Improving Lives Plymouth

Improving Lives Plymouth, formerly Plymouth Guild, is a registered charity established in 1907 that supports thousands of local people to improve their quality of life by providing information, advice and practical support.

 Their objectives are to:

  • to assist, comfort and guide any person who may be in distress by reason of poverty, ill health, loneliness or other cause.
  • promote, encourage and foster activities for the common good of the community within Plymouth and West Devon.
  • encourage, initiate and co-operate in the work of other statutory and voluntary bodies to advance education, health and the relief of poverty; distress or sickness.

Opportunities with Improving Lives Plymouth

A representative of Plymouth University’s senior leadership team has traditionally been a Trustee of Improving Lives Plymouth.

The range of Improving Lives Plymouth services from Volunteer Connections and Active for All to Caring for Carers and Sensory Solutions, represent opportunities for our students to enhance their experience and employability, particularly through volunteering which can be arranged through our Students' Union.

Enhancing the Plymouth student experience, from having free eyecare with the Centre for Eye Care Excellence and hosting visits to providing training and internships. 

Engaging with academic research, from medical and health to computer music!

There is a dedicated Plymouth University page on the Improving Lives Plymouth website which highlights some of the practical student engagement that has taken place in partnership with the Guild.



Annual Inspiring Volunteering Awards


To celebrate volunteering in our city, the annual Inspiring Volunteering Awards was established in 2009 as a partnership between the Plymouth Herald, Plymouth University and Improving Lives Plymouth. Traditionally hosted on campus, the awards recognise the enriching contribution that volunteers make to individuals, organisations, the city and our communities. Each year our Students' Union are involved, showcasing the extraordinary contribution our students make through volunteering in the city and wider region.

More information on the Inspiring Volunteer Awards