About us

The need for Sid Valley Help was identified by the Sidmouth Health & Care Forum in 2017 and it was set up by local residents and registered as a charity in 2019. We are very grateful for the support of Devon County Council, East Devon District Council, Sidmouth Town Council, the RD&E NHS Trust and the GPs at the Sid Valley Practice.

Sid Valley HELP is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered in England no. 1181458. Our entry on the Charities Commission website is available HERE.

To donate to us please go to the Donations page and to volunteer there is more information on the Volunteer page.
Sid Valley Help Management Group
Di Fuller - Chair & Trustee
After a career as a teacher and a senior manager in further education, Di moved to Sidmouth in 2006 and worked as an educational consultant to schools and colleges until retiring in 2011. Di was chair of the GP's Practice Patient Participation Group for five years and until 2020 she chaired the Sidmouth Health & Care Forum which brings together NHS, Social Services and voluntary sector organisations. Di set up and chairs the local Wellbeing and Health Action Team as well as Sid Valley Help.
Keith Gillanders - Trustee & Vice-chair
Keith has background in engineering and economics and worked for engineering firms and for PricewaterhouseCoopers management consultants in London. He moved to Exeter in 2000 and joined Regen to develop renewable energy projects. Keith has lived in Sidmouth since 2012 and he is also a volunteer for Sidmouth Hospice at Home.
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Peter McGauley - Trustee
From an educational and business background, Peter moved to Sidmouth 30 years ago. Currently Peter is a founder member and President of the Sidmouth St Vincent de Paul (SVP) Conference, a faith based international charity dedicated to the dispossessed, isolated and lonely. He holds office at both parish and diocesan levels and is a former Governor of St John’s School in Sidmouth. In 2020 Peter was decorated by Pope Francis for “distinguished service” to the Church and wider community. He is also a trustee of Sidmouth Consolidated Charities.
Deirdre Hounsom - Trustee
Deirdre  or 'Dee' is a qualified personal coach, and as a company director produced major corporate events for blue chip companies in London. Since moving to Sidmouth in 2005 she became involved with many local groups and initiatives. Dee was the Chair of the recently approved Sid Valley Neighbourhood Plan and is the Volunteering Coordinator for The Arts Society of Sidmouth. She is a Sidmouth Town Councillor and is the appointed member for Sidmouth in Bloom, the Tourism & Economy Forum, the Fair-Trade group and the Twinning Group and she liaises with all the Sidmouth festival organisers.
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Andrew Hardy - Trustee and treasurer 
Andy was born in Derbyshire and after a career as a Chartered Surveyor in London and the home counties Andy retired and moved to Sidmouth. He is a crew member of the Sidmouth Lifeboat and has spent time as a volunteer with the Sid Valley Foodbank and the Talking Newspaper. Andy enjoys walking, cycling and playing golf, table tennis and walking football.
Ron Peppin - Trustee
Ron worked in the telecoms industry in London for 42 years before moving to Sidmouth in 2014. As well as being a Trustee he answers the phone calls and emails to the Sid Valley Help Helpline. Ron is also Treasurer of the Sid Valley Food Bank and Secretary of the St Francis Church Parochial Church Council.
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Julie Turner - Management Group Member
Julie has worked in education for over 30 years. She was Deputy Head of a school in Somerset and most recently Headteacher in a school in West Berkshire. Currently she is a consultant and trainer for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and provides support on whole school leadership. She is particularly keen to encourage sustainable student mental health and wellbeing initiatives.
Sid Valley Help Volunteers
We have over 25 wonderful volunteers at present (February 2022) supporting vulnerable households with shopping etc and providing our befriending service. We hope to re-start our drop-in social sessions, which were hosted by volunteers, soon.  We are indebted to our past and present volunteers for their time and dedication.