Calling all volunteers in Horfield and Lockleaze

June 05 2017
Calling all volunteers in Horfield and Lockleaze

The first week in June is Volunteers Week and to mark the occasion we are including a page where all Volunteering positions can be listed.

Calling all Volunteers in Horfield and Lockleaze

The first week in June is Volunteers Week and to mark the occasion we are including a page where all Volunteering positions can be listed. With the cuts in funding starting to grip now our community depends even more on the superb contributions of our wonderful volunteers. 

If you’ve got some spare time and a desire to give to your community please have a look. You do get a really good “feel good” factor and it is a great way of meeting people. If you or your organisation are not included please get in touch and we will make sure you are included next month.

Buzz Lockleaze

Are you interested in food and healthy eating? Would you enjoy a volunteer role where you meet new people and learn new skills? Then we have just the opportunity for you! Buzz is currently looking for volunteers for several roles within the shop/ cafe and in developing the new garden space. We are looking for:-

·         Shop/ Café Volunteers to help run the shop (Shifts are: Tues, Weds, Thurs or Fri 10:30am-2:00pm). Full training, including barista training with Extract Coffee will be given for this role.

 ·         Event Co-ordinators to organise and run 1-2 events per month, promoting healthy eating and nutrition (times tbc)

 ·         Garden Volunteers to help develop the garden space behind the shop to grow fruit and veg (Shift is on a Thursday: 1:00pm-3:00pm)

 ·         Job Match Volunteers to undertake job searches and match by category with Work Zone client interests

 ·         Job Coach Volunteers to provide ongoing support to Work Zone clients in order for them to overcome challenges to find suitable employment.

 ·         Work Zone Mentor Volunteers to provide regular 1:1 support to individuals actively seeking work to help them set and achieve employability goals

For the role descriptions and application form contact or call 0117 269 0006. We particularly welcome applicants from the Lockleaze area.

Filton Avenue Junior School

They tend to be local people with a love of reading who want to “give something back” to the children of their community.  They give generously of their time and build important relationships with our children. While we have several excellent new volunteers who have joined us this academic year, many of our reading buddies have been with us for a number of years and show a high level of expertise in motivating and encouraging some of our more reluctant readers. The trick, many buddies have found, is to pass on their own love of reading by making reading a really enjoyable experience for the children. For some kids, particularly those who may not have the chance to read at home, just 10 minutes with a reading buddy can make all the difference to their reading progress. The weekly meeting with their reading buddy is a special time which they look forward to enormously! In our busy lives as teachers we tend to rush from pillar to post and sometimes we may forget to say “thank you” for the important work the reading buddies are doing for our children. Our reading volunteers should certainly be celebrated for their quiet dedication and enthusiasm. Reading is a powerful and invaluable gift. It has the potential to benefit the child throughout their entire life! Lydia Trapnell (Reading Recovery teacher)

The School can be contacted on 0117 9030302 or see


The Friends of Stoke Park

The Friends of Stoke Park carry out a Litter Pick in the Park on the first Saturday of each month. They meet at the Cameron Centre at 10am. All equipment is provided.

The Hub/ Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust

Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust is a community organisation that supports the residents of Lockleaze through running community buildings: Hub and the Cameron Centre. We are a charity and could not exist without the support of volunteers who are the heart of our organisation. We are currently looking for a number of people to fill volunteer positions, these include:

Trustees - these are responsible for the overseeing the running of the organisation, if it meets its legal and financial responsibilities, and provide guidance on the direction of the organisation. We are particularly looking for a Treasurer and a trustee that can support Property management issues .

Key holders - we have a number of reliable and trustworthy volunteers who open and close the building for us after private bookings. Volunteers help us keep the cost of hiring the rooms down and ensure that the building is kept safe after bookings.

Support for Short Mat Bowls - we have an indoor  bowling group that runs on the a Tuesday. The current volunteer has been unwell and the group urgently needs someone to help set up and tidy up the bowling equipment, help keep the game going and be company and a friendly face for this lovely group. 

Events and fundraisers - we need to raise money to keep running and love it when we can do this by also running fun community events such as pamper nights, murder mysteries, quizzes, discos and other fun events. 

Cake bakers - we regularly need cakes - it helps staff and volunteer morale and also raises money.

If any of these sound interesting to you please pop in to the Hub or contact Ilani at  0117 9141129


Interested in enriching the lives of others through Shared Reading? An exciting opportunity has arisen to become a volunteer Shared Reading facilitator at a Bristol Library as part of Bristol shared Reading – a project being developed between The Reader and Bristol Libraries to reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing through Shared Reading. Volunteers will receive full training as Shared Reading practitioners, commit to holding a weekly Shared Reading group for one year, be passionate about reading and sharing great literature, enjoy promoting the group and recruiting new members, and receive ongoing support from other volunteers, Library staff and Reader Volunteer Co-Ordinators.

For more information contact Samantha Weaver at or on 07812 238532, or Emma Crago at or on 07970 247410.


LPW up at The Vench have roles available for Children’s Delivery Support and Youth Delivery Support.

Please contact Peter Woods-Wetton at or on 0117 9074479

Manor Farm Community Hub

Need for on-going service on core committee  - prepared to take an active part, could do with a minutes secretary for definite, also we will need as much help as can for the upcoming Funday  - volunteers on day and some tasks in run-up.

Please contact Anna George at or via their Manor Farm Community Hub Facebook group.

North Bristol Advice Centre

Volunteer admin support: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday - 4 hours per week

Older person's Champion: day of week flexible - 3/4 hours per week

Driver + minibus driver: day of week to be confirmed

Advice Support volunteer: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday - 4 hours a week

Energy advice volunteer: generally early evenings/Saturdays attending community events

IT/Tec support: 3/4 hours a week/fortnight to help update operating systems etc

For more information on any of our current volunteering roles please visit our website at or call Helen 0117 9515751

The Old Library

We have some key roles that really need local people to help out with, and The Old Library would love to hear from you if you may be able to:

  • ·         Help with finances – in need of an Excel user who can keep an eye on finances & help with invoicing! The Old Library would also love to hear from you if you’d like to be a Treasurer now our current Treasurer, David, is off on a sailing trip for 6 months… as you can probably guess, this is a real position that needs filling, ASAP!
  • ·         Be a hire coordinator – Help take on some of the hire admin & calendar organising, and liasing with would-be hirers to help encourage them and get them on board!
  • ·         Be part of an Events & fundraising team – The Old Library would love to run more community events, music nights, family fun days and more, but need both those who would like to help on the days, but also passionate people with good ideas who can help lead the way and organise events!

Weekend Café team – Ultimately, it would be great to be able to open the Old Library at the weekends, so that many more people can come and use the space, enjoy the garden, read books & socialize with their neighbours. Would you like to offer a few hours each week or each month?

If you have ideas of ways you’d like to be involved, or have an interest in any of the areas above, the Old Library would love to hear from you. Get in touch with us at

Upper Horfield Community Trust

Upper Horfield Community Trust are always looking for volunteers for our Garden Club and are also looking for Trustee's to join the Board of Trustees at UHCT. Garden Club volunteers can contact Phil Wilson via email for more information. Trustee nominations can contact the office on 0117 9690011 or via email for more information.