Calling all volunteers in Lockleaze and Horfield

October 12 2017
Calling all volunteers in Lockleaze and Horfield

Back in June for Volunteers Week we carried a piece listing all the local volunteering roles that were available

Calling all Volunteers in Horfield and Lockleaze

Back in June for Volunteers Week we carried a piece listing all the local volunteering roles that were available. As the piece proved to be very successful we are repeating the exercise this month with an up to date listing. 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 time.

Buzz Lockleaze

Buzz Lockleaze are looking for people with either catering or café/retail experience to volunteer within the Buzz shop/café:

Café/shop volunteers: Initially we are offering 2 hour slots Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday to volunteers keen to help out in the shop/café where you will be involved in serving customers, till work, pricing stock and cleaning.

Catering assistant: If you have catering experience and are available on a Monday morning we would love to hear from you. This role involves helping with food preparation – from soups to salads – ready for the week ahead.

Additionally Buzz are looking to talk to people if they would like to find out more about the following roles within their Work Zone project:

Information Hive volunteer – to offer support around back to work/employment queries each Tuesday morning within the weekly Hive session

Job Coach volunteers – with experience of working with people one to one and the confidence and skills to support people to overcome challenges to finding employment.

To find out more about any of our Buzz volunteering roles please phone 0117 2690006 or e-mail

Filton Avenue Junior School

We are always in need of more people to spend time reading with our children. We have positions at our Lockleaze Road site and Orchard campus for reading buddies to support children aged 5-11.

This is what one of our volunteers says, “I chose to volunteer as a Reading Buddy as I would like all children, if possible, to be given a love of learning that will remain with them lifelong.  I do not like the thought of some pupils sitting their GCSEs and not being able to read, or understand, the questions, or not applying for jobs, or courses, because they cannot read.  The children I read with are not at this stage yet but if my giving of an hour a week enables children of eight years old to enjoy language, want to engage with books and acquire knowledge, then I hope this stands them in good stead throughout the rest of their school days.

“The school I go to is Filton Avenue Primary, where I read with four children a week.  I am always impressed with the friendly welcome I am given by the staff and the professionalism of the teachers.  The atmosphere in the school is one of caring and valuing each child, so that they are able to fulfill their potential.  As a Reading Buddy, I have been appreciated by the school, so I feel this volunteering is worthwhile.  It may only be a small difference that I can make (and it really is a shared celebration when a child moves up to the next reading level!) but helping a child towards a future where they have a fairer chance in life is the biggest reward of this voluntary work”.

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:

Older People Advisory Group – If you are over 50 and want to tell how we can do things better, improve our communication to reach older people, design our groups to better suit over 50s’s and build better infrastructure, we would love to hear from you. Please email Saliha on or call 0117 914 1129.

Key holders - We are looking for reliable and trustworthy and responsible volunteers to 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.

Events committee and fundraisers - We would love to meet people who are interested in raising money to keep The Hub running and want to join residents in putting on fun community events such as pamper nights, murder mysteries events, quiz nights, discos and anything else you are interested in.

Cake bakers -We regularly need cakes. If you love to bake, get in touch.

Involvement in discussions about housing in Lockleaze - Are you interested in planning and community housing needs. Please get in touch, we would love to meet residents who have an interest in this.

Treasurer – Overseeing the financial affairs of LNT to ensure it meets its legal and constitutional responsibilities and provide guidance on interpreting financial date. We are looking for someone with knowledge and experience of current finance practice relevant to voluntary and community organisations. Knowledge of financial management and ability to communicate clearly.

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


LPW up at The Vench have roles available for Youth Work Volunteers.

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

North Bristol Advice Centre

North Bristol Advice Centre based on Gainsborough Square, have a number of volunteering opportunities available and are REALLY keen for local people to come and talk to us and find out more about how they can play a part in the services offered through NBAC within our community.

Current opportunities include:

Activities and Events helper – to help at monthly ‘Tea and Talk’ sessions for older people living in the local area. The sessions generally last 2 hours and your help would include welcoming people, serving teas and coffees, and supporting people to take part in the session activity.

There is also the opportunity to help out with monthly minibus day trips.

Driver – to use own transport to pick up older people from their homes and bring to and return from our monthly ‘Tea and Talk’ sessions. Sessions are always held within the local Lockleaze area and take place in the afternoon (day of the week may vary). We pay all mileage costs and encourage drivers to join in the ‘Tea and Talk’ sessions too if they would like to.

Advice Support volunteers – to support people to complete welfare benefit applications within 1 to 1 appointments. Volunteers should be confident with form filling and have experience of supporting people in a working or voluntary role – full training given + on-going support.

Older Person’s Champion – in this role volunteers visit older people in their homes to meet with them to assess their social and support needs and then carry out any follow up work from the appointment. This might include support to apply for certain benefits, checking they are on best tariffs with energy/phone companies or researching local activities and offering support for them to attend.

For more information contact Helen on 0117 9515751 x 221, call in to North Bristol Advice Centre or e-mail

The Old Library

The Old Library is a self-sufficient 100% volunteer & resident run community space in the South Lockleaze, Purdown and Eastville neighbourhood on Muller Road. This resident-led project has been built from the ground up by dedicated and passionate local people, designed for everyone and anyone to get involved, share skills, create, learn and inspire others to do the same, whilst providing a relaxing and fun atmosphere for people of all ages and backgrounds to use.

One year on after getting the keys to the former Eastville Library, The Old Library continues to rely 100% on the fantastic community spirit that has shone through in the past 12 months, and the wonderful hardworking volunteers that open the doors, keep the café running, run events and fundraising activities, carry out gardening and maintenance, manage finances & admin tasks, and help create a space that everyone can be proud to be a part of. . No single person gets any wage from the project, and though different people are involved for different reasons – whether for want to improve access to groups for their children, meet new friends or for the enjoyment of being involved in a grassroots project – the goal is the same for everyone; coming together as a community, and wanting to make a positive change.

There are some key roles we are looking to fill this Autumn – can you offer a few hours a week to help with this amazing project?

Bookings Support – Can you support our hire coordinator with in-coming bookings via email? The role doesn’t have set hours and any support you can offer on this would be fantastic! This would involve emailing & liaising with hirers, updating the online calendar and liaising with our treasurer to check payments have been made.

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! We have the Old Library Christmas party to organise on the 9th December – can you get involved with us?

Weekend Café team – We would like 2 people to help run the café on the 1st Saturday of the month, so that many more people can come and use the space, enjoy the garden, read books & socialize with their neighbours. Hygiene & café training all provided, and scope to make it yours!

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.

 Pictured: The Stoke Park litter pickers