Mid Devon District Council organised a community day in Crediton on Tuesday, November 24. The aim of the day was to make councillors aware of the range of voluntary organisations in the area, to find out what problems are faced and to see if there is anything the council can do to help resolve issues. Councillors visited a number of Crediton organisations to see first hand the good work being carried out, all of which could not be achieved without volunteers.
Councillors visited the food bank, organised by the Congregational Church – a new project, giving food to people who desperately need it. Wendy Brown, the food bank co-ordinator, said how much she appreciated the council’s interest in the project and really welcomed their promotion of it.
Councillors also visited Age Concern, meeting older residents who, without committed volunteers providing transport, would not be able to access it. They, too, said how much they welcomed the Council taking such an interest in the problems they face. Visits also included the Crediton Access Group and Community Transport Association, where councillors found out about access problems in Crediton.
They also visited Cisco, a project supporting international communities in Devon and Fulfilling Lives, a project supporting adults with learning disabilities .
Chairman of the Council, Frank Rosamond, said: “I have very high regard for the people who volunteer and give up their time to help others in the community who are less fortunate. I was very impressed with the contribution they make. This really is Big Society in action.”
Councillors resolved to help promote the local projects and will encourage others, particularly the elderly, to access the services that are available to them.