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BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra have just launched their campaign- a year-long volunteering campaign that will see both stations motivating their listeners to pledge 1 million hours of time to good causes over the next 12 months via social media. They have chosen 4 main charities but are also encouraging people to choose a charity of their choice that they identify with to help. Potential volunteers can pledge time by including in their social media post the number of hours that they have been inspired to donate, pledges via Twitter and Instagram for other good causes will also be counted towards the 1 million hours milestone. By running #1MillionHours, Radio 1 and 1Xtra are shouting from the rooftops that volunteering is a wonderful and rewarding thing to do, both on a personal level and for humankind overall. It costs nothing but people’s spare time and will have a lasting and huge impact on local communities whilst helping individuals develop skills for life and work.

Social Action

Traditional volunteering is starting to go through a period of re branding. Gone are the days when people think of volunteering as just standing in a charity shop full of musty, old clothes. There are many exciting and rewarding roles out there. With the term “social action” starting to be banded about, what does the term “social action” mean? Simply, social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve the problems that are important to them and their communities. It can include volunteering, giving money, community action or simple everyday neighbourly acts. The very essence of Baby Bank Network has been built on this term “social action”. With the founders realising that there was a real need for an organisation in Bristol to pass on pre-loved baby clothes and essentials to those who were struggling to buy the basics for their babies, they set up Baby Bank Network.

Their Mission is to strive to support families in need by providing them with new and pre-owned essential baby items and resources, free of charge, resulting in

  • Improved living environments for babies and children
  • Reduced financial burden for families
  • Improved mental health in vulnerable people
  • Enabling parents to focus on other aspects of home life rather than financial burden

With the initial feedback that Baby Bank is receiving from recipient families and the healthcare professionals that are using the service we are starting to achieve our mission statement but we need more volunteers to fully realise it.

With the publicity that Radio 1 is giving at the moment to volunteering with their #1MillionHours campaign and with a New Year and New Year’s resolutions just around the corner, we are hoping to attract more people that would like to join our cause and pledge their time to help us to continue to support the local community. You can join in with this by using the #1MillionHours in your Twitter and Instagram posts and pledge time to us. Below, is also the link to our volunteer form, once filled out, Georgina our volunteers coordinator will contact you to discuss how you would like to help. Due to our rapid expansion and as the demand for our service grows we have many, varied, volunteering roles available.

Hollie our fundraising coordinator needs a team, can you help? All the roles mentioned below can be primarily carried out at home and for as much or as little time as you can give each week. If you could help us with any of the following, or you can just be creative in raising money to support BBN let us know by clicking the link here or email Hollie directly at for more details. No experience is necessary and support in all these roles can be given.

    • researching or applying for applicable grants
    • crowdfunding
    • identifying or developing fundraising opportunities and local events
    • creating links with local businesses, other charities and organisations
    • identifying and contacting potential sponsors
    • creatively securing income for BBN to aid us in helping more families in need in Bristol and beyond

Our Social Media Team needs more members.
We need more volunteers to man our Facebook page and Twitter account. On Facebook the role includes writing posts, answering people’s questions and making shout outs for items that we need for referrals. On Twitter, the team need more members to help with scheduling Tweets, making links with other organisations and answering questions. We are also using the platforms Instagram and Pinterest and need people who have a love of these to regularly update our content and create new boards. You don’t need to have any previous experience of working for a charity just a love of social media, as training and guidance can be given. All the roles can be done from home and at times to suit you, so it really is a very flexible role.


Blog Team.
We also need more members for our blog team. Are you good at writing or maybe you write a blog already and would be able to write a blog maybe once a month/year. If so we would love to hear from you.
If you would like more information on a role in our social media or blog team please email


Warehouse Volunteers.
sortingBaby Bank at Big Yellow Self Storage Company, Barrow Road, Avonmead, which collects unwanted kids clothes to distribute to needy families, has been inundated with donations in its first two weeks. It now needs to find bigger premises. Pegah Esmaidi, Melissa Burgers, Becky Gilbert, Esa Fernandes, Suzy Harris 29/07/15 Photographer: Jon Kent Reporter: Copyright: Bristol News and MediaWe are looking for people who can man regular sessions at our Southmead unit. Donated items need to be sorted, labelled & logged, then organised into packs ready to be dispatched. We also need people who can come along on a more ad-hoc basis to support the core team.

If you love sorting, folding and organising clothes but need to have a role you can do at home, then becoming a home sorter could be just the role for you. It’s an easy but very enjoyable job which can be done at home in front of the TV. Ideally you would just need to be able to pick up donations from an event or our Southmead unit, sort and then drop back.

Transport Volunteers.
Lastly we require volunteers who are able to drive and have vehicles suitable for transporting donated baby items. This could vary from a person who has a regular, scheduled collection and drop off, to transporting items from donation events to the storage unit, to people who can do one off collections as and when required.

If you think you would like to volunteer for any of the roles above or if you have other skills or time that we could put to good use then please contact us by clicking on the link here or email our volunteers coordinator Georgina directly,