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Thornbury Radio - Your Choice, Your Voice


We aim to deliver high quality, relevant programming to Thornbury and surrounding villages. We support development of our community through frequent on-air mentions, sponsorship and campaigns. Unlike other stations, scarcely 10 minutes will pass without you hearing the word "Thornbury" or something else that is locally relevant!

Musically we are far more diverse than other stations on the dial. In contrast to most commercial stations that playlist only 300-400 songs, our playlist has over 5000 songs, and that excludes the music we play in specialist shows!

Listen 24 hours a day on 105.1 FM and 107.5 FM, online via the link below, on mobile using the dedicated iOS and Android apps and on internet radio players.

www.thornbury.radio/
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Advocate Volunteers


Swan Advocacy

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

Please find more information about our current volunteer opportunities below.

swanadvocacy.org.uk/opportunities...


Age UK South Gloucestershire Volunteers


Age UK South Gloucestershire relies on volunteers to help us offer vital services in the local community. Would you like to lend a hand?

Tel: 01454 411707
www.ageuk.org.uk/southgloucesters...
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British Heart Foundation Shop Volunteering Roles


Whether you want to learn new skills, keep busy or meet new people, we have a range of roles available and Covid-secure measures in place to keep you safe.​ Click below to complete our simple application form today.

16 St Mary Street, Thornbury BS35 2AB
Tel: 01454 417177
www.mythornbury.co.uk/obj/bhfvolu...
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CVS South Gloucestershire


Poole Court, Poole Court Drive, Yate BS37 5PP
Tel: 01454 865205
www.cvs-sg.org.uk
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Have your got spare time on your hands? Want to help in the local community? Then become a volunteer driver/leaflet distributor.
We provide transport to those members of the community who, for whatever reason, cannot use existing transport services.

Crossbow House, 58 School Road, Frampton Cotterell BS36 2DA
Tel: 01454 250500
4tvl.org.uk/
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Fundraising Group Coordinator for South Gloucestershire - Volunteer


Guide Dogs

Be the key contact for fundraising in your local community to raise money from a variety of activities such as collections, social events and Tea Parties.

The Fundraising Group Coordinator is responsible for coordinating a group of volunteers to raise funds through events or other activities, delegating tasks to other members of the group as required and being the key contact in the local area.

What could the role involve?
•Organising and attending events such as the Great Guide Dogs Tea Party, Pub Quizzes and collections in your local area
•Encouraging local businesses, schools and groups to name their own guide dog puppy
•Building relationships with local networks, socials groups, schools and businesses to encourage them to host their own event in support of Guide Dogs
•Working as part of Guide Dogs’ fundraising team with staff and volunteers
•Liaising with Community Fundraiser informing them of events in your area
•Making sure your fundraising policies and procedures are followed
•Being a passionate local ambassador for Guide Dogs’ work
•Ensuring that any information provided by Guide Dogs is cascaded to relevant supporters or volunteers
•Ensuring income raised from events is banked in a timely manner

Location: Home based and working in your local area

What skills or experience are required?
•Able to generate enthusiasm
•Good communication and team-working skills
•Able to motivate people

What will I get out of it?
•Sense of satisfaction in seeing donations generated
•Work with committed and passionate people
•Support Guide Dogs to provide guide dogs and other mobility services that enable blind and partially-sighted people to enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else
•Make a difference in your local community
•Opportunity to learn new skills

What support/training will I get?
•Basic induction to Guide Dogs and to the role
•Regular and ongoing advice and support from Guide Dogs
•General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) training (for Group and Deputy Group Coordinators)
•Resources to support fundraising, such as stock to sell
•Payment of out of pocket expenses in line with Guide Dogs volunteer expenses policy

Will I need to do a Disclosure check? No

Minimum Age: 18

Closing date: 31/01/2022

Guide Dogs Office, 10 Stillhouse Lane, Bristol BE2 4EB
www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteer
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Girlguiding Leaders and Assistant Leaders


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

www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involv...


Green Community Travel Volunteers


Green Community Travel need voluntary drivers to help drive their minibuses and also people who would be willing to drive their own cars to get people to hospital appointments. Cost of training and expenses are reimbursed by GCT. We work with volunteers so it fits around your life!

Please call or email us to discuss further. We hope to hear from you soon!

Yate-based, covering all South Gloucestershire
Tel: 01454 228706
www.greencommunitytravel.co.uk/
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My Sighted Guide - Volunteer


Guide Dogs

In this role you will support a person with sight loss to get out and about in their local community, building self-confidence, increasing social interaction, and promoting independence.

“I really care about making a difference – it is brilliant to be a part of watching someone else go on to achieve something with encouragement.” - Joe, My Sighted Guide volunteer

What you’ll be doing:
We rely on volunteers like you to help us improve the lives of people with sight loss. In this role your support will include:
•Delivering sighted guide assistance, using skills provided in our training, on a regular basis to someone with a visual or vision impairment to help increase their confidence, varying from 3 months to 12+ months.
•Meeting at agreed times/location based on the mutually agreed activity plan.
•Maintaining professional boundaries and adhering to safeguarding procedures.
•Providing regular feedback on partnership progress and highlighting any issues that may arise in the partnership to your key contact.

You’ll have
Ideally you will:
•Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the confidence to use them when support is required.
•Be patient and flexible.
•Act in a non-judgemental way, without discrimination.
•Have the physical ability to guide someone with a visual impairment.

If you don’t feel you tick every box but are sure this role is the one for you, please drop us a message and tell us why. We’re open to suggestions and happy to chat with you to find out what’s possible!

You’ll get
Volunteering is a two-way street, so in return for your time you will get a dedicated key contact who will help you settle in and support you during your time with us. You’ll also get to:
•Make a life-changing difference to someone in need in your community.
•Gain skills and experience whilst doing an activity that you enjoy.
•Meet new people within your community and across Guide Dogs.
•Increase the independence, dignity and wellbeing of people living with sight loss through the delivery of the My Sighted Guide service.

Training and support
This role has the equivalent of 2 days of training, which can be flexible around your requirements, and then you’ll be ready to go! These modules include:
•Sighted Guide training
•Guide Dogs safeguarding training

If you have questions about the training requirements, we can answer these at your interview along with any other support or accessibility needs you may have.

Volunteering for Guide Dogs should never leave you out of pocket. We’ll make sure we pay any expenses related to your volunteering with us in line with our policy.

What we need from you
Criminal Disclosure check necessary? Yes, this role requires that you have an Enhanced Disclosure check (PVG in Scotland).

We are working hard to make sure anyone who wants to can volunteer for Guide Dogs, but at the moment we have a minimum age of 18 for this particular role.

Closing date: 31/01/2022

Guide Dogs Office, 10 Stillhouse Lane, Bristol BE2 4EB
www.guidedogs.org.uk/volunteer
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National Garden Scheme - South Gloucestershire


The National Garden Scheme is proud to say that 80% of money raised through opening gardens goes to health charities.

In our area, Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and Bath there are almost 40 gardens to choose from, all described in the local 'Yellow book.' In South Gloucestershire 7 very different gardens open to visitors providing 'Great Gardens, Great Cakes!' Some will open for groups, at a time to suit you, 'By Arrangement'.

Details of all the gardens can be found on the National Garden Scheme website below, or you can download the smartphone app. On both you can search for gardens opening within the distance you are prepared to travel. So why not go ahead and plan the gardens you would like to visit?

The huge benefits of gardens and gardening to health and well being are now well recognised. You may feel you would like to become involved in this inspiring organisation. It's possible to volunteer in a small way by helping with serving teas, or you may even feel that your own garden could be enjoyed by others. Seeing the pleasure on visitors' faces and sharing your endeavours with others, whilst helping the NGS charities, has a huge 'feel good factor.'

To find out more, contact the County Organiser, Su Mills by phone or email.

Tel: 01454 615438
ngs.org.uk
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Oldbury on Severn Community Shop Volunteers


Oldbury on Severn Community Shop is a volunteer-run shop. Its sole purpose to provide a much needed service to the local Community and, subject to its continued success, provide donations to local good causes and local charities.

We currently have around 25/30 volunteers but always need more people to help us and importantly ensure the shop's future is guaranteed. Our volunteers come from the local Parish and from Patchway, Thornbury and Sharpness. It’s very friendly and a great place to make new friends and importantly give a little bit back to the Community and good causes.

If anyone is interested in joining please phone Chris Awde on the number below. Volunteer slots are generally only 2 hours and there is absolutely no pressure in terms of commitment, in that the volunteer picks when they want to work and this can be 2 hours a week or 2 hours a month. Basically the volunteer makes the decision when he or she wants to work.

Tel: 01454 418619


Re-engage (formerly Contact the Elderly)


Supported by a network of volunteers, Re-engage organises monthly Sunday afternoon gatherings for small groups of older people aged 75 and over who are dealing with loneliness and social isolation.

Once a month, normally on a Sunday afternoon, each older guest is collected from their home by a Volunteer Driver, and taken to a Volunteer Host’s home, where they join a small group for refreshments, talk and companionship. The group is warmly welcomed by a different host each month, but the charity’s drivers and older guests remain the same. This means that over the months and years, acquaintances turn into friends and loneliness is replaced by companionship.

Tel: 01225 873812
www.reengage.org.uk/
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Sharpness Lifeboat Station - Volunteer Fundraisers


We provide a lifeboat search-and-rescue service on the Severn Estuary between Gloucester and the Severn Bridges – one of the most challenging waterways in the UK. We need a volunteer fundraising crew who can give some of their weekend time, working alongside the operational lifeboat crew to collect the essential donations that keep the lifeboat station running.

If you are 18+, enthusiastic, willing to tell our story to the public – and able to give at least 20 hours a year of your time, then this volunteering opportunity could be just right for you.

In return, we will introduce you to the work we do, give you occasional opportunity to go out on one of the lifeboats, give you a uniform, and involve you in the life of the lifeboat station. Suitable volunteers may also be able to progress to full operational crew in the future.

Please contact Hugh Inwood for more information about this role, or click on the link below to apply.

Tel: 07774 260429
www.bit.do/sharpnesslifeboat
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Souper Natter Volunteers


Are you good at welcoming people and have good listening ears? Let's bring new ideas and positive actions to your community. Come and join the Souper Natter team.

'Souper Natter' provides a social space with small activities for people age over 50, carers, newly moved etc. to tackle loneliness and social isolation in and out of Thornbury.

For more information please contact Southern Brooks Community Development worker Sato by email below or on 07971 670880.

www.facebook.com/soupnattercommunity
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Thornbury Arts Festival Volunteers


Thornbury Arts Festival, one of the longest running multi-arts festivals in the country, is looking for volunteers to join its committee to fill both key and supporting roles.

Entirely run by volunteers, the Festival is an established part of the Thornbury calendar and the organising committee is also responsible for the annual Thornbury Eisteddfod, and the Severn Vale Art Trail, which showcases the work of local artists.

If you would like to find out more, please get in touch.

mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/thorn...
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Thornbury Carnival Volunteers


Thornbury Carnival is organised by the Thornbury Carnival Community Interest Company (C.I.C.). If you would like to join the committee in any capacity and help plan the next Thornbury Carnival, please make contact as soon as possible.

There are lots of ways to get involved, many of which do not require Committee work, and can be done in small groups and spread throughout the year.

No experience is necessary, just a friendly approach, resourcefulness and reliability.

www.mythornbury.co.uk/carnival
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Thornbury parkrun Volunteers


Thornbury parkrun happens largely because of our fantastic volunteers, who help on a Saturday morning. The weekly team is led by a small group of parkrun enthusiasts who form what we call the 'core team'. They make sure the event is setup and packed away each week, the results published, the tokens resorted, event reports written and so much more.

We're very grateful to the help provided by everybody, both now and in the past, who've helped make Thornbury parkrun happen. Please click below if you'd like to join us and get involved!

www.parkrun.org.uk/thornbury/volu...
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Thornbury Sea Cadets is looking for Adult Volunteers


Every week across the UK thousands of young people, aged between 10 and 18, get involved in Sea Cadet activities. To make this happen we need the help of volunteers. We have lots of roles to match your skills from instructional staff to unit management.

Instructional opportunities range from sailing to marine engineering, navigation to catering, first aid to adventure training. Training for would-be cadet instructors is available so anyone interested should not be put off because they don't know anything/much about a particular subject. Unit Management opportunities include marketing and PR, asset management (buildings or boats or equipment), organizing events, recruitment (adult volunteers and cadets).

Please get in touch to find out more using the details below.

Tel: 07803259511
www.mythornbury.co.uk/thornbury/d...
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Thornbury Volunteer Centre


We help people find something worthwhile to do in their local community whilst having fun and making friends. We have volunteering opportunities for every age, gender, disability, skill level and time available.

We have opportunities for those interested in volunteering with all age groups and opportunities in conservation, fundraising, driving, befriending, admin, IT, craft and much more. Most of these require no specific experience; just a willingness to help others. Any amount of time that you are able to spare would help, once a week or month or maybe just a few hours as a one-off can make all the difference.

Click here or visit our Facebook page to find out latest vacancies.

If your group or organisation needs volunteers we can publicise these opportunities.
For more information please call in 10.30am-12noon Monday-Friday, phone us or click below. You really can make a difference!

The Town Hall, 35 High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AR
Tel: 01454 413392
www.volunteer-thornbury.co.uk
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Tortworth Forest Centre


Tortworth Forest Centre is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company which aims to improve lives by reconnecting people with nature, through conservation, wellbeing programmes, outdoor events, courses and volunteering opportunities.
The Centre is based at Tortworth Arboretum, a historically and culturally rich woodland. There is huge potential to bring this unique place back to use and to share it with people who want to learn about woodlands and develop outdoor skills - so get in touch if you want to be a part of it.

Tortworth Arboretum, off Tortworth Road, Tortworth GL12 8HH
Tel: 07717 201 329
tortwortharboretum.org/
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Tytherington Village Hall Committee Volunteers


Tytherington village hall is the hub at the centre of village life. As a Committee we are currently looking for several people from within the village to join us on the committee. In addition the committee are also looking for someone who is willing to take on the role of treasurer.

These are obviously voluntary roles providing the ideal opportunity to support and drive community engagement by ensuring the effective management of such a vital landmark.

If anybody would be interested in joining a friendly and proactive committee please do not hesitate to contact Richard Williams on 07971 492438.


Tytherington Village Shop Volunteers


We are always on the lookout for new volunteers, and we have been very pleased to welcome new members in recent months. These include young people keen to make a positive impact in the community, as well as new residents who are working in the shop as a way of getting to know people and establish links in the village.

If you can help, we shall be very pleased to hear from you. Email below, phone the shop or pop in.

Itchington Road, Tytherington GL12 8QE
Tel: 01454 417618
tytherington-pc.gov.uk/the-parish...
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