My role is paid for by various statutory organisations in Devon, in partnership together and it’s part time. The aims of my role are to stop people being isolated and where possible become more involved in their community and become less likely to visit the doctor due to illness.
I also work closely with St Thomas Community Association- supporting events and linking people of similar interest together. I also help any group who asks me to come and meet them in St Thomas area – they may need advice about an event or funding.
This also means I knock on people’s doors and briefly chat to them about what they’d like to see in their community. I respond to what they tell me and try to link them up with the appropriate people/organisations. I attend meetings and events as part of or to represent the community and most of all I try to encourage community-lead projects to happen in the area, plus when I hear of upcoming events I tell others – either via social media, posters or leaflets in specifically targeting those who I know will be interested. Events can be for any section of the community as there are over 7000 of us in St Thomas, young and old alike. Community is about all of us.
If you have any concerns or ideas please contact me.