Warden service set to be saved by city council

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:27pm

An old people's warden service threatened with being axed because of a funding shortfall looks set to be saved by Exeter City Council.

Devon County Council recently announced that it was withdrawing funding for the warden service for residents in older persons' accommodation because of pressures on its budget.

But the City Council - who manage the accommodation - has stepped in with an offer to fund the service after residents said how much they valued the support.

Littleham celebrates new orchard

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:18am

It was smiles all round on last week as residents turned out in force to support an apple tree planting event arranged by East Devon District Council.

The orchard idea is aimed at creating a more interesting and stimulating environment on a patch of land behind the community centre at Bidmead, Littleham, with local people feeling they have an involvement in the plot.

Devon community projects TAP into funding

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:25am

A funding project bringing together county, district, town and parish councils is kickstarting community projects across Devon and hopes to do more in 2015

The 'Town and Parish Fund'  or TAP is the name given to the initiative whereby Devon County Council allocates £1 per elector per annum and district councils contribute 10p per elector, totalling around £600,000

This money is available for towns and parishes to join together to apply for funding that can make a difference to their communities.

Saving food and supporting the community

Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:26pm

An Exeter charity has just set a new record in its work to prevent good food from being wasted and to support local community organisations across the city.

Devon and Cornwall Food Association, based in South Street, rescued over six tonnes of edible produce in December 2014, bringing the total saved last year to over 26,000 kilos. 

Through its work with volunteers, in-date foodstuffs which are destined for landfill or incineration are collected daily and stored temporarily.

Young at Heart Club - Exeter

Event Date: 
20/03/2015 - 1:30pm to 27/03/2015 - 1:30pm
St Sidwells Community Centre, Sidwell Street, Exeter

The Young at Heart Club is a for men and woman who are 50 years young or more.

You are welcome to go along if you like music, games, quizzes, fascinating talks, bingo or just meeting people and making new friends.

The club gives people the opportunity to have fun in a relaxed environment. Meetings are  every Friday from 1.30pm-3.30pm at St Sidwell’s Community Centre, Sidwell Street, Exeter.

The programme for the next few weeks is as follows:

Friday 13 March: Stroke Association – Their work

Friday 20 March: From Sri Lanka to Exeter

Community photography exhibition goes on show

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 01/26/2015 - 11:22am

A new community photography exhibition was launched last weekend at a celebratory event held at the Glorious Art House on Fore Street, Exeter.

The launch marked the start of the ‘Our Lives, Our Community, Our Voice’ project’s first photography exhibition.

The project, which has now run three courses in Exeter, provides participants with access to photographic equipment in facilitated workshops. It is managed by the Olive Tree Association/Devon Grapevine in partnership with Exeter-based social enterprise Meridian RAW and is funded by The People Health Trust.

Another happy year for Cranbrook

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 01/22/2015 - 3:05pm

Community spirit and friendly people make it a special place to live!

Survey results reveal that East Devon’s new community of Cranbrook has continued to remain happy overall during the past 12 months. Results from the second survey of this kind show that community spirit and friendly people are what makes Cranbrook special.

Need funding for your community project?

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 01/19/2015 - 1:26pm

With 26 Parish and Town Council projects funded in 2013-2014, the Parishes Together Fund is looking to allocate more money to local community initiatives.

For the third year running, East Devon District Council (EDDC) and Devon County Council (DCC) are inviting Town and Parish Councils to apply to their joint initiative – the Parishes Together Fund – for grants towards projects that will solve local community issues.

£1,000 available to Exeter care homes

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 01/12/2015 - 6:39pm

Having already donated materials to a charity, sports club, school and community group, RGB Building Supplies is delighted to offer one more £1,000 building materials grant, this time for care and nursing homes.  

Homes in the Exeter area are invited to apply for the donation to help them complete any renovation or refurbishment projects. Perhaps a home needs to update their communal areas, complete some essential repairs or renovate an outdoor area - whatever the project, RGB would like to hear about it.

Carers take to the (virtual) skies

Authored by Attention Media
Posted: Tue, 12/30/2014 - 7:55pm

On 10 December, nine members of the Torbay Young Adult Carers (TYAC) group, along with two development workers, paid a visit to the state-of-the-art Virtual Jet Centre based in Chudleigh. The occasion marked the first of several fun and inspiring events for the TYAC at the Centre aimed at giving this dedicated group of young adults some essential respite from the responsibility of caring for their loved one(s).