Unpaid carers thank Devon charity for making them ‘feel visible’

Westbank’s Devon Carers organised a well-attended conference and a multitude of free activities for unpaid carers during Carers Week (10 - 16 June 2024)

Devon Carers, a free service by Westbank Community Health and Care, has received uplifting feedback from participants after putting on a host of events to celebrate Carers Week this June. An unpaid carer who enjoyed free entry to the...

Charity volunteers prepare for trip to Zambia village

When most people are making plans to hit the beach or take it easy, one intrepid group of volunteers from The Nayamba Trust are preparing to jet off to Zambia on Saturday (15 June) to lead a week of phonics, sport and PSHE in a small rural community.

The volunteers are all connected in some way to the East Devon-based charity and as well as giving of their time free of charge, they...

Dementia activist praises carers and tells them: 'You matter'

Over the past couple of years I have been advocating for families living with dementia in addition to leading the Exeter Dementia Action Alliance.

I have witnessed family carers on their knees at crisis point, desperate, isolated with overwhelming feelings of helplessness.

At times I have felt useless, but having immersed myself into the world of dementia over the past...

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...

Cranbrook calls for volunteers

An exciting series of events is being planned in Cranbrook this year with the aim of supporting residents to be more active and helping the town to celebrate its 13-year anniversary.

The events are being planned by Move More Cranbrook, the Sport England supported programme that aims to help residents in the town to lead more active lives.

And following the success of events...

Some Guide Dogs fluffy soft toys on a merchandise stand.

Could you volunteer for your local Guide Dogs fundraising group?

The local branch of sight loss charity Guide Dogs is looking for new volunteers in the Torbay area.

They’re looking for people to join the local fundraising group, which organises community events and collections to help raise much-needed funds.

The charity relies on donations to keep its vital services running and has local fundraising groups across the country. This means...

Call for volunteers to help survey 100 miles of North Devon sealife

The National Trust are looking to recruit new volunteers as part of a project to reconnect people to the North Devon coastline. Over a week from 9 to 15 September, the Trust will be running drop-in sealife surveys across 100 miles of North Devon and Exmoor coastline.

The charity is hoping to find willing helpers of all ages to join the North Devon and Exmoor ranger teams at three...

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...

Miliary charity awards local volunteers

=Plymouth volunteers were recently recognised in SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity’s annual award nominations. SSAFA’s Sir James Gildea Awards were created to recognise volunteers and employees for their exceptional contribution and commitment to SSAFA’s activities and values.

SSAFA Plymouth’s Chair, Colin Stockman, was presented with the prestigious Prince Michael of Kent Award for...

Some of the team getting creative in the new Community Cookery School at Westbank

Devon health and wellbeing charity seeks support and sponsors for new community teaching kitchen

A Devon-wide health and wellbeing charity, based near Exeter, is seeking support from businesses and volunteers in the ‘final push’ for a new venture that will offer free workshops to people of all ages to teach them how to prepare nutritious meals from scratch with simple, affordable ingredients - at a time when cooking healthily, cost-effectively and sustainably has never been more important...