Don’t Bottle It Up!

A few months ago, the landlord from The King Billy in Teignmouth (the pub which hosted a race night for us last year) came to us because his staff and customers were reporting that they had mental health problems and didn’t know where to turn for support.  Many of them were on waiting lists for support but just needed something else in the meantime.  The bar staff felt helpless when people were telling them their troubles.

So “Don’t Bottle It Up” was born!  Volunteering in Health is offering all the local bar staff a free training session on 22nd January to give them an introduction to mental health awareness, domestic abuse, safeguarding and more, telling them when are where to signpost people to and how to look after themselves when they have been told what can be distressing information.

In return, the pubs will be hosting a “Beat the Winter Blues” party on 8th February as a fun fundraiser for Volunteering in Health and to tie in with Time To Talk Day 2019.

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Volunteering in Health has also secured a donation which will allow all of their 20 staff to attend a 3 day mental health training course with Action to Prevent Suicide.  And best of all, we are really pleased to be able to recruit a new Support Worker to work with some of our clients who have mental health issues and need more long term support than our Wellbeing Co-ordinators can provide.

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Annual General Meeting 2018

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 13th September from 2pm-4pm at Bitton House in Teignmouth.

Clients, volunteers, partners, referrers and the general public are invited to join us as we look back over the past 12 months, and share our plans for the coming year.

Light refreshments will be provided so RSVP to 01626 771695 or to let us know if you are planning to come.

We are recruiting!

Volunteering in Health is a registered charity that supports lonely and isolated people in Teignmouth, Dawlish, Bishopsteignton, Holcombe, Shaldon, and Chudleigh. Our aim is to help people to live safely, independently and happily at home for as long as possible.

Home Help Service Co-ordinator

Our Home Help Service is a real lifeline to many people, offering practical support with things like cleaning, laundry and shopping. The Home Help Service is designed to keep our clients living at home as independently as possible for as long as possible and is often an important stepping stone to other services.

You main tasks will include:

  • Recruiting and supporting a small team of Home Help staff
  • Collating time sheets and sending out monthly invoices
  • Promoting the service to potential clients and referrers

The role is for 12 hours per week at £9.62 per hour, based in the Coastal Information Centre at Teignmouth Hospital.

Accounts Assistant

We are looking for an Accounts Assistant for our day-to-day book keeping and accounts, including payroll, invoicing, banking and more. This role is essential to help our charity run smoothly so that we can continue to support the people in the community who need us most.

The role is for 8 hours per week at £8.50 per hour, based in the Coastal Information Centre at Teignmouth Hospital.

For more information please visit our website or contact:

Chloe Myers – Manager – Volunteering in Health

Coastal Information Centre, Teignmouth Hospital, Mill Lane, Teignmouth TQ14 9BQ

01626 771695

Application by CV and covering letter.

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 11th July 3.00pm

INTERVIEW DATE: Thursday 19th July

Race Night

The King Billy pub on Northumberland Place in Teignmouth is hosting a Race Night on Friday 9th March as a fundraiser for Volunteering in Health.  The races will start at 8pm so come on down and bring your friends – the more the merrier!  No need to book or buy tickets, it’s free entry and you can place cash bets on the races of any value.

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You may also wish to “buy” your own horse for £5.  If your horse wins its race (a 1:8 chance) you’ll win a bottle of prosecco – not too shabby!!

A huge thank you to The King Billy and to the other businesses that are supporting the event through sponsoring a race:



Every month at the Langstone Cliff Hotel in Dawlish Warren there is a charity bingo night. In September VIH were honoured with hosting. My first official fundraising task was to get the prizes for the raffle draw.

I’m not going to lie: I was nervous. The thought of contacting companies and asking for free stuff was a bit daunting. I’m 27 but with my goggly blue eyes and my hamster cheeks I look about 12. I was worried that people would take one look at me and think ‘Who’s the child coming in, trying to get freebies?’

I kept putting the task off. One Saturday morning I made the decision, I couldn’t avoid it any longer. I wanted to help VIH so, after a quick can of man up, I went onto Google Earth. I started by doing a virtual walk through my local town. I made a list of all the companies I thought might be suitable. I decided that if I called them first, I was giving the businesses an opportunity to politely decline without feeling bad about the small, awkward, childlike lady that was stood in front of them. With my list in hand I was ready but what on earth was I going to say?

‘Hiya. My name’s Jaz…..’


‘Yo, it’s Jazmin…….’

Definitely not!

This went on for some time. After some fine tuning and realising that I wasn’t cool (not even in the slightest) I made myself a little script to read from. I picked up my phone and dialled the first number.

It was for the Pizza Café….. I got through to the owner Mark Thuell. I explained who I was, what we did at VIH and invited him and all his team over to Dawlish Warren for the bingo night. I then explained that we were wondering if they would be able to donate a small prize for the raffle. Mark was more than happy. He said he would love to help as much as possible and invited me to pop in any time and pick up some vouchers for the raffle. As I put the phone down I had one of those involuntary smiles on my face.

What had I been worried about?

He was lovely, understanding and genuinely wanted to help in any way possible. From here on, with each phone call I made, I was pleasantly surprised. Everyone I spoke to was friendly, polite and even if they were unable to donate directly, at least gave me their head office details or came up with ideas of where to try next.

I then simply popped into each of the businesses that were able to donate and collected the prizes ready for the big night. It was that easy and I even got to have a yummy hot chocolate from Wetherspoons whilst I waited (cream and all!).

Time whirred by and before we knew it the night was here. Several VIH volunteers and I were sat waiting for people to turn up. We stationed ourselves ready for our designated tasks and in the blink of an eye the madness began as 224 people descended on us! Bingo cards, raffle tickets and dabbers were being sold at such a speed that our heads could barely keep up with our hands. It was so much fun getting stuck in, joking with the ladies and gentlemen as they made their way through. Then, there was silence whilst we all dabbed away, fingers and toes crossed hoping for a win. The concentration was palpable – and with cash prizes up to £250 who can blame them?!

During the break the yummiest carrot cake and a well needed cup of tea was provided for everyone. Then it was time for the raffle draw. Everyone loved their prizes.

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At 10 o’clock the last game had ended and everyone began to leave. I drove through the winding roads that go from Dawlish Warren to Newton Abbot and crawled into bed. I went to sleep with a smile on my face and my faith in humanity at an all-time high.  VIH raised a fantastic £902 on the night just on raffle tickets!

Now I have got the first fundraising event out of the way I can’t wait to get stuck into the next. VIH are helping out at some flu clinics coming up at the local GP surgeries and I am going to go along and help out there.

If you would like to start volunteering or you know someone that would benefit from our services please contact a member of the team on 01626 771695.

The next Bingo Night is on Wednesday 18th October.  It’s just £10 for six games and the all important tea and cake at half time!  Ring Jim at Swiftprint for more information and to book a table.


Annual General Meeting

Our next Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 14th September from 2pm-4pm at Bitton House in Teignmouth.

Clients, volunteers, partners, referrers and the general public are all welcome to come and find out what we’ve been up to over the last week, and – more importantly – our plans for the coming year.

Light refreshments will be provided so RSVP to 01626 771695 or to let us know if you are planning to come.

Grand Opening!

To officially launch the Coastal Information Centre, our team decided they would show their dedication to a healthy lifestyle by travelling from different places in the not so local community and coming together at Teignmouth Hospital. When our sweaty teams returned they were greeted by a tempting cream tea and the head shaving of Werner Coetzee, Social Care Manager, and Richard Baker, Community Services Manager.

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When the last of our teams streamed in, the Mayors of Teignmouth and Dawlish cut the ribbon to pronounce the centre open. The hub was buzzing with life and was packed with stands from local businesses and charities giving out information on how they help our community.

We run this hub alongside our normal services meaning we can help support more people in our community; it is designed to be an open space for anyone to come and gain more information on any services for them or a loved one.

Our teams managed to walk, run, cycle and kayak roughly 50 km (31 miles) between them, all this raised over £600, but most importantly raised much needed support and awareness.

Thank you to everyone who took part, helped out on the day, donated raffle prizes, bought raffle tickets, ran a stall on the day.  It was a really fantastic event with an impressive turnout.  Thank you!