Bristol Ageing Better Older People's Steering Group

The Older People’s Steering Group (OPSG) are a vital part of the BAB Programme, ensuring that older people are integral to decision-making and that barriers to older people accessing BAB services are identified.


Purpose of volunteer role

To help steer the BAB programme and help the Programme Management Team to decide how some of the money is spent

The role involves

  • Helping with the commissioning of BAB projects
  • Reviewing applications for Community Kick-start funding
  • Making sure that the ideas suggested are sustainable and will help to reduce loneliness
  • Helping to recruit BAB Programme Management Team staff members
  • Identifying barriers to older people accessing the BAB projects
  • Helping the Programme Management Team to make sure that BAB projects are relevant to local older people
  • Attending training sessions and volunteer meetings where appropriate

The qualities and skills required for this role are

  • Flexibility
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to be part of a team and to listen to others’ ideas and insights
  • Good organisational skills
  • An understanding of the issues facing older isolated people

Suggested Hours

Flexible to suit volunteer and needs of the organization. Each volunteer will ideally take part in a minimum of two Community Kick-start review meetings a year, having read the bids received in that quarter and scored each according to the assessment criteria.


We offer induction training and other relevant training opportunities to enable you to fulfil this volunteer role.


Age UK Bristol will pay all out of pocket and travel expenses. Expense claim forms and reimbursement can be provided by the BAB Programme Manager.

How to Apply: 

If you're interested in the role, please contact Bianca Rossetti at biancarossetti@ageukbristol.org.uk or 0117 9281539. 

Volunteering Matters - Learning for Life Together Volunteer

Volunteering Matters is looking for volunteers aged 50+ for a new school project called Learning for Life Together. The project will link volunteers with a group of 7-9-year-olds at Four Acres Academy in Withywood, where they will share experiences of the local area and deliver a number of local activities/events with the children.

Volunteers should be interested in one or more of the following areas:

  • Collecting information about the history of the Withywood, Bishopsworth and Hartcliffe area.
  • Visiting the school and sharing experiences and knowledge with the children, using personal stories, objects such as old maps and photographs, childhood toys, films, and newspaper cuttings.
  • Planning and being involved in activities with the children, such as taking part in a local memory walk, planting a sensory garden at the school, doing artwork and displays, and teaching childhood songs and games.
  • Taking photos and collecting quotes.

No experience is necessary as full guidance and support will be given. We can help with transport to meetings and the school if necessary. For more information, please contact Jenny on 07919 335444, 0117 935 9710 or jenny.szewiel@volunteeringmatters.org.uk

Click here to download a Role Description. 

Click here to download a Poster to promote the opportunity. 

Join the Babbers: Radio Presenters, producers and researchers for weekly show run by and for older people

Bristol Ageing Better are looking for more volunteers to help present, produce and create content for their weekly show on Ujima FM.
'The Babbers Show' delves into the topics that matter to older people in Bristol, and is run entirely by older people. Previous episodes have covered housing, benefits, mental health, fashion, volunteering, complementary therapies, festivals and Bristol's history. 
We're now looking for some more older volunteers to join the team, to help present, produce and research. If you're interested, get in touch and we can arrange for you to shadow and show and see what you think.
•    All volunteers must be over 50
•    Those with previous experience in radio are welcome, but it's not essential.
•    Time commitment varies, but it's ideal if volunteers are prepared to present or produce one two-hour show per month, which runs on Mondays from 12noon until 2pm.
Contact Bianca Rossetti on 0117 928 1539 or email (biancarossetti@ageukbristol.org.uk) for more information or an informal chat about the role. 

Volunteer Bristol is the city's only Volunteer Development Agency. For more than 40 years they have been helping people from all walks of life to make a difference to their own lives and the lives of others through volunteering. 
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Volunteer Bristol
Royal Oak House
Royal Oak Avenue
Bristol BS1 4GB
Call: 0117 989 7733
Fax: 0117 922 1572
Email: info@volunteerbristol.org.uk
Drop-in centre
Visit the drop-in centre at Royal Oak House from Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 11.00-15.00. 

For more exciting volunteering opportunities, contact our partners Cities of Service Bristol (volunteers@bristol2015.co.uk)
Cities of Service is a coalition of cities who have committed to work together to lead a multi-year effort to expand impact volunteer strategies that target community needs and enable cities to effectively leverage citizen service as a viable tool to achieve measurable impact.
Bristol has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition in the UK since 2014. With the support of the City Director, Ambassador and the chief service officer’s hard work, Bristol is tackling key city issues including literacy, loneliness and isolation.

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