Volunteering Opportunities

The Hive, based in Kingswood

The Hive runs an activity drop-in centre for adults with learning disabilities and/or autism, providing them with a safe place to socialise and engage in a range of activities. Vvolunteers, under staff supervision, help to facilitate sessions, assist in the accessibility of activities, and serve teas and coffees. An induction, training, and ongoing support are provided for the volunteers, and expenses can be claimed if necessary.

Volunteers are needed both to help at the drop-in centre and with gardening sessions. Gardening is held on a Tuesday between 10 and 12, or a Thursday from 2 -4.

If you are interested either call 0117 961 4372 or email



West of England Centre for independent Living (WECIL)

WECIL is an award winning, user led organisation dedicated to supporting independent living to create a more inclusive society.

Volunteer Telefriender

WECIL is looking for volunteers to make weekly calls to disabled adults or those with long term health conditions for 12 weeks. The role involves making friendly conversation with two or more members of their community based on shared interests, lending a supportive ear and signposting to services as required. Contact Rosalind Brooks at for more information.

Volunteer Befriender

The Befriending Service links disabled children and young people 1:1 with a volunteer ‘Befriender’, to spend time doing things they enjoy, and having fun! Befrienders offer a supportive relationship to a child/young person who would otherwise be socially isolated, and can offer up to 2 hours of support per week. Contact Dee Coogan at for more information.



Freewheelers EVS (Emergency Volunteer Service)

Freewheelers is a registered charity that provides a free out-of-hours motorcycle courier service to hospitals in the South West of England. They need volunteers, both riders and fundraisers etc.




A children’s literacy charity which recruits local people to go into primary schools and listen to children read one-to-one on a weekly basis. This is a free service offered to primary schools. Schoolreaders is partnered with several schools in Bristol and are looking for volunteers to sign-up as Schoolreaders.

Prior to the pandemic, 1 in 3 children were leaving primary school not able to read to the required standard. This is predicted to be 1 in 4 since the schools closed and children’s education has been so disrupted. Many children are not read with at home, and the weekly intervention from a volunteer makes a huge difference.

Their website gives more information and has an online application form for potential volunteers.




Borderlands is a Bristol based charity which supports asylum-seekers and refugees. They are based in the Old Market area. They would like to recruit volunteers with relevant experience (eg language-teaching, supporting adult learners with literacy needs, etc) to teach or assist in their English classes. If you are interested, please email Sara Tarling or phone her on 07563 029 027 for more information.



The Alzheimer’s Society

The Alzheimer’s Society runs a volunteer companionship service which matches people living with dementia in Bristol to volunteers who have a shared interest. The aim of the service, called Side by Side, is to support people living with dementia to retain hobbies and stay connected with their community.

The Society is hoping to recruit more volunteers. They will support the befriender and the person with dementia to meet and engage in an activity. This could include a walk in the park, visit to a local museum/garden, going for a bike ride or for a coffee and a chat in a local coffee shop or at home. For more information, get in touch with Sarah Swift, the Coordinator, at or 07821824630.

The Alzheimer's Society is also currently recruiting Group Support Volunteers to help support their Activity Group and Memory Cafe which are held monthly.