Volunteering – Support Your Community

If you want to support your community by volunteering in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), there are lots of ways for you to get involved across Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

National & Regional Opportunities – There are numerous national and regional campaigns that can offer volunteering opportunities across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and the broader region.

  • NHS Volunteer Responders – The Royal Voluntary Service has partnered with the NHS to provide this community support service, which is offering support to people in England who are self-isolating because of specific health conditions or because they’re in a vulnerable group. You will carry out simple, non-medical tasks – for instance, delivering groceries or medication to your home and wellbeing check-ins and phone calls, among others. For more information and to sign up head to the website. This is a volunteering opportunity that covers England, so its suitable for people in both Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
  • Fare Share South West – FareShare South West is working to get food to the most vulnerable across the region – this includes families and children going hungry who are already living on the breadline and have no budget to stockpile, isolated elderly people who already rely on meals being delivered to their homes and homeless people who are facing places offering food support closed for business. They need various types of volunteers – from warehouse workers to van drivers – so visit their volunteering page for more information and to signup.

Bristol Volunteering Opportunities – There are numerous volunteering opportunities throughout Bristol. Many local charities are looking to attract new volunteers and many new volunteer-run community support groups are recruiting too.

  • Can Do Bristol – Can Do Bristol is the official volunteerging platform for Bristol City Council. When you register you will be added to the list of volunteers the city will be able to call on in the coming weeks and months. You may be called on by a community organisation such as Feed Bristol or one of the larger public services working in adult social care or with the NHS. Follow the link above for more information and to register.
  • Bristol Covid-19 Mutual Aid Groups – Every postcode in Bristol has a Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group that has started up in response to the epidemic. These groups are made up of volunteers from each postcode who are offering to help people who are vulnerable and isolating to get help with basic services (grocery deliveries, walking your dog, etc.). Follow the above link, find your the group closest to you, and see how you can get involved.
  • ACORN Coronavirus Community Support – ACORN is organising local volunteers to support people around Bristol who need groceries delivered, prescriptions collected, post and anything else you may need if you are stuck at home. Head to their coronavirus COVID-19) response page for more information and to sign up.
  • National Food Service – Their food package helpline and free delivery service for vulnerable people in Bristol needs volunteers, including cooks, drivers and phone line managers. Visit the above link for more information.

South Gloucestershire Volunteering Opportunities – There are numerous volunteering opportunities throughout South Gloucestershire. Many local charities are looking to attract new volunteers and many new volunteer-run community support groups are recruiting too.

  • South Gloucestershire Covid-19 Mutual Aid Groups – Every postcode in South Gloucestershire has a Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group that has started up in response to the epidemic. These groups are made up of volunteers from each postcode who are offering to help people who are vulnerable and isolating to get help with basic services (grocery deliveries, walking your dog, etc.). Follow the above link, find your the group closest to you, and see how you can get involved.