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* WHAT IS DEVON CARERS?*

Devon Carers provides information, assessment and support for carers living in the Devon County Council area or caring for someone living in the Devon County Council area. We have staff based all across Devon.

Devon Carers is run by six organisations working together to improve the quality of services for carers in Devon, whatever your age, whoever you care for. The six organisations are Westbank, Action East Devon, Exeter CVS, Taw and Torridge CVS, Young Devon and Hikmat.

LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES

* CARERS RIGHTS DAY 2017*

Thank you to all of you that came along to meet staff and pick up info at any of our Carers Rights Day events in November. If you have any queries or want any more information, please contact our helpline on tel: 03456 434435. Our helpline is open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm and 9am-1pm on a Saturday. Don't forget you can also find out lots of information about Carers Rights Day from the Carers UK website and download your free copy of their guide to 'Looking After Someone'. Click here for details.

 

*'GATEWAY' PANTO PERFORMANCE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES*

 On Mon 22 January, Shaldon Theatre Company will put on a special performance of their panto 'Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs' especially for people with physical or learning difficulties and their carers. The performance will take place at Teignmouth Pavillions and there is a discounted rate of £5 per ticket, a longer interval to accommodate toilet breaks and extra help available to support people at the performance. Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis and there is a limit to the amount of wheelchairs the theatre can accommodate.  E-mail jackie@priorhome.co.uk for details and to reserve a place. Payment must be paid in full by 30 November.

*NEWS FROM CARERS WEEK 12-18 June 2017*

Thank you to everyone that attended any one of our Carers Week walks or events and helped to make our Carers Week walking challenge a success. 136 people participated across the county and 346,700 steps were recorded which works out to an impressive 170 miles. Several carers have asked for more walking activities and our Peer Support Team are planning to do more of these over the coming year. If you are interested in finding out how our peer support workers could help put you in touch with other like-minded carers please contact the Devon Carers helpline on 03456 434435.

Don't forget that Active Devon leads 115 walks every week across the county. Search for Active Devon's 'Walking for Health' walks at www.walkingfor health.org.uk

Finally a big thank you to those of you that attended the Carers Week service of celebration at Crediton on 17 June organised and led by the manager of our Exeter team, Tim Collins. The service provided an opportunity for carers to come together to acknowledge and reflect on the support they give.

Carers who attended were our most important guests but we were also very grateful for the support of the following:

  • Rt Rev Sarah Mullally - Bishop of Crediton
  • Revd Helen Drever
  • Cllr Ray Radford - Chairman, Devon County Council
  • Cllr Kate Hannon - Deputy Mayor, Exeter City Council
  • Cllr Sue Croft - Deputy Chair, North Devon District Council
  • Cllr Kathy Cuthbert - Chair, South Hams District Council
  • Cllr Tim Golder - Chair, Teignbridge District Council

 

 *WEBSITE IMPROVEMENTS*

We would very much welcome feedback and suggestions for how we can further improve our website. Last year we asked you to suggest changes and, in response to your feedback, we made it easier to find our FAQ and pages specific to particular groups of carers. If you have any feedback you want to give us about our website (or any other aspect of our service) you can put it in our on-line suggestions box here