Philanthropists are people who want to make a difference – with their money and with their energy. Devon Community Foundation brings them together with the many amazing local groups and volunteers who can make that difference happen, locally.
My last few blog posts have tried to show the value of a range of community spaces to the ways in which people connect, interact, and take action together, locally. Our work in community development in Exeter has entailed our...
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Joan is a befriender for Ashburton Community Care. The people she visits are often on the periphery of the community, and who don’t see other people very often. They enjoy having somebody to talk to. Joan says: “It is a lovely feeling because we’re all human beings.”
Barnstaple Ability Counts Football Club
Mel volunteers for Barnstaple Ability Counts Football Club as a football coach passes on her skills to people of all ages and disabilities.
She says: “it’s just the best feeling in the world to be able to know that someone who has come to a football session and they’ve had a really good time.”
Lapford Voluntary Car Aid
Ian is a volunteer driver for Lapford Voluntary Car Aid, providing transport to those people who do not have any other means of attending their appointments. Many of the people are older people and people with disabilities who find public transport extremely difficult, either because they cannot walk to the bus stop or easily climb on or off the bus.
Wellbeing Exeter aims to find new ways of working to reduce the call on health services while integrating health with social care and the community, and improving wellbeing for individuals.