Who We Are
We have an average of 180 volunteers giving their time week in week out to support people in our community. Our volunteers tend to be in their 60s and 70s but we welcome volunteers of all ages and backgrounds!
Our paid staff team is made up of 21 (8.5 full-time equivalent) caring, friendly and professional local people with a wide range of skills and experience that enable them to support our clients and volunteers with empathy and compassion.
The Board of Trustees is made up of 7 volunteers each chosen for their skills and experience in areas such as Fundraising and Human Resources to help them guide the charity forward and ensure its sustainability.
In 2007, each of the local surgeries had their own volunteer transport schemes to get people to their GP appointments. Volunteering in Health was formed to bring these separate schemes together as one; streamlining the existing systems to offer a better service for the clients. Since then the charity has grown to offer a much wider range of services.
In 2013, funding was received from Dawlish Hospital League of Friends to work on the ward, supporting clients to have a safe and timely discharge. A pilot scheme was set up at Teignmouth Hospital in 2015 to bring the voluntary sector, NHS and Social Services together to form a “Pro-Active Care Team”. This was a great success and paved the way for the Wellbeing Co-ordinator work which started in July 2016, working with clients to empower them to improve their quality of life.
Volunteering in Health is working now closely with many partners, such as The Alice Cross Centre and Assist Teignbridge, to ensure that every one of our clients receives the right service for them, to help them feel less lonely and more involved in their community.
Volunteering in Health is part of The Wellbeing Partnership; five charities across Teignbridge and South Hams working together to provide consistent, person-centred services to support local people to make positive and sustainable changes to improve their own health and wellbeing.
The charities in the Wellbeing Partnership all also work closely with the statutory sector and as part of this, two researchers in residence have been studying the impact the voluntary sector has on the New Model of Care.
"I moved to Shaldon and didn't really know anyone. I read about Volunteering in Health in the local paper and thought it would be a good way to meet new people as well as getting involved with and helping my new community. I was right!"
Pauline, Trim Teign Project
Pete, Volunteer Driver
"I often travel to London to visit my family so I needed a voluntary opportunity that was really flexible. Sue and I have now become great friends and we have a lovely time together."
Basia, Volunteer Befriender
"My befriender is an incredible lady and has made such a happy difference to my life. She has not only become a dear friend but she is also my music teacher (piano) and scrabble partner (she always wins!) and above all she is always consistent and cheery!"
Get in Touch
If you would like to volunteer for us, or if you would like to refer yourself or a loved one for any of our services, please complete the contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Teignmouth Hospital, Mill Lane, Teignmouth TQ14 9BQ