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Volunteering is like being a superhero, but instead of having superpowers, you use your time and kindness to help others and make the world a better, happier place.

Volunteering can be very rewarding and is a great way to:

  • meet new people
  • gain new or use existing skills
  • get experience
  • make a big difference to your community

There are lots of easy ways to give your time to help others - from having a cup of tea with an elderly neighbour, to helping out in your local area or volunteering with a charity or community group.

Volunteering opportunities in Plymouth

To see what volunteering opportunities are available in Plymouth visit the Our Plymouth website (opens new window).

View an A to Z Directory of volunteering-related groups and organisations

Volunteering with Plymouth Information Advice and Support Service (PIAS)

Plymouth Information Advice and Support Service (PIAS) provides information, advice and support relating  to Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for parents, carers, children and young people within Plymouth. They recruit volunteers once a year to support them with their work.

Good Neighbour Support Volunteer

A Good Neighbour Support Volunteer collects shopping and prescriptions for a vulnerable Plymouth resident on a weekly basis, stopping to make time for a friendly chat with them.

Each volunteer is matched to a resident to provide a degree of continuity for the resident and to help develop a relationship of trust.

Other appropriate volunteer activities may also be offered within this role, such as providing telephone support to residents.

Plymouth City Council volunteering opportunities 

NHS and Care Volunteer Responders

NHS and Care Volunteer Responders is a flexible volunteering programme supporting the NHS and adult social care across England.

Health and care teams can refer people for Check In and Chat and Check In and Chat Plus friendly telephone calls. They can also request Pick Up and Deliver support (formerly NHS Transport) with the delivery of medication and supplies and Steward Volunteers at vaccination sites.

Members of the public can request friendly phone calls from volunteers, either for themselves or someone they know (with that person's permission).

Find out more about NHS and Care Volunteer Responders

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