Sitting service and companionship 

South Gloucestershire, 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. 

To find out more, please contact:  Marilyn Crump, Sitting Service Coordinator 

Tel: 0117 937 5622 or 07722 283 672   Email: [email protected] 

Considerate Friends 

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 (alongside another volunteer) will visit local activities and services in the Greater Fishponds area, and make recommendations about how they can be more accessible to older carers. Training and support will be provided.  

'Considerate Friends' is part of the wider Bristol Ageing Better Project, Greater Fishponds Community Champions. You would need to commit to a minimum of four hours a month.  

For more information please contact Elena Packham on tel. 0117 958 9988 or [email protected]

Carer Representative for Community Champions Steering Group 

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. This is a great opportunity for anyone wanting some more experience in project management, and having a real say in how local services can be improved for older carers or carers of older people. 

Caroline McAleese, Carers Engagement & Involvement Lead  Tel: 0117 958 9989  

Email: [email protected] 

Volunteering at a carers activity club 

We have various activity clubs and carers groups with volunteering opportunities: 

Lunch Club – Fishponds, Once a month, Thursday lunch time                                       

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 (lunch club). 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  
  • 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! 

For more information please contact Elena Packham on tel. 0117 958 9988 or [email protected]

Crafty Carers group  

The group has monthly meetings for Carers.  Must have an awareness of carers and their needs, be a good listener and empathic.  Some skills in crafting would be great but not essential resources will be provided. 

Downend, 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. 

For more information please contact Elena Packham on tel. 0117 958 9988 or [email protected]

GP Link Volunteer Coordinator 

We have created a great volunteering opportunity to enable a special person to gain experience in volunteer coordination. 

Are you extremely good at organising?  Do you enjoy working with a variety of people who are volunteers?  Would you like to gain experience in volunteer coordination or utilise skills you already have? 

This is an exciting role to recruit, train and coordinate new and existing GP Link volunteers across Bristol and South Gloucestershire ensuring they are supported to fulfil their role to the full. 

Support and training will be given. Minimum 7.5 hours a week. 

For more information please contact Elena Packham on tel. 0117 958 9988 or [email protected]

GP Link Volunteer 

Various GP Surgeries in Bristol and South Glos. 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. 

For more information please contact Elena Packham on tel. 0117 958 9988 or [email protected]

Carers Emergency Card forms volunteer 

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. For more information please contact Elena Packham on tel. 0117 958 9988 or [email protected]

Young Carers and Young Adult Carers 

Our volunteers get involved in one-to-one support, workshops, events and activities.  Volunteers are expected to work directly with children and young people who have caring responsibilities for one or more family members. 

Key Tasks 

  • To actively listen to the Young Carer/Young Adult Carer (YC/YAC) 
  • To enable the (YC/YAC) to identify their needs and concerns 
  • To help the (YC/YAC) develop social skills and self confidence 
  • To encourage the (YC/YAC) to pursue an active interest outside of the home 
  • To be sensitive and respectful of needs of all family members 
  • To carry out the responsibilities of the post with full regard to the volunteers policy 
  • To undertake a Criminal Records Enhanced Bureau check before commencing the role  

Personal Specification. Volunteers will come from varying backgrounds, bringing different qualities and expertise. It will be part of our recruitment that people are selected not just for their relevant experience but for their potential and life skills. Below is a list of essential qualities that volunteers should have or can acquire through the training programme. 

  • Good listening skills 
  • Communication – ability to communicate effectively with children, young people and adults 
  • Understanding/experience of young people’s issues 
  • Self-motivation – ability to work unsupervised and to use own initiative 
  • Able to give regular commitment to the project 
  • Applicant must be 18 or over 
  • To undertake an induction and participate in other training as required by the role 
  • A commitment to the project of at least 6 months 

For more information please contact Elena Packham on tel. 0117 958 9988 or [email protected]

Become a Carers Support Centre supporter 

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. 

For more information please contact Elena Packham on tel. 0117 958 9988 or [email protected]