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 9:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday. An answerphone is available to leave a message at other times on 01803 865684.
Health Information Video Library
Totnes Caring now has access to the Devon Digital Carers,
Health Information Video Library.
Designed to assist carers, the free videos cover a range of topics that are relevant for carers; from fall prevention to managing medicines, they can help you be successful in your role.
A range of local and national resources have been added to the library to help signpost carers to other relevant sources of information.
Volunteer Susanne Westgate running in the Virgin London Marathon
Totnes Caring is close to Susanne's heart, as her parents benefited from its support in the past. Susanne explains ‘my parents enjoyed living in Totnes for many years and in their later years when less mobile and not able to drive, benefited from knowing that a friendly Totnes Caring volunteer would drive them to and from appointments. My Mum loved attending Lunch Club, at that time held once a week, where she would meet up with friends while enjoying a lovely lunch - and she always looked forward to the Totnes Caring Christmas party at KEVICC's.’
‘I help at Totnes Caring Memory Cafe, which supports anyone who has Dementia, anyone concerned about their memory, or anyone who is caring for someone with memory issues. We’ve also started a new project ‘Music to my Ears’, preparing bespoke playlists full of meaning and happy memories for each person. The reactions and responses are wonderful, with people becoming more engaged with their surroundings, smiling and taking an interest in others again. I’ve met some wonderful and inspiring people; those who run Totnes Caring, the volunteers and the clients, and have seen first-hand the benefits the charity provides to so many.’
‘I started running a couple of years ago, I have joined a local running club and, with the help of my collie/lab running buddy, Lily, I’m training hard for The London Marathon, which will be my first marathon! I’ve set myself a fundraising target of £1,500 for Totnes Caring and it would be fantastic if you could help me achieve this goal.’
Susanne’s fundraising page can be found on VirginMoneyGiving.com Susanne Westgate
Alternatively to donate please contact Susanne on 01803 814152 or Totnes Caring 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.
At present (March 2019), we have 54 Memory Cafe attendees.
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)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Over the last year our volunteer drivers have transported 8,994 clients, in their cars, the Totnes Caring minibus and our Wheelchair Assisted Vehicle (WAV); to various locations, including hospitals, lunches, memory cafes, dentists, and doctors' surgeries.
Our sixty volunteer drivers, twelve minibus drivers and shoppers have covered 25,894 miles - more than the equatorial circumference of the earth!
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 £14.60 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:
- Form filling and correspondence