Volunteers Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering in their communities.
Fancy getting involved?
This June for Volunteer Week our Health & Care Coordinators Jack and Lauren are working with Plymouth’s Health & Care providers to promote and support local people into volunteer opportunities.
Volunteers are a vital part of the running of Health & Care providers in the city and provide a wealth of benefits for both the volunteer and the employer.
What can volunteering mean?
· A chance to try something new
· Experience a new environment
· Learn/develop new skills
· Meet new people
· Develop/enhance CV
· Give back to your community and gain a sense of fulfilment from the rewarding nature of the role
When: 1-7 June 2023
What opportunities are in our city?
NHS – NHS Cadets – Youth Programme (Foundation 14-16 & Advanced 16-18)
The NHS cadets is a programme delivered by St Johns Ambulance, in partnership with the NHS. This is a new programme, currently delivered online, supporting young people to discover opportunities within Health & Care and take their first steps. More info – click here.
St John's Ambulance - Volunteer programme in Plymouth- For those 18+ looking to be part of the team that saves lives, whether it's helping people in the community, providing first aid at events, or supporting the NHS. If interested in taking part in this opportunity where you support your local community, learn valuable skills and receive full training – click here.
Age UK Plymouth relies on volunteers to offer vital services within the local community. You could help by volunteering at Adult Day Centres, Dementia Day Centres, or become a catering volunteer. There are also opportunities for activities volunteers and reception cover at their busy sites. All of these are a huge help to the charity. To find out more, click here
Elder Tree Befriending - Elder Tree Befriending is a fantastic charity, working with vulnerable and socially isolated people in Plymouth, over the age of 50. They support older people to live independently in their own homes and offer a weekly programme of social activities and light impact exercise in several locations across the city. They also run specific groups for people living with dementia and mild cognitive impairments. They are supported by 170 volunteers and are always looking for additional people to support this great charity. If you would like to find out more, and apply to become a volunteer, click here
Trevi - Trevi is an award winning women’s charity, providing safe and nurturing spaces where women in recovery can heal, grow and thrive. Supporting over 1,000 women and children, the team relies on the support and help of volunteers and are currently looking for volunteers to help with gardening, administration, marketing, decorating and more. If you would like to help support this fantastic charity and find out more about volunteering, click here
Shekinah - Shekinah provides opportunities for people who are experiencing all forms of homelessness and other challenges they may be currently facing. A passionate and dedicated team of staff and volunteers ensure people are given a variety of opportunities to help them progress. Shekinah are reliant on a huge amount of volunteer support, and recognise the value that those volunteers bring, by donating time and skills to different areas of the organisation. If you would like to find out more about volunteering with Shekinah, click here
If you are interested in any of the fantastic opportunities above, or you would like to discuss any of these options in more detail, get in touch by emailing HealthandCareSkills@plymouth.gov.uk or text on 0781494380.