There are many organisations in the town which need volunteers and you might like to consider helping one or more. You will make a difference!
Why not become a Schoolreader? Jan 2019
There is a national charity promoting the work of volunteers giving free one-to-one reading practice to children in local primary schools. You could be one. Just visit their website: www.schoolreaders.org
British Heart Foundation Sept 2018
The shop in Devizes is moving, and looking for volunteers to help!
Come and meet new people, learn new skills and try something different for a few hours or a couple of afternoons a week – flexible days and times available to suit our volunteers.
Plenty of tea and biscuits, full training and on-going support provided; all that’s needed is a positive attitude being open to giving things a go. We have various roles available from helping on the tills to sorting our donations in the back room, right through to helping with admin and listing unusual items on ebay.
Our volunteers are vital in keeping our shops operating, and raising funds towards research that combats heart disease. If you can spare 2 hours a week or more, pop in and speak to Jackie at the shop - 2/3 The Brittox, Devizes, SN10 1AJ - or ring us on 01380 739328.
Children's Holiday Club (August each year)
Volunteers are recruited to join the team of enthusiastic helpers. For the five mornings of this week in August about 60-70 primary -aged children enjoy a great programme of activities at the Trinity School, Quakers Walk Road, Devizes. If you would like to join the team please get in touch with Sarah Cook on 01380 501768 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you can (ideally before the end of April)
Open the Book
Since September 2014 a team of people from various Devizes churches have gone into Trinity School assemblies on Thursdays and dramatised a Bible story to a hall of enraptured children. The dressing up and occasional hamming of lines has been a lot of fun. Only some of the team are needed each week so the volunteers just commit to the weeks they want to do.
In January 2016 a second team got started doing Open The Book assemblies on Tuesday mornings at Southbroom Infants School. They are a bit short on numbers, so if you can help they would be delighted to hear from you!
Please ring Canon Paul Richardson, 07747 583954 or Revd Gary Gotham 07946 475587 or send a message via the green Send Enquiry button on this page.
Open the Book is a three year scheme available from the Bible Society and it is proving very popular in primary schools all over the country.
Devizes Community Refugee Group
This group came into being on 14th September 2015 in response to the refugee crisis hitting Europe and the build up of refugees and migrants at Calais. A great deal of clothing, bedding and camping equipment was collected at St. Mary's Church on 20th September and has been taken across to both Calais and the Hungarian border.
The group is now looking into ways of meeting the ongoing and longer term needs of refugees. These could include things like weather proof ponchos which might be bought cheaply in bulk with money raised by Devizes supporters. This would be done in consultation with aid agencies on the ground in Europe.
For more information please go to Devizes Community Refugee Group.
Opendoors is a Drop-In that is open four times a week for those who are homeless or vulnerable. Monday lunch, Wednesday breakfast and Friday evening meal are served in St. John's Parish Rooms. Thursdays in a time for either recreation (like games and crafts) or research (like website searches and listening to visitors from other agencies). Guests can also use a shower, collect laundry and Food Bank vouchers, and there is a good clothing store.
We are looking for people who can listen to guests on a one-to-one basis and support them as they deal with one agency or another. This might involve talking through a forthcoming phone conversation or helping in the completion of an online application form, for example.
More information about Opendoors
More information about Devizes Rough Sleepers
Please phone or text John (07828 041152) about social/befriending oportunities.
The Devizes Foodbank
The Foodbank supports people in crisis in the Devizes, Pewsey and Marlborough areas and is often in need of volunteers to help in the collection, packing and distribution of food.
If you have skills in aspects such as marketing and communications or have experience of other types of support such as debt counselling and are interested in working with the Trustees then please contact the Chairman, Peter Brearley, 07956 147152
Devizes Child Contact Centre
Devizes Child Contact Centre provides a neutral place where children of separated families can enjoy contact with their non-resident parents, and sometimes other family members. In a comfortable and safe environment
Volunteers are needed on Saturday afternoons
The Centre is open for two hours on a Saturday afternoon, twice a month in a hall of one of the Devizes Churches. Volunteers prepare the room, welcome parents and supervise the sessions. Each volunteer does 3 or 4 sessions in 6 months. There are always three volunteers at each session. Training is given.
See also for contact details
Operation Christmas Child (Shoe boxes)
2015 was a very good year with over 1000 boxes being filled and sent, but now, because there is no Devizes co-ordinator and a lack of storage space, the local operation has been scaled down.
Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB)
Over the last year they have seen over 3,000 Devizes residents! 34% of those received help regarding benefits and tax credits, 28% were helped with debt problems and the rest received advice regarding employment, housing, relationships and other issues.
Due to the high number of clients the CAB are currently recruiting volunteers. It is a rewarding way of making a real difference. Training and support are provided; you don't have to remember lots of facts, just where to find them. You do need to be able to use a computer. Most volunteers offer a day a week.
Please phone Wiltshire Citizen's Advice 0844 375 2775 (from landlines) or 0300 456 8375 (from mobiles)