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4. Exmouth

Exmouth Mutual Aid Covid-19

Errands, shopping, prescriptions etc. If you're feeling vulnerable, self-isolating etc and in need of help with urgent errands:

Exmouth Mutual Aid provides well-coordinated assistance whilst ensuring (a) safeguarding of vulnerable people, and (b) volunteer actions don’t contribute to the spread of the virus. We are entirely run by volunteers. For medical advice, please check the NHS website.

Information from Open Door Exmouth:

"The Community Cafe is open for appointment based support sessions, as well as being able to provide advice, signposting and emotional support over the telephone. Support includes advice and information regarding housing/homelessness, unemployment, CV writing and job searching, debt and budgeting, addiction, domestic abuse and mental health. We also have a specialist Family Support team available to discuss any parenting challenge, and a free counselling service.

Our Haven team are running a number of mental health support groups for children and young people who were originally coming along pre-Covid and will continue to do so until the end of the academic year. In September, we will be able to accept new referrals. Our ICE team are also providing mentoring within Exmouth Community College.

From 17th May, our Café will reopen for sit in meals and takeaway, and our Men’s Shed and Community Craft Room will also both reopen.
Call 01395 224218 or email info@opendoorexmouth.org.uk"

Exmouth Food Bank

If you're in emergency need of food the Exmouth Food Bank is here to help. They are currently delivering food parcels to those in food crisis who live in Exmouth, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Woodbury, Exton, Lympstone and places in between.

They can also help people who are self-isolating who are in urgent need of food, can't get it another way, and don't normally need help from the Food Bank.
For help with food:

  • Email: help@exmouthfoodbank.org.uk
  • Call: 07749 322291

Those without an address, including the homeless, can visit the Food Bank on Mondays and Fridays between 1.30pm and 3.00pm.
For those who would like to contribute to the Food Bank all donations of non-perishable food are welcome. The Food Bank is also grateful for monetary donations which will enable it to restock.

For donations and general enquiries:

  • Email: info@exmouthfoodbank.org.uk
  • Call: 07787 758511

Much more information about the work of Exmouth Food Bank is available on their website.

Exmouth and District Community Transport

They are checking on their regular passengers to see how they can help them. In addition they are offering services for a fee to help other members of the community they serve with things like collecting shopping or prescriptions and transport to medical appointments. We are in the process of creating a timetable for post lockdown. Our regular Monday and Thursdays shopping trips to Tesco’s/Exmouth Town have just started back again, however numbers are still limited until 21st June. Our lunches and trips out will commence shortly. We are taking people to local seafronts on request.

Call them on 01395 266662, staff are manning phone lines between 10am and 1.30pm Monday to Friday. You can also email them: edctg@btconnect.com, emails will be picked up and responded to within their office hours

Devon Highlights

This is a community project led by Devon Communities Together, that supports older people (aged 55+) living in 6 areas of Devon, including Exmouth, who may be at risk of loneliness and isolation. There are two ways to access this service:

  • Zoom is now being used to hold groups online, so that participants can still see each other in real time, and talk about activities they are doing. This is a great opportunity for anyone that is 55+ living in Devon who wants to get connected.
  • A one to one telephone service is now operating, for those people that do not have access to the internet or are unsure how to use digital devices.

If you want to join in, email: info@devoncommunities.org.uk, or call 01392 218919.

If you're struggling to afford food or other essentials

Please see our Financial Hardship Fund page for further details on financial help that may be available to you if you are struggling to afford food or other essentials, and how to apply.

Help available includes access to emergency short term support through shopping vouchers, food bank referrals, utility top ups, paying for essential travel needs or essential advice and support services.

 

This information is a work in progress and is going to be updated as it changes or new information is received. If you’re aware of anything that needs updating, adding or changing please email covid.community@eastdevon.gov.uk

Disclaimer: We have not been able to undertake safeguard checks on all community / voluntary groups.