Why volunteer? Our volunteers are an invaluable part of our fundraising team and the backbone of our charity. They ensure we remain truly rooted in the communities we serve. There are many reasons why our volunteers join us and here are just a few. Good for your social life Volunteering can be a very sociable activity, and because there are all sorts of volunteer roles to get involved with, you can be sure you’ll meet all sorts of different people too. From helping in one of our 19 charity shops to becoming one of our drivers, or lending us your creativity, there’s a volunteering role to suit your availability, your skills and your personality. Good for your CV With opportunities to share and develop your skills across all sorts of different areas, volunteering can really help to boost a CV. Interpersonal skills, organisational skills and practical skills among others can all be enhanced and built upon through volunteering. Donating your time for free also shows would-be employers that you are willing to stretch yourself, explore new possibilities and that you have good values – all desirable qualities for a prospective employee. Volunteer in one of our charity shops and you can even earn an NVQ in Retail or Customer Service. A good experience Volunteering can be a very rewarding experience. Meeting the public at our events and in our shops can be fun, and working with others towards a common cause is also an enriching experience. There’s a lot of work to do and it’s likely you’ll be kept busy, so it’s a great way to focus your energy, employ your various skills or develop new skills. As a volunteer your contribution to Devon Air Ambulance helps us to make a meaningful difference to the lives of people in Devon and we value each person who donates their time and skills to the charity. Good for the people of Devon We are an independent charity, which means we don’t receive Government funding. Therefore, we rely on real people, like our volunteers, to support us. We exist to minimise suffering by attending incidents that land ambulances can’t reach when time is critical. Therefore we ensure every penny we receive from our fundraisers and donors goes where it is most needed, which is why volunteers who donate their time in support of this effort can help us to make a life-changing difference. Several of our volunteers are former Devon Air Ambulance patients themselves, looking to give something back to the service that helped them. Good for your soul! One of the many positive outcomes of donating your time or skills to us is an increase in your confidence and self-esteem, as one of our volunteers describes. You can also expect to experience the ‘warm glow’ of having made such a positive contribution to an charity that anyone in the county might one day need. Want to find out more? Download our volunteering booklet to find out more about what’s involved in becoming a volunteer. We’re always in need of support across our 19 shops, so do pop into a Devon Air Ambulance charity shop near to you to see how you might help. If charity shop work is not your cup of tea, take a look at some of the various other roles you can do as a Devon Air Ambulance volunteer. Other bonuses We're delighted that generous local businesses are pleased to offer various promotions and discounts to our wonderful volunteers who present their ID cards. Find out more when you sign up! Thank you Thanks for taking the time to read about becoming a volunteer. If volunteering is something that interests you then complete and submit our online volunteer form to register your interest with us. Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to pop in the post to us at Devon Air Ambulance Trust Unit 5, Sandpiper Court, Harrington Lane, Exeter, EX4 8NS.