In Touch at Home Oke

Stay in touch and find the help you need, whilst staying at home and staying safe – in and around Okehampton …

Updated: 25th September 2020

Local and National Organisations

More Local Support by Area:

Okehampton (and area)  COVID-19 community support group. On Facebook07707 565612
Hatherleigh (and area)      Support from Made-Well on Facebook   Hatherleigh Town Council, Mrs. Lock Email:  07707 565612   01805 804254    
Hatherleigh & Meeth  Support from local volunteers Cllr Clare Kemp ckmultimedia@gmail.com07563 154245
Chagford      Chagford Hub on Facebook page Help co-ordinated by Chagford Parish Clerk: For collection and delivery of prescriptions:  01647 432999 01647 432424
North Tawton        Support from Lions member Michael Brint Email: Be a Good Neighbour H for Help initiative (H sign in window with phone number)  01837 82220        
North Tawton  Community Support Group help and support Sarah Say at North Tawton Town Council Email: 880121
North Tawton PharmacyNorth Tawton Pharmacy is able to deliver prescriptions & pharmacy shopping to those in North Tawton & surrounding areas.

01837 82824 (after 11 am)
South Tawton    Community Support Group help and support Barry Griffiths Email: 01837 500999 option 2
Folly Gate & InwardleighSupport from Lions member Michael Chastey Email: mchastey@aol.com01837 53346  
Exbourne, Jacobstowe,  & Monk-okehampton  Burrows Community Shop  & Cafe    Jacobstowe Community Group, Peter Steer Email: (group also on Facebook)01837 851928   01837 851669/07966 404347  
Bridestowe, Weeke & Combebow    Contact Pete Daniels Email:    01837 861244      
Belstone, Priestacott    Contact Ella Curnow   Email:   and Rona Gundry   01837 849363      07815 636 613
Sourton    Contact Angela Braidwood (parish clerk) Email:   (Also co-ordinating with Bridestowe)  01837 871 308 07990 712 484      
Whiddon Down    Contact Greta Button Email: gretab@okehampton-pri.devon.sch.uk01837 500999
Lions Club Okehampton          Okehampton Lions have a responder to help people needing supplies. These numbers/areas are not exclusive, so if you can’t contact one, try another. Failing all else, our President is Lion Alan Cranleigh on 01837 810657.  Bob Chapman on 01837 54170  Email:        
  Rotary Club Okehampton      Secretary Dick Jennings Email:             
Harley Riders Delivery Group      Delivering medicines and essential items to vulnerable people in outlying areas of Dartmoor. Email:  Annie Durrant 07875 263466 (ring before 11 am)
Time to Talk (Living Options Devon)A confidential listening support service and practical help for those who are disabled, deaf or vulnerable in any way. Email:    0300 303 3691 0785 642 6940 Tues Wed Thurs 10am-4pm
SilverlineThe Silver Line is the only free confidential helpline providing information, friendship and advice to older people, open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Call us ANYTIME0800 4 70 80 90  
Age UK  Call our free, confidential advice line We’re open 8am-7pm, 365 days a year Phone buddy line (an hourly chat once a week)0800 678 1602   0800 055 6112
Diabetes UKThe Diabetes UK Helpline is a dedicated diabetes helpline for all people with diabetes, their family or friends, and people who are worried they might be at risk.  Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm0345 123 2399
Parkinson’s UK  The Parkinson’s UK helpline is a free and confidential service providing support to anyone affected by Parkinson’s.0808 800 0303  
British Heart Foundation Helpline – for medical enquiries:  Phone lines are open 9am to 5pm,
Monday to Friday
0300 330 3311
British Lung Foundation Speak to one of our team over the phone. We aim to answer within 6 rings, and calls will cost the same as a local call. We’re available Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm.03000 030 555  
Samaritans        Providing emotional support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland, often through their telephone 24 hour helpline.  116 123
Every Mind Matters (NHS)      Practical tips and advice to help you manage and maintain your mental and emotional health             
Red Cross Support        Free telephone support line offering emotional support plus information, advice and practical help.0808 196 3651
Fire Service Safety        Mainly offering advice by telephone; however, technicians will ring to assess the need for home visits if there is a high risk of fire with no smoke alarms, a need for replacement alarms, or arson threats (letterbox restrictors).0800 05 02 999  
Giving World        Offering to charities free of charge clothing, food Items, toiletries, cleaning and household products (business surplus stock). Apply to register via website. Browse available products:   
Parenting Solutions    Offering family support and parenting programmes to families in need, via telephone, Facetime and email. Email:  07463 969245
Parent Progression      Support for parents with children under 8 to access training/volunteering and work. Email: 205800  
Sue: 07999 879367
Jane: 07547 958156
Devon Family Resource  New advice line providing a listening ear and guidance for families and their relationships.  01392 949059 (10am – 2pm Mon-Fri)
Devon in Sight   and     Macular Society Support GroupMainly offering telephone advice; home visits considered only in extreme cases for clients without a local support network or for those with concerns over health and wellbeing.   Offering information, help and support via Louise Camies of Devon in Sight Email: 876 666   07580 787308   0300 3030111 07580 787308
Action on Hearing Loss        Support on managing hearing loss, including practical advice on hearing aids Jason Sculthorpe 07393 147780 Email: Email: 0808 808 0123 Textline 0808 808 9000
Stroke Association      Advice and support Area Co-ordinator Sonya Webb  Helpline: 0303 3033 100 Textphone: 18001 0303 3033 100   07717 275759  
Job Centre Plus Devon & Cornwall        Job Centres open only for those unable to use telephone or computer, or who are homeless. For all other clients, no requirement to attend in person. Disability benefit reviews and assessments suspended until end of June 2020. Those who are eligible to continue to apply for benefits online.0845 604 3719 (texts to 0845 608 8551)  
One Small Step Healthy Lifestyle Service  Face-to-face meetings suspended; however, for self-referrals go to; for third party referrals, go to Vicky Banks Email:  01392 908 139   
Citizens Advice            Face to face drop in service suspended. Consumer advice (e.g. cancelled holiday or event) 9am-5pm  Mon-Fri  0808 223 1133 Universal Credit Help to Claim 8am to 6pm, Mon- Fri:  0800 144 8444 All other issues : Adviceline 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday) : 03444 111 444        
Tamar Energy CommunityProviding energy advice and support including help with bills, fuel debt, prepayment meters, concerns about heating etc. Email: hello@tamarenergycommunity.com0800 233 5414
Transitions Free Money & Debt Advice   Free telephone advice for those with money, debt or benefit concerns 8.30 am-4.30pm Mon-Fri.   Email:  01823 299050    
Devon County Council  For the latest information:   Devon COVID-19 Mutual Aid on Facebook Emergency helpline for those at high risk:    0345 155 1011
West Devon Borough Council  Hotline 01822 813683    
Made-Well CIC      Now re-opened – day service for those with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental illness and loneliness. Email: 810584
Okehampton & District Community Transport  Ring and Ride shopping bus still available on request. Driver happy to continue. Voluntary Car Scheme still available on request. We have a limited number of volunteer drivers available now but are keen to help for as long as we can.   Email:  01837 55000      
Age Concern Okehampton  Support for the elderly Email:  01837 55838  
West Devon Children’s Centre        Support for families with children aged 0-8 years, accepting referrals and intervention requests. Karen Pearce; Jenny Treleaven.            Email: On Facebook.  07872 503515  
Tor Support Services      Free, professional and confidential online counselling service for young people aged 5 – 25 Email:  07886 444263        
  Learn Devon        Wide range of free online adult and community learning courses, including on art, languages and wellbeing. Free online initial assessments together with telephone interviews for English and Maths courses, and GCSE classes starting in September; also free courses related to employability. Email:   0345 155 1014
Okehampton Library          From Mon 7 September 2020, library open for returning, browsing, borrowing and access to computers 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm on Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri; 10am-12noon on Wed and Sat. For details of online events, go to Email Carole Cornwall at Website: 52805
POA Learning (distance learning)          Offering 50+ nationally accredited Level 2 courses, 50+ Career Path Development courses, Functional Skills Maths, English & IT, plus an online ‘Music’ and ‘Book’ club, mostly fully funded and therefore FREE.  August 2020 courses include “Get Creative”, Employability, ADHD and Resilience, Consumer Psychology. Ivan Judd Email:   Sue Hunt Email: On Facebook and Twitter.     
Get Changed Theatre Company        A vibrant theatre company for adults with learning disabilities, producing high quality arts projects which challenge public attitudes and raise the profile of the disability community.   Email:

Quarantine Quilt Project (with Significant Seams)          Offering to post 100 substantial and free craft supply kits to nominated vulnerable and/or isolated people in Devon, to create connection and enable participation in The Quarantine Quilt Project, a national network of community quilts. To nominate a recipient, please email their postal address to 
Community Links    Services by telephone and by email.  Referrals to be assessed to decide what level of support is required.  Family support provided (mostly in Okehampton) and befriending throughout the north of West Devon. Email:  07933 663796 (Mon-Fri 10am-12pm)      
Okehampton United CharityAwarding grants to support charitable organisations within Okehampton and Hamlets. Also new COVID-19 Hardship Grants Fund for eligible residents of Okehampton and Hamlets (Brightley, Southcott, Meldon or Stockley). Email:  01837 55179    
Livewest (housing)  Offering tenancy support, housing management and emergency grants. Email: For financial support in extreme crisis, email  0300 1238 080    
Farming Community NetworkSocial contact telephone service providing help and support to farmers and allied industries. Jo Jones Email:    Helpline: 03000 111999 (7am-11pm everyday)    
Lloyds Pharmacy    Get prescriptions delivered to your door for free>info>nhs.repeat.prescriptions
Okehampton Foodbank  Foodbank open Friday 10am-12noon at Baptist Church. Delivery system available. Vouchers can be issued over the phone. Email:           
West Devon Art Workshops – Art for All project      Online classes via our website. Links to videos of art demonstrations to be emailed to our contact list along with printable handouts for people to distribute to others not online. Everyone taking part in a class will be encouraged to join the Art for All closed Facebook group run by Okehampton participants to share achievements and give each other support. Email:  07724 153381              
Walk and Talk Okehampton (Devon Walking for Health)Free walks led by trained, friendly volunteer leaders on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Friends and support workers welcome. Parents with pushchairs also welcome on Tuesdays. Booking essential, please ring Chris Baines. More info from Pat Cunnington.  Chris: 07917 795072
Pat: 01837 83487
Okehampton Churches Spiritual Support  (Christians Together Okehampton)            Monday contact: Steve Cook (All Saints) – 07790 909442  Liz Singleton (Methodist) – 07450 676936   Tuesday contact: Dave Cook (New Life) – 07484 113523 Mary King (Baptist) – 07791 449796   Wednesday contact: Mike Davies (Inspiration) – 07771 933718. Father Darlene (St Boniface) – 01837 52229   Thursday contact: Steve Cook (All Saints) – 07790 909442 Dave Cook (New Life) – 07484 113523   Friday Contact: Father Darlene (St Boniface) – 01837 52229 Mary King (Baptist) – 07791 449796   Sat Morning:10am-1pm Tim Hooper (CTO Coordinator) – 07533 758087   Contacts available 10am-4pm (outside these hours please leave a message)