Sid Valley Help is a local charity that provides information on health and social care support services in the Sid Valley - click on the Information button or contact us. 

Phone: 01395 892 011

Text:      07378 964521

Email: sidvalleyhelp@gmail.com 

Social Men 19 October 2021

We know many men don't want to just sit around feeling bored and lonely! Sid Valley Help is running the Social Men project to help men who want to reconnect to activities in the local community.  It's time to get out and do something - time to join a social or sports club, or start voluntary work. Download our Social Men leaflet which has a list of selected clubs and groups - all of whom welcome new members.   

Update 15 October 2021:

Sid Valley Help  We are continuing to support vulnerable households and we will endeavour to meet new requests for help with shopping and for telephone and face-to-face befriending. For information on local health and social care services and organisations and businesses providing delivery services see this website or call our helpline: 01395 892 011 

Sidmouth Hospice at Home We provide tailored care and support for people in the Sid Valley diagnosed as palliative, and their carers and families; we commission and fund specialist nursing and hospice beds. Our Volunteers provide support by driving (e.g. medical appointments and shopping), befriending, and in bereavement. We organise and signpost to wider support as required. The Information Centre at 48 High Street has re-opened and the opening hours are 10 am to 2 pm Monday to Friday.

Contact us on 01395 577 126        website:  www.sidmouthhospiceathome.org.uk.

Sidmouth Voluntary Services 

New clients and volunteers are always welcome. SVS is at Twyford House in Coburg Road and provides a variety of services:

  • Cafe every morning from 9.00-11.00 am - drop in for a chat or to relax with the daily newspaper or a book from our library.  Activities such as bingo take place with Lisa on Friday mornings.

  • Pick up free groceries from our Fare Share and Sidmouth SAVE Food Hub which collects food that would otherwise be wasted for use in our kitchens and distribution at the cafe.

  • The Lunch Club runs from Monday to Friday and offers a three course freshly prepared meal and a door-to-door minibus service is available for a small additional cost. Cooked lunches are delivered by volunteers to households who need it.

  • Medical car service is continuing to assist clients with transport to and from hospital, GP and dental appointments.

  • Shopping buses provide transport to Lidl, Waitrose and Tesco at Seaton.   

For further information please contact our Warden on: 01395 515063 or the Transport Team: 01395 512221 (mornings).    website: www.sidmouthvs.org.uk

Sid Valley Food Bank The Food Bank is continuing to supply client families.  

Phone 07936 917507 website: www.sidvalleyfoodbank.org.uk

Save Food Hub - for information see the website: www.savefoodhub.org.uk

Sidmouth Oasis Cafe - all ages welcome every Wednesday 12:45 to 2:15 at Dissenters Hall, All Saints Road. The Facebook page is HERE 

Home Energy advice 

Exeter Community Energy (ECOE) at www.ecoe.org.uk is a local charity that provides the following free services:

  • Telephone and email support to help with:
    - Energy advice to reduce bills and stay warm
    - Billing issues and tariff comparisons
    - Warm Home Discount and Priority Services Register applications
    - Signposting to other services including for grants for insulation or heating upgrades.

  • Emergency support for those with urgent energy or billing issues, or heating issues such as broken heating.

  • Free Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP) telephone advice calls and home visits are available for all those who are eligible.

  • Referrals for benefit checks, debt advice, social tariffs with SW Water and fire safety checks.

Contact  the office on 0800 772 3617 or email healthyhomes@ecoe.org.uk .

Free Wellbeing Workshops

TALKWORKS is running free Wellbeing Workshops on a whole range of topics, including a ‘Stress Less’ session, focussed on helping you find ways to manage your worries. Other workshops offered are ‘An Introduction to Mindfulness’, ‘Wellbeing for Parenthood’, and ‘TALKWORKS for Sleep’. These sessions are run by qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners who will teach you a range of evidence-based cognitive behavioural techniques and help you to take these next steps forward positively.

The workshops are designed to help you to help yourself with a wide range of advice, useful handouts and lots of information on where to get further support. Signing up is simple: anyone over the age of 18 with a GP in Devon can call TALKWORKS on 0300 555 3344 and register with the service to book a place. www.talkworks.dpt.nhs.uk

Primary Care Mental Health Team

Based at the Coleridge Medical Centre the team serves patients of the surgeries in Sidmouth, Honiton and Ottery St Mary. It consist of a MH Practitioner, three Health & Wellbeing Coaches and two MH Care Coordinators. Download a leaflet HERE.

Referrals to the team are from a clinician at your GP's surgery. Contact email address:


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