BS3 Helping others directory

BS3 Helping others directory

              

Volunteering Opportunities in BS3

            

 

 

BS3 HELPING OTHERS (FB) Group is a volunteer group for people who wish to help others in the BS3 (Bristol) Community - usually by volunteering.

Those running the Group meet every Tuesday morning at the Tobacco Factory Café/Bar and the first Monday evening of every month  (term time only). We meet with new and old volunteers for coffee and sharing of news. It is a time to introduce new volunteers to the BS3 Helping Others volunteering opportunities Directory, (this holds the names and volunteering opportunities of all the charities that wish to recruit volunteers in the area). We use this time to share news with BS3 Community staff, with whom we have joined forces.

It is a time to introduce speakers from various charities in BS3 to hear of their volunteering opportunities and a time to hear news from other stakeholders/charities in the area who might like to come along to let us know about their latest projects.

 

Volunteers who assist BS3 Helping Others (FB) group, are needed for various volunteer roles e.g. social media, marketing, communication with charities and community groups, admin support, organising speakers for our Meet-Ups at the Tobacco Factory and general support on stalls when we are advertising what we do in other parts of Bristol.

 

DO JOIN US if any or all of the above might interest you.

 

Contact:  077330-68680 or BS3helpingothers@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/groups/BS3helpers

 

 

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Table of Contents

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Befriending and advising older people                                5

Alive!

British Red Cross: First Call Support at Home

Community Befriending – St Monica Trust

Contact the Elderly

Day Trippers

Marmalade Trust

Making Pals                                                                                                             

RSVP

RVS

St Monica Trust Community Development Team

BS3 Community (Southville Centre) – Monday club

 

Community                                                                                              9

Actacentre

BS3 Community

Bedminster Access Group (BAG)                                                                                    

Bristol public libraries

CleanupUK

Friends of Marksbury Road Library

Goodgym

St Francis’ Church                                                             

Tobacco Factory Theatres

WOW (Way Out West)

Bedminster Social Club

Action Greater Bedminster

LILAC Action Committee

Reader Leader

BS3 Community – Your food, Your health

 

Dementia                                                                                                  12

Alzheimer Café UK

Dementia Cafes – Wednesday Club

Dementia Friends

Sporting Memories Group                                                                                                 

 

Driving                                                                                   13

Bristol Community Transport

RSVP Drivers

 

Homelessness, those in need, food banks and cafes            13

Feed the Homeless Bristol

Help Bristol’s Homeless

Refresh Bedminster

 

Mental health and social care                                                     14

Changes

Healthwatch

 

Parks, farms, animals, gardening and litter (Outdoors)        15

BS3 Wildlife Group

Council litter-picking

Dame Emily Park Project

FrANC (Friends of the Avon New Cut)                                                               

FroGS (Friends of Greville Smyth Park)

Friends of South Street Park

Ebenezer Pocket Park

Let’s Walk Bedminster

Let’s Clean Bedminster

The Malago Greenway Berry Maze

Patchwork Community Garden

Windmill Hill City Farm

Windmill Hill Community Orchard Group

SS Great Britain

 

Refugees                                                                                                  17

Bridges for Communities

 

Sight loss and hard of hearing                                                  17

RNIB

 

Technical, DIY, social media and administration                       18

BS3 Repair Café

Computer Café for Over 55s

                                                                                               

Working with children                                                        18

Action Tutoring                                                                                            

Ashton Education Centre

Child Contact Centre

Home-Start Bristol

RSVP

Scramblers Playgroup                                                                                           

South Bristol Toy Library

BS3 Community (Southville Centre)

Life skills Bristol

Children’s Hospice South West                                                                           

 

Charity Shops                                                                      22

 

 

 

Befriending and advising older people

 

Alive!

Alive! Is one of the leading practitioners in the UK of meaningful activity for older people in care. We provide fun and dynamic activity sessions to encourage creativity, celebrate life stories and get the circulation going. We engage older people creatively through meaningful activity sessions, Train and support care staff to enhance older people’s wellbeing and deliver outstanding care at every opportunity. Reduce older people’s social isolation by connecting them to their local communities. Speak up for the rights of older people in care to those with the power to improve their lives. Depend on charitable donations to deliver our work.

Contact: Emma Dyer 0117 3533963 or emma@aliveactivities.org 

https://aliveactivities.org/about/about-us/

 

 

British Red Cross: First Call Support at Home

Our Support at Home Service is dedicated to helping people regain confidence and independence by providing short-term practical and emotional support in the home. This is usually after a hospital admission, a significant life event or just someone recognised as lonely/isolated. Visits are weekly and last for up to 2 hours with flexible with time/location depending on the preference of the volunteer.

Typical tasks include providing emotional support/companionship, helping with practical tasks like shopping and helping the service user link up to the community and services relevant to them. Volunteers receive full training and support throughout their time with the Red Cross.

Together we can help people be comfortable and happy in their own homes. (April 19)

Contact: 01173 012 619 or firstcallbristol@redcross.org.uk

 

 

Community Befriending – St Monica Trust (visiting older people in their homes)

This scheme helps to combat loneliness and Isolation for our older generation adults by providing regular visits weekly or fortnightly visits from a volunteer.  We take referrals for anyone aged 60yrs or over whom lives reside in South Bristol i.e. Bedminster, Southville, Ashton and Stockwood. Anyone can make a referral and anyone over 18yrs can volunteer with us, after an approved DBS check and training.

This scheme is FREE and offers so much more than a cup of tea and chat, it is known to give the person over 60 yrs., ‘something to get out of bed for and look forward to’, some say ‘the volunteer is like the outside world coming through the door’.

I have heard volunteers say ‘for me I get a chance to put the brakes on my otherwise manic lifestyle (husband, 3 kids, dog, cat and job as a manager in a Bank), helping me to reflect on the past week and just stop for an hour.  It also helps me to put things in perspective and I’ve become a better all-round listener.’ The rewards are endless and allow for an enriching social benefit for both.

If you understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle and If you have the gift of time to help others and enjoy the company of people over 60yrs old then we want to hear from you. (Feb 19)

Contact: Karen Bennet on 0117 352365 or 07875406844 or Karen.bennet@stmonicastrust.org.uk

 

 

Contact the Elderly

Volunteer drivers needed to take older guests to Sunday afternoon tea (once a month) and volunteer hosts required to host a ‘tea’ on Sunday afternoon (once or twice a year) in the hosts own home or in a suitability similar environment, for 2 hours. Brightens up Sunday afternoons for all involved, with great company and cake! Drivers also stay for tea and become part of the intergenerational social group for the older people. (Feb 19)

Contact: Helen Ker-Bridges on 01225 873 812 or Helen.Ker@contact-the-elderly.org.uk

 

 

Day Trippers

‘Volunteers needed to help serve and prep lunch at a fun day for older, isolated people.’  To share lunch together as a social event, to help with creative activities, to watch a film, to spend valuable time befriending and helping older people feel connected. Tuesdays during term time. (April 19)

Where:   Actacentre, Gladstone St, Bedminster, BS3 3AY (off North Street, opposite the Masonic Pub)

Contact: Kathryn Hopkins or Helen on 01179 532 448/07970 493 243 or Kathryn@acta-bristol.com

https://www.acta-bristol.com/day-trippers/

 

Marmalade Trust

Every year we invite people who are on their own to join us in restaurants around Bristol and South Gloucestershire. For many, it is often the first time in years that they have spent Christmas Day with others. Every guest is made to feel very welcome and part of the Marmalade family. Our team of dedicated volunteers do everything from gift-wrapping, packing hampers, writing Christmas cards, giving out gifts, helping at fundraising events, fundraising themselves, marketing activities and general admin before the event, to driving guests to and from our venues on Christmas Day itself and being there for the lunch. It’s a wonderful experience for both our guests and volunteers – if you’d like to be involved this year please contact Natalie Wheeler on 07566 244 788 or email info@marmaladetrust.org with the subject line ‘Christmas Volunteering.’  (Feb 19)

 

Making Pals

Making Pals is working with care homes across the Bristol, BANES, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset areas, helping them to build long-lasting and meaningful relationships with their local communities.  By encouraging the public to engage with care homes and by empowering care home residents, we hope to change the public’s perception of care homes so that they are truly seen as part of the local community.  Have you thought about volunteering with older people in care homes but didn’t because you weren’t sure how, why and where? Alive!’s Making Pals project is currently offering free training to help you prepare for your ideal role volunteering in a care home. More information here // https://aliveactivities.org/projects/making-pals/

 

Royal Voluntary Service (RVS)

We need volunteers to support older people in South Bristol, offering a little practical help as well as companionship and emotional support. A couple of hours a week from a volunteer can make a huge difference to the life of someone they visit. We support people following discharge from hospital under our Home from Hospital service, normally for up to 8 weeks, with the possibility of extension for a further 1-3 months.  Another service is our Home Library Service bringing library books etc. to the housebound.  RVS are also seeking volunteer co-ordinators to help us to set up a long-term befriending service to cover all of Bristol (training and mentoring will be offered). (Feb’19)

 Contact: 0117 929 7444 or email bristoladmin@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk

 

 

RSVP (Retired Seniors Volunteer Project) Visiting lonely and isolated older people

Surgeries are looking for volunteer ‘Wellbeing Guides’ to visit lonely, isolated people at home. The idea would be to befriend, maybe help with some minor practical task and who knows, possibly eventually persuade an older person to join a group or an activity in their local neighbourhood. Just to see a friendly face once a month or whenever possible would be wonderful for an isolated person.

Contact: Sue Silvey on 07785 762 828 for Bedminster or Karen Pitman on 01179 669 724 at Southville Surgery or visit www.rsvp-west.org.uk

 

St Monica Trust Community Development Team

The community development team at St Monica Trust work to reduce isolation and loneliness amongst older people in the BS3 and Stockwood areas. This is achieved through engaging with local older people to support meaningful activities and events, promoting partnership working and through a befriending scheme that matches volunteers with isolated older people. Volunteers are always needed to become befrienders who provide regular companionship to older people in their homes in BS3. We are also always looking for Walk Leader volunteers to help lead walks around Bristol for our various walking groups. We are also very keen to support people that are interested in helping older people in their local communities. We can help link you with likeminded individuals, provide advice, administrative support and help accessing funding. (April 19)

 

Please contact the office on 0117 305 2365 if you are interested in getting involved or email Dan Lewin the Community Development Worker – dan.lewin@stmonicatrust.org.uk

 

 

Community Fridge Helpers – St Monica

St Monica Trust are looking for helpers over 55 for a partnership project with Bristol’s first community fridge at Compass Point Children’s Centre. The project involves packaging leftover cooked food from the restaurant at Monica Wills House for putting in the fridge as ready meals for anyone to take. The main aim is to reduce food waste whilst giving local people access to healthy free food. We are looking for helpers to help portion, label and refrigerate the food as well as  taking it over the fridge. This would be on a daily basis (mon-sat) for around an hour each day. We are ideally looking for several helpers that can cover several days each per week but would be interested in hearing from anyone interested no matter what time you are able to donate. Helpers will receive training which includes attending a free Food & Hygiene course. If interested please get in touch with Dan Lewin, Community Development Worker at St Monica Trust – 0117 305 2365 / 07970 159974 / dan.lewin@stmonicatrust.org.uk

 

 

BS3 Community

Monday club – We are looking for fun, committed volunteers to help support Monday Club on a regular basis.

Volunteers will help us pick up older people from their homes and help them get safely to The Southville Centre, and then help us get them home. During the day volunteers can help us set up, help with various activities and support us with serving lunch! 

Monday Club is a fun and active way to bring people together. Our current volunteers enjoy the social aspects of Monday Club and also have the chance to learn new skills along the way!

Please contact: Kate on 0117 9231039 or volunteer@bs3community.org.uk         

 

 

Community

Actacentre

Volunteers required for front of house for theatre shows, festival and event teams, gardening, prop production, technical assistants, participant befriending scheme  (See ‘Day Trippers’ – above) (April 19)

Contact: Kathryn@acta-bristol.com or 01179 532 448 Gladstone St, Bedminster, BS3 3AY

 

 

BS3 Community

Here at BS3 community we believe in the local community and the value in volunteering. Our aim as a charity is to improve the lives, wellbeing and happiness of people living in and working in the BS3 area. We generate income through our outstanding OFSTED childcare provision and any surplus is reinvested into community activities. We have many different volunteering opportunities within our local community centres. (April ’19)

They can be found at https://bs3community.volunteermakers.org/

Please feel free to call Kate to have an informal chat on 0117 9231039.

 

 

Bedminster Access Group (BAG)

BAG notes street obstacles (bins, parked cars, etc.) that would make it difficult for people with wheelchairs, partially sighted, pushing buggies, etc. to get around. Volunteers are needed to look out for these things and make reports (possibly with photos) to make reports to a local email address and then follow-up to encourage clear footways. (April ’19)

Contact: benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk

 

 

Bristol Public Libraries

Bristol Public Libraries run a Volunteering Programme across their 27 branches, including Central Library (College Green), Bedminster Library, Marksbury Rd and Bishopsworth Libraries.

We offer a range of volunteering opportunities which cover all ages, skills, interests and backgrounds e.g. Shared reading, IT Buddies, English support, Chess Clubs, Code Clubs, Reminiscence groups, Story Time, Marketing, Local History project and a lot more. (Feb ’19)

To volunteer at Bristol libraries, please contact:

Libraries.volunteering@bristol.gov.uk

You can find more information at: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/libraries-archives/volunteering-at-our-libraries

 

 

CleanupUK

A charity whose main focus is on helping those who are most in need, usually in areas of deprivation, to combat the litter problem where they are. Through involvement in this activity, people feel their communities are safer, more welcoming and friendlier. (Feb ’19)

Contact: info@cleanupuk.org.uk

 

 

Friends of Marksbury Road Library

Volunteers needed to help with organising events and activities and generally trying to help raise the library’s profile in the community.

Contact: Sarah Murch at sarahmurch2@gmail.com or Lisa at Lisapinell@live.co.uk

or ask at the Library: Marksbury Rd, (not far from Parson St Station) Bedminster, BS3 5LG

 

 

Goodgym (Get fit by doing good)

GoodGym is a community of runners that combines getting fit with doing good around Bristol, from hanging curtains for Mr H because he can’t manage it on his own, to shovelling a tonne of compost for the Food Growers Group so they can provide facilities and training for locals to grow vegetables – every GoodGym is different. GoodGym runs on Tuesdays at 18.20 from Workout on Welsh Back, BS1 4SB. They run a short distance to a local community group, carry out a task and run back by 20.00. We ask that people can run for 15mins without stopping, Runners can also get involved with volunteering to support isolated people aged 60+ in the community with regular visits or helping out with household or garden tasks. (Feb ’19)

Contact: 02034 323 920 or getinvolved@goodgym.org

www.goodgym.or/areas/bristol

 

 

St. Francis’ Church

St Francis’ church is a vibrant church on North Street that has become a popular community venue for Scramblers Toddler Group, Lunch-time Live Concerts and other community events. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with serving drinks and refreshments during our various events. It is our heart to let our visitors to experience Christian love and hospitality. No previous experience is needed. (Feb ’19)

Contact: stfrancisflw@gmail.com

 

Tobacco Factory Theatres

The team at Tobacco Factory Theatres is a small and very busy one, and help from volunteers is essential. There are a variety of ways you can get involved – As part of the Box Office team, helping with ticket distribution, as part of the Front of House team, selling programmes and ushering or as part of our Volunteer Distribution team, distributing flyers to help publicise our shows around the city. (Feb 19)

For further information please visit www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com or call the Administrator on 0117 902 0345.

 

 

WOW (Way Out West)

Neighbourhood improvement group centred on the West Street area of Bedminster – public meetings, ideas sharing and activities including litter pick-ups.

Contact: https://www.facebook.com/WOWBS3/

 

 

Bedminster Social Club

A self-organising group that meets a couple of times a week in a local cafe to chat.    A monthly lunch and visits to the cinema, nearby town etc. often arise.     It’s a very informal way to meet people in a relaxed setting. Most of the members are 50plus, but we don’t ask for a birth certificate. Join in as the fancy takes you. Membership is free.(April 19)

Contact: benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk

 

 

Action Greater Bedminster

We aim to bring together residents, organisations, groups, charities, businesses and services such as police, NHS, council departments to help improve our neighbourhood by giving a voice to all and combine our resources and ideas to create practical solutions.  AGB is managed by group of volunteers which represents community groups and organisations based in our neighbourhood. We hold public meetings, workshops, and share information via emails, our website and social media. We would welcome volunteers to help with organising events, help with social media, running consultations and more. (April 19)

Contact: greaterbedminster@gmail.com

 

 

LILAC Action Committee

Would you like to join an action committee to help develop projects that are working to reduce isolation and loneliness in older people in BS3?   The aim of the group is to co-produce projects that help reduce isolation and loneliness in older people living in BS3.  Desirable skills are any of the following: knowledge of BS3, health and wellbeing interest, admin skills, social care background, marketing, fundraising.  Please send a brief paragraph about yourself and why you would like to be involved to Ruth Green at the email address below. (April 19)   Contact: Ruth Green at ruth.green@bs3community.org.uk

 

Reader leader

We’re looking for people who’d love reading aloud and sharing literature with others. We run 11 very successful shared reading groups in Bristol Libraries and some of them need an extra reader leader to support them. If you are this person or you think of anyone else who’d love to help, please contact us at libraries.volunteering@bristol.gov.uk or josephineharwood@thereader.org.uk, 07807106869

Bristol, United Kingdom

 

 

BS3 Community – Your food, Your health

We are looking for fun, social volunteers to help out on our Wednesday 'Your food, Your health' group running from 2pm-4pm at St Catherine’s Place. This group is very social group that have a lot of fun. 

You would be helping to offer support to the over 55's and improving the lives and wellbeing of people in BS3 area. You can also make new friends and socialise.

Please contact: Kate on 01179231039 or volunteer@bs3community.org.uk

 

 

Dementia

 

Alzheimer Café UK  

The St Monica Trust have a variety of volunteer opportunities that all centre around spending time with older people, both at our retirement community in Bedminster and through our many community projects across South Bristol. Roles include visiting, activity sessions, and an Alzheimer Café. (Oct’17)

Contact: Wendy Hodsdon on 07817 633 011 or wendy.hodsdon@stmonicatrust.org.uk

 

 

BS3 Community – Wednesday Club

We are looking for fun, outgoing volunteers to help support the memory loss group based at the Southville centre. The volunteers will help to support us in providing positive experiences for older people who are living with dementia

Where:    The Southville Centre, Beauley Rd, Southville, BS3 1QG

When:     1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month

Contact: Kate on 01179 231 039 or Volunteer@bs3community.org.uk          

 

 

Dementia Friends

Volunteers required to:  Help us make BS3 the No.1 Dementia friendly area in Bristol!  We can visit your school, college or university for an informal and friendly chat and to raise awareness of Dementia amongst the community of BS3.

Contact: 01179 681 002 or www.bristoldaa.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

BS3 Community – Sporting Memories

Sporting memories is a friendly informal group who meet up to share memories of watching and playing sport, we are looking for volunteers who can help stimulate the conversation and encourage others to join in as well as helping to recruit more members to the group! We meet every Tuesday from 2pm – 4pm at the Southville Centre. Please contact: Kate in 0117 9231039 or Volunteer@bs3community.org.uk

 

                                                                     Driving                                                                   

 

Bristol Community Transport

If you’d like to make a real difference to your community, then volunteering as a driver with Bristol Community Transport could be just what you’ve been looking for. We rely on having a strong team of dedicated volunteers to drive our fleet of minibuses and we are looking for more people to join our team. You will be helping a wide range of community groups to carry out their day to day activities such as attending social events and cultural activities. Many of our member groups wouldn’t be able to operate without our central pool of volunteer drivers. You will also help individuals with mobility problems to access key facilities and services, and to attend appointments. Volunteering provides an opportunity to learn new skills, including job skills, as well as meet new people and make a positive difference to their lives. Full training to a nationally recognised standard will be provided, as will a uniform and expenses.

Contact: bctoffice@hctgroup.org or 01179 020157

Bristolcommunitytransport.org.uk

 

 

RSVP Drivers  

Volunteer drivers required to take older people to doctor and hospital appointments

Contact: Sue Silvey at 07785 762 828

www.rsvp-west.org.uk

 

 

Homelessness, those in need, food banks and cafes

 

Feed the Homeless Bristol

Feed the Homeless Bristol was set up last year to help the homeless on the streets of Bristol. It is unique as it has no requirements to join and involves all the communities coming together to feed the homeless. We cook homemade food and give out to the homeless in central Bristol every weekend often feeding a 100 meals a night. We also provide blankets and hot drinks. We also provide a listening ear which is so important and welcome anyone who would like to volunteer for this amazing project.

Contact: Samina Iqbal on 07775 784 617

https://www.facebook.com/fthBRISTOL/

 

Help Bristol’s Homeless

Help Bristol’s Homeless (CIC) is a non-profit, social enterprise with a mission to change the face of homelessness in Bristol run by Jasper Thompson. Together we can make a difference

Follow the Facebook page for more information. https://www.facebook.com/helpbristolshomeless/

We work with the support of our directors, staff and volunteers to build accommodation, to be used by residents while they access the help they need to secure a permanent home.

Contact: 07710 267758 or contact@helpbristolshomeless.co.uk

 

Refresh Bedminster

Refresh is a Drop-in Community Cafe and food bank that has been set up to bring positive improvement to the lives of people in South Bristol. On Friday it serves meals to the homeless. The foodbank is open Wednesday morning and also provides emergency parcels throughout the week. Reliable volunteers are needed to help serve and cook. We also need help with office administration and to help with the foodbank. Donations for the foodbank are always most welcome. (Feb’19)

Contact: 01179 086 015 or cathykitcatt@btinternet.com

81 East Street, Bedminster  BS3 4EX( next door to Miss Millie's)

 

 

 

Mental health and social care

 

 

Changes

Volunteers required for mental health peer support meetings.

Contact: 01179 411 123 or info@changesbristol.org.uk (April 19)

 

 

Healthwatch

Volunteers needed to feedback re positive or negative experiences of a health or social care service in Bristol i.e. hospitals, dentists, care homes, opticians etc. Volunteers may be trained to enter care homes; hospitals etc. to then speak to residents or patients re their experiences.

Contact: Healthwatch Bristol on 01172 690 400 or info@healthwatchbristol.co.uk    

 

 

Parks, farms, animals, gardening, litter (Oudoors)

 

BS3 Wildlife Group 

This group runs a project called My Wild Bedminster which aims to increase local biodiversity and raise people’s awareness of the wildlife around them. Surveys of birds, butterflies and other animals are undertaken along with audits of parks and green spaces. Lots of interesting things to do and find out.   Can you help to make Greater Bedminster ‘wilder’? (April 19)

Contact: benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk

 

 

Council litter-picking

Dinosaur pickers for children also available. These can be done in any area requested.

https://www.bristol.gov.uk/bins-recycling/community-litter-picks

 

 

Dame Emily Park Project

Community garden work, signage and general support of Dame Emily Park, Dean Lane (April 19)

Contact: dameemilypark@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/dameemilypark/

 

 

FrANC (Friends of the Avon New Cut)

A membership group which organises activities around the New Cut, including clean-up sessions of the banks, protecting wildlife

Contact : Friends of the Avon New Cut (FrANC) (April 19)

 

 

FroGS (Friends of Greville Smyth Park)

Support and improvement of Greville Smyth Park Ashton and Ashton Meadows

Contact: frogs.bristol@gmail.com  https://www.facebook.com/frogsbristol/

 

 

Friends of South Street Park

Volunteer to support and improve South Street Park Bedminster (April 19)

https://www.facebook.com/fossp/

 

 

Ebenezer Pocket Park

 A forgotten space on North St in Bedminster has been turned into a 'pocket park'. Volunteers are required to help a small group of people in maintaining this little oasis of calm for the community to enjoy. (April 19)

Contact carmelferguson@aol.com

 

Let’s Walk Bedminster

The BS3 Street Wardens are local people who campaign to reduce clutter from overhanging vegetation, abandoned recycling bins and poorly parked cars.   The wardens report clutter to BCC’s Enforcement Team.   We also need co-ordinators to write press releases, design posters etc. and generally raise public awareness of the importance of footways that are Safe, Easy and Pleasant for Everybody. (April 19)

Contact: benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk .

 

 

Let’s Clean Bedminster

An offshoot group of Let’s Walk Bedminster, part of the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership, Tackles rubbish on the streets and ‘wayward’ refuse/recycling bins. (April 19)

Contact: Ben Barker at benbarker@blueyonder.co.uk  or Celia Phipps at cphipps@blueyonder.co.uk

 

 

The Malago Greenway Berry Maze

The Malago Greenway Berry Maze is an unique project located right here, in South Bristol, in Brixham Road Open Space. The maze, initially designed by a 9 year old, features 240 berry plants, spread on a surface of 850 sqm, plus 5 massive wooden planters, a huge 8x4m drawing and two benches in its centre. This is an entirely volunteer based project, so we are looking for people who love berries and gardening, to help out with maintaining it. (April 19)

Contact: Raluca at malagocommunity@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheBerryMaze2017/

 

 

Patchwork Community Gardening Group

A community gardening project which has 7 'patches' of and which it looks after. These are previously neglected areas which we have planted with shrubs, flowers and trees (we have two small orchards). During the spring and summer we go out on the last Thursday of the month at 6.30pm to maintain our patches and in the winter we meet on occasional Saturdays. We also have events such as an annual Wassail and an apple pressing day. All are welcome to join - no gardening experience needed. Please request to be added to the email list to get information about where we're meeting, (April 19)

Contact: bemmiepatchwork@gmail.com

http://facebook.com/bedminsterpatchwork

 

 

SS Great Britain Trust (Spike Island)

The Trust has a well-established volunteer programme with around 250 volunteers supporting the all areas of the organisation. There are a wide variety of rewarding and well-supported roles available including welcoming and guiding visitors, explaining the history of the ship in costume, supporting the library and collections in the Brunel Institute and helping out in the maintenance workshop. For more details and to apply, please see our website - https://www.ssgreatbritain.org/volunteer

 

 

Windmill Hill City Farm

Volunteering in animal care, outdoor learning, employment support mentoring, gardening and maintenance, older people’s outings etc.

Contact: Lizzie Spencer at 01179 633 252 or lizzie.spencer@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk windmdillhillcityfarm.org.uk

 

 

Windmill Hill Community Orchard Group

Windmill Hill Community Orchard, St John's Burial Ground, Cotswold Road, Bristol, run by locals who have turned an unloved space into something beautiful.

https://www.facebook.com/WindmillHillCommunityOrchard/

 

 

Refugees

 

Bridges for Communities

Bridges for Communities exists to connect people from different cultures and faiths, giving them the opportunities to build friendships and understand one another better. We seek to challenge the stereotypes and prejudices that exists between different groups of people, and we do this by promoting interaction and friendship.  We are looking for volunteers who would like to support refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol by meeting with them weekly and supporting them socially. We especially welcome Arabic speakers and male volunteers! If you would like to find out more, please email us at: Karen.green@bridgesforcommunities.com

 

 

Sight loss and hard of hearing

 

RNIB (Royal Institute for the Blind)

We are always grateful for volunteer drivers (with own vehicle) to ferry clients from their homes to/from activities at the RNIB Centre in Bedminster. Regular weekly activities are on Wednesday afternoons and Thursday mornings. We are also glad of an hour or two’s admin assistance from people with office skills.

Contact: Claire Rose on 01179 341 732 or claire.rose@rnib.org.uk

10 Stillhouse Lane, Bedminster, BS3 4EB (end of Boot Lane almost opposite Bedminster Library)

 

 

Technical, DIY, social media and administration

 

BS3 Repair Cafe (promoting repair and re-use)

United Reformed Church, Stanley Street South/(off West Street) BS3 3PG. Last Saturday of every month:  1.30pm – 4.30pm. In a relaxed friendly environment, volunteer expert repairers will attempt to mend anything brought to them from kettles and toasters to musical instruments, mobile phones and computers and clothing alterations. We will turn nothing away until we’ve tried! We also offer a Clothes Swap Shop - just bring along any unwanted good quality adult or children's clothing and swap it for something new.  If you don't have any items to swap, you can always make a donation for any item(s) you select. The cafe serves delicious home-made cakes and toasted teacakes for £1, cream teas, nice coffee and tea (some people just come along to meet friends and chat!). Volunteer repairers and helpers are always welcome.  Our Facebook page BS3 Repair Café also provides up-to-date information

Contact: Stef Brammar at info@way-out-west.org or on 07917 711949 or Jackie Smith on 07967711024.

https://www.facebook.com/BS3RepairCafe

 

 

Computer Café for Over 55s.

We offer a computer café for people over 55 years of age. During the 2 hour drop-in sessions we make available technological support but also (and for some, more importantly) social and emotional support. We welcome volunteers to offer tech advice. Also, we are finding that some people who come along are isolated and vulnerable. So we're also looking for volunteers to join who can socially interact with attendees. It would be most helpful if you have a background in the caring professions or feel comfortable in this role and are able to make a regular commitment of time. The café meets on Monday afternoons 1.15pm-3pm & Friday mornings 10.15am-12pm every other week. (April ’19)

Contact: Zoe Ireland on Zoe.ireland@hotmail.com

 

Working with children

 

 

Action Tutoring

Action Tutoring is a national charity tackling educational inequality by supporting pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to reach their potential. We are partnered with many schools in Bristol where volunteers give one hour a week to tutor pupils English or maths. These are pupils who couldn’t otherwise afford or access this extra support and we want to help them reach the grades they need to progress in education, employment or training. (April 19)  Contact: Bristol Programme Executive Jess Ede jess@actiontutoring.org.uk

Volunteers receive: Induction training and support, specialised workbooks (with the answers!), skills development, meet like-minded people, a chance to make a difference.

 

 

Ashton Education Centre

Volunteers needed for 1-2 hours each week to support primary or secondary level children, with Maths or English - we offer full support and training. Our Principal is a certified dyslexia specialist and all volunteers will be working under her guidance and supervision, using our large bank of structured resources. While subject knowledge is obviously desirable, formal qualifications are not essential.  Our aim is to make tuition affordable for as many children as possible - which is why we need more lovely volunteers! (April 19)

Contact: Jan Cripps on 01179 661 663 or ashtoneducationcentre@gmail.com

www.ashtoneducationcentre.co.uk

 

 

Child Contact Centre (South Bristol)

In the Contact Centre children of all ages spend time with the parent they no longer live with, and volunteers are central to making this possible. They work as a small team to ensure a safe, friendly and calm environment for contact. When on duty (roughly every 6 weeks) you prepare the hall and toys, serve refreshments and welcome parents and children.  You need to be able to listen to children or adults who may be under stress, without judging, advising or taking sides. You will be offered training and ongoing support, and we will arrange your enhanced CRB check. (April 19)

Contact: 01173 293 957 or sbccc@talktalk.net

 

 

Home Start Bristol

Home Start Bristol supports families (with at least one child under 5) who are struggling to cope with family life. Volunteers, who are parents, some are grandparents visit a family at home once a week for 2-3 hours to offer practical and emotional support.  All volunteers attend our 36 hour accredited course, 1 day a week for 9 weeks, before being matched with a family. (April 19)

For more information and an application pack visit our website www.homestartbristol.org.uk or call the scheme manager on 0117 9501170 or schememanager@homestartbristol.org.uk

 

 

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme) Helping children to read

A quarter of all children leave primary school unable to read well, with 45% of low-income white British boys faring particularly badly.  The RSVP is looking for volunteers to listen to pupils read in primary schools in South Bristol, to help them become fluent and confident readers and above all, to enjoy books.  Volunteers usually work on a one-to-one basis with pupils and invariably feel a sense of reward from knowing that by giving up a small amount of time, they are contributing to pupils’ development and making a difference to their futures  (Dec 17)

Contact: Sue Andresen at 07817 848290 or through http://rsvp-west.org.uk/

www.rsvp-west.org.uk

 

 

Scramblers Playgroup

Scramblers Playgroup is a thriving toddler group led by St Francis' Church bringing together local families. Our ethos is "letting children be children" within the safe environment developing their motor skills and encouraging social interactions. We are currently looking for an enthusiastic volunteer to help with Play and Pray activities. These are normally simple crafts based on a Christian or Biblical message. Play and Pray is an optional addition to our regular Scramblers on Thursdays 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (Feb ’19)

Contact: stfrancisflw@gmail.com

 

 

South Bristol Toy Library

Looking for volunteers to help run friendly and lively toy library sessions. The Toy Library has hundreds of toys for children to play with, try out, borrow and return. It is located at the United Reform Church Hall on West St, Bedminster, and open  every other Saturday morning. Volunteers are needed to greet, play, retrieve toys and run the till which includes a database on the computer to record toys which are borrowed/returned'. Contact Stacy at play@southbristoltoylibrary.co.uk. 

 

 

Lifeskills Bristol (Create Centre, Spike Island)

FLEXIBLE VOLUNTEERING HELPING CHILDREN TO LEAD SAFER LIVES!

 

Lifeskills is a unique Safety Education charity and we provide fun, inter-active safety tours to children aged 10/11 as part of their Year 6 primary school visit.

We’re looking for volunteers to guide small groups of children around our realistic indoor village, which includes a shop, road, beach, houses, dark alleyway, and a railway platform. They’re encouraged to spot lots of hazardous situations, in a variety of day-to-day situations, and are taught how to stay safe.

 

We’re a friendly organisation, with flexible working patterns to suit. Volunteering for just 2 sessions a month would make all the difference!

To find out more, please contact Sam Jury, Volunteer Co-ordinator on  tel: 0117 922 4511 or email: sam@lifeskills-bristol.org.uk. Or, feel free to visit our website or take a 360 degree tour.

 

FLEXIBLE VOLUNTEERING HELPING CHILDREN TO LEAD SAFER LIVES!

 

Lifeskills is a unique Safety Education charity and we provide fun, inter-active safety tours to children aged 10/11 as part of their Year 6 primary school visit.

We’re looking for volunteers to welcome visitors and to look after teachers whilst the children are taking guided tours around our realistic indoor village (which includes a shop, road, beach, houses, dark alleyway, and a railway platform).

 

We’re a friendly organisation, with flexible working patterns to suit. Volunteering for just 2 sessions a month would make all the difference!

To find out more, please contact Sam Jury, Volunteer Co-ordinator on  tel: 0117 922 4511 or email: sam@lifeskills-bristol.org.uk. Or, feel free to visit our website or take a 360 degree tour

 

 

Children’s Hospice South West

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) exists to make the most of the lives of children and young people with life-limiting conditions, which means they will die in childhood.

Our belief is to wrap our care around families who have received these unspeakable diagnoses. We provide a loving and caring place, a home from home, for every family who stays with us, a sanctuary for mum and dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents. We provide vital short breaks where the family can rest, recharge and enjoy quality time together.   We currently support 224 families across Bristol, Bath and North Somerset, 7 families in BS3 area.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charity shops in BS3

 

Please find below all the charity shops within BS3 that welcome volunteers. We have put the addresses and contact details. Each Charity has a website that gives more information and you are more than welcome to pop into any of the shops and ask for more details.

 

British Heart Foundation                Emmaus

57 East Street                                   72 Bedminster Parade

0117 3211560                                  0117 9540886                                             

 

St Peters Hospice Shop

156 East Street/ 256 North Street

0117 9639557/01179159300

 

SCOPE

85/87 East Street

0117 9231637

 

AGE UK

Unit 2, Imperial Arcade, East Street

0117 9532745

 

Tenovus

258 North Street

0117 9539608

 

PDSA

120 East Street

0117 9633375

 

Cats Protection

272 North Street

0117 9639028

 

Children’s Hospice South West Shop

254 North Street

0117 3290271

 

Sue Ryder

115 East Street

0117 9662544