Volunteering with RIO


Volunteering offers a great way to become involved in our day-to-day work, in a role that is varied and educational, as well as enormously satisfying.  It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in things you enjoy doing, while helping RIO make positive change.  Choose from a variety of opportunities within different teams and find a regularity that suits you. On the job training will be provided.

What sort of things can you do with RIO?

RIO offers volunteer placements in the following areas of our work:

  • Event Management – working with the RIO Events teams in the curation of weddings, seminars, conferences and food markets.
  • Illuminate Festival – working with RIO Delivery team on the Illuminate festival which is taking place at Royal William Yard (28th Nov – 1st Dec 2019).
  • Working with Young People – working with RIO Delivery Team on the delivery of our Young People Learning programmes (references required).
  • Gardener – maintaining RIO’s Zion Gardens at Devonport Column.
  • Repair Café – participating in RIO Repair Café Events.
  • Coaching & Mentoring – working with RIO Navigators/Consultants, providing 1:1 coaching and mentoring support on issues around such as homelessness, substance dependency, mental health, financial literacy and life skills coaching.

Our Work With Us page has details of all our latest volunteering opportunities, which vary throughout the year.  However, we welcome volunteer enquiries at any time.  If you would like to volunteer with us, please download a Volunteer Expression of Interest form and return to jobs@realideas.org


Where will I be working during my volunteer placement?

Placements are usually held at one of the following locations:

Plymouth office and Column Bakehouse

Devonport Guildhall, Ker Street, Plymouth, PL1 4EL

Nearest railway stations: Devonport (15 minute walk) or Plymouth (40 minute walk)

Nearest bus stop: Cumberland Gardens

Ocean Studios

The Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3RP

Nearest railway stations: Devonport (30 minute walk) or Plymouth (35 minute walk)

Nearest bus stop: Royal William Yard roundabout (No.34 bus from Plymouth city centre stops here)

Or travel by boat!  The ferry runs every hour from The Barbican to Royal William Yard, or you can travel from Cornwall on the Cremyll Ferry to Stonehouse

Liskeard office

26 Fore Street, Liskeard, PL14 3JB

Nearest railway station: Liskeard  (20 minute walk)

Nearest bus stops: Liskeard Post Office or Lloyds Bank

We also sometimes offer opportunities to volunteer at off-site events.

What should I wear during my placement?

We have a relaxed dress code at RIO, so dress how you feel comfortable.  If you are volunteering in our Column Bakehouse or Ocean Studios Café, please wear a black or grey t-shirt, and casual trousers (no ripped jeans) and we will provide an apron.  If you are volunteering at an event we will let you know the dress code when we confirm your placement.

How can I apply to volunteer with RIO?

Current volunteering opportunities are advertised on our Work With Us page.

In order to apply, please download and complete the RIO Volunteer Expression of Interest and email to jobs@realideas.org

Please note, as places are limited, Expressions of Interest will be shortlisted, so please make sure you give as much information as possible on the Expression of Interest so that you don’t miss out.

What expenses will RIO cover?

Volunteers can claim travel and lunch expenses, in accordance with RIO’s Expenses policy  (receipts will be required).  Further details will be supplied on confirmation of your placement.

How is my data used and stored?

We take the collection and processing of personal data seriously and have updated our policies, systems and processes to comply with GDPR.  You can read our Privacy Notice here

Any other questions?

If you can’t find the answer to your question on this page, please contact jobs@realideas.org or call 0845 862 1288