Hundreds in SW back dementia research service

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 04/02/2016 - 8:58am

The South West is playing its part in the recruitment of volunteers to dementia research studies.

One year on from the launch of a groundbreaking service called Join Dementia Research almost 16,000 people nationally have signed up to this initiative which encourages people to register their interest in taking part in clinical research into this condition.

In the South West 1,110 volunteers have registered with Join Dementia Research service which provides a valuable resource for researchers in their search for potential dementia research studies.

To date 268 of the...

Princesshay Car Raffle Volunteers Needed!

Event Date: 
18/03/2016 - 10:00am to 24/12/2016 - 1:00pm
Princesshay, Exeter

Exeter Deaf Academy is Princesshay’s official charity for 2016. As part of the Charity support

Mercedes-Benz of Exeter has generously donated a Mercedes-Benz A class worth over £22,000 as a raffle prize, to be sold in Princesshay. 100% of the proceeds from this prominent car raffle will raise thousands of pounds for Exeter Deaf Academy.

The car raffle starts on Thursday 17th March 2016 and we require enthusiastic volunteers to sell tickets on our car raffle stand in the centre of Princesshay on Fridays and Saturdays from this date.

We are inviting people to support...

More volunteers helping more people, say Exeter CAB

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 02/22/2016 - 11:18am

Leading local advice charity, Citizens Advice Exeter, has published its advice trend statistics for January 2016.

The charity has recruited 37 more volunteers over the last 12 months and this is reflected in the January results, with the charity helping 34% more people with their advice and information needs since April 2015.

Chief Executive Steve Barriball said: “I would like to pay tribute to the work that the staff team have done in terms of recruiting and training more volunteers so that we can help more people. And obviously, I congratulate and thank our volunteers for...

Urgent call for darts loving volunteers

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 02/19/2016 - 12:03pm

We are urgently calling out for volunteers from Exeter who love to watch darts, to help us on Thursday March 3 at the 2016 Betway Premier League fixture, held at the Westpoint Arena.

Parkinson’s UK is delighted to be the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) official charity partner for 2016, and our staff and volunteers are attending events all across the country, helping to “Target Parkinson’s” by raising £100,000 to help fund vital research to find a cure.

Volunteering with us at Exeter will be a wonderful opportunity for local people to play their part in helping raise...

Valentine’s Day volunteers needed at Haytor

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:18pm

Show how much you love Dartmoor by helping Ranger Simon Lee look after the Haytor area on his Valentine’s Day volunteer day. On 14 February the second of Simon’s Sunday work days will begin at 10.30 am and volunteers will be carrying out work to maintain the Haytor reservoir leat.

Haytor reservoir leat is marked on the first edition Ordnance Survey map which was published in the 1880s and pre-dates any of the modern housing in Haytor Vale. It is thought that the modern South West Water reservoir was constructed over the original take off point on the River Lemon. The leat flows...

RNIB and Action for Blind People call for volunteers

Authored by RNIBDevonandCornwall
Posted: Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:12am

Are you keen to make a real difference in 2016? We're in need of volunteers to join our Team and help to make every day better for people living with sight loss or blindness.

We are running a series of information events across the country in January and February where you can meet Staff and existing volunteers, find out about current opportunities and sign up as a volunteer.

From setting up a fundraising group with friends to arranging and helping at collections, speaking about the charity to potential supporters, helping in our local Vision Hotel or providing technology...

Charity takes steps to ensure continued support for ‘priority children’

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 02/03/2016 - 4:25pm

Families for Children, local adoption agency and charitable trust who cover Devon, Dorset, Cornwall and Somerset, are delighted to announce the appointment of new a new Fundraising & Engagement Specialist, Tracy Ebbrell.

At a crucial time for Adoption in the UK, Families for Children is focussing on finding families for ‘priority’ children. These include older children, sibling groups and children with additional needs. It is these groups of children and their adoptive families who benefit from the work of the charity. Tracy has been appointed to help meet the increasing demand...

Volunteer recruitment drive for city charity

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sat, 01/30/2016 - 7:39am

A new volunteer recruitment drive has been launched by city charity, Citizens Advice Exeter.

The organisation is looking for volunteers who can spare between eight and ten hours a week and offers a comprehensive training programme.

It is holding an informal open session on Wednesday, March 9 at its office in Dix’s Field, Exeter. Potential volunteers will be able to find out more about the charity’s work, chat with some current volunteers, find out about the training programme and meet the supervisors.

Steve Barriball, chief executive, said: ‘We are looking for...

Volunteers needed to defend Castle Drogo

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 01/28/2016 - 12:49pm

Castle Drogo is holding a volunteer open day on Saturday 6 February from 11am until 3pm for anyone who would like to find out more about getting involved.

This is the most exciting time in the history of Castle Drogo since its initial construction. After receiving funding in 2012 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Interreg, a European grant, the building project is now over half way. More volunteers than ever are needed to share the exciting interpretation that has been created.

Laurence Harvey, Volunteer Coordinator, says: “There are lots of opportunities at Castle Drogo,...

Search is on to find Britain's best volunteers

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 01/25/2016 - 8:16am

Gabby Logan and Together Mutual Insurance search for Britain’s ‘Community Initiative of the Year’ and ‘Community Hero of the Year’ celebrating local volunteers with national prizes of £25,000 per category Today, TV favourite Gabby Logan launches ‘Britain Has Spirit’, a new campaign searching for Britain’s best individual and group volunteers. Gabby is calling on the British public to nominate their local shining stars, who selflessly give up time volunteering for nothing in return. Recent research of 2,000 Brits1 reveals that our sense of community is declining, with nearly half of those...