-in’ service is for carers who go out to work. You would make a telephone call to the person they care for during the working day. This gives real peace of mind to carers while they are at work, and allows them to ‘get away’ from their caring responsibilities and focus. You will be someone who could rise to the challenge of building up a relationship over the phone; and we’re asking for 1-2 hours commitment per week. This can be done from home.

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.”