Devon Scrubs: Volunteer army pitching in across Devon to support PPE stocks for health and care staff

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 04/27/2020 - 5:58pm

A VOLUNTEER army of more than 150 volunteers are working from home across Devon to provide vital PPE back up for local NHS and healthcare front liners after a community fundraising appeal netted more than £2,000 in just one week.

Across Devon, the talented crew of craftspeople are stitching and cutting around the clock to provide essential scrubs, laundry bags, and headbands, as well as printing 3D visors, to help protect key staff in hospitals, care homes and in the community.

A member of the team training for water rescue

Boost for search and rescue volunteers

Authored by Sarah
Posted: Wed, 12/25/2019 - 7:01pm

Members of a volunteer search and rescue team have been handed £1,000 to help fund vital kit needed to carry out water rescues.

Exmoor Search and Rescue Team based in South Molton, Devon, has been handed the cash through Persimmon Homes South West’s Community Champions scheme.

Marie Curie Christmas collectors needed in Exeter

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 12/11/2019 - 10:55am

Terminal illness charity Marie Curie urgently needs volunteers in Exeter on Thursday (19th). The charity is asking locals to volunteer just two hours of their time for a local supermarket collection. 

Lauren Peters, Marie Curie Community Fundraiser for Devon, said: “We urgently need people to help with a collection at Sainsburys on Alphington Road on Thursday 19th December. A collection can raise around £250 of vital funds, so we don’t want to miss out on the opportunity.

Father Christmas at Killerton. Photo: Steven Haywood, National Trust Images

Dedicated volunteers donate 3,000 hours to create Christmas magic at Killerton

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 12/03/2019 - 11:10am

A dedicated team of Christmas volunteers have spent over 3,000 hours creating a range festive displays and decorations bringing to life this year’s theme, which has taken inspiration from the well-known poem by Clement Clarke Moore, ‘Twas the night before Christmas.’ 

It’s all thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers at the National Trust’s Killerton, near Exeter, who start planning the theme, design and decorations at the start of each year.

Dartmoor volunteers thanked for their support

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 11/04/2019 - 11:03pm

Dozens of volunteers have been thanked for their efforts to conserve, promote and enhance Dartmoor National Park.

More than 40 people attended Dartmoor National Park Authority's annual Voluntary Warden meeting at Parke, Bovey Tracey, on Tuesday October 29.

The Voluntary Warden scheme is managed by the Authority's Ranger service. Volunteers help Rangers with their duties and advise visitors to Dartmoor. They play a key role in promoting enjoyment and understanding of Dartmoor’s special qualities and get involved in practical projects too. 

Two women walking along smiling, one provides on arm guiding to the other who is holding a long cane

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

Authored by Francesca Guide Dogs
Posted: Wed, 07/24/2019 - 8:37am

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.

Bernie & Yee-King in 2017

Volunteer and Rock Out at Retro festival for FREE

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:45am

LOVE LIVE music? Love the 80s? Then why not volunteer at Let’s Rock retro festival this summer and enjoy the event for free?

By signing up to do a four-hour shift with festival charity partner, Child Bereavement UK, selling wristbands and raffle tickets on the day, you will be able to not only help a great cause, but also enjoy the festival free of charge. Let’s Rock Exeter will take place at Powderham Castle on June 29th and will include live performances from The Human League, Billy Ocean, Belinda Carlisle and many more.

Children’s Hospice South West needs volunteers

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 04/09/2019 - 5:57pm

Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW), which runs Little Harbour children’s hospice in St Austell, has been celebrating the work of its dedicated community volunteers while searching for more to join.

A few weeks ago the hospice ran its annual Friends Group Conference. This event gave various members of Little Harbour’s fundraising team and care team the opportunity to thank community volunteers from Cornwall, Plymouth and the surrounding areas for their hard work. They were also updated on the focusses of the charity for the next year.

Photo: National Trust/John Millar

Call for volunteers at Castle Drogo

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 04/09/2019 - 6:52am

Castle Drogo is calling for volunteers at an exciting time in the castle’s history as the project to make it watertight starts to reach its conclusion. 

More volunteers than ever are needed to share Castle Drogo’s stories and become part of the team, whether for a couple of hours to spare or to volunteer more regularly.