Charities come together to transform the lives of more people with complex needs

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:29pm

Two charities are coming together to help improve the independence and well being of more people with complex needs.

Community Care Trust, a mental health charity based in Devon, is set to join St Loye’s Foundation within a newly-formed group structure.

The move will enable the delivery of enhanced specialist support, training and employment services to more people in the future.

Chris Knee, Chief Executive, St Loye’s Foundation: said: “We are delighted to be able to announce that the Community Care Trust is joining us in a mutually beneficial relationship. By...

Trust scoops national healthcare award

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:50am

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust has won a national award for outstanding efficiency and improvement in developing community services.

The Trust’s stroke therapy team added to its growing trophy collection with victory at the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards on Tuesday night (23 September).

The team beat seven other finalists in the Value and Improvement in Community Health Service Redesign category.

The nomination related to the ongoing success of the team’s early supported discharge (ESD) and VISTA projects.

The team has introduced home visits and...

First anniversary for social media cafe

Authored by Mandy Pearse
Posted: Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:14am

The Teignmouth and Dawlish Social Media Cafe is one year old this October.

Over the past year it has helped over 50 local businesses and community organisations with help and advice in using social media to promote themselves.

The birthday cafe will be held at the Langstone Cliff Hotel in Dawlish on Tuesday 7 October and experts will be on hand to provide advice on which social media to use and how to set up accounts.

The social media cafe runs from 5pm to 7.30pm and provides a free drop-in event where people can pick up tips and hints on using social media, ask...

Police Partnership honours volunteers

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 09/26/2014 - 10:34am

Volunteers who support the work of Devon and Cornwall Police in the communities it serves will be honoured at an awards ceremony tonight (Friday). The Devon and Cornwall Police Partnership Community Volunteer Awards will be held at Sandy Park, home of Exeter Chiefs rugby team. Awards will be presented by Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg and by Julie Dowton, Chair of Devon and Cornwall Community Watch Association (DaCCWA). In previous years DaCCWA held an annual awards ceremony to acknowledge and celebrate the activities of watch schemes and their...

Energy plan for community groups

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 09/22/2014 - 1:55pm

A new project to support the growing community energy movement is being launched today by Regen SW funded nationally by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation with additional support being made available in Devon by Devon County Council.

The initiative will support communities to generate, own and save energy.

The Community Accelerator Project will work with at least 30 communities directly and countless others through publicly available training and tools.

Over the next few weeks Regen will be selecting 30 communities from over 200 in their network and over 5,000 groups...

Exeter Greens choose parliamentary candidate

Authored by Diana Moore
Posted: Tue, 09/16/2014 - 3:09pm

Green Party members in Exeter have selected Diana Moore as their parliamentary candidate for the 2015 general election. Ms Moore is a business advisor with extensive experience working with social enterprises, charities and councils across the South West and is a director on the boards of two local cooperatives and a social enterprise. She has also actively supported community involvement in issues around housing in Exeter, including the large proposed developments in Alphington and the South West of Exeter.

Ms Moore said: “The Green Party has distinctive policies that put people...

2014 Rural Futures Conference

Event Date: 
25/09/2014 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Exeter Racecourse

You are invited to join us at our annual conference:

Rural Renaissance - shrinking state and blooming communities

On the Soap Box A range of vibrant speakers discuss issues that are important to rural communities

The Village Find out about services, advice and support that the Community Council of Devon can offer you

The Market Place Visit a range of businesses and organisations demonstrating and trading their goods and services

NEW for 2014 - The Chamber An open forum where you can ask questions of our panel of rural and community specialists....

Pop-up restaurant to pop up again

Authored by PMM_2014
Posted: Mon, 09/08/2014 - 9:39am

The Real McCoy customers and Pickle Shack pop-up restaurant regulars were treated to an indulgent dining experience in the quirky surrounds of McCoy’s Arcade. With a tapas theme, cocktails galore and music from raucous Klezmer influenced band Hazaar the night was an overwhelming success. Pickle Shack is set to return to The Real McCoy on Saturday 25th October.

Vintage and retro store, The Real McCoy is one of Exeter’s longest standing independent retailers and is set to celebrate its 30th year of business next year. In contrast to this, Pickle Shack is a young but ambitious...

Teenager witnessed 'horrific scene' following collision

Authored by George Dawson
Posted: Fri, 08/29/2014 - 4:53pm

A teenager has told The Exeter Daily how she witnessed the horrific scene following the accident in which a 12-year-old boy died.

The girl, who has asked not to be named, said she was returning from work when she saw paramedics treating the boy.

She said: “There was a lot of commotion and emergency vehicles on the scene, and they had put a large white sheet to cover up what was going on.

“I’ve never seen anything like that before so it must have been pretty horrific.”

The collision happened on the zebra crossing on the Topsham side of Countess Wear...

Exeter filmmaker needs your support

Authored by PMM_2014
Posted: Thu, 08/28/2014 - 1:51pm

Filmmaker in Residence at the Exeter Phoenix and Founder of Puny Gods Pop Up Cinema, David Salas, needs your support for latest project - The Emotional History of Places - a film about the potential for important moments to occur in nondescript places.

To realise this film Salas needs both your stories, and crucially, your votes.

#ProjectFilmSupply is about helping winning filmmakers bring their ideas of short films to life, public voting for favorite film concepts closes on the Monday 1 September.

As well as your votes, Salas would like to hear from potential story...