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Volunteering with Bridges for Communities



 
Our programmes rely on our amazing team of volunteers, who give their time and their energy to make a difference and build bridges where they live.
If you would like to volunteer with us in any of our programmes which have vacancies we would be delighted! Current options for training sessions can be found on this form 
You will need to attend 2 training sessions:
Session 1 – a 1.5 hour online call covering:
  • Bridges for Communities – what we do and why
  • Guidelines for volunteering with Bridges for Communities
  • Information about the different projects you can volunteer with
Session 2 – an in-person training at our offices in Easton Family Centre (you will need to attend this to complete the training) covering:
  • Specific guidelines related to the project you have chosen to volunteer with
Occasionally we may offer different training sessions if we have a specific need - see form below for current options. 
Training dates are offered every 2 months, and will be in March, April, May, July, September, November 2022. Basic DBS checks and references are required.
 
Please follow this link to find out about and sign up for the next training sessions
 
Here is a bit more information about the projects available to volunteer with….
  • b.friend: (We have vacancies, especially for men!) Volunteers give 1-2 hours a week to spend time with and welcome an asylum seeker or refugee who is isolated in Bristol and is referred by another agency. This project works with asylum seekers of all nationalities, as well as families who are resettled by the City Council. We are always looking for new volunteers to join the befriending project. If you have children, and would like to include them in your volunteering, we can often accommodate this on our befriending programme.
  • NEW! Task volunteer: (We have vacancies) Volunteers give 1-2 hours a week to support a refugee family with tasks they need to do – supporting them in that task but also guiding them towards independence. For example, helping with forms they need to fill in, and teaching them how to do it themselves next time. Help with job applications, managing appointments, liaising with schools etc… Support will be given for this role, and volunteers will be assigned to a local ‘hub’ of volunteers, working with or alongside other volunteers in their area and supporting refugee families in their area. We are looking for lots of volunteers to join us in this new role….could you join in?
  • Walk With Me: (Currently full) Volunteers give an hour each week to walk 1-to-1 outdoors with a refugee or asylum seeker, helping to promote exercise and wellbeing, while building a connection and friendship. We also need a limited number of volunteers to help with occasional group walks. 
  • Craft Collective: (Currently full) From time to time, new volunteers are required to help run the weekly sewing classes which meet in central Bristol. Some experience of sewing is helpful, but not essential. 
  • Local events: (A few volunteers needed) such as Peace Feasts, Welcome events & Sharing Festivals events: Volunteers help to organise events that bring people together from different backgrounds. These events take place roughly monthly, usually at the weekend, and volunteering can involve stewarding, serving food, preparing the venue, cleaning up at the end etc.
PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK ABOVE TO SIGN UP FOR TRAINING – WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU THERE!
If you have any questions about volunteering, please email