SVH March Newsletter


We now have four signposting volunteers and four new recruits who have completed the application, interview, references and induction training. Volunteers keen to befriend people younger than 60 are also coming forward. In addition, Independent Age now has volunteers befriending the over 60s in the Sid Valley.

Tea and Chat

The first Sid Valley Help Tea and Chat session was held at the Mustard Seed Cafe on 21 March from 3pm to 4pm - future sessions with be held monthly. All are welcome to drop in.


The local version of Social Prescribing has now started in the Sid Valley. The local coordinator is Lou Saunders and GPs and other health professionals can make a referral to Lou who will arrange an interview and give advice.

First Aid Training

The two First Aid sessions we arranged in February were generally well received.

Safeguarding Training

It was agreed that all Sid Valley Help Trustees and volunteers should have Safeguarding Awareness training and this has been arranged for 2 April. Any spare places will be offered to partner organisations.

Pop up Sessions

We held pop up sessions at the Beacon Health Centre on Monday 4 March and at Blackmore on 11 March. Future sessions will be weekly, alternating between the Beacon and Blackmore surgeries.


The Shopping booklet is almost ready to send for printing. The Support for Carers booklet is being edited and will be ready for Carers’ week in June.

New Mums

We are investigating the possibility that the Children’s Centre at Stowford could be used by new Mums.


Our grant application to Sidmouth Town Council was successful and the £690 applied for was awarded. A £200 check was received from the Sidmouth Scout Group from a fund-raising Murder Mystery dinner. Thanks to both STC and the Scouts.

Street Collections

The Sid Valley Help annual street collection will be held on Friday 12 April 9am to 3pm and the upstairs room at Costa will be used as HQ. A rota is being drawn up and we are keen to recruit people to help collecting. Please give an hour if you can and let us know by return email.