We couldn’t do what we do without our incredible team of volunteers at The Vench. Our volunteers come from all walks of life. Some have retired and want to give back to their community. Some are getting into work and want to gain extra skills and experience. Some played at the Vench when they were little and want to keep it flourishing for the next generation. Whatever has brought you here, welcome to the family!

We have over 50 volunteers who support us with FOODclub, cooking for children, marketing, business administration, sustainability and much more. Everyone is unique and brings their own set of skills and, most importantly, passion to the table.

For more information and to apply, call us on 07710 392 078 or e-mail lockleaze@groundwork.org.uk

Kitchen Assistant

Holiday lunch clubs help local children access a healthy meal and a safe place to play during the school holidays. Can you spare half a day to help? We need Kitchen Volunteers to help with chopping vegetables, preparing meals and washing up. No experience required, full training will be provided. Email lockleaze@groundwork.org.uk to get involved.

The Vench holiday hunger lunch club cooking food
The Vench Bristol youth club talent show


We are looking for a friendly, enthusiastic and experienced person with a good understanding of marketing, and specifically social media to help carry out our marketing strategy.

You will increase the quality and quantity of our interaction, create engaging content and work with the rest of the team to generally improve our online presence.

Community Gardener

We are looking for outdoor-loving people to help us maintain the adventure playground and kitchen garden at The Vench in Lockleaze. Tasks include planting, weeding, mowing and strimming. There may be edibles to harvest which you are welcome to a share of. The role would be suitable for anyone looking to undertake simple practical outdoor work as part of a team. It would also be an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to gain practical experience of garden maintenance. Email lockleaze@groundwork.org.uk to get involved.

The Vench Bristol garden
The Vench adventure playground zip wire birthday parties

Play activators

We are looking for volunteers who keen to learn more about Play Work to help facilitate our play sessions for children aged 8-13 year old. Sessions are term-time on Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-6pm. DBS and safeguarding training are essential for this role and will be provided.

Email lockleaze@groundwork.org.uk to get involved.

Admin Support

Are you looking for experience in the charity sector? This role could open a range of opportunities for you. You’ll support the running of the Lockleaze Adventure Playground.

Roles will depend on the skills you have and those you want to develop. You could help to:

– develop and implement our new business plan, which focuses on the further diversification of revenue streams to support the charity’s objectives to create a sustainable and vibrant community centre.

– support the administrative tasks vital for running the centre, including room hire, booking maintenance checks etc

The Vench Bristol garden
The Vench Bristol garden

Fundraising Consultant

We are seeking volunteer fundraising champions to help with fundraising to support the sustainability of The Vench. The volunteers will be working along side the Project Manager and Fundraising Manager who will provide support and guidance.

This is a great chance to gain diverse experience in the charity sector at a vibrant youth & play space in Bristol. Champions will:

  • Help the charity to apply for grants, with the support of the fundraising manager
  • Build supporter base both individuals and corporates
  • Help to organise fundraising and promotional events in cooperation with other volunteers
  • Identify small and larger scale fundraising opportunities and help co-ordinate as necessary
  • Support Groundwork South to formulate fundraising strategies

Playground guardians

Do you care about young people in Lockleaze? We are reviewing our governance and will be searching for local people with a range of skills to help champion The Vench in Lockleaze and beyond. You will play a vital role in helping to secure the future of our playground and community centre for generations to come!

Please get in touch to register your interest.

The Vench holiday hunger lunch club food preparation

corporate volunteering

Looking for an exciting and fulfilling corporate away day or team building experience that supports people and the planet? Look no further!  

Situated on the edge of the beautiful Stoke Park, our youth and community centre is surrounded by green and open space. The Vench is an important and much-loved community landmark, serving young people and families in Lockleaze and the surrounding areas. As well as its impressive adventure playground, it also has its own kitchen garden where we grow our own flowers and vegetables, a firm favourite of some of our regular families.