It was in mid-2012 that the idea of Bovey Community Care was first discussed with the specific aim of providing befriending support to elderly or isolated people living in the Bovey area. It was felt that this was a significant need since many elderly people live alone (whether in Bovey Tracey itself or in the outlying more rural areas) at some distance from family members, and may also find mobility becomes a problem; this inevitably leads to increased isolation from the local community.
After a fair amount of groundwork by the trustees, Bovey Community Care was formally constituted in late 2012; although not officially linked to the Riverside Surgery in Bovey Tracey, we cover the catchment area served by Riverside – ie Bovey Tracey, Heathfield, Hennock, Ilsington and Liverton.
Bovey Community Care gratefully acknowledges the generous support of local town and county councillors, various charitable trusts and individual donors, all of which have enabled the project to get off the ground and flourish. We are aware of the ongoing need to ensure funding is available.
A wonderful group of volunteers have come forward; as an organisation we are very much indebted to them, and really appreciate the way they have been willing to give of their time. The support our volunteers offer ranges from a weekly friendly visit and an opportunity for a chat, to help with shopping, tidying the garden, walking the dog or carer relief. In some cases volunteers can take their clients out for the afternoon; in other cases the simple fact that the volunteer offers companionship is very much appreciated by clients who can no longer get out of the house.
Referrals come from Riverside Surgery, social services, care agencies, local reablement teams, family members or neighbours and clients themselves.
Bovey Community Care now forms part of Moorland Community Care Group which was established in 2016 as a charitable incorporated organisation or CIO. Moorland Community Care Group operates across Bovey Tracey, Ashburton and Buckfastleigh and surrounding areas. It has a board of trustees including chairman David Risdon, secretary Jim Ferguson and treasurer Kevin Hooke.
Bovey Community Care has a coordinator, who is charged with the day-to-day running of the service. You can contact her via Contact Us.
We are delighted to have been awarded a Quality Assurance Mark in 2018 – we are now an assured Torbay and South Devon Health and Wellbeing Provider.