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Political Volunteering

Fri 26th May, 2017

Most political parties need volunteers at election time. All the Gloucestershire  2017 General Election candidates are listed here



Trustee (Cheltenham) with Sea Cadets: Gloucester (VG)

Thu 25th May, 2017

Location: 75 Alstone Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 8HH

Trustees play a key role within the Sea Cadets. Each Sea Cadet unit is its own charity. Trustees are responsible for fundraising and running of the building. If you are good with people, social and enjoy getting out, then this role is for you!... -more-



Youth Activity Volunteer with Whizz-Kidz (Gloucestershire)

Thu 25th May, 2017

Location: Gloucestershire

Youth Activity Volunteers support young wheelchair users aged 8 to 25 in a range of activities at various services including: Ambassador Clubs, Wheelchair Skills Training, Work Skills Days and Camp Whizz-Kidz. You can help in many... -more-



Youth Activity Leader with Whizz-Kidz (Gloucestershire)

Thu 25th May, 2017

Location: Gloucestershire

Lead – or co-lead activities and workshops to young wheelchair users aged 8-25! You may do this independently or alongside one of Whizz-Kids' staff members depending on your experience, ability and interests. These services include Ambassador Clubs,... -more-



Volunteer Line Dancing Sidekick with Mencap (VG)

Thu 25th May, 2017

Location: ., Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 8BT

Would you like to support someone to attend their weekly line dancing club on a Thursday evening? Mencap are looking for a volunteer to support a gentleman in Tewkesbury to attend his weekly line dancing club. You don't have to be available every... -more-



Volunteer Group Coordinator with Sustrans (VG)

Thu 25th May, 2017

Location: Cheltenham

Sustrans is seeking a Group Coordinator to oversee the coordination of their West Gloucestershire group, which undertakes local maintenance of the National Cycle Network, however this role has the possibility to develop into working on the larger... -more-



Trustee (Tewkesbury) with Sea Cadets: Gloucester (VG)

Thu 25th May, 2017

Location: Trinity Walk, Olbury Road, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5NP

Trustees play a key role within the Sea Cadets. Each Sea Cadet unit is its own charity. Trustees are responsible for fundraising and running of the building. If you are good with people, social and enjoy getting out, then this role is for you!... -more-



Trustee (Stroud) with Sea Cadets: Gloucester (VG)

Thu 25th May, 2017

Location: Frome Hall Close, Off Bath Road, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 3JH

Trustees play a key role within the Sea Cadets. Each Sea Cadet unit is its own charity. Trustees are responsible for fundraising and running of the building. If you are good with people, social and enjoy getting out, then this role is for you!... -more-



Trustee (Gloucester) with Sea Cadets: Gloucester (VG)

Thu 25th May, 2017

Location: Gloucester Sea Cadets, Albion Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1UP

Trustees play a key role within the Sea Cadets. Each Sea Cadet unit is its own charity. Trustees are responsible for fundraising and running of the building. If you are good with people, social and enjoy getting out, then this role is for you!... -more-



Paws in the Park (Paws 2017) with Cheltenham Borough Council

Thu 25th May, 2017

Location: Pitville Pump Rooms Lawn, A435, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 2BP

Paws in the Park (Paws) has been run by Cheltenham Borough Council ranger team for the last 10 years. The event is run to provide a family fun dog show to spread an important message of responsible dog ownership. The event has grown over the... -more-



Marketing and Communications Volunteer with Westonbirt, The National Arboretum (VG)

Thu 25th May, 2017

Location: Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS

The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum (FOWA) work in partnership with the Forestry Commission to ensure the continued success of the National Arboretum and to safeguard it for the future. FOWA do this by engaging, informing and increasing membership,... -more-



Retail Volunteer with The Door (Youth Project) (VG)

Tue 23rd May, 2017

Location: 45 High Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 1AN

Could you spare a morning of afternoon each week to help out in the Tanzform Charity Shop? You'll be doing a variety of tasks involved in keeping the shop up and running including hanging, steaming, stocking the shelves/rails, displays and of... -more-



Help us with our website facelift!

Fri 19th May, 2017

We are face-lifting our website. In particular we can't make up our minds which "banners" to choose. So we put them all into a survey at https://goo.gl/forms/fGNWhKHegaIjt1mo1Please give your opinion!

Thanks!


Help a street collection in Stroud 10th June

Fri 19th May, 2017

Hop skip and jump provide flexible, immediate and sustained day care for parents and careers of children with all types of special needs and life limiting illnesses however complex.

They have 5 centres in the UK and two based in Gloucestershire On Saturday 10th June, they are doing a street collection in Stroud town centre and are looking for up to 4 volunteers to help , between 9 and 2 Please contact Lavinia Verney 07854332193 or laviniav@hotmail.co.uk



Volunteer Job Club Support with Cheltenham Borough Council

Thu 18th May, 2017

Location: Oakley Resource Centre, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 5QJ

Cheltenham Borough Council is seeking a volunteer to assist with the administration of the Oakley Community Resource Centre Job Club. The volunteer will also assist and support clients with job-seeking and updating CVs.... -more-



Steward with New Brewery Arts

Wed 17th May, 2017

Location: New Brewery Arts, Brewery Court, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1HW

The role involves invigilating a Grayson Perry arts show, ensuring the smooth running of the event, assisting in any set-up required and answering any questions and solving any queries.... -more-



Receptionist (Cheltenham) with Change Grow Live (VG)

Wed 17th May, 2017

Location: Bramery House, Alstone Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 8HE

Change Grow Live (CGL) is looking for someone to join their busy multidisciplinary team to support them to give a responsive and informative response to each enquiry. The role will involve telephone answering and calling and keeping up to date with... -more-



Play Support Worker with Gloucestershire Autism Support

Wed 17th May, 2017

Location: Hop, Skip and Jump, Seven Springs, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9NG

Volunteers will support and supervise children and young people on the autistic spectrum, helping them to access activities and play opportunities. You will help set up and supervise craft sessions, play structured games/sports, and generally... -more-



Play Support Worker with Gloucestershire Autism Support

Wed 17th May, 2017

Location: Gardners Lane Children's Centre, Gardners Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9JW

Volunteers will support and supervise children and young people on the autistic spectrum, helping them to access activities and play opportunities. You will help set up and supervise craft sessions, play structured games/sports, and generally... -more-



Gallery Explainer with Gloucester Waterways Museum

Mon 15th May, 2017

Location: Llanthony Warehouse, Gloucester Docks, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2EH

Do you have passion for museums and enjoy working with the general public? In this role, you'll be working in their newly refurbished exhibitions. They want volunteers who can support their learning programme with some or all of the following... -more-



Warmer Cheltenham Messenger with Vision 21

Fri 12th May, 2017

Location: Cheltenham

Help promote the Warmer Cheltenham Project in your local area through friendship and colleague networks and community events. You'll help contribute to the wellbeing of Cheltenham itself and make it a more sustainable place to live by helping people... -more-



Video Editor with Naturewatch Foundation (VG)

Fri 12th May, 2017

Location: 49 Rodney Road, Cheltenham, GL50 1HX

This role is home-based or office-based, depending on the software used. However, the Naturewatch Foundation would appreciate it if the volunteer could attend the office for familiarisation specific to the Naturewatch Foundation and World Animal... -more-



Receptionist with Cheltenham Table Tennis Club (VG)

Fri 12th May, 2017

Location: YMCA Sports Centre, Arle Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 8LE

Like meeting people? Interested in sport? They need a volunteer to assist on reception each of their two club evenings, Tuesday and Friday from 18:45 to 22:00 in the winter, and 18:45 to 21:00 in the summer. Main duties will be to welcome the... -more-



Photographer with Naturewatch Foundation (VG)

Fri 12th May, 2017

Location: 49 Rodney Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1HX

The Naturewatch Foundation needs a photographer on an infrequent basis, either home-based or office-based to attend occasional events where photography skills will be valuable. The photogragher will be asked to: Provide original images for... -more-



Online Research Assistant with Naturewatch Foundation (VG)

Fri 12th May, 2017

Location: 49 Rodney Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1HX

This role is home-based or office-based at the volunteer's preference. However, the Naturewatch Foundation would prefer if the volunteer could attend the office for familiarisation specific to Naturewatch Foundation and World Animal Day. If the... -more-



Office Assistant with Naturewatch Foundation (VG)

Fri 12th May, 2017

Location: 49 Rodney Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1HX

Would you like to help with the administration of a charity that is working to improve the lives of animals? In this role you will be mainly office-based and would be perfect for someone with or looking for basic office experience. Things... -more-



Volunteer Fundraisers with Marie Curie (VG)

Thu 11th May, 2017

Location: Cheltenham

The Marie Curie Hospice is looking for Fundraising volunteers in the Cheltenham area. Volunteers will assist in organising fundraising activities on a local level. Volunteers will meet with their colleagues in their local area once a month to review... -more-



Van Driver's Assistant with Vision 21

Thu 11th May, 2017

Location: Reclaim, Unit 25b, Lansdown, Gloucestershire, GL51 8PL

This role entails a volunteer travelling around Cheltenham assisting a van driver with the collecting and delivering of used furniture. Working hours are from 9:30am - 4pm, with lunch and refreshments provided, and in the last six months alone, this... -more-



Admin Assistant with Naturewatch Foundation (VG)

Thu 11th May, 2017

Location: 49 Rodney Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1HX

This role is primarily office-based. It would be perfect for someone looking for office experience who already has basic computer skills. It would ask the volunteer to: Reorganise, rename and categorise network image folders Assist with... -more-



Helpers needed at The Cheltenham Challenge Sunday 18th June 2017

Wed 10th May, 2017

The Cheltenham Challenge is a not-for-profit event which raises money for a number of charities.
It attracts around 1,500 participants and supporters, all of whom need greeting, registering, encouraging, refreshing, marshalling and supporting...

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Clothes Sorting and Order Assembly with Stroud District Kids' Stuff C.I.C (VG)

Fri 5th May, 2017

Location: Unit 2a Brimscombe Port, Brimscombe, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2QQ

Do you know your clothing brands? They need a team of volunteers to sort through incoming clothes into 3 categories – recycling, donating and selling. They would then need to organise the clothing into ages and genders and assemble bundles for... -more-



Van Driver's Mate with Stroud District Kids' Stuff C.I.C (VG)

Fri 5th May, 2017

Location: Unit 2a Brimscombe Port, Brimscombe, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2QQ

They need someone who is willing to help the driver of their small van around the Stroud district collecting donations and delivering orders... -more-



Clothing Photographer with Stroud District Kids' Stuff C.I.C (VG)

Fri 5th May, 2017

Location: Unit 2a Brimscombe Port, Brimscombe, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2QQ

Are you a photographer with a knowledge of children's clothing? They need volunteers who have good camera skills and are computer literate to photograph their items. You'll will then need to enter the items onto a database either to go onto the... -more-



Van driver with Stroud District Kids' Stuff C.I.C (VG)

Fri 5th May, 2017

Location: Unit 2a Brimscombe Port, Brimscombe, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2QQ

They need someone who is willing to drive their small van around the Stroud district collecting donations and delivering orders.... -more-



Children's Equipment Assembler/Checker with Stroud District Kids' Stuff C.I.C (VG)

Fri 5th May, 2017

Location: Unit 2a Brimscombe Port, Brimscombe, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2QQ

Are you good at assembling furniture like cots, highchairs and other things for kids? They we need people who have some knowledge of children’s equipment and enjoy practical tasks. This role would involve assembling incoming equipment and... -more-



Brownie Guiding Volunteer with 1st Birdlip Brownies

Wed 3rd May, 2017

Location: Birdlip Village Hall, Birdlip, Gloucestershire, GL4 8JH

Are you passionate about young people and helping girls to reach their potential? Do you want to learn new skills, make friends and give something back to your local community? Volunteer youth leaders are needed to help run meetings, events and... -more-



Chairman of Trustees with Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts

Thu 27th Apr, 2017

Location: Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1QA

The Chairman of the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts provides centralising leadership and guidance for the organisation of the Annual Festival, as well as chairing Trustee and Management Committee meetings. It will be your duty to liase with... -more-



Is it time for doctors to prescribe volunteering?

Wed 19th Apr, 2017

An interesting article in the Guardian




One-Off Volunteers with Volunteering Gloucestershire

Wed 19th Apr, 2017

Location: Gloucestershire

Want to help out but don't want to commit long term? We have many ''one-off'' volunteering projects typically lasting for a few hours or days. We send you the details by email and you get involved with as many or as few as you want. No pressure or... -more-



Fundraising and Bid Writing Volunteer with Gloucestershire Chinese Resource Centre (GCRC)

Wed 19th Apr, 2017

Location: 1 - 3 St. Oswalds Village, Gavel Way, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 2UF

Gloucestershire Chinese Resource Centre (GCRC) needs volunteers to help with writing funding bids and organising fundraising events for the benefit of the wider Chinese community in Gloucestershire. Volunteers will assist in the provision of... -more-



Opinion: Words to Recruit Volunteers

Tue 18th Apr, 2017

About a year ago, one of our in-house volunteers looked at why some roles got a lot of attention while others didn’t. We wanted to “do something” about the poor performers.

She came back and told us that some of them had natural difficulties, they were simply in areas of low population. However, quite a lot were badly worded. The worst ones were essentially formal “job descriptions” full of responsibilities to comply with policies, etc. That's sometimes appropriate in the paid job market but rarely right for volunteers.

So we started a programme of re-writing the descriptions as adverts designed to attract people. An early success for one of our interviewers was when an advert she’d re-written was picked up by a visiting volunteer who subsequently took the role.

Although most of our work is on-line, the people who come to see us help us get the “writing” job done better. E.G. we used to have a box we ticked indicating that a role was suitable for 18-25s but one day I had a 27 year old in who was really interested in one of these roles – until she discovered she was “too old”. On-line, she’d have simply moved on but face to face I was able to reassure her.

Nowadays, we only use the “18-25s” or “University Students” boxes for the very rare cases where there’s an actual requirement. We sometimes look at volunteer adverts on the various on-line systems and am dismayed by how many counter-productive boxes get ticked. Saying that an opportunity is "suitable for families" or Employee Volunteers might just get you an extra volunteer but is more likely to lose you people who can’t tick the box.
We’d rather use words than tick boxes. So should you – or get your local Volunteer Centre to help.


Activities Assistant with Guideposts Trust

Thu 13th Apr, 2017

Location: St. Paul's Social Club, Black Dog Way, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 3AF

The Guideposts Trust is seeking Activities Assistant for the Black Dog Way St. Paul's Social Club. In this role, volunteers will assist with hosting various activities for clients, including Arts and Crafts sessions; Painting; Drawing; Colouring;... -more-



Charity Liaison Volunteer with Volunteering Gloucestershire

Thu 13th Apr, 2017

Location: 340 High St, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3JF

Got a good idea of what volunteering is all about? What to make it work for volunteers and charities? Like meeting people? You might be the ideal person to help us deliver a better service! We need someone to talk to charities about their... -more-



Activities Assistant with Guideposts Trust

Thu 13th Apr, 2017

Location: St. Catherine's Day Centre, 2 Wheatstone Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 4PX

The Guideposts Trust is seeking volunteers to act as Activities Assistants at the Wheatstone Road St. Catherine's Day Centre. In this role, volunteers will assist with hosting various activities for clients, including Arts and Crafts sessions;... -more-



Volunteer Family Advocate – Supporting Child Protection cases with CCP

Wed 12th Apr, 2017

Location: 340 High St, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3JF

Would you like to help vulnerable adults when important decisions are being taken about their children? Family Advocates support vulnerable adults through Child Protection proceedings to help them to understand the decisions, and the importance... -more-



Volunteers in Stroud helping the homeless

Wed 12th Apr, 2017

This free drop-in service is run three times a week by Stroud-based Christian charitable organisation the Marah Trust, whose volunteers offer a free hot meal with no questions asked and give rough sleepers a welcoming place to meet and socialise. Full story here

Volunteering Gloucestershire recruits for a number of roles helping the homeless, see here


Faster Volunteer Recruitment

Mon 10th Apr, 2017

We've speeded up some of the processing that happens when people apply for roles via volunteerglos.org.uk so that recruiters are notified automatically without the need for manual processing.

Where a recruiter has opted to have us send an application form to the volunteer, this will arrive immediately so that the volunteer can get straight on with the next stage of the process.

Applications via other websites are usually processed the next business day as before.


Driver with Guideposts Trust

Fri 7th Apr, 2017

Location: Gloucester

Guideposts Trust is seeking a driver to assist with transporting clients living with Dementia to and from their St Catherine's Day Centre. As a driver, you will pick up clients from their homes in Brockworth and Churchdown at 10:30am, and chauffeur... -more-



Opinion: Recruiting volunteers - not as hard as you might think

Fri 7th Apr, 2017

Volunteering Gloucestershire expects to find around twice as many volunteers for local charities in 2017 as we did in 2015. This increase comes from several changes we’ve made and we’ve done enough monitoring to be fairly confident about what works now – and what’s likely to work in years to come.

It’s amazing the numerous creative strategies used to entice volunteers to come forward. One example is “microvolunteering” – we once helped the Red Cross get people in a shopping arcade to “volunteer” for just 5 minutes to learn resuscitation techniques. The idea was to convince people that volunteering need not be huge commitment.

We might return to “persuasion” projects like that but for the moment we’ve found a lot of “low hanging fruit” – people who actively want to volunteer but struggle find anything suitable.

We found out about these people through our dissatisfaction with a national website that used to be our main source of on-line applications. We built a partial replacement that focussed on people’s passions and interests and was much easier to use. The application rate shot up to 70% above our long term average of about 1400 applications/year and recently a few other technical changes have raised this to over 3000/year.

We think all those extra people were always there. We put up a better website and now we’re “catching” them. We haven’t persuaded anybody. We have some more technical tricks up our sleeve but we know that one day the numbers will plateau out.. That will tell us that we’re getting all the willing and it’ll be time to go back out and do more persuading.

Your recruitment problem may be different. Perhaps your website is already as good as it can be. Talk to your local Volunteer Centre to help find a solution that works for you.


Festival Stewards with Carducci Festival at Highnam

Thu 6th Apr, 2017

Location: Highnam Church, Highnam, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL2 8DG

The Highnam Carducci Festival needs Festival Stewards to help with the organization of events at the Carducci Festival at Highnam. As a volunteer, your tasks include checking tickets, selling programmes, directing cars, serving drinks and selling... -more-



 
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