Ludwell Community Orchard tree planting

Event Date: 
13/01/2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Community Orchard, Ludwell Valley Park

All welcome to relaxed, friendly morning, planting fruit and nut trees in the community orchard in Ludwell Valley Park.

Come to help or just to see what we are up to.

Hot drinks and cakes - free for volunteers, for donation to others.

Visit www.ludwelllife.org.uk/events or https://www.facebook.com/LudwellLife/ for more information

Volunteer day at The Donkey Sanctuary’s Paccombe Farm

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 10/28/2018 - 6:35am

The Donkey Sanctuary is inviting volunteers to join them at Paccombe Farm near Sidmouth on Wednesday 7 November, to help carry out essential conservation work.

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Inspirational Exeter volunteers win Diabetes UK Inspire Award

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 07/09/2018 - 10:07pm

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Gillian and Jean, known affectionately as “Gill and Jean”,...

Guide Dogs celebrates amazing volunteers!

Authored by Francesca Guide Dogs
Posted: Sat, 06/30/2018 - 9:31am

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To support the running of these services we have many incredible and dedicated volunteers, and Guide dogs was proud to present the Local Volunteer Awards event for the South West region...

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Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 06/01/2018 - 1:27pm

Leading local advice charity, Citizens Advice Exeter, is celebrating its volunteers who dedicate their time to solving people’s problems and making a difference to their lives.

Volunteers Week, which runs from 1-7 June, recognises the contribution that volunteers across the UK make, and the charity is highlighting the work of its own team, which helps people in the community struggling with debt, housing, benefit and employment issues among other issues.

With over 100 volunteers, giving up 674 hours each week, Citizens Advice Exeter was able to help 25641 people with 41058...

New scheme gives Exeter’s young people the chance to turn into tech ninjas

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 05/11/2018 - 10:28am

Devon has been selected as one of two parts of the UK to host a new initiative which will see thousands of the county’s 87,000 7-17 year-olds get together to learn to code and create with technology in a fun creative environment in Devon and Torbay Libraries.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation, has partnered with Devon-based charity Libraries Unlimited to bring nine brand new CoderDojos to libraries across Devon and Torbay in the first phase of the project. Sessions will be held in libraries in Exeter, Bideford, Braunton, Crediton, Ottery St Mary, South Molton, Teignmouth, Paignton and...

Rock out at retro festival for free!

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 05/07/2018 - 10:22am

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

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Child Bereavement UK supports families when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or...

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Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:01pm

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Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 04/03/2018 - 10:31am

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Countryside Volunteers' winter workout

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 02/11/2018 - 3:40pm

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