Exmouth charity’s new HQ already a hit

PUBLISHED: 10:18 16 December 2016 | UPDATED: 10:18 16 December 2016

Phil Griffin cuts the ribbon at the opening of the Age Concern shop in Exmouth. Ref exe 49-16TI 3316. Picture: Terry Ife

Phil Griffin cuts the ribbon at the opening of the Age Concern shop in Exmouth. Ref exe 49-16TI 3316. Picture: Terry Ife

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An Exmouth charity’s new headquarters has officially opened its doors.

Margaret and Geoffrey Newman at the opening of the Age Concern shop in Exmouth. Ref exe 49-16TI 3332. Picture: Terry IfeMargaret and Geoffrey Newman at the opening of the Age Concern shop in Exmouth. Ref exe 49-16TI 3332. Picture: Terry Ife

Journal editor Phil Griffin was on hand to cut the ribbon at the Age Concern Exmouth centre in Rolle Street.

The charity’s chief officer Steve Dace said the opening had been a success, and that so far the new centre was proving popular.

He said: “We were very pleased with the way the day went. It was a good day.

“Since we have been open, already being in this part of Rolle Street, we have found ourselves busier.

Home Support Assitants Debbie Hobbs,Tracey Hull,Angela Rook,Sarah Jones and Anne James at the opening of the Age Concern shop in Exmouth. Ref exe 49-16TI 3334. Picture: Terry IfeHome Support Assitants Debbie Hobbs,Tracey Hull,Angela Rook,Sarah Jones and Anne James at the opening of the Age Concern shop in Exmouth. Ref exe 49-16TI 3334. Picture: Terry Ife

“The change of location has improved our footfall.

“More people are coming in to make enquiries, so we’ve really put ourselves on the map. We have had a lot of compliments from clients, partly because it is more accessible, on the flat and level and right by the bus stops.

“We see this as a springboard for the future, because what we have here is extra space for visitors to come in, and already that’s paying off as it has given us a chance to sit down with people and have a bit of listening ear time with them, which is what the whole objective was for moving here.”

Along with offering use of the new activities space, the charity continues to offer a range of help and advice, along with allowing clients to book coach trips, pick up NHS hearing aid batteries, book an appointment to get a benefits check, and arrange to have an Attendance Allowance form filled out.

The charity can also arrange for someone to carry out domestic cleaning in a client’s home, assist with shopping, do light gardening and provide low-maintenance assistance to help clients remain in their own homes for as long as they choose, as well as offering respite care for a few hours.

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