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September Opportunities

Added 25/09/2019

Bath Medical Museum – Museum Guide

BMM has a friendly and hardworking group of volunteers who manage the Museum, welcome our visitors, show schools and other groups around our collections. From our Museum staff and the Project Management team to our Board of Trustees, our volunteers play a vital role in helping us maintain our collections, obtain grant funding and saving the heritage of the City’s medical history.

Bath Medical Museum is growing fast so are looking for more people to act as Museum guides – training will be given. We are a friendly group, dedicated to preserving the collection of the Mineral Water Hospital and other medical collections which are being donated to us.  Learn More



Latest August Opportunities

Added 15/08/2019

Radstock Museum – Lead Volunteer for Radstock Museum Shop

We’re in need of a volunteer to provide an attractive shop that enhances museum visitors’ experience and to generate income for the museum.  Learn More




Bath Welcomes Refugees – Housing Advisor

Bath Welcomes Refugees (BWR) has one simple aim: to bring to safety and security in the UK those people persecuted and in danger in their own countries and homelands, and in particular to help them settle in Bath or the surrounding area, should that be where their journey ends.

Many of those that we support need housing advice. This can include families wishing to move into privately rented housing and wanting help with finding landlords that will accept tenants receiving housing benefit. Others are on waiting lists for social housing and need help with making sure that they are in the correct housing category and also assistance with “bidding” on suitable properties that come up.

Although a background in this area would be an asset, you do not need to have worked in such a role previously, as long as you are willing and able to do the research needed to be able to help.  Learn More

Family Counselling Trust – Fundraiser

Raising money for a charity can be one of the most rewarding things you can do. The Family Counselling Trust supports families and their children with emotional and mental health challenges and the role the fundraiser will make will be in helping to raise vital funds for such work.

You will gain experience in working with a growing mental health charity, working in a small team of people, and the feeling that you have made a difference in people’s lives.  Learn More

First Steps Bath – Communications Volunteer

Assisting with the marketing and public promotion of the charity e.g. drafting newsletters, developing attractive leaflets, posters and other publicity materials.

To extend the profile of First Steps in the wider area of Bath, to increase the numbers of children attending First Steps Early Years settings, increase awareness of the value of children’s early years and how it shapes later development of individual children and whole communities.  Learn More

National Trust Prior Park – Tea Shed Volunteer

Use your smile and customer service skills to ensure that visitors to the garden get the most from their visit. Help our team to provide light refreshments, stock up, clear up and develop your hospitality skills. Keep the tea garden clean and tidy, clear tables, wash up and help with stock taking. Get to know food hygiene and procedures so we take care of visitors’ health and safety.  Learn More

B&NES Citizens Advice Bureau – Client Support

Many of Citizens Advice more vulnerable clients experience difficulty in implementing the advice that they are given. We have therefore introduced an enhanced service for these clients in which Client Support Volunteers work closely with advisers and their clients to enable the client to make the most of the advice they have been given.  Learn More

BRLSI – Publicist

The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution is a charity promoting advancement in the arts and sciences. With the commitment and energy of our wonderful volunteers, The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution has become a centre of cultural activity open to all.

BRLSI has numerous lectures, exhibitions and other activities for which press releases, website information and social media visibility are required. We are currently looking for a volunteer who could assist with publicity; especially keeping an up-to-date list of media and posting information to these various resources.  Learn More

St Mungo’s – Bridges to Wellbeing Service – Peer Mentor

Volunteer needed to act as Peer Mentor. Hours flexible, but as a guide, a minimum of 4 hours per week with a commitment to a minimum of 6 months. Initially in the first 6 weeks, there are additional hours for training. There will also be monthly 1:1 supervision and a monthly coaching group for peer mentors. We recruit on an ongoing basis but offer training quarterly.  Learn More

Alzheimer’s Society – Day Centre Volunteer

The Day Centre Volunteer role is essential to support staff and to stimulate and engage with people with dementia during groups and day activities. In this role you will ensure that group participants feel comfortable and are able to participate.  Learn More

Bath Gateway Out and About – Chair of Trustees

If you are interested in helping make a difference for people with learning disabilities and would like to help us develop our organisation further, perhaps you could consider taking on this important role within Bath Gateway Out and About.

As chair of trustees, you will be responsible for leading and managing our committee meetings, held once every six weeks on Thursday evenings between 7-9 pm. Previous committee experience would therefore be desirable.  Learn More

B&NES Libraries – Storytime Volunteer for Keynsham Library and Information Centre

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help run our busy storytime sessions at Keynsham Library.

Taking about one hour per session, the role involves setting up the space and choosing materials, reading stories, helping with a creative activity like colouring, recording information such as attendance numbers and tidying up the space afterwards.  Learn More





Latest July Opportunities

Added 29/07/2019

National Trust Prior Park – Accessibility Volunteer

At the National Trust we know some visitors can need a little more help and find things a lot easier if we can provide information in alternative formats. You will help our team in producing resources for visitors to prepare for their visit.  Learn More



Bath and District MS Society – Minibus Driver or Assistant

We are looking for a lady or Gent to join our small friendly team. We collect MS members from their homes and takes them to the exercise class on Tuesdays between 11-4pm.

We understand that you may not be able to do every Tuesday, so even if you can do one or two please get in touch.  Learn More


Action for ME – Office Volunteer

There are an estimated 250,000 people in the U.K. with M.E. and we know much of the public do not know how severe and debilitating M.E. can be. By joining us as an Office Volunteer, you’ll be providing support by contributing to the day-to-day running of the office, as an important part of a team aiming to end the ignorance, injustice and neglect experience by people with M.E.  Learn More

Julian House Charity Shops – Sunday Shop Assistant

We are a local Bath based charity helping homeless people with shelter and ongoing support. Our large charity shop in the Artisan Quarter of Bath has a large bookshop and vintage clothing section, as well as the usual clothes, music and homewares. We are a vibrant shop and welcome volunteers of all ages to help us with a variety of jobs from customer service to sorting books and clothes, through to designing advertising campaigns and promotions.  Learn More


Bath & West Wheels For All – Cycling Activator

Do you have a passion for cycling at a community and grassroots level? Or Would you enjoy supporting people with learning disabilities and physical impairments to have a go at cycling?  If yes, then Wheels for All would love to hear from you!

We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic cycling activators to deliver accessible cycling sessions in their community.  Learn More

Alzheimer’s Society – Day Support Volunteer (Guitar)

Do you have an interest and ability in music?  Could you share that interest with a person living with dementia?  Are you available on a Friday?  Then you may be able to help!  A lady who attends a Day Centre each Friday is interested in learning to play the guitar. This has always been her wish. She has had lessons in the past and has her own guitar.  Learn More

BAPP – Volunteer Pre-School Worker

Volunteers needed who will work as part of a small team providing high quality care from 18 months to 4 years. This will include facilitating appropriate play opportunities for the children as well as building positive relationships with the children and their parents/carers.  Learn More


BaNES Citizens Advice Bureau – Digital Support Volunteer

Digital Support Volunteers play a key role in enabling our clients to find the information they need using facilities such as PCs that are available when they contact us. Based in the One Stop Shop in Keynsham and working in a team of people, this is a role where you really can help people help themselves and make a difference.

Learn More

Headway – Activities Enabler

Headway Bath and District require volunteers for various morning and afternoon activities which help people with acquired brain injuries.  Learn More


Parkinson’s UK – Branch Chairperson – Bath

Parkinson’s UK has local groups across the UK run by volunteers. They are aided by professional staff, and provide friendship and support to those living with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. The Bath Branch is an active and friendly branch which regularly engages with the local community.

The Branch Chair heads up the committee so you need to be comfortable leading meetings with great people skills.  Learn More





Looking at the Future of Employer-Supported Volunteering

Added 24/06/2019

As we continue to celebrate the corporate, skills-based and employer-supported during our 28 Community Challenges involving over 290 employees from various businesses across Bath & North East Somerset, we thought it worth sharing with you National Council Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) research report on employer-supported volunteering (ESV) – or corporate volunteering as it’s also known. This is the first of their focused reports that dig deeper into some key themes from Time Well Spent, their major piece of research on the volunteer experience.

A few months back, NCVO wrote a blog post about some of the findings from Time Well Spent which had sparked their interest in looking further into this area, and what we they were aiming to find out. Since then, they’ve done further analysis of the Time Well Spent data to look deeper into the volunteer perspective. They’ve been reading what some of the literature has to say and, importantly, speaking to a variety of volunteer-involving organisations, employers and brokers about their experiences of ESV.

It’s worth taking a look:




Latest June Opportunities

Added 24/06/2019

Bath Welcomes Refugees

English Language Teacher (Qualified) – Bath Welcomes Refugees is currently recruiting a bank of volunteers that hold CELTA, TEFL or similar qualifications. Learn More

Resettlement Support Volunteer – When new refugee families arrive in B&NES, Bath Welcomes Refugees (BWR) create a team of volunteers specific to each family. The role of these volunteers is to help the family settle into their new home and to aid their progress towards independence. Learn More


Marie Curie

Fundraising Group Member – Join your local Bath fundraising group and have fun planning events and collections whilst raising money for a great cause. From Fire Walks to Bake off’s, we are looking for passionate people who want to get involved and make a difference. Every penny raised will allow Marie Curie to provide more care and support through terminal illness. Learn More

Collection Tin Coordinator – We are looking for an enthusiastic and friendly volunteer to help us raise money and awareness for Marie Curie. Your role will be to place collection boxes in local businesses such as newsagents, pubs etc. The more boxes you can place and collect the more money you will raise for Marie Curie. You will seek out new premises, visiting where you have placed the collection boxes, collecting, recording, counting and banking donations and issuing thank you cards to the local business owners. Learn More

Collectors and Collection Hosts – We are looking for people to help out at our collections in Bath and North East Somerset. Volunteering just two hours of your time to collect for Marie Curie makes a huge difference to families living with a terminal illness. Just £20 pays for an hour of hands-on care from a Marie Curie Nurse – helping control someone’s pain, making sure they’re comfortable, or just listening if they need to talk. Learn More

Moorland Road Community Library

Volunteer Team Leader – We’re looking for organised and proactive Volunteer Team Leaders to help us to support and guide our team of amazing volunteers. Learn More

Volunteer Library Assistant – Are you passionate about books, reading and your local community? If so, please come and join our team of amazing volunteers at Moorland Road Community Library. Learn More

Activity Coordinator – We’re looking for Activity Coordinators to join our team of amazing volunteers at Moorland Road Community Library. Learn More


Saturday Reception Desk Volunteer – The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution is a charity promoting advancement in the arts and sciences. With the commitment and energy of our wonderful volunteers, The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific institution has become a centre of cultural activity open to all. We are currently looking for Reception Desk Volunteers who will act as the first point of contact for visitors to our institution. Learn More


Bath Area Play Project

Playworker (Saturday Club) – Volunteer needed to assist the staff team in running a weekly Saturday Club, 9am-1pm, for disabled children ages 5-12 years. Learn More







Latest May Opportunities

Added 31/05/2019

BaNES Libraries – Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with the Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge 2019. This year’s challenge runs from the 13th of July to the 8th of September and the theme is Space Chase. This year is also the 20th anniversary of the Summer Reading Challenge.

Whether you can do 2 or 20 sessions over summer, please get in touch and help us deliver this fun programme which has been proven to be successful at keeping literacy levels up over the summer holidays. Learn More

Horsy Helper – Wellow Riding for Disabled

Wellow Group Riding for the Disabled are looking for kind, willing and active volunteers to help our young disabled riders at their 2 Saturday lunchtime sessions.

Helping includes helping riders mount and dismount, leading, tacking up and untacking our friendly horses. Experience with horses not essential – we can teach that – but a willingness to engage with young people and to work with a team is vital. Learn More

Bath Area Play Project – Trustee – Treasurer

We are looking for someone with experience in finance who can uphold all the statutory duties of the trustee role, with particular skills and experience in finances, for example ability to provide annual finance reports and work as part of the trustee team. The treasurer is responsible to the chair of trustees. Learn More



RAF Association – Caseworkers for the RAF Association

The Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association), is a member-led, registered welfare charity that provides welfare support to Serving and Ex-Serving RAF personnel and their families. Much of our work is funded by the generosity of our members, donors and supporters and through vital donations from the public to the Wings Appeal. A significant proportion of our work is undertaken by those who volunteer for the charity.   Learn More

Focus Counselling – Volunteer Admin

Volunteer admin support needed on Fridays in a busy counselling agency in the centre of Bath. Duties to include, answering the phone, greeting clients at the door, photocopying, shredding. Learn More


Family Counselling Trust – Family Therapist

A volunteer panel member is needed to advise and discuss clinical cases referred for family counselling.

A good understanding of the range of mental health and emotional/behavioural problems and difficulties children and teens can present with and knowledge of the diagnoses and labels in child mental health.   Learn More



Oxfam Bookshop – E-commerce volunteer

Volunteer needed to publish descriptions of our books to sell on our online shop.   Learn More




Age UK B&NES – Short Walks Leader (Bath)

Goal of Position: To lead a small group of people on short walks, to enable them to remain active, healthy and independent. Some of the activities include welcoming, leading and guiding walkers, promoting walks in the local area and to promote and support the development of the project.


Alive – Social and Therapeutic Gardening Volunteer

Alive is the UK’s leading charity enriching the lives of older people in care and training their carers. We are looking for green fingered people to becoming Alive Gardening Volunteers, to assist with one of our fun and engaging care home gardening groups.

If you are friendly and have an interest in helping others to garden, this is the role for you.   Learn More


Cards for Good Causes – Volunteer Van Driver / Drivers Mate

Cards For Good Causes is the trading company of The 1959 group of Charities, supporting it’s 25 Members, as well as more than 200 local and national charities by selling a huge range of charity cards and gifts at more than 300 pop-up shops across the UK. We rely on the amazing support of more than 5,000 volunteers in order for this to happen.

If you have time to spare, a valid driving licence and are happy to do some lifting then you can help make a difference to the lives of people across the UK.   Learn More




Big Advice Day – Bath 18th June

Added 20/05/2019

We are one of 14 speakers confirmed for the Big Advice Day on 18th June which is part of the national Small Charity Week programme. This free event is being held at Hub XV, Bath Racecourse and is a great opportunity for small charities and social enterprises to access expert knowledge and advice for free.


18 Jun 2019 at 1:00pm until

18 Jun 2019 at 5:00pm


Hub XV

Bath Racecourse




Click here to register for this event here:




2019 Community Challenges – Employer Supported Volunteering

Added 20/05/2019

Calling all businesses across Bath & North East Somerset, please find details of this year’s Community Challenges here:

We hope you find something of interest to you and your team. Please do get in touch if you would like some more information or would like to discuss further your individual or team’s specific requirements.

Here is how to book:

Step 1 – Take a look at the details of this year’s challenges. For some of the activities you can choose a date that suits you best, where relevant please indicate your prefer date.

Step 2 – Send your preferences (1st, 2nd and 3rd choices) by email to: Include in your email:

  • Your Name / Team Name / Organisation Name
  • List your three choices
  • Number of people involved
  • If relevant your preferred date

Step 3 – You will receive an email notification of your selected activity. We will try to offer your first choice, however spaces are booked on a first come, first served basis.

Step 4 – Enjoy your day and have fun.

We look forward to hearing from you.




Latest Volunteering Opportunities

Added 17/05/2019

Here is a shortlist of the many volunteering opportunities in and around Bath

Designability Charity Ltd – Fundraising Administration Assistant

We are looking for an administration assistant to support our small and friendly fundraising team on a weekly basis. This is a great fixed term project for someone who enjoys research, has good attention to detail, and has worked on any form of database or CRM previously.   Learn More




BRLSI – Finance Volunteer

We are currently looking for a finance volunteer to make a contribution within our charitable organisation. This volunteer opportunity would suit an individual interested in the arts and sciences, excited by the opportunity to become an active member of an academic institution and charitable organisation.   Learn More




Alive – Intergenerational Gardening Support Volunteer

Ever wanted to share your passion for horticulture with some of the amazing people that live in your area? Well now’s your chance! If you are friendly and have an interest in helping others to garden, this is the role for you. You will support some of the most vulnerable members of your community to have fun while they continue their hobby.   Learn More



Prostate Cancer UK – Event Volunteer March for Men 2019

Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop men dying from prostate cancer.

After previous years’ phenomenal success, we are expanding our March for Men walking events by delivering 10 events in 10 UK locations in June 2019.

We are hoping that 10,000 people will be joining our walking routes of 2K, 5K and 10K in length and we need you to help us make it a day to remember from registration to the finish line!   Learn More


Cards for Good Causes – ‘Pop-Up’ Shop Volunteer

Cards For Good Causes is the trading company of The 1959 group of Charities, supporting its 25 Members, as well as more than 200 local and national charities by selling a huge range of charity cards and gifts at more than 300 pop-up shops across the UK.

If you have time to spare, have good organisational skills, are able to lift boxes and are in good health then you can help make a difference to the lives of people across the UK.   Learn More


Dorothy House Hospice Care – Ubiety Sales Volunteer

We are looking to recruit a group of Volunteers to man stalls at a range of local events such as markets and fairs and to sell our new and exciting Ubiety skincare and wellbeing product range. A background in sales / retail would be helpful, but not essential and you will need to have your own transport.   Learn More




Oxfam Bookshop – Antiquarian Book Pricer

We’re currently need someone to volunteer as a researcher and pricer of antiquarian and rare books.   Learn More




Guide Dogs for the Blind Association – My Guide Sighted Guide

We’re in need of a volunteer who can provide sighted guide assistance on a regular basis to people living with sight loss to help them achieve their goals. My Guide is a service we offer that allows volunteers to become sighted guides.    Learn More



Carers’ Centre – Young Carers’ Activity Volunteer

Could you support our young carers’ team to offer fun and exciting activities for children and young people who care? We’re looking for friendly, reliable people with experience of working with children ranging from 5 – 17 years of age to support our program of free and fun breaks.

If you’ve got a kind, empathetic and responsible personality, we’d love to hear from you.   Learn More




B&NES Libraries – Young Adult Reads Volunteer for Midsomer Norton Library and Information Centre

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to lead our Young Adult Reads book group. This role involves reading that month’s book, preparing the space, leading the discussion of the book and other related topics, offering an inclusive and welcoming safe space in which young people can express themselves, recording information such as attendance numbers, and tidying up afterwards.   Learn More





Current Volunteering Opportunities Outdoors

Added 01/04/2019

Spring has sprung and it’s a great time to get outside and volunteer, here are some ideas of what you could be doing!

Bath Botanical Gardens

BATH BOTANICAL GARDENS are an oasis inside the Royal Victoria Park surrounded by the busy City of Bath.

Here you will find walkways winding through and in and out of the planted areas full of interest and colour and alive with birds, insects, butterflies and wildlife. A small stream tumbles over stones and under small bridges crossing the diameter of the Gardens, and a large pond with a moorhen house and moorhens, fish to watch and seating located in ideal positions around, where one can sit and enjoy the peace and quiet.

The Friends of the Botanical Gardens support the work of the gardeners here assisting with the purchases of new and replacement plants, volunteering to keep the gardens tidy and welcoming groups and visitors.

Click here to find out more.

Bath Prior Park – National Trust

Our volunteers are vital to the smooth running of the garden. From laying new paths and steps to welcoming our visitors at reception, there’s plenty to get involved with. Volunteering at Prior Park is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and play your part in helping to safeguard the future of this historic landscape garden.   From helping visitors to working with wildlife and helping with events, there are a range of roles to suit all interests.

Click here to find out more.

Friends of Sydney Gardens

There are many different ways that you can help- out in the Sydney Gardens Project through giving your time and experience, as well as learning new skills through our training opportunities.  We have everything from gardening to podcasting.

Click here to find out more.

Alice Park Community Garden

In 2010 it was a piece of wasteground hidden behind a tall hedge in a corner of Alice Park. After four years of hard work it now consists of a row of raised vegetable beds, fruit trees and a circular social area with log seating and a wildlife pond.  By sharing skills and knowledge, and encouraging volunteers and visitors to grow their own fruit and vegetables, Alice Park Community Garden gives local people the tools for self-reliance as well as being a social hub where local community members can gather.

Click here to find out more.

Friends of Alexandra Park

Look to the south from Bath city centre and you will see a wooded hillside rising from just beyond the river. On the summit is Alexandra Park, a wonderful, tranquil green space with mature trees and magnificent views over the city.

Whether it’s to stroll, get a bird’s eye view of Bath, walk the dog, picnic, play boules or take advantage of the children’s playground, the park offers something for everyone.

Click here to find out more.

Vegmead Community Group

We are Vegmead Community Group. We maintain Vegmead Edible Garden in Hedgemead Park, Bath on behalf of the community. We also support and run other projects around Bath promoting urban food growing, community engagement and the power of volunteering.

Click here to find out more.

Carers’ Centre BathNES

Could you offer a few hours a week to help maintain a beautiful garden for our unpaid carers to relax in and enjoy?
If you like gardening and building relationships, this could be the role for you.  Our volunteer garden team helps provides a valuable resource for carers to enjoy. In return, we offer full training, travelling expenses and on-going support.

Click here to find out more.

Bath Area Play Project

The Hut Pre-school is well established and respected in the community. It is fully inclusive of children with additional needs and uses play as a focus for all learning. All the children (of whatever ages and levels of ability) play and learn together in the same space, which represents family life. It is a happy, warm and friendly place to work. We are looking for someone to do general maintenance, a bit of painting, tidying, tending to the garden play area.

Click here to find out more.





The Care Forum is in need of Volunteers

Added 18/03/19

Healthwatch has a statutory role to observe health and social care services, Healthwatch enter and view volunteers are DBS checked and undertake training to be observant. Volunteers visit services and feedback their recommendations through a report, back to services and regulators to make services better for those who use the service.

Click here to find out more.




Volunteering at The Woodworks Project

Added 18/03/19

The Woodworks Project is looking for enthusiastic, friendly and committed individuals to volunteer in our Woodworks Shop, located in central Bath. Our volunteers at the Woodworks Shop make a genuine difference to the success of The Woodworks Project. Our shop provides a valuable funding stream to enable us to continue providing workshop projects, a tangible end point for our service users’ work, and serves as the public face of our charity, it’s therefore a vital part of our organisation.

Volunteers will be trained and accessed and then expected to commit to at least half a day per week, but we will gratefully accept more of your time if you can spare it!

Click here to find out more.




Alzheimer’s Society in need of Volunteers

Added 18/03/19

Could you spend a couple of hours on a Wednesday or a Friday helping out at a Day Centre for people living with dementia?

Day to day activities include talking and listening to people with dementia and their carers in a sensitive and supportive way, providing support and encouraging people to share their experiences for the benefit of themselves and/or the wider group, and joining in with social activities that benefit the individual and/or the group.

Click here to find out more.




Minibus Escort wanted for Day Centre in Keynsham

Added 18/03/19

Local person needed to accompany minibus driver on journeys taking older people to and from the Day Centre in order to make clients feel welcome on journey to Day Centre.

Click here to find out more.




RSPB in need of Newsletter Editor

Added 18/03/19

We’re in need of an editor of our twice yearly Newsletter, providing articles of interest supplied by members, trip reports and reports on indoor meetings, together with details of forthcoming events and activities. We are also looking into producing a digital version. Experience of publishing software would be an advantage.

Click here to find out more.




Singing coach needed at Leonard Cheshire Greenhill House

Added 18/03/19

We have a resident that loves X factor and enjoys singing along to her favourite popular music songs.

It would be nice if she could have the chance to develop her voice with a volunteer voice coach

Do you enjoy singing? We’d love to hear from you.

Click here for more info




Bath Welcomes Refugees in need of volunteers.

Added 18/03/19

Bath Welcomes Refugees (BWR) has one simple aim: to bring to safety and security in the UK those people persecuted and in danger in their own countries and homelands, and in particular to help them settle in Bath or the surrounding area, should that be where their journey ends. BWR aims to maintain a non-partisan stance when it comes to party politics and religion so that this one simple aim stays forever at the front of BWR’s efforts whatever else may be happening globally, nationally or locally.

We are looking for someone to take over the role of Membership Secretary for our charity. This role is ideal for someone who likes to work flexibly from home.

Click here to find out more




New digital literacy project for the BaNES Community.

Added 18/03/19

Some postgraduates, Hatem and Risyad, are starting a new Digital Literacy program at the Percy’s Community Center  in Bath.  It would be a weekly free service for any people in the community (especially elderly) to drop by.  They can either learn to use the computers there or bring their own device.  Volunteers there can give them tips on how to use it.




Volunteering opportunities at the European Modern Pentathlon Championships this summer

Added 07/03/19

European Modern Pentathlon Championships will take place at the University of Bath, home of Pentathlon GB’s National Training Centre, from the 6th-11th August 2019. The Championships, dubbed “Gladiators Return” will see Great Britain’s best modern Pentathletes battle their rivals from across Europe for continental crowns and Tokyo Olympic Qualifying places.

Over 100 pentathletes from around the continent will descend on the former Roman Spa town which also played host to the 2015 Championships where Joe Choong and Kate French both bagged Rio qualifying slots for GB. The event will feature men’s and women’s individual competitions as well as men’s, women’s and mixed relays across six days of high quality action as athletes swim, fence, ride, run and shoot their way to glory.

Over the course of the week, we will be looking for a minimum of 100 volunteers to dedicate some of their time over the week in 8 different roles including:

Each job description is linked in the above roles for you to have a look through if necessary. Due to the size and length of the event, volunteers will be invited to fill in shifts around their availability making it quite flexible volunteering.

Further details can be found on our new ‘Euros 2019’ tab here which has a volunteering tab with the information and the registration form for you to complete if you are interested?




Volunteering Positions at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution

Added 11/02/19

BRLSI has numerous lectures, exhibitions and other activities for which press releases, website information and social media visibility are required. We are currently looking for a volunteer who could assist with publicity; especially keeping an up-to-date list of media and posting information to these various resources.

The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution is a charity promoting advancement in the arts and sciences. With the commitment and energy of our wonderful volunteers, The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution has become a centre of cultural activity open to all.

Find out more info here.




B&NES DAA in need of Volunteers

Added 11/02/19

We are looking for those who would be interested in helping us to make B&NES dementia friendly. The role is very flexible and we are all volunteers in the charity with currently 4 trustees.

Find out more here.





New Volunteering Opportunity at Swan Advocacy

Added 11/02/19

Swan Advocacy is in need of someone who can act as a Relevant Person’s Representative. The role is to support clients who lack capacity – either due to dementia, brain injury or learning difficulty; to ensure their best interests are safeguarded and advocating on their behalf.

Click here to find out more.




Volunteer needed for Sports Club Volunteer

Added 11/02/19

Fitness for All is an inclusive sports and fitness club for adults with learning disabilities. We are looking for fun and enthusiastic people to join our team and help us deliver activities for our members to take part in.
The sessions are delivered by a sports instructor and the volunteers support and encourage the members to take part and give it a go.  Volunteers do not need to be particularly sporty or fit themselves, just enthusiastic!

Learn more here.




Guide needed for Herschel Museum of Astronomy

Added 11/02/19

The Bath Preservation Trust is in need of a front of house guide for the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. You will be part of an enthusiastic and friendly team of staff and volunteers and you become a member of the William Herschel Society and Bath Preservation trust, which includes invites to annual lectures, outings, coffee mornings, training, astronomy observing sessions and free admission to other BPT museums. It is ideal for people interested in the museum and heritage sector including the history of astronomy, music and Georgian housing.

If you feel this role is ideal for you, please get in touch.

Find out more here.

We are also looking for people with a friendly and flexible approach to act as a Learning & Engagement Volunteer, who will enjoy a varied and busy role, giving you a chance to share your enthusiasm for Bath’s history with people aged 4 to 94!

This role will suit people who are interested in working with school groups, families or adult groups. It will also provide opportunities for meeting new people and taking part in a wide range of stimulating, fun and worthwhile activities.

Find out more about this role here.





Bath Foodbank in need of a Warehouse Operations Manager

Added 11/02/19

We are looking for someone to volunteer as Warehouse Operations Manager for a couple of hours a week. The Foodbank Warehouse is located in Batheaston and 3 two hours shifts operate weekly. Each shift has a deputy manager and a varying number of volunteers. This is a very important role within the Foodbank and anybody interested should make contact for further discussion and information.

Click here for more info.




Youth Connect in need of Volunteers

Added 11/02/19

Can you help? Do you have an interest in supporting young people?
Southside Youth Hub is looking for volunteers to help out at our evening youth clubs for 11-19 years from 6pm to 8.45pm. A DBS check and training will be given.

Click here for more info.




Volunteer Needed for BRLSI Youth Activities Programme

Added 21/01/19

The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution are looking for fun and committed volunteer administrators to assist with their STEM and Science Youth Activities Programme.

The workshops take place every second Saturday of the month and volunteers will need to be available for these days on a regular and ongoing basis. we are looking for up to four administrators to take roles such as volunteer or family registration, fire officer etc. BRLSI are also looking for further support in the week to assist with the administration of the Youth activities programme.

Potential volunteers alongside their administrative skills must be confident and happy working both with the public and as part of a team.

Click here for more info.




Volunteers Needed for Bath Carnival

Added 21/01/19

Be part of Bath’s most colourful outdoor event of the year. Dress up and join our amazing team of creative volunteers.

Responsibilities include:

  • Directing the public around site
  • Keeping an eye out for children who appear unsupervised or lost.
  • Ensuring that all entrances and exits are kept clear. Using event clickers to monitor numbers on site.
  • Promoting a happy, friendly and safe atmosphere, reporting any unusual behaviour to HQ
  • Keeping site clear of litter.

Any experience in carpentry, general DIY or being available to drive a vehicle on the day would be also be valuable for this role.

Click here to find out more.




Wiltshire Council in Need of Volunteers

Added 21/01/19

Wiltshire’s Independent Visitor Scheme is recruiting!!

Volunteers are needed across Wiltshire to befriend children in care. Young people living away from their families often really value having a consistent independent person who can take a special interest in their lives.

Click here to learn more.




Bath Welcomes Refugees in Need of Volunteers

Added 21/01/2019

Volunteers from Bath Welcomes Refugees have been supporting refugees in the Bath area for over two years.
When new families or individuals are due to arrive, there are various individuals within BWR that leap into action to prepare what is to become their new home. As BWR grows, we would very much like to create a team of volunteers that can concentrate on the DIY aspect of this preparation, working along side our Donations and Gardening teams, amongst others. In order to create a successful team, we have decided to start by recruiting a team leader, who can coordinate the work of the other team members.

Click here for more details.




Volunteering Opportunities with Dorothy House

Added 21/01/2019

Our Fundraising Team need to raise £3 million every year in order for us to provide services to 850 patients, carers and families. Events such as the Bath Midnight Walk, Bath Men’s Walk and Open Gardens are an important part of our fundraising effort and we need volunteers who are willing to help out in a variety of ways. This is a flexible, fun and sociable opportunity that can easily be fitted in around other commitments.

Click here to learn more.




Community Challenges

Added 06/12/2018

Our Community Challenges encourages companies to offer time off for their employees to volunteer for a range of tasks across Bath and North East Somerset. A few years ago Simon Allen offered to write a song for the project and soon as joined by singers and musicians whose daytime is spent working for the Council. Kiean of Bath University also joined the team for the day and didn’t have to shave his hair off! Nam Studio hosted the recording session.

You can listen here.




Volunteers needed for Fed Cup

Added 06/12/2018

Volunteers needed for GB’s home Fed Cup tennis tie in Bath, February 2019! Apply now to be part of a super fun and friendly volunteer team at or for more info email

We are looking to assemble a super-friendly volunteer team to help deliver Britain’s first home Fed Cup tie in 26 years. You don’t need any previous tennis or volunteering experience to be involved, but bags of enthusiasm and a passion for helping others is a must!




Vegmead Bath

Added 06/12/2018

We’ve been quiet for a while which tells its own story. Due to some of us having kids & others moving away we are struggling.  Could you get involved and help out?  Its great fun and very rewarding!







Share & Repair Bath

Added 04/10/2018

We would like you to join a great team called Share & Repair to help change the mind-set from ‘it’s broken, throw it away’ and help reduce carbon emissions?

If you are interested please do contact us at:




Breastfeeding volunteers needed in Radstock

Added 15/08/2018

Volunteering mums who are or have breastfed their children are wanted to help other mums learn to breastfeed in Radstock.

The Community Volunteer Service, one of a number of services provided by HCRG Care Group as part of Bath and North East Somerset Community Health and Social Care Services, is on the lookout for new breastfeeding peer supporters to provide help at Health Visitor-led Baby and Toddler Hubs in September.

Breastfeeding peer supporters provide support to new mums or mums who wish to breastfeed for longer.

The last UK-wide Infant Feeding Survey found that while 81% of mums initiate breast feeding, this falls to 24% in England exclusively breast feeding when the baby is 6 weeks old.

Evidence backed by NHS England has found that peer support, can improve quality of life by building the knowledge, skills and confidence that enable people to manage their healthcare and gain access to information. This can lead to a reduction in GP visits, crisis admissions or onward referrals to social care.

Mike Plows Manager BaNES Volunteer Services at HCRG Care Group said: “We need more mums who are, or have been breastfeeding and would like to support and encourage other mothers in the Radstock area.

“An important part of improving breastfeeding rates is access to face-to-face, ongoing, predictable support for families and social support in the local community.”

If you would like to become a volunteer and require more information please contact Mike Plows  01225 477 115.




Need to explain why you want to involve #volunteers in your organisation?

Added 25/07/2018

Check out our info on knowhow.




The Art of Reflection in Volunteer Management

Added 25/07/2018

An interesting reminder:




The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report 2018

Added 25/07/2018

The Thread That Binds: Volunteerism and Community Resilience will be launched this week.




Banes Volunteer Services Survey

Added 18/07/2018

We are trying to find out about the extent of volunteering in Bath and North East Somerset. Do you currently volunteer or have you chosen not to? We would like to hear from all people whether they volunteer or not and would really appreciate it if you could fill in a short survey on the topic.

Click Here to take survey




Have no time to volunteer?

Added 04/07/2018

Heather is suggesting ways to fit in volunteering if you think your schedule is too full to spare the time




What a wonderful idea

Added 04/07/2018

The @LinkAgeNetwork and @St_Monica_Trust have launched an ACE Neighbours programme in Keynsham. ACE Neighbours matches volunteers (aged 60+) with older isolated adults (aged 65+) who want to get out more often. To volunteer or refer somebody visit




Free Dementia Awareness Information Event

Added 04/07/2018

Delivered by Dementia Friends, this engaging information session aims to make people more aware of the nature of dementia and the challenges faced by those living with the condition, and their carers.

This is an accessible course that is suitable for all volunteers, or anyone hoping to develop a greater understanding to help others.

For more information:




Struggling to exercise and lose weight? Participate in our study and let us help.

Added 04/07/2018

An interesting opportunity for anyone local that is:

  • male or post-menopausal female
  • aged between 40 and 65 years
  • have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of between 25 and 40 kg/m2 (calculate your BMI)
  • currently not exercising regularly
  • have a waist size of more than 80 cm if you are female or more than 94 cm if you are male

Follow link for more information:





Dementia Action Alliance are Looking for New Volunteers

Added 21/01/19

We are looking for someone to manage our Social Network accounts and to help increase our social media presence. A good understanding of social media is required and someone who enjoys using social media is a must.

Benefits of the role include:

  • You will be working as part of strong team of committed people
  • You will be part of a team that is dedicated to making B&NES dementia friendly and will be making a real difference to those living with dementia and their carers
  • In-house training relevant to your role
  • After you have been with us for 2 months you will be able to request a reference
  • Any additional travel expenses (apart from the 6-weekly meetings) will be reimbursed
  • You will become a dementia friend so your knowledge of dementia will be increased (1 hour information session)
For more details, click here.




Could you Spare Some Time for Bath Mencap

Added 21/01/19

Could you or someone you know make a positive impact on the life of a person with a learning disability? Can you spare 12 hours a year?

We are looking for volunteers to join the Mencap Visiting Service, an empowering service to people with a learning disability, after their parents have passed away.

You would need to volunteer around six times a year in your own time to support people to enjoy the activities they love. This could be anything from staying in for a cuppa and cake, to going on day trips and outings.

Click here for more info.




Volunteers Needed for Bath Half Marathon 2019 Cheerpoint

Added 21/01/2019

Could you take photographs of our amazing runners on Sunday 17th March 2019?
You will be based at our cheerpoint capturing images of our runners.
You’ll be representing CLIC Sargent and be joining our fight for young lives against cancer.

Click here for more info.




Lifetime Achievement Award Results

Added 06/12/2018

Congratulations to Lorna Montgomery ⁦‪from Bath Repair Cafe on her ⁦‪Institute of Fundraisers South West Lifetime Achievement Award, those who have worked with her said “we are very proud to have worked with her over the decades and to see the fantastic impact of her fundraising, leadership and volunteering” Well done!




World Mental Health Day : October 10th

Added 04/10/2018

We have been working with partners around BaNES on preparations for World Mental Health Day on 10 October and the events start this weekend on Saturday 6 October.

As part of the activities a ‘flashmob’ choir will perform two songs in three locations across Bath city centre on Saturday 6 October. Colleagues from our organisations will be joined by members of the public to sing ‘With a Little Help from my Friends’ and Bill Wither’s ‘Lean on Me’ at the following locations so do come and join in if you can:

• Old Bond Street, 11.30am

• Bath Abbey, 12pm

• Southgate shopping centre, 12.30pm

The partners we are working with across BaNES are Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP), Curo, Bath Mind, St Mungo’s, DHI, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Creativity Works, Bath Food Cycle, City of Bath College, Royal United Hospital and Soundwell.

The events take place from 6 to 16 October and include a great range of activities; breathing and relaxation, physical activity tasters, pebble painting, how to get involved in volunteering, mental health in schools, rainy day resilience and our very own cookery sessions.

Find out more at:




Volunteers wanted for Race for Life Pretty Muddy Obstacle Course

Added 06/09/2018

Cancer Research UK is looking for volunteers for their Race for Life Pretty Muddy 5k obstacle course. The roles on offer are:

  • Enquiries and Administration Volunteer
  • Event Day Volunteer
  • Course Marshal Volunteer

Follow this Link for more details:




Volunteers wanted for the Owls Hoot Farewell

Added 22/08/2018

We are recruiting volunteers to help out at the OWLS ‘HOOT FAREWELL’ * ACTION PREVIEW WEEKEND * 29th – 30th SEPTEMBER

We are recruiting a team of 30 volunteers to help out when all 82 of the owls and owlets will be gathered together in one giant ‘parliament’ over the weekend of 29-30 September at the Bath Recreation Ground.  This unique auction preview weekend will be the last chance to say your farewells before the flock flies off to the charity auction on 17th October.

As well as viewing the 82 fabulous owl sculptures, there will also be owl artists’ exhibitions, owl decoration workshops, real owl displays, owl sponsor stands, Bath City FC’s ‘Beat the gOWLie’ challenge, food and drink stalls and much more – a fantastic day out for owl fans of all ages!

We are seeking expressions of interested for the following roles:

  • Street marshals – guiding the public in from nearby streets
  • Entrance/exit marshalls
  • Owl marshalls (making sure people don’t stand on them etc)
  • Queue marshalls
  • Raffle ticket sellers
  • Merchandise sellers

If you are interested please let me know via email Banes Volunteer Services




Would you like to be part of Forest 2018?

Added 22/08/2018

Get in touch to volunteer at one of the hippest, creative events in Bath!




Nominations for Chairs Community Awards 2018/19

Added 08/08/2018

The search is on to find unsung heroes in Bath and North East Somerset with the launch of special awards celebrating volunteers, community leaders, staff and businesses that make a positive contribution to the local community

The Chair of Bath & North East Somerset Community Awards 2018/19 was officially launched on Friday (August 3) at the Guildhall, in Bath, by the Chair Councillor Karen Walker.

Nominations are now open for inspirational people who put others first and contribute to the council’s vision to make Bath and North East Somerset an even better place to live, work and visit.

There are three main categories in the Community Awards: Volunteering, Business and Service to the Community. Service to the Community is a new category and it recognises the exceptional service made by individuals and teams working across the Chair’s Award partner organisations.

Residents, staff, councillors, businesses, organisations and groups, teachers, and volunteers from Bath and North East Somerset can nominate people and nomination forms must be returned by no later than Friday 21st December.   You can nominate online or send a nomination form email or post clearly marked  The Community Awards 2018/19.

Everyone nominated for an award will be presented with a certificate in recognition of their contribution.  The winners of each category will receive a certificate and an award presented by the Chair of the Council at an Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday 27th February 2019 in the Banqueting Room, at the Guildhall in Bath.

For more information and how to nominate, please go to  or





Do you have a project that a group of talented students could help you with?

Added 25/07/2018

For the past 6 years the University of Bath’s School of Management faculty have partnered with the Banes Volunteer Services (formerly Volunteer Centre) and the University of Bath’s Student Union Volunteer Department with the aim of encouraging small teams of students to volunteer their time and/or skills in October and November to add value to local charitable organisations.


We are looking for a set of fairly simple projects that a team of up to 7 students can deliver in November. This could include :

  • Assisting you in the planning or delivery of an event.
  • Pre-Xmas activity planning e.g; maybe doing a small amount of fundraising to provide Xmas decorations.
  • Collating a collection for you e.g; food or arts and crafts items or good quality items for a charity shop.
  • Organising a simple event like afternoon tea for your client group.
  • Using their skills – marketing, strategy and planning, finance – to  carry out a piece of work for you or provide training.
  • Helping to raise the profile of your charity.

Please do bear in mind that the students involved in this scheme are international and will be put into teams of other students that they have probably not met before. Therefore part of their challenge may well include language and cultural barriers.


Challenge application form 2018

Please complete the challenge application form provided above, giving us as much detail as possible about the challenge and the benefits for you or your client group.  You may request as many projects as you like but each one must be on a separate form.

E-mail your challenge(s) to by close of play on FRIDAY 21st SEPTEMBER.

The projects will be launched to Bath University students the week beginning 8th October and the student groups then choose which challenge they would like to deliver. If we receive more than 12 challenges then myself and Anna Boneham (Student Volunteer Manager – Student Union) will be shortlisting to achieve this number. Therefore, some challenges will not get selected to go through to the final round. However, we do have other groups of students who might then want to take up some of these projects at a later date.

We look forward to receiving your potential challenge projects by close of play on 21st September and thank you in advance for your support.




Can you inspire children about our wonderful waterways?

Added 04/07/2018





Work with the Trust

Added 14/06/2018

Avon Wildlife Trust is to looking for a new Trustee to build a diverse and inclusive Board that reflects communities in Avon. So if you are 18+ and would like to use your skills and experience to help us help wildlife, then they would love to hear from you.




Community Challenge 2018

Added 14/06/2018

Check out the photographs of our wonderful volunteers from each of our Community Challenges taking place throughout Bath & North East Somerset during June, is your employer encouraging you to take part! We’re all smiling!



Age UK B&NES needs new trustees

Are you interested older people and the issues they face? If so Age UK Bath & North East Somerset would like to hear from you.

The local independent charity, which works with and for older people across Bath and North East Somerset, needs new trustees to join its board.

The charity supports around 12,000 older people, their families and carers every year, with essential services to promote a healthy, happy and satisfying later life, and needs new trustees to help guide its direction. The charity is particularly keen to hear from people with experience of fundraising / income generation.
Chair of the Trustees Board, Nicola Gregson, said: “We’re looking for new people with drive and ambition to help us respond to the increasing demands of providing services to older people. We need trustees who can think creatively and help us develop new ways of raising essential funds. Someone who could lead on organising an annual fundraising and profile-building event would be a great addition to the board.

“An interest in helping older people and experience of fundraising, events or running a business would be fantastic but what’s most important is passion, ideas, good connections within your local community and experience of working in or with a charity.”

Trustees need to be available for at least four meetings a year and one or two workshops, as well as for occasional informal meetings.

“We are very flexible and try to hold our meetings at times that suit the whole board – at the moment they are held at 5pm in Bath, but we are happy to look at different timings and locations, having some spare time during the day would be helpful” says Nicola Gregson. “You may be employed, part-time employed or retired – whatever stage in life you are at we would like to hear from you. Just contact me or our chief executive Janet for an informal chat,”

To find out more or for an informal chat please contact Janet Dabbs or Nicola Gregson – email or / 01225 466135
You can also find out more on the website, and follow Age UK B&NES on Facebook and Twitter: or @AgeUKBathNES





Children’s Summer Reading Challenge

Added 30/05/2018

We’re looking for friendly, enthusiastic volunteers age 16+ to help in all of the Bath & North East Somerset Libraries this summer with Children’s #SummerReadingChallenge2018.

For more information:




GDPR – useful information for charities

Added 23/05/2018

Below is a link to a Guardian article which is a clear and simple starting point for charities. Definitely worth reading.

Here is a comprehensive free guide to GDPR for charities. This seems to cover everything.

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Did you know that volunteering is good for you? And here is why…

Added 23/05/2018





Summer volunteering opportunities

Added 23/05/2018

Bath Area Play Project have coming up over the summer holidays, including numerous projects working indoors and outdoors throughout Bath and N.E Somerset with young people and children, helping them to have a fun filled summer!

Dates for projects are: 24th July – 23rd of August and we are looking for enthusiastic people to volunteer to help out.  You can find out more information on our website:




Volunteer Gardener for Alzheimer’s Society

Added 23/05/2018

If you have are a keen gardener and want to improve the lives of people with dementia, we have a role for you. Our Day Centre in Kingswood, Bristol, is seeking a volunteer gardener who can offer 3-4 hours each week, Mon-Fri.

The main tasks are:
* Tending the gardens – bushes, plants and flowers, weeding, pruning, digging, planting, watering, brushing/clearing pathways.
* Cutting grass lawns.
* Disposing of cuttings and other items according to local procedures.




Relevant Person’s Representative Volunteer

Added 23/05/2018

The role of the Relevant Person’s Representative is to support clients who lack capacity – either due to dementia, brain injury or learning difficulty; to ensure their best interests are safeguarded and advocating on their behalf.
This includes;
– Advocating on behalf of the client
– Assisting reviews of their care plan
– Safeguarding best interests.

Find out more:




Foxhill Play Ranger Volunteer

Added 23/05/2018

We are looking for a reliable, enthusiastic volunteer. We currently hold a community play session for children aged 5-13 in the Foxhill area of Bath. All of our sessions are child led. We are ideally looking for somebody who can give up the same couple of hours each week. In return we can offer training, support and references for future job opportunities.

We are looking for an individual that may have a particular interest and would like to share it with the young people we work with. For example; cooking, sports, arts and craft, listening to the young people etc. It would also be great to get people form the local area involved as it really helps build community spirit!

Find out more:




Do you enjoy reading out loud?

Added 23/05/2018

We have a group of residents in our nursing wing who have asked for a reading group, we are looking for a volunteer to take on this role? could it be you … it will help make a big difference and there are enthusiastic listeners waiting to hear your reading voice at Greenhill House Timsbury. Saturday afternoons 2.30 – 3.30pm

Is this one for you?: Find out more:




Museum of Bath Stone have an opportunity for someone who would like to become a Treasurer/Trustee

Added 23/05/2018

The stone from the mines and quarries of Combe Down built most of Bath and has also been used as far afield as Cape Town in South Africa. The museum charts the history of the stone from its geological formation to its subsequent use. The historic and cultural significance of Combe Down is described as well as the influence of the stone on its development.

Our aim is to provide a stimulating environment, accessible and understandable to all ages and levels of education, where all aspects of this heritage can be explored and studied.

The treasurer will be responsible for the general financial oversight; financial reporting to the trustees and statutory bodies; financial planning and budgeting plus banking, book-keeping and record-keeping.

The best fit would be someone who enjoys a challenge and will bring their financial expertise to bear on developing this little gem. An interest in the rich history of Combe Down village and its stone would be beneficial. To find out more:




Room Guides for American Museum In Bath

Added 23/05/2018

If you love history, and would like to volunteer at one of Bath’s most spectacular venues, why not join us as a room guide. Full training will be given – you just need a confident, outgoing personality and a desire to learn – oh, and be free a couple of afternoons a month. Join our friendly team, learn new skills, make new friends and have fun! Then you may like to become a Room Guide for the American Museum in Bath.




Shop Volunteer for The Woodwork Project

Added 23/05/2018

The Woodworks Project is looking for enthusiastic, friendly and committed individuals to volunteer in our Woodworks Shop, located in central Bath. Our volunteers at the Woodworks Shop make a genuine difference to the success of The Woodworks Project. Our shop provides a valuable funding stream to enable us to continue providing workshop projects, a tangible end point for our service user’s work, and serves as the public face of our charity, it’s therefore a vital part of our organisation. Find out more:




Customer Survey

Added 16/05/2018

We love to hear how we are doing, as we are proud of the service we offer to both volunteers and volunteer involving organisations, so please let us now by taking our simply survey.

I am a volunteer involving organisation using the Banes Volunteer Services:  please take the survey

I am a volunteer using the Banes Volunteer Services:  please take the survey




Our May edition of Community Matters Newsletter

Added 16/05/2018

We’re striving to encourage greater inclusion in volunteering.
We want volunteering to be a rewarding experience that can be enjoyed by everyone in Bath and North East Somerset regardless of their background, identity or personal circumstances.

If you are a Volunteering Involving Organisation in Bath and North East Somerset why not check out our latest newsletter:

Community Matters Newsletter – May Edition




It’s Mental Health Awareness week

Added 16/05/2018

So we would like you help to spread the word so as more people are aware of this wonderful free resource which is available.

Please watch this short film to hear from Michael, Hazel and Kim – customers of the Wellbeing House. The Wellbeing House provides a retreat for those experiencing mental health distress. It’s a place where people can receive support to help them stabilise themselves and prevent a crisis. The house itself is a three-bedroom property located in Bath.

And then share it or tell someone about it we can make a difference!




Wow – over 400 volunteers clean up three tonnes of rubbish during spring clean event

Added 16/05/2018

Community groups across Bath and North East Somerset got to grips with the litter during March, battling snowy weather, to do their bit.

In Stanton Drew volunteers tackled the whole parish with the support of 36 adults and children, filling a total of 15 bags. Community-minded pupils from Stanton Drew Primary School made a poster which will eventually go on litter bins within the parish.

Twerton Infant School collected 18 bags of litter in just one hour, celebrating their efforts with home baked cakes, courtesy of George Samios, the headteacher.

Over in Westmoreland, more than 55 children and adults, including 13 volunteers from McDonald’s, helped to clear their local area, starting from three separate locations and finishing at McDonald’s in Lower Bristol Road, where they were rewarded with hot drinks, apple pies and fruit bags for helping to clear up at least 30 bags of litter.

In Keynsham, 61 volunteers turned up to help the Keynsham Wombles, and there was special praise for the enthusiasm of the local Beavers group.

The Keynsham Wombles estimated that they cleared at least 80 bags before finishing off at the bowls club for tea and mountains of cake.

Julie Sampson, from the Saltford Wombles, said: “We met for our regular monthly litter pick and had a great turnout with 13 people out picking. Between us we collected 16 bags of rubbish from along the A4 from Pixash along to the Turnpike.

“As well as the usual takeaway boxes, coffee cups, plastic bottles and sweet wrappers, some of the stranger items we found were a VW badge, a full jar of face cream, one wellington boot and a golf ball.”

Harriette Dottridge, from Compton Dandom, said: “We have even had to remove a fridge from a stream and found odd pieces of cars which could have easily been disposed of via Bath and North East Somerset Council recycling centre.”

For many of these volunteers, the Great British Spring Clean is only one event in a regular schedule of litter picking.

Councillor Bob Goodman, (Conservative, Combe Down), cabinet member for neighbourhoods and development, said: “Littering is a thoughtless activity that makes places looks ugly and pollutes the local and wider environment.

“However it is encouraging that across Bath and North East Somerset there are so many great volunteers who frequently pick up litter, whether it be as part of their routine, by adopting a local street or area or by meeting regularly to tackle particular hotspots.”

Karen Wood, from Twerton, said: “Apart from the Great British Spring Clean many of those who do this regularly go out walking collecting rubbish as we go. I collect two bags most weeks and plan to continue to keep the community where I live free from rubbish.”

Residents in Widcombewest, who spent the Great British Spring Clean clearing snow and a whole array of debris left behind by people who’d gone out sledging, also clear Holloway and the subway nearly every week as part of their Keep Bath Tidy group.

Councillor Goodman added: “The number of groups and volunteers that took part in Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean is a testament to the willingness of the residents of Bath and North East Somerset to take care of the local and wider environment.

“Bath & North East Somerset Council would like to say well done and thank you to everyone who takes the effort to make their neighbourhood a nicer place to live.

“As we’re learning more and more, litter can be a serious hazard for our natural environment and even litter dropped locally can be blown and washed away by our rivers, ending up many miles away and polluting our seas.

“Every piece of litter that’s picked up is one less piece that can spoil the world we live in.”




Would you like to join our local Citizens’ Panel?

Added 16/05/2018

It’s a group of residents who help shape services by offering their views and insight into what matters to them, and what their priorities are. The Citizens’ Panel has been set up to enable people who use services, carers and residents of Bath and North East Somerset to have a say about how health and related services can be improved, so that everyone can feel happier, healthier and more in control.

Read more:




Why not share your talents with others!

Added 04/05/2018

“Every person has been born with a set of natural talents which are hard wired and stay with us all our lives.” Who are you going to share yours with? We can help you, take a look


Various free training for volunteers

Added 02/05/2018

Do you volunteer your time and energy to help others?  Then why not come along to some of our free volunteer training sessions?
Gain the skills and knowledge to feel confident, capable, and make the most of your volunteer experience. Sessions are open to anyone who volunteers in Bath and North East Somerset. And they’re all FREE!

This training is provided by Volunteer Network BANES, a group of not-for-profit organisations working together to support, develop, and value local volunteers; and all the amazing work you do.
Volunteer Training Opportunities: Just take a look and book your spot:  

Availability to access free Volunteer Core Training is coming up soon

Added 02/05/2018

This one day session covers the key areas that all volunteers should be aware of when working with socially excluded or vulnerable groups or individuals; Boundaries, Safeguarding, Confidentiality, Personal Safety.

Training is interactive, thought-provoking, and enjoyable. It is provided by DHI as part of the Volunteer Network Banes.
to book your space follow the link:

A helpful guide to recruiting and managing volunteers

Added 02/05/2018

A guide to recruiting and managing volunteers [PDF]

Managing Challenging Behaviour workshop

Added 02/05/2018

We have availability for the workshop on Managing Challenging Behaviour.
To find out more please go to the link:—managing-challenging-situations/5300
A short interactive session aimed at volunteers who may encounter challenging behaviour or situations with clients or vulnerable members of the community.
This workshop will give you an opportunity to meet other people in similar roles to you and identify the challenging situations you may have come across during your work. During the workshop we will explore and share strategies to improve our skills and communication styles.

This training is delivered by a Registered Mental Health Nurse and independent trainer with over thirty years’ experience working with vulnerable individuals and clients in NHS and other private and third sector organisations.

Trustee opportunity

Bath City Farm are looking for an additional trustee to join the team, could that be you?

Find out more:

Want your volunteers to be happy?

Although volunteer participation has plateaued off in recent years, charities need volunteers more than ever. And many people, of all ages, want to volunteer.

Now could be the very best time to take a look at your volunteer program and spiff it up so that your volunteers will want to come and stay.

But volunteerism has changed and volunteer expectations have evolved. Today’s volunteers may seem more demanding, but they really should be. It’s no longer enough to just put out a generic call for volunteers and then treat them all alike once they show up. Volunteers expect to give in order to get something back.

A study from  pretty much sums up what volunteers want. The points from the study can be summed up with the word GIVERS. Here’s what those letters mean:

  1. G. Personal growth and well-being
  2. Increased sense of purpose, such as knowing just how they make a difference.
  3. V. Voice or how volunteers are asked to give their time.
  4. E. Easy to sign up, to get there, to get the job done.
  5. R. Recognition. Being thanked, appreciated, and celebrated.
  6. S. Social opportunities like making new friends and working on a team.

Here are ten ways to work all of those expectations into your volunteer program.

1:         Volunteers want you to be prepared for them.

Many of us at some point have worked in the temp world. A common experience is to be sent to an office to work only to find that the office is unprepared.  So you sit around trying to look busy when you are actually twiddling your thumbs. Don’t let this happen to your volunteers.

The temp worker, after all, needs the money and may put up with this, but your volunteers will see you as disorganized and inconsiderate. Don’t bring a volunteer in until you have everything worked out, from the job description to a place to work with proper equipment, to something to do immediately.

2:       Volunteers want to feel welcomed.

Act as though your volunteer is a guest in your home. Show him/her around. Introduce them to your staff and other volunteers, have your executive director drop by and say hello and thanks. Don’t let your volunteer feel uncomfortable for a minute. Show that your organisation is warm, friendly, helpful, and happy to see your volunteers.

Get a jump on that welcoming sense by recruiting volunteers as personally as possible. For instance, people respond more favorably when asked by someone they know, or when they have just donated, or when they are surrounded by others who volunteer. How can you work those kinds of asks into your volunteer recruitment?

3:         Volunteers want good training.

Even if the task assigned is a simple one, take the time to explain it, demonstrate it, and mentor the volunteer through the first few hours. Provide a buddy, another volunteer who is experienced, to help the new one.

When training a group of volunteers, be sure to use adult learning techniques such as group involvement. Volunteers don’t want to be lectured to. They want to participate in the training. Include in your training clear expectations for your volunteers. Let them know what the job entails and the quality measures that you will use to evaluate their work.

4:         Volunteers want to do interesting work.

Most volunteers are willing to roll their sleeves up and do physical labour as long as it is meaningful. But grunt work is out. Do not use volunteers to do the tasks your staff doesn’t want to do. Envelope licking, wheelchair pushing, and mindless filing do not appeal to current volunteers.

Think of your volunteers as extra staff who are capable of performing complex tasks that take advantage of their experience and skills. Provide leadership opportunities to those volunteers who are willing and have the time to shoulder more responsibility.

Do you interview each volunteer? That might not be possible for large-scale projects such as a one-day clean-up campaign or when a volunteer signs up to do a remote task online. But if you can, talk to volunteers to see what they are good at and would like to do. They will love you for your interest and for uncovering their passions and expertise.

5 : Volunteers want to know up front how much time the role will take.

Everyone is busier than ever, and many volunteers may only have time for short term assignments. Project-oriented, rather than ongoing, tasks seem to work particularly well.

Decide how much time your volunteering opportunity will need and include that when you publicise your volunteer position. Will it take 6 hours a week? Does it need to be done on a weekend? Do you need your volunteer for the summer, for a season? Does the volunteer need to be available from 2 to 4 p.m. during the week?

Provide lots of options so that you can appeal to millennial professionals, a busy mum or dad, or the retiree who has more time. Think about offering “alternative” opportunities, such as project-based family volunteering and even micro-volunteering and virtual opportunities.

6:         Volunteers want to be appreciated.

Tell your volunteers frequently that they are doing a good job.

Although you will want to come up with some creative ways to formally say thanks, don’t overlook the power of a simple gesture such as taking a group of volunteers to lunch, giving out gift cards, or posting a handwritten thank you note.

7:         Volunteers want you to communicate with them well and often.

Regular communication is motivating for volunteers while the lack of it is one of the chief reasons volunteers become dissatisfied. Volunteers like to have a particular person who looks after them.

If your organisation does not have a volunteer coordinator, be sure to assign someone to be the point person for your volunteers. Neglect can be deadly. A forgotten volunteer won’t return, and you may have lost a donor as well.

Be ready to listen to volunteers and respond to concerns immediately. Telephone them, have meetings, invite them to stop by your office, send info via social media, or email them regular updates or a volunteer newsletter.

8:       Volunteers want to know that they are helping to make the world a better place.

Let your volunteers know how they are making a difference.

Share success stories about your clients and programs. Bring volunteers up-to-date on progress toward your organisation’s goals. Let them see your work in action through tours, presentations on the issues by your experts, and by inviting them to provide suggestions about how your work can be done even better.

9:         Volunteers want to be socially connected.

Volunteering is a great way for many people to socialize, so provide the opportunity to do so. Become a matchmaker for friend making. If you think a couple of volunteers would get along famously, provide that opportunity by assigning them to do a particular job together.

Keep in mind that younger volunteers especially enjoy volunteering as a group, particularly with their work groups. Actively seek out companies that provide employer supported volunteer programs and plan opportunities that work well for them.

10:      Volunteers want to learn something new.

Anyone who is willing to volunteer for an organisation is likely to have a healthy curiosity and willingness to try new things. Indeed, many volunteers get involved with causes just so they can learn new skills or about interesting topics and issues.

Provide that opportunity. Turning your volunteer job into a mini educational experience will be highly valued by potential volunteers, and will likely result in some great referrals as your volunteers tell others about what a great experience they are having.

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