Julia Horton from Guardian Homecare

Ensure you make a difference in Exeter in 2021

Authored by Reporters
Posted: Fri, 01/08/2021 - 3:20pm

EXETER residents wishing to make a difference this year (2021) in the communities and neighbourhoods where they live are being invited to take up a role in care in the county.

Guardian Homecare, operating in Exeter and surrounding areas, has 100 carer positions available that are vital to its service users’ quality of life. Each position offers benefits, training and career advancement.

Manager, Catherine Porter explains: “Our services and the care our carers provide are essential to anyone who is elderly and vulnerable.

“It is important that people who need extra...

Seadream Education used funding from ECOE to run three classes across two Exeter schools over the pa

ECOE’s community fund ‘keeps the doors open’ for Devon groups during the pandemic

Loneliness-fighting Devon charity TRIP Community Transport has met over 4,000 requests for community support during the pandemic thanks in part to the Exeter Community Energy (ECOE) community fund. ECOE awarded TRIP £500 to cover staffing costs from its community fund, which is accepting new applications until 5pm Friday January 15th.

‘The grant from ECOE could not have come at a more important time for TRIP,’ says TRIP deputy manager Sharon Thorne. ‘The money has helped us keep the “doors open” and help the community during the current pandemic.’

‘All our...

Darts Farm

Darts Farm collaborate with Exeter Foodbank to provide Christmas feast boxes for local community

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 12/18/2020 - 12:27pm

Topsham based Darts Farm is working with Exeter Foodbank and seven-year-old schoolgirl Sienna Littley to provide 70 ‘Christmas Feast Boxes’ to families that need it most in the local community this festive season. Sienna, has raised a colossal £2,100 from selling her homemade ceramic Christmas decorations, and the team at Darts Farm have match funded this with some help from customer donations and supplier gifts to bring the total to an incredible £4,200.

Michael Dart, Director of Darts Farm, comments: “ We have been working closely with Exeter Foodbank all year, delivering 160...

Tesco to offer free fruit and veg to Devon’s Healthy Start families

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 11/02/2020 - 12:51am

Tesco is expanding its food donation programme to help Devon families eat more fresh fruit and vegetables over the winter. From 16 November, the supermarket will give any of the 500,000 families who use the weekly Healthy Start vouchers a £1 coupon to spend on fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables. Every time a customer hands over their vouchers at the checkout, they will automatically receive the money-off coupon to redeem off their next shop.

Marcus Rashford’s Child Poverty Task Force, of which Tesco is a member, is currently pressing the government to increase the value of the...

Find out about solar with ECOE

Wise Up About Solar Power with ECOE Wednesday September 16

Event Date: 
16/09/2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Zoom Webinar 7pm September 16 – Register here .

Energy generation, distribution and use is changing radically. Today, renewable energy is cheaper than ever, whereas fossil-fuels are dangerous for climate change. Meanwhile, new technologies could radically re-shape our homes, workplaces and communities. Therefore, ECOE wants to improve people’s energy literacy. We want everybody to know about the changes that are coming so that no-one is left behind. So we are now running webinars to provide trustworthy information about the technologies and changes to come.

The first...


Plans underway for next week’s city centre reopening

Preparations are well underway to help ensure Exeter city centre is safe and welcoming when many stores reopen their doors next week.

On Monday 15 June non-essential retailers will be allowed to reopen for the first time since the end of March, once they have completed a risk assessment. Hospitality businesses like cafes and restaurants can reopen from 4 July.

Temporary and permanent measures and changes are required to ensure the city centre remains a vibrant place to live, work, socialise, visit, shop and work.

Social distancing measures must be in place to...

Launch of the South West Food Hub CIC

The South West Food Hub Community Interest Company (CIC) is being launched this month to lead a collaborative food community to support the region’s food network to buy local and establish sustainable, shorter supply chains across the South West’s food sector, focusing primarily on public procurement.

The initiative is supported by local organisations including the Heart of the South West LEP, the University of Exeter, Exeter City Futures, POM Support and the National Farmers' Union (NFU).

Alex Stevens, Regional Policy Manager at the NFU says; “We are a region united by...

One More Push! Charity at heart of corona fightback calls for final donations to reach target

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 04/27/2020 - 12:11pm

One more push! That’s the plea of a charity appealing for £60,000 to continue its work for the elderly and the vulnerable in a Devon community.

The Estuary League of Friends is based in Topsham and delivers social care to that community and those in a wide area nearby reaching parts of Exeter, Clyst St George and Clyst St Mary, and towards Exmouth.

In recent weeks the charity has of course added to its usual work with a huge effort to help those most in need during the Coronavirus crisis.

This has involved organising volunteers to deliver groceries, medicines...

Taylor Wimpey aims to work with Exeter community to support vulnerable people during coronavirus crisis

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 04/06/2020 - 11:56am

Taylor Wimpey is appealing to the Exeter community to put forward local groups, charities and good causes that may need extra support in their work to help vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis.

The health and safety of customers and employees is Taylor Wimpey’s number one priority. Staff are following Government guidance, closing sales offices and halting work on site in order to assist in containing the spread of COVID-19.

The local teams remain committed to supporting the communities in which they work during this difficult time. In order to best direct...

Popular community centre awarded cash to help vulnerable through Coronavirus outbreak

An independent charity at the heart of the community in Exeter has been awarded a total of £6,000 for two projects to help people through the Coronavirus outbreak.

St Sidwell’s Centre has been awarded the cash to help some of the most vulnerable people in Exeter.

The money comes from the Exeter Covid-19 Community Action Fund. The £1 million Fund is being run by Exeter City Council as part of the Exeter Community Wellbeing initiative and is supported by Exeter Chiefs Foundation.

Centre Manager Dave Wright said the money would help them provide food for the...