Volunteer and give back

Perhaps you’re not currently looking for a career with LiveWest but would still love to get involved with our work? Have you thought about volunteering?



LiveWest Volunteering

Volunteering plays an important role in our communities, bringing people together, providing skills, knowledge, activities and opportunities that may not exist otherwise, a sense of shared purpose and achievement and also the chance to make extraordinary things happen. Active local people are part of the important blend of things that make great communities.

Why do people volunteer?

NCVO (National Council of Voluntary Organisations) have identified a number of reasons why people choose to volunteer, these include:

  • give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person's life, either directly or indirectly
  • make a difference to the lives of others
  • help others less fortunate or without a voice
  • gain confidence and self-esteem.


For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. So, volunteering can be a way of:

  • gaining and developing skills, knowledge and experience
  • enhancing a CV and improving employment prospects
  • gaining an accreditation
  • using professional skills and knowledge to benefit others
  • meeting new people and making new friends
  • a chance to socialise
  • getting to know the local community.


Why is LiveWest promoting volunteering?

Our communities are vibrant, volunteering is often unreported as people don’t necessarily see what they do as volunteering. What we do know is that in the last year we had over 200 young people and adults putting something back into their community, donating 8,000 hours of their time to do something worthwhile for free. And our communities are good at it, our Appetite for Change Timebanking partnership was recognised nationally in 2015 for its innovation, impact and inspiration to others.

All of this sits well with what we are about – not just building houses but helping to grow great communities and giving something back. 


If any of this sounds interesting and you have an idea that you would like to discuss, please contact us to find out more. Please email us at community.investment@livewest.co.uk or call 0300 123 8080.

For volunteering opportunities in Plymouth contact Abbie Lewis, Volunteer Coordinator on either abbie.lewis@livewest.co.uk or call 01752 275 271.

Click here to read some of our volunteer case studies

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