Volunteer with us
Join our Community Navigator volunteer network and help Bristol people who are over 50 connect with their community.
We know that there are 1.2 million older people in England who feel ‘chronically’ lonely, and that up to 1 in 10 older Bristol people feel isolated.
By volunteering, you will make a life-changing difference to the wellbeing of these local people. You’ll develop new skills, become a valued member of our vibrant Community Navigator network, and meet lots of interesting people. We’ll give you extensive support and training to help you in your role, and the hours are flexible.
What will I do?
- Visit people in their homes, find out what matters to them, and share information about what’s happening locally to help them get involved.
- Go along with the older person when they try something for the first time.
- Support the person with any concerns that they have about getting out and about – including safety, transport or money worries – by linking them up with other community groups.
“Being involved with Community Navigators also benefits me in all sorts of ways. It has given me new momentum: I had got a bit stale but now I have new purpose and I find the challenge of the task invigorating. I also get a buzz out of meeting people and trying to help them with their difficulties. It’s a privilege to help people with what often feels to be their most pressing need: contact with other people. Isolation can lead to despair. It is a great pleasure to be able to help people break out of it and be invigorated by companionship and activity.” Mike, Community Navigator volunteer
“Volunteering has been really rewarding. I like getting to understand the person I’m supporting and see them change – and want to change. Some people I meet haven’t been out of the house for three months. Even walking with someone to the bus stop can help them believe that this is what their life could be like. I was definitely nervous when I first started. How would people respond to this old chap knocking on their door? But experience and some supportive training have given me confidence to sit down with the person and set some goals together. This is what life is about: meeting people, exchanging feelings and sharing some laughter.” Tony, Community Navigator volunteer