Neighbourhood Friends is now available across all areas served by the RD&E’s acute and community hospitals in Exeter, East and Mid Devon.

Our staff and team of extraordinary volunteers support people aged 18 and over, who need extra support to prevent admission to hospital or who may need help settling back at home after a stay in hospital.

Our dedicated and friendly team of volunteers provide assistance with:

  • Transport home from hospital and to medical and rehabilitation appointments
  • Shopping
  • Collecting prescriptions or equipment
  • Fitting key safes / moving furniture to make way for hospital beds
  • Connecting to community services and activities

All unusual requests considered – please just ask!

"It’s this kind of practical help that makes a valuable addition to the support provided by health and care professionals, and can make such a difference to a person - giving them confidence to maintain their independence at home."

Referrals can only be made by Health and Care Professionals.

Referral line open Monday to Friday 8.30am–4.30pm.

To make a referral please contact the Neighbourhood Friends team on:

t: 01392 823690

e: [email protected]

To view our latest project update report please click on the link below:

Neighbourhood_Friends_Project_Update_FINAL_VERSION.pdf