Devon Highlights is a community project led by Devon Communities Together, that supports older people (aged 55+) living in rural areas of Devon, who may be at risk of loneliness and isolation.
Highlights groups run across six different communities in Devon – Chulmleigh, Totnes, Paignton, Exmouth, Teignmouth and Holsworthy. Those already running include Chulmleigh, Totnes and Paignton, with the rest of the localities to follow.
Each Highlights group has fortnightly sessions, open to anyone aged 55 and over. These sessions provide individuals with the chance to get to know new people, connect with their local community, explore different activities and interests, and improve their mental and physical wellbeing.
Highlights sessions are free to attend and all refreshments are provided! Group activities are shaped by the members themselves, according to their interests or hobbies. This could include arts and crafts, board games, nature walks, interesting guest speakers, cooking/baking and creative writing.
The project is supported by the National Lottery’s Community Fund and HM Government – together forming the Building Connections Fund.
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To find out more about Devon HIGHLIGHTS, please contact Dawn Eckhart by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01392 248919.