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6. Ottery St Mary

Ottery Community Volunteers / Ottery Help Scheme

To get help

  • People in the Ottery locality who are self-isolating, might need some support, or would like to be in contact with others in a similar situation during the Covid19 pandemic, please register with the Ottery Volunteers Group using this form or call 01404 600013. 
  • For people who are already registered with Ottery Help Scheme, please continue to link in with them on 01404 813041 or email
  • Older people who are vulnerable, for example those with long term health conditions such as dementia, physical mobility issues etc. should get in touch with Ottery Help Scheme instead on 01404 813041 or

Also join the Ottery Community Volunteers Facebook page

Random Kitchen

Ottery St Mary Town Council is linking up with Random Kitchen to provide free meals to vulnerable people 7 days a week. They must have a microwave and a freezer. They deliver 3 days of meals at a time. Call 07980 922696.

Ottery St Mary Foodbank

The food bank is a local store of non-perishable food operated by Churches Together in Ottery in conjunction with Honiton Community Church.  Food is made available to those who are in ‘food crisis’.  That is, they have no food and no money with which to buy food. They do not supply food on direct request from the public, you'd need to get a referral from local agencies. For a referral you can contact East Devon District Council on 01395 571770.

Headlight - support for young people

Headlight provides a friendly space for young people who are experiencing emotional and mental health issues and their families. Headlight is operating a ‘virtual’ service for young people in Ottery St Mary and in Axminster.

  • Continuing to support young people on a one to one basis by phone, text and video conferencing.
  • Having 'virtual' group meetings.
  • They've also set up a Youtube channel with videos on hints and tips on coping with being in lockdown.

If you’d like to know more about Headlight's ‘virtual’ services please contact Ben Feasey, Headlight Manager, at

Project Food

Project Food (previously known as HALFF), are offering:

  • Free homemade ready meals to people in need, made and kindly donated by River Cottage and Monmouth Kitchen. Free fruit or veg boxes to go along with the free meals, paid for by a grant they’ve received.
  • Dietary and nutritional advice.
  • Delivery service of fresh fruit, veg, eggs, milk and fruit juice from their Project Food shop.  People can phone and place the order over the phone for delivery to their door. Payment by card or cash.

Call them on 01297 631782. They can currently offer this support in; All Saints, Awliscombe, Axminster, Axmouth, Beer, Branscombe, Budleigh Salterton, Chardstock, Colyford, Colyton, Combpyne Rousdon, Cotleigh, Dalwood, Dunkeswell, Exmouth, Farway, Feniton, Gittisham, Hawkchurch, Honiton, Kilmington, Membury, Musbury, Newton Poppleford and Harpford, Northleigh, Offwell, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Shute, Sidbury, Sidford, Sidmouth, Southleigh, Stockland, Uplyme, West Hill, Yarcombe.


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

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