Community garden puts down roots in Broadclyst to fight food poverty in Exeter

A community garden project has received over £17,000 from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest community funder in the UK, to grow fresh produce for food banks and food action initiatives in Exeter and the surrounding area.

Having seen many families experiencing food poverty first-hand, Rhiannon Alcock set up Devon Dig & Donate , a community growing project run by...

100 years of the Devon County Library Service

The 100th anniversary of the Devon County Library Service is being marked this month by Libraries Unlimited, the charity that manages 54 libraries in Devon and Torbay.

The Devon County Library Service was launched in 1924 with the aim of providing a single county-wide service giving all residents free access to books. Before then, many of Devon’s individual scattered community...

Devon & Cornwall Police win national award for commitment to road safety

Officers from the Road Casualty Reduction team have been presented with the ‘Compliance and Engagement’ award, following a roadside operation that took place near Exeter earlier this year.

In February 2024, Devon & Cornwall Police worked with TyreSafe Manager, Jason Simms, and the DVSA to carry out spot checks on vehicles in Cowley, Exeter, after research revealed that the South...

Discover the best local gardens with your kids this summer holiday and support Macmillan!

With the school summer holidays inching closer, parents up and down the country are likely to be feeling a mixture of excitement and panic in anticipation of the long summer holiday. If you’re in need of some inspiration to help fill those long hazy days (and prize the kids away from the iPad for a couple of hours) help is at hand.

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique...

Overnight road closures planned on A379

Overnight road closures will be needed on the A379 on the outskirts of Exeter for three evenings next month.

As part of the current work at Trood Lane junction there will be night time closures on the A379, between Ellacott Road and the Devon Hotel Roundabout, starting on the evening of Tuesday 9 July.

On the nights of Tuesday (9 July), Wednesday (10 July) and Thursday (11...

Newly formed Hair in the Community kickstarts its unique barbering school with two sisters from St Petrock's

Hair at the Academy (HATA) announces its newly formed sister organisation ‘Hair in the Community CIC’ (HITC) a not-for-profit social enterprise, has kickstarted its free Community School of Barbering by taking on two sisters from St Petrock’s.

HITC has worked closely with St Petrock’s, an Exeter-based charity working on behalf of people experiencing homelessness, by providing free...

Unpaid carers thank Devon charity for making them ‘feel visible’

Westbank’s Devon Carers organised a well-attended conference and a multitude of free activities for unpaid carers during Carers Week (10 - 16 June 2024)

Devon Carers, a free service by Westbank Community Health and Care, has received uplifting feedback from participants after putting on a host of events to celebrate Carers Week this June. An unpaid carer who enjoyed free entry to the...

It’s not too late to get your spring covid vaccine

Over four million people have now received their spring covid booster from the NHS just ten weeks after bookings officially opened as part of the latest vaccination campaign.

Around seven million people are eligible for a spring covid jab this year, including those aged 75 and over, those with a weakened immune system and older adult care home residents, and the latest stats...

Have you heard of Social Prescribing?

I ask this as recently we had a conversation during a dementia training session about local community resources and I brought the term into conversation.

There were several attendees working in the health and social care sector who had not heard of this important community role leading me to write this brief overview.

At its simplest a Social prescriber (SP) centres around...

Charity volunteers prepare for trip to Zambia village

When most people are making plans to hit the beach or take it easy, one intrepid group of volunteers from The Nayamba Trust are preparing to jet off to Zambia on Saturday (15 June) to lead a week of phonics, sport and PSHE in a small rural community.

The volunteers are all connected in some way to the East Devon-based charity and as well as giving of their time free of charge, they...