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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.

Volunteering in Heath

18 Nov

Christmas Pamper & Shopping Evening
Raising funds for Volunteering In Health

Tuesday 19th November
6pm – 8.30pm
Bitton House, Teignmouth

Craft Stall plus Kit & Kaboodle, The Hub and The Body Shop
Beauty Treatments provided by The Beresford Clinic, The Fountain of Health and Eutopia
50 / 50 clothes sale
Cakes & refreshments

Contact Volunteering on Health on 01626 774484 for more information or to book beauty treatments

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.