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Get involved at The Carers' Centre

Volunteer with us

We are working hard to ensure carers are fully recognised, valued and supported in society. But we can’t do this alone.

Volunteers are vital to what we do. They offer their amazing skills to help us deliver life-changing services and they make a huge difference to the local community.

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Aesop

Why volunteer with us?

Gain new skills

Make new friends

Make a difference to someone's life

"Volunteering has helped me a lot, it makes me feel useful, valuable and I’ve met some wonderful people."

Fiona had to leave her job to be a full-time carer for her husband after he had a stroke. After her life suddenly changed, she found volunteering a valuable outlet to meet new people and use her skills.

"I am only too pleased to pay back some of the support that I have received"

Linda Topping, our volunteer 'Carer Champion' for High Littleton and the surrounding areas, shares her experience of using The Carers' Centre and why she became a Carer Champion.

Current opportunities

Whether you can give the odd hour here or there, or can commit to a more regular role, there are many opportunities to get involved with The Carers’ Centre.

We are continuing to grow our team of Volunteer Carer Champions across the whole of Bath & North East Somerset.

The aim of the Volunteer Carer Champions is to raise awareness about The Carers’ Centre within their local community.

As part of a team of Carer Champions you will be the eyes and ears in the community for The Carers’ Centre raising awareness through attending community events, sharing information and engaging community venues and groups.

Maintain, develop and protect carers’ community garden at Woodlands so that it can be enjoyed by everyone.

You will work as part of a team of garden volunteers, you will be helping with the upkeep of the garden through general tidying, weeding, pruning, planting, grass cutting and propagating. You’ll be a friendly face to those enjoying the garden, able to commit a minimum of 4 hours a month and enjoy working outside and the odd tea and cake break!

Have a skill to share, or experience in facilitation? Help someone take a meaningful break from their caring role and deliver a creative workshop or Carer Café.  

Help make a real difference to our small (but mighty!) charity. From taking care of our beautiful garden to dealing with enquiries, we have lots of ways you can support our work. 

Do you have experience of caring? Ensure unpaid carers are seen and heard. Join the Carers’ Voice community to ensure local services and decision-makers bring about real change for carers. Find out more. 

Support the young carers' service to run a full breaks programme throughout the year including activities, days out, evening clubs and weekend breaks. As a volunteer you will be joining in with activities, helping children to be involved and included and supporting children who may need additional support during an activity. Most importantly you'll be encouraging the children to have fun and enjoy themselves. 

You will also help with practical tasks such as: register taking, preparing, and cleaning up, handing out equipment etc. Supporting children to be safe whilst an activity.

Under 25 years old with experience of looking after someone? Get involved with Speak out Young Carers (SOYC) to help influence services for young and young adult carers. Find out more.

If you’re enthusiastic and passionate to make a difference to the lives of carers, complete an application form and send to our volunteer officer at volunteer@banescarerscentre.org.uk 

Frequently asked questions

Find out the answers to some common queries about volunteering with us.

We welcome anyone over 18 years old, who have relevant skills, experience and a willingness to learn.

Some of our volunteers, support us on an ad-hoc basis as and when they can, others have a more regular commitment with their volunteering role. We are grateful for any time that you can offer. Each individual role is different, see the descriptions for more details.

We offer all volunteers hands on training to be able to complete their voluntary role. Some roles will require more specific training, such as safeguarding etc. We also offer all new volunteers a half day induction to learn more about The Carers’ Centre.

We reimburse out of pocket expenses such as travel or parking tickets, etc. We cover what can be claimed and how to claim during your induction.

For the majority of our volunteer roles no qualifications are needed, however there are a few roles, such as counselling that would need particular skills and experience. If qualifications were needed this would be stated on the volunteer role description. We are looking for great personal skills, enthusiasm and an interest in our cause for all of our voluntary roles.

Lots of our roles are out in the community, supporting cafes and breaks for carers and other roles are based at The Carers’ Centre in Bath. The way that we work as an organisation is changing and we do have some volunteer opportunities that will be supporting our work in your own time from home. If you are interested in learning more, please contact our Volunteer Officer.

If you have another question and want more information about volunteering at The Carers’ Centre, contact our volunteer officer at volunteer@banescarerscentre.org.uk

Need to talk? Call our Freephone Support Line on 0800 0388 885 (Mon-Fri, 9am – 1pm)