Working with adults and older people

By giving your time to help others can increase your own confidence and get a sense of satisfaction and achievement. Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, gain new skills, help others and may even lead to future employment.

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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.

St Petrock’s

Based in Exeter, St Petrock’s have been providing a first-point-of-contact for the city’s homeless for over 20 years. They are always looking for people to help out preparing and serving meals to those in need support and welcome any skills you may able to offer.

Age UK

Age UK are the largest charity working with older people in the country, and offer some of the most easily accessible volunteer roles. Whether  supporting local projects or making a simple once-a-week phone call, you can really help improve someone’s life.

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.

Befriending network

Befriender Network

The people most suited to befriending are those who are interested in other people, are good listeners, are reliable, and have 2-3 hours to commit each week. Often previous experience is not needed. It’s more about who you are than what you’ve done


Walking for Health

Walking for Health

Volunteers help others to discover walking and they’re highly regarded by other walkers up and down the country. As a volunteer, you can develop a range of new skills. You could discover how to be a great leader. Or find out more about marketing and promotion. Or you could enhance your database or communication skills.


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

Independent Age

Independent Age

Whatever your talents, you can use them to help improve the lives of older people: visit people at home; make regular telephone calls; become a community champion; assessing/coordinating/training volunteers; peer support to volunteers.

Hikmat Devon


Hikmat Devon is a user-led co-operative that works with members of the black and minority ethnic (BME) communities across Devon. They work to reduce isolation and improve health and well-being outcomes through activity and interest groups, 1 to 1 mentoring, training, signposting, counselling, and person centred goal planning.  Get involved with Hikmat by becoming a volunteer or a mentor. Languages spoken by mentors include Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, Urdu, Arabic, Tag-a-log, and Punjabi.

Case studies

Gareth from Active Devon smiling in a forest

Social Prescribing: Being Active in Nature Transforming Health

Torbay Lifestyle volunteer

Lifestyles volunteers

Exeter SOUP team