Charity trustees recognised

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 11/12/2014 - 1:21pm

This week we pay tribute to the leaders of the 355 voluntary organisations in Exeter that all rely on the dedication, energy and commitment of around 2,000 trustees in order to support their beneficiaries.

Hundreds of events will be taking place this week as charities use Trustees’ Week as a time to thank the one million trustees across England and Wales for their time and dedication.

Trustees are the people ultimately in charge of a charity. They make decisions that help charities achieve their aims and change their beneficiaries’ lives.

Dom Morris said: “Voluntary...

The Buturi Project needs your support

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 11/07/2014 - 3:52pm

The Buturi Project is a small charity made up of like-minded volunteers, helping a remote village in Tanzania, on the shore of Lake Victoria, where they are struggling with poverty in near intolerable conditions.

Like many parts of sub-Saharan Africa, Buturi has suffered from the twin disasters of AIDS and drought.

Twenty-five years of AIDS has decimated the community, so we tend to see the very young and old with the stronger, more capable generation missing. The older generation struggle to bring up their orphaned grandchildren. Buturi is a village typical of this...

Exeter CAB calls for volunteers

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 11/05/2014 - 11:01am

Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau is looking for volunteers and will be holding a recruitment fair at their office on Wednesday 3 December.

They will be recruiting for a range of roles including:

• Advisor – Give generalist advice to clients. • Gateway assessor – Identify issues, next steps and handle emergencies • Reception and information guide – meet people as they arrive and help them access self help resources.

You will receive training for all roles. The advisor and gateway assessor roles come with a specific and thorough training course which may take between 1-2...

Can you help Hospital Radio Exeter?

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 11/03/2014 - 5:07pm

How do you fancy meeting people, raising money, and being on the radio, all for a good cause?

Hospital Radio Exeter are looking for and all-round person with a good technical knowledge to assist their engineer on the radio station with a good knowledge of a radio studio including mixing desks, audio playout systems, PC etc.

This is only a part of the job and you will be expected to work in all areas of Hospital Radio.

The station broadcasts 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and they are looking for new members to visit wards, participate in live programmes and...

Appeal for Christmas volunteers

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 10/27/2014 - 9:52pm

It might seem early for some, but Christmas is never far from the minds of the staff and volunteers at Knightshayes, the National Trust property on the out skirts of Tiverton; and this year the team are pondering a very unusual question – what to do about the jolly man himself? They are looking for volunteers to support extended opening hours over the winter and, in particular, help with events in the run-up to Christmas. The property will be decorated for Christmas from 3 December with ‘Meet Father Christmas’ events running on the 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22 and 23 December. There will also be...

Roll up your sleeves for estuary clean up

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 09/25/2014 - 12:01pm

On Saturday 27 September, members of the public are invited to come along to the Imperial Recreation Ground slipway in Exmouth at 1pm for a couple of hours of litter picking followed by a relaxing cruise on the Estuary with free buffet (places limited).

Over the past few years volunteers have made a substantial impact on the health of the globally important Exe Estuary by helping to clear large and often dangerous items of litter that accumulate in the Estuary.

This litter and waste not only detracts from the beautiful landscape and harms wildlife but is also a hazard for...

Pebblebed Vineyards appeal for grape pickers

Authored by Metis Media
Posted: Mon, 09/22/2014 - 3:37pm

The grape harvest is now underway at Devon's largest vineyard, Pebblebed.

This year, the winemakers, based at Clyst St Mary are all set for another bumper harvest following the great weather this summer.

Pebblebed owner, Geoff Bowen, said: "Last year, we harvested a huge 45 tonnes of grapes, producing nearly 40,000 bottles, and this year we are hoping for a similar yield. So we need some help to gather in the grapes. In the same tradition as the great vineyards of France and Italy, the harvest is a community effort and is a great social occasion as well as an opportunity to...

Volunteers help with footbridge repairs

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Sun, 08/17/2014 - 10:56am

A group of volunteers from Culm Valley Young Farmers Club are donning their work gear for a day of hard graft at one of Devon’s rural communities.

The group have kindly agreed to help Devon County Council’s Public Rights of Way team carry out some important repair and restoration work at the footbridge over the River Culm in Hemyock.

The bridge near Hemyock has taken a battering over the past two years and is in danger of becoming permanently surrounded by water.

Getting stone to site needs to be moved to the location by buckets and wheelbarrows and that’s where the...

Michelmores spruce up Exeter Deaf Academy

Authored by Exeter Deaf Academy
Posted: Wed, 08/06/2014 - 5:30pm

Exeter Deaf Academy’s College students and staff will return in September to a refreshed entrance, thanks to the help of Michelmores LLP.

A trusty team of 5 volunteers from the law firm’s Exeter-based office spent the day at the Deaf Academy recently. Battling soaring temperatures, the team were kitted out by a generous donation of painting materials from B&Q in Exeter, and did an excellent job repainting and revitalising the Academy’s College entrance.

Michelmores supports various local charities, including the Exeter Deaf Academy, actively engaging with the local...

Could you be an on-call firefighter?

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 08/05/2014 - 12:38pm

Your local fire station needs you!

Danes Castle (Exeter) Fire Station is hosting an open evening for prospective on-call firefighters on Wednesday 13 August starting at 7pm.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is looking for people in the Exeter community to be on-call or ‘retained’ firefighters. No previous experience of fire-fighting is necessary for this role – the ideal prospective firefighter starts with a commitment to the community, a positive attitude and a good level of fitness.

This is an opportunity for men and women who live and/or work within...