What is volunteering?

Volunteering is about giving your time to a good cause. You don't get paid, but you do get the chance to use your talents, develop new skills, and experience the pleasure that comes from making a real difference to other people's lives, as well as your own.   

Who can do it?

Anyone. Whatever your age, background or work experience, you will have a skill that someone needs. No matter how busy you are, there will be something that you can do. It can be trickier to find volunteer roles if you are under 16, but not impossible.  Just ask us. 

What can I do?

Anything. (Almost.) There are over 600 different volunteer roles available in Bristol alone. You might be interested in working on the 'front line' or perhaps you’d be happier 'behind the scenes'; either way, there’s something for everyone.     

If you have professional skills that you would like to use to help local organisations in need, you might like to volunteer with the Boost! Programme.

If you have a history of drug and/or alcohol problems and would like a little extra help and support to help you get into volunteering, you might like to join our Sustain Project.

If you would like to be paired with a person living with dementia to take allow them to persue their interests and enhance wellbeing, you might like to volunteer on our Active Together for Dementia Programme.

How do I do it?

All of the available opportunities are on this website. Just use our search tool.  

You will be directed to the Do-it search engine - that's where the opportunities from all Volunteer Centres are kept.  You will be able to find details of volunteer roles from all over the country.  But if you're looking for something close to home, then be sure to enter your postcode.  Once you have found something that you like, you can register your details and you will be emailed further information

If you are unsure where to begin, our First Steps page is a good place to start.

If you would like to speak to one of our trained volunteer advisors, then pop into our Drop-In centre on Tuesdays & Wednesdays 11am-3pm at Royal Oak House (next to Cafe Gusto), Royal Oak Avenue (next to Queen Square) Bristol, BS1 4GB.  We also run a drop-in at the Gatehouse Centre in Hartcliffe on the first Tuesday of every month 10am-12midday.

No appointment needed.  

Want to find out more about volunteering?

You’ll find answers to the most commonly asked questions on our Frequently Asked Questions page.