Celebrating student volunteering

Volunteer Shana helps at the Scrabble tableTo mark Student Volunteering Week, Headway Devon would like to say a huge thank you to our dedicated team of volunteers and raise awareness of the invaluable support that we receive from local school, college and university students.

Headway Devon are very lucky to enjoy the support of volunteers studying a wide range of subjects from social care and medicine to psychology and business. Whether these volunteers come to us on placements to support their courses, or are seeking opportunities to meet new people, build their CVs and develop their skills, their involvement is vital to our success and their time and dedication is greatly appreciated by Headway Devon and the people that we support.

And the benefits don’t just go one way, as Shana Bett, who is studying for a BTEC in Health and Social Care at Exeter College, says: “I think I’m benefitting from volunteering too – it’s a great experience to come to the centre, everyone is so friendly and welcoming, and it’s helping me to complete my course by providing me with knowledge and personal experience that I can use in my work.”

Natalie Clapshaw, centre manager at Headway Devon’s day centre in Exeter, says, “volunteers add real value to our centre services, running activities for our clients, providing a listening ear and enabling us to offer one-to-one support to those clients and carers who are most in need. Student Volunteering Week is a great opportunity to celebrate these contributions and thank our student volunteers for giving their time and energy so freely and helping to ensure that we are able to offer the level of support that our clients need and deserve.”

Volunteering for Headway Devon is a great way to meet new people and develop your skills. If you’d like to find out more about our volunteering opportunities please visit our volunteering page.