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Get involved with Neighbourly this Volunteers’ Week

Bristol-based volunteering opportunities for you and your team

07/05/2024

BID Lead

Volunteers’ Week is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, taking place from 3 – 9 June 2024. Held annually to celebrate, recognise, and thank those who have made a difference through volunteering, the week-long celebration aims to showcase these positive actions and inspire future volunteers. Established in 1984, Volunteers’ Week celebrates the contributions volunteers make to communities across the UK, the voluntary sector, and society. 

To mark the occasion, we’re encouraging our business community to get involved with local volunteering opportunities this June through our partnership with Neighbourly. We’re passionate about providing our business community with opportunities to give back to the local community and make a positive impact in Bristol.

Together with Neighbourly, we’re offering exclusive opportunities to Redcliffe & Temple BID businesses to contribute to local community initiatives. To get involved, log in to your account, apply using the links below, and use the volunteering code RTBID to get started. If you’re not already signed up to Neighbourly, you can learn more and sign up here.

 

Create a zone for shelter and storage at Woodcroft Community Orchard

3 June, 9am – 5pm

Help transform the Woodcroft Community Orchard in Brislington, a community-led project and self-governed grassroots project to benefit the local community and its wildlife.

Volunteers will help to make space for a shelter and storage zone for visitors, allowing them to store their tools and shelter from the elements. Volunteers will help by clearing and leveling the area for a shed and shelter to be built. Duties will involve moving materials, cutting back vegetation, and reinforcing structures.

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Tidy and reorganise the garden at Headway Bristol

5 June, 9.30am – 3pm

Help make the community garden at Headway Bristol a friendly and welcoming place for all. Headway Bristol Brain Injury Association is a local independent charity with over 40 years of experience supporting adults and their families to improve life after brain injury.

Volunteers can help by sweeping paths, cleaning debris away, and moving furniture to make garden pathways accessible for visitors, and allow extra space for socialising opportunities in the garden.

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Help Bristol Dementia Action Alliance at their Happy Days memory café events

7 June, 2 – 4pm

Join Bristol Dementia Action Alliance (BDAA) to assist with their fun and lively Happy Days Memory Café session in Westbury-on-Trym. The BDAA aims to make Bristol a dementia-aware city through raising awareness, encouraging positive attitudes, broadening public understanding, and dispelling myths surrounding dementia.

The BDAA runs three Memory Cafés across Westbury-on-Trym, Shirehampton and Avonmouth, providing entertainment, refreshments, and encouraging conversation for people living with dementia and their carers. Volunteers will assist with welcoming and signing in guests, making refreshments, and cleaning up following the session.

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FANCY SOMETHING ELSE?

If you want to get involved in other volunteering opportunities, you can get in touch directly with a good cause on Neighbourly and register your interest. Simply browse the available opportunities and click ‘register interest’ to arrange a volunteering session for you and your team. The good cause will then add this to the Neighbourly site as a volunteering opportunity, allowing you to sign up where you can use the code RTBID to get started.

 

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES LATER THIS YEAR

 

Gardening at Percy Walker Court

25 July and 13, 15 August, 10am – 3pm

If you can’t help out during Volunteers’ Week, get involved with gardening at Percy Walker Court this July and August. Percy Walker Court is a housing complex for residents over 55 with a range of ages and abilities. Residents share communal areas including a community garden for socialising and to reduce loneliness.

Currently, residents at Percy Walker Court are renovating their community garden which has been neglected over the years due to Covid. Each week, the residents spend time gardening and making new friends but they need help with the upkeep of the garden. Volunteers can get involved by gardening and tidying the garden and communal areas to help transport the shared space for its residents.

Upcoming sessions

Volunteer at Percy Walker Court

Thursday 25 July, 10am – 3pm

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Tuesday 13 August, 10am – 3pm

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Thursday 15 August, 10am – 3pm

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A LOOK BACK ON BUSINESS OUTREACH 


In March, we held a Corporate Volunteering Lunch and Learn session at HMRC Bristol with
Neighbourly and West of England charity, Ablaze Bristol. The session covered the benefits of corporate volunteering and how Redcliffe & Temple BID businesses can get involved through the Neighbourly platform.

The session was attended by CSR managers, HR team members, and those interested in volunteering from the Redcliffe & Temple BID business community. 

 

This engaging and inspiring session saw representatives from Neighbourly introduce their platform and cover the many projects that businesses can get involved with. Ablaze Bristol, part of Neighbourly’s network of over 8,000 charities and good causes, highlighted their mission to tackle inequality of opportunity for young people and emphasised the importance of corporate volunteers on their organisation.

To round off the session, we heard firsthand from Lynn, Novotel Operations Manager and Ablaze volunteer. Lynn is a volunteer for Ablaze’s Reading Partners Programme, providing one-to-one reading support to a child. Lynn highlighted her volunteering experience with Ablaze, including the impact it has had on her personal development and positive contribution towards a child’s educational journey.

 

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