Here you’ll find information about organisations in Gloucestershire that have great volunteer programmes, you can read blogs about volunteering from people who actually do it >>> or to read reports into volunteering from national organisations.

Gloucestershire Volunteering Info

Holst Museum

The Holst Birthplace Museum is a thriving volunteer run museum in the heart of Pitville. Our volunteers join us to make friends, to pursue an interest, to further their careers or just for fun! No prior knowledge of Gustav Holst or Victorian history is needed.

Engage Gloucester 

Gloucester Culture Trust aims to put culture at the heart of Gloucester for the good of all. Part of achieving this is encouraging and supporting volunteering. Engage in Gloucester connects up potential volunteers and local heritage, culture, arts and community organisations, focusing strongly on the rich and positive impacts and benefits that volunteering can have for individuals. So whether you have just a few minutes, few hours, an odd day or want to volunteer more regularly the Engage in Gloucester website has opportunities to suit you. 

Cheltenham Trust 

The Cheltenham Trust is an independent registered charity responsible for Cheltenham’s £300 million iconic cultural and leisure sites; The Wilson, Cheltenham Town Hall, Pittville Pump Room, Leisure at Cheltenham and the Prince of Wales Stadium. The Trust engages audiences through the arts, heritage, performance, tourism, sport, and play and wellbeing opportunities.

Volunteers play a vital role in the work that The Trust does to enrich the lives of residents and visitors to Cheltenham and we are always on the look-out for new volunteers to join our vibrant team.

Volunteers can be found inspiring families at our workshops and community events, researching and caring for artefacts in the museum collections , guiding visitors around the iconic heritage destination Pittville Pump Rooms , looking after our retail shops, leading guided walks and much more.”

The link to our page is


Providing Meaningful Music for people living with dementia.

We couldn’t do the work we do without our volunteers, and a brilliant bunch they are. Many are drawn from local choirs, but by no means all. Most are people who love music and want to share it with others.

Gloucestershire Libraries

We are looking for volunteers of all ages to help out in a range of different roles. From helping with children's activities, to delivering books, offering digital help and even improving our library gardens. See our wide range of volunteer roles. Some do short-term projects, and some stay for years! You can read more about the different roles and the experiences of some of our volunteers below.


Art Shape researches gaps in the provision of creative opportunities, and develops and runs projects that inspire, encourage and promote the creativity of artists and participants.

As an Arts charity we rely on the help of volunteers to support us in our work, without this support we would not be able to provide and achieve to the extent we do. If you would like to give some of your free time and if any of the following applies to you, then why not become a volunteer.

Forest Voluntary Action Forum

FVAF provides assistance to many of the hundreds of voluntary and community organisations in the Forest of Dean District so that they are in turn to better able to deliver their work in the local community. FVAF also helps individuals and organisations to find suitable volunteering opportunities. We also run a number of community based projects in the Forest of Dean.

If you are interested in volunteering, please call us on 01594 822073, or email ‘


If you work or volunteer for a Gloucestershire based organisation that has volunteer opportunities (particularly involving arts and culture), and you would like to appear on this page please email We would love to include you!

National Volunteering Info

Time Well Spent

Time Well Spent is a major new report into the volunteering experience published by NCVO in January 2019. It is the result of a national survey carried out through YouGov's panel (10,000+ respondents).

The survey focuses on volunteering through groups, clubs and organisations and includes data on recent volunteers, but also lapsed volunteers and non-volunteers.

Volunteering in the arts

These toolkits have been produced to support small and medium-sized arts groups who struggle to improve the support they offer volunteers. The toolkits includes:

  • ideas, suggestions and recommendations

  • a range of checklists for those new to working with volunteers

  • a range of case studies to celebrate what is already happening across the sector

  • links to further information

Youth Social Action 


Volunteering for Wellbeing

Good practice guides and templates in recruitment, volunteer policies, agreements, training etc.



NCVO 100 - Institute for Volunteering Research

Data and statistics.
Research conference. 
Reports – understanding participation and volunteering, volunteer management, micro volunteering, measuring and assessing volunteering 


Centre for Ageing Better

Age Friendly and Inclusive volunteering: Review of community contributions in later life.