Okehampton Community Information


Okehampton College

Tel: 01837 650910, Website
Mill Road, Okehampton EX20 1PW
Executive Principal, Mr D Chapman

Okehampton Educational Foundation

Tel: 01837 55179, Email, Website
Okehampton Educational Foundation makes grants to Okehampton College and Okehampton Primary School. The Charity also makes grants directly to residents who are under 25 to assist them in furthering their education.

Okehampton Men in Sheds

Tel: Terry 01837 53621. Sited next to the Community Garden at Fatherford fields Men in Sheds provides an enjoyable, friendly and safe environment for practical activities and learning We offer instruction and skill training in a well-equipped workshop.We aim to help those who are isolated or lonely by offering a place of support and purpose.

Okehampton Primary School

Tel: 01837 52866, Website
Glendale Road, Okehampton EX20 1JB
Headteacher Mrs H Fox

St James Church of England Primary & Nursery School

Tel: 07783 591 535, Email, Website
St James CofE Primary & Nursery School opened in September 2018.We welcome enquiries from local families and would be pleased to arrange a visit for you to meet the team and look around the school.


Devon In Sight

Tel: 07718651628, Email, Website
Support for people living with sight loss. Local Hub in Ockment Centre operating once per month, also joint support group with Macular Society each month. To find out how we can support you please contact our Community Support Worker for West Devon

FORCE Cancer Charity

Tel: 01392 406151, Email, Website
At FORCE Cancer Charity we believe that anyone affected by cancer deserves the best possible treatment and professional support close to home. We offer support at Castle Ham Lodge, Okehampton every Wednesday from 10-4pm.

Healthwatch Devon

Tel: 0800 520 0640, Website
Healthwatch Devon is a consumer champion for health and social care in Devon.

Neighbourhood Friends (Westbank)

Tel: 01392 824752, option2, option2, Email, Website
Looking for volunteers to support adults over the age of 18 who may be frail, vulnerable and isolated. Support ranges from one off shopping, fitting a key safe, moving a bed to longer term befriending, supporting to community activities and meeting for a cup of tea. Large need also for drivers to support people home from hospital and settle them in at home.

Okehampton Community Hospital

Tel: 01837 658000Cavell Way, Okehampton EX20 1PN

Okehampton Medical Centre

Tel: 01837 52233The Medical Centre, East Street, Okehampton EX20 1AY

Places of Worship

All Saints Parish Church

Tel: 01837 659297 07947604160, EmailRev S Cook, The Rectory, Church Path, Okehampton EX20 1LW
The Rev’d Gill George. (Rev Gill is the minister people often see at St James’ Chapel)

Fairplace Methodist Church

Tel: 01837 52302Rev. Chris Jackson, Fairplace Church, Fairplace Terrace, Okehampton EX20 1DT

Inspiration Church

Tel: 01837 659841Rev M Davies, 101 Northfield Road, Okehampton EX20 1BA

New Life Church

2 New Road, Okehampton EX20 1ET

Okehampton Baptist Church

Tel: 01837 55829.Mr Cliff Jackson, Fore Street, Okehampton EX20 1AN

Okehampton Quaker Meeting

Tel: 01837 55805, EmailFrom 11th February 2018, Okehampton Quakers meet every Sunday at the Ockment Centre, North Street, Okehampton EX20 1AR from 10.30 to 11.30 am. Please contact Amanda Jones 01837 55805 for more information.

St Boniface Roman Catholic Church

Tel: 01837 52229Rev M Darline Joseph, The Presbytery, 95 Station Road, Okehampton EX20 1ED


Devon County Council

Tel: 0345 155 1020, Email, Website
County Hall, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 4QD

Devon Registration Service

Tel: 0345 155 1002, Email, Website
To register births, deaths, plan a marriage or civil partnership or apply for copies of certificates, contact Devon Registration Service

West Devon Borough Council

Tel: 01822 813600, Email, Website
Kilworthy Park, Drake Road, Tavistock PL19 0BZ


AIR - Additional needs Information Resource

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Facebook Community Group

We are a new Facebook community, set up for parents, grandparents and carers of children with additional needs, with or without a diagnosis in the Cornwall and Devon area.

We aim to provide a single place where you can get support, information, strategies and advice on benefits and grants.
You can advertise local groups, arrange coffee mornings and contribute ideas to help our community thrive.

Bloodwise Okehampton FRG (formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research)

Tel: 01837871541, EmailThis is a small group consisting of family & dedicated helpers who fund raise to help beat blood cancers.We hold book sales, coffee mornings & attend community tabletop sales.

Citizens Advice Torridge, North, Mid and West Devon

Tel: 03444 111 444, Email, Website
Citizens Advice Torridge, North, Mid and West Devon is a local Charity that provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice on all subjects to members of the local community that require it. We aim to ensure that no-one suffers through lack of knowledge of the rights, responsibilities and services available to them, or through any inability to express their needs effectively. A limited number of assessment appointments are available on a strictly first come first served basis. After your assessment interview, you may require a further interview which may or may not be on the same day.
Opening times: Tuesday 10:00-15:00, Wednesday: 10:00-15:00 and Friday: 10:00-15:00. The office will be closed on all public bank holidays and weekends.
Ockment Centre, Okehampton EX20 1AR

North Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team

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The North Dartmoor Search & Rescue Team (NDSRT) is based in Okehampton. As a Mountain Rescue team it provides a search and rescue service for missing and injured persons on Dartmoor as well as the surrounding rural areas. Currently there are about 40 members in the team. All are volunteers who give their time 24/7 to help those in distress. The NDSRT is a charity and relies on public donation to operate.

Okehampton District Community Transport Group

Tel: 01837 55000, Email, Website
We are a community led service (Registered Charity: 1024617), committed to providing access to transport for the local community - especially for people who find it physically difficult to use conventional public transport, the elderly and those who are rurally isolated. Our Community Car Scheme is provided with volunteer drivers. We provide a Ring & Ride bus service across our district and arrange varied trips throughout the year using our minibuses.

Okehampton Fairtrade Group

Tel: 01837 861194, EmailOkehampton has been a Fairtrade Town for seven years now, the Fairtrade Group worked to gather the evidence to achieve this and now continues to promote Fairtrade in the town so that the status can be maintained. We are a small steering group with supporters who help with promotional events eg serving Fairtrade Hot Chocolate at Edwardian Evening or organising a stand at the Okehampton Show. Annually we organise and support special events for Fairtrade Fortnight in the Spring eg Fair and Local Coffee Mornings and Schools' Fairtrade conferences. We are proud that our Fairtrade Town status has been acknowledged with Fairtrade Town signs as you come into Okehampton from Exeter, Tavistock and Hatherleigh.

Okehampton Street Pastors

Tel: 01837 53944, Email, Website
We are volunteers from the local churches who patrol the streets late at night and help, listen to and care for those out and about enjoying the night-time economy. We are completely non-judgemental in our approach, and we find we are very much welcomed on the streets by both the authorities and members of the public as our presence serves to diffuse tensions, reduce anti-social behaviour and bring peace to the streets.

Okehampton United Charity

Tel: 01837 55179, Email, Website
Okehampton United Charity & Okehampton Educational Foundation are charities based in Okehampton and can make grants to any group or individual residing within Okehampton Town and Okehampton Hamlets (Brightley, Southcott, Meldon and Stockley). If you would like to apply for a grant or find out more information, please contact the Clerk or visit the website.

The activities of the charity include:
• Awarding grants to local groups and organisations.
• Providing two almshouses which are available to residents of the area of benefit who are in need, hardship or distress.
• Managing three allotment sites in Okehampton with a total of seventy plots let to residents of the area of benefit.
• Managing its remaining land holdings in the area of benefit which includes the footpath Ball Hill.

Okement Rivers Improvement Group

Tel: 07881 802055 or 01837 53114, EmailWe are a group of volunteers who meet on the last Saturday of the month to manage the river banks, clear litter and coppice. We maintain public areas by the rivers, tidy footpaths and monitor river quality.
We meet on the last Saturday of the month by the recycling bins in Waitrose car park at 10 am and finish at 12 noon.

RAF Association

Tel: 0800 018 2361, Email, Website
The RAF Association, the charity which supports the RAF family is looking for caring people to join its team of trained volunteers as a caseworker in Okehampton.

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity to help someone in your local community, please get in touch.

Simmons Homes Charity

Tel: 01837 55179, EmailSimmons Homes manages 13 almshouses in Okehampton. Five in the stunning surrounds of Simmons Park and 8 in Simmons Close. The Almshouses are available to residents of Okehampton and Hamlets who are in need. A board of seven trustees manage the charity and are contactable through the Clerk on the details above.

SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity

Tel: 07483 170 351, Email, Website

Our support covers both regulars and reserves in the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army and the Royal Air Force and their families, including anyone who has completed National Service. SSAFA helps the armed forces community in a number of ways, though our focus is on providing direct support to individuals in need of physical or emotional care.

Contact Telephone no. Assistance 0800 260 6767
Volunteer with SSAFA 0748 317 0351

Website www.ssafa.org.uk

West Devon Community and Voluntary Services

Tel: 01837 53392, Email, Website
We support local community and voluntary organisations and individuals wanting to volunteer.

We provide advice, offer businesses planning and funding searches for voluntary and community groups, training courses and have equipment available to lend. We support groups by helping them have a voice at a local and county level and act as the hub for networking voluntary and community organisations.

Wren Music

Tel: 01837 53754, Email, Website
Wren Music is a Devon based arts organisation with headquarters in Okehampton and it is all about music and people. The music is people's music, folk music in all its forms: traditional, vernacular, popular and ethnic. The people are all ages and abilities in a range of community and learning settings. Wren Music is a company of skilled, experienced and highly qualified professional musicians of international repute. In addition to their artistic talent they also bring the qualities required by skilled educationalists. Our twin charitable objects are concerned with excellence in the minority genre of folk music and the promotion of social and musical inclusion. Our programme holds these two ideas in balance from promotions of concerts and events featuring professional artists, participatory musical ensembles for all ages and targeted projects with excluded groups.

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