The people that best understand communities are the people who live and work in them. One Towns are local partnerships that bring residents and service providers together to work on things that matter to their community. One Northern Devon is supporting the development of One Towns in each of the six main towns. Four are now established, plus one village. Recognising that health services have only a 10% overall impact on their patients’ health, local GPs have taken the lead in four of the One communities that have been established.
One Ilfracombe is a not for profit company which brings together services, businesses and the community for better health, economic prosperity and a higher quality living environment for the people of Ilfracombe. Over the last 6 years, One Ilfracombe has developed and delivered many projects to improve the wellbeing of its residents. These have included the Community Connector social prescribing service, mental health and dementia awareness, The Town Team, Out of the Blue cadet programme, as well as many others. Recently, One Ilfracombe has received funding to expand the Community Connector Service for 2 hours a day in Combe Coastal GP surgery and employ a Community Development Officer.
Find out more on the One Ilfracombe website
One Barnstaple is a partnership of local voluntary, community and public service organisations in Barnstaple, led by local GP Dr Simon Jones. In May 2019, launched with a 3 day event showcasing the fantastic community and voluntary sector organisations within the town. Representatives from One Barnstaple partner organisations attended the event to ask residents their opinion of Barnstaple and what they thought could be improved. Over 500 responses have been received so far, and these will be used by the One Barnstaple partnership to form a one year plan alongside public health data.
Find out more on the One Barnstaple website
Bideford Town Council, Torridge District Council, the police, fire service and Safer North Devon created One Bideford in February 2016. One Bideford aims to be a cohesive, collaborative, visible multi agency team that works daily to create a cleaner, safer and more vibrant town centre and to use public resources effectively and efficiently to resolve issues that matter most to the community. One Bideford works closely with Intagr8 to run a wellbeing centre open 5 days a week. This centre provides counselling and support to Bideford residents, as well as having two mini buses which are loaned out to different agencies. A job club has recently been started to help get people back into work and the service is looking to expand into other towns in the area.
Find out more on the One Bideford website
Live Well in Braunton
Live well in Braunton is a community partnership started by Dr Susanna Hill, Lorraine Loveden, Roger Byrom and others in 2017. The aim of the group is to improve connections within Braunton which they have done by launching a website which provides links to all community organisations in the village. The group has published a directory with copies located at the GP surgery and venues in Braunton. Live Well in Braunton have recently received funding from the Improved Better Care Fund and employed a Community Connector based at the hub in Braunton.
Find out more on the Live Well in Braunton website
The Torrington 100 group received funding from the improved Better Care Fund (Health and Social care funding) to employ two part time community developers. Torridge Volunteer services (TTVS) and The Plough Arts Centre are facililtating the project which aims to support Torrington’s satellite village communities as well as Great Torrington itself with an arts and culture based scheme. The group are also collaborating with Torrington Futures group and Care Forum to develop a website and database. Torrignton 100 was originally the steering group for this project but are currently looking at evolving the group to have a wider focus around the health and wellbeing of Torrington.
Find out more on the Torrington 100 website
One South Molton
One South Molton aim is to bringing residents and service providers together who know the local area best, to work on things that matter most to their community. Only recently formed (early 2020) the group have rapidly formed to support South Molton and Community as part of the Covid-19 response.
Find out more on the One South Molton Website
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