The Lupton Trust, Brixham, Devon is currently seeking additional Trustees. They will join the board of six enthusiastic and energetic Trustees and help lead a current project restoring our nationally important Italianate Garden in conjunction with English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Our Trust was formed in 2008 by a group of local people to breathe life back into Lupton House – a large Grade 2* country house. Until 2004, the house had been used as a school but had lain empty and was decaying rapidly.

Large parts of the building have since been renovated and maintained by our large group of volunteers, payment in kind from tenants and by generous donations. The project is now a self-sustaining and a growing resource providing affordable space for social, health, wellbeing and educational activities. We have close links and strong working partnerships with other local charities as well as schools, colleges, businesses and health and social care organisations. We have been able to develop a thriving wedding service for local people to have their marriage and celebration in a beautiful, historic and – importantly - affordable location. The Trust has recently received a Prime Ministers Big Society Award.

We are seeking Trustees who are enthusiastic, flexible, organised and would enjoy working with a dynamic and energetic team and with the Vice Chair, Dr David Somerfield on the Italianate Garden project.

Please contact us for more information and to visit.

Janet Howard, Chair, Lupton Trust, Lupton House, Brixham, Devon, TQ5 0LD

01803 845800

Home-Start Torbay is seeking a Volunteer Trustee/Advisor with particular experience in retailing or a business background to provide advice and drive the charity shop project forward, possibly to open a second shop. 

"The Home-Start Charity Shop, at 59 Palace Avenue Paignton, specialises in good quality children’s clothes, toys, books, and equipment. Team Leaders, Laura Cudlipp and Stacey Harding, help to train and support volunteers who are looking for retail experience.  Since opening the shop several volunteers have succeeded in obtaining employment or taken up further education gaining qualifications as a direct result.    All income raised through the shop helps to fund our core service supporting families living in Torbay who are experiencing difficulties."   

If anyone is interested to know more about this role or to volunteer in the shop.

Please contact Chair of Trustees, Joan Couch on 01803 559000 for more information



Newsletter Editor Opportunity

MS Society South Devon Branch

 We are currently looking for a volunteer editor for our quarterly newsletter. This is a great opportunity to take on an interesting & worthwhile task, that can be done from home and fitted in around other commitments,  so if you would like to maintain existing skills or develop new ones give us a call to find out more. Lots of support available from a friendly team. 

Nick Gratton, Chairperson would be pleased to hear from you & his contact details are:

 Office Tel no – 0845 602 0805 (answerphone)

Mobile no – 07962611776

Email –


European Union adopts a Volunteering Policy document

September has seen the launch of an important document from Europe. For the first time, the European Union has adopted a policy document dedicated exclusively to volunteering, outlining a range of measures aimed at promoting and supporting participation. As we move towards the end of the European Year of Volunteering it is encouraging to see the EU finding time, amidst the economic turmoil, to focus on the huge contribution volunteering can make to our communities.



Registering a volunteering opportunity

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Why volunteer management requires specific skills Skills - Third Sector has issued a Position Statement 'Why volunteer management requires specific skills'.


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Volunteering 'can help you live longer'
Volunteering has a range of health benefits and can even prolong the lives of volunteers, according to a study commissioned by Volunteering England.
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The Commission on the Future of Volunteering was established by the England Volunteering Development Council in March 2006, with funding from the Volunteering Hub, to develop a long-term vision for volunteering in England as a legacy of the Year of the Volunteer 2005. A Report of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering and Manifesto For Change has now been published (January 2008) Full Report  


Christmas in a Shoe Box
Volunteering is a very personal thing, many people volunteer each year for different causes and reasons. However, last Christmas thousands of people in Torbay worked towards one goal, supporting Operation Christmas Child.
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