Age UK Plymouth exists to care for and work with older people and their carers in and around the City of Plymouth to improve their quality of life through the promotion of choice, opportunity and independence.
Please see Age UK's website at www.ageuk.plymouth.org.uk for further details of volunteer roles and an application form.
Dementia can happen to anyone and there's currently no cure. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by 2021.
At Alzheimer's Society, we believe passionately that life doesn't end when dementia begins. We are here for anyone affected by dementia, and we do everything we can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.
Barnardo’s is the children’s charity with the largest number of services on the ground in the UK. It runs over 900 services in local communities. Its work includes reaching and helping children who have been sexually exploited, young people leaving the
care system, children with a parent in prison and families struggling to cope. Barnardo's finds loving, adoptive homes and foster placements for children in care.
Barnardo’s believes in children no matter who they are, what they have done or what they have been through. Barnardo's will ensure their needs are met and their voices are heard
Bridging the Tamar
Bridging the Tamar Visitor and Learning Centre - Community focused heritage and learning centre focusing on the iconic Tamar and Royal Albert Bridges, their design and history.
Situated adjacent to the Tamar Bridge, with regular bus links to the city centre, the Bridging the Tamar Visitor Centre is an interactive exhibition space exploring the design and engineering of both the 1960's Tamar Bridge and the Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge as well as the stories of the area's heritage and life before the bridges were built.
The organisation values the help of volunteers to welcome and help visitors, help with the delivery of a programme of family events, working with local commnuity groups in workshops, as well as helping us to deliver our schools programme. We also need the help of volunteers to carry out research and help with archiving, as well as leading talks and tours.
British Heart Foundation
British Heart Foundation is looking for volunteers to help in all our Plymouth stores. We need your help for every heart beat, we have fun, are energised and are working hard to change lives. Can you help ? Please contact the store, all help is gratefully received. Pop in and meet our team. Join in the fun and make a difference.
British Red Cross
British Red Cross is a volunteer led humanitarian charity that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are.
Cats Protection Charity Shop
Cats Protection, the UK’s leading feline welfare charity, helps over 194,000 cats and kittens per year through its national network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 31 adoption centres.
Please note: its volunteer roles currently involve retail experience in its city centre shop and do not include any form of welfare.
CHICKS provides week long respite breaks for disadvantaged children from across the UK, who would not otherwise have a break in that year.
The children they support come from a variety of backgrounds – those living in poverty, children that are being neglected or abused, either mentally, physically or sexually, children who have lost parents or even children who are full time young carers.
Citizens Advice Plymouth
Citizens Advice Plymouth depends on its volunteers to deliver face to face and telephone advice, advocacy and preventative education to the clients who need us.
We helped over 11,000 people across the city last year, dealing with nearly 78,000 enquiries and helping our client’s access over a £1 million of income. We also deliver national projects such as our advice services for EDF and South West Water from our office.
Citizens in Policing
Devon and Cornwall Police welcome volunteers from all communities to be part of our wider policing family. We value the skills and experience that members of the public can bring in assisting us to forge closer links with our towns, villages and communities.
Volunteering with Devon and Cornwall Police, our Police Support Volunteers can gain new skills, meet new people and obtain an insight into the role of the police whilst making a positive contribution to their local community.
Community Connections Youth Team with Plymouth City Council
Community Connections Youth Team focus their work, and resources on young people from 11 to 19 years (up to 25 years where special circumstances exist) including BME groups, young people not in education or training (NEETS) or young people with disabilities, and covers the youth-work spectrum from community development to locality working, targeted work to youth offending. We seek to make a difference to young people’s lives, the opportunities which exist for them and the chance for them to make their own lives, and life experiences, more positive.
Derriford Hospital, NHS (National Health Service)
Derriford Hospital is part of Plymouth Hospitals NHS (National Health Service) Trust
Devon Air Ambulance
Devon is lucky enough to have two air ambulances, each flying 7 days a week. Together they have flown over 25,000 missions. We can get to most of Devon within 10 minutes and the whole of Devon within 15 mins. We're a vital service as in a medical emergency every minute counts
Elder Tree Befriending is a preventative service that supports over 1000 people who are over the age of 50 and who live in Plymouth. Our aim is to encourage each individual to remain healthy and to continue to live independently but we are not a provider of domiciliary support. We deliver over 60 innovative health and social engagement activities and provide volunteers to support our more vulnerable, frail and socially isolated beneficiaries in their homes.
Friends and Families of Special Children
Friends and Families of Special Children is a Plymouth based charity covering the City of Plymouth and its surrounding area. We support families who have children that experience all forms of disabilities, additional needs and difficulties. What we do:
- social and leisure activities for the whole family
- advise and give guidance on local services
- support young carers through our Fun and Freedom club
- provide support and learning through parent/carer only session
- give parents the time to talk and be listened to
- engage with other agencies e.g. health, education or social services
Guide Dogs (Mobility Team Exeter)
Guide Dogs is a charity which provide a wide range of services to support blind and partially sighted people. Our ambition is for a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support to live their lives to the full and we will not rest until people who are blind and partially sighted can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else. Every hour, another person in the UK loses their sight and, should this happen to you, Guide Dogs is there to make sure you receive the help and support you need.
Healthwatch is an independent consumer champion for health and social care in England.
Healthwatch Plymouth has been developed to give the people of Plymouth a stronger voice in influencing and challenging how health and social care services are provided within our region.
We put people and communities first, seeking to give everyone an equal voice.
We make change happen.
We act on behalf of consumers, listening carefully then speaking loudly on their behalf.
We seek information and challenge assumptions.
We work in partnership with health and social care organisations.
Hearts Together is a south-west based charity which provides patients, carers, relatives & healthcare professionals with a safe and comfortable place to stay,
Hearts Together is a south-west based charity which provides patients, carers, relatives & healthcare professionals with a safe and comfortable place to stay, just a stones throw from Derriford Hospital, DDRC and The Nuffield.
It offers support & counselling to Hospital Hotel guests, their carers & relatives.
It also provides grants to local communities & hospitals to improve health & wellbeing.
Hedgehog Care and Rehab.
Hedgehog Care and Rehab in Plymouth rehabilitates and then releases into hedgehog friendly gardens over 100 hedgehogs each year.
A children's sailing charity whose aim is to help disadvantaged and disabled children in Plymouth by providing opportunities to increase self confidence and improve social and practical skills through water based activities. children.
Horizons gives local primary school children the opportunity (weekdays) to get out on the water. It also provides an evening and weekend sailing club for local youngsters which continues as a nautically themed youth group throughout the winter.
Horizons relies on volunteers for the above and to help with boat maintenance over the winter.
Improving Lives Plymouth
A charity at the heart of our community, supporting and inspiring people to improve their health and wellbeing.
Jeremiah's Journey provides free support to children and their parents/carers when the future feels uncertain or when hope feels lost. We have been providing this service in the local area since 1996. Children who feel more able to cope with their grief often report that they have improved concentration at school and less difficulties in expressing and dealing with their emotions.
Marine Academy Primary School
Marine Academy Primary is an Outstanding primary school in Plymouth. It is based on Trevithick Road, St Budeaux and can be accessed by the No 16 bus from the city centre.
Marine Academy Primary is dedicated to providing the best education for all, and the brightest future. Their mission is:
“To provide an outstanding education that ensures all pupils reach their greatest potential and live by life’s highest values.”
Marine Academy Primary has an ‘Open Door’ policy, which ensures that there is always one of the team available to answer any questions or solve any problems that may develop. Marine Academy Primary is a place where the whole family can flourish and learn together.
Marine Academy Primary is unique; it is the first ‘marine’ primary school and the first free school in the south west to be graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted (June 2015). Parents/Carers can have total confidence that the needs of every child, as they grow and develop, are catered for throughout their years in education. Ofsted spoke highly of the teaching team at Marine Academy Primary ‘Teaching is outstanding; teachers are passionate and show a determination to provide the best education they can for pupils.’ To access Marine Academy Primary's DfE Performance Data from www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk website, please visit: https://www.compare-school-performance.service.gov.uk/school/139604/marine-academy-primary
Marine Academy Primary provides education for Pre-School to Year 6 and wrap around care for our learners with Breakfast Club starting at 7:30am each morning and After School Club ending at 6:00pm each evening. The Academy is also open 7:30am to 4:30pm during the holidays, providing a fun, safe and secure environment for children to go during the breaks, whilst their Parents/Carers are at work.
Marine Academy Primary and Nursery are a family where every child matters and every child will be able to evolve at his or her own pace, challenged to stretch and develop skills and competencies. The highly skilled and qualified staff team, along with Watson the Academy Dog, ensure that all children aspire to be the best they can be.
Marine Conservation Society
The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s leading marine charity. We work to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected.
Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect our precious wildlife. Our vision is for seas full of life where nature flourishes and people thrive. Our Sea Champions SW volunteer team deliver outreach and community engagement in the SW of England and carry out a range of projects and activities that support the aims of MCS.
Money Advice Plymouth
Money Advice Plymouth offers free, independent, impartial and confidential debt advice and assistance on money matters to those living in and around Plymouth and who require assistance with their debts.
Motor Neurone Disease Association - Plymouth Group
The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND) is a national group with branches across the UK, all run by volunteers. The MND Association needs your help to develop a Plymouth branch to:
• Improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers.
• Fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments, and brings us closer to a cure for for MND.
• Campaign and raise awareness so the needs of people with MND and everyone who cares for them are recognised and addressed by wider society.
National Marine Aquarium
The National Marine Aquarium, a self funded charity, is the largest public aquarium in the UK welcoming 300,000 visitors per year (including the 30,000 school students who engage with our innovative Just Add H2O Schools Programme). The National Marine Aquarium's aim is to conserve marine biodiversity by encouraging people to value the marine environment and undertake pro environmental behaviour in the form of small lifestyle changes. Put another way: If we can help people LEARN about the oceans, we hope that they might LOVE the oceans and then ACT to protect them.
National Trust Buckland Abbey
Can you tell a great tale, or are you a keen gardener? From buggy driving to raffle ticket selling, there's a role for everyone at Buckland Abbey. Here are just a few of the opportunities available at the moment - do get in touch to find out more.
National Trust Knightshayes
With acres of glorious garden and park, surrounding a spectacular Gothic Revival house, Knightshayes is the complete country gentleman's dream.
The house is a rare example of the work of William Burges, whose lavish designs have always inspired extremes in opinion. Full of quirks and curiosities, it is a house of many faces.
There's something to suit everyone at Knightshayes. From joining the team in the house to room guide, or help with conservation work to helping deliver our excellent learning programme, and helping with the exciting events.
National Trust Saltram House and Plymbridge
Saltram House overlooks the River Plym and is set in a rolling landscape park that provides precious green space on the outskirts of Plymouth. The house itself is described as a "treasure of Georgian England".
There is a wealth of different volunteer roles available, both indoors and outdoors, including gardening and land management, marketing, catering, administration, retail, event planning and of course engaging with visitors
Plymouth Nature Reserve Management/Improvement - Wildlife Conservation - Community Engagement
Oxfam (Mutley Plain Shop)
Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable. Oxfam works with others to end poverty and suffering. Its many retail trading shops to help support its work include a local shop on Mutley Plain, Plymouth.
Pembroke Estate Management Board
Pembroke Estate Management Board (PEMB) is a not for profit company established in 1994 to manage the Pembroke Street housing estate. With a resident led Board of Directors, PEMB works as a grass roots community organisation, in partnership with the housing
landlord Plymouth Community Homes. In addition to its housing management remit, PEMB also delivers other local services including community transport, youth work and community development projects.
Pilgrim Heritage Sailing foundation
Our fully restored heritage sailing trawler PILGRIM BM45 is right at the heart of the history and culture of the fishing port of Brixham. Launched in 1895, she is the oldest surviving sailing trawler that was constructed and rigged in the harbour. Today she sails out of Brixham, fully restored, creating lifetime experiences for people of all ages from all over the world.
Plymouth Beach Clean
Plymouth Beach Clean is a community volunteer group founded by Oleta Forde in February 2018. Anyone can volunteer to help us with our cause of cleaning coasts, protecting the ocean.
Plymouth Beach Clean meets regularly to run Beach Clean events across Plymouth's coastal locations.
We provide all the equipment and you do not need to register for each individual event. It's an easy opportunity for you to get involved with our team, you can just turn up on the day and get involved! All our events can be found in our newsletter, on our website and on our Facebook page.
Plymouth Dance are offering a volunteering programme for those interested in the arts, and particularly dance, to access a range of arts based training opportunities, as well as volunteering at a range of dance and other cultural events within the city. Each volunteer receives a certificate to validate hours and a reference suitable to be used with employers in the future.
Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service (PDAS)
Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service offers victims/survivors of domestic abuse a wide range of services including, for example, safety planning and emotional and practical support.
Plymouth Environmental Action
PEA is a practical conservation volunteering organisation based in Plymouth. We aim to involve and inspire people of all ages and abilities to conserve and learn about the natural environment whilst having fun and making new friends! PEA is run by volunteers, for volunteers. We have dedicated leaders who have a great amount of nature conservation knowledge and experience in the field. Volunteering with PEA gives you the skills and experience to compliment an environmental or biological science degree, but any student is welcome to join us. Transport is free from Plymouth City Centre.
Plymouth Highbury Trust
Plymouth Highbury Trust
Plymouth Hope is a Devon based charity with aims to promote social inclusion for the public benefit by preventing people from becoming socially excluded. All our programmed are the promotion of racial harmony; children and young people issues; advancing education and raising awareness about different racial groups, to promote good relations between persons of different racial groups and community participation in healthy recreation by providing facilities and coaching for the playing of football and other sport.
Plymouth Mayflower Rotary Club
Rotary is a non political and non religious volunteer organisation which distributes funds for charitable causes and gets members directly involved locally and o/seas. Mayflower Club is Plymouth based with links to clubs throughout the UK. Regular activities include running an evening for the Plymouth Soup Run, taking inner city children for a day out in the country, helping children and young adults to participate with youth competitions - public speaking, cooking, photography, musical performance. Assisting at activity days for the disabled and stewarding at Plymouth Albion and Argyle games
Plymstock West Girlguiding
Girlguiding is the leading charity for girls and young women in the UK. It builds girls’ confidence and raises their aspirations. It gives them the chance to discover their full potential and encourage them to be a powerful force for good. It gives them a space to have fun.
Polzeath Marine Conservation Group
Polzeath Marine Conservation Group is an enthusiastic group of local volunteers established in 2012. The aims of the group are to protect and conserve the marine environment, raise awareness and increase understanding of the marine environment and encourage education and research.
Raise and Give (RAG)
RAG has a committee of dedicated student volunteers that organise events and opportunities for students of Plymouth University. All money raised through these projects will go to RAG's three nominated charities. Plymouth RAG also take part in national fundraising campaigns such as Movember, Red Nose Day and Children in Need. A significant part of RAG's mission is to provide fundraising opportunities for you to get involved in. We offer a variety of challenges for you, from sky dives, Everest trek, climbing Kilimanjaro, hitch-hikes, marathons, bike rides and more.
Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS)
RLSS is a national charity educating people in water safety to prevent drownings. Its aim is to have no accidental drownings within the Devon area, and needs supporters to help spread the learning through campaigning, community and school education, local awareness events and fundraising.
Scope is a disability charity that exists to make the country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else. We have a variety of job roles in our city centre store and are always looking for new volunteers to join our friendly team.
Scouts - 1st Roborough Scouts
We are a friendly and fun group of young people and adult leaders in Woolwell, on the northern edge of the City of Plymouth. We offer an exciting range of activities for boys and girls aged between 6 and 18 in a friendly and caring environment. Whilst there is frequently an emphasis on fun, we are not just a youth club. As part of the worldwide Scout Association we aim to widen our members' experience, equip them with practical skills and foster team building and co-operation.
South West Lakes Trust - Burrator
South West Lakes Trust is the region's largest combined environmental conservation and recreational charity. Burrator Reservoir up on Dartmoor is the key water resource for the City of Plymouth, and is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders due
to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. Volunteers can get involved with practical nature conservation tasks, site maintenance, wildlife monitoring, school visits, exhibitions and much more.
Special Olympics Plymouth and District
Special Olympics Plymouth & District are a sporting club where people with Intellectual (Learning) Difficulties are able to join with the goal of becoming an SOPD athlete and compete as part of the Special Olympics team.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop
physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship.
St Luke's Hospice Plymouth
St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth provides specialist end of life care, helping to alleviate pain and distressing symptoms, whilst offering practical, emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. They rely on volunteers within all aspects of
their organisation, with opportunities ranging from assisting their finance team with money counting and accounts administration, to befriending and supporting one of their patients.
Stroke Association is the leading charity in the UK changing the world for people affected by stroke. Our research has helped improve treatments and care which has saved tens of thousands of lives. Our support services have helped hundreds of thousands of people get through one of the most frightening experiences of their lives and build a life after stroke. Our campaigning has touched the lives of even more people through initiatives like the FAST campaign.
The Big Issue
The Big Issue is a current affairs magazine purchased and sold for profit by vendors who are vulnerably housed - a business solution to a social problem.
The Box, Plymouth
The Box (formerly Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery) is an exciting and major new cultural centre, a museum for the 21st century, bringing together extraordinary gallery displays, high profile artists and art exhibitions, film, image and record archives.
The Royal Marines Charity
The Royal Marines Charity exists to help the entire Royal Marines family. We are strong believers in once a Marine, always a Marine. We offer a range of services to both serving and veterans. If a Marine needs help, then we are there for them and their families.
We run a calendar of events throughout the year which helps to raise the funds needed to support those in need. Everything from Rugby Matches, Festivals, Runs and Concerts plus lots lots more.
The Scout Association (Plymouth District)
The Scout Association helps over 460,000 young people each week, aged 6-25, enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future.
The Wave Project
We have opportunities for local surfers and volunteers to provide one-to-one mentor support in group surfing lessons for young people with mental health issues as a way of getting them outside, doing physical exercise and feeling more confident about themselves. We aim to help young people reduce anxiety and improve their emotional health through surf therapy.
Provides a diverse range of activities for the University of Plymouth's student community.
UPSU Student Led Volunteering
UPSU Student Led Volunteering projects are run by students, for students. From woodland regeneration with The Green Team to mentoring with the Special Olympics initiative, Student Led Volunteering Projects are great for those of you not wanting to commit to a frequent timetable
of volunteering, but who are happy to spend an afternoon/day here and there when possible. It's also a great way to explore Plymouth and the surrounding area for free!
UPSU Student Voice
UPSU Student Voice supports Student Representatives who are the voice of the student body across the University. They are a vital link between the student body, the University and the Students' Union. Student representation ensures that students' views, ideas and concerns are heard at all levels throughout the University community, influencing university practice and strategic direction.
UPSU's Volunteering Department is here to develop and promote student volunteering in and around the City of Plymouth. As well as signposting students to volunteering opportunities and supporting student led projects, we also organise a number of one off opportunities that you may enjoy.
Come and talk to us in the Hive (Students' Union Building) or look through the many volunteering opportunities here on our section of the UPSU website.
Wembury Marine Centre
Wembury Marine Centre, managed by Devon Wildlife Trust, provides marine education and awareness activities to school groups of all ages and to the general public.
YMCA (Honicknowle Lane YMCA centre)
YMCA Plymouth is a charity working with children, young people and vulnerable adults to develop their full potential through providing activities and education.