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Help and Support

Your Wellbeing

We believe that everyone has a right to a sense of wellbeing, to feel comfortable, safe, and in their best health. How you maintain your wellbeing will be personal to you. Sometimes, everyone needs some help with their wellbeing.

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What is Wellbeing?

Wellbeing is about feeling comfortable in body and mind. When we are feeling well, our life can open up in ways that are meaningful to us. When we are not feeling well, things like work, education, and hobbies can suffer.

Everyone is different

Wellbeing is different for everyone. We each have different physical, emotional, social, and practical needs, and these will change depending on our circumstances. It’s really helpful to check your wellbeing with someone else, such as speaking with our friendly Time to Talk team or one of our trained counsellors. Or try a new activity with the help of our Deaf Get Active team or Countryside Mobility scheme.

We also share useful links to videos and information from organisations that work with us to provide tips and techniques to help you relax and help with feelings of stress or worry. Explore this web page or contact our friendly Hub team for more information and support.

Feel valued

Being part of a community is a great way to improve your wellbeing, and we love to include people at Living Options Devon.

You might consider volunteering with us or having your say on disability issues by joining the Devon Disability Network. Or maybe you’d like to have some fun by fundraising for us?

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Your Stories

Annie’s Story

“It stopped me from worrying about things, we could talk things through. It was somebody at the end of the phone to have a laugh with.”

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William’s Story

I didn’t know what to expect or if they would be able to help me. When I got there it was fabulous. The equipment you can try out and hire makes all the difference.

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Annie’s Story

“It stopped me from worrying about things, we could talk things through. It was somebody at the end of the phone to have a laugh with.”

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Our Support Services

Living Options Devon Keep Active

Our team supports anybody with a disability, or long term health condition to get active and keep active both body and mind.

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Time To Talk

Our free, confidential listening support and advice helpline, for those with a disability, long term health condition or Deaf people who use BSL.

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The Hub

Your first point of contact with Living Options Devon, our friendly Hub team connects you to the support services, advice, and information that you need.

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Devon Disability Network (DDN)

Enabling disabled and Deaf people to campaign and be involved in developing the support services they need.

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Countryside Mobility

Providing easy access to the countryside for anyone who has difficulty walking, through an off road mobility scooter hire scheme
Explore the South West with freedom and ease.

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Deaf Get Active and Volunteer

Get Active with us or support others to get into sport through volunteering.

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Counselling Service

6 free sessions of accessible counselling to people with a disability and members of the Deaf community (British Sign Language Users) across Devon.

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See Hear Centre

Our North Devon hub supporting you with information, advice and equipment for sight and hearing loss.

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Useful Links

Here we provide links to our partners and specalists organisations who provide additional help and support to the support services we provide above.

Mental health support organisations:

  • Devon Partnership Trust: First Response Service Tel: 0300 555 5000. Call 111 or ask for an urgent GP appointment, if need help urgently, but it is not an emergency. 
  • Samaritans – available 24/7.  They offer a supportive conversation around a whole range of mental health issues and also offer a call back service and follow up calls. Tel: 116 123 Email: jo@samaritans.org
  • Mental Health Matters Devon provides a 24 hour, 365 days a year mental health helpline on 0800 470 0317 or face-to-face at The Moorings in Barnstaple (07850 927 064), Exeter (07790 790 920) or Torquay (07483 991 848) evenings and weekends.
  • NHS: Every Mind MattersThere are resources on their website and suggestions for apps.
  • CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason.  It is a leading movement against suicide / men’s support  Call 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight) – also do webchats.
  • Rethink – Carers support, advocacy, crisis support.  They have links to local peer support groups. They also have a Covid-19 support page. Tel: 0121 522 7007 or email info@rethink.org
  • Devon Mind – Range of support and resources available for people.

Tel:  01752 512280 or email hello@devonmind

Silverline – Provides support, information, friendship and advice for older people (over 55) who may feel lonely or isolated.  Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Tel: 0800 470 8090

Standalone – Charity supporting adults who are estranged (not in contact) from their family.

  • Recovery Devon – Supporting mental health recovery and wellbeing
  • Talkworks – NHS Mental Health and support
  • Useful Resources:
  • Devon Libraries – Did you know that Devon Libraries don’t just offer the loan of library books? They have a wealth of resources and support services on offer to keep you connected with others, learning, and motivated.