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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 https://www.pentathlongb.org/euros2019/ 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 www.lta.org.uk/FedCupVolunteers or for more info email FedCup@lta.org.uk

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!

@vegmead

Website

 

 

 


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: bathrepaircafe@gmail.com

 

 

 


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 Virgin Care 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 Virgin Care 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 michael.plows@virgincare.co.uk  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. ow.ly/80Kp30l1k6z

 

 

 


The Art of Reflection in Volunteer Management

Added 25/07/2018

An interesting reminder:

https://www.flutterbye.com.au/reflection-volunteer-management/

 

 

 


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.

unv.org/swvr
#SWVR2018

 

 

 


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

https://t.co/uPds5vUf7f

 

 

 


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 https://www.linkagenetwork.org.uk/projects/ace-neighbours/

 

 

 


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:

http://wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk/index.php/Activity/dementia-awareness-dementia-friends-information-session/4932

 

 

 


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:

http://www.bath.ac.uk/campaigns/struggling-to-exercise-and-lose-weight-participate-in-our-study-and-let-us-help/

 

 

 


 

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