Helping young people and families

Everyone deserves the best start in life, and there are many ways you can get involved to make sure they do.

Find volunteering opportunities

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Citizens Advice Devon

Citizens Advice Devon provides free, confidential and impartial advice to everyone who needs it in towns and villages throughout Devon. CAB Devon also runs a telephone helpline and online webchat service. They rely on the contribution of over 450 volunteers who receive extensive training and support to give advice or to support the service in other ways. You can find out what volunteering roles might suit you best and search for local opportunities using our national website.


Student volunteering

vInspired is the UK’s leading volunteering charity for 14 – 25 year olds. vInspired helps young people to make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.

Employers are looking for candidates who stand out from the crowd, who have developed their skills, abilities and ambitions and who are not afraid to get involved. Volunteering and extra-curricular activities can help you achieve and demonstrate this.


Barnardo’s is a leading charity for vulnerable children in the UK. They have a huge range of volunteering opportunities, from helping local projects, to befriending and mentoring, to helping out in one of their many shops. Whatever your skills, you can put them to good use helping young people in need.

Young Devon

Young Devon

Young Devon is a charity aiming to give young people across the county the best start when it comes to housing, skills, jobs and mental health. Volunteering can be office-based or working with young people in the community, and the charity is always looking for new people to help carry out their work.

Home Start

Home Start help families struggling with post-natal depression, bereavement, physical health issues and much more to give their young children the most positive start they can get. Volunteers need to complete a preparation course, but can look forward to a hugely rewarding role meeting and helping young families.

Devon Voluntary Action

Devon Voluntary Action is a Devon-wide partnership that offers help, advice and support to voluntary and community sector groups. They also have a constantly updated webpage showcasing hundreds of volunteer opportunities across the county.



Space* [DYS Space Ltd] work and support Devon young people and their families to unlock potential. The volunteer’s gift of time is highly valued. Volunteers at Space* support young people from all backgrounds to learn, create and realise their potential by providing a space to hang out with mates, talk about things they can’t ask their parents, gain confidence and try new things.


Find a volunteering opportunity near you. is the UK’s national volunteering database, makes it easy for anyone to volunteer in their community.

Case studies

Gareth from Active Devon smiling in a forest

Social Prescribing: Being Active in Nature Transforming Health

Torbay Lifestyle volunteer

Lifestyles volunteers

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