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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!  
 
  • 16 Jan 2018: Volunteer Youth and Schools Support Worker placed at The Rock - if your charity needs volunteers, see…
  • 16 Jan 2018: Volunteer Grooming Assistent placed at Cheltenham Animal Shelter if your charity needs volunteers, see
  • 16 Jan 2018: Green Space Volunteer placed at Honeybourne Line North "Has fitted us around her childcare and other commitments"
  • 16 Jan 2018: Volunteer assisting and supporting art classes and events placed at Art Shape - if your charity needs volunteers, see…
  • 15 Jan 2018: Volunteer Administrator placed at Citizens Advice Gloucester - find yourself a volunteer role
  • 15 Jan 2018: Volunteer Driver placed at Longfield - if your charity needs volunteers, see
  • 15 Jan 2018: Volunteer Cheltenham Hospital Ambassador placed at Carers Glos - more volunteers of all sorts needed…
  • 15 Jan 2018: Volunteer Translator placed at KidsOut - let us help you find volunteers too -
  • 15 Jan 2018: Listening Volunteer placed at Samaritans Cheltenham - find your ideal role at
  • 12 Jan 2018: Volunteer Story Reader/Writer placed at KidsOut - do you need us to recruit volunteers for your charity?…
  • 11 Jan 2018: Child Contact Centre Helper Volunteer placed at Family Space has "already done a couple of sessions which I’ve re…
  • 10 Jan 2018: Volunteer Youth and Schools Support worker placed at The Rock - find your ideal role via
  • 10 Jan 2018: Clothes Sorting and Order Assembly Volunteer placed at @StroudDistrictKidsStuff - if your charity needs volunteers, p…
  • 09 Jan 2018: Volunteer Advice and Inclusion Administrator placed at CCP(Caring for Communities and People) - all sorts of volunteers needed…
  • 09 Jan 2018: Volunteer Grooming Assistant placed at Cheltenham Animal Shelter - to find out how we help volunteers and charities get togethe…
  • 08 Jan 2018: Volunteer Glos @volunteerglos 49s Another Volunteer Art Class Helper placed @ArtShape and has been offered p…
  • 08 Jan 2018: Volunteer Art Class Helper placed at Art Shape - find your ideal role through us
  • 05 Jan 2018: Two Tea Room Volunteers placed at Woodchester Mansion - see how we help volunteers and charities find each other…
  • 04 Jan 2018: Volunteer Cheltenham Magistrates & Gloucester Crown Court Outreach Volunteer placed at Citizens Advice Witness Ser…
  • 04 Jan 2018: Mind Over Matter Befriender Volunteer placed at MHA Brockworth - more volunteers needed for all sorts of…
  • 04 Jan 2018: Green Space Volunteer placed at Honeybourne Line North Do you need to recruit volunteers? See…
  • 03 Jan 2018: Learning Assistant Volunteer placed at Dr Jenner's House more roles
  • 03 Jan 2018: International Baby and Toddler group Volunteer placed at Global Footsteps - more roles
  • 03 Jan 2018: Volunteer befriender for someone with learning difficulties placed at Building Circles - more roles…
  • 03 Jan 2018: Cirencester Hospital Green Gym Volunteer placed at The Conservation Volunteers Find your ideal volunteer role
  • 03 Jan 2018: Volunteer Driver placed at Longfield - more driving roles
  • 02 Jan 2018: Volunteer Mentor for Young People placed at CCP(Caring for Communities and People) and gone on to employment at CCP! Find your ideal role…
  • 22 Dec 2017: Another Online Research Volunteer placed at Naturewatch - find your ideal volunteer job at…
  • 22 Dec 2017: Volunteer befriender placed at MHA Brockworth - more needed
  • 20 Dec 2017: Outreach Volunteer placed at Citizens Advice Witness Service supporting vulnerable and intimidated witnesses in…
  • 19 Dec 2017: Volunteer Grooming Assistant placed at Cheltenham Animal Shelter - more animal volunteer roles …
  • 19 Dec 2017: Cooking Volunteer placed at Leonard Cheshire Cheltenham has gone on to employment - full story…
  • 18 Dec 2017: Volunteer Web Designer placed at Naturewatch - find more ways to help charities in …
  • 18 Dec 2017: Online Research Volunteer placed at Naturewatch - more animal related roles
  • 18 Dec 2017: Admin Support Volunteer placed at GlosBikeProject - similar roles
  • 15 Dec 2017: Volunteer Advocate - giving vulnerable adults a voice - placed at CCP(Caring for Communities and People) - current roles with CCP…
  • 15 Dec 2017: Volunteer Credit Controll Officer placed at @GloucestershireCreditUnion "is a star" More volunteers needed…
  • 14 Dec 2017: Data Entry Project Volunteer placed at VoBR "was very helpful" - more Volunteers needed for various…
  • 12 Dec 2017: Volunteer helping to support offender reintegration into the community placed at Circles South West - more needed…
  • 06 Dec 2017: Child Contact Centre Volunteer placed at Family Space - more roles working with children and young people…
  • 04 Dec 2017: Volunteer Photographer placed at @Naturewatch_org. Need volunteers? See
  • 01 Dec 2017: Child Contact Centre Volunteer placed at Family Space - this and similar roles
  • 01 Dec 2017: Volunteer Driver placed at Community Connexions - more needed
  • 30 Nov 2017: Visitor Survey Volunteer placed at Westonbirt Arboretum - more Tetbury roles
  • 24 Nov 2017: IT and Social Media Volunteer placed at Leonard Cheshire Cheltenham
  • 22 Nov 2017: Gardening Volunteer placed at Leonard Cheshire Cheltenham - more gardening roles all over …
  • 21 Nov 2017: Marketting & Events Volunteer placed at Strike A Light Gloucester - more Gloucester roles
  • 21 Nov 2017: Another Befriending & Activities Volunteer placed at The Orders of St John Care Trust - this time in Stroud - more Stroud roles…
  • 21 Nov 2017: Head Office Support Volunteer placed at Hope for Tomorrow - more Tetbury roles
  • 17 Nov 2017: Video Editor Volunteer placed at Naturewatch "currently busy editing one of our vlogs due to be launched next year"

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

 
 

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

  • Volunteer Trustees and other Governance - a guide from NCVO
  • Volunteering with Scouts & Guides - a quick guide to Beavers, Brownies, etc.
 
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