5 Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in any of these opportunities

For more information contact Thornbury Volunteer Centre on 01454 413392 or mail@volunteer-thornbury.co.uk

Opportunity 1

The IMB monitoring team monitor decency and well-being in prison and are totally independent of the Prison and Probation Service. They are seeking volunteers aged 18+ who live within 25 miles of HMP Leyhill and are able to visit 2 or 3 times a month. Volunteers observe all parts of the prison, have 24 hour access and can talk to all inmates and staff. This opportunity is ideal for someone wanting to get involved in their local community, do something a little bit different, potentially challenging and undoubtedly vitally important.

Opportunity 2

Volunteers with good communication and interpersonal skills are needed to offer support on community learning courses to help ensure all learners can participate and achieve. Under the guidance of the tutor you will support learners to complete their learning activities whilst developing independent learning skills.

A DBS check will be required.

Opportunity 3

Home-visiting family volunteers are needed in the South Glos and Dursley/Wotton areas to support families in their own homes with the aim of building the confidence and independence of the family.

Home-Start volunteers will offer support, friendship and practical help and be able to commit to a minimum of 2-3 hours per week according to the family’s needs. A DBS check will be required.

Opportunity 4

Do you have an interest in supporting people who lack capacity – either due to dementia, brain injury or learning difficulty; to ensure their best interests are safeguarded and advocating on their behalf?

If so, you may be interested in volunteering with Swan Advocacy as a Relevant Person’s Representative. You will advocate on behalf of the client, be involved in reviews and support clients in legal challenges.

A knowledge and understanding of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 would be desirable.

This position is subject to satisfactory references and a DBS check.

Opportunity 5

Volunteer Chaperones are urgently required to support clients who, because of Mental Health problems, require an advocate to access the support they need. This role involves assisting trained advocates on initial visits. Visits can be within a client’s home, hospital or care home setting.

Volunteers would need a current valid driving licence as covering the whole of South Gloucestershire; all expenses are paid. Flexibility is necessary as visits can be arranged at short notice.