Special NEWSLETTER on BS3 Helping Others (59:17) – Volunteer, care, homeless, IT, Marmalade, fish

GBCP NEWSLETTER is very happy to send out information about the innovative BS3 Helping Others project along with a sample of the volunteering opportunities that they have on offer.    Please get in touch with BS3 Helping Others if your organisation needs volunteers or if you want to offer yourself as a helper.

Get in touch with GBCP NEWSLETTER if you’d like us to circulate a Special Edition about your organisation: gbcpnewsletter@gmail.com .

Would you like to volunteer in BS3?

Does your organisation need volunteers?

‘BS3 Helping Others’ is a Facebook page set-up in order to recruit volunteers in BS3 who might like to volunteer their time and energy to a worthy cause in the BS3 Community. facebook.com/groups/BS3helpers/

BS3 Helping Others meets on Tuesday mornings in the Tobacco Factory (10.15am) to support volunteers in their work and to talk about CHARITIES in BS3. which are looking for volunteers.    There are also speakers who come along on Tuesdays from various charities to tell us about their organisation and volunteering opportunities.

BS3 Helping Others also meets an hour later (11.15am) at the Tobacco Factory to meet volunteers who are interested in VOLUNTEERING IN CARE HOMES, either helping with activities or befriending residents who often have short-term memory loss.   People are especially needed for one-to-one chats with residents who, for whatever reason, find it difficult to socialise.    DBS checks are required for this type of activity, but can be provided.

On Tuesday mornings in the Tobacco Factory, ‘BS3 Helping Others’ has also become a bit of an excuse for a cup of coffee ☕ and a chance to meet up with other volunteers for a chat and to talk about what they do and to iron out any difficulties they may have volunteering.

NB. BS3 Helping Others does not meet during school holidays.

Please feel free to contact catherineliddle@yahoo.com or tel: 077330-68680 or join the Facebook page ‘Bs3 Helping Others for further information.

REFRESH BEDMINSTER – save the date

On Tuesday the 7th November 2017 representatives from Refresh Bedminster are coming to chat to us at the Tobacco Factory at 10.15am to talk about volunteering with them.

They are a charity on East Street in South Bristol reaching out to people in the community needing support and they offer this support in a variety of ways. They offer meals for the homeless, a foodbank, recovery courses, English lessons, fellowship and support groups and more.🍔

Please do come along if you are interested in learning the different opportunities they have for volunteers. We’ll be at the big table by the door of the Cafe/Bar as you come into the corner cafe. www.refreshbedminster.co.uk/

Amerind Grove Care Home

Volunteers required to run or assist with group activities or one to one befriending and also assist with possible outings.  They would also like to train people up to assist at mealtimes in the home.

The residents at Amerind Grove are really happy to see our volunteers when we walk through the doors to visit, do a crossword puzzle or just chat over a cup of tea. It’s making those connections that are so important for them as many of them find it hard to get around and rely on their visitors to provide the socialisation we all need. 👫

But, we are in need of more volunteers who want to spend time with these lovely people. We have a great group who go in on Saturday and Wednesday mornings but all DBS checked volunteers are encouraged to visit whenever they like reporting to a senior member of staff on duty when you arrive.

Please feel free to contact catherineliddle@yahoo.com or tel: 077330-68680 or come along to one of our Tuesday morning meetings at the Tobacco Factory at 11:15 when we discuss volunteering in care homes.

Computer Café for Over 55s

Volunteers required to assist older people learn the basics of social media e.g. Facebook, phone technology, emailing and sometimes more complicated areas of social media. We welcome all age groups – younger people always welcome to join us! 💻 Contact Ruth Green at lilacruthgreen@gmail.com or tel: 07429-268673

At the Tobacco Factory, North Street, Southville, 10:15-12:15, October 27th, November 10th & 24th, December 8th & 22nd

At the Mezzaluna Cafe, West Street, Bedminster, 13:15-15:15, November 6th &20th, December 4th & 18th

Community Navigators Bristol

Community Navigator volunteers will offer free personal signposting and support for older people who want to do more in their local area.     You will visit older people in their homes, get to know them and share information on different things that are happening where they live.   Whether it’s meeting people, rekindling old hobbies or learning something new, you’ll be able to point them in the right direction. If the older person needs extra support, you may go along with them when they try something for the first time. You’ll be able to help them with any concerns they have about getting out and about, such as transport or money worries. We ask that you are able to spare at least 2 or 3 hours a week and full training and support will be given. 🚩www.northbristoladvice.org.uk/our-services/community-navigators-north. Please feel free to contact Gemma at Bristol Community Health at gemma.holden1@nhs.net or tel: 01179-002189

Bristol Fish Project

Morning Neighbours 🐟 Bristol Fish Project are building a community run and owned fish and hydroponics farm on Vale Lane.   Currently entirely led by volunteers we could always do with more hands on deck to help us with the build.   So if you fancy volunteering but would prefer something hands on, with plenty of problem solving, nice people and good food …we meet Thursday evenings from 18:30 and Sundays from 11 – 3 at 1 Vale Lane – BS35RU www.bristolfish.org

Please feel free to contact us at info@bristolfish.org or tel 07835-262968.

Help Bristol’s Homeless

Jasper Thompson of Jasper’s Jamaican Diner is a Bristolian who has set up ‘Help Bristol’s Homeless’.   Check out their Facebook page.    ‘Donate what you can and a little bit more and keep yourself posted so that we can look after our fellow Bristolians.’

Also put in your calendars their Christmas Fayre – Saturday the 25th of November from 11am – 2pm at The Elephant House, 1 Dean Street, Bedminster, BS3 1BG. Come and meet Santa 🎅, tea, coffee and refreshments, tombola and raffle and much, much more. Entry: 50p.  Please feel free to contact Jaspar on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/helpbristolshomeless/

The Marmalade Trust

Every year we invite people who are on their own, to join us in restaurants around Bristol and South Glos.  For many, it is often the first time they haven’t been alone on Christmas Day for years 🎄.  Every guest is made to feel very welcome and part of a big family.  Our volunteers do everything from gift-wrapping, packing hampers, writing Christmas cards, giving out gifts, helping at fundraising events, marketing, general admin – to driving guests to and from our venues on Christmas Day itself.

Please feel free to contact Natalie Wheeler at wheeler@marmaladetrust.org .

What’s your passion?

These are just a select few of the opportunities available to help others in BS3.    Contact BS3 Helping Others and tell us what you are interested in and we will do our best to match you with an opportunity that best fits you.    It’s about community and coming together.   Join us at the Tobacco Factory on Tuesdays for a coffee and a chat with no obligation.   We’d be happy to meet you.    If you can’t make that time, contact us anyway and we’ll try to help.

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