Clyst Caring Friends relies on volunteers to help us provide support for elderly, disabled, infirm and isolated in the Pinhoe and Broadclyst areas. We have a committed body of workers and are always looking for more people to join the team. If you would like to be a volunteer or would like more information about any of our activities we would love to hear from you.

We have a variety of voluntary positions available - from volunteering to spend time with our elderly clients at their homes, to helping out at our day centre or coffee mornings or assisting in providing transport for those unable to get to medical appointments. We also need volunteers to staff our charity shop and telephone line.


Our requirements for volunteers to fill the different roles can vary, so please get in touch on 01392 464940 to find out about the current volunteer positions available.


Volunteers can be of any age - from 18 years to well past retirement; driver or nondriver; working or not working. References will be required, training will be given and out-of-pocket expenses met.


If you would like to join our team of volunteers please telephone our office manager on 01392 464940 for more information.

Home Visiting Volunteer


Location: Clients' Homes - Broadclyst & Pinhoe area


Details: Volunteers visit clients in their own home to provide some social contact, friendship, support and relief for carers. Sometimes the people you'll visit do not see anyone to talk to for days and very much appreciate the time you give them.


Volunteers are carefully matched with suitable clients and visiting arrangements are made after discussions between our home visiting coordinator, the volunteer and the client. The home visiting coordinator will accompany the volunteer for the first few visits and will then be on hand for guidance and support as and when needed. Visiting times are normally based on volunteer availability.

Particular skills or qualities: Caring, sympathetic, with a cheerful disposition; A good listener; A high degree of confidentiality.


Selection procedure: Enrolment form, DBS check, informal interview, personal references.

Day Centre Volunteer


Location: Clyst Centre, adjacent to the Broadclyst Surgery


Details: To assist and support our day centre manager & staff, helping to provide a happy and caring environment for our day centre clients. The role involves chatting with clients, playing games, doing artwork and singing songs. Volunteers will also help to serve tea, coffee and lunches, as well as giving a hand with the clearing up.


Our Day Centre is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-3pm.

Particular skills or qualities: Enjoys working with people; A caring nature with a cheerful disposition; Good at listening with a high degree of confidentiality.


Selection procedure: Volunteer enrolment form, informal interview, personal references.

Coffee Morning Helper

Location: Pinhoe Church Hall or at the Broadclyst Day Centre, adjacent to the Broadclyst Surgery


Details: Volunteer support is always appreciated to help make our Coffee Mornings a success. From helping to set up and pack away to serving teas and coffees. Alternatively, you may have a particular skill that you would be willing to put to good use which could help raise funds: cakes, preserves, plants, allotment produce and handmade items all sell well and would be greatly appreciated.

Particular skills or qualities: Enjoys mixing with people and a willingness to lend a hand in a variety of ways.

Selection procedure: Enrolment form, personal references and an informal interview.

Charity Shop Volunteer


Location: Clyst Caring Friends Charity Shop Broadclyst.


Details: Volunteers help with all aspects of running the shop - using the till, sorting through donations, pricing and putting out stock as well as keeping the shop tidy.


Shifts are normally from 9.30 - 12.00 or 12.30 - 3.30. Volunteers add their names to a monthly rota depending on their availability. Our shop is currently open four and a half days a week but, when needed, volunteers also help when the shop is closed.

Particular skills or qualities: Retail experience would be an advantage although it’s not necessary as training will be given. Someone who enjoys mixing with people and has a cheerful, friendly disposition would be well suited to this position.


Selection procedure: Enrolment form, personal references and an informal interview.

Volunteer Driver


Location: Pinhoe, Broadclyst and surrounding areas 


Details: Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to help transport patients to the Pinhoe and Broadclyst Surgeries, as well as to our day centre, coffee mornings. Occasionally our clients are also transported to dentist, podiatry and optician appointments and one-way journeys to hospital appointments in the local area

This is a very flexible volunteering position where drivers choose their own times of availability. Volunteer drivers receive a mileage allowance to cover the cost of their fuel.

Particular skills or qualities: Must be able to use your own vehicle and be a competent driver with good timekeeping. Enjoys meeting people from all walks of life. Knowledge of the local area would be an advantage but not a necessity.

Selection procedure: Enrolment form, DBS check, personal references and an informal interview. 

Volunteer Telephonist


Location: Clyst Caring Friends Office at the Pinhoe surgery



Volunteer telephonists help at our main office in the Pinhoe surgery and are responsible for taking client telephone calls, booking appointments and arranging transport for our car service.


Telephonists choose their own times of availability and would normally put their name down on our rota for two sessions a month which would either be between 9-10am or 2-3pm            Mon—Fri.

Particular skills or qualities: Good telephone manner with a caring and sympathetic personality. Must be good at listening with a high degree of confidentiality.  Training sessions are provided


Selection procedure: Enrolment form, personal references and an informal interview.