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Devon Churches Rural Forum – Community Activities Project

Linking church based community activities with those who need them

This directory is intended to bring together in one place as many of the projects and activities that are offered in our rural communities as we can. These pages can be used by any agency to put someone in touch with a local activity in their area, which we hope will help in our care for each other, especially for those who may be isolated or lonely.

In all our communities there may be people who are lonely, socially isolated, or otherwise in need, with whom we, as churches, are not in contact. However, it is possible that such people are in contact with practitioners from other agencies including local health care or social services.

In very many towns and villages in Devon, our churches are providing activities such as coffee mornings, lunch clubs, knit and natter afternoons for and with the whole community, but without detailed local knowledge, practitioners in the other agencies (which may be based some distance from where a person lives) may not be aware of their existence.  

Our aim is to provide a bridge between the activities our churches offer and the people who may benefit from them, but who are not already doing so, by making information about them available to those in the caring agencies via our website and also by uploading to the Devon County Council “Pinpoint” website of community activities https://www.pinpointdevon.co.uk/

In this way (sometimes known as “social prescribing”) a person may be “referred” to join in with one of our lunch clubs or coffee mornings and make new friends and join in with community activities. If someone in your church community can also offer to contact the person and bring them along so they have someone to come with, reducing their barriers to come in, then even better …

Please could you complete one of our forms and help us to make this project as useful as possible

If you have any questions, please email info@devonchurchesruralforum.org.uk.

With many thanks for your assistance with this project.

Penny Dobbin

Secretary Devon Churches Rural Forum and Rural Dean of Hartland