Volunteering opportunities available in Horfield and Lockleaze

June 05 2018
Volunteering opportunities available in Horfield and Lockleaze

Volunteers Week takes place between the 1st and 7th of June every year and is an opportunity to celebrate volunteering in all its diversity and is a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make.

To complement this we thought it would be a good idea to list all the volunteering opportunities that are available locally. These organisations exist with very limited funds (or in the Old Library’s case no funds at all) and have to rely on the contributions of volunteers. Have a look at the list; your ideal role could be there!

Buzz Lockleaze

If you would like to volunteer with Buzz here is a current list of our volunteer roles that we are recruiting for, more information can be found on our website:

Café/shop volunteer

Gardening Club volunteer

Games Club volunteer

Events volunteer

Virtual Mentor

Drop-In Coordinator

Research & Resource Vol


If you are interested in any of these roles please pop into the cafe and leave your details or give them a ring on 0117 2690006

Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust

Lockleaze Neighbourhood Trust run the Hub, the community centre in the heart of Lockleaze, organise events for the people of Lockleaze and support members of the local community in any way they can. They have the following vacancies:


  • Events Committee

Join our brand new Events Committee and run several events for the Lockleaze community. If you’ve got or want events experience or want to give back to Lockleaze this is a chance to work with the support of The Hub to make things happen.

  • Keyholders

Help out your community centre by opening for our of hours users. Great if you’re a local resident and live near the Hub, flexible and not very frequent, but entitles you to discount on room hire!

  • Film club

New club to decide which films we show at our Monday Matinee, as well as half term or any other film nights/days you want to be put on. Are you really into Westerns or the Avengers? Meet other people who are too and show them on a big screen in the Hub.

  • Short Mat Bowls

A chance to help out with a lovely group of people with different needs at their weekly bowls class. It’s a great chance to get experience working with vulnerable adults and meeting more people in the community. A DBS check will be required.

If you are interested in any of these vacancies please call into The Hub and leave your details with Jess or e-mail her on jess@lockleazent.co.uk

Manor Farm Community Hub

Your Hub needs You!

The Board of MFCH are seeking a volunteer to join the Board and take on the role of Secretary.

The role at present involves taking meeting minutes, typing these up and sending out, booking rooms for events such as core Board members meetings and AGMs, work with the Chair to compile and print off meeting agendas and other documents for meetings, work with the Chair and other members to deal with external correspondence and e-mails as needs be, monitor the progress of actions agreed upon in meetings and to report back on them.

If you would like to help in this way to make things happen for the community please send a private message to Anna George (Chair) or Ann Bennett (Vice-Chair) via Facebook page or contact Anna George by phone on 01751430080 or email anna@agtrans.co.uk  

North Bristol Advice Centre

North Bristol Advice Centre are keen to talk to anyone interested in offering some of their time each week to support the services we offer locally. We currently have opportunities covering a wide range of experience and skills so please read on - and get in touch if you would like more information about any of the roles below:

Admin support volunteers: Our admin volunteers help with a range of tasks including data entry, updating information and making phone calls to clients. If you have some admin/office experience and can offer us 3 or 4 hours a week we would love to meet you.

Money Smart volunteer: Online Forms support. Would you like to join our Tuesday morning volunteer team within The Langley Centre helping people complete on-line forms? Forms will include the new Universal Credit benefit application form, housing benefit and job seekers. Full training will be provided and you will be part of a very supportive staff and volunteer team offering help and guidance to local people.

Advice Support volunteers: Welfare benefits We are looking for people who have some knowledge of welfare benefits, or are keen to learn, and can offer a weekly commitment to help people complete welfare benefit application forms. Training dates are confirmed for late June/early July. For more information please call in or contact us by phone or e-mail.

Welfare benefit check volunteers This is a new role that we plan to launch this summer through a volunteer team who will sit with clients 1-to-1 and using an on-line tool check what benefits they may be entitled to. Full training will be given although we ask that people have some existing knowledge or experience of benefits.

Older persons champion. We have recently recruited one new Champion to our team and are now looking for a further volunteer who would be happy to visit older people in their homes, review what benefits they may be entitled to and help with any applications. If you have personal or working experience of supporting older people come and find out more about the work of our Community Support at Home team.

Tablet workshop lead volunteer: If you enjoy using tablets and smart phones and feel confident to share your knowledge with others we are keen to run a series of workshops for people aged 55yrs+ and hope to recruit someone from the local community who could lead the sessions using a pre-planned session outline. Full introductory training provided plus all sessions would have Tablet support volunteers offering 1 to 1 support to learners.

We currently have over 30 volunteers offering us time each week and everyone of them makes a difference to our service. If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering with us please call in to see us at North Bristol Advice Centre on Gainsborough Square, call us on 0117 9515751 x221 or E: volunteering@northbristoladvice.org.uk              

The Old Library

Although we have a lot of volunteering opportunities within the Old Library, with cafe volunteers needed along with events helpers (baking cakes, manning stalls and helping organise), we're in need of at least another 2 volunteers to assist with admin, which is mainly based online and can incorporate as many or as little hours as they can assist with.

The role particularly deals with:

Answering emails enquiring about hiring for private parties

Sending and logging paperwork for confirmed hires/invoices

Updating diary so keyholders can see the bookings

Working to improve the booking process to make it more simple!

This is something we have a continual challenge with and the more volunteers the better - if we can find any admin assistance with this, it would be fantastic.