North Devon pioneers new ‘friendship’ service

Joseph Bulmer

Pilot project will help provide support and companionship to adults with limited mobility

A NEW pilot service has been launched to provide companionship and support to adults with limited mobility in North Devon.

It is hoped the new volunteering opportunity will help change lives by alleviating social isolation and helping people to remain independent in their own homes.

If successful, Devon Choice and Support wants to expand the Community Support Service to other parts of Devon in the future.

Anne Clayton, volunteer co-ordinator, said the service could help people to enjoy a better quality of life by increasing their self confidence, helping them to develop new relationships and broaden their horizons or develop new skills.

“By increasing social contact and involvement in community life this can ultimately change peoples’ lives for the better,” she said.

“There is such a spirit of community here and this new service will compliment existing activities and enhance opportunities for people to enjoy a better quality of life.”

The Community Support Service is looking for volunteers from all backgrounds who are able to visit people in their own homes and provide support for one to a few hours a week.

Volunteers could share interests and skills, do odd jobs or activities such as gardening, baking or dog walking, provide company for shopping trips or visits to the theatre or have time to talk.

To get involved or for more details visit or telephone (01392) 459222.