A festival of kindness…

Caring Town Fair

26th February 2019

Our town of Totnes has an enviable reputation for putting community first and more than 30 organisations are co-operating together to put together the Caring Town Fair 2019, on Saturday 23rd March from 11am – 2pm at the Totnes Civic Hall

Looking after your emotional, mental and physical wellbeing is important. But where to turn for help, or ideas to keep active and connected? The Caring Town Fair aims to address this, bringing groups together under one roof to meet with you and explain their various services and activities.

Bob Alford, Chief Officer of Totnes Caring, says “We’re lucky in Totnes to have such a great variety of support and help on offer for everyone in our community, not just older people. One of the reasons that Totnes Caring helped to start-up the wider Caring Town Network is to make sure that people know where to turn for help. This event is a great example of how we’re all working together to help everyone in our community get the support they need, when they need it“. CaringTown also have an excellent website with listings for finding services that can help with many issues people have to face.

What’s on offer?

Information and advice on everything from managing health conditions like dementia or anxiety, support with disabilities and assistance for carers. Local services will be there to help you address financial issues such as debts and benefits. You can also find out about local projects that are giving young people a stronger voice and more influence in Totnes, as well as support for good mental and emotional health. A great range of services and activities for older people will also be presented.

Fiona Ward who coordinates the Caring Town project says “all the participating organisations are part of the Caring Town network and include formal and informal services and activities. They will be on hand to answer questions or help you with any problem you may be struggling with. They can also let you know about opportunities around volunteering or fill you in on the great range of social activities in Totnes such as walking groups, arts, music and gardening.” You can also get a free health check and find out the age of your heart, or test some mobility equipment.

Entry is free with free activities for the kids.  Food in Community will be serving delicious food and drink at the event café.

Julian Ayrton, NHS Health & Social Care Community Services Manager based at Totnes Hospital, says “Everyone’s health matters to us, and we are here to support your well-being! This Caring Town Fair provides us with a great opportunity to demonstrate the health and social care services that we provide here in your community – often working alongside the voluntary sector. Please come and meet us and find out more about how we can help you.

Information will also be available on plenty of other services and groups that can’t be there on the day via our Caring Town Connectors.

The full list of organisations involved include: Action to Prevent Suicide, Arts Lab, Bob the Bus, Bridgetown Alive & St Johns, Christians Against Poverty, Citizens Advice, Community Nurses, Creative Journeys, DCC Social Care, Devon Carers, Devon Insight, Drink Wise Age Well, Food in Community, Gardening for Health, Healthwatch, Inclusive Totnes, Incredible Edible, Jamming Station, Lifeworks, NHS CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health), NHS Community Therapy, NHS Intermediate Care, NHS Older People’s Mental Health, Sharpham Trust, Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship, The Bioregional Learning Centre, Totnes Caring, Totnes Community Hospital, Totnes Connection Hub, Totnes Homeopaths and Walk and Talk.


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