You can read what our volunteers say about their experience with BWV below.
When I started my Masters at Bristol University this September, Bristol was totally new to me but I quickly heard about the work BWV do to represent and promote women’s voices in the city. As I’m studying Gender and International Relations, I was keen to build some work experience and contribute to an organisation working in this area. The range of events, campaigns and projects BWV runs and supports really appealed to me.
There is a great focus on the mutual benefits of volunteering between the charity and volunteers. I’ve had a chance to speak on behalf of BWV and participate in a host of events, co-design visual materials, attend training on period poverty, develop my social media publicity skills, and help coordinate our mental health and maternity discrimination workshops. Currently, I’m helping organise International Women’s Day in Bristol, which promises to be a fantastic event.
As BWV is a locally focused, small organisation, volunteers have the opportunity to participate in gender equality activism in a wide variety of roles, no matter what past experience you have. Due to the flexibility, I’ve been able to volunteer alongside full time study. Now is a great time to start as there are many volunteering opportunities for International Women’s Day available."
My name is Hannah Hier and I am one of the volunteer reporters for BWV. I am 17 years old and currently studying for my A levels and hope to continue studying English Language into the future. I have been involved in youth politics and was the Youth Mayor of Bristol for a year, as well as being a keen women’s rights campaigner. I love music and play the piano as a hobby.
I have lived in Bristol for most of my life and I love this city. Recently, I have been reading more and more about the amazing work of activists trying to overcome institutionalised gender-inequality in the UK. Bristol Women’s Voice helped me get involved in trying to make a difference. I was drawn to the range of good projects it organises. I have been volunteering with BWV since November 2018. I have been working mainly on BWV’s Maternity Discrimination Project. I also assisted with the International Women’s Day event in March. I hope to help make Bristol a more inclusive place for all women.
I am very new to Bristol as I have just moved here recently – I love it so far! I currently work as a writer, but I have a background in support work and mental health research. I have a strong interest in gender issues, and I run a feminist book club in my Dorset hometown.
I was really excited when I came across the volunteer writer and reporter role at Bristol Women’s voice. I was keen to get involved with an organisation that does so much to raise the voices of women, and was impressed by the variety of projects they are involved in. My role will involve interviewing and reporting on events relevant to women across the city. As a Bristol newbie, I’m looking forward to getting to know the area better through my role. If you’re interested, I strongly encourage you to do the same and get involved!
My name is Nicoletta and I have been volunteering with Bristol Women’s Voice since February. I studied law in Bristol and am currently working as a paralegal in the city. I got involved with Bristol Women’s Voice as I am keen to contribute to their vital goal of supporting and empowering women, through raising awareness and campaigning on gendered based issues, and giving women a platform to be heard. My volunteering involved managing social media during the International Women’s Day Event 2019 and I have since ran workshops on maternity rights in employment.
I moved to Bristol from Italy in September 2017 to study at the University of Bristol. After successfully completing my International Law and International Relations LLM, I decided to stay in Bristol because I love the inclusivity and kindness I experience everyday in this community. I started volunteering as a reporter from BWV in October 2018 and I am grateful for the chance this wonderful organisation gave me to explore women’s experiences and spread support for local feminist initiatives
I have been volunteering for BWV since November 2018, to gain some experience as a Community Reporter. Since then I have covered some really interesting events and workshops such as female street sex work and period poverty with the charities One25 and No More Taboo. BWV has supported me during my anxiety and depression by helping me to feel empowered and find a sense of solidarity within Bristol’s community of wonderful women. I cannot thank the team enough for their genuine compassion and guidance which has allowed me to unapologetically follow my values. Volunteering for BWV has been more rewarding and inspiring than I could have imagined.
Paula Romero González is a journalist and filmmaker with experience in international cooperation and a young researcher in gender studies. She has worked for local and national newspapers, as well as for the international press in Colombia or Peru. Currently, she works on different audiovisual documentaries and short films with a gender perspective and often collaborates with associations in the defense of freedom, migration and human rights. Paula is a volunteer at BWV since January and participates with different videos for our web and social media.
I am Edona,a highly motivated person and always try my best when something is given or choose to do. I am passionate about what I do. I am ambitious and driven. I try to be very organised and I would definitely consider myself as people’s person. Volunteering for Bristol women’s voice has give me the rest opportunity to meet amazing and incredibly encouraging women as well as giving me a boost on my passion for photography, which in the future plans might very well be a full time job
"I specialise in women portraiture, it is a subject that I find inspiring to work with as a great portrait can be empowering. Volunteering for Bristol women’s voice has opened up new possibilities for my work as a photographer, however producing work that is not only visually interesting but also tells a story has become more than a job, more like a passion that I hope to nurture through my time with BWV. I began volunteering as an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and to grow personally through new challenges. I have since developed an awareness of the community that BWV represents, bringing together different social and cultural backgrounds. I have also become more involved in the life that goes on in Bristol through exploration of its locations, scenarios and the emotions and stories shared in them
My name is Joana and I'm originally from Portugal, I've been helping BWV with their website management since May 2019. I help make sure the website keeps up to date with every amazing project we have on. It's a great opportunity to build my confidence and use my WordPress skills for a good cause. I feel grateful to have found such a positive and supporting community in BWV and can not recommend them enough.
I have been volunteering for Bristol Women’s Voice since October 2018 and found the experience very rewarding and valuable. The people I have been involved with in various events have been very helpful, which has enabled me to increase my confidence and ability to learn new skills. One of the events I found extremely exciting and interesting was Women’s Menopause, which relates to my own personal experience of going through the menopause at the age of 51. I did a small speech outlining what it is like going through the changes at my age, which was hosted by Lauren Shearon who is actively involved in Women’s Menopause. Her Head Office is located at the City Farm in Bedminster, Bristol. I have also been volunteering for Bristol Women’s Voice by helping in the office by doing various Administrative duties to develop my IT skills and communication skills in an office environment, which has been a vast improvement for work experience to get me back into active employmen