Community Care Manager
Peta, our Community Care Manager, will be happy to arrange a visit to explain more about Acorn and the services we provide including helpful advice on benefits. Please contact her via the office on 01647 252701.
We offer a range of social support activities including:
Tuesday Lunch Club
On alternate Tuesdays we arrange trips to a local restaurant or pub for lunch for those who live alone or have difficulty getting out and about. It is a chance to enjoy the company of others, have a chat and have a good meal in pleasant surroundings.
We use the minibus to collect people and are happy to accommodate those with mobility problems; an assessment may have to be carried out.
Our cafe started in 2011 when we joined the Devon Group of Memory Cafes. Our Memory Cafe provides help and support to those who have memory problems as well as their carers in our area. All our volunteers have attended the training courses organised by the Memory Cafe Group. We meet on the second and last Thursday in the month at Strawberry Hill, Dunsford from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30p.m.
We enjoy varied activities including painting, craft, cake making, working with plants and flowers, poetry reading, music, card and board games and visits from pets. These are just a few of the interesting mornings we have had. We have regular separate carers meetings to discuss any problems and help by providing support to those in need.
There is an informal friendly atmosphere where new visitors can come along and have a cup of coffee and cake and a chat to our volunteers who may be able to help and join in the activities. Transport can be provided if required. For further information please telephone Margaret Barker on 01647 252622.
Cheriton Bishop Lunch Club
We meet on the first Thursday of the month at The Woodleigh Coach House Cafe at 12.30 p.m. where we have a set meal with dessert and coffee, costing £7
Transport can be arranged. Contact Jean Martin on 01647 24586
Dunsford Coffee Club
A coffee morning held alternate Wednesdays in the Dressing Room at Dunsford Village Hall, from October to April, where anyone can come along between 10.30 and 12 noon to enjoy coffee and biscuits have a chat and meet and make friends. There is a book exchange table and an opportunity to swap useful information. For further information please contact Margaret Barker on 01647 252622.
Acorn Tuesday Coffee Morning
On alternate Tuesdays we have a coffee morning between 10.30 and 12.00 in the Bowden Room, Teign Valley Community Hall, Christow. If you would like to attend and have difficulty getting there, call Donna on 01647 252701
We also offer the following practical support
If you have difficulty getting to an appointment at one of our local hospitals, the doctors surgery or other health care professionals, for example the dentist, call Donna on 01647 252701 and we will do our best to find one of our volunteer drivers to collect you from your home, accompany you to your appointment, wait with you (if practical) and bring you home afterwards.
Service users are invited to make a donation towards the cost of transport for running this service.
If you are unable to get to either surgery and need a prescription delivered, contact Donna on 01647 252701 and she will arrange for your prescription to be collected from the surgery and delivered to you at home.
We run a trip to Sainsbury’s at Alphington Exeter. From Christow on alternate Thursdays or from Cheriton Bishop alternate Wednesdays. We use the Acorn minibus which can accommodate a maximum of eight passengers and sometimes need a following car to put all the shopping in!
Contact Donna on 01647 252701 for details.
If you are in need of a piece of equipment for a short time, speak to Donna on 01647 252701, we have a selection of mobility equipment, wheelchairs, sticks, frames etc.
If there is anything else you might need help with, call Donna for advice.