Volunteering Opportunities

The following may be of interest to you if you are looking for volunteering opportunities. Bristol u3a is not endorsing any particular organisation, and members are therefore advised to research any one of particular interest before committing.


Alive is an award-winning Bristol-based charity, dedicated to improving the lives of older people, especially those living with dementia. They are looking for volunteers to support their therapeutic gardening sessions at community gardens, and activity sessions at their Dementia Meeting Centres. Each session is delivered by a trained facilitator. Come along and take part in gardening, crafts, events and daytrips, and connect with your local community.

Volunteering takes place on weekdays only. Alive offers training and reimburses expenses. For further information please see the website, email volunteer@aliveactivities.org or phone 07519534577.


The Hive Avon

The Hive Avon, based in Kingswood, runs a drop-in centre for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism, providing them with a safe place to socialise and engage in a range of fun and engaging activities. Volunteers, under staff supervision, help to facilitate the sessions activities, encourage service users to socialise, and serve teas and coffees. An induction, training, and ongoing support are provided for the volunteers, and expenses can be claimed if necessary.

Volunteers are needed on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (12.30-4.30pm) and Friday or Saturday (either 10-1pm or 1-4pm). Volunteers volunteer either weekly or every other week.

If you are interested either call 0117 961 4372 or email volunteers@thehiveavon.org.uk


Borderlands is a Bristol based charity which supports asylum-seekers and refugees. They are based in the Old Market area. They would like to recruit volunteers with relevant experience (eg language-teaching, supporting adult learners with literacy needs, etc) to teach or assist in their English classes. If you are interested, have a look at their volunteering page for more information.


Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity

Would you like to volunteer a few hours a week to help and support the Bristol and Weston Hospitals? They need volunteers to help in their shop in the BRI selling merchandise and books, to be hospital liaison volunteers, volunteer tin collectors and event volunteers. For more information and to apply take a look at their volunteering page.


Action Tutoring

Action Tutoring tackles educational inequality by offering free maths and English tutoring to pupils facing disadvantage in and around Bristol. By volunteering as a tutor for just one hour a week at a school near you, or online, you can give support to pupils whose families couldn't otherwise afford this help. You would receive induction training and ongoing development support and meet and socialise with like-minded people. Also - tutoring pupils is fun!

For more information please visit the website.


FareShare South West

Could you spare a few hours to join the fight against food poverty? With volunteer roles ranging from van driving, to packing food orders, to administrative support, there is something for everyone. Warehouses are in St Judes and Bedminster. For more information visit the Fareshare website


Independent Monitoring Boards

An extraordinary role as an independent monitor in prisons and immigration detention. All volunteers are public appointees, appointed by Ministers.

Volunteers commit to an average of 3-4 visits a month, checking on conditions, talking to those who are detained and monitoring how they are treated. They will need to have integrity and honesty, the ability to analyse situations and make decisions and a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

Training and support will be provided. They pay travel and subsistence expenses, childcare/carer costs. If you are interested, book onto their next virtual open evening or visit www.imb.org.uk to apply.


Changes Bristol - help to create spaces for support and community as a wellbeing group facilitator

They are looking for individuals who are passionate about mental wellbeing and supporting others to help provide peer support meetings for those experiencing difficulties with their mental health or wellbeing. Individuals with lived experiences of mental health difficulties and/or those who have supported others who have experienced mental health difficulties will be welcomed.

They are looking for good listeners and empathetic communicators who can help to create confidential, safe, inclusive spaces where members can come and support each other. Volunteers are asked to co-facilitate a weekly group (2.5 hours a week). Training, ongoing supervision and travel expenses are paid. Groups run Monday-Friday mostly during the daytime and some early evening.

If you are interested visit the website for more information or email service@changesbristol.org.uk to receive the application form or to arrange a chat about the role.


Lifeskills - learning for living

Since January 2000, Lifeskills has provided safety education through a range of different programmes, including a Year 6 Children’s Programme. Each year, schools are invited to bring their Year 6 pupils (age 10/11) for a guided tour around the safety centre, which is modelled as a realistic village. They teach children how to keep themselves safe in a range of different indoor and outdoor scenarios e.g., fire safety, water safety and rail safety. They provide full training and support and pay volunteer expenses. If interested contact Amy on 0117 922 4511.


West of England Centre for independent Living (WECIL)

WECIL is an award winning, user led organisation dedicated to supporting independent living to create a more inclusive society.

Volunteer Telefriender

WECIL is looking for volunteers to make weekly calls to disabled adults or those with long term health conditions for 12 weeks. The role involves making friendly conversation with two or more members of their community based on shared interests, lending a supportive ear and signposting to services as required. Message checkin@wecil.co.uk for more information.

Volunteer Befriender

The Befriending Service links disabled children and young people 1:1 with a volunteer ‘Befriender’, to spend time doing things they enjoy, and having fun! Befrienders offer a supportive relationship to a child/young person who would otherwise be socially isolated, and can offer up to 2 hours of support per week. Message befriending@wecil.co.uk for more information.


Freewheelers EVS (Emergency Volunteer Service) is a registered charity that provides a free out-of-hours motorcycle courier service to hospitals in the South West of England. They need volunteers, both riders and fundraisers etc.