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Volunteers’ Week

30 May

Next week is the 30th annual Volunteers’ Week, a chance to thank all of the volunteers who work so hard to help their local communities.

Volunteering is a great way to gain new skills, build your confidence, make friends, and “give something back”.  Read our blog post on volunteering here.  There are a huge range of opportunities to volunteer, and it can be very fulfilling, so why not give it a go.  Check out www.do-it.org.uk to search for opportunities near you, or visit your local community centre to see if you can help out.

Volunteering in Health is a Teignbridge charity who are always looking for volunteers, and their range of opportunities are available for as little as one hour a week – driving, befriending, admin, helping out at fundraising events.  Find out more here or call 01626 774484.

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

 

Volunteering in Health

19 Mar

Can you spare an hour a week?
Volunteers urgently needed!

Volunteering in Health is a small local independent charity based in Teignmouth, Devon.  We rely on volunteers to support our elderly, isolated and vulnerable people in the community. We provide a very wide range of services including driving people to medical appointments, befriending, shopping, benefits advice, memory cafes, carers meetings, coffee mornings, hospital volunteering – the list goes on and on. You name it we do it to help support and improve people’s quality of life.

Volunteering in Health are calling for people to volunteer in their community, for just an hour a week. Tina Graham, Manager, said “We are desperate for people to join us in a variety of roles. An hour a week can make all the difference to someone’s life. We pay all expenses which covers the cost of running a car. Everyone has something they can give – with the range of services we provide we urgently need new volunteers especially for driving and befriending. With the winter approaching and the dark nights drawing in, many people will not see anybody from one week to the next.”

Claire joined as a volunteer and offers befriending to Edna.  She said “I moved to Teignmouth in October 2011 and, being new to the area and not in employment, I wanted to get involved in my new community.  I was introduced to Edna who I have been visiting for around 18 months for an hour or two a week which fits easily in around my work schedule and other commitments.  Edna, like many people in Teignmouth, had periods through the week where she was lonely and didn’t see anybody and I am glad to be able to make a difference in that regard. We sometimes sit and just chat and have a cuppa and a biscuit, some days we will make cards, something Edna struggles to do on her own these days”.  Edna, 93, said “I really enjoy seeing Claire and look forward to the visit every week. If she didn’t come round I wouldn’t see anyone at all.  It is difficult for me to get out and about, but with Claire`s help she makes that possible.  It’s a real treat”

Malcolm has been a volunteer driver for 3 years “My specific contribution to volunteering is driving people to medical appointments.  Mileage expenses cover my fuel costs and are a significant contribution towards running my car. The patient benefits as they have a one to one service as we often stay with patients therefore we are able to bring them straight home at the end of their appointment without any waiting around.  It is a win-win situation.  I can work the hours that suit me and use my experience of life to help others through what sometimes is a very stressful situation.”

Tina Graham added that “We can always find a way to use a willing volunteer.  We need people to help fundraise, the list goes on!  Do not be shy in coming forward.  You will be made to feel very welcome and will be very much appreciated.  Training will be given and volunteering can be a first step towards paid employment.”

If you feel you can help or want to find out more, please contact Tina Graham, Manager, on 01626 774484 or email tina.graham@nhs.net

For more information, visit www.volunteeringinhealth.co.uk.

Originally posted at http://fleximum.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/volunteering-in-health/ and in Flexi-Mum 2.

Body Shop Party

15 Mar

Volunteering in Health are hosting a Body Shop Party on Thursday 20th March to raise funds and awareness.  The party starts at 7pm at The Roundel Club, Station Road, Teignmouth.  To find out more, call 01626 774484 or email vicki@volunteeringinhealth.co.uk

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Bye Bye Chloe

10 Mar

After 18 months at Opportunity Plus South West, I am moving on to pastures new.  Back in October, I attended an Opening Event at the new offices for the Citizens Advice Bureau in Teignbridge, where I met Tina Graham from Volunteering in Health.  I found out more about the charity and their great work, and when a job vacancy came up in February I couldn’t resist the chance to become part of the team.  I will be starting on Monday 17th March and my new role will be Volunteer Coordinator, and I will also be coordinating the charity’s new Home Help Service.

I will be looking to recruit new volunteers in the Teignbridge area, to befriend elderly people, and drive people to hospital appointments.  There will also be opportunities for people looking to gain administration skills or help out with events and fundraising – so please give me a call on 01626 774484 if you are interested in volunteering.

But it’s not just volunteers I’m after, there will also be opportunities for people who want to become self employed cleaners or handymen, with the backing of Volunteering in Health.  Please call 01626 774484 for more information.  Don’t forget Opportunity Plus can help you to get set up too – just call 0800 043 2440.

I’m sad to leave Opportunity Plus, but looking forward to getting started on a new project.

Volunteering in Heath

18 Nov

Christmas Pamper & Shopping Evening
Raising funds for Volunteering In Health

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

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