Five Devon voluntary organisations are set to receive national funding thanks to support from Together for Devon.
The national funding provides practical support and resources to volunteering approaches that improve health and wellbeing. Following last month’s bulletin, which featured the Volunteering in Health scheme, the other project are listed below:
- Crediton Community Bookshop – a book group and literacy activities encouraging older people to engage through reading and writing. It includes an outreach programme where older people read to younger people.
- Elder Tree (Plymouth) – working with businesses in Plymouth to develop befriending schemes in the public sector and the University to create intergenerational opportunities to combat loneliness.
- Volunteering in Health (Teignmouth and Dawlish) – supporting older people with long term health conditions who are living on their own through their current network of Wellbeing Coordinators
- Belle’s Place (Ilfracombe) – further developing their Meals and More service to include lonely older people providing them with a meal, a place for companionship and access to advice
- Torbay Community Development Trust – expanding the Reconnect project working with a number of care homes across Torbay linking care home residents with community opportunities in their neighbourhood.
A short film on the Volunteering in Health project in Teignmouth and Dawlish, which shows how a local resident Julie’s life has been transformed by the pioneering venture.