Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme in the West of England


Over 50? You’ve spent a lifetime developing skills, knowledge and abilities. If you’re ready to share that experience and to balance leisure with community involvement, RSVP West is just what you’re looking for. There are many opportunities to take on voluntary work and they are as diverse as the volunteers themselves.


RSVP West is inspired and led by volunteers — more than 1,000 — with no permanent paid staff. We have a long and varied list of projects, each with a group of volunteers working with a organiser. Our members get involved in projects range from helping children in school, through knitting trauma teddies to comfort distressed children, through collecting prescriptions for housebound people, to aiding the enjoyment of visitors to the Matthew in Bristol Harbour.



When you’ve had a look around at what we do and the opportunities that we offer, consider joining us. We need active volunteers in Bristol, North Somerset, Bath & North East Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Swindon, aged 50 or over, who are happy to take on accept responsibility in some area of work that interests them. Grasp the opportunity RSVP West provides to do something different with your life. All volunteers are also members of RSVP West so for more information on becoming a member click here. We maintain an equal-opportunities policy — for the details download our equal-opportunities statement (PDF 55kB).


Joining us benefits groups of volunteers, too. RSVP West can give existing voluntary schemes much support and practical assistance, among them free insurance cover for volunteers. More details here.



Bob Maggs has been the Regional Coordinator for RSVP West since 1991. “Like a lot of people I retired early but came to feel that I could do — and wanted to do — more with my life. I needed something to get me out of bed in the morning. I couldn’t live with the thought of not being a contributor — I wanted to be part of something.”

He has a clear vision of the nature of RSVP voluntary work needed: “If you’re over 50, RSVP West offers you the chance to do anything you want to do, to the extent you want to do it, and when you want to do it. RSVP West is led by volunteers; it’s a relaxed and enjoyable organisation that lets you have a lot of serious fun. However if you do join us you must be professional about what you do — people depend on us and the commitments we make”



We are grateful for the financial help of our supporting organisations, listed below, but the demand for funds is never-ending because there’s always another need and another challenge. There are several ways you can contribute financially so click on the link to find out how you can help RSVP West, the volunteer programme covering the west of England. Please note we have no salaried staff.


RSVP gratefully acknowledges the financial help of many organisations, including Bristol City Council, Bristol University Rag Committee, Clerical Medical, Clevedon Town Council, Leeds Building Society, Diageo Foundation, North Somerset Social Services, Paradigm Norton Trust, Quartet Community Foundation, Royal & Sun Alliance, St Monica Trust, Shipshape & Bristol Fashion Ltd, Simplyhealth People Ltd, South Gloucestershire Council, Swindon Borough Council, Waitrose, and Wessex Water.




Schools Placement Organisers for Bristol and South Gloucestershire - recruiting and placing volunteers in schools and supporting the current RSVP schools members.



Organiser to help develop our Surgery-Based Patient Volunteer Support Groups  in South Gloucestershire,




Coordinators of and volunteers for these groups -  providing transport and wellbeing services - for surgeries in all areas


Lay Assessors

To help local authorities improve their services, eg improving the quality of life of care home residents. Volunteers and team leaders needed




To apply, please complete and return an RSVP Membership Form (see LHS of this page) or contact the

RSVP West Regional Coordinator.