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Westbank Community Health and Care

Westbank League of Friends was established in 1986 and has been a registered charity for over 20 years. Westbank oversee the running of Seachange.

We work to empower and improve the health of communities and individuals across Devon and to become a voluntary sector leader for development and innovation across Devon and the southwest region. The culture has always had a strong emphasis on the core values of the organisation and the type of people who work within it feel passionate about working for a charity that delivers a local service for local people.

Timeline:

  • 1986: Devon-based charity Westbank Community Health and Care, officially launched with 24 volunteers who made over 800 visits to 150 patients in the 1st year
  • 1998: the first carers group was launched
  • 1999: we welcomed children to our new playscheme in Starcross
  • 2005: our Healthy Living Centre opened its doors, providing services for the local community
  • 2007: became a company limited by guarantee
  • 2008: opened a charity shop in Starcross
  • 2008: launched county-wide Devon Carers Link
  • 2014: launched Neighbourhood Friends
  • 2016: Living Well Taking Controlachieved national provider status form NHS England
  • 2018: Budleigh Hub/Seachange opened its doors
  • 2018: Devon Adult and Young Carers contracts awarded
  • 2018: launched the first diabetes prevention social impact bond, Healthier Devon, in England
  • 2021: Westbank Neighbourhood Friends receive the Queens Award for Volunteering.

Today Westbank employs over 250 members of staff and have 550+ volunteers supporting thousands of people across Devon.

"I vividly remember the Open Meeting which was held at Starcross Surgery in the autumn of 1985. The primary health care team were keen to establish a group of volunteers to provide additional care comfort and support to those patients of the Westbank area. So many people attended the meeting that we ran out of seats and people were crowded in the doorway." Diana White (Westbank Chair 2008 - 2018)


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NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group

We are the organisation responsible for planning, commissioning (or buying) and developing healthcare services for the 1.2 million people who live in Devon. Our mission is to work together to commission the right services to improve the lives of those who live in Devon

We are the organisation responsible for planning, commissioning (or buying) and developing healthcare services for the 1.2 million people who live in Devon.

The CCG is a membership body, made up of all the GP practices in Devon. We are led by a governing body of healthcare professionals – including local GPs, nurses, consultants and lay members – who ensure that we commission safe and effective healthcare services, within our budget.

NHS Devon CCG – the fifth largest in England – formed on 1 April 2019, following the merger of the two previous CCGs in Devon: NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG and NHS South Devon and Torbay CCG.

Devon is the fourth largest county in England with a diverse and growing population. It includes the cities of Plymouth and Exeter, more than 45 towns – both rural and urban – and several hundred parishes.

Our aim is to improve people’s lives in Devon – wherever they live – to reduce health inequalities and make sure we can deliver these services for the long term.

What we do

Within our budget of £1.8 billion, we plan and buy the majority (two-thirds) of the hospital and community NHS services for the county, including:

  • most planned hospital care
  • rehabilitative care
  • urgent and emergency care (including out-of-hours)
  • most community health services, such as community nursing and physiotherapy
  • maternity and new-born services (excluding neonatal intensive care)
  • infertility services
  • children and young people’s health services
  • mental health and learning disability services
  • continuing healthcare for people with ongoing health needs, such as nursing care

From 1 April 2019, the CCG took on responsibility for commissioning general practice (previously commissioned by NHS England). This enables the CCG to deliver better, more joined-up care for patients, closer to home.

As a key partner in the Devon Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, we work closely with local hospital trusts, mental health trusts, councils and others to help achieve the best possible outcomes for local people.

We involve local patients, carers and the public, and organisations such as the Healthwatches in Devon, Plymouth and Torbay, to help us better understand local need and commission high-quality care that is safe, effective and focused on the patient experience – as set out in the CCG’s constitution and the NHS Constitution.

Our constitution and approval letter outlines how CCG operates, including our membership, governing body, functions, decision-making processes, and statutory framework. It is supported by our governance handbook.

CCGs are accountable to the Secretary of State for Health, through NHS England, which has responsibility for the other third of the NHS healthcare spend (for example, dental services and some specialised hospital services). Read more about the NHS structure.

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Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust

The RD&E provides safe, compassionate and high quality integrated health and care services in Exeter and across Eastern and Mid-Devon to around 450,000 people.

One of the first NHS Foundation Trusts nationally, we are directly accountable to and work hand-in-hand with local people and communities. The Trust has earned a national and international reputation for the provision of high quality healthcare, innovation, research and education.

We provide a wide range of outpatient services for our community at Seachange. These include retinal eye scanning, stoma care, adult and child bladder and bowl, AAA screening, cardiac support, podiatry, physiotherapy, Parkinson Clinics and geriatric care.

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League of Friends of Budleigh Salterton Hospital

The League of Friends of the Budleigh Salterton Hospital was founded in 1948 at the time of the creation of the NHS.

Its objectives were to relieve the patients of the Budleigh Salterton Hospital who are sick, convalescent and infirm, and, generally, to support the charitable work of the Hospital. This has been the League’s calling in all the intervening years to this day. The League donated many hundreds of thousands of pounds over the years to improve the wellbeing of patients, from buying equipment to ward refurbishment.

Whilst there is no longer a hospital nothing has changed. The League donated some £600,000 to help set up the Health and Wellbeing Hub in 2017/18. Since then it has continued to support the Hub financially.

Members of the League also volunteer in a variety of capacities which enhance the services and activities of the Hub.

Traditionally, the League has depended upon donations and legacies, and continues to rely on these sources of income.

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Launchpad CIC

Launchpad is a day service which offers adults with learning disabilities the opportunity to develop employment, social and independent living skills within a safe and supported environment

Launchpad was set up in August 2017 and supports over 25 adults in both catering and horticulture. Trainees are encouraged to set their own goals and are supported by staff and volunteers in the achievement of those goals. Progress and achievement are recorded in interactive 'CVs' made up of written material, photos and videos. If a trainee wishes to progress into employment, the Launchpad team will support them in every way possible, including liaising with potential employers, help to apply for a job, prepare for and attend an interview and support in starting work.

Launchpad is responsible for the catering requirements at the Budleigh Hub, and the trainees are involved in all aspects of this – preparing meals, baking cakes, serving customers and maintaining hygiene and cleanliness standards. As well as preparing meals for the elderly day services, we also cater for lunches for the Memory café, buffets and refreshments for meetings and conferences. Our café is open for users of the Hub and the general public. The café is open weekdays (Monday-Friday) from 9am-4.30pm and offers a full range of hot and cold drinks, snack, and light lunches, as well as delicious homemade cakes and scones.

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If you can’t get to the Hub for a meal, Launchpad also produces a range of delicious and great value homemade frozen meals which we can deliver to you in Budleigh and the surrounding area.

Launchpad also has responsibility for looking after and developing the ground around the Hub. Hortic@theHub runs every Thursday and trainees can learn about basic garden maintenance as well as planting and growing fruit, vegetables and flowers for use in the kitchen and café.

For more information about Launchpad, to take a look at the day services, to order meals, or to find out what the daily special is just call us at Seachange.

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Budleigh Salterton and District Hospiscare

Budleigh Salterton and District Hospiscare is a local independent Charity which raises funds to meet the cost of services for patients of the Budleigh Salterton Medical Centre and Woodbury Surgery who have a progressive life-limiting illness

We recruit and support volunteers and contribute towards the cost of care in the ward at Searle House (the hospice in Exeter) and day services in Exeter and Kings House, Honiton.

We work closely with Hospiscare, Exeter, Mid & East Devon (now merged with Exmouth & Lympstone Hospiscare), as well as Sidmouth Hospice at Home (previously Sidmouth Hospiscare).

We are financially independent of the other Hospiscare charities and do not receive any funds from the NHS or any other Government agencies or public bodies.

We are based at Seachange and work with all their partners to help our community.

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Atlas Care

Leading specialists in Dementia and cognitive health and wellbeing. Our mission is to provide research-based care and support to both families and individuals across the South West through constant innovation and therapeutic relationships.

In partnership with Seachange, Atlas has launched ‘Active Minds’. This is an impact measured, treatment focused service designed to maintain an individual’s physical and mental health and offer respite to families.

What is Active Minds?

Active Minds is designed to maintain someone’s cognitive function as well as concentrating on nutrition and physical therapy. Each session will have 5 people in the group and will be facilitated by a specialist CST dementia coach. The sessions will last 2.5 hours and are targeted towards a different aspect of the brain including:

  • Language and numbers
  • Faces
  • Categorising
  • Geographical locations

The sessions will be measured to ensure what we do makes a difference to someone’s mental health and quality of life.

Date and Time

Wednesday and Friday

Cost

£15 per hour

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Budleigh Community Workshop Trust

Makes us stronger in practical ways

Budleigh Community Workshop Trust is a new East Devon based Social Enterprise Charity sustained by the commitment of local volunteers who gave generously of their time and practical expertise for the betterment and wellbeing of the Community.

Our specially-designed workshop and meeting room facilities are presently under refurbishment and due to open in Spring 2021 for practical, creative and social activities, community support, and learning opportunities.

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“When you are here at Seachange, people care about your wellbeing and they want to help you. That includes the reception staff, the café, and the managers. It really does make a difference.”

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