Totnes Caring Team

Totnes Caring


We are a registered charity and voluntary organisation offering much needed help and assistance to vulnerable, mainly older people in Totnes and the surrounding areas. Our support is aimed primarily at older people, to enable them to live in their own homes, remain independent and free from isolation.

Who we help

We provide our services to the vulnerable, predominately older people, living  in Totnes and its surrounding areas. See the Contact Us page and Our Coverage page for more details.
To use our services, you must be registered with either the Leatside or Catherine House doctors' surgeries.

Our office hours are 9:00am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday. An answerphone is available to leave a message at other times on 01803 865684.

Come along to the Memory Cafe

The Memory Café is a free ‘drop in’ service for anyone who has concerns about their memory or the memory of a loved one. Carers and those they care for are able to find support and information here.

The cafe provides practical information and support, as well as the opportunity for people with dementia, their families and carers - to ask questions and to listen to others' experiences.

More information about our Memory Cafe

Visit our Lunch Club

Our popular Lunch Club is held five days a week (Monday - Friday, excluding Bank Holidays). We meet at the Totnes Conservative Club - 12.30 p.m. to 2.00 p.m.

This lovely social occasion is a chance for you to meet people, as well as to enjoy a well cooked meal. A home-cooked main course, sweet and a choice of tea or coffee is provided for a charge of £5. If you plan to join us for our Lunch Club, please book in advance with Totnes Caring. (01803 865684)

Transport Available

If you live in the Totnes or Dartington area, we are able to transport you to our Lunch Club, either in a car with a volunteer driver, or in our minibus. 

Contact us on 01803 865684 for more information - and then come and join us for lunch!

Booking Transport for Appointments

Please note that the sooner you book your transport, there is more of a chance that we will be able to find you a driver. We always do our best to fulfil all drives, but sometimes we just do not have enough drivers.

Please note that we receive no direct funding and rely on your donation to cover the costs of your journey.

Listed below is what your journey costs from Totnes Town (please add £2 if you live outside of Totnes)

Totnes = £5

Torbay, Newton Abbot & Ashburton = £12

Mount Stuart & Brixham = £13

Paignton = £10

Teignmouth = £18

Dartmouth & Kingsbridge = £14

Derriford = £26

R D & E, Exeter = £32

Volunteers urgently needed

We urgently need car drivers, bus drivers and bus helpers

We need car drivers to take our clients to and from medical appointments, to our Lunch Clubs, Monday – Friday, 12.00pm – 2.00pm, or to our organised clubs, such as our Art Groups on Monday (am & pm).

We also need mini-bus drivers to take clients to our Lunch Clubs (Monday - Friday). 

We also need helpers for our mini-bus (to assist clients on and off our bus and help deliver them safely to their destinations).

How to volunteer

If you think you are able to help or would like more information, please:

Contact us on 01803 865684 for more information or email

Call us, have a chat and we will go from there. The next step will be for us to send information out to you and ask you to fill in some simple application forms.

Once you have completed the forms and returned them to the office, we will invite you to come for an informal interview to discuss volunteering opportunities in more detail. At this point you will also be asked to complete an enhanced Data and Barring Service (DBS) check.

We hope to hear from you very soon.

Drivers urgently needed - Wheelchair Assisted Vehicle

We urgently need volunteer drivers for our Wheelchair Assisted Vehicle. We have elderly people who want to use this service but we just don’t have enough volunteer drivers. If you are able to help, please contact us on 01803 865684 for more information.

Our volunteer drivers make a real difference

Our volunteer drivers typically help more 5,900 important car and wheelchair assisted journeys; to various locations, including hospitals, lunches, memory cafes, dentists, and doctors' surgeries.

  • 5472 drives were carried out in our Volunteer Drivers’ cars
  • 471 drives in our Wheelchair Assisted Vehicle (WAV)
  • 4902 people transported on our Minibus to Lunch Club, and on our Monday Shopping Bus (unfortunately our Monday Shopping Bus is a service no longer offered)
  • 1274 Shopping Trips (Assisted and Non-Assisted)

Many thanks to all of our wonderful volunteer drivers who help our clients - come rain or shine!

Helen Roberts, the Totnes Caring Transport Coordinator, says:
"I am continually amazed by the number of drives Totnes Caring volunteers undertake".

But we always need more drivers!

If you have a little time to spare and are interested in becoming a volunteer car driver for Totnes Caring and require further information, please:

Contact us on 01803 865684 


or check out our Volunteer Driver News page

Totnes Caring has a large pool of workers who are mostly volunteers.
They are fully trained, insured and DBS checked. They willingly give their time to support clients in the community, by driving them to appointments, shopping - and much more!

We currently have approximately 200 volunteers, supporting just under 1,000 clients.

Do you need Home Help?

We have Home Help staff who help the elderly with household tasks and other domestic needs.

Contact us on 01803 865684 for more information.

We offer a Home Help Service for people living in the Totnes and surrounding areas, at a cost of £13.60 per hour . Our aim is to support you to be as independent as possible in your own home.

Our friendly Home Help Staff are able to help with:

  • Housework
  • Laundry
  • Ironing
  • Shopping
  • Form filling and correspondence

Bazaar and Coffee Morning

The Methodist Church Hall Totnes, 9am – 12

Friday 15th March

Street Collection


Friday March 29th

Our Events Calendar shows the upcoming 2019 planned events. Individual event details can be found on our Events Information page.