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North Devon Children’s Centres

All the centres offer a variety of drop-in activities to encourage early play and learning. These include stay and play, singing and story time sessions. The drop in groups run on a first come, first serve basis and are free of charge. Parents and carers with a baby or child under 5 years, including dads, grandparents and childminders are all welcome.

Parents and carers can also access a range of other useful services from the centres, including health and parenting advice, adult learning opportunities and help to get back into training and employment.

North Devon District Council (NDDC)

Customer Services: An advisor from NDC is available at The Ilfracombe Centre to offer advice and support for those needing housing.
Housing Options: The Housing Options team provides free advice and information to prevent homelessness and to help you understand all of your housing options.
Homelessness Team: Clients are referred to the service when we have not been able to prevent homelessness, usually following advice and/or assistance from the housing options team.
Opening times:       Monday – Friday 9:00 – 12:00; 14:00 – 17:00


North Devon Plus

  • Empowering local communities through housing improvements, family support, and community development.
  • Supporting local businesses to start, develop and grow, thereby improving productivity, jobs and wealth creation.
  • Ensuring effective service delivery and community regeneration in our disadvantaged wards.
  • Raising the skill level of the North Devon workforce and those entering employment.
  • Developing and promoting North Devon as an attractive destination for communities, visitors and inward investment.

North Devon SmartMove

Contact North Devon Council’s Housing Options service on 01271 388 870 to ask for a referral. The scheme is able to help single people or couples without children or other …

Contact North Devon Council’s Housing Options service on 01271 388 870 to ask for a referral.

The scheme is able to help single people or couples without children or other dependents who are either homeless, threatened with homelessness or insecurely housed and not identified as a priority for housing by NDC.

To be considered you must be:

  • single or a couple without children or other dependents
  • on low income or on benefits
  • aged 18 to 65
  • not considered a priority for assistance by North Devon Council
  • expected to have a reasonable chance of maintaining a successful tenancy once set up

Assistance offered:

  • Finding accommodation
  • access to deposit guarantee scheme
  • deposit/rent in advance
  • help locating alternative funding for accommodation
  • housing and general benefits assistance
  • pre-tenancy work
  • budgeting
  • form filling
  • use of social media and internet to help find accommodation
  • landlord liasion
  • tenancy sustainment assistance
  • access to Jigsaw project services
  • Referral pathway to other local organisations, charities and resources

Plough & Share Credit Union

The Mission of the Plough & Share Credit Union is to work towards the financial inclusion of all. To achieve this Plough & Share is committed to providing a broad range of innovative financial products supported by the dedicated service of volunteers and professional staff. These products will be administered in accordance with sound management practices to maintain the financial strength of the Credit Union.

SCOPE Northern Devon Face to Face

Northern Devon Face 2 Face is a free and confidential service, provided by trained parent befrienders, who themselves have experience of parenting a disabled child or child with an additional need. Befrienders provide emotional support to other parents at the time of diagnosis or at times of change or difficulty. They also provide information on services and resources that might assist the parents they are befriending.