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Exeter couple show how #ToiletsSaveLives

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 06/19/2016 - 10:39pm

Neil and Alison Heard will head to the Glastonbury Festival with WaterAid this week to rally support for the charity’s #ToiletsSaveLives campaign that calls on world leaders to reach everyone, everywhere with taps and toilets.

The couple have supported WaterAid for many years, and this will be the third year they have volunteered at Glastonbury the charity. They will be working alongside an army of 470 dedicated WaterAid volunteers making a splash at Worthy Farm this year.

They said "We're really proud to have been selected again to represent WaterAid at Glastonbury. We're...

Samaritans thank lifesaving volunteers

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:49am

The Samaritans charity in and around Exeter is celebrating Volunteers’ Week by saying a great big thank you to its team of lifesaving volunteers.

Every six seconds someone contacts Samaritans, and across the UK and Republic of Ireland, over 20,000 volunteers give five million hours of their time a year responding to calls, fundraising, supporting people in prisons, workplaces and schools, and running local branches like the one for Exeter, Mid and East Devon. It would cost £72m a year to operate the charity if all volunteers were paid.

“Life can be tough for anyone, and...

RD&E Hospital celebrates hard working volunteers

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 06/08/2016 - 11:44am

The contribution made by an army of volunteers at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has been celebrated during national Volunteers Week (1st-12th June).

The annual celebration, which is organised by NCVO, celebrates the vital contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.

The RD&E currently has over 300 volunteers who give up approximately 1750 hours of their time a month to help support the hospital’s staff, patients and visitors. They play a vital role in helping to improve patient experience, enabling frontline, clinical and nursing staff to focus on...

Killerton volunteers stitch new life into old chairs

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 06/04/2016 - 3:28pm

Dedicated National Trust volunteers are spending hundreds of hours creating hand-stitched tapestries for chairs inside Killerton House.

The group are revamping 16 chairs each with an intricate design of the Acland family’s coats of arms.

The coats of arms help to tell the story of the Acland’s – an old Devon family dating back to the 12th century.

The designs also identify the chairs that visitors can use and add to the welcoming feeling inside the Aclands’ former family home.

The seat pads will have hardwearing needlepoint designs that are unique to Acland...

Deaf Academy volunteer champions national Volunteers’ Week

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 06/03/2016 - 8:09am

As part of national Volunteers’ Week (1-12 June), a lifelong Osmond fan is championing for more people to get involved in supporting Exeter Deaf Academy through volunteering.

Catrina Marsh from Exeter has volunteered for Exeter Deaf Academy for the past year. Exeter Deaf Academy is one of the oldest charities in the city, and the only specialist day and residential Deaf education provider in the South West.

It runs a school and college in a bilingual English and British Sign Language (BSL) environment. Deaf students join the Academy from throughout the UK, and those...

Donkey Sanctuary celebrates Volunteers Week

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 06/02/2016 - 9:59am

Volunteers at The Donkey Sanctuary will be thanked for giving the gift of time in celebrations to mark National Volunteers’ Week 2016, which runs from 1-12 June.

People who volunteer for the Sanctuary are valued as true champions giving the precious gift of their time. Volunteers are central to the work of countless charities and other organisations. They are a valuable presence in many communities, helping out in places as diverse as sports clubs, libraries, schools and hospitals.

Volunteer Manager Sara Blair says: “As a charity, The Donkey Sanctuary depends on their team...

Volunteers needed at Haytor on Sunday

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:32pm

Come along to Haytor this Sunday (8 May) and join Dartmoor National Park Ranger Simon Lee as he leads a team of volunteers to continue working on the popular Templer Way walking route near Haytor. The day runs from 10:30 until 3:30 and starts at the National Park Visitor Centre, Haytor.

The Templer Way follows the route by which granite was taken from the quarries in the Haytor area during the 1800s on an 18 mile journey toTeignmouth on the south coast.

A granite tramway was used to transport the stone down to Stover Canal from where it was shipped down to the docks at...

Conservation volunteers set to mark third year of service

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 04/23/2016 - 12:18pm

East Devon Conservation volunteers have dedicated an amazing 1800 hours to help keep the countryside looking beautiful since they were established more than two years ago.

The volunteering group was established in September 2013 and since then the group has gone from strength to strength. There are now a number of regular volunteers who give up their time to play an important role in the development and conservation of the district's fantastic wildlife and habitats.

Under the guidance of Countryside Ranger, Nathan Robinson, the volunteers help with the practical management...

Topsham's Outdoor Pool opens on Saturday

Authored by HarryWild
Posted: Thu, 04/07/2016 - 6:44pm

Topsham Outdoor Pool will open for the season earlier than ever this year, on Saturday 9th April.

Volunteers, helpers and members of the Topsham Nutters club have been busy scrubbing, bleaching, polishing and planting aroundd the pool ready for opening.

The pool will kick start with a fun session from 10am-midday. The new timetables have arrived and can be collected from the pool or online via topshampool.com

Pool volunteers and helpers are also invited on Sunday 10th April at 2pm for a chance to get together on opening weekend. Find out what's going on this...

Volunteers needed to help maintain Templer Way

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 04/03/2016 - 7:38am

Join Dartmoor National Park Ranger Simon Lee on Sunday 10 April as he leads a team of volunteers working on the popular Templer Way walking route near Haytor.

The day runs from 10:30 until 3:30 and starts at the National Park Visitor Centre, Haytor.

The Templer Way follows the route by which granite was taken from the quarries in the Haytor area during the 1800s on an 18 mile journey to Teignmouth on the south coast.

A granite tramway was used to transport the stone down to Stover Canal from where it was shipped down to the docks at Teignmouth. Large parts of the...

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