Our volunteers work alongside companions (the formerly homeless people we support) and staff in everyday tasks and activities to support our community and busy social enterprises.

We currently have volunteers helping in support, upcycling & online sales and are looking for more!

Volunteer retail team

We are looking for sociable people to volunteer in our charity shops (both Stokes Croft and the new sustainability hub Sparks) and help to raise money for the vital work we do supporting formerly homeless people. You’d need to be confident arranging stock, talking to customers and taking donations. Full training would be given on our delivery booking system and pricing. Great for building your professional charity, social care and sustainability experience. Retail experience a bonus, but not necessary.

If you are interested contact us

Volunteer drivers/drivers mates

Want an vital role volunteering in our van crew? You’d ideally be happy to commit to one day a week, or more. You either need to be licensed to drive a 3.5 tonne truck, or happy being van crew. You’ll be working with an experienced crew collecting and delivering pre-loved furniture around Bristol.

If you are interested please contact us

Volunteer TikTok Content Creator

Are you active on TikTok and keen to develop your social media marketing skills for a local charity? We’re looking for someone to capture and produce TikTok content that will showcase our diverse community and social enterprises.

Find out more on our news page

Online Listing Volunteer

A great role if you already have some basic IT skills and a love of eclectic pre-loved treasure! You’d be:

  • Researching & photographing items to list online   
  • Dispatching; helping to prepare, pack and post sold items.
  • Part of a fun team based in our warehouse in Stokes Croft BS2 8QJ.

Specialists – Do you have a particular interest or specialism? This could be anything from books, antiques, fashion or jewellery to Pokémon cards. Please mention this when you contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

If you are interested contact us

A worker takes a photo of a vase ready to list it on ebay


If you have an interest in governance and want to help Emmaus Bristol on a strategic level, apply to become a trustee. You’d be:

  • Attending board meetings around 5 times a year
  • Taking a strategic overview and making sure our Five Year and Annual plans and budget stay on track
  • Fulfilling the requirements of a trustee, as set out by the charity commission

Specialists – We are particularly interested in hearing from potential trustees with either lived or work experience in homelessness.

If you are interested contact us

What to expect?

A warm welcome, training needed to fulfil their roles, and the opportunity to attend Emmaus UK events and training. If you’re looking to get experience or get back to work after a break, we’re a great place to build confidence, gain skills and get a reference. Some of our staff members started as volunteers 10 years ago!

Working alongside our companions, you will also positively and directly affect the lives of formerly homeless people.

Please note all volunteers must be over 18 years of age.

What can volunteers expect

Team volunteering

Work for a local business and want to bring a team to help? We have a regularly updated list of team volunteering projects that also make great team building activities.

Team building and corporate volunteering opportunities at Emmaus Bristol

Emmaus Bristol helps homeless people by providing a home and work experience so that they can re-build their lives in a stable, welcoming and encouraging environment, gain valuable employability skills and get the support they need. We welcome volunteers from businesses to help us improve life for the people we support, and in so doing, providing a great team building activity too.

Why do we charge for team volunteering?

We are a small, local charity with a small staff team. As well as needing lovely volunteers to help us with projects, we also need the resources to make the projects happen, whether that’s bags of compost, tins of paint, or extra staff for the day to help lead a group. We can also order in lunch for your group (additional charge) or you can bring or order in your own. Note that all prices quoted are ex VAT.

Contact us for more details and to book: