Jobs and volunteering

The Bristol Pound is an exciting initiative run by a highly motivated and passionate team. It is an extremely rewarding and enjoyable project to work on, making it a great place to get involved in doing something good for Bristol.

Current volunteering vacancies:

Research Director

Bristol Pound CIC operates a high profile local currency scheme in Bristol and collaborates with a range of partners in the UK and overseas to develop and deliver other currency schemes and related economic interventions. We have a highly motivated staff team running the scheme in Bristol supported by a board of both paid executive and voluntary directors. It is vital that this board have the necessary breadth of skills to support the onward development and delivery of the CICs pioneering work.

We are now looking for a Research Director who can help us develop a research strategy and identify specific activities to assess the impact, outcomes and sustainability of the Bristol Pound and other similar schemes. This person will have research skills ideally in one or more of the following fields: Local economics, social impact, social capital, community cohesion, well-being, values.

The Research Director will also help us establish good relationships with potential research partners and able to advise on research related funding applications and review any reports that result from the research activities.

Time commitment

We anticipate a minimum commitment of 12 hours per month will be required to help develop the research strategy. The successful applicant will need to attend most regular bi-monthly board meetings in central Bristol in addition to any hours spent fulfilling the specific role.

What’s in it for you? You will be joining a great team of motivated people committed to improving Bristol as a place to live and work. You will be part of a highly innovative project that has connections across the city, the UK and internationally. We are leading the world in making local economics happen and sharing it as a global idea. Your role will introduce you to a diverse set of people from owners of the best local businesses in Bristol and local government officers to economists, social science academics and campaigners for social justice.

More information and application process


To apply for the post please send a CV and covering letter by email to Ciaran Mundy on If you would like to know a little more about the Bristol Pound or the role then get in touch via the same email address. The last date applications will be considered is 30 May 2016. You will need to be available for face-to-face meetings before the end of June 2016 if you are shortlisted for the role.


Blogging & Copywriting Volunteer

Do you love to write? Have you got a passion for Bristol?

Bristol Pound are looking for writers who want to gain experience of copywriting and communications for a not-for-profit organisation.

The Bristol Pound is the UK’s first and biggest city-wide currency. It’s money that sticks to Bristol and promotes local, independent businesses. Every day, people are spending Bristol Pounds to pay for everything from coffee to chimney sweeping – and we want to help them do it more.

We’re ramping up our communications to make it easier for people to use the Bristol Pound and let more people know about it. We’re developing a new website, focusing our attention on quality blog content and we need some help.

Over 800 small businesses have signed up to the Bristol Pound and we want to shout about them. What they’re doing, why they’re different and why they love Bristol – that’s where you come in.

Skills and experience

We’re looking for a number of writers who have:

  • strong blog writing and proof reading skills
  • a good knowledge of Bristol
  • an understanding of why the Bristol Pound exists
  • an enthusiasm for meeting new people, interviewing and writing
  • basic photography skills (can take a decent picture with their phone)
  • experience of using WordPress (desirable – we can train you)

The role would suit people looking to go into a career in journalism or digital communications, particularly in the charity sector. It would equally suit anyone who wants to write blog posts and help the Bristol Pound to grow.

We’ll provide

  • An induction session to get to know the Bristol Pound and brainstorm ideas
  • Expenses to cover travel costs
  • Ongoing support and guidance
  • Invitations to events and connections to Bristol Pound businesses for blog posts
  • A reference and links to your blog (if you want them)

More details and how to apply

Download the Blogging & Copywriting volunteer role profile for full details of the role.

To apply, please send an email to James explaining why you’re interested in blogging/writing including links to your work.

Any questions about the role, please contact James Blair, Marketing & Communications Manager on or 0117 929 8642.



Bristol Pound CIC is a Living Wage Employer.