Funded by the Big Lottery for 5 years, the new Time to Talk service aims to reduce loneliness and isolation and improve wellbeing for people with a disability or who are Deaf.
There will be a dedicated telephone service with a team of volunteers offering peer support, signposting and referrals. The service will be available 4 days a week, including evenings and weekends. For Deaf people who use British Sign Language (BSL) there is a webcam service, provided by people who speak fluent BSL. Hot Topic Forums and a disabled Life Coach will offer face-to-face support. Find more out about them below.
Meet the team
From top left to bottom right: Justine Smyth, Keira Dodd, Anne Clayton, Sally West-Price, Sue Musyoki
Hot Topic Forums
The Hot Topic forums will mean that local disabled people can come together as a group, at informal meetings, to talk about what is important to them. They will take place in Torbay, Plymouth, North Devon, Exeter and Cullompton. The forums will be led by what people would like to talk about in a supportive environment, where solutions can be found.
Life Coaching support
We will be offering group support provided by a disabled Life Coach who has extensive experience of overcoming issues faced by disabled people.
Want to help? Get involved!
Living Options Devon is a user-led organisation. We're looking for disabled people and Deaf people to help bring our vision to life, and we welcome enquires for people wishing to volunteer. There is a great variety of roles to get involved with in the project, with room for self-developement working with a friendly team.
Our volunteers will undergo training in Safeguarding, Disability Awareness and Data protection, and all volunteers will have the full support of a volunteer co-coordinator and the project team. Volunteers will be asked to attend an interview and complete training.
To get involved, contact the team:
Living Options Devon is a well respected user-led organisation which works to ensure that people with disabilities and Deaf people can live the life they choose. Set up in 1990 LOD is a registered charity (Charity N0. 1102489) and a company limited by guarantee (No. 4925281). Based in Exeter and Barnstaple, our charitable aims mean we we can offer services across the South West and share good practice throughout the UK. Being led and run by people with disabilities and Deaf people ensures LOD has first hand knowledge and understanding of the issues facing service users and so is very well placed to increase the influence and voice of Deaf and disabled people. We do this by providing education, training and services which enable people to live the lives they choose.
We are happy to provide all information about Living Options Devon and its projects in alternative formats by request. Please contact us using the details above.
There are a number of ways you can contact us:
By telephone: 01392 459222
By email: email@example.com
By SMS: 07958 517919
By post: Living Options Devon, Ground Floor Units 3-4, Cranmere Court, Lustleigh Close, Matford Business Park, Exeter EX2 8PW