Westbank aims to promote and improve the health and wellbeing of people in the local community, across Devon and beyond.

Westbank is a registered charity established in 1986 and became company limited by guarantee in 2007.

The organisation was originally set up to provide practical and emotional support to people in the villages along the west bank of the river exe.  The organisation now works with communities and individuals across Devon. Westbank’s Community Care and Healthy Living Centre premises are in Exminster and there is a charity shop and meeting place in Starcross.

The organisation has been providing practical help such as shopping, transport to and from medical appointments, befriending and support since its inception. Supporting carers has always been a priority and this is now delivered and managed by Westbank through the Devon Carers service. Quality and active day care continues to be provided at our Day Centre which places 50 clients per week which also provides home cooked meals and bathing services.  The Community Centre is also a popular meeting point for group activities.

The Healthy Living Centre which opened in 2004 has enabled the provision of many more services both in-house and in the community.  The centre was developed for the promotion and enabling of healthy living initiatives and activities.  The overall aim is to empower and improve the health and wellbeing of local people, especially those who feel marginalised and socially excluded groups and individuals. The Centre includes a very innovative gym with disabled access equipment, after school and holiday club for children, crèche, gymnastics club, conference and meeting facilities and a community café named Seedlings. 

Using the meeting facilities we provide fitness classes, weight management, stress management and complimentary therapies. Workshops and training are also delivered both in house and through experts from other organisations.

Our work is funded from a variety of sources and through local authority and health authority service level agreements. The organisation is committed to generating income of its own to ensure long term sustainability.