We support anyone, of any age, from the towns of Teignmouth, Dawlish and Chudleigh (and the villages in between) who is lonely and isolated and needs some support but doesn’t quite know what or where to turn to find it. You can refer yourself or a friend/neighbour/family member/client by contacting us on 01626 771696 Monday-Friday 10-12, or emailing email@example.com.
We have a meeting every Wednesday morning where we discuss each referral and allocate the staff member that we think will best be able to support each individual. Everyone will receive slightly different support because we tailor our support to suit you, but below you can find out some of the different things that we do.
Our Support Workers work with people indefinitely to provide the support they need to live more happily, safely and independently. There is a particular focus on people with memory problems and life limiting conditions and their families.
Our volunteer befrienders visit or telephone lonely and isolated people once a week for a chat.
Our Volunteer sitters give carers a much needed break.
We help people to find and access a range of support services, linking them with other community and voluntary sector organisations in our community. So if you’re not sure where to turn, try us first and we’ll help find the right support for you! We also work closely with the statutory sector and can help people to navigate these services. We also have Link Workers based in Dawlish Hospital who provide a similar service to patients on the ward and their families.
Our Wellbeing Co-Ordinators support people over a three month period to work towards set goals that will empower them to take more control of their own health and wellbeing. Some clients who are receiving this support will also be invited to attend The HOPE Course (Help Overcoming Problems Effectively) where they can meet other people in a similar position and support each other.
Our volunteer drivers take people to medical appointments in the driver’s own car or our wheelchair accessible vehicle. Please ring 01626 771696 to book transport, giving us as much notice as possible (and a minimum of 48 hours if at all possible). There is a suggested donation for this service.
Don’t Bottle It Up
One of the local pub landlords came to us in 2018 after several of his staff and customers were reporting that they weren’t getting the mental health support they needed. We arranged a free two-hour mental health awareness training session for bar staff so that they got some basic knowledge of mental health issues and where to go for further support and to ensure that they knew we were there for them! We also did a poster campaign and “Beat the Winter Blues” fundraising event in Spring 2019 to raise awareness.
In 2016 we started an intergenerational pen pals project with Shaldon Primary School where we matched each year 6 pupil with one of our clients. They wrote letters to each other and invited the pen pals into school at least once a term for different events such as a concert, clay tile making, portrait drawing, maypole dancing, leavers assembly and more. The project is still going strong with the new class each year and the school was even shortlisted for the Tes Awards Primary School of the Year in 2018.
In 2017, volunteer Pauline joined us and set up this project offering a weekly weigh-in and support for people wanting to lose weight. The project is now run in conjunction with the Alice Cross Centre, where members can attend on a Monday afternoon for activities such as learning to cook a healthy lunch, weigh-in, and a range of exercise classes for all abilities.
We started running Reminiscence Sessions in 2013, visiting various care homes and Dawlish Hospi- tal. The sessions are now run every Tuesday afternoon at Palm Court Nursing Home in Dawlish. Each week a topic is chosen and relevant props are taken to prompt memories about that topic—for example, family, holidays, school, work, Christmas.
Music to my Years
As part of our Reminiscence Sessions we also offer this project, working with people who have dementia to create a playlist of songs that bring back happy memories.
The HOPE Course
The HOPE course is a six week course designed to boost confidence and resilience so that people can take more control over their own health and set and reach other goals for themselves too.
Everyone who has attended the HOPE course is invited to get together every week at The Alice Cross Centre to continue friendships and to support each other in keeping up with their goals.
"I moved to Shaldon and didn't really know anyone. I read about Volunteering in Health in the local paper and thought it would be a good way to meet new people as well as getting involved with and helping my new community. I was right!"
Pauline, Trim Teign Project
Pete, Volunteer Driver
"I often travel to London to visit my family so I needed a voluntary opportunity that was really flexible. Sue and I have now become great friends and we have a lovely time together."
Basia, Volunteer Befriender
"My befriender is an incredible lady and has made such a happy difference to my life. She has not only become a dear friend but she is also my music teacher (piano) and scrabble partner (she always wins!) and above all she is always consistent and cheery!"
Get in Touch
If you would like to volunteer for us, or if you would like to refer yourself or a loved one for any of our services, please complete the contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible
Teignmouth Hospital, Mill Lane, Teignmouth TQ14 9BQ