Health and wellbeing charity shares volunteers’ stories to recruit more helpers

Throughout Volunteers’ Week (3 - 9 June), Westbank Community Health and Care is celebrating the army of volunteers who are the beating heart of the Devon-wide charity and sharing volunteers’ stories to inspire more people to help make a difference.

Volunteers’ Week - now in its 40th year - is a week when charities across the South West celebrate those who give up their time to help...

Young people being encouraged to volunteer across Devon during the summer break

As schools break up across Devon for the summer, many young people will be looking at ways to fill their time. With results from the government commissioned Community Life Survey indicating that 29% of 16 to 24 year olds took part in formal volunteering, and 25% in informal volunteering, activities between 2021 and 2022, a high number of young people may choose to spend summer making a...

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Optix MD opens his heart about the challenge of social mobility

In his volunteer role with CoachBright , Optix Solutions Managing Director Rob Stevens has been talking openly about his experiences as a homeless person.

The social mobility charity aims to support pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds to become independent and resilient learners so they can lead the lives they want, through partnering with schools in England to run coaching...

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New Year, New Adventure - as a Puppy Raiser for Guide Dogs!

With the start of the New Year comes the first days of new beginnings, new adventures and new experiences. This year, why not do something really special? When we say volunteering for Guide Dogs is life changing, we’re not just talking about the people we’ll support. You’ll gain new skills; build confidence you never knew you had and have amazing experiences that you genuinely couldn’t find...

Jade Rouse, one of Westbank's younger volunteers, recommends volunteering

Devon health & well-being charity launches campaign to recruit more volunteers

As UK Volunteers Week gets underway (1 - 7 June), a local health and wellbeing charity is launching a campaign to swell the ranks of its existing army of helpers. Westbank Community Health and Care, based at Exminster near Exeter, relies on over 600 volunteers to help deliver a range of support services to individuals and communities across Devon.

Last year, Westbank’s Neighbourhood...

Former Royal Marine dedicates his time to volunteering at Coronavirus vaccination centre

Former Royal Marine Roy Warnes was recognised by the NHS and military with a commendation during a small ceremony at South Brent Health Centre last week.

Roy Warnes joined the Royal Marines in 1956, following in the footsteps of his dad, grandfather and great grandfather’s footsteps who were also former Royal Marines.

Roy recalls his dad accompanying him to the Royal Marines...

Persimmon launches COVID-19 volunteer scheme

Leading housebuilder Persimmon Homes has today announced a “volunteer army” to help the NHS and local communities during the Covid-19 crisis.

The business has encouraged hundreds of staff to register for the Persimmon Voluntary Programme to help the country through the difficult weeks ahead.

In order to protect the health of its employees, Persimmon has taken the decision to...

Volunteer opportunities now available at The Box

Would you like to volunteer at The Box? The city’s brand new museum, art gallery and archive is set to open in the spring and people are being invited to get involved.

Volunteering is a great way to contribute to something you’re passionate about and gain industry experience. Three different volunteer opportunities are currently available, all of which involve providing support to...

Volunteers Needed to Help Change Lives for People Living with Sight Loss

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association needs volunteers to help improve the confidence and independence of people with a visual impairment. Some of those hoping for a volunteer have been waiting for several months, so getting involved could really help change someone’s life.

My Guide is a service that Guide Dogs offers whereby a trained, sighted guide, is partnered with someone with...

Royal Marines Cadet Force appeals for volunteers

Plymouth Royal Marines Cadets are sharing the wonders of volunteering.

The local Royal Marines Cadet detachments provides training to cadets aged 13 – 18, and provide training In field craft, camping, skill at arms training, boatwork and many more.

The detachment is run by volunteers, who train in various specialisation’s and provide the young people with essential life skills...