Community Challenge Opportunities

Many community organisations have very limited resources so you should be prepared to work closely with a named individual in the organisation to plan and manage your time with them.

Examples of the sort of work undertaken

  • Organising a party, outing or event for a community group
  • Clearing up community allotments/gardens or working with environmental charities on a range of events
  • Decorating community centres, hostels, offices and other community based premises
  • Working in school grounds (eg with Parent Teacher Associations) on a range of one-off projects.

Community Action

Community Action is the student volunteering organisation within the Student Guild in Exeter and is keen to support staff volunteering. We may even be able to volunteer on joint projects with their students.

FXU is the representative body for students of Falmouth University and the University of Exeter (Penryn). See the FXU volunteering website for opportunities.

Community Liaison Officer

Rory Cunningham is the Community Liaison Officer for the University. He works with residents living in communities surrounding the Streatham and St Luke’s campuses. Rory may be able to assist you with ideas for volunteering in these localities.

Contact Rory on: +44 (0) 1392 723721 or email

Links to external organisations

These are opportunities we think might appeal to you as ideal for a teambuilding Community Challenge.

Please note that none of these opportunities have been vetted or approved by the University. You may wish to discuss with us in Staff Wellbeing.

OrganisationOpportunity typeContactPhone
A1 Positive Recycling Volunteering 01392 202779
Bishops Forum Adventure, Cornwall Clearances Jo Spears 01326 340912
Conservation Volunteers (TCV) Nature conservation work See website See website
Dartmoor National Park Nature conservation Simon Lee  
Devon Wildlife Trust Nature conservation See website  
FORCE Cancer Charity Gardening (and other opportunities) Naomi Snook (but see website)  
Inspiring the Future Young people, careers 0207 566 4880
Marine Conservation Society Beach cleans, surveys Use form on website 01989 566017
Moor Trees, Dartington Conservation See website 01364 649277
Montgomery Primary School Environmental garden clear up 01392 285241
National Trust A range of opportunities Heather Worth 01392 881345 / 07795 521607
Natural England Volunteering  
Organic Arts Conservation, education 01392 811080
Red Cross Disaster response 0344 871 11 11
Respect Festival Diversity Use form on website 07816 325613
RNIB Volunteering Laura Board 01392 458060
Salvation Army, Plymouth Soup kitchen Shirley Collenette  
Salvation Army, Tavistock Volunteering Dawn McGarvey 01822 614615
Shelterbox, Cornwall Disaster response 01326 569782
Surfers Against Sewage Beach clean  
The Community Garden, Exeter Volunteering  
University of Exeter - Grounds Conservation Iain Park 01392 725531