Plymouth Guild

Plymouth Guild is a registered charity established in 1907 that helps more than 15,000 people and several hundred organisations each year with information, advice and practical support.

 The Guild's 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 Plymouth Guild

A representative of Plymouth University’s senior leadership team is a Trustee of Plymouth Guild.

The range of Plymouth Guild services from Volunteer and Hearing & Sight Centres to Carers Hub, represent opportunities for our students to enhance their experience and employability, particularly through volunteering which can be arranged through our Students' Union. 

There is a dedicated Plymouth University page on the Plymouth Guild 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 Plymouth Guild. Traditionally hosted in the University’s Roland Levinsky Building, 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 positive contribution our students make through volunteering in the city and wider region.

More information on the Inspiring Volunteer Awards