These are some examples of our achievements from the past year:
- Link-In Together in Exmouth was initially set up by community development in late 2015. This year they have grown in independence as we supported and guided them in fundraising, delivering sessions for themselves and reaching out to the wider community.
- In 2016 the SWITCH Easter Challenge took place over two nights at Trill Farm. The young people came from all three SWITCH clubs. They experienced camping, pizza making in an outdoor oven, a high ropes course and a six mile trek to the coast.
- £4000 was channelled to six local groups in Honiton at the third annual Dragons Den. Slick and engaging three minute presentations won audience votes for the six dynamic local groups. The £4000 came from Honiton Town Council and the locality funding given to local county councillors.
- Linking in with Wild East Devon, we ran three pop-up events where local residents were invited to come and build bird boxes and play with circus equipment in green spaces in Jerrards Close, Streamers Meadow and Heathpark Honiton. We engaged 30 new families and have since made them aware of other local, family-friendly low-cost events.
- Working with our mobile support officers we ran a second ‘Light Up Lymebourne and Arcot’ Event. It is a fantastic festive celebration which included a Christmas lights competition and carols from the La La Choir.
- We found funding for seven young people to go on outward bound course for a week in the summer. They travelled to Snowdonia where they were challenged to meet other young people from all over the country and the world, and take part in many challenging activities.
- A new community orchard was planted last April at Moormead, Budleigh Salterton. This once abandoned green space is now prized and well tended by local tenants. The summer activities and apple pressing events we ran proved very popular.
- We supported estate management to help tenants produce some wonderful artwork for Cheshire Road, Exmouth and 102 St Andrews Road, Exmouth.
- In February 2016 East Devon held its first Youth Tenant Conference. 12 young tenants came to The Beehive in Honiton to discuss what community meant to them and identify what elements were important to them, helped along by Burn The Curtain theatre company. They then presented their findings to a panel of officers and councillors.