Big Community Clean Up in Bath & North East Somerset
A call to action has been given to residents across Bath & North East Somerset to join a week of community litter picking activities.
The council’s sustainability and waste teams, supported by community group No Place for Litter, are running the ‘Big B&NES Community Clean-Up’ in October and are offering communities support and guidance to run their own events.
Individuals, neighbours, businesses, schools and community groups are all encouraged to carry out a litter pick from 19 to 27 October. A calendar of activities will be produced so that everyone in Bath & North East Somerset can find out where to join an event near them.
The Community Awards 2019/20
We are very proud of our communities and our annual Community Awards are an opportunity for us to thank volunteers, community leaders, carers, charities, staff and businesses who make a difference. We want to highlight those people and organisations who positively contribution to our community, people who are compassionate and caring and help inspire others to get involved.
We would also like to encourage nominations, although not exclusively, that focus on our priorities to protect and care for the most vulnerable and help us address the climate emergency.
This year we have made some changes to the eligibility criteria and categories. We have introduced three new categories: Charity of the Year, Foster Carer of the Year and Green Business of the Year. Also this year we have renamed the Volunteer Leader of the Year Award to ‘The Beryl Dixon Community Leader of the Year Award’, in honour of Beryl Dixon, a well-respected advocate for the BME community who sadly died in 2017.
Please ensure you read the guidance notes and the Award categories carefully before submitting a nomination.
Deadline for nominations: 20th December 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
Bath Area Play Project – Playworker – Teenage Rampage
Teenage Rampage is a weekly group for disabled young people. Volunteers will assist in facilitating activities which could include: cooking, arts and craft. The group also has project themes in which the group are involved with activities such as decorating or gardening as well as off-site trips to the theatre or an activity of their choice. Volunteers will be able to assist in the planning and organising of activities, whilst supporting disabled young people to be involved. Learn More
The Holburne Museum – Gallery Steward
Volunteer needed to act as a Gallery Student for the Holburne Museum collection. They will need to provide a very high standard of welcome to all visitors, and to deliver friendly and informative customer service at all times as wells as providing assistance with disabled visitors. Learn More
Holburne Museum – Learning Department Volunteer
Learning Volunteers support the staff and freelance Learning Team to prepare for and deliver a range of art’s activities and events for children and families.
In addition, there are opportunities to volunteer at large family events such as the Easter Eggstravaganza and Big Draw, occasionally to help with workshops for teenagers and adults, and to help prepare flyers for school book bags. Learn More
Marie Curie – Fundraising Group Member
Our Marie Curie Fundraising Groups are our local face within the community. They are a group of people who come together to raise funds and represent us in the community by organising collections, planning events and looking after collection tins. The events chosen usually depend on the interests of the group members and they would usually do one or two events a year. The groups meet every 4-8 weeks to plan their activities.
Being a part of a group is a great way to meet new people, have fun and raise funds for a fantastic cause. We currently don’t have a local group in Bath so we are looking for people who want to get involved and help start up the group. Learn More
Marie Curie – Fundraising Group Member
We are looking for volunteers in the Bath and the surrounding villages to place and collect our distinctive yellow collection boxes with local shops and businesses. This can be a flexible role where you can volunteer when it suits you.
Every penny dropped in our collection boxes helps Marie Curie provide care for people living with terminal illness. Volunteer in your spare time for a great cause and manage your own workload. You will get to know the business owners in this fun and flexible role. Learn More
Marie Curie – Collectors and collection hosts
We are looking for people to help out at our collections in Bath and North East Somerset. This entails standing with a collection tin in your local town or supermarket and collecting funds for a couple of hours. 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
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
Bath Welcomes Refugees – Resettlement Support Volunteer
When a new refugee family arrives in B&NES, Bath Welcomes Refugees (BWR) provide a specific team of volunteers specific for each family. The role of these volunteers is to help the family settle into their new home and to aid their progress towards independence.
Each team consists of several Resettlement Support Volunteers (RSVs), along with BWR English language teachers. Further support is also provided by other BWR volunteers, including a gardening team, donations team and benefits advisor. Learn More
BRLSI – 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. As a Reception Desk Volunteer, you will be the first point of contact for visitors to our institution. You will be responsible for greeting visitors, answering the telephone, checking and responding to email, printing out and displaying publicity materials, carrying out any administrative tasks the management team might need help with. Learn More
Latest August Opportunities
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
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.
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
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: https://bit.ly/2ZDbz3e
Latest June Opportunities
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
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