You can read what our volunteers say about their experience with BWV below.
“The BWV team and the wider membership have been welcoming and supportive.”
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."
“I began volunteering for Bristol Women’s Voice this Autumn.”
Having recently moved to Bristol to begin a Masters in History, with specialisms in gender history and contemporary feminisms, I was keen to become integrated in the city whilst pursuing something I was passionate about. Having heard about Bristol Women’s Voice through a friend, I was eager to get involved.
Volunteering at Bristol Women’s Voice has been a wonderful opportunity. Working with, and meeting, likeminded and interesting people has certainly been a highlight. In a few short months I have gained experience and skills through completing various and diverse tasks - from designing posters and leaflets, to helping run the AGM (on my first day!), to working at a pop-up shop and to organising maternity discrimination workshops! I’ve learnt far more about gender inequality and how to tackle it than I could have gleaned from simply reading books about it. I’ve gained valuable insights into the charities sector and look forward to building more experience and skills in the months to come.
I would thoroughly encourage anyone and everyone to volunteer for Bristol Women’s Voice! It’s rewarding and enjoyable, but also flexible around your time and needs. I’m excited to see where the rest of my time at Bristol Women’s Voice takes me!"
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“I would like to bring more awareness and healthy movement to Asian female community and students.”
I am a Vietnamese IT Master student at the University of the West of England. As a Vietnamese student in Bristol, I have been interested in the differences in culture and gender between Asia and Western countries. With this in mind, I would like to explore the perception of Asian female community in Bristol. Therefore, Bristol Women Voice is the place for me to learn more about the empowerment of women and the concept of modern feminisms while exploring more about Bristol city.
“Bristol Women’s Voice is a welcoming and friendly organisation that I’m proud to be volunteering for.“
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!