Volunteering Opportunities

Our Devizes and District U3A  regularly receives requests from local charitable organisations seeking assistance in publicising their need for local volunteers.  The Committee has decided to support such requests using this web site and the quarterly Newsletter.

We reserve the right to edit such requests as  necessary.

Contact details displayed will only be provided at the request and with the consent of the individuals concerned.

 Market Lavington Vintage Meet,  13th &14th July

(Below is the content of an e-mail received from the organisers)

I am writing to enquire about the possibility of advertising to your members volunteer opportunities for the above mentioned event?  

We are looking for volunteers to assist in a variety of roles including stewarding, manning stalls, entrance gates as well as behind the scenes setting up and dismantling etc.

All volunteers will gain free access to the event for the whole weekend (including a plus 1 ticket)
Last year was the first meet in many years and I hope that the nature of the event maybe of special appeal to some of your members.




Saturday 1st June 2019  Time: 10am - 12 noon

Location: Civic Centre, Warminster. BA12 8LB

Health & Wellbeing Admin are holding a fair to encourage the public to find out how they might be able to help. There will be free refreshments and other “attractions” to draw in the public who are interested in finding out more about volunteering.  There will be representatives from 29 organisations spread across health, local interests and charitable bodies.




Improving literacry - Increasing lifechances

As you may know Schoolreaders is a charity that recruits volunteers to listen to children read in primary schools to help childhood literacy. Currently 1 in 4 children are leaving primary school unable to read to the expected standard, which can have lifelong consequences for them. This is a completely free service to schools. 

We have just launched our 2019 Book Club Quiz, following last year’s enormous success.  Any group can take part, have some fun and have a chance at winning some fabulous prizes.  

I am writing to you to ask whether you would kindly distribute the below flyer to the members of your U3A book group, or any other groups you feel may be interested?

More information about the quiz can be found at: www.schoolreaders.org/book-club-quiz-2019



Researchers from Northumbria University

are interested in understanding what predicts a positive retirement experience and how to promote a healthy retirement.

Can you help?

Click HERE for details



Royal Voluntary Service Archive Volunteer

Would you like to learn new skills, discover the fascinating history of millions of volunteers who since 1938 have been the backbone of social welfare in Britain, make new friends and join the team who look after sixth largest charity archive in Britain? Then why not volunteer for the Royal Voluntary Service Archive & Heritage Collection.

Archive & Heritage Collection volunteers are needed to help with the preservation of the significant and nationally important material held by Royal Voluntary Service on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Tasks may include repackaging, arranging material, labelling, cataloguing, and listing.

The Royal Voluntary Service Archive & Heritage Collection was formed in 1958, the organisation's twentieth anniversary, to gather together and keep safe records which were of long term historical importance. Find out more here https://www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk/about-us/our-history/archive-and-heritage-collection

We have opportunities available from January 2018, if you have good communication and listening skills, have excellent attention to detail, an interest in heritage and history and think you would enjoy volunteering with us then why not get in touch.

To contact Jennifer Hunt, Deputy Archivist click on the link to the online form for volunteering:-  https://bit.ly/2Qu6AxR




improving literature - increasing life chances




Can you spare an hour or two a week to listen to children read in a local primary school?  Schoolreaders has recently launched into Wiltshire and is looking for volunteers to carry out this important role.

Reading time for many children at home and at school is often insufficient and one in four children are now leaving primary school unable to read to the required standard. This can have lifelong consequences.  No qualifications are necessary, just a good command of spoken and written English. 

Schoolreaders is flexible and will match your availability to an appropriate, local school.  Our volunteers find the scheme incredibly rewarding, knowing that a few hours helping a child learn to read each week can have such a great impact on their life chances.

Please visit the website www.schoolreaders.org  to join or call 01234 924111 for further information.



I am new in my position at Volunteering Matters, I am responsible for managing a brand new project that has just launched in Wiltshire, I feel this project might be of some interest to some of your members. I am based in the children and families team at Wiltshire County Council and I am working with their team to identify young people who are leaving care who might benefit from some support and guidance from a volunteer over the age of 50.

 The Grandmentors project is an inter-generational project which connects volunteers over the age of 50 to 16-25 year old care leavers. The volunteers would be matched to a care-leaver to then use their life experience and wisdom to help the young person work towards an agreed goal, this might be helping them secure employment, further or higher education or training, it could be helping them to feel more confident and settled in their home, or it could be helping them to lead a more active and healthier lifestyle.

 The mentors would need to commit to at least a year of weekly meetings with their mentee, all expenses and training are included.

 I am happy to come in and meet you, and perhaps do a short presentation on the benefits of this project, as well as some success stories from all over the country. I am really keen to make this project a huge success in Wiltshire.

 Many Thanks,    Warmest Wishes,

Hannah Wiseman || Volunteer Manager- Grandmentors Wiltshire

07741322544  www.volunteeringmatters.org.uk | @Volunteering_UK | Sign up to our mailing list



Hello, my name is Ronald Zammit and I am a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Southampton. As part of my doctoral thesis, I am investigating how brief, self-help psychological practices can be used to improve how people aged 65 years and over think and feel about their bodies.

As such, I am looking to recruit men and women aged 65 years and over who wish to take part in this online study.

If you are interested in taking part, you can follow the link below to find out more about the study.This link will also allow you to take part in the study.


Should you wish to have the above link emailed to you, or discuss this study with me further, please do not hesitate to contact me on:

07584 784 987 or email me at ron@soton.ac.uk.

Your help would be greatly appreciated!

Click HERE for a full poster.


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