Help at Hand
Kerswella is a newly formed patient support group set up under the support of Kingscare League of Friends and aims to offer a range of support services and social activities with the aim of improving the quality of life of those in need in the Kingskerswell, Coffinswell, Abbotskerswell and surrounding area.
Of course, Kingscare has been providing help and support to people in the Kingsteignton area for many years but did not have the resource to extend into the Kerswell areas.
Through Kingscare’s consultations with local existing community groups, it was quite evident that there was a need for more support for the vulnerable and socially isolated residents in the Kerswell areas – and that the existing community organisations are unable to fill this gap. Additionally, Kingskerswell is a village which is currently being redefined since the opening of the long-awaited bypass and residents are keen to develop a caring and close community.
Kerswella and its committee was formed in the autumn of 2017 with an amount of funding from the Big Lottery Fund.
Gill Gould, Kerswella’s co-ordinator feels there is a real need to reach socially isolated and vulnerable people in the Kingskerswell area to combat loneliness and social isolation by offering services such as befriending, shopping, home support services and transport.
Gill has had a positive response from members of the community and twelve months into the project, a team of volunteers with a variety of skills has been recruited and Kerswella is now offering support to a number of local residents at home and helping with transport to and from Kingskerswell surgery and local hospitals.
Extra funding has also been secured from Devon County Council to start a Memory Café in Kingskerswell.
Kerswella is delighted to say that the Memory Café will open on 21st November at 2.30 – 4.30pm and will take place every Third Wednesday of each month thereafter.