Health and wellbeing charity shares volunteers’ stories to recruit more helpers

Throughout Volunteers’ Week (3 - 9 June), Westbank Community Health and Care is celebrating the army of volunteers who are the beating heart of the Devon-wide charity and sharing volunteers’ stories to inspire more people to help make a difference.

Volunteers’ Week - now in its 40th year - is a week when charities across the South West celebrate those who give up their time to help...

he Exeter Quay group celebrating 20 years of Westbank's Health Walks

Celebrating 20 years of Devon charity’s Health Walks

Devon health and wellbeing charity Westbank Community Health and Care has clocked up an impressive 20 years since it began its programme of organised, daytime health walks for people of all ages and varying abilities.

Throughout May - National Walking Month - Westbank is celebrating the milestone anniversary of this successful programme of Health Walks that keeps people on the move...

May Bank Holiday Annual Bluebell Open Weekend at Deer Wood, Loddiswell

A Woodland Well-Being Special Event 4th & 5th May 10.30am – 5.50pm

For just two days this May, you can walk alongside magnificent swathes of bluebells at the peaceful haven of Deer Wood, Loddiswell. Set amongst stunning native woodland this vast display of blue is now considered an annual event that nature lovers and locals never want to miss.

For 2024, the founders, Lisa Pugh and...

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Plymouth Marjon University adds AI-powered Studiosity+ to its student support service

Plymouth Marjon University has adopted Studiosity’s new AI learning technology to give its students formative feedback on their written work within minutes, in a further enhancement to its well-established 24/7 study skills service.

Studiosity+ , which launched in February, provides fast, ethical and equitable delivery of academic writing feedback to all students, supporting...

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Find your element with new Spa Menu at Wishes

A stunning new approach to wellbeing has recently been introduced at Wishes near Crediton.

The innovative ‘spa menu’ offers a personalised choice of treatments and therapies based around the five Chinese elements; wood, water, earth, metal and fire.

Guests are firstly invited to complete a questionnaire to pinpoint which element they have a natural affinity with. Relevant...

Westbank's newest trustee Marc Astley

Westbank's newest trustee is a man on a mission

Marc Astley, a well-known local journalist and news editor, is the latest trustee to join the board of Westbank Community Health and Care and says he’s on a mission to spread the word about the work of this fantastic, community charity.

As an experienced media professional and a former editor of the Exeter Express & Echo newspaper, Marc is well-placed to do this.


Utilities company supports Devon charity to keep people warm at home

100 ‘warm bags’ to keep winter chills at bay are being distributed to people in and around Exminster as a result of a partnership between Wales & West Utilities and Devon charity Westbank Community Health and Care (Westbank).

The bags are being distributed to people in the local community through Westbank’s recently-launched Warmwell at Home initiative. Each bag contains hand...

Stagecoach teams up with local mental health organisations to make a difference to Lympstone school pupils for Children's Mental Health Week.

Stagecoach South West took a wellbeing bus to Lympstone Primary School on Friday 9th February as part of Children’s Mental Health Week to empower young people.

The carefully crafted sessions for students in years 5 and 6 included a wellbeing workshop on board the bus followed by a physical activity session led by Tom Johnson, founder of PlusEd digital platform which focuses on...

Pub partnership provides £2.5k of support for Devon health & wellbeing charity

Exminster-based Westbank Community Health and Care has reached more people in the local community thanks to a year of fantastic support from a village pub.

Staff at The Royal Oak in Exminster partnered with Westbank throughout 2023, providing hospitality and donations totalling an incredible £2,525. In December 2022 and 2023, publicans Mel Bowden and Scott Reddin kindly hosted 3-course...

Westbank’s community Christmas celebrations

The run-up to Christmas has been busy for local health and wellbeing charity Westbank Community Health and Care, with a full calendar of events for members of its community and its team.

The festive celebrations got off to a heartwarming start when Year 2 children from Exeter Pre-Prep School visited Westbank’s Day Centre at Exminster to sing a melody of Christmas songs for regular...