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Volunteers Week (1 - 7 June 2019)

Volunteers Week is an annual week of recognition of the contribution of volunteers across the UK. Here at Improving Lives Plymouth our services are supported by over 70 volunteers which allows us to engage with over 18,000 people in the community through the year. Without the incredible commitment of these volunteers we would not be able to deliver the services we do.


NCVO run a national campaign to celebrate volunteers, visit their website for more information.

What we're up to in June

  • Launch of our NEW Healthy Living Club with Better Futures
  • Raising Awareness of carers during Carers Week
  • Delivering FREE Insight Course for individuals with visual impairments 
  • 1 to 1 Job Centre Plus support for employment enquiries accessed through the Ernest English House Drop In
  • Running our NEW Love to Move project in care homes across the city

Carers Week (10 - 16 June 2019)

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.

The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.


There are 6.5 million people in the UK who are carers. They will be looking after a family member or friend who has a disability, mental or physical illness or who needs extra help as they grow older.

Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience but carers often find it challenging to take care of their own wellbeing whilst caring. Its impact on all aspects of life from relationships and health to finances and work should not be underestimated. Caring without the right information and support can be tough.

Long-Term Conditions Self-Management

Are you aged 18 or above and have a long term health condition that you are finding it difficult to come to terms with or need some support to help manage?

If so, we run a FREE 4 week course (My Health My Way) designed to help people in your situation.

Click here to visit our Long-Term Condition Self-Management Course page for more information about the course.