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Volunteer with us

Change lives. Beginning with your own.

We’re good together.

You could make a life-changing difference to someone in your own community. Or you could even take the plunge and embark on a whole new career direction.

Volunteering can open up a whole new range of possibilities. And, of course, offers the every day rewards of making all the difference to the health and wellbeing of all kinds of people.

The rewards include:

  • Making life-changing differences to someone in your community
  • Meeting new people and getting out and about
  • Gaining new skills, both professional and personal
  • Building your confidence
  • Feeling a real sense of achievement about doing something worthwhile
  • Trying something new
  • Giving back to your community and local health services

How does BCH support me to volunteer?

Our dedicated volunteer coordinator, Greg, is here to help you with everything from induction training to ongoing personal support.

You’ll also benefit from fully paid expenses, including travel costs, and free training courses that will help to build your confidence and enhance your CV. These include topics such as deaf awareness, learning disability awareness, diversity, safeguarding, motivational interviewing and more.

You can also volunteer in flexible hours and shape your role in a way that suits you. Some opportunities to volunteer can be done from home, near your home or in the evenings and weekends.

There are also a wide range of different roles, so you can find something that suits your interests, skills and personality.

You’ll also be part of our wider network of Bristol Community Health volunteers, who will support and encourage you and share their experiences.

Who can volunteer?

We welcome all people over the age of 18 to volunteer. You might be retired, still in work, studying or not working.

Whatever your background, you don’t need recent or relevant work experience.

We look for people who are friendly, respectful, reliable, good communicators and who can commit to a role for a minimum of six months.

Find out what patients and BCH volunteers have to say about working with us:

“My volunteer was a lovely lady and her support has been brilliant. I couldn’t ask for anything better and I am really happy.’

Patient

“I really felt like the work I was doing impacted the individuals, which made me feel like I was able to make a difference.”

Exercise Buddy.

“It feels like a privilege to help people with their most pressing need: contact with other people. Isolation can lead to despair. It is a great pleasure to be able to help people break out of it and be invigorated by companionship and activity. The volunteering team prepared me for my role by arranging for me to shadow a Bristol Community Health physiotherapist on her home visits, and then I went along with experienced Community Navigators before meeting people alone.”

Mike, Community Navigator Volunteer. Read Mike’s blog post.

Find out more about becoming a Volunteer

To find out more, contact Greg Juckes by email at Briscomhealth.feedback@nhs.net or call 0117 440 9178.