Greetings from your Volunteer Co-Ordinator 

Annabelle Murray:


Happy New Year to you all! 🙂

I am so excited about the new opportunities that 2024 holds for all of us – especially for those in our community that through ViH, are going to get the help they need to engage in ways they just were not able to in 2023:  Attending a Hope Course for the first time!  Having access to Hospital appointments they otherwise couldn’t attend! getting to know someone new either in person or on the phone, and going along to clubs and groups that previously they did not!  As volunteers, you are not exempt from new possibilities – we have new and challenging training, workshops plus relax at a coffee and catch-up event – all scheduled for this year – giving you greater opportunity to be part of our larger volunteer family – to foster new friendships and hopefully create some fun along the way!  I encourage you at the beginning of the new year to jump in with both feet!


Elvis Helps ViH Sing the Blues Away! 

by Julia Street ViH Manager

Dan Brett – a local GP and one of our volunteer trustees had a great idea to help raise funds for the charity….

















No One should feel lonely this Christmas

With the support of local Elvis impersonator “Lesley Presley”, who volunteered his time to record a double-sided musical download for people who donated to us. And a local printer who printed the beautiful cards.

We were able to hand deliver over 100 Christmas cards to people in Teignmouth, Dawlish, Shaldon and Bishopsteignton to help them feel less lonely and raise £785.00 for the charity so far.


Donate here


We will run this again next year!  Brilliant idea, thank you, Dan and everyone who worked so hard to launch this campaign ❤️


TAAG Exhibition: Giving ViH space to share what we do.

Running from 6th – 18th January 

This is proving to be a great opportunity to connect with other organisation and the wider community to show case what ViH is about.  Members of our staff team will be at the venue to help man the space over the course of the event, and if you are free and want to come and help out pop in or please get in touch.. there might even be some coffee and cake if you come down on the 17th January, when some of our Hope Volunteers will be there keeping it real ! or give us a ring 01626 771695


BIG Shout Out for Sitters! :🙏

We currently have 9 client couples that desperately need a sitter to support the carer to get respite and bring fresh input for the ‘cared for’.

They are located in Teignmouth, Bishopsteignton and Dawlish.  If you think you could give an hour a week to bring much-needed support into these homes, then please get in touch and let me know.

If you feel you would like to help, but don’t have time to do a home visit, perhaps you would be willing to be part of a telephone befriending cohort that gives support to the carer until we can get a sitter in place.

get in touch…. or give us a ring 01626771695


Core Training 24th January 2024 Bitton House Teignmouth 10.30-1.30

If you know you haven’t taken our Core Training in 2023 – then get signed up this week, for what promises to be a really informative and challenging event….


Cuppa & Catch ups  :

Here are dates for our volunteers to meet up, relax and have a natter.  A time for you to connect and make time for you… if you plan to come along let me know!

  •  February: 

Chudleigh – Harvey’s Cafe 11 am Tuesday 13th February


  • March:

Teignmouth – Oystercatcher Cafe 10.30 am Tuesday 12th March


  • April:

Shaldon –  The Clipper 10.30 am Tuesday 16th April


  • May:

Dawlish –  (weather depending) The Cove Cafe 11 am Tuesday 14th May




Thank you for reading the Newsletter – more information and articles will be in the February issue.


Please be in touch if you have any enquiries or questions about your volunteering,


Best wishes for your 2024 volunteering journey,







Annabelle Murray

Volunteer Coordinator


Telephone  01626 771695




Work days: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 9.15am -3pm


Volunteering in Health Coastal Information Centre

Teignmouth Hospital, Mill Lane, Teignmouth, TQ14 9BQ

Tel 01626 771695

Charity Reg No 1182615

We are currently experiencing a very high demand for our services.

Befriending – we currently have a waiting list of 4 weeks

Wellbeing Coordination – we are not taking on any more wellbeing 1 to 1 clients until further notice

Sitting service – We currently have a waiting list of 10 weeks

Home Help / Enabling – we currently have a waiting list of 4 weeks

We regularly review to update these lead-times.

Thank you for your patience.