Volunteering at North Bristol Advice Centre

May 19 2019
Volunteering at North Bristol Advice Centre

Volunteers Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you to the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the country

It takes place from the 1st to the 7th of June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity.

There are plenty of volunteering roles here in our community. North Bristol Advice Centre write about their current work and vacancies. Other local organisations are heavily dependent on volunteers too: the Old Library, Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust at The Hub, The Vench, the Lockleaze Community Orchard and the Manor Farm Community Hub to name a few.

North Bristol Advice Centre currently have over 40 volunteers - generally offering around half a day a week - and all make a real difference to the services we can offer our clients. Our current vacancies are listed below:

Advice Support Volunteers (Home Visits) : Would you be interested in offering one to one advice support to older people in their homes? This service is aimed at those unable to access our service through ill health, disability or mobility issues. The role could include assessing what support people may be entitled to, helping people complete forms to apply for benefits such as Attendance Allowance and Pension Credit or looking at ways people can save money through best deals around utilities. If you can offer excellent communication skills, some knowledge or experience of benefits (although not essential) and are willing to travel across the north Bristol area for home visits we would be very keen to hear from you. We will provide all training and support and ask for a commitment of  4 hours per week/fortnight.

Minibus Driver - Shopping trips : We offer older people from the local community of Lockleaze/Horfield an opportunity to head to one of the larger supermarkets on alternate Friday mornings - both for cheaper shopping and as an opportunity to meet and socialise - and are keen to recruit a minibus driver to collect and return those attending, on alternate Fridays. If you enjoy helpg older people, have a clean driving licence and have the time to spare we can offer you MIDAS (minibus driver) training (if you don't already have it) and support to become a valued member of the shopping club volunteer team.

Community Navigator volunteers : Our Community Navigator project - to connect older people with their communities - is now looking to recruit a team of volunteers to visit people in their homes, provide relevant information and signposting support and perhaps accompany them to local activities or services as required. If you would like to be part of this innovative project designed to make a difference to the lives of older people and are keen to develop your knowledge of the local services, groups and activities that could support our clients do please get in touch to find out how you can get involved.

Trustees : We are also keen to hear from anyone who would be interested in joining our trustee team. We currently have 2 vacancies and would particularly welcome interest for one of the vacancies from anyone with previous experience of being a treasurer. The trustees meet monthly on a Wednesday, early evening, for 2 hours here in Lockleaze.

If you are interested in any of these roles and would like to come along to find out more before applying please call Helen on 0117 9515751.

And here's a profile on Dorothy, an Admin volunteer with NBAC


Dorothy joined us in June 2017. Here are some of her own words about her volunteering experience over the past 18+ months:

Q: How did you find out about the Admin volunteer role and what interested you about it?

A: I had recently retired and a friend suggested I look up the Voscur website. I saw the NBAC admin role and phoned and spoke to Alli in the office who was really friendly and explained the role would be working with her. When I was offered the role I danced around my kitchen – and phoned my sister in USA. I was so excited!

Q: How do you think your role best supports the work of NBAC?

A: I feel very valued and appreciated within NBAC and really enjoy coming in each week. The clients I speak to on ‘follow-up’ phone rounds are so grateful for the help they get from the NBAC team and tell me that they feel the pressure on them has been reduced. I know that gathering this information is really valuable for nbac.

Q: What do you enjoy most about the role?

A: The variety definitely – I’m never bored! I enjoy meeting people, everyone’s really friendly and helpful – staff and volunteers. I also enjoyed joining the NBAC team for the Bristol Legal Walk in September 2017 … despite the rain! (ed: Dorothy was our top fundraiser for the event!)

Q: Have there been any unexpected outcomes?

A: Huge satisfaction and enjoyment! And I’ve been able to take part in lots of training including First Aid, Mental Health awareness and Safeguarding amongst other things.

Dorothy: I really hope NBAC keeps going for years to come. I can really see the difference NBAC makes to people’s lives and I’m so glad I saw the volunteer role advert. I absolutely love it and I feel I’m giving something back.