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Bringing Volunteers and Charities Together in Gloucestershire


We work with charities and other non-profits to help them recruit the wonderful people who come to us looking for volunteer roles.  It's not just charity shops and gardening - we've loads of "people helping people" roles too!
 

Brokering over 500 volunteer and charity relationships a year


That's one or more placements most working days - see below for recent successes!  
 
  • 17 Nov 2017: Video Editor Volunteer placed at Naturewatch "currently busy editing one of our vlogs due to be launched next year"
  • 16 Nov 2017: Befriending and Activities Volunteer placed at The Orders of St John Care Trust @bourton - more needed in the area
  • 15 Nov 2017: Online Research Assistant Volunteer placed at Naturewatch - more online roles
  • 15 Nov 2017: Office Volunteer placed at Cruse Bereavement Cheltenham also training to support breaved people
  • 10 Nov 2017: One Volunteer placed at The Conservation Volunteers and also helping at Winston Churchill Memorial Garden - Thanks!
  • 10 Nov 2017: Riding School Helper Volunteer placed at Cotswold RDA - more needed
  • 07 Nov 2017: Green Space Volunteer placed at Honeybourne Line North is a "regular" More "outdoor" roles
  • 07 Nov 2017: Web Designer Volunteer placed at Naturewatch - more Cheltenham roles
  • 07 Nov 2017: Receptionist Volunteer placed at CitizensAdviceStroud - more Stroud roles
  • 03 Nov 2017: Volunteer Mentor (in training) placed at GlosNightstop - to find your perfect Volunteer role, see
  • 03 Nov 2017: Volunteer Administrator placed at GlosBikeProject - more Gloucester roles
  • 01 Nov 2017: Two Volunteer hosts placed at GlosNightstop - more needed homelessness
  • 30 Oct 2017: Volunteer Restaurant Kitchen Assistant placed at ExtraCare Gloucester - more catering roles…
  • 30 Oct 2017: Volunteer Kitchen Assistant placed at Guideposts Charity - more catering roles
  • 27 Oct 2017: Another Volunteer placed at Naturewatch doing online research - more animal related volunteering…
  • 26 Oct 2017: Volunteer Merchandise Advisor placed at Cobalt Supporters More Cheltenham roles
  • 25 Oct 2017: Van Crew Volunteer placed at Vision 21 Reclaim has moved on so more needed
  • 18 Oct 2017: Data Entry Volunteer placed at Gloucestershire Counselling Service Stroud - more local roles
  • 17 Oct 2017: Two Riding School Helpers Volunteers placed at Cotswold RDA - more needed
  • 17 Oct 2017: Volunteer Driver placed at Community Connexions - more needed
  • 17 Oct 2017: Befriending and Activities Volunteer placed at The Orders of St John Care Trust Cheltenham - more roles with older people…
  • 16 Oct 2017: Volunteer Appropriate Adult placed at CCP(Caring for Communities and People) upholding rights & welfare of children in Police custody, see also
  • 16 Oct 2017: Receptionist Volunteer placed at Listening Post Stroud - more needed Monday evening and Wednesday mornings…
  • 16 Oct 2017: PIP Volunteer placed at CitizensAdviceStroud helping people get benefits
  • 16 Oct 2017: Marketing & Publicity Volunteer placed at Stroud Credit Union - more Stroud roles
  • 13 Oct 2017: Volunteer Collections Assistant placed at Dr Jenner's House Berkeley - more heritage roles
  • 12 Oct 2017: Court Outreach Volunteer placed at Citizens Advice Witness Service - more needed…
  • 12 Oct 2017: Admin Volunteer we placed at Naturewatch has turned out to have creative skills too + Social Media
  • 12 Oct 2017: Administration Volunteer placed at Citizens Advice Gloucester - more admin roles
  • 11 Oct 2017: In recent months, three "Friends for You" Volunteers placed at GRCC and they are now full! Happy to have helped
  • 10 Oct 2017: Volunteer to help with Smallholding placed at Orchard Trust
  • 09 Oct 2017: THREE Riding School Helper Volunteers placed at Cotswold RDA More disability roles
  • 09 Oct 2017: Volunteer befriender placed at MHA Brockworth - to find roles near you, try
  • 09 Oct 2017: Volunteer Online Research Assistant placed at Naturewatch - more animal roles …
  • 09 Oct 2017: Volunteer Receptionist we placed at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court says "Lovely people, worthwhile charity - very rewarding"
  • 06 Oct 2017: Volunteer Befriender placed at Gloucestershire Rural Community Council awaiting training - good to see charities investing in volunteer training
  • 06 Oct 2017: Listening Volunteer placed at Cheltenham Samaritans (just started training) - maybe it will be you next time?…
  • 06 Oct 2017: Volunteer Conservation Worker placed at The Conservation Volunteers - more needed
  • 04 Oct 2017: Riding School Helper Volunteer placed at Cotswold RDA - more disability roles
  • 03 Oct 2017: Volunteer Visitor for older person placed at GRCC People For You service. More needed

There are many ways to find volunteer opportunities through us:
 

Meet us: Talk to us about what you want to do


We love meeting potential volunteers both in Cheltenham and Gloucester!. We start by understanding why you are looking to volunteer. From that we suggest opportunities for you to consider. If you want, we'll try and put you on the phone to a suitable charity there and then. We know that many people prefer to give it more thought so we give you the details to take away. To book a meeting, please contact us.

Important note for professionals thinking of making a referral  - please see here
 
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Search by Causes, Interests and Activities


If you know roughly what sort of volunteering you'd enjoy, this website has several tools to link you in to a great role. Just below here you'll find our unique system that lets you say what you care about, what you want to do,, etc. and leads you to possibilities.


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Search Google-style


We've also teamed up with Google to create a special search engine focussing on Gloucestershire volunteering opportunities. Try telling it what you're interested in, your skills or where you live...
 

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Search by charity/organisation name

 
If you already know which charity you'd like to volunteer with, use this link to see what they need help with
 

Search by location

 
Find something close to home or work here
 

Volunteering is for everyone who wants it!

 

We work with charities and community groups to make volunteering available to as many people as possible. Here's some more detail:
 

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Get notified whenever we have new opportunities

 
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Want to help a one-off event or project?


If you are up for a short-term volunteering project - for a few days or hours, enter your email address below and we'll send you occasional newsletters telling you about all the great projects where we've been asked to recruit volunteers
 
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Events/projects announced in earlier newsletters

 
23 Nov 17 to Xmas Eve. Help with present wrapping service
24 Nov 17/24 Nov 17 - Collect food for Food Bank
25 Nov 17 Cheltenham Christmas Lights bucket collection for Cobalt
02 Dec 17 Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby - Gloucester Bucket Collection
 

About Volunteering Gloucestershire

 
We help charities and volunteers to form mutually beneficial relationships.
 
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About ▶ Our Twitter Feed


 
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About ▶ How our service operates - the volunteer view

 
We get over 3,000 online applications for volunteer roles every year and have 200 informal meetings with potential volunteers. Overall, 500 volunteers go on to start volunteering thanks to our work

About 160 organisations use us to recruit for 350 roles all over Gloucestershire.


Here's the typical processes involved in finding, applying for and starting volunteering.

How our service operates - the volunteer view
We feel strongly that people offering to volunteer deserve a great service. We ask that normally recruiters respond to applications within 7 days and suggest that potential volunteers chase up after 14. We send out a follow-up email to volunteers after about 18 days to check that everything is on-track. Doing this has helped with communications issues such as emails ending up in a "spam" folder.

We also check with both recruiters and volunteers at four months to help us know how many volunteers we have successfully placed.


Start your journey now!
 
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About ▶ How our service operates - the recruiter view

 
We get around 12,000 page views on our website every month and over 3,000 applications for volunteer roles every year. We meet 200 people a year for an informal interview. Overall, we place over 500 volunteers/year.

Since 2011 we've been asked to promote a total of 1257 opportunities and currently about 160 organisations use us to recruit for 350 roles all over Gloucestershire. We'd love to help you too!

Here's the typical processes involved in finding a volunteer through us
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How our service operates - the recruiter view
 
Your advert is live on our system for 6 months (Unless you have an earlier "closing date") and we email you a couple of months before the end to check before renewing for another 6 months.

We feel strongly that people offering to volunteer deserve a great service. We ask that normally recruiters respond to applications within 7 days and suggest that potential volunteers chase up after 14. We send out a follow-up email to volunteers after about 18 days to check that everything is on-track. Doing this has helped with communications issues such as emails ending up in a "spam" folder.

We also check with both recruiters and volunteers at four months to help us know how many volunteers we have successfully placed. Recruiters are obliged to respond to our enquiries,


Start your journey now!
 
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About ▶ The Volunteering Gloucestershire Team

 
Steve Harris Steve Harris - Manager: Steve started as a Volunteer Interviewer in 2012 and became the Manager in 2013. Since then he has successfully piloted the service through funding changes, the move to CCP and the challenges of the Do It website. Steve’s original career was in Electronics and Software but his wider interests led him to volunteer for a number of charities including Samaritans where in addition to answering the phone, he initiated email access to the service.

Debbie EvansDebbie Evans - Volunteer Interviewer & Website Editor: Debbie has been volunteering with the service since 2014. When she is not talking to people who come to see us about volunteering possibilities, she edits the website adverts so they attract more volunteers. Debbie comes from a business and recruitment background
 

Debbie EvansPenelope Graham - Volunteer Interviewer: Penelope has been volunteering with the service since 2013. She meets people who come to see us about volunteering possibilities. Penelope was previously employed in the education sector and has volunteered with a number of organisations.

Debbie EvansHeather Kerr - Volunteer Interviewer: Heather has been volunteering with the service since 2015. She meets people who come to see us about volunteering possibilities and also helps with ad hoc projects. Heather used to work in IT but more recently has volunteered with Cruse, CAB and CCP.

Isobel EdwardsIsobel Edwards -   Community Engagement Office with Gloucester City Council: Since 2015, part of Isobel's role has been facilitating the Volunteer Gloucestershire service in the city.
 

Faye LongleyFaye Longley - Volunteer Interviewer (Gloucester): Faye has been volunteering with the service since 2016. She meets people who come to see us about volunteering possibilities
Faye is currently studying to become an Occupational Therapist and is a volunteer at Milestones School.

Sarah GrundySarah Grundy - Volunteer Advert Writer: Sarah has been volunteering with the service since 2017. She takes the "job descriptions" from the charities and turns them into attractive adverts.
Sarah comes from a marketing background and has volunteered with the National Childbirth Trust.

We get lot of help from people in our parent charity, CCP  - in particular:
Debbie EvansCordell Ray - CCP CEO: Cordell is the CEO of CCP. Taking a keen interest in all things volunteering, he recognised the vital work we do and  brought us into CCP in 2014.
 

Debbie EvansDaniel Chun - Project Manager, CCP Volunteering: Daniel runs Involve Gloucestershire linking charities with businesses. He has many years experience as a manager and recruiter of volunteers and has volunteered with the Princes Trust
 
 
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About ▶ History of Volunteering Gloucestershire

 
1983 Volunteer Centres opened in Cheltenham and Gloucester
1998 Volunteer Centre opened in Tewkesbury
2007 Cheltenham Volunteer Centre used over 200 volunteers and staff to deliver clean drinking water to vulnerable people during the Gloucestershire Floods
 
2010 The volunteer broking/management parts of volunteer centres in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury came together to form Volunteering Gloucestershire. Funded mainly by Gloucestershire County Council, and delivered by Third Sector Services (now Community Connexions) in partnership with GAVCA (closed 2016)
2014 Funding ceased and a large local charity, CCP agreed to take over the service. At this point, the only office was in Cheltenham
2015 Launch of Involve Gloucestershire, a service linking Employer Supported Volunteers with opportunities.  Interview service re-launched in Gloucester Docks in partnership with the City Council. Two more partnerships followed - both Cirencester and Fairford Town Councils agreed to host paper listings of local volunteering opportunities in their respective Town Halls. Similarly, Emmaus Gloucestershire hosted a list of roles likely to be of interest to their service users.
2016 Our own "Search engine" for volunteer roles handled 74% of traffic and other software helped demonstrate volunteer placements worth over £500,000 to local charities
2017 Launch of a Paid Jobs page specialising in roles with charities and other non-profits in Gloucestershire
 
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Resources


Various useful documents and resources

Finding volunteering opportunities in other areas

Articles about volunteer recruitment and management

Organisations

Downloads

  • Download a poster advertising volunteering through Volunteering Gloucestershire

Other

  • Host a listing of new local volunteer opportunities on your website - our widgets
  • Volunteer Trustees and other Governance - a guide from NCVO
 
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