Online platform launched to help charities source local furloughed workers as volunteers

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sun, 05/10/2020 - 12:03pm

With the UK charity sector estimated to be facing a £4 billion loss in the next 12 weeks and 50% of all businesses putting most of their staff on furlough as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Freestyle , a Midlands-based digital product studio - has launched a unique service helping charities connect and find support from local businesses and its furloughed workers, Charity Matcher . For many of the UK’s 200,000 charities who employ an estimated 880,000 people, the cancellations of fundraising events and closure of high street charity shops have hit finances hard. The...

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.

Devon Scrubs started out as an appeal called Scrubs For Plymouth on a social media site before...

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.

Treasurer Derrick Reid explained: “As a team that cares about its community we have increased our skill set into water rescue primarily in flooding and swift water scenarios. However, working in these harsh environments has an impact on equipment. We are therefore looking to replace a number of our...

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.

“We run our collections in two hour shifts and people often volunteer in pairs. The money raised will...

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.

Throughout 2019 the team have been busy creating festive decorations including stockings to hang by the fire in the Drawing Room and...

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.

Tuesday’s gathering allowed...

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.

My Guide is a service that Guide Dogs offers whereby a trained, sighted guide, is partnered with someone with sight loss. My Guides accompany service users to facilitate tasks such as running errands, practicing everyday routes, using public transport, or going to the gym to build confidence in these areas...

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.

Child Bereavement UK supports families both when a...

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.

CHSW has volunteers which are part of...

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.

To find more volunteers, Castle Drogo is holding two volunteering open days on Wednesday 10 April and Saturday 13 April, from 12-3pm in the community space, for anyone who would like to find out more about volunteering there. Alternatively, information on...