Sid Valley Help is a local charity that
provides information on health and
social care support services in the
Sid Valley - see the Information page
or contact us. During the coronavirus
outbreak we are working with
Sidmouth Town Council and other
local organisations to provide
information and operate a Community
Volunteer scheme. If you need help,
for example for shopping or collecting
a prescription, or you want to
volunteer please contact us.
Phone: 01395 892 011
text: 07378 964521
Sid Valley Help CIO AGM to be held on 29 September
The Annual General Meeting of the Sid Valley Help CIO will be held by zoom video conferencing on 29 September at 4 pm as part of a network meeting for linked organisations and stakeholders. Our Annual Report and Accounts for 2019/20 will be proposed for approval and they are available on the Downloads page of this website. Please contact us if you have not received an invitation and would like to join us.
Headlight is coming to Sidmouth! - 27 August 2020
Headlight, a mental health support project for 13-24 year olds, is about to open in Sidmouth. The well-established service managed by local charity Action East Devon has been working in Axminster and Ottery St Mary for some time. Funding to work in Sidmouth was secured from Sid Valley HELP and their many supporters for an April start. However, coronavirus, lockdown and restrictions on social distancing meant plans to set up the peer support project had to be put on hold. The full press release is HERE
Ben Feasey, Headlight Manager said “We will be offering a mixture of virtual and face to face work support to young people in Sidmouth from the end of September 2020. We have been working closely with colleagues at the Sidmouth Youth Centre to make sure we can use the venue for group sessions and individual support meetings in a safe way. Myself and the team are really looking forward to getting Headlight started in Sidmouth and helping as many young people as possible. It has been long wait!”
If you would like more information about Headlight please contact Ben Feasey on . AED are now taking referrals via the online form on the website
Community Volunteer Scheme - Update 22 September 2020
Many of our volunteers have now returned to work and a lot of the people we have been supporting feel that they are able to manage without volunteer support for the time being. This means that the number of people requiring on-going support has reduced.
Currently, we have 25 to 30 people who are relying on us for basic, weekly shopping. Most of them are shielding, very elderly or unwell and feel that they are still vulnerable and certainly unable to manage on their own. We are also continuing to collect prescriptions for a lot of people who cannot get them delivered. In addition we support another 10 people who receive regular telephone calls from a befriender.
A benefit of lockdown easing is that people we support may be seeing more of their families and friends. However as time passes some people may be feeling lonely and missing social contact. If you know of someone in this situation ask them if they would like one of our telephone friends to call regularly. Let us know or encourage them to call us on 01395 892011.
Get free food and vitamin vouchers from the Healthy Start Programme - download the flier HERE
TALKWORKS 13 June 2020
TALKWORKS is a free, confidential, NHS talking therapy service helping you to feel better by giving you the tools and techniques to improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
You can self-refer direct to TALKWORKS (if 18 or over) by calling 0300 555 3344 or through the website which has more information www.TALKWORKS.dpt.nhs.uk. Watch our film to see how TALKWORKS can help you. https://youtu.be/Ek5j1zdzqFw
or download a TALKWORKS leaflet HERE
Older news items
Older news items that were posted on this page more than a week ago have been copied to another page and can be found HERE