In Touch at Home Tavi

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

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Updated: 25th February 2021

Local and National Organisations

More Local Support by Area:

Bere Alston  Covid-19 Volunteer Group Email:  Lynda Freeman 01822 841063; Orla Turner 01822 841713
Yelverton area  Support through YelverCare in Yelverton area only (including Walkhampton, Yelverton, Crapstone, Buckland Monochorum, Clearbrook, Milton Coombe)  07775 695864 10am-1pm Mon-Sat.      
Buckland  Monachorum & CrapstoneBucklandCares on Facebook   Lucy Wood Email: bucklandcares@outlook.comLucy Wood    
Chillaton  Local response group: Bridget Passmore Email: 
Horrabridge      Team Horrabridge Covid-19 and Beyond   Email:   Horrabridge Community Food Store   Horrabridge Love Your Neighbour           Olivia Dunn 07748 166943   Sally Northmore 07799 388918   Ali Mansfield
 Lifton    Information and help; several volunteers’ contact details on Lifton Parish Council website.  Cllr Chris Edmonds 01566 784794    
Lewtrenchard covering also Lewdown, Marystowe, Thrushelton, Stowford, Coryton & Portgate        Support co-ordinated by Margaret Dunn Email:      01566 783779; 01566 783 765  
PrincetownPostbridge, Hexworthy & HuccabyDartmoor Forest Parish Council is co-ordinating a wide range of help and support. Go to and download list of volunteers.Alison Geen 01364 631276
Deer Leap  Support Group  Offering support in area of Deer Leap Road off Down Road, Tavistock.01822 612494  
BrentorVolunteer support group from Brentor Church and Brentor Compassionate Neighbours Latest information at  &    01822 810 285 07904 983958
Mary Tavy,  Horndon and area    Volunteer support Facebook page Email:   Co-ordinators Bev Ross and Laurel Miller      01822 811019;
01822 810131
Peter Tavy      Volunteer support from Peter Tavy Community Support Hub. Email: Peter Tavy Community on Facebook01822 810343  
Lydford      Volunteer support at Lydford Helpline Email:     Lydford Volunteer Group on Facebook Ruth Tainsh 07572 785522   Jodie Austin 07940 060705
Lamerton & Sydenham Damerel      Lamerton Parish Council   Lamerton Caremongering on Facebook Rev. Andy Atkins Email:    01822 870298              
GulworthySupport from Gulworthy Parish Together. Help with shopping, prescriptions, a friendly voice on phone, dog walking etc. Kate Royston;  Sue Eve.   Email:  0800 622 6467  
Harley Riders Delivery GroupDelivering medicines and essential items to vulnerable people in outlying areas of Dartmoor. Email: anniesathomeagain@gmail.comAnnie Durrant 07875 263466 (ring before 11 am)
Milton Abbot & DuntertonVolunteer help and support. On Facebook. Rev. Andy Atkins Email: vicar@southtamar.church01822 870298
Bere Ferrers Food HubDelivery of vital supplies, support and information to vulnerable in the areas of Bere Ferrers and Weir Quay. Email: Hinge 01822 841734 Caroline Clark 01822 841481      
Weir Quay (including Clamoak, Holes Hole, Hewton, North & South Hooe)Volunteer help and support.   Email:  Rosie Hinge 01822 841734
Weir Quay (including Cotts and Cleave)Volunteer help and support. Cotts: Sue Coomber Email: Cleave: Cathy Dennis Email:  Sue Coomber 01822 841894 Cathy Dennis 07876 748 668

Time to Talk (Living Options Devon)          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 ANYTIME  0800 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 FoundationHelpline – for medical enquiries:  Phone lines are open 9am to 5pm,
Monday to Friday
0300 330 3311
British Lung FoundationFor all support, please telephone. Lynne Rogers is offering online movement therapy, mostly seated, for all levels of fitness and movement restriction, Mondays and Thursdays at 11 am, for a small charge. Email: 030 555 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (costs same as local calls)
SamaritansProviding 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
Fire Service Safety      Advice offered by home safety team over the telephone; however, technicians will ring to assess the need for a home visit if there is a significant high fire risk with no smoke alarms, a need for replacement alarms, or arson threats (letterbox restrictors).     0800 05 02 999    
Red Cross Support      Free telephone support line offering emotional support plus information, advice and practical help.    0808 196 3651    
One Small Step Healthy Lifestyle Service Face-to-face meetings suspended; however, for self-referrals go to; for third party referrals, go to For free virtual eMECC (Making Every Contact Count) courses, email Kris to book, at Vicky Banks:  Email: OneSmallStepon Facebook Instagram:  01392 908 139      Kris: 07935 06213007935
Every Mind Matters (NHS)  Practical tips and advice to help you manage and maintain your mental and emotional health. 
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: sonia.worthington@icloud.com07463 969245        
Devon Carers (Devon excluding Plymouth and Torbay)  We provide information, advice and support for unpaid carers (people who look after a friend or family member).    Helpline 03456 434 435            
The Filo Project      This high quality day care for small groups of older people has been re-opened for those who have been fully vaccinated. Email:    0333 939 8225
Brentor & Moor Compassionate NeighboursBMCN provides support to individuals living in Tavistock and wider area (including Bere Ferrers, Yelverton and Princetown up to Lifton) who are suffering from a life-limiting illness and/or are approaching end of life. Email:  01822 860799   07904 983958
Alzheimer’s Society      Offering advice, information and support Dementia Support line:    0333 150 3456
Circles South West    Circles South West helps protect our communities by contributing to the safe inclusion of people who have sexually harmed. Small groups of carefully trained and selected volunteers meet regularly, providing ‘Circles of Support and Accountability’, holding individuals to account for their behaviour and supporting their safe reintegration into the community. Circles work closely with the responsible statutory organisations.                   Email: 947988
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)
Livewest (housing)      Offering tenancy support, housing management and emergency grants. Email: For financial support in extreme crisis , email  0300 1238 080  
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      
RNID (formerly Action on Hearing Loss)    Support on managing hearing loss, including practical advice on hearing aids Jason Sculthorpe 07393 147780 Email: Email:     Tinnitus helpline:  0808 808 6666 Text line: 07800 000360 (text only)  Helpline 0808 808 0123 Textline 0808 808    
Coroners Court Support ServiceVolunteers give emotional and practical support to bereaved families and other witnesses attending an inquest. Mike Jackson (SW Co-ordinator) Email:  0300 111 2140 Mon-Fri 9am-7pm Sat 9am-2pm
Tamar Energy Community        Providing energy advice and support including help with bills, fuel debt, prepayment meters, concerns about heating etc. Email:  0800 233 5414  
Transitions Project Navigate    Telephone advice for those with money, debt or benefit concerns 8.30 am-4.30pm Mon-Fri.   Email: 299050  
Tavistock Foodbank        Vouchers can be referred over the phone to us. Once referred we can see clients as normal but with social distancing. Foodbank is open Fridays 10am-2pm at United Reformed Church, Tavistock.
Donations are gratefully received Wednesdays 10 am-12 noon.
07941 436149    
Tavistock Area Support Services (TASS)  Offering telephone advice and support to older people. One to one counselling offered by appointment, call 01822 616958. Welfare calls to existing clients in befriending scheme. Pre-arranged equipment hire (wheelchairs, walkers and mobility scooters). Transport to health appointments – ring 01822 617525 (please leave a message). During lockdown, the Anchorage Centre itself is closed to the public.      01822 616958 (9 am-12 noon; other times, leave a message)  
Devon County Council  For the latest information:   Devon COVID-19 Mutual Aid on Facebook Emergency helpline for those at high risk: For local financial support e.g. healthy start vouchers, free school meals, community larders etc. go to:      0345 155 1011
West Devon Borough Council    For the latest information    Hotline 01822 813683        
Dartmoor Preservation AssociationContact by email; some walks at the walkleader’s discretion.       
Farming Community Network  Social contact telephone service providing help and support to farmers and allied industries. Jo Jones Email:  Helpline: 03000 111999 (7am-11pm everyday)  
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. For online information and guidance on benefits, go to  0800 1690 190 (for more info and further numbers)
Tavistock Locals Help Trust  Offering financial support for Tavistock residents experiencing difficulty as a result of Covid-19; includes grants for emergency food shopping, replacement white goods, training, access to interviews and so on. All applications via Citizens Advice. 
DATA  (Debt Advice Tavistock Area)  Existing clients contacted by telephone or email. Potential new clients please telephone or email”    07955 728721  
Stroke Association (Plymouth)          Telephone advice and support (including over the Christmas period)   Co-ordinator Simon Powell Email: 0303 3033 100 Textphone: 18001 0303 3033 100   07717 275759
Devon in Sight  All face-face meetings suspended; home visits considered  only in extreme cases for clients without a local supportnetwork and with concerns over their health and wellbeing. Louise Camies Email: 876 666 07580 787308
Tavistock Library          Now open by appointment only for Choose and Collect service and essential digital services – please ring or email to arrange this. Books to support families with home learning also available. Digital Library now has increased content including downloadable books, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers. For details of online events, see Facebook page: For A-Z Wellbeing (Learn Devon’s Mindfulness course), go to  Email:   Website:  01822 612218  
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. During the pandemic, we are operating digitally via Zoom. Please email for details.   Email:

07941 648059
Learn Devon          Wide range of free online adult and community learning courses for Spring 2021, including on learning for work, digital and IT skills, art, languages, relaxation and wellbeing. For Maths and English, there are free online initial assessments together with telephone interviews.   Email:  0345 155 1014  
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
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.  Many FREE webinars covering ADHD and Resilience, Consumer Psychology, Wellness, Benefits, Budgeting and much more. See our website for more details: N.B. Christmas Crafts webinars, including festive cooking 8-10 Dec. 2020 Go to: Ivan Judd Email:  Sue Hunt 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         
Marbles Lost and Found“It’s OK not to be OK”. An online info hub and blog focussing on mental health, for those struggling with mental health problems and for their carers, with useful links as well as ideas and tips for self-help. Contact via form on website.     
West Devon Art Workshops –  Art for All project        Links to free videos of art demonstrations are available on our website.  There is also an Art for All closed Facebook group run by Okehampton participants which you can join to share achievements and give each other support. We hope to return to socially distanced face to face classes in the new year. Email:                 
Pilates classes via Zoom  Link up with Sally Cinnamond (Chartered Physiotherapist) for beneficial exercise while in isolation  07969 157507 Mon Wed Fri 9.30am-1030am Tues Thurs 6-7pm  
Ron’s Pet Supplies, Tavistock      Pet food delivery for isolated pet owners Email:    01822 611110        
Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre (Tavistock)         Free accommodation of pets whose owners have been admitted to hospital. Contact Nicky Ging    01822 810215 (open to 20:00 daily; leave a message if no reply)    
Tavistock Area Christians Together. (TACT)      Listening Ear free phone service for anyone wishing to talk to someone or receive prayer (manned by local church volunteers).   From 16.11.20, Tavistock Healing Rooms offering free online prayer and healing service Mondays 7.30pm and 9 pm via Zoom. Please make an appointment by the previous Friday on 01822 612100 or email tavistockhr@gmail.com0800 774 7238 10am-5pm 7 days a week  
Tavistock and Yelverton Catholic churches  Support for all parishioners Fr. Martin Stone Email:    07783 452 663  
Tavistock Memory Café  Support offered by telephone and email to those living with dementia or memory impairment, as well as to their carers, friends and family. Some Virtual Cognitive Stimulation therapy spaces are still available on the current course, suitable for those with mild to moderate dementia; please phone for more information.   Email:      07765 644843   
Make a Difference    Offering help and support for those with mental health conditions Mark Rickman Email: markrickman@makeadifferencetavistock.online07492 393616
Tavistock Physically Challenged Group  Support for adults with all kinds of physical disabilities. On Facebook. Mary Brock Email:      01822 612215    
Friendship Group   (hosted by Devon People First)A new online group for those with learning disabilities, with help provided if unsure how to access.  Anyone from Tavistock  welcome to join in. Every other Monday at 2 pm (next one 11 January 2021), or Wednesday at 2pm (next one 13 January 2021). Contact Lloyd Waterman of Devon People First Email:  07702 193487
Tavistock Parkinson’s Support Group  Contact by email and telephone only. Email:  01822 614204  
Ubuntu Covid-19 Counselling ServiceProfessionally trained counsellors from BAME backgrounds offer free counselling support to those in Devon of similar backgrounds who are experiencing distress in their lives and relationships due to Covid-19 situation, using telephone, email, WhatsApp, Zoom and Scype. Email:      01392 201572  
Devon Communities Together  Devon Highlights Zoom meet ups on Tuesdays and Fridays for those aged 55 and over who may be lonely or isolated, including for example, quizzes, laughter yoga, Flamenco dancing, creative writing, museums visits and tours. Email Aggie Szpinda: Email Harry Bonnell:    01392 248919   Covid-19 helpline: 0808 1963390
Young Minds            Supporting young people’s mental health. For free 24/7 help , go to Young Minds Crisis Messenger:   Free, confidential advice on Parents helpline: (includes email and webchat service)    Text YM to 85258.   0808 802 5544 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm)
Kooth      The UK’s leading digital mental health platform for under 18s, providing free, safe and anonymous mental wellbeing support through discussion boards, help articles and even support via a counsellor live via chat. 
Tavistock Youth Café                  Tavistock Youth Café online Youth Club runs over the safe, regulated platform Discord: Zephyr Music Project’s group video session on Thursdays 7-8pm Group video session with live activities, games, quizzes on Fridays 6.30-7.30pm To join Discord server, go to TYC’s website, Facebook page or Instagram account. Webchats available with Vicki or Dave.   Email:     
Andy’s Man Club              A group for men, focussing on mental health, providing strong peer to peer support for any man over 18 where he can come and get things off his chest in a non-judgemental environment.  Meets online every Monday 7-9pm (except bank holidays). To attend, visit website, fill in online form and email to:  info@andysmanclub       
Proud2Be              Supporting LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or questioning+) people and their families across Devon to lead empowered, fulfilled and authentic lives, with online social groups, youth groups, family support groups, interactive workshops and awareness training.   Email: or send a message via contact form on website. 362083
Beat    Supporting those with eating disorders, with information, range of support services, chat room, peer support.   Email for support: Email for under 18s support: 0808 801 0677   Youthline for under 18s: 0808 801 0711