KingsCare League of Friends known simply as ‘KingsCare’ in 1997 when the doctors at Kingsteignton Medical Practice employed one of their receptionists on a part time basis to recruit and run a few volunteers to bring patients into the surgery in their own cars for appointments. They soon added a small sitting service for carers so that they could get out for a short time and know that their loved one was being cared for in their absence. We were fortunate enough to have, among the volunteers, a wonderful cook so a monthly lunch club was established in the United Reformed Church Hall. The treasurer of the organisation was the warden at Joslin Court in Robers Road and she ran a monthly social afternoon for the tenants in the Church Hall next door. This became Tea & Chats and was, in time adopted by KingsCare.
KingsCare became a registered charity, KingsCare League of Friends, in March 2003 and had just taken on their first Co-ordinator who would be working alongside but independent of the surgery. As with all such voluntary bodies it was her role to raise the funding necessary to grow the organisation.

We have continued to grow over the years adding projects and activities and now have over 60 volunteers helping with a large variety of support services and social activities. In April 2012 we took on a part time assistant and in August a Hospital Discharge worker on a short term contract. To house the extra staff and growing workload, the partners at Kingsteignton have let us use a large room at the side of the surgery with an independent entrance. This space has allowed us to expand our services to take in Towercare, the befriending service that looks after patients from the surgeries based in Newton Abbot.