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 Coveragepage 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
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 can find support and information.
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.
Our popular Lunch Club is held five days a week (Monday - Friday, excluding Bank Holidays). We meet at 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, a sweet and a choice of tea or coffee is provided for a charge of £5. If you plan to join us for Lunch Club it is best to book in advance with Totnes Caring.
If you live in the Totnes or Dartington area, we are able to transport you to our Lunch Club, either in car with a volunteer driver or in our minibus. Donations to help with transport costs are always welcome.
Contact us on 01803 865684 for more information. Then come and join us for lunch.
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.
We 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:
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 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 can help please contact Contact us on 01803 865684for more information.
Our volunteer drivers make a real difference
Helen Roberts, the Totnes Caring Transport Coordinator, reports that between April 2016 and April 2017, our Volunteer Drivers have helped with more 5,900 important car and wheelchair assisted journeys; to various locations, including hospitals, lunches, memory cafes, dentists, 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
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 amcontinually 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, please contact:
If you can help please contact us on 01803 865684for more information.
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, befriending, shopping and much more.
We currently have 200 volunteers supporting over 1,600 clients.
Celebrating 30 years of supporting our community
In 2017 Totnes Caring celebrated 30 years of supporting our community.
None of this would have been possible without the dedication of our volunteers who willingly give up their own time to help someone else.Volunteers have become the lifeline for so many people, and without their help and enthusiasm many more people would be stuck in their own homes, not seeing anyone.
There are so many examples of how our volunteers have gone that extra mile, which really does make all the difference, and has a positive effect on another person’s life.
According to some research, volunteering also has a beneficial effect to both the person volunteering and the people and organisation they support. There is also a suggestion that volunteering has positive health benefits, and volunteering in later life has helped to decrease depression and social isolation, whilst boosting quality of life.
The most important impact though is helping someone, talking to them normally about normal things, lending a friendly ear and keeping an eye on their overall welfare.
Totnes Caring are being asked to support even more people who, in some cases, have complex needs. To help us meet this demand we continue to need to grow our volunteer base, and work closely with both the statutory sector and other volunteer organisations to provide the right level of support.
We Care – Will You?
Please phone Totnes Caring today on 01803 868425 to see how you can help
Do you need home help?
We have home help staff who help the elderly with with household tasks and other domestic needs. Contact us on 01803 865684for more information.
We offer a Home Help Service at £13.60 per hour for people living in the Totnes and its surrounding areas. Our aim is to support you to be as independent as possible in your own home. We have friendly Home Help Staff who can help with: