Exeter Pre-Prep pupils run over 100 miles to raise money for Devonwide charity

Pupils at Exeter Pre-Prep School in Exminster have recently run the equivalent of four marathons as part of a sponsored fun run to raise money for Westbank Community Health and Care, a local charity that aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people across Devon.

With 72 children under the age of seven, the school hoped that pupils and staff would be able to run a collective...

Westbank's newest trustee Marc Astley

Westbank's newest trustee is a man on a mission

Marc Astley, a well-known local journalist and news editor, is the latest trustee to join the board of Westbank Community Health and Care and says he’s on a mission to spread the word about the work of this fantastic, community charity.

As an experienced media professional and a former editor of the Exeter Express & Echo newspaper, Marc is well-placed to do this.


Kidzone adds new outdoor facilities to welcome more preschoolers at Westbank

The thriving preschool within Westbank Community Health and Care’s centre at Exminster has added new outdoor play facilities with a view to welcoming more 2- to 4-year-olds from the local area.

The ‘Kidzone’ at Farmhouse Rise in Exminster already offered a large, bright room with an amazing view over the Exminster marshes towards Woodbury, providing high quality, individually tailored...

Pub partnership provides £2.5k of support for Devon health & wellbeing charity

Exminster-based Westbank Community Health and Care has reached more people in the local community thanks to a year of fantastic support from a village pub.

Staff at The Royal Oak in Exminster partnered with Westbank throughout 2023, providing hospitality and donations totalling an incredible £2,525. In December 2022 and 2023, publicans Mel Bowden and Scott Reddin kindly hosted 3-course...

Westbank’s community Christmas celebrations

The run-up to Christmas has been busy for local health and wellbeing charity Westbank Community Health and Care, with a full calendar of events for members of its community and its team.

The festive celebrations got off to a heartwarming start when Year 2 children from Exeter Pre-Prep School visited Westbank’s Day Centre at Exminster to sing a melody of Christmas songs for regular...

First newbie cooks ‘graduate’ from Westbank’s  recently launched Community Cookery School

First newbie cooks ‘graduate’ from Westbank’s Community Cookery School

Westbank Community Health and Care is celebrating the first cohort of newbie cooks to have completed Foundation Courses in basic kitchen skills at the charity’s recently opened Community Cookery School.

The purpose-built teaching facility at Exminster, near Exeter, opened its doors to beginner cooks this autumn, offering free eight-week workshops to people of all ages who want to learn...

Devon charity celebrates 25 years of supporting unpaid carers

Devon Carers, a free service by Westbank Community Health and Care, is this month celebrating 25 years of supporting unpaid carers across the county and is planning several events throughout the coming year as part of its landmark anniversary.

The charity provides a wide range of support services to those who look after family members or friends because they are ill, frail, or have a...

Westbank's Kidzone Manager Lucy Elliott with one of the toddlers in her care

Devon preschool graded ‘Good’ in its first year of operation

A small, friendly preschool near Exeter that welcomed its first intake of young children last spring has already received a good grade.

In a recent Ofsted inspection, the Kidzone at Exminster - operated by local charity Westbank Community Health and Care - was described as a ‘Good Provider’.

The charity’s preschool for Over 2s opened its doors at the end of April 2022, with...

Cost of living crisis pushes thousands of Devon’s unpaid carers deeper into financial hardship and poverty

Thousands of unpaid family carers across Devon, who were already experiencing financial hardship after having to give up paid work to perform their caring role, are being pushed deeper into debt and poverty, according to Devon Carers. Devon Carers is a service provided by local charity Westbank Community Health and Care, based at Exminster, near Exeter.

Even before the pandemic, a...

Jade Rouse, one of Westbank's younger volunteers, recommends volunteering

Devon health & well-being charity launches campaign to recruit more volunteers

As UK Volunteers Week gets underway (1 - 7 June), a local health and wellbeing charity is launching a campaign to swell the ranks of its existing army of helpers. Westbank Community Health and Care, based at Exminster near Exeter, relies on over 600 volunteers to help deliver a range of support services to individuals and communities across Devon.

Last year, Westbank’s Neighbourhood...