Westbank Community Health and Care rely on an army of volunteers to help deliver a range of support services to individuals and communities across Devon. This year, we hope to take on even more volunteers to help more people in need across Devon.

Our Neighbourhood Friends scheme supports patients leaving Exeter’s RD&E hospital and Devon’s community hospitals. Volunteers collect and drive home discharged patients, taking them to all parts of Devon and sometimes further afield. 

Jade Rouse from Exeter, one of the charity’s younger helpers, started volunteering during the pandemic alongside her NHS work in mental health: “My mum works at Westbank and through the pandemic I thought I’d help out. I volunteer after work and at the weekends if needed, and I really enjoy it. The world we live in is very money driven. My friends ask me, why work in my spare time for free? I just like helping people and making a difference.”

Hear why Jade volunteers at Westbank:

Last year, our Neighbourhood Friends volunteers received royal recognition for their service during the pandemic with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Could you be a part of our fantastic Award winning team?

Click here if you are interested in finding out about the flexible and rewarding roles available as a volunteer.