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Neighbourhood Friends Volunteer Opportunity

Pledge your support to help older people in your neighbourhood this coming winter.  Become a Neighbourhood Friend.

 If you live in Exeter or Budleigh Salterton and you would be interested in helping older people in your community to stay out of hospital this winter then we would love to hear from you.

You can get involved at the level that suits you:

If you can only spare half an hour here and there on an ad hoc basis then you could be a Rapid Response Friend - picking up emergency shopping, feeding a pet while an owner is in hospital, checking a smoke alarm or clearing snow from someone’s path.

 If you have a bit more time to spare then you could be a Welcome Home Friend – helping people on their return home from hospital by doing things such as putting the heating on and collecting essential food items, accompanying them home from hospital and generally making sure they feel settled and safe.

Or you could be a Wellbeing Friend – someone who goes in and enables a person to do the things they would like to do – this could include chatting, attending a social or activity group or helping them with their rehab exercises or lifestyle support.

For more information please call one of our Project Managers on 01392 823690 or email:neighbourhoodfriends@westbankfriends.org 


Volunteering Opportunities

We are always looking for new volunteers to contribute to our community activities. We offer a wide variety of opportunities and always try to accommodate an individual's skills and interests. 

The roles that we are currently most  in need of are:

  • Patient transport drivers
  • Drivers for young carers/older people's social trips and outings (using the Westbank minibus - training provided) 
  • Befrienders
  • Telephone befrienders
  • Skill-building volunteer supporters

Volunteer Roles

Volunteer drivers: take people who would otherwise struggle to get there to healthcare appointments and rehab/exercise classes

Volunteer befrienders: visit or telephone someone who is isolated on a regular basis to offer a friendly face/voice

Social group/trip supporters: help with the running of groups and trips for older people

Day centre volunteers: help in our day centre for older people – playing games, chatting and serving refreshments/lunch

Charity shop volunteers: help in our charity shop in Starcross – serving customers and pricing/sorting stock

Young carers volunteers: help with activities for young carers by providing transport or accompanying on activities

Bright Futures mentors: matched one to one with a young adult carer to support in the transition from being a young carer to an adult carer

Children’s centre volunteers: help in our afterschool and holiday club

Volunteer walk leaders: escort people on health walks in Exminster, Exeter and Mid Devon

Admin volunteers: provide administrative support such as data entry, mailshots and filing to all departments within Westbank

Board of directors: ensure the smooth running of the organisation

Balance class/cardiac rehab volunteers: meet and greet class members and provide support to instructors within the classes

Café and kitchen volunteers: help our café and kitchen staff in the preparation and serving of food and drinks

Face-painting volunteers: provide a face-painting service for community groups

Conservation skills volunteers: enabling people from the Newton Abbot area to develop skills and confidence through volunteering as part of a supported group at Natural England’s East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve, near Bovey Tracey

Family support volunteers: help families who are struggling – eg. because of a new baby, illness, disability or other difficult circumstances

Gym club volunteers: help with the running of our children’s gymnastics club

Cook & chat volunteers: go into people’s homes to help them learn cooking skills

Memory café volunteers: support with the running of memory cafes in Exminster and Exeter

Diabetes Support Worker volunteers: Supporting individuals who have been diagnosed with type 2 or pre diabetes to make positive lifestyle changes

Garden Volunteers: The new garden group is setting up an allotment and community garden at Westbank

Skill-building Project Volunteer Supporter: supporting volunteers with additional needs to make the most of the activities above.

Skin Cancer Awareness Champions: if you have personal experience of skin cancer, or have an interest in raising awareness, this project offers volunteers the chance to tell their story in schools and community settings, raising awareness and changing attitudes to sun safety and early diagnosis.  

What we can offer YOU!

  • The opportunity to get involved in your community
  • Training
  • The opportunity to volunteer in lots of different areas
  • Work-related experience
  • Expenses paid


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