Volunteer with us
Changes Bristol is a centre of excellence for volunteering. Our charity relies on the good will and expertise of our volunteers and we encourage the participation of those that use our service to become volunteers in various capacities. You can meet some of our existing volunteers here.
We have over 60 volunteers at any one time and there are usually volunteering opportunities throughout the year.
We see volunteering as an excellent way to increase self esteem and to help people get into work if that is their goal. It is also an excellent way to “give something back” to the community.
Volunteering with Changes genuinely changed my life – I felt embedded into the community in a totally new way and developed new skills to set me on a completely new career path”
Tara, former volunteer & current staff member
See below for a range of our opportunities and do not hesitate to get in touch for more information.
Peer Support Meeting Facilitator
This is an extremely rewarding role in which you help facilitate our peer support meetings, creating a safe and welcoming space for others. We provide full training and supervision. After full training you will be expected to commit approximately 3 hours of your time, the same time on the same day each week as well as attend reflective practice and top-up training.
If you would like an information pack to apply for the next training course please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re currently looking for volunteers to help us with our telephone Befriending Service
This is a crucial service that offers support for people that may not be able to make it to our group meetings and are experiencing feelings of isolation or mental distress.
This is an incredibly rewarding role that offers people a safe and empathetic listening ear, allowing them to talk about their feelings or share what is going on in their lives and start making changes for the better.
We are looking for volunteers that can support one or two people for at least 1 hour a week and offer comprehensive training and ongoing supervision for the role. Get in touch to find out more information – Befriending@changesbristol.org.uk
Fundraising & Events Volunteer
We are always looking for new Fundraising & Events Volunteers to help out either on events, in the office or out and about.
Changes Bristol relies on fundraising and voluntary income so that people in Bristol can continue to use the service we provide, striving towards better mental health.
This role is perfect for someone who already has some experience in fundraising or events and is keen to gain more experience in the charity sector, or someone looking for a career change or simply to get stuck in to a worthwhile grassroots project.
Due to Covid-19, we don’t currently have capacity for office volunteers.
In other times, these volunteers help with data entry, fundraising, social media or to help compile our regular e-newsletter. They also deliver leaflets and posters to GP surgeries and pharmacies.
Marketing / Design / Social Media
We are looking for a creative and enthusiastic marketing and design volunteer who would help us to create inspiring and engaging materials and content for social media and print.
As a small charity we aim to reach more people across Bristol who can benefit from the service we provide, enabling people to meet, share, connect and strive towards better mental health. The Marketing and Design volunteer will provide valuable support to our small team and especially support our Development and Events Manager to raise awareness and vital funds needed to run our mental health service across Bristol.
It’s a fun role where you can get involved in running online fundraising campaigns and building up our social media presence knowing that you are helping a local peer led charity to progress and offer more support to those in mental distress.
Typical tasks could include:
- Creating marketing designs using software such as Canva.com and updating our website (training will be provided).
- Using Hootsuite to schedule and plan social media content.
- Monitoring and reporting on performance on social media platforms.
- Working as part of a team and with other Changes Bristol staff and volunteers
- Carrying out other relevant tasks as required
- Adhering at all times to Changes Bristol Confidentiality, Equal Opportunities and Health & Safety policies
- Participating in training, support and supervision sessions as required.
Read the role description for a detailed list of skills required.
What are we looking for?
This role is perfect for someone who already has experience in marketing and design and is keen to gain more experience in the charity sector, or someone looking for a career change or simply to get stuck in to some worthwhile grassroots projects.
The role will mainly be office based and ideally one whole day or half day/s every week. You will also have the opportunity to support on events outside of the office.
What we offer:
Induction training for the role
Experience working within a grassroots charity
Travel expenses reimbursed
Flexible volunteering hours
Join a small and vibrant team
A fun and friendly work environment
Ideally you will volunteer at minimum one whole day or several half day/s every week. We can be flexible on which day or days this is.
We would appreciate if you could volunteer for a minimum of 3 months.
If you have any questions, or for an informal chat please contact Alex on 0117 941 1123.
Mend for Good
We are looking for talented sewing enthusiasts to join our team at our unique fundraising sewing event Mend For Good.
We host our pop-up clothing alterations and repair service at offices and sports clubs to help raise awareness and funds for our vital support groups. If you are a dab hand on a sewing machine and can fix zips, rips and hems then we’d love to hear from you! We couldn’t run this event without the commitment of our excellent sewing volunteers who give up time to take part.
Find out more about volunteering at Mend for Good here
Write for our newsletter
We are always on the lookout for interesting and engaging content to feature in our monthly newsletter. If you have an idea for an article you’d like to write, images you’d like to share or a story of how Changes has helped you, get in touch!
Join our board of trustees
Changes Bristol is a thriving, dynamic and expanding mental health charity, and we are often looking for new people to join and improve our skills base within the Board of Trustees. We are especially keen to diversify the range of people who our board represents.
Being a trustee is a responsible and rewarding position and involves a commitment to the charity of several hours a month to attend trustee meetings and help make decisions to improve the charity for the future.
Could you be someone that could help our charity? If you would like an application form to become a trustee please email email@example.com
Volunteering for Changes offered me a unique space to explore and discover things – meetings are a great place to learn about yourself and about other people and what they go through”
Marc, Peer Support Meeting Facilitator
Barton Hill Settlement
41-43 Ducie Road