Volunteer

Our wonderful volunteers are fundamental to the work we do to promote health and provide care to a wide range of people. We are always looking for new volunteers to contribute to our community activities. We offer a variety of opportunities and always try to accommodate an individual’s skills and interests.

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Volunteering is:

  • a good way to meet new people

  • an excellent way to learn new skills

  • a good way of using your skills to help others

  • a meaningful way of giving something back

  • an enjoyable way of increasing your self-esteem and confidence

  • a great means of boosting your job prospects

  • flexible – you can give as much or as little time as you’re able

  • free – all out of pocket expenses are reimbursed

What we can offer you:

  • Community involvement

  • Training

  • Wide range of volunteer opportunities

  • Work-related experience

  • Out of pocket expenses reimbursed

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Volunteer roles

Befriending volunteer

Some people living in their own homes can feel isolated or lonely, with family either living away or no longer being around. Some of these people have trouble getting out to join in with social and community events. They can benefit from a friendly face visiting them and spending time for a chat and a cosy cuppa every so often. These visits can have benefits for both parties with everyone learning a little something from each other.

Many people feel isolated or lonely in their own homes. Their family may have moved away or no longer be around, and they may struggle to join in with social and community events. Those who have become isolated can benefit greatly from seeing a friendly face, so our volunteers will pop in regularly for a chat and a cuppa. Often the befriender gains as much from the relationship as the person they’re visiting - after all, we can all learn something from each other.


“Having someone visit me regularly stops me feeling isolated and lonely.”

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What is involved?

  • To visit a family or an isolated older person in their home as arranged with the Volunteering Development Worker.
  • To take on light duties such as shopping, posting letters on behalf of the person being visited (by prior arrangement).
  • To liaise with the Volunteering Development Worker regarding any incidences or concerns about the person visited or their volunteering
  • To attend an induction course for visitors/befrienders
  • To adhere to the Guidelines for Volunteer Visitor

Drivers

Not everyone has a car or someone who will give them a lift and this can make it very difficult for them to access the care they need. Our volunteer drivers play a vital role in making sure the people we work with can get to healthcare and wellbeing appointments across East Devon.

Some of our transport users have mobility problems, so it’s helpful to know if you can provide light assistance for patients getting in and out of your vehicle.

Training and an induction is provided and you can do as many or as few drives as you wish.

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Our Seachange wheel chair accessible car

Gardening

We're looking for keen volunteers to help maintain our gardens and to get lots of lovely produce growing in our vegetable patches. It doesn't matter whether you have experience or not, we would love you to get involved.

Volunteers help with growing food on-site, sowing seeds, bringing on plants, weeding, watering and harvesting.

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Volunteers and trainees managing our boarders

Qualities and skills required:

  • It would help if you were reasonably fit
  • Enjoy being outside
  • Gardening experience helpful but not essential
  • Patient and understanding
  • Reliable
  • Flexible

All agreed expenses reimbursed.

Gardening volunteers are managed by our partner Launchpad who also train adults with additional needs to manage the gardens.

Walk Leaders volunteers

Our health walks are aimed at people who are doing little or no exercise at the moment but would like to become more active, as well as those who want to improve their overall fitness.

The walks are not competitive, and everyone is encouraged to walk at their own brisk but comfortable pace. The trails vary in length; shorter walks take place locally, and longer walks tend to go out into the surrounding countryside. People of all ages and abilities are welcome to join, as are dogs on short leads and pushchairs (where walks are suitable).

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Our walking group on Budleigh Promenade


  • Attend a one-day training course run by a Cascade Trainer
  • Welcome and register regular, and new participants on each led walk
  • Ask new participants to complete a health questionnaire
  • Either act as front or back leader on a health walk, at a suitable pace for the group
  • Adapt to the circumstances and participants on the day of the walk
  • Check all participants complete the walk and obtain feedback
  • Encourage all participants to socialise after completing the walk
  • Some Walk Leaders may like to be involved with setting and recording routes and aisk assessments
  • Attend regular Walk leader meetings when possible

WEB Befriending Project

WEB Befriending project is a new project developed by Seachange and the Healthy Neighbourhoods team. Volunteers support someone in their home and where possible share interests, i.e. art, craft, board games and gentle walks.

Where - WEB (Woodbury, Exmouth & Budleigh) area

When - Flexible to suit you and the client you are supporting

COVID-19 - Relevant guidance applied at all times.

Training and agreed out of pocket expenses including travel reimbursed.

Community Cooking

Do you love cooking healthy food?

We are looking to recruit volunteers to help with our friendly community cooking sessions. You'll support participants at the sessions, sharing your knowledge and experience, and then join the group for lunch.

Where - The Norman Centre, Budleigh Salterton, EX9 6RJ

When - Wednesday mornings, fortnightly

COVID-19 - We abide by current regulations

Please contact us for a chat about what this role entails.

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“The Seachange is an inspiring and comforting place. It is a real community and I feel proud and privileged to be part of it.”

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