The Community Insights team is exploring the assets of selected communities across Devon to discover what the residents trust and value. This may include buildings; open spaces; community organisations; shared skills and offers; and will vary depending on the local identity. The connections that we make will help sustain the community and voluntary sector, and our resulting Profiles of Associational Life will be part of DCF’s learning process to ensure that our resources continue to be used effectively. We work in partnership with Positive People which offers hope, skills and confidence-building for people not in work.
Community Insight Manager: Fran Esau
Fran joins us with more than 30 years experience across private, public and charitable sectors. She has worked in housing, neighbourhoods, homelessness, care and retirement leasehold in both people and business management roles, as well as customer-facing. She recently made a life-decision to travel as much as possible, and has visited 8 different countries in the last few years, with a plan for at least 3 a year from now on.
Community Insight Advisor: Abi Setters
Abi is a recent addition to the team with an interest in all things community. Originally from Guernsey, Abi moved to Devon to attend University and since graduating has made it her permanent home. She has a background in nutrition and sports science however following a stint of volunteering in various health improvement initiatives she decided that community development and social prescribing was the way to go! Abi has worked in this field both in the charity sector and within the NHS. When she is not snooping around Devon’s towns and villages (for research purposes), Abi enjoys baking, crocheting and being a cat mum.
Community Insight Advisor: Hannah Taylor
Hannah joined Devon Community Foundation after completing a degree in Mathematics from the University of Exeter. In 4 short years Hannah has fallen in love with Devon life, and pursues her love of music with local groups, including the Salamanca Band of the 6 Rifles. Although this is her first time working in community support, she’s volunteered to support her fellow students and fought to improve their lives while at University, so she is right at home!
This diagram shows how we work with our partners to deliver the Positive People Programme: