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Bringing Volunteers and Charities Together in Gloucestershire


We work with charities and other non-profits to help them recruit the wonderful people who come to us looking for volunteer roles.  It's not just charity shops and gardening - we've loads of "people helping people" roles too!
 
There are several ways to find volunteer opportunities through us:
 

What do you want to do?


We love meeting potential volunteers but as our service is mainly run by volunteers, this is unfortunately not always possible. Please look through the search facility 'Find your volunteering opportunity' first to see what is available.

If you do need to talk to someone face to face, we will start by understanding why you are looking to volunteer. From that we suggest opportunities for you to consider. If appropriate, we'll try and put you on the phone to a suitable charity there and then. However, from experience, we know that many people prefer to give it more thought so we give you the details to take away. For more information, please contact us.

Important note for professionals thinking of making a referral  - please see here
 
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Find your volunteering opportunity


Use the tool below to find a volunteer role that interests you. There are lots different roles in different locations, working for different charities, in different fields. Search by location or area of interest. Keep an open mind and you might find something that you hadn't previously thought of!
 
 
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Volunteering is for everyone who wants it!

 

We work with charities and community groups to make volunteering available to as many people as possible. Here's some more detail:
 

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Get notified whenever we have new opportunities

 
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Want to help a one-off event or project?


If you are up for a short-term volunteering project - for a few days or hours, enter your email address below and we'll send you occasional newsletters telling you about all the great projects where we've been asked to recruit volunteers
 
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Events/projects announced in earlier newsletters

 
 

About Volunteering Gloucestershire

 
We help charities and volunteers to form mutually beneficial relationships.
 
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About ▶ Our Twitter Feed


 
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About ▶ How our service operates - the volunteer view

 
We get over 3,000 online applications for volunteer roles every year and have 200 informal meetings with potential volunteers. Overall, 500 volunteers go on to start volunteering thanks to our work

About 160 organisations use us to recruit for 350 roles all over Gloucestershire.


Here's the typical processes involved in finding, applying for and starting volunteering.

How our service operates - the volunteer view
We feel strongly that people offering to volunteer deserve a great service. We ask that normally recruiters respond to applications within 7 days and suggest that potential volunteers chase up after 14. We send out a follow-up email to volunteers after about 18 days to check that everything is on-track. Doing this has helped with communications issues such as emails ending up in a "spam" folder.

We also check with both recruiters and volunteers at four months to help us know how many volunteers we have successfully placed.


Start your journey now!
 
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About ▶ How our service operates - the recruiter view

 
We get around 12,000 page views on our website every month and over 3,000 applications for volunteer roles every year. We meet 200 people a year for an informal interview. Overall, we place over 500 volunteers/year.

Since 2011 we've been asked to promote a total of 1257 opportunities and currently about 160 organisations use us to recruit for 350 roles all over Gloucestershire. We'd love to help you too!

Here's the typical processes involved in finding a volunteer through us
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How our service operates - the recruiter view
 
Your advert is live on our system for 6 months (Unless you have an earlier "closing date") and we email you a couple of months before the end to check before renewing for another 6 months.

We feel strongly that people offering to volunteer deserve a great service. We ask that normally recruiters respond to applications within 7 days and suggest that potential volunteers chase up after 14. We send out a follow-up email to volunteers after about 18 days to check that everything is on-track. Doing this has helped with communications issues such as emails ending up in a "spam" folder.

We also check with both recruiters and volunteers at four months to help us know how many volunteers we have successfully placed. Recruiters are obliged to respond to our enquiries,


Start your journey now!
 
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About ▶ The Volunteering Gloucestershire Team

Isobel EdwardsIsobel Edwards -   Community Engagement Office with Gloucester City Council: Since 2015, part of Isobel's role has been facilitating the Volunteer Gloucestershire service in the city.
 

Sarah GrundySarah Grundy - Volunteer Advert Writer: Sarah has been volunteering with the service since 2017. She takes the "job descriptions" from the charities and turns them into attractive adverts.
Sarah comes from a marketing background and has volunteered with the National Childbirth Trust.

We get lot of help from people in our parent charity, CCP  - in particular:
Debbie EvansCordell Ray - CCP CEO: Cordell is the CEO of CCP. Taking a keen interest in all things volunteering, he recognised the vital work we do and  brought us into CCP in 2014.
 

Debbie EvansDaniel Chun - Support Services Manager: Daniel runs Involve Gloucestershire linking charities with businesses. He has many years experience as a manager and recruiter of volunteers and has volunteered with the Princes Trust
 
 
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About ▶ History of Volunteering Gloucestershire

 
1983 Volunteer Centres opened in Cheltenham and Gloucester
1998 Volunteer Centre opened in Tewkesbury
2007 Cheltenham Volunteer Centre used over 200 volunteers and staff to deliver clean drinking water to vulnerable people during the Gloucestershire Floods
 
2010 The volunteer broking/management parts of volunteer centres in Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury came together to form Volunteering Gloucestershire. Funded mainly by Gloucestershire County Council, and delivered by Third Sector Services (now Community Connexions) in partnership with GAVCA (closed 2016)
2014 Funding ceased and a large local charity, CCP agreed to take over the service. At this point, the only office was in Cheltenham
2015 Launch of Involve Gloucestershire, a service linking Employer Supported Volunteers with opportunities.  Interview service re-launched in Gloucester Docks in partnership with the City Council. Two more partnerships followed - both Cirencester and Fairford Town Councils agreed to host paper listings of local volunteering opportunities in their respective Town Halls. Similarly, Emmaus Gloucestershire hosted a list of roles likely to be of interest to their service users.
2016 Our own "Search engine" for volunteer roles handled 74% of traffic and other software helped demonstrate volunteer placements worth over £500,000 to local charities
2017 Launch of a Paid Jobs page specialising in roles with charities and other non-profits in Gloucestershire
 
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Resources


Various useful documents and resources

Finding volunteering opportunities in other areas

Articles about volunteer recruitment and management

Organisations

Downloads

  • Download a poster advertising volunteering through Volunteering Gloucestershire

Other

  • Volunteer Trustees and other Governance - a guide from NCVO
  • Volunteering with Scouts & Guides - a quick guide to Beavers, Brownies, etc.
 
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