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Advocate Volunteers

Swan Advocacy

Much of our work depends on volunteers and we are always looking for more people to join our busy team. Examples include Mental Health Advocate Volunteers and Relevant Person’s Representative Volunteers.

Please find more information about our current volunteer opportunities below.


Age UK Befriending Service

Could you spare some of your precious time to help us reach more people in need living in your community? We are facing an unprecedented demand for our Befriending service across the county and one of your neighbours may be in need of help.

Befriending is simple but very rewarding. Our volunteers pop in for a chat once a week for around an hour and talk about everything and anything. It is simple but means so much to the older person.

Our volunteers benefit from the visits as much as our clients. You can help to change the lives of local people and make sure no one has no one. Please get in touch for more information.

Tel: 01454 411707

Girlguiding Leaders and Assistant Leaders

Girlguiding are seeking Leaders and Assistant Leaders across South Gloucestershire. If you’re someone with a sense of adventure looking for a rewarding challenge then Girlguiding could be for you.
Help girls to realise their full potential and share some unforgettable moments along the way. Click below to register your interest.



Healthwatch can shape and improve local health and social care services for the future but we need volunteers to find out what people think works well and how they would like to see care improved.

Volunteers can represent Healthwatch at health and social care meetings and boards or help staff information stands at venues such as local hospitals and GP surgeries, visit and talk to local community groups and attend big community events to find out what local people want and need from their local health care services. Healthwatch volunteers can also be trained to ‘enter and view’ health and care services to observe the service and make recommendations to help make the service better.

Tel: 0117 9589 363

League of Friends of Cossham Hospital

The League of Friends is a well established volunteer group who run the refreshment facilities at the hospital 5 days a week and raise money to support the work of the hospital.
The League was formed in 1966 and mobilises, encourages, fosters and maintains the interest of the public and patients in supporting the work of Cossham Hospital by voluntary service.
We have a membership of 120 and the committee usually meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month with a link meeting to share with the membership held on the following Thursday.
We would like to attract younger adults to the League of Friends to be sustainable in the long term.

Cossham Hospital, Lodge Road, Kingswood BS15 1LF

Memory Café Volunteers

A Memory Café is a place where people with a memory impairment, or those living with dementia (diagnosed or undiagnosed) can attend with a carer or alone (where appropriate), without fear, where they can have access to important social connections and activities that will help enable them to live better with dementia. This could include memory games, singing, memory bags, and day trips.

It is also a place where carers can meet others in similar situations, connect, exchange information, and offer support to each other.

Most Memory cafes take the form of several tables set up, with tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes being served by volunteers, who also meet and greet, arrange activities, interact and offer support to members.

Role of Memory Café Volunteer
•To meet and greet
•To bake cakes (expenses will be paid from funding)
•To serve hot beverages, cakes and biscuits
•To sit with Café members and help them make social connections with each other
•To arrange memory café activities
•To ensure paperwork such as registration forms, are maintained
•To help set up and tidy after each session
•To help generate fundraising leads

Not every volunteer will be expected to undertake all tasks. If you have a particular area of interest or skill, please indicate it on the application form.

Approximately 3.5 hours on a monthly basis. (09.15 – 12.30, second Monday of every month) in line with the Café rota, plus attending occasional meetings and training sessions.

Not every volunteer will be expected to undertake all tasks. If you have a particular area of interest or skill, please indicate it on the application form.

All volunteers will be fully supported through supervision and training. We are willing to work with volunteers to identify skills they want to develop while they are volunteering.

Click below to complete an online application form or call for assistance.

St Stephen's Church Hall, Church Road, Soundwell BS16 4RH
Tel: 01454 868 570

Red Cross Support at Home Service Volunteers - South Glos and Bristol

We match up a volunteer with someone in the area identified as needing extra support - often after a hospital discharge. Visits are once a week for around 6 weeks and support is with practical things like shopping/picking up prescriptions and also emotionally in the form of companionship and signposting them onto different services they may need. Our service is aimed at helping people regain their confidence and independence and to avoid re-admission into hospital/admission in the first place. For more information contact Lauren Slack.


Remap Bristol

Remap Bristol is a branch of Remap, a national charity that provides custom-made equipment for disabled people in the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire areas. Our 30 or so skilled volunteers provide innovative, practical solutions to everyday challenges encountered by disabled people.
We are always keen to recruit new members who could help us expand the range of help that we offer.


Staple Hill Partnership

Who are we? We’re a group of local volunteers and residents that actively work to maintain and develop Staple Hill as a vibrant and viable community. 

What do we do? In partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, our work focuses primarily on improving the following development areas in Staple Hill:
• Health
• Crime
• Employment
• Education

Key agencies such as the police and public health regularly also consult with the partnership on matters affecting our community.

To support this work, we’ve set up specific groups that work alongside these public agencies to help identify and take action on priority community issues affecting local people. We also work with local businesses, our police beat team, schools and youth groups.  We get a lot of support from local churches and other voluntary groups in our area.

Our achievements: In the last few years, we’ve supported and enabled many positive developments, which include:
• A new local library
• Set up of a community hub on the Pendennis Estate
• Redevelopment of Fountain Sqaure
• Restoring paving on the High St
• Set up of friendship clubs for our elderly residents
• Supporting the development of an old primary school
• Becoming the lead community group for Staple Hill Priority Neighbourhood

How can you get involved? As a Staple Hill resident, you can support our work by:
• becoming a member (free)
• attending our meetings and events
• volunteering with us
• promoting our work, membership and events on social media
• signing up to our e-mailing list to keep you in touch with local developments

Tel: 01454 868374

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