Volunteer case studies

Have you thought about volunteering?



Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and expand your horizons…or even just to learn something new.

Read some of our volunteer case studies below


Venita Botha
Venita Botha LiveWest advertised for befrienders, drivers, arts/crafts helpers and Venita contacted LiveWest to offer her support. Venita works for the NHS as a Reiki Practitioner for the paediatric oncology department and also for a local Yoga Studio.

Venita now runs relaxation classes at Astor Court, Plymouth weekly and is keen to get involved in other services, such as our Plymouth Foyer (our Young Persons accommodation service) and our Plymouth MHAS (Mental Health Accommodation Services).



Claire Grimwade

Claire Grimwade Claire works in LiveWest facilities admin in the Ker Street office in Plymouth and approached our Volunteer Coordinator as she has a creative and musical background and wanted to offer her support to LiveWest residents.

Claire is currently offering one to one piano lessons to a number of our residents in MHAS (Mental Health Accommodation Services). Residents come along to enjoy the music and the staff see it very much as a relaxation session as much as a music lesson.

Claire is due to begin an arts and crafts workshop in the coming weeks to support the LiveWest Activities Coordinator.


Trudy Sherwood
Trudy SherwoodTrudy has been with LiveWest since 2012 and is a real support to the team at the LiveWest extra care scheme Devonport Views in Plymouth

Trudy is registered blind and in the past has found it difficult to find good quality volunteer opportunities, as many organisations had concerns around health and safety due to her visual impairment.

Trudy volunteered at LiveWest when an opportunity came from a Big Lottery funded project, lead by the RNIB called Extending the Reach. This project aims to extend successful volunteer placements for the visually impaired by offering organisations part funding in order to turn that volunteer role into a paid one.

Trudy said: "It has been a dream come true for me and normally people like me don't get to have great opportunities such as working for a company like LiveWest."



Lauren Stevens
Lauren works for BT and has recently completed her Psychology degree and is passionate about training as a social worker for young people.

Lauren currently volunteers once a week at Ayres Close, Barnstaple in North Devon for LiverWest and has quickly established herself as a valued member of the team.

Sonya Hines, Support Officer at DCH for Ayres Close says: "Lauren is a pleasure to work with, she comes in with bags of ideas and enthusiasm. It's incredible to think she works full time including most weekends, and on her rare day off  she chooses to spend it with us here at Ayres Close."


Interested in becoming a volunteer?

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Abbie Clift, by calling 01752 256 880  or 07779 010 490 or email abbie.clift@livewest.co.uk

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