Jayne Roycroft: Volunteer Cornwall

Volunteer Cornwall is a registered charity covering all the County. During the pandemic over 57,000 tasks were delivered to 5400 individuals and families. This wouldn’t have been possible without the wonderful support of over 4000 volunteers and nearly 300 community and self-help groups.

Community Maker – East Cornwall

My role is as Community Maker for East Cornwall. I cover the area of Liskeard, Looe, Launceston, Callington, Saltash and everything in between. There are a further five Community Makers, covering North, Mid and West Cornwall.

The role acts as a ‘bridge’ between communities and organisations in the voluntary and public sector. Each Community Maker knows and understands the network of voluntary and community groups in their area and how they can support community needs. I work closely with partners to develop and deliver targeted activities around health and wellbeing, linking with the NHS and social care sectors.

 Other Services delivered by Volunteer Cornwall include:

Befriending service. A telephone call to a lonely or isolated person, brightening their day

Stroke befriending service. A telephone call or visit to someone impacted by a stroke. The volunteer will have had direct or indirect experience of a stroke themselves and so understands the effect a stroke can have.

Lifeline Responders. For people with no close relatives/friends nearby, it enables a person to remain at home by having a lifeline pendant to use in an emergency. The responder will be contacted if the person requires help (in addition to 999 services if applicable).

Walking Buddies – for people who have been shielding or have lost confidence to go out alone through the pandemic.


Volunteer Cornwall delivers several training programmes for charities, community groups and those looking to build on their existing skills. One such programme is The HOPE Programme – Help Overcoming Problems Effectively. The weekly online course run over 12 weeks is a free course designed to support with issues such as:

Physical health – pain relief

Mental health – depression and stress

Returning to work after a long absence

Support parents/carers of children with additional/complex needs.

To find out more on all training opportunities, please visit www.volunteercornwall.org.uk/training-and-development/about-training-and-development or call us on 01872 266988

Climate Emergency

Volunteer Cornwall has declared a climate & ecological emergency, meaning we are reshaping the business model of the charity to be “carbon neutral” by 2023. We are also working with other organisations to support them with their own aims relating to climate change. Find out more by clicking on the links below and sign up to the free workshops:

10th Nov: Health and Climate Skills Lab Number 2: where have we got it in addressing the health impacts of climate change, and the climate impacts of our health system? Join the movement!


10th Dec: Cornwall Voluntary and Community Sector Climate and Ecological Emergency Action Session: time to take the lead on our biggest threat! Join a fantastic sector leading the way! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cornwall-vcse-climate-nature-emergency-action-sessiongrabbing-the-reins-tickets-179966453507

Volunteer Cornwall is developing its Climate and Ecological Emergency Plan! Have a look here: https://www.volunteercornwall.org.uk/climate-action-plan

If you would like to find out more about the work of Volunteer Cornwall, are interested in volunteering, or how we may be able to support your community, please do get in touch.

Community Maker – East Cornwall:  jayner@volunteercornwall.org.uk

OR visit the Volunteer Cornwall website: www.volunteercornwall.org.uk