Who we are
We are a registered charity and voluntary organisation offering much needed help and assistance to vulnerable, mainly older people in Totnes and the surrounding areas. Our support is aimed primarily at older people to enable them to live in their own homes, remain independent and free from isolation.
Who we help
We provide our services to the vulnerable, predominately older people, living in Totnes and its surrounding areas. See the Contact Us page and Our Coverage page for more details.
To use our services you must be registered with either the Leatside or Catherine House doctors' surgeries.
Totnes Caring has a large pool of workers who are mostly volunteers.
They are fully trained, insured and DBS checked. They willingly give their time to support clients in the community by driving them to appointments, befriending, shopping and much more.
We currently have 200 volunteers supporting over 1,600 clients.
Volunteer Drivers at work
Our volunteer drivers make a real difference
From February until the end of May 2016 our drivers have helped with 2,200 important journeys to various locations, including hospitals, lunches, memory cafes, dentists, doctors' surgeries and more.
Helen Roberts, the Totnes Caring Transport Coordinator, says:
"I am continually amazed by the number of drives Totnes Caring volunteers undertake".
In addition, in the same period, our minibus has transported 1,628 passengers to our Lunch Clubs, our shoppers have helped 412 people, and the Wheelchair Assisted Vehicle (WAV) has had 199 outings!
But we always need more drivers!
If you have a little time to spare and are interested in becoming a volunteer car driver for Totnes Caring, please contact:
Jacquie Mills, Amanda Richards, or Victoria Wolf on 01803 865684
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or check out our Volunteer Driver News page
Celebrating 30 years of supporting our community
Throughout 2017 Totnes Caring will be celebrating 30 years of supporting our community.
None of this would have been possible without the dedication of our volunteers who willingly give up their own time to help someone else.Volunteers have become the lifeline for so many people, and without their help and enthusiasm many more people would be stuck in their own homes, not seeing anyone.
There are so many examples of how our volunteers have gone that extra mile, which really does make all the difference, and has a positive effect on another person’s life.
According to some research, volunteering also has a beneficial effect to both the person volunteering and the people and organisation they support. There is also a suggestion that volunteering has positive health benefits, and volunteering in later life has helped to decrease depression and social isolation, whilst boosting quality of life.
The most important impact though is helping someone, talking to them normally about normal things, lending a friendly ear and keeping an eye on their overall welfare.
Totnes Caring are being asked to support even more people who, in some cases, have complex needs. To help us meet this demand we continue to need to grow our volunteer base, and work closely with both the statutory sector and other volunteer organisations to provide the right level of support.
We Care – Will You?
Please phone Totnes Caring today on 01803 868425 to see how you can help
We have a number of volunteering roles which we urgently need filling.
We very urgently need Drivers, Shoppers and Befrienders. We desperately need your help, now!
Please see our Volunteers Needed page.
Home Help Service
We offer a Home Help Service at £13.60 per hour for people living in the Totnes and its surrounding areas. Our aim is to support you to be as independent as possible in your own home. We have friendly Home Help Staff who can help with:
- Form filling and correspondence
We are getting busier and busier helping those in need. Another Home Help (paid position) is desperately needed. Please contact Liz Loader, our Home Help Co-ordinator on 01803 865684 or email her at email@example.com if you are the person to help make a difference. Thank-you!