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Volunteer Programmes

We have many volunteer opportunities within The Hive for both people with and without a learning disability.

From the local community:

The Hive drop-in volunteers
To support the social activities within the drop-in

Drop-in Volunteer job role

“I think the volunteers are absolutely amazing, after all they helped to put this place together. They are really helpful and cheerful, and they are there when you need them.” Josh, Hive Member

Creative Volunteers
Help out at our pottery or music sessions

Gateway Mentors
Support groups and individuals who are taking part in the Gateway Award

Gateway Mentor job role

Volunteer Advocates
Support an individual with a learning disability as their advocate

Find out more about what advocacy is

Volunteer advocate job role

Fundraising/Events Volunteers
Help to organise fundraising and events, or just come along to help

Committee Volunteers
Join our Management Committee to help to shape the way forward

Admin Volunteers
Help out in the office to ensure the smooth running of the organisation

“Despite what’s happening in my personal life, volunteering at The Hive is a constant pleasure, always great fun, energising and incredibly rewarding. Seeing at firsthand how volunteering enriches the lives of others gives me a real sense of pride; I wish I started years ago”

From the learning disabled community:

Hive Forum Volunteers
Join the committee of our members to help to run The Hive (these are recruited annually in February)

Hive Champions
Represent The Hive at events, show and tell people what we do

Healthwatch Champions
Work with The Hive and Healthwatch to help improve health services for people with a learning disability

Drop-in Volunteers
Work on reception or in the refreshment area at the drop-in (you cannot be a Hive drop-in member)

"Sometimes I arrive for voluntary work feeling low, but the smiling faces and warm welcomes never fail to fill me with joy. It only takes a few hours out of my week to be here.
I would strongly recommend volunteering for The Hive to anybody who has a caring nature, enjoys working with people, and who wants to get more out of life." Sam, Volunteer

Please download our

Volunteer Application form

If you are interested in working with us then please contact us on 0117 9614372 or email us on

You will need to fill out a simple application form and have a police check carried out.

You will have an informal interview with a member of staff to decide how best you can help.

When you start you will be given basic training to help you, and regular support and supervision throughout your time with us.

Why don't you join us?

It will be rewarding and great fun!

The Hive (Avon) Ltd, 322-324 Two Mile Hill Road, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 1AJ Tel: 0117 9614372 Email:
Charity No: 1126618 Reg. Company No: 6694738