local charities


The Alzheimer’s Society is looking for volunteers – can you help?

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The Alzheimer’s Society is also looking for volunteers for their befriending service at the Royal United Hospital . The Side by Side service aims to prevent isolation and allow individuals in hospital to take part in social and recreational activities on the ward, keeping them connected to the things they love- this could be listening to music, taking part in tea groups, arts sessions or even having a one to one chat. This will enable them to feel less isolated during their stay in hospital, focusing on their strengths and preferences to remain active and more confident as well as improving outcomes such as length of stay. the service is also aiming to expand to include social activiites  both within and outside normal working hours- So individuals can feel engaged throughout the week. This service is all part of the RUH’s Volunteer dementia project, which has raised over £250,000 to help bath become the leading dementia friendly hospital by 2020.  If you would like to help contact the Side by Side Cordinator Brogan Knight on  07702 108 994 or email brogan.knight@alzheimers.org.ukFriends of the RUH


Friends of the RUH

The Friends of the RUH are a local charity based in the Royal United Hospital who aim to provide comfort and amenities to patients and visitors to the hospital. They are currently looking for more volunteers to help in their shop, the coffee shop, on the wards and to take the shop trolley around to patients.  There are various 2 or 3 hour shifts available during the week and weekends.  These are very rewarding roles and a great way to meet new people.

Further information can be found at www.friendsoftheruh.org.uk or by emailing ruh-tr.volunteers@nhs.net or telephone 01225 824046.


sponsor-a-child-281x300Mercy in Action is a UK registered charity that was founded in 1995.  Working amidst some of the poorest communities in the Philippines, we are committed to rescuing vulnerable children from the dangers of the streets by offering them food, nurture and an education.   Over time, our work has grown to encompass projects which are vital for whole community, such as house building, small business enterprises, and schooling and feeding programmes.


However, the heart of what we are trying to achieve has and always will be best expressed through our work with street children; the most vulnerable in that society.  We value the unique importance of every child, regardless of their background, faith, social or ethnic origin.  Our work centres around helping children to regain lost years, providing professional intervention focusing on education, play and health care.  We aim to help each child in our care to achieve their full potential and to give them the opportunity to live the rest of their lives free from the involuntary poverty into which they were born.


Based down the Lower Bristol Road, BANES Carers Centre helps individuals and families looking after someone who is sick or disabled – an elderly relative, a partner with a long term illness, or a child with special needs for example. The people they help give their time and energy, unpaid, to care for the person they love. Think this is rewarding? It can also be tiring, stressful and lonely. Carers Centre’s role is to make sure this doesn’t happen. They give carers the support they need to manage their caring role and find opportunities to enjoy life alongside caring. They work with carers of all ages including 500 young carers under the age of 18.
could you foster
There are currently 8,800 Foster Carers in the South West but there is a desperate need to recruit a further 550 to cope with the level of demand. Excel Fostering have recently opened a brand new office in Bristol to help with their mission to recruit new Foster Carers in the region. Could you Foster?  They would love to hear from you! Please share and like www.facebook.com/ExcelFostering for more information and contact details
 Please do also check out Excel Fostering’s animated television campaign (it’s very lovely): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7h8_OjP6aQc
The Bath WI has received the following message:
“My name is Madeleine and I work with a very awesome little boy named Colm who is 9 years old and has Autism. I work in his home-based Son-Rise Program where we play one-on-one with him to help him become more flexible, social and a better friend. The Son-Rise program is a child-centred program based in the cornerstones of love and acceptance, and is the only program in the world that has actually recovered children fully from Autism (www.autismtreatment.org). Since the family started working with Colm in this way 15 months ago, he has flourished. We are now looking to grow our team of volunteers and I would love the opportunity to come and speak to you all about the Son-Rise program and the very special opportunity of volunteering with him. Colm is a very creative, funny and curious boy who loves birds of prey, fishing, practical jokes and spies!
We are looking for dependable, fun-loving, energetic people who are passionate about working with young people and open to learning something new. We provide all the training required, with regular feedback, so no previous experience is necessary. The program is based in Peasedown St John.”
If you are interested and would like to learn more about the program, please email thebathwi@gmail.com and we will pass on your details.
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Time2Share is a local charity supporting disabled children, young people and their families. We were set up in 1972 by a group of medical students at Bristol University who noticed there was a lack of support for disabled children in the Bristol area. We now support families across the Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset region.


Currently we run a volunteer befriending scheme and a range of group activities for disabled young people. Over half the young people we support are on the autistic spectrum. We provide opportunities for young people to establish an independent social life, build their own friendships and most importantly – have fun!

At the same time parents and carers also get some time out.

“When we met our first volunteer, the best time for her to visit was a Sunday afternoon, which just happened to coincide with the football on Sky Sports! The girls went swimming and I went to the pub to watch football with my mates. Result!”

None of this would be possible without the commitment of our volunteers who give their time and energy.


African Initiatives – a message from African Initiatives:

“I am looking for support from individuals or teams who are looking for an exciting challenge which will hopefully be a personal milestone but also raise valuable funds to enable women and girls build a better future for themselves by gaining access to basic rights and education.

Are you (or someone you know) a runner looking to do a personal best or looking for some motivation and a goal to get fit again? The Bath Half Marathon 2016 is a perfect event, taking place on Sunday 13th March 2016 it is 13.1 Miles (21.1km) course know to be a fast and flat which takes you through the historic and beautiful sites of the city of Bath.

We will ensure you have all the support you need including advice on training and nutrition, updates from the field on what the money you raised will support and most importantly I will be there on the day to cheer you on and congratulate you with an African Initiatives goodie bag at the end!

I would be grateful if you can also forward email through to your networks, friends, family or colleagues who might be interested. Please contact me if you need any further information or you can register by clicking on the link below.


Come and be a part of African Initiatives Bath Half 2016 team and lets Change Lives Together around the world!

Many thanks in advance for your support”

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