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Support for Over 55s

Age Concern Barnstaple & District

Age Concern Barnstaple & District is concerned for the ‘quality of life and the well-being’ of older people in the local community. Their aim is to improve the quality of life for older people and their carers. Working locally with and for older people providing services on a social and practical level to enable them to live in their own homes for as long as it is safe for them to do so.


British Red Cross

The British Red Cross run a support at home service, offering short-term practical and emotional support at home and loan of mobility aids. Support is tailored to the needs of the individual however the Red Cross are unable to undertake personal care or domestic chores.
Anyone aged over 18 who is registered with a North Devon GP can access the service. Just call them to register.
The friendly service can provide companionship and help with everyday tasks such as shopping, collecting prescriptions and accessing local services.

Contact the Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset and Channel Islands Red Cross on 01823 273700

Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB)

Free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone on their rights and responsibilities.

  • Benefits
  • Consumer Rights
  • Debt & Money
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Housing
  • Law
  • Relationships
  • Tax
  • Work & Employment

Appointments are booked on the day at the Ilfracombe Centre on:
Monday & Tuesday, 10 – 1:30pm


Devon Senior Link

To reach out to the older population of Devon, especially the disadvantaged, vulnerable and those living in rural and urban isolation, and through effective communication with the appropriate authorities and organisations, at local, county and national levels, seeking to identify and resolve their problems and enhance quality of their life.

Free Home Library Service

Love reading but can’t get to your library? The free home delivery service can bring books and CD’s to your door.

The service provides:

  • Free delivery and collection at flexible times.
  • A wide choice of titles.
  • Large print books, audio books and CD’s.
  • Free reservations
  • No fines
  • Items are delivered by trained and security-checked volunteers from Royal Voluntary Service


For advice on:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Cyberbullying
  • Bereavement
  • Blue badge application
  • Carers & Disability Benefits
  • Consumer Rights
  • Child Benefit
  • Civil Legal Advice
  • Families
  • Heating & Housing Benefits
  • Income Tax
  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Pensions
  • Tax Credits