Volunteers' Week 2023: Employee Sponsored Volunteering

3 July, 2023 - 13:18

Employee sponsored volunteering is where an organisation grants their employees paid time off to volunteer during their normal work hours (which may or may not also involve having the option to work outside of these, and then take time back). So, an organisation elsewhere, usually within the...

Voscur duo named among some of the most influential local LGBTQ+ people

28 June, 2023 - 13:02

Voscur is delighted that during Bristol Pride 2023 two staff members have been recognised as some of the most influential LGBTQ+ people in Bristol and surrounding areas, celebrating those who have contributed to LGBTQ+ life over the last 12 months. 

Outside of his time at Voscur, Spencer...

How Voscur is supporting small charities and looking to make change happen with NCVO – with trustee election voting now open!

28 June, 2023 - 10:43

Last week marked Small Charity Week, a chance to say thank you for all the small charities that have been working hard to ensure communities are supported, and to raise awareness of the importance of supporting them through donations, fundraising and volunteering.  

As part of a national...

Voscur's response to NHS Volunteer Responders scheme extension

12 June, 2023 - 17:35

This week plans were announced to expand the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme in England into social care – this will involve a drive to recruit volunteers to take on social care tasks such as delivering medication or tackling isolation and loneliness via social visits.  

The local VCSE...

Volunteers' Week 2023: Spotlight on Mentoring at 1625 Independent People

7 June, 2023 - 12:28

For the 7th and final day of #volunteersweek, we were privileged to attend 1625 Independent People’s thank you celebration over in Patchway to hear more about the incredible work their dedicated volunteer mentors do....

Volunteers' Week 2023: Spotlight on Student Volunteering at UWE Bristol

6 June, 2023 - 12:02

For the 6th day of Volunteers' Week, Francesca - Civic and Community Engagement Lead at UWE Bristol - has written us a guest blog, describing the mutual benefits of student volunteering. Students represent a significant and valuable community in Bristol, so we are grateful for the opportunity to...

Volunteers' Week 2023: Spotlight on the experiences of Black, Brown and Minoritised Volunteers and Caafi Health

5 June, 2023 - 15:52

#VolunteersWeek is an opportunity for us to reflect on who is and isn’t volunteering, and why that might be. The reasons people are, or aren’t, volunteering are multiple, complex and nuanced.  Over at Voscur, and in volunteer-involving organisations across Bristol, we are aware the demographic...

Volunteers' Week 2023: Spotlight on volunteering for improved wellbeing at Windmill Hill City Farm

2 June, 2023 - 11:41

For the 4th day of Volunteers Week we spoke to Sarah Mountford, Volunteer and Project Coordinator at Windmill Hill City Farm, about all things volunteering on a working farm. Windmill Hill City Farm is based just off East Street, Bedminster and is a bustling 4.5-acre green space. On site, you’ll...

Volunteers' Week 2023: Spotlight on volunteer run ADHD Bristol Collective

2 June, 2023 - 11:37

For the 3rd day of Volunteers Week we spoke with Nathalie, founder of ADHD Bristol Collective about her relatively new, entirely volunteer run, organisation.  

Nathalie, hello! Please can you tell our readers a bit about ADHD Bristol Collective, why you formed and what you’re...

Volunteers' Week 2023: Spotlight on helpline volunteering from home at SARSAS

2 June, 2023 - 11:31

*Trigger warning – this article contains mentions of sexual assault and rape within the context of support services* 

For day two of #volunteersweek we are sharing an example of volunteering that is happening from homes across Bristol and beyond, where volunteers are making a real...