Volunteer

Get involved in your community and help make Bristol a welcoming city

Make a difference in your community and connect with people of different cultures, backgrounds and faiths across Bristol. 


Volunteering with Bridges for Communities is a great way to respond to some of the big issues in the world and to do something positive where you live. It’s a way of coming in the opposite spirit to the narratives of fear and hate, by connecting with real people and celebrating our shared humanity. It’s also an opportunity to develop and enjoy new experiences. You’ll connect with people from different backgrounds, learn new skills and share what you know.

Volunteer

Sign up today to start volunteering or keep reading to find out more.

I have been volunteering with Bridges for the last six months and it has been an incredibly rewarding experience.

I have especially enjoyed the excursions I have accompanied, to the beach, to a wild life park, to an adventure park.

Seeing those families who have suffered so much having a fun day out is a privilege in itself. And their joy and laughter a delight 

Sue, Event Volunteer

Volunteer Roles

There are lots of ways you can volunteer with Bridges for Communities, whether you are interested in meeting someone new, sharing your skills or experience, or simply looking to be a force for good in your community.

Befriending

One-to-one support for asylum seekers & refugees.

Volunteers give 1.5 – 2 hours a week to spend time with and welcome an asylum seeker or refugee who is isolated in Bristol. We work with asylum seekers of all nationalities, as well as families who are resettled by the Bristol City Council. We are always looking for new volunteers to become a befriender. Training and support is provided. 

(If you have children, and would like to include them in your volunteering, we can often accommodate this on our befriending programme.)

Task Volunteering

Welcoming families who have fled war & persecution.

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.

We are looking for lots of volunteers to join us. Training and support is provided.

Our team has really benefitted from having volunteers to help our clients with tasks which support workers don’t have capacity to complete.

It’s a great opportunity for clients to meet someone new, practice their English and learn how to complete tasks themselves with the help of the volunteers.

Gaele, Bristol City Council Support Worker

Walk With Me

Group walks to support the physical and mental health of people seeking asylum.

We are looking for volunteers to join one or two walks a month to give men seeking asylum the opportunity to meet new people and practise their spoken English, as well as explore new places in Bristol and the surrounding areas. Walks will mostly be on weekends.

Stitching Together

Welcoming spaces where women sew together.

Volunteers help to run weekly sewing classes for refugee women, meeting in central Bristol. Some experience of sewing is helpful, but not essential.

Local Events

We always welcome more volunteers at our events that bring people together from different backgrounds. Events are often at weekends and in school holidays, as well as evenings mid-week. Examples of events include Peace Feasts, Welcome Events and Sharing Festivals.

Volunteering for Bridges has given me a feeling of connection to people in my community I wouldn’t usually get to know as well as a sense of purpose and feeling useful.

Rosie, Task Volunteer

Training

Training is provided for these roles and covers

  • Bridges for Communities – What we do and why.
  • Further information about the different volunteer opportunities.
  • Guidelines for volunteering, including safeguarding, trauma, confidentiality, culture and language. 
  • Specific guidelines related to the volunteer opportunity you have chosen.

Basic DBS checks and references are required. We pay for your DBS and follow up with your referees.

Next Volunteer Training

  • Tuesday 18th April – 6:30-9:30pm at Easton Family Centre, BS5 0SQ
  • Monday 5th June – 6:30-9:30pm at Easton Family Centre, BS5 0SQ

If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact us using the contact form below.

Volunteer

Sign up for our next training if you want to volunteer with Bridges in Bristol.

Resources

We provide information, videos and resources to help you on your volunteering journey.