volunteering

Persimmon launches COVID-19 volunteer scheme

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 04/15/2020 - 8:09pm

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 undertake an orderly shut-down of work and temporarily close its sales offices across the country.

All Persimmon staff currently not working their usual pattern remain on full pay. It is...

A guide dog puppy sits between two people, who are out of shot

Could you look after a life-changing puppy for a year?

Authored by Francesca Guide Dogs
Posted: Wed, 09/25/2019 - 10:20am

You may well have heard of Guide Dogs, we’re a national charity working to ensure that people with a visual impairment do not lose their independence. There are around 2 million people in the UK living with sight loss, and all experience a different level of vision and mobility. We offer a range of mobility services to help people keep their independence, and have an amazing number of dedicated staff, volunteers, and of course, dogs who support the Guide Dogs mission.

Guide Dogs needs volunteers who can help look after and support the training of our guide dog puppies! This is a...

Himalayan Trek with volunteering at Kathmandu Hospice

Trek and Volunteer in the Himalayas with Hospiscare in 2020

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Wed, 04/24/2019 - 1:08pm

Keen trekkers and those seeking an exciting challenge will want to put 7 - 18 November 2020 in their diaries and sign up to trek in the Himalayas with Hospiscare . Hospiscare will be holding a presentation evening on 30 July open to all to find out details at Searle House in Exeter at 6pm.

The 5-day trek will take place among majestic landscapes within sight of the snow-clad peaks of the Annapurna mountain range, where the views are truly awe-inspiring, and sunrise at Poon Hill, the highest point of the trek, is an unforgettable experience. Staying overnight in quaint, locally...

A guide dog puppy laying down side on and looking upwards

Could you look after a life-changing puppy for a year?

Authored by Francesca Guide Dogs
Posted: Tue, 01/29/2019 - 12:05pm

You may well have heard of Guide Dogs, we’re a national charity working to ensure that people with a visual impairment do not lose their independence. There are around 2 million people in the UK living with sight loss, and all experience a different level of vision and mobility. We offer a range of mobility services to help people keep their independence, and have an amazing number of dedicated staff, volunteers, and of course, dogs who support the Guide Dogs mission.

Guide Dogs needs volunteers who can help look after and support the training of our guide dog puppies! This is a...

“Together we’re having new experiences”

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Thu, 11/01/2018 - 4:01pm

Noreen Raleigh, 65 from Exeter, has been a volunteer Care Navigator for two years and it all started when she and husband Peter were supported by Hospiscare.

Noreen says, “We were lucky enough to be helped by this wonderful charity. While Peter was ill I saw that a terminal diagnosis is difficult enough when you’ve got a partner, imagine if someone was going through it by themselves. I remember thinking at the time, if I can support others through this process then that’s what I want to do.

“Around a year after Peter died I started volunteering as a Hospiscare Care...

22 years and counting: modest volunteer says she just helps with “whatever is needed"

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Tue, 10/02/2018 - 3:35pm

Lilian, 80 years old from Axminster, volunteers as treasurer of her local support group, helps fundraise in the local community, and has volunteered in the Axminster Hospiscare shop for over 22 years.

Shop manager, Anna says, “Lilian is very modest. She does so much to help in the shop but acts like it’s nothing. She often looks after the whole shop when we are short staffed and even pops in when she is out doing her shopping to check if we need any help. To me she is completely irreplaceable.”

“I volunteer my time in the shop 2 days a week and usually a little bit extra in...

"Volunteering is helping me learn new skills to get back into work"

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:24am

Christopher Hunt, 34, from Dartmouth has been unemployed for an extended period of time after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. After receiving the all clear, Christopher was keen to get back into the work place.

Christopher explains, “My experience with cancer has made me think more seriously about my life. It has completely changed my outlook and perspective. I have a completely different attitude on goals and what I want to do with my life. I knew I wanted to return to work but with no usable references or experience I struggled to find employment.

“I decided that...

Volunteer with the East Devon Conservation Volunteers

Event Date: 
19/04/2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
Venue: 
Honiton Bottom Local Nature Reserve, Battishorne Way, Honiton, EX14 2EP

Help with a practical task at an East Devon Nature Reserve

Join the East Devon Conservation Volunteers for a practical task looking after the orchard trees. Help with mulching and weeding around the fruit trees.

Please book to ensure there are enough snacks for 11am break!

No experience in required, just enthusiasm. Everyone is encouraged to work at their own pace.

No booking required, free.

http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/april-2018/volunt...

The more the merrier! Volunteering at the Seaton Hospiscare shop

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:05am

Local charity Hospiscare has over 20 shops in Devon and relies heavily on the generosity of volunteers to run the stores. In the Seaton shop they have a core group of volunteers but could do with at least five more.

June Shaw, 61 from Seaton, volunteers at the shop and has done for the last three years. June commented: “Shortly after my husband died four and a half years ago, I decided to give up work. When someone close to you dies it brings it home to you that there is more to life than work, but I still wanted to have something to do. A friend of mine already volunteered at the...

Hospice is 'the happiest place I've ever worked'

Authored by Hospiscare
Posted: Sat, 10/07/2017 - 8:41am

Judith Harris-Deans from Exeter has been volunteering for local charity Hospiscare for the last six years, and describes it as “the happiest place I’ve ever worked.” Since 2012 Judith has been popping into Searle House in Exeter to support the fundraising team with donations administration.

Judith described her typical day: “I usually come in once a week, but it’s a flexible arrangement so if I can’t make it in it’s never a problem, I just let them know beforehand. Likewise, sometimes I will come in much more often during busy times, like Christmas, when the team needs extra help....

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