Neighbourhood Friends is a social action support service focussed on avoiding unplanned hospital admissions, reducing hospital stays and optimising people’s independence and wellbeing. It is available to vulnerable or frail people aged 18 and over living in Exeter, East and Mid Devon. Referrals are made by health and care professionals.

Our incredible team of volunteers help around 1,000 people a year. These are the types of roles our Neighbourhood Friends volunteers do:

Rapid Response Friends

help when there is a task that needs doing quickly such as picking up emergency food items or feeding a pet while someone is in hospital.

Welcome Home Friends

help with the transition from hospital to home, to make the experience as smooth as possible.

Wellbeing Friends

get involved when more long-term support is needed to help people achieve what they want to achieve – whether that’s visiting someone who is isolated or introducing someone to social activities in their community.

Repair and Removal Friends

This is a physical role offering DIY and practical skills to enable people to come home from hospital and live in safe, accessible environment. Tasks may include fitting a key safe, moving furniture or clearing overgrown gardens and paths.

For more information:

Please contact the Neighbourhood Friends team on tel: 01392 824752 and select option 2 followed by option 2 or
Email: [email protected]