Westbank League of Friends was established in 1986 and operated as a registered charity for over 20 years until it became Westbank Community Health and Care and registered as a company limited by guarantee in 2007. 

We work to empower and improve the health of communities and individuals across Devon and to become a voluntary sector leader for development and innovation across Devon and the southwest region. The culture has always had a strong emphasis on the core values of the organisation and the type of people who work within it feel passionate about working for a charity that delivers a local service for local people.


  • 1986: Devon-based charity Westbank Community Health and Care, officially launched with 24 volunteers who made over 800 visits to 150 patients in the 1st year
  • 1998: The first carers group was launched
  • 1999: We welcomed children to our new playscheme in Starcross
  • 1999: Support commenced for Exeter and Teignbridge Young Carers 
  • 2003: Support commenced for East Devon Young Carers
  • 2005: Cur Healthy Living Centre opened its doors, providing services for the local community
  • 2007: Became a company limited by guarantee
  • 2008: Launched county-wide Devon Carers Link 
  • 2014: Launched Neighbourhood Friends
  • 2016: Living Well Taking Control achieved national provider status form NHS England
  • 2018: Budleigh Hub opened its doors
  • 2018: Devon Adult and Young Carers contracts awarded
  • 2018: Launched the first diabetes prevention social impact bond, Healthier Devon, in England
  • 2019: Outstanding Care Awards for Devon and Cornwall - Winner for Voluntary Sector Award
  • 2021: Queens Award for Voluntary Service awarded
  • 2022: Warmwell launched 
  • 2023: The Community Cookery School launched

Today Westbank employs over 250 members of staff and have 550+ volunteers supporting thousands of people across Devon.