You can read what our volunteers say about their experience with BWV below.

Katie's Story

“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.

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From the get-go, the BWV team and the wider membership have been welcoming and supportive. 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."

Ceini's Story

“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.

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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!"

Leonie's Story

“I’m a PhD student at the University of Bristol, working on BBC broadcasts and female writers. I started volunteering with BWV a few months ago because I wanted to find out what was going on in my city and get women’s voices heard! What with so much uncertainty in politics and public life at the moment, I wanted to be part of an organisation that champions gender equality and changes the conversation.

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So far, I've met some lovely people and really feel part of something worthwhile. It was great to find out about winning the bid to support the Centenary celebrations and the plan of events looks amazing. I'm particularly excited about International Women's Day and bringing so many women together. It'll be great to celebrate all we've achieved and plan what's next on the list of things to change. Skills wise, I'm definitely more confident about using social media to increase reach and effectiveness, and am learning a lot about events organisation. I also know so much more about what's happening in the city thanks to 'official' time on Twitter! This is a great year for BWV, and women generally, and I'm really happy to be a part of it.
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