Some news from Westbank - our hidden gem up on the hill.
There is always such a lot of good stuff happening up there - be sure to check out their own website, westbank.org.uk/
The Westbank Community Choir re-launched last month with a new musical director, Kat Brooks. Singing a range of music – from The Eurythmics, to Marvin Gaye, to Edith Piaf, to Mumford and Sons – the list goes on... the group (which is always welcoming of new members) meets on Wednesday evenings from 7pm-8.30pm at our centre in Exminster; sessions cost £3.50.
The Exminster Memory Café will be open on Friday 18th October, from 10.30am to 12.30pm in Exminster Victory Hall. One of Westbank's volunteers, Dick Dinwiddy, will be giving a short talk on his experiences in the NHS and the changes he has seen. Dick is well positioned to share his own unique insights into the NHS, which he gained during his time working there. Dick has an engaging, conversational style and is not afraid to say it how he sees it! Answers to the trivia questions from last month... (1) In a traditional Devonshire cream tea, the jam is put on top of the cream (2) The variation to a cream tea known as "Thunder and Lightning" is made with golden syrup, treacle or honey instead of jam... I am going to steer away from whether golden syrup or treacle is more traditional and the use of 'splits' versus scones, but I invite you to think about this for yourselves!
Westbank Cook and Chat is a service that matches volunteers with people in their own homes to give them confidence and skills in cooking. If you know someone who might benefit from this service please contact Sarah Forde (contact details below).
Our Face Painting Project is looking for community events to support this autumn. The project has recently trained some new volunteer recruits who are keen to put their skills into practice. The project offers young people support and training to learn new skills and improve their self-confidence through volunteering. Organisations are asked for a donation to help towards the costs and to provide the young people with their own face painting kit to take away at the end of the project. If you are looking for opportunities for your community event to boost its fundraising or wish to provide a free attraction at your event then please contact Alison Gordon (details below).
Our Conservation Skills Project gives people the chance to develop skills and confidence through volunteering as part of a supported group at Natural England's East Dartmoor National Nature reserve, near Bovey Tracey. The reserve is a special place for important animals and plants. The group helps preserve this by carrying out conservation tasks such as cutting, clearing, burning, repairing, restoring and creating, under instruction from staff at the nature reserve and Westbank supporters. Transport may be provided to the reserve from an agreed pick-up point. Contact: Alison Gordon.
Westbank Play Skills Project gives people the opportunity to develop skills and confidence through training and volunteering within a supported environment. It offers an introduction to play work for those who think they might want to work in a play setting. The project aims to give people the chance to develop skills in play work through taking part in group training sessions and volunteering placements. Contact: Alison Gordon.
At present we particularly need volunteers to help with the following:
· Westbank in Touch telephone befriending - an invaluable service, chatting to particularly isolated ladies and gents across Teignbridge. If you have a spare hour or two each week, we have a number of people waiting to be matched with telephone befrienders. Full training is provided with on-going support
· On the first Monday of each month we hold a lunch club for ladies and gents. Could you spare a couple of hours - helping to serve tea, chat and/or join in with an activity?
If you would like to join our team of volunteers please contact us via the details below. We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities to suit people of all ages and interests.
To find out more about any of the above opportunities please phone 01392 824752 and select option 2 followed by option 2 or email