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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.


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

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

CVS South Gloucestershire

Poole Court, Poole Court Drive, Yate BS37 5PP
Tel: 01454 865205

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

Fundraising Group Deputy Coordinator Volunteer - Guide Dogs

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.

The aim of these events is to generate income that helps fund the services we provide and support people with visual impairments and their families to live fulfilling independent lives.

What does 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
Good organisation skills

What will you get out of it?
Sense of satisfaction in seeing donations generated
Work with a group of 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

What Support/ Training will you get?
Regular and ongoing advice and support from Guide Dogs
Resources to support event
Payment of out of pocket expenses
Basic induction to Guide Dogs and specific training for the role

Minimum Age: 18

To apply for this role, head to our website below, where you can find out more about this role and input a formal application. If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator by email.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Closing date: 1/09/2021


Gillingstool Primary School Governor Opportunity

Gillingstool Primary School is a popular school serving a diverse population in the heart of Thornbury and surrounding area. We have a strong vision and values ethos, where inclusivity for all is a key element. The curriculum for learning is exciting and enriching for the children, and we ultimately seek to Inspire, Believe and Achieve.

The Governing Body is now seeking enthusiastic and committed individuals to join an effective and cohesive team of people to hold the school to account, to continually shape the vision and values, and to set and monitor the strategic direction of the school.

You do not need to be an expert in education and a big part of this role will be for you to learn about the many fabulous ways and methods that children learn and grow into well balanced and happy individuals. You will then use this knowledge to support the Senior Leadership Team through appropriate challenge and questioning.

Governors at Gillingstool Primary School are volunteers and benefit from excellent support and development opportunities. These are provided through an induction process and a full programme of training available both face to face and on-line to suit individual needs. There are also regular opportunities to work alongside experienced Governors and to take on a responsibility for an area of the School Development Plan to support the school’s priorities.

The Board of Governors welcomes applications from all interested parties as we seek different perspectives and opinions to ensure that a balanced view for the school is achieved. We are especially keen to hear from people who have any business experience (either local or national) or knowledge of environmental activities.

Expressions of interest can be made by emailing our Clerk to Governors Michelle Galliott, by email in the first instance.

Alternatively, if you have any further questions about the governor role at Gillingstool Primary School, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to share more information about the governor role.

Gillingstool Primary School, Gillingstool, Thornbury BS35 2EG
Tel: 01454 866527

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.


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

Local youth music charity needs new Trustees and Treasurer

Thornbury Area Youth Music Trust is urgently seeking new Trustees to join its board. The charity provides high-quality music tuition and activities for children aged 4-18 through a successful music centre that sees more than 100 children coming together to have fun making music each week. The centre gives these young people the chance to play in small and large ensembles, with regular performances throughout the year.

The charity was set up by parents after the local authority closed the music centre that was run at Marlwood School, Alveston. In 2018 the centre moved to Manorbrook School, Thornbury and was meeting there every term-time Saturday morning until Covid hit. Since then the children have been receiving online tuition and coming together virtually to play ensemble pieces.

“TAYM is run by parents, trustees and volunteers,” said Nadya Webster, a parent and a trustee. “With the decline in musical opportunities in primary and secondary schools, it’s really important to us that all the young people of our area have access to music on their doorstep at affordable prices without having to travel further afield.”

Several of the trustees have children that are now moving on to other things and so the charity is looking for new trustees to join the board. “Trustees do not need any music background and they do not need to be a parent of a child in the centre,” says Kieran Donaghey, also a parent and trustee. “We are looking for anyone who can bring new ideas, help with the governance of the music centre and who believes it is important for young people to have access to music education.”

A Head of Centre, Administrator and a Treasurer manage the centre along with our team of dedicated music tutors. Trustee board meetings take place around 8-10 times per year and are currently held on-line. The role of Trustee is a voluntary one, with trustees taking on a variety of shared responsibilities, dependent on their experience and preference.

The Trust is also currently recruiting for a Treasurer who is required to manage the TAYM bank accounts in accordance with the agreed activities of the trust. This is a paid, part-time position.

For more information about TAYM, please see our website below. You can also search for Thornbury Area Youth Music on YouTube and see some of the children's online performances.

If you are interested in either the Treasurer or Trustee roles please contact


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

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

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

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.


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.


Thornbury parkrun volunteers

The event takes place in the Mundy playing field every Saturday at 9am. The event however cannot go ahead without you - the volunteers. The event needs approx 15 volunteers each week. Each week the volunteer rosta always has a number of slots that still need to be filled on Thursday and often still on Friday night!
Please look at the Thornbury parkrun site for more details on how to take part - as a volunteer or as a participant.


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.


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

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

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

Tytherington Village Shop Volunteers

We are on the look out for new volunteers to enable us to return to our normal pre-COVID-19 hours, as some of our long serving members are unable to participate due to the current circumstances.

We are delighted with the fact that we have welcomed some new members to the team including, 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 establishing 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

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