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!
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 Youthy is an open youth club for 13 – 19 year olds that started up in May 2015 and meets on Wednesdays, 6.30 – 9.00pm at the Southbroom Centre, Devizes Leisure Centre, Southbroom Road, Devizes, SN10 5AB.
Currently about 20 - 25 young people come along to enjoy the range of activities and of course, each other's company. There is a small team of adult volunteers led by Annica, the paid youth worker. There are also 3 youth mentors who play a valuable role.
If you are interested to find out more, either because you are a parent,a prospective member or would like to volunteer, we would love to hear from you. Please come along on Wednesday evening if you can or contact Annica. (07810 837787, email@example.com)
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.
Opendoor is a Drop-In that is open three 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. Guests can also use shower and washing machine facilities.
We are always looking for motivated individuals who can help with setting up, serving food and clearing up.
We are now also 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 or helping in the completion of an online application form, for example.
More information about Opendoor
More information about Devizes Rough Sleepers
Please phone or text Nadia (07711 382950) about practical volunteering jobs and 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 would like to help then contact the co-ordinator, Alan Beamish, 07807 973605.
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 is being scaled down.
The aim for 2016 is to fill and send 100 Christmas Boxes for deprived children in other countries where poverty still abounds and where such a present makes for a magical Christmas.
For more information about 2016 please click here
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)