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Volunteer today and make a difference!

Volunteering can increase your chances of paid employment.  A good volunteering role can help to build confidence - especially for people who have not worked before or may have been out of work for some time.  Volunteer is also fun, and a great way to give something back to your community. 

How can I find out about volunteering opportunities?

Banes Community Volunteer Services which is run by HCRG Care Group (formerly Virgin Care) is commissioned by Bath & North East Somerset Council.  The team provide a vital service in promoting volunteering opportunities as well as identifying suitable candidates for local charities and community organisations; helping people from all walks of life to make a difference to their lives and the lives of others.  So if you are an individual or a business interested in volunteering, or a local organisation looking for volunteers, then BANES Volunteer Service can help. 

Council Volunteers

The Council manages a number of volunteering roles across a number of different service areas and advertises these vacancies and other local opportunities on its Jobs and Careers pages of the website.  If you would like some advice or to find out more about the volunteering opportunities available, simply visit Banes Community Volunteer Services.

Employee Volunteering

Each year BANES Volunteer Service, the Council and other local organisations, run a series of annual Community Challenge days.  If you are a voluntary or community group that might benefit from a team of helpers, contact Sara Dixon on 01225 396594 or e-mail

Other Useful Contacts:-

  • Timebank is a National Charity connecting those interested in volunteering opportunities.
  • NCVO works to support organisations and volunteers throughout the UK.
  • Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme – volunteering aimed at young people aged between 14-24.
  • Do- it advertises 1,000’s of volunteering opportunities across England.
  • National Volunteers' Week takes place at the beginning of June each year.
  • National Citizen Service (NCS) helps young people meet new people, get their voice heard, boost their CV or UCAS statement and have a lot of fun.
  • Reach Volunteering is a leading skills-based volunteering charity and the UK’s single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector. 

Recognising volunteers, community leaders and local businesses

Do you know someone who deserves a big thank you?  Each year the Council hosts the Community Awards to recognise the achievements of people that have made an exceptional contribution to the local community.  So why not nominate a volunteer, community leader or business that you think deserves a big thank you.


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