Volunteering Opportunities

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  • V Team Student Volunteering logo

    V Code Project Leader

    V Team Student Volunteering

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    We are looking for a new project leader to support the V Code project with organising our upcoming Coding event in February 2025.

    V Code is a project that sits within V Team, the largest volunteering group at The SU Bath. This project aims to support young girls to learn more about studying and working in STEM careers. In collaboration with Mighty Girls, we are running a coding workshop for local secondary school aged students, encouraging them to consider a career in tech and STEM subjects by teaching them how to code and offering talks from Women in STEM careers.

    What you would need to commit to:

    Around 3 hours a week (especially during January/early February)
    Have an interest or experience in STEM/Tech subjects
    Interested and able to handle budgeting, managing inventory and volunteers
    Confident using social media including LinkedIn
    Able to attend bi-weekly meetings with Marsha from Mighty Girls
     

  • Bath Rugby Foundation logo

    Bath Rugby Foundation Volunteer

    Bath Rugby Foundation

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date. Closing date for applications is 25 Aug.

    Bath Rugby Foundation is an independent charity which provides vulnerable children and young people in Bath and surrounding areas with the emotional, practical and physical support.

    We look to reignite confidence and self-worth in young people, giving them the life skills and opportunities to move onwards and upwards in the world

    By putting our hearts and souls into stopping challenged young people feeling judged, crushed or underestimated, we get them on the road to feeling self-assured, hopeful and happy. Every year, we turn around thousands of young people’s lives by being active in their communities, schools, or at our home at the Rec. We want an army of generous people who’ll stand by our side, pledging monthly support to drive positive change, right here in our community. Together, we will make a difference on our doorstep

    Almost 10,000 young people in and around Bath are officially classed as vulnerable. These youngsters, mainly from disadvantaged families, feel marginalised and judged. They’re labelled ‘bad’, ‘disruptive’ and ‘difficult’. The system has let them down and they’ve kicked against it. At Bath Rugby Foundation, we’re here to break this cycle. Once and for all. We use classroom learning, along with all kinds of sport and activities, to stimulate and build confidence. We mentor and nurture trust. We teach life skills to foster independence, sociability and to build positive relationships with adults. Young people who once felt helpless get back their hope and aspirations. They are able to tear off the labels society has slapped on them. To face the world with renewed selfworth and confidence

    We don’t need governments to change or policies to change. We can be the change.

    Bath Rugby Foundation is entirely funded through sponsorships, fundraising and donations.

    • Role TypeFundraiser
    • Work withOther
    • Communication Skills
    • Leadership
    • Organisation/Planning
    • Teamwork
    • Time Management
  • Bath Mind logo

    Trustee

    Bath Mind

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date. Closing date for applications is 24 Jun.

    Bath Mind is looking for new trustees from a wide variety of local communities to join our board and bring their skills and experience to help support people locally with their mental health

    • Work withAdults and Older People, Children and Young People, Disability and Health, Campaigning and Activism
    • Role TypeCommunity Volunteer
    • Communication Skills
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Decision Making
    • Financial Management
    • Initiative
    • Leadership
    • Organisation/Planning
    • Project Management
    • Problem Solving
    • Teamwork
  • Dorothy House Hospice Care logo

    Secret Run Bath Event Volunteer

    Dorothy House Hospice Care

    This opportunity takes place on 05 Jul 2024 Closing date for applications is 04 Jul.

    We are looking for volunteers to manage the event checkpoints across the city, supporting the runners as they navigate round the city. As a volunteer you will develop skills in event management, health and safety and team work.

    Taking place during the evening, runners get the chance to do a 5km, 10km or 20km route going via 5/6 checkpoints.  The event is for serious runners and families alike on a warm, summer’s evening.

    Runners receive the first checkpoint by text that morning.  They then have to reach the next checkpoint…before getting a text for the next one…and so on.  The runners have to navigate around using their wits!

    We are looking for 15 volunteers to man the checkpoints.  The idea is…you sit out in the sun and check people in… then they zoom off.  So it’s a very sociable summer’s job in our beautiful city!

    For more information about the event, head to the website here: Secret Run Series | Unlock Your Route | 5k, 10k and 20k Run

    • Work withAdults and Older People, Children and Young People
    • Role TypeCommunity Volunteer
    • Commercial Awareness
    • Communication Skills
    • Decision Making
    • Initiative
    • Project Management
    • Problem Solving
    • Sport
    • Teamwork
  • Bath Foodcycle logo

    Volunteer Cook/Volunteer Host

    Bath Foodcycle

    This opportunity takes place until 19 Jun 2024

    Get involved with FoodCycle Bath as a volunteer cook or volunteer host, either prepping and cooking our delicious veggie meals for the community, or helping serve our guests front of house each week.

    Week in, week out we nourish the hungry and lonely in our communities with delicious meals and great conversation, using food which would otherwise go to waste.

    FoodCycle aims to:
    • Connect communities
    • Support mental health and wellbeing
    • Nourish the hungry
    • Promote sustainability
    • Inspire change

    As a Cooking Volunteer you’ll join the kitchen team to help produce a three-course vegetarian meal using surplus food. You’ll contribute to recipe ideas, help with prepping the food, cooking the meal, and of course clearing up afterwards! You’ll be supported by a FoodCycle Project Leader, who will help you to develop your kitchen skills.

    As a Hosting Volunteer you’ll be working with the rest of the hosting team to create a warm, welcoming environment for our guests. By serving our guests a free, delicious meal and sharing in conversation, you'll be helping to reduce hunger and loneliness in your community. You’ll be supported by a FoodCycle Project Leader, who will help you to develop your hosting skills.
    You don’t need to have any previous experience – you just need to get stuck in!

    Skills you'll learn
    - Teamwork: you’ll work as part of a team to help produce a delicious meal for our guests.
    - Cooking: you’ll learn how to cater for large numbers and how to make nutritionally balanced meals.
    - Creativity: you won’t know what your ingredients are before the session so you’ll need to get creative to come up with recipe ideas and produce a great meal!
    - Fundraising: you’ll have the opportunity to participate in fundraising activities, like pop ups and sponsored challenges, to help raise vital funds to support your Project.
    FoodCycle is a company limited by guarantee (number 7101349) and a registered charity in England and Wales (number 1134423).

    What to expect from FoodCycle
    - Ongoing support and advice from a FoodCycle Project Leader during every session.
    - Expenses, including mileage, covered in line with our volunteer policy.
    - Free online training modules, including first aid awareness and food allergens.
    - The opportunity to take on additional tasks/responsibilities.
    - Impressive skills to add to your CV and a reference if/when you need it.
    - The opportunity to meet a large network of like-minded people.
    - A fun, creative volunteer experience within a community-led Project.

    • Work withAdults and Older People, Children and Young People, Conservation and Environment
    • Role TypeCommunity Volunteer, Project Leader
    • Communication Skills
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Decision Making
    • Initiative
    • Organisation/Planning
    • Project Management
    • Problem Solving
    • Teamwork
    • Time Management
  • Great Western Air Ambulance Charity logo

    Events Volunteer for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

    Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

    This opportunity takes place between 01 Apr 2024 and 01 Aug 2024 Applications closed on 14 Jun.

    GWAAC has many different events taking place in Bath and the surrounding area in the next few months and we need Events Volunteers to work alongside other volunteers and run a GWAAC stand and engage with the public by talking to them about our life saving service.

    The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity is actively recruiting people to join our dedicated and passionate team of volunteers in the Bath area! 

    We ask for no minimum time commitment - we just ask that you passionately represent us and the work we do. Could you offer a few hours of your time to help us at local events?  You can come along solo, with friends or with family; we’d love to see you more than once but if you’re interested in one-off volunteering get in touch!

    We have lots of events coming up that we would love your help with, including Volksfest from Friday, June 7 to Sunday, June 9, Bath Festival of Motoring from Saturday June 15 to Sunday June 16 and many more!

    If you're interested in joining our Ground Crew, then contact Sully at ursula.sullivan@gwaac.com or call our charity office on 0303 4444 999 to discuss the number of ways you can get involved.

    • Work withAdults and Older People, Children and Young People, Disability and Health
    • Role TypeCommunity Volunteer
    • Communication Skills
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Initiative
    • Leadership
    • Organisation/Planning
    • Problem Solving
    • Teamwork
    • Time Management
  • National Trust (Prior Park / Skyline) logo

    Community Engagement Volunteer (National Trust)

    National Trust (Prior Park / Skyline)

    This opportunity takes place between 13 Mar 2024 and 20 Mar 2024 Applications closed on 20 Mar.

    Want to support your local community, enjoy talking to people and making connections? Join us to help deliver community visits, workshops and outreach to engage a diverse range of people with the history and future of Bath Assembly Rooms.To apply, please fill out the application form on the National Trust website by going to https://myvolunteering.nationaltrust.org.uk/opportunity-view?id=53f3b724-0dc1-44e9-a7e1-5cab2885607a&distance=1

    What's involved?

    • Helping create and set-up materials for community activities
    • Supporting the delivery of community sessions on or off property
    • Assisting participants when they are taking part in community sessions
    • Capturing and writing-up people’s feedback from community sessions
    • Volunteering on a flexible basis, with different shifts times and days depending on the schedule of community sessions
    • Being part of a team that may need to adapt and change in response to local needs, National Trust priorities or changes to government guidelines
    • Please note there are currently up to 3 positions for this role available

    We want all our volunteers to feel welcome and to have an equally positive experience when volunteering with us. So, volunteers will:

    • Be provided with the necessary induction, training, equipment and reasonable adjustments to do this role well and safely
    • Be offered expenses to cover agreed travel costs between home and place of volunteering.
    • Have remote access to support, news and rotas via our volunteer website


    This role will suit you if you are...

    • Passionate about enabling a diverse range of communities to participate in heritage
    • Confident to volunteer with a variety of people
    • Enthusiastic about sharing the history and spirit of Bath Assembly Rooms
    • Enjoy listening and talking to people
    • Looking to develop community engagement skills or keen to use the skills you already have to help us engage with communities
    • Comfortable using Microsoft Word and Excel to record information, for instance data from community feedback
    • Able to commit to volunteering for 1 shift per month, with the possibility of doing more. Usually, shifts are around 3-4 hours long on weekdays, but can sometimes be at weekends or evenings.
    • Available for an information discussion about the role on Monday 25 March between 11:00-13:00.


    All National Trust volunteers will be asked to
    • Respect and uphold the National Trust values whilst volunteering with us
    • Complete training required of all NT volunteers and any role specific training
    • Adhere to relevant policies and processes including safeguarding, health and safety, and equality and diversity


    By getting involved you could...

    • Help us engage with a diverse range of communities from across the local area
    • Support the delivery of community visits to Bath Assembly Rooms and outreach to local groups and organisations
    • Share your knowledge and enthusiasm for Bath Assembly Rooms heritage with participants and community partners – inspiring them to get involved
    • Help us understand our local communities and their needs
    • Develop your skills and experience of engaging with a wide range of people
    • Be a friendly face and help make everyone feel welcome

    You’d also be joining Europe’s largest conservation charity and the wider National Trust team proudly looking after 780 miles of coastline, over 250,000 hectares of land, over 500 historic houses, castles, ancient monuments, gardens, parks and nature reserves (including lighthouses, villages, pubs and a gold mine!). We are a unique charity welcoming millions of people each year and with a vision to open up places for the benefit of everyone, for ever.

    • Work withAdults and Older People, Children and Young People, Disability and Health, Arts and Culture
    • Role TypeCommunity Volunteer
    • Communication Skills
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Teamwork
    • Time Management
  • The Care Forum - Healthwatch logo

    Community Engagement and Outreach volunteer

    The Care Forum - Healthwatch

    This opportunity takes place between 27 Feb 2024 and 29 Dec 2024

    As a Community Engagement and Outreach volunteer, you will play an important role in speaking and listening to people in the community about their views on local health and care services. You will speak with people via hospitals, libraries, Healthwatch and community events. Online engagement via social media and other platforms may also be part of this role.

    Why should you be a Healthwatch Community Engagement and Outreach volunteer?
    If you like talking and listening to people, this is the right role for you. We have a vital role to play in ensuring people in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) are engaged, listened to and provided with an avenue to tell us their views and opinions.
    By people sharing their experiences with us we can bring these to health and care providers and decision makers in B&NES to influence services to make them better. You will be an essential part of our team in ensuring people’s voices are collected and heard in the right places. We need your help to be the best that we can be.


    What will the role involve?
    • Working with Healthwatch volunteers and staff team to reach out into different communities to get people’s views on health and social care services
    • Planning engagement activities with other volunteers and staff members
    • Engaging people using online platforms e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams and/or via phone
    • Keeping a record of people’s experiences and promptly pass these to Healthwatch staff members
    • Holding engagement and information stands in community areas such as hospitals, GP Surgeries and dentists
    • Talking to and gathering views of the public and reporting this back to us
    • Helping us conduct surveys and consultations with local people
    Personal specification/requirements
    • Effective communication skills and ability to ask questions and listen well to engage with people
    • Enjoys meeting with and talking to members of the public
    • Empathy towards people
    • Passionate about improving local health and social care services
    • Able to separate own experiences from other people’s issues and to faithfully present the views of the people they represent
    • Able to work as a team with other volunteers and staff
    • Experience of using Microsoft Office, including Word
    • Access to the internet/email
    • Be comfortable volunteering from home and using online meeting platforms e.g. Zoom or Microsoft Teams (training can be provided in the latter)
    • Respectful of confidentiality


    Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
    A DBS check will be required as part of this role
    How we will support you?
    As well our volunteering handbook, you will have regular contact with a member of the Healthwatch team to provide you with support and guidance throughout. You’ll receive full training including induction to Healthwatch and be part of a team who’ll make sure your volunteering experience is positive.


    How much time is involved?
    Our volunteering roles are flexible and fit around your schedule. Ideally, our local Healthwatch Volunteers would be able to make a regular commitment to the role on a weekly or monthly basis, but this role can also be ad-hoc to suit your lifestyle.
    We will always work closely with you to ensure your volunteering role fits with your other personal and social commitments

    • Work withAdults and Older People, Children and Young People, Disability and Health
    • Role TypeCommunity Volunteer
    • Communication Skills
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Teamwork
  • Cancer Research UK logo

    Bath Race for Life Volunteer (Sun 7th July 2024)

    Cancer Research UK

    This opportunity takes place on 07 Jul 2024 Closing date for applications is 05 Jul.

    Be a part of something special at Bath Race for Life, Sunday 7th July 2024. Support participants at one of our biggest series of fundraising events, the Race for Life.Our Race for Life events couldn't happen without volunteers. Whatever time and skills you have to share, we've got a great role for you. Just bring your energy, smiles and passion to the party and let's beat cancer together.Help set up and run the race, support our racers around the course or hand out medals at the finish line. With over 400 events taking place in the UK, our participants are walking, jogging and running all over cancer.

    Overview

    400,000 participants across the UK are limbering up to join the fight against cancer, but they can’t cross the finish line without the passion and energy of Event Day volunteers like you.

    Our events raise an incredible £40million each year and this funds our researchers who are working hard to make sure 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034. 

    Whether you want to help at a Race for Life 5k, 10k or Pretty Muddy event, we’ve got more than 400 across the UK to choose from.

    Bring your energy, smiles and passion and let’s beat cancer together.   

    What kind of person we are looking for:

    We’re on the lookout for individuals and groups who are

    • Enthusiastic and willing to get stuck in.

    • Willing to get their hands dirty (literally at our Pretty Muddy events but trust us, it’s great fun!)

    • Flexible and who can use their own initiative.

    • Team players – you’ll be joining a lovely bunch of other volunteers! 

    • Good communicators.

    At Cancer Research UK we value diversity. We're committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures and believe that a diverse volunteer community will help us to beat cancer.

    What you'll be doing

    As an event day volunteer, you'll be getting hands-on to help deliver some of our great events and provide a fantastic experience. No two events are the same, but you could find yourself doing some of the below activities, all of which play an important part*:

    • Helping set-up and pack down the event  - This might include the course, signage, banners and marquees and getting water to the finish line.

    • Support on the course - You could be located at one of our marshal points, cheering and encouraging our participants to keep them going along the course, or at the finish point handing out the well-deserved bottle of water and medal. Perhaps you'll help take some photos for the CRUK social media pages too! 

    • Answering queries at our information points - You'll help answer queries from participants and spectators during the event. From simple directions to processing on-the-day entries, swapping t-shirts and replacing runner numbers.

    This is just a sneak peak of some of the ways you'll be involved and is not an exhaustive list. No matter what you do you’ll know you are making a huge difference to those taking part in our amazing events. 

    What’s in it for you

    Volunteering at Race for Life has a host of benefits, including:

    • Developing new and existing skills in event management.

    • Gaining valuable experience for future roles. 

    • Gaining a unique insight into the world of the charity sector.

    • Meeting new people and having fun.

    • Travel and other reasonable expenses reimbursed, as agreed in advance with your Event Manager. 

    • Helping to make our events happen and beating cancer sooner. 

    • And last but not least, a fantastic day to remember.

    Your commitment and location

    • Event season normally runs from May to October, all over the UK.

    • You can join us at one or more of our events at locations which work for you.

    • Most events take place at weekends.

    • Hours vary. Some events have early starts or late finishes but we'll always discuss your availability with you! 

    What support we provide

    You will be briefed by one of our event team staff when you arrive so that you know exactly what you'll be doing.  You'll then be supported and guided by them throughout the event, as well as the Event Manager. 

    We'll also provide light refreshments, a t-shirt and a great atmosphere which you'll be sure to love! 

    Accessibility

    Our volunteering roles are open for everyone and if you have any accessibility needs or queries, please get in touch via email - supporter.services@cancer.org.uk

    At Cancer Research UK we value diversity and we're committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We will consider making any reasonable adjustments to support volunteer applications from people with a disability or health condition. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures and believe that volunteers from diverse backgrounds will help us to beat cancer. 

    Questions?

    If you have any questions about this role, please email supporter.services@cancer.org.uk

    • Role TypeCommunity Volunteer, Fundraiser, Project Leader
    • Work withAdults and Older People, Children and Young People, Disability and Health, Schools and Education
    • Commercial Awareness
    • Communication Skills
    • Cultural Awareness
    • Decision Making
    • Initiative
    • Leadership
    • Organisation/Planning
    • Project Management
    • Problem Solving
    • Sport
    • Teamwork
    • Time Management
  • Bath Cats and Dogs Home logo

    Laundry Assistant

    Bath Cats and Dogs Home

    This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

    We are looking for friendly and organised volunteers to assist with sorting, washing and drying laundry, as well as keeping our laundry room tidy. This is an important role as the supply of clean bedding, towels and toys is essential for the welfare of our animals. You will be helping us keep them comfortable, warm and entertained.In addition to making a difference to the animals in our care, you will get to know our friendly team and gain further insight into how the Home runs.Our volunteer requirement for this role is on Mondays, Wednesdays, Friday afternoons and weekends between the hours of 09:00-16:00. A weekly commitment of 3-4 hours is required.

    As a laundry room assistant, you will support our staff and animals by washing towels, blankets and animal bedding. In addition to this, you will sort through the donated bedding and towels we receive and decide what items we can keep, what can be recycled and what we need to throw away, endeavouring to waste as little as possible. You will also be ensuring that the laundry room is always kept clean and tidy and checking that machines are in proper working order.

    Your activities will include:

    • Cleaning and drying any laundry that is generated during the daily running of the centre
    • Folding and storing clean laundry which will include bedding and towels, toys and vet beds from our recovery suite
    • Sorting donated bedding and towels, deciding which can be used, recycled or disposed of
    • Keeping the laundry room tidy
    • Reporting any issues with the washing machines or tumble dryers to our site maintenance team

    About You

    This can sometimes be a messy task, so a willingness to get your hands dirty is essential as you will sometimes be cleaning soiled blankets, towels and vet beds used in our recovery suite. There is a manual handling element of the role, so this should be considered upon application.

    You don’t need to have any prior experience, you will be given full onsite training on how to use our machines and where everything goes.

    • Role TypeCommunity Volunteer
    • Work withOther
    • Communication Skills
    • Initiative
    • Organisation/Planning
    • Time Management
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