Become a Volunteer
Thank you for visiting our website to sign up as a volunteer in the local area. There are so many charities, non-profit and community groups, and public sector organisations that need and rely on help from volunteers, your time and expertise are hugely valuable and much appreciated. It is also an exciting opportunity for you to learn about what different organisations offer, learn new skills and meet new people. Join our Simply Connect system using the link and instructions below to register as a volunteer and find a suitable role that fits with you’re specifically looking for.
Join Simply Connect
Our Simply Connect system enables prospective volunteers to:
- Sign up & create their profile – a quick & easy process
- Edit their profile and preferences
- Search for suitable volunteer roles
- Login and see invitations from you to apply for positions
- Get email updates on new roles
Take a look at the various volunteering opportunities we have on our database
Already registered? Then login here
If you haven’t registered yet you can do that here
Our Drop-in Service
We have currently suspended our normal face to face drop-in service, however the Community Volunteer Service Bath and North East Somerset offer a ‘virtual’ 1-2-1 service via Microsoft Teams, where you can discuss your volunteering interests with our advisor. This service will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, between 9.00am and 4.00pm. To book an appointment, please call the team on 0300 247 0050.
What happens at a drop-in session?
You’ll meet an advisor who will ask you key questions: what kinds of role are you interested in? What would you like to give or gain by volunteering? When are you available? Your answers will help the advisor find roles that are hopefully to your liking – so, please think about your answers before you see the advisor. We will also ask for details such as age range etc.
We can suggest a volunteering role to you once we know a little bit about you – only you can tell us what kind of activities you might enjoy. Once you’ve identified a
role that you like the sound of, we can link you up with that organisation on your behalf – or, if you prefer, you can call the organisation in your own time.
How long will I have to wait to be seen by an advisor?
There isn’t usually a queue at the drop-in. Occasionally you might find one or two people before you. We’re sorry if this happens to you, but we try to have two Advisors on busy days so you shouldn’t have to wait too long before you’re seen.
What kinds of roles are available?
Hundreds of roles: befriending & buddying, administration, marketing & media, fundraising, public speaking, sports coaching, gardening and environment, and more. Most roles involve 3 – 6 hours a week; whilst some might require two or more days a week.
Which organisations do we advertise roles for?
Charities, non-profit and community groups, and public sector organisations are all welcome to advertise their volunteer roles on our Simply Connect Database. We are also happy to promote opportunities through our Facebook and Twitter feeds.
What do I do once I’ve identified a volunteer role that I like?
The Advisor will print out up to three opportunities or give you the links.
He / she will offer to call the organisation or you can call the organisation/s yourself.
You will receive more info about the role and details of the application process from the organisation.
How often do the roles change?
Roles are being filled all the time and new ones being registered, so there is some variation in the range of roles available. So if you don’t happen to find a role today it’s really worth keeping an eye out, as new roles are constantly being registered with us.
We love to hear how we are doing, as we are proud of the service we offer to volunteers, so please let us know by taking our simply survey.