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Fashion and Fun

21 May

More dates for your diary from Volunteering in Health:

On Thursday 22nd May there will be a Fashion Show and Pampering Evening at the Carlton Theatre, this has been organised with Teignmouth Hospital League of Friends.  Doors open at 6pm.

Volunteering in Health are holding their annual Family Fun Day on Saturday 24th May from 10am – 3pm on Teignmouth Den.  There will be lots to do, whatever your age – donkeys, bouncy castle, face painting for the kids, raffles and stalls for the grown ups, demonstrations by the local emergency services, judo, singing.  So come along and have fun whilst raising money for a local good cause.

If you would like more information about either event, call 01626 774484 or email vicki@volunteeringinhealth.co.uk


Hair and Beauty

9 Apr


Our beauty courses offer a convenient blend of studying from home and class based learning, to give you the best of both worlds. Study the theory at home using digital course books and e-tutorials and then complete on-line work books to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the topics. Then attend a practical assessment day at one of our friendly centres to hone your skills.

No experience is required, and you can study for pleasure or take your first step in a career in beauty. You could also team one of these up with our Start Your Own Business course and you’ll be up and running in no time!

Upcoming courses:

Nail Art Application

Nail art provides a range of business and employment opportunities, from setting up a mobile service, to working in one of the popular nail bars springing up across our high streets.

Our next Nail Art course starts on the 21st of April with a one day practical skills session on the 8th of May.

Basic Make-up

Whether you are considering a career in the beauty industry or just want to pick up some tips for your own beauty regime, this Level 1 course will help you develop a range of techniques and help you to perfect your make-up application skills for special occasions.

Our next Basic Make-up course starts on the 28th of April with a one day practical skills session on the 15th of May.

Spray Tanning

Are you looking for a quick and easy business to set up which requires limited training and low start up costs? Well this course could be just what you need to be up and running in weeks.

Our next Spray Tanning course starts on the 2nd of June with a one day practical skills session on the 26th of June.

Themed Face Painting 

Creating bright and colourful face painted creations is always a highlight at events and parties for children, but increasingly popular with adults too.  With hundreds of themes to choose from, Face Painting makes an ideal activity at any fun event to keep guests or visitors entertained.

Our next Themed Face Painting course starts on the 5th of May with a one day practical skills session on the 20th of May.

For more information about any of our courses please email info@opsw.co.uk or call 0800 243 2440.


Jessica Scullion

Jessica is our Senior Beauty Tutor and Assessor with nearly 10 years’ experience in the industry. She has worked in a variety of settings, including hotels, college, freelance and cruise ships, which has led her to pursue a career in teaching to share her knowledge with others. She enjoys updating her skills within beauty therapy, with its fast growing treatments and products and would recommend anyone to dive into an industry that offers a million opportunities!


Supporting the wider community

26 Mar

In our work with Opportunity Plus, we have come across some truly fantastic community centres and groups, and we want to share some of the great work that is happening out there.

Does your community group need some support? 

Here are some of the things that we can do for you:

  • Create a Facebook page for your community and teach you how to use it
  • Offer free face painting at fundraising and other events
  • Feature you on our blog.
  • Get in touch to see how we could help your centre.


Balloons work with bereaved children in the Exeter area to help them through the grieving and healing process.  They have volunteering opportunities available and offer full training.  Find out more at www.balloonscharity.co.uk

The Hub Yeovil

The Hub Yeovil is a community centre working with disabled people.  They run a range of microenterprises to teach members valuable life and enterprise skills.  www.thehubyeovil.co.uk

Healthy Babies UK

Healthy Babies UK provide training to healthcare professionals, children’s centre staff, nursery workers and mothers to support the health, development, and wellbeing of babies and young children.  www.healthy-babies-uk.org

The Money Advice Service

If you have any questions about money – investments, debt, budgeting – then the Money Advice Service can help.  Call them on 0300 500 5000 for free advice and support.


The Education and Training Level 3 course has replaced the old Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Sector qualification, and enables you to teach anything that you are qualified or experienced in to adults (16+).  Information, Advice and Guidance is another useful qualification for the community sector.  Call us or email info@opsw.co.uk for more information.

What community centres do you use?  Why not visit your local centre to find out more about what they do and get involved!  Check out www.do-it.org or your local CVS office to find out if there are any volunteering opportunities near you.

Themed Face Painting – Level 1

4 Mar

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Free Face Painting!

26 Aug

On Monday, 17th June, the OPSW team had a team building day where we were taught to face paint by Helen Eyre from Bristol based face painting company, Cats Whiskers.

Helen started her business in 2002 and it has gone from strength to strength, now offering a range of services on top of face painting: balloon modelling, glitter and henna tattoos,  pregnancy bump painting and photography, and courses like the one we attended.  Cats Whiskers is also available to buy as a franchise, so do check out the website if you are interested in starting your own face painting business.

We had a great day learning the tricks of the trade, and painting each other as tigers, pirates and dolphins!

We’d love to come and share our new skills at your community centre or fund raising event—offering free face painting to attendees to help raise awareness of your centre and of the services that we offer at Opportunity Plus South West.

Please get in touch for more information, call us on 0800 043 2440 or email info@opsw.co.uk.