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The King's Award for Voluntary Service

We are honoured and thrilled to receive the KAVS in respect of our wonderful volunteers who go above and beyond to provide the services of our Community Support Scheme. Announced on the King’s birthday, 14th November 2023, the KAVS is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.

Covid lockdowns and beyond

We co-ordinated the volunteer response to the Helping Dawlish initiative of supporting the vulnerable, or those shielding, by shopping, medication collections and more. So much was achieved, and volunteers also supported us to do this work by helping with administration, delivering leaflets and raising funds. For more information about what went on in those difficult times, please click here.


This project is run by Assist Volunteer Centre which is based in the Manor House, Old Town Street Dawlish, EX7 9AW, telephone 01626 888321. If you need help or advice, just call. We may have the information or service you need, or we can signpost to other sources of support. The office is manned Monday - Friday 9am-5pm, except when staff are out on visits. Please leave your name and number on our answerphone and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

What is this Project about?

This charity has been established in Dawlish for over 20 years, providing information and advice and dealing with requests for help and support in Dawlish, Teignmouth, and the surrounding areas. Our Community Support services are free and are delivered by volunteers.

We provide support for those in the community who experience difficulties with day-to-day living because of their limited mobility, frailty, and/or sensory problems. Our volunteers enable them to engage in activities they would otherwise be unable to enjoy. Tasks undertaken include visiting housebound people at home, reading mail, dog walking, gardening, wheelchair escorting, accompanying to local exercise sessions, and supporting people on hospital appointments, shopping trips, and on excursions where support is needed, eg for those with mobility and/or visual impairment.

Our Community Support befrienders help to relieve social isolation and provide friendship for members of the community with little or no close family contact who have difficulty getting out of the house. The volunteers' support can help to maintain the independence of individuals in the community for as long as possible and prevent isolation and associated deterioration in physical and mental health.

Trained volunteers can also undertake benefits checks for people aged 65+ and assist clients to identify and claim their entitlements.

Our community is a much improved place through the efforts of our volunteers.

If you would like to help make a difference, please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator for an informal chat on 01626 888321
or email

This service is provided completely free of charge.
We rely on grants and donations from supporters to cover our costs.
Can you help? Please click here to find ways of supporting us.
Thank you!


Volunteering is an opportunity to:

  • Fill your spare time
  • Meet new people
  • Do something you enjoy
  • Share your knowledge & skills
  • Experience wider opportunities
  • Improve your job prospects
  • Build self confidence
  • Get involved in your community

Call us today!
Phone 01626 888321

Volunteering generates "feel-good" factor too - it feels good to be appreciated. Other benefits recorded by our volunteers include:

“The work place is a very social place. As someone who has retired now, I feel that working as a volunteer fills that void and replaces that sociability aspect that I so miss”

“My own life has been enriched by meeting people who have led such interesting lives”

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What our clients say ...

“To be honest I didn’t think it would work. Nothing else has worked for my mum, but I am so pleased because it is the only thing that has worked. She so looks forward to going out for her Wednesday lunch with her befriender. She wants to do it and enjoys it and I and my sister know that she is having a good social time and a good meal. I am really pleased. Thank you.” (daughter of a Befriended lady)

"I would just like to thank you very much for sending the volunteer to help us fill in the Attendance Allowance forms. She was an immense help, sensitive and sympathetic to my sister's needs. I am pleased to say my sister has received the higher rate, and back-dated"

“I have a volunteer befriender who regularly visits me - I am very happy with her- she is so reliable and so supportive of me”

"I am writing to say how pleased I am to have been awarded Attendance Allowance and to acknowledge the efforts of the volunteer, without whose efforts I would not have been able to fill in the forms"

“I love my garden; it has been my pride and joy over the years and has given me so much pleasure. You have no idea how much it was getting me down not being able to look after it as I used to. Thank you”

“I was so pleased that my husband has been granted AA at the higher rate. Thank you for your support and advice, - we now have a blue badge as well"

Please Support our Charity!

We need volunteers for community activities, and Trustees to help with the running of the organisation.
Please click here if you can support us with your time.

We make a charge for some of our services, but in keeping these as low as possible we do still rely on grant aid and donations from our supporters. Click here to find out how to make a donation or otherwise help us financially.

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Our Contact Details

Assist Teignbridge
The Manor House
Old Town Street

Telephone 01626 889288 or 888321
or e-mail

Our office is manned Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, except when our staff are out on visits. If you leave your name and number on our answerphone we will call you back as soon as we can.

Assist Teignbridge is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered with the Charity Commission, no. 1154936.
Patron: Sir David Hoare, Bt.

Page updated November 2023