Foster Carers Needed – Have you got a spare room? Have experience of supporting children or young people? Care about children and want to make a positive difference to their lives? Action for Children is recruiting 8 new Foster Carers.  The closing date is Thursday 16 March. Please contact Rachel Brompton on 0117 958 0158 or email Rachel.brompton@actionforchildren.org.uk for more information.

Chinese Lantern Project Support Volunteer –Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group exists to support the health and social care needs of Chinese women and their families in Bristol and the surrounding area. They are looking for Project Support Volunteers to work on their Helpline Project and other activities. It is unpaid work, but reasonable expenses will be paid to volunteers. The closing date is Friday 31 March. For more details please email helpline.bacwg@btconnect.com or see: www.bacwg.org.uk

 

Windmill Hill City Farm – Learning Together – The farm, at Philip St, Bristol, BS3 4EA, is looking for volunteers to join a new intergenerational project. They are looking for people of all ages who’d like to get involved in a new project bringing together senior citizens and younger people to share skills. Whether you’re interested in cooking or computing, drawing or digging, building or baking, there is something for you. For more information or to apply to take part in the project, please contact Julie: 0117 963 3252 or julie.thorpe@windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk

YMCA Bristol Hostel Appeal  YMCA Bath Group is raising money to create safe accommodation for homeless young people in Bristol. The organisers believe that every young person should have a safe place to stay. In Bristol, more and more young people do not have this. They are converting the Old Police Headquarters on Bridewell Street in Bristol city centre into a hostel that will provide accommodation for 72 young people each year. As government finances come under pressure, young people are finding it harder and harder to find safe accommodation when they are in crisis. Once built, our hostel will be entirely self-funding through commercial accommodation in the same building. Not only does this make it financially sustainable, but it also creates a non-stigmatising, non-institutional setting for the homeless young people that will stay there. They need your support to make this happen. Please donate through this page: http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/bathymca/ymcabristolIf you would like to discuss other ways of giving please get in touch with Ben Silvey at bensilvey@bristolymca.co.uk or 07881 244 953.

b.friend – befriending asylum seekers and refugees the b.friend craft collective! Join 8 asylum seeking women and fellow volunteers in central Bristol to create and build community on Saturday afternoons. Help make beautiful things for the collective to sell! Minimum commitment of 2 Saturdays a month. Contact Sam on sam@b-friend.org.uk to find out more.

Could someone in your faith community spare an hour and a half once a fortnight to befriend an isolated asylum seeker or refugee in Bristol? Sam Sayer, project manager for b.friend is looking for new volunteers who would like to befriend someone from another culture and show God’s love practically to those on the margins. Befriending will involve listening, helping with English and spending time enjoying Bristol together. More Information see: www.bridgesforcommunities.com  For more details and to book a place please contact Sam: sam@b-friend.org.uk/07759 293884.