Community Development

About Us

Wiser£money is a partnership between Encompass Southwest and Navigate, two well established Charities. Our services provide free, impartial, confidential and effective money and debt management advice delivered predominately through home visits. We are committed to community development and aim to improve financial wellbeing and reduce social isolation across the areas we serve.

Community Wellbeing events offer:

An opportunity for members of the public to talk about money and debt, ask questions and gather information. The events create opportunities to;

  • meet face to face with local services and community projects
  • have informal conversations about health and advice needs
  • get involved in a new activity.

The community development work has been well-managed, demonstrating its ability to learn and adapt over the lifetime of the project to date. The initiative to develop community wellbeing events has been particularly successful, and has been clearly grounded in practical tactics which have been refined from event to event.

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About our Community Wellbeing events:

The Transitions Project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Transitions aim to reduce social isolation and improve the quality of life and financial wellbeing of people living in the rural settlements of Torridge and West Devon.

As part of the Transitions project we consulted with community and referral partners working across Torridge and West Devon and found there was an enthusiasm for more co-ordinated networking and signposting activities with opportunities to interact and consult with members of the public. As a result of this research, we piloted a different financial wellbeing outreach approach to facilitate community wellbeing events in rural locations.

Five events have taken place since January 2018 in:

  1. Bere Peninsular
  2. North Tawton
  3. Holsworthy
  4. Princetown
  5. Hatherleigh

Every event has been unique and tailored to the community, lively and fun.  We ask partners to provide practical activities, attractions and entertainment to encourage people to attend. In Princetown a local animal charity brought along a rescued moorland pony; really popular with the school children, we had cheese tasting from the local dairy in North Tawton who came to promote their apprenticeships. In Hatherleigh we had hot food provided and served by Made-Well CIC who offer positive horticulture and cooking opportunities for adults with learning and physical disabilities and the local primary schools children’s Ukulele and rock band entertained a packed hall.

All the events have involved the local medical practice, school, town or parish council and a wide range of local community groups, the church, statutory services and advice agencies.  We always approach local businesses for support and we have received wide coverage by the local press and papers. At three events the local Town Council have donated funds to contribute to the venue’s hire fees.

In deciding where to Community Wellbeing Events we have been influenced by feedback from our referral partners, key stakeholders and volunteer Rural Champions. Each event has generated a local directory of services which is distributed with the event programme and shared widely with local organisations.

Future events;

Torrington: Community Wellbeing event Thursday 6th June The Plough Arts Centre, 2pm to 5pm, find out about your local services, take part in fun activities and join us to celebrate the difference volunteers make to Torrington and the joy of volunteering as part of National Volunteers week.

For further information on planned events or to discuss holding an event in your area please contact Rose Hunter, Community Development officer at; rose@navigatecharity.org.uk or 01823 299050