Assist Teignbridge Assist Teignbridge
The Manor House, Old Town Street
Dawlish, Devon EX7 9AW

Tel: 01626 888321/889288
Fax: 01626 888321
Charity No. 1154936


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Community Support
Home Care
Home Help
Nail Trimming
Support Us!
Contact details
Partners &

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update:

Current guidelines include stopping non-essential contact with others and adopting social distancing. We are continuing to provide essential care services, prioritising those with the greatest need. An additional essential service now is to undertake food shopping for those who are struggling to access it online or by phone. We have some capacity through our Home Help service to support in this way, please see The Home Help Service webpage.

In our local community, many are now confined to their homes and may need help with a variety of things. If you can offer any support locally we would love to hear from you. Dawlish Town Council and other local organisations have put together this leaflet for the local community, but since the situation is changing day by day, please also look at their website HelpingDawlish for the latest information.

*** NEW *** Dawlish Town Council has published this video on Facebook. It explains the HelpingDawlish initiative and has sections highlighting the involvement of the various organisations, including ourselves.

Welcome to the ASSIST TEIGNBRIDGE homepage

This charity is at the heart of the community in Dawlish, Devon, promoting volunteering and offering information, advice, help and assistance to elderly and vulnerable people in the locality through the Community Support Project.

The charity also provides a range of services across the whole of Teignbridge:-
a home care & sitting service to support individuals and enable carers to take a break;
a nail trimming service in people's homes or at a central venue in Dawlish; and
a home help service for those who struggle to manage household tasks.

We work with other charities in the locality and are supported by many local businesses. See the "Partners & Supporters" page for more information. Our work has also been recognised more widely - we were thrilled to be awarded the first Sir Eric Dancer Thriving Communities Award in 2014, and we are very proud to have been awarded a Quality Assurance Mark in 2018.

The Quality Assurance Mark is a designation of quality for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations improving the health and wellbeing of people in the Teignbridge, Torbay and South Devon communities.

The picture is from the presentation day at Old Forde House, with (l-r) Cllr. Tim Golder (Chairman of Teignbridge District Council), Lynn Cavill (Trustee - Open Daw), HM Deputy Lieutenant of Devon Robin Barlow, Shirley Fewings MBE (Manager - Assist Teignbridge) and Robin Buchanan (Chair of Trustees - Assist Teignbridge)

NEW in April 2019!

Through collaboration with the Devon Digital Carers Project, we are pleased to offer access to a free online library of health and care videos. Just click here to view the extensive range of videos available.


In late 2016, Teignbridge CVS (Community & Voluntary Service) commissioned a video showcasing voluntary sector organisations that provide services to support health and wellbeing. A link to the video is here; our contribution, with footage from one of our Nail Clinics, is about 12 minutes in!

The charity's fifth AGM was held in June 2019.
Those present heard from the Trustees, the Charity Manager and the Service Co-ordinators how our public benefit aims are being achieved in the community. The Annual Report 2018/19 is available to view in our office, or you can download a digital copy here.

The Volunteer Centre

We offer support and advice to individuals considering volunteering, and recruit, interview and place volunteers within the local community or with other voluntary organisations.

We are always looking for volunteers to help with our projects; if you have some time to spare, we would love to hear from you! No special skills are required, just a willingness to help. Give a gift of your time and get so much more back. We can offer training and ongoing support, and travel expenses are paid.

Please click here for more information, or call the Volunteer Co-ordinator on 01626 888321.

Community Support Project

We offer information & advice, and signpost to relevant sources of support. Our work in the community also provides free support services to those in need. Delivered by volunteers, our services include befriending, help with gardening, dog walking, escorting, and benefits checks. Please click here for more information.

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The Home Care Service

We support Carers in the whole of the Teignbridge area by providing a sitting service, enabling Carers to have a much-needed break during the day or overnight.

We also provide practical help and personal care to individuals in their own homes, helping them to continue living independently for longer. Often people need short-term support after illness or a spell in hospital, or after having a fall.

Our Care Staff are reliable and fully trained and will treat you or your cared-for with dignity and respect. We are registered with the Care Quality Commission for the provision of Personal Care.

We have a Statement of Purpose, which explains the services we can offer and provides summary information for clients. You can access this document by clicking here. Alternatively please call the Co-ordinators on 01626 889288 and request a paper copy.

For more information and client testimonials, see the Home Care Service webpage by clicking here.

The Home Help Service

This service supports older people and carers in Teignbridge.

Does limited mobility or ill-health mean you can no longer keep your home as you would like?
Are there some tasks you struggle to cope with, such as changing your bedding or cleaning your bath?
Do you need help with shopping or meal preparation?


For more information, click here to go to the Home Help Service webpage, or call the Co-ordinator on 01626 889288.

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The Nail Trimming Service

Do you have difficulty cutting your toenails? We are here to help. This home-visiting service to trim toenails was set up in 2009 under a Department of Health initiative. It was initially subsidised but we now need to cover all our costs. As a charity, we keep the fees as low as possible, with the charge currently set at just 16.

There are some restrictions on who can access the service, and other important information on the service webpage, for details click here or call the Co-ordinator on 01626 889288.

As an alternative to the home visit, we now offer a Nail Trimming Clinic every other month at the Manor House, Dawlish. For more details see the service webpage.

Please Support Us!

We need volunteers to continue providing our services, and Trustees to help with the running of the organisation.
Please click here if you can support us with your time.

We make a charge for some of our services, but for those that are free to users we rely on grant aid and donations from our supporters. Click here to find out how to make a donation or otherwise help us financially.


You can now make a secure payment by debit or credit card. Click here to open our donation page on the Virgin Money Giving website.

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Our Contact Details

Assist Teignbridge
The Manor House
Old Town Street

A link to Google Maps is on our Contact page.

Telephone 01626 889288 or 888321
fax 01626 888321
or e-mail

Our office is manned Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, except when our staff are out on visits. If you leave your name and number on our answerphone we will call you back as soon as we can.

Assist Teignbridge

Assist Teignbridge is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered with the Charity Commission, no. 1154936.
Patron: Sir David Hoare, Bt.

We are grateful to Kualo for providing free hosting of this website, under their initiative to enable as many charities as possible to get their websites online for free. Follow the link Free Charity Hosting by Kualo for more details.

Page updated May 2020