Successful launch of Intouch Tavi, Friday 1 March 2019

In Touch Tavi successfully launched!

Tavistock’s Health and Wellbeing Alliance’s hard copy guide to the information and support available within the Tavistock area was successfully launched at a free and well attended event in Butchers’ Hall, Tavistock on Friday 1 March 2019.

The Alliance, facilitated by West Devon CVS and responding to an identified need, had appointed a small but dedicated task and finish group made up of representatives of local organisations to produce a simple signposting tool containing accessible information for those in different and often difficult circumstances who may not have access to the internet. After weeks of research, consultation, checking and re-checking of details of local sources of support, the guide has now arrived!

It would not have happened at all without the sponsorship and support of DCC Cllr. Debo Sellis, Tavistock Rotary Club, Tavistock Lions Club, plus considerable local creative and technical help with the overall design of the folder, and the patience and skill of the local printers, ABC Service.

What is in the folder? Following a handy list of emergency telephone numbers, there  are  6 broad categories of information:

  1. Health, including details of surgeries and medical groups
  2. Money Matters, including advice on debt and budgeting as well as on housing
  3. Family, including matters relating to children, parenting and carers
  4. Young People
  5. Transport
  6. Wellbeing, including learning, social and volunteering activities

10 Information points in the town have willingly agreed to “host” the guides which will be regularly re-stocked and updated as necessary. The 10 places where you can find the guides are marked with a red star in this map:

Tavistock Foodbank also has a supply of the guides.

Over 35 local groups and services responded to our invitation to join in the launch in Butchers’ Hall, booking spaces to market and promote their activities; Fairtrade refreshments (kindly donated by local supermarkets) were enjoyed; members of the public came in to find out about the guide, with over 100 complete folders being picked up and taken away as well as several copies of individual inserts. Comments were, for example, “What a great idea” and “this will be really useful”. Representatives of groups in the Hall offered much complimentary feedback, such as “ this is a well-conceived initiative”, “the idea is really wonderful”, “well  done and thank you!” “I really enjoyed the event, thank you”, “excellent!”, “a great community event in a great venue”, “very excited by this project” and “more of the same, please!”

Overall, the event went well, promoting this  useful and accessible guide for the benefit of the Tavistock community.

For any further information, contact Billie Burnett at West Devon CVS on 01837 53392 or email volunteering@westdevoncvs.org.uk.