Getting involved with your community
There are so many things you can do that might make a big difference to someone else’s life. It could be something very simple that takes up a small amount of your time.
Did you know…
- Over half of all people aged 75 and over live alone
- One in 10 say they feel cut off and trapped in their own homes
- Loneliness is as bad for an older person’s health as lifelong smoking and alcoholism and can increase the likelihood of degenerative illness such as dementia
Why not consider some of the following which can make a real difference to your community and to the individuals around you that may need a little support from time to time:
Being a good neighbour
Whether it’s sharing a smile, giving your seat up on a bus, or helping an elderly neighbour with the bins, you can help make a difference to others in your community right now.
Giving your time
Volunteering a little of your time or donating can make all the difference to the charities, community groups and clubs already working to help people in your area and it can benefit you too.
Changing a life
Offering to share your home or to help support someone in need can change lives. From fostering a child to joining a befriending service there are lots of ways you can help directly and even start a new career.
Getting community active
All communities need people with drive and passion to step up and make good things happen. Find out how you can start a group, run a community space, create a social enterprise and much more.
If interested please contact:
County Wide Groups
The council is also regularly updating a list of community groups.
Pinpoint lists thousands of services and community groups across Devon, including town and parish council schemes. Many services are changing how they operate in response to the virus – please contact them directly for further information. Many have local volunteer schemes to ensure people receive essential support.
A COVID-19 community resilience helpline is available for Town and Parish Councils and Devon Village Hall Network: Email Devon Communities Together
Devon Voluntary Action (DeVA) is coordinating volunteers.
For local volunteering services please contact the local town council websites –
Wellbeing Exeter links individuals to community groups where support is needed, is recruiting volunteers and coordinating offers of help. Exeter Connect coordinates voluntary sector activity in Exeter.
Voluntary Sector services are coordinated by Involve Voluntary Action Mid Devon (CVS), for help and support.
Voluntary Sector services are coordinated by North Devon Voluntary Service. for help and support.
Voluntary Sector services are coordinated by South Hams CVS for help and support.
Voluntary Sector services are coordinated by Teignbridge CVS for help and support.
Voluntary Sector services are coordinated by Torridge CVS for help and support.
Voluntary Sector services are coordinated by West Devon CVS for help and support.
Plymouth and Torbay
Where to start
Use our Show You Care website to find opportunities for you to make a difference to people’s lives or improve your local community.
You can search Pinpoint for community groups across Devon, or use the links on the right to find more volunteering opportunities with Devon-based or national volunteer organisations.