Useful Local Links & Numbers

Advocacy Service

Support for people experiencing problems with their mental health care and treatment.

07779 571691 or 01271 378530

Mon, Tues & Wed mornings

After Care

Offering support for carers aged 50+ who are facing the end of their caring role.

01237 420134 

Age Concern

Information and advice for the elderly about benefits, care, age, discrimination etc.

01271 324488

Alcoholics Anonymous

Information for anyone who is concerned about their drinking.

01752 791111 local 24hr helpline

0800 917 7650 National freephone number 

BPAG (Barnstaple Poverty Action Group)

Community based charity providing a range of services to people across North Devon experiencing crisis and hardship.

01271 371499

Barnstaple Macular Support Group  Support group meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 10:15am to 12:30pm at Tower Suite, The Imperial Hotel, Taw Vale Parade, Barnstaple, EX32 8NB. 

Di Piper

01271 864285

Bosom Buddies

Local Breast Care Support Group

A local support group for anyone affected by diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.  We meet together socially for mutual support, informal chat and a cup of tea, meetings with speakers and occasional social outings.

First Tuesday of every month (except January)

7pm at Barnstaple Rugby Club

01271 353854


Breastfeeding Support Group

10am til 12pm. Every Friday

A friendly group for Mothers who breastfeed and want to come along and make friends and have a cuppa and chat with other Mothers. We have a health visitor at this group along with our parent volunteer peer supporters to chat to and ask any questions to help you on your breastfeeding journey. We welcome pregnant Mums too, come along before babies here to find out what its all about


Dawn Williams on 01271 321411


Breastfeeding Drop-In

Support with feeding your child or a place to make new friends. Attended by qualified peer supporters and an experienced breast feeding counsellor.

Mondays 10am-12pm Henry Williamson Room, Barnstaple Library

Cancer Care Car to NDDH

The North Devon Cancer Care Car Service helps cancer patients in North Devon and Torridge District areas, who need to get to North Devon District Hospital for oncology or chemotherapy treatment or any other cancer related appointment at local hospitals.

North Devon Cancer Care Car Service

01271 328866

Cancer Care Travel to RD&E

The Tarka line and H2 bus take about the same time as a car or taxi (fastest train 55 mins average 1hr 9 mins) and can be bought with a “Plus-Bus” unlimited bus ticket (the H2 bus goes from the station straight to RD&E’s front door). This is all wheelchair accessible to the door of RD&E with no parking worries and considerably less costs. Daily off Peak return is £10.90 with unlimited Bus Travel in Exeter for £2.80. Costs may be refunded

If the patient is on low income they can reclaim “reasonable” costs under the national Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme HTCS click here

Finally the CCG funds a car-based service for any patient attending healthcare more than three times a week or ten times a month which is assessed and booked by the clinical centres. This would cover repetitive treatment regimens but not one-off appointments where the patient can get into a car. Patients can get advice on the Patient Transport Advice Service 0345 155 1009 based in Exeter but dedicated to NHS transport across Devon.


Cardiomyopathy Support Group 

Support and information to help you know more about cardiomyopathy, feel in control of your treatment and be better able to cope day to day.

Chris Jones on 01271 345541 or

Cardiomyopathy Support Nurse on 0800 0181 024

(Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm)

Citizens Advice Bureau

Advises on finance, health, family, relationships, benefits, work etc.

01271 377077

Devon Carers

Providing information, support and involvement for carers who either live in the Devon County Council area or are looking after someone living in the Devon County Council area.

08456 434435

(Mon-Fri 8am-6pm and Saturdays 9am-1pm)

DSVA (Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse)

Devon's Domestic Abuse Helpline for independant confidential advice

0345 155 1074
Devon's Family Information Service 

For info and advice on childcare, activities, family support and support for children with additional needs.

0845 155 1013


Devon Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Services

Victims can refer themselves to this confidential service who provide appropriate interventions.


01392 204 174

Mon, Weds & Fri 6.00pm-9.00pm 

Devon Sexual Health

Providing confidential sexual health services that support healthy relationships and sexual well-being.

0300 303 3989

Early Nourishment

Community Interest Company

Providing services to support families that are universally accessible to all; investing in the physical & mental wellbeing of parents, carers and children across North Devon & Torridge. 

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services

EDP works with people across Devon and in Dorset who have, or are affected by, drug and alcohol problems.

0800 233 5444 

Epilepsy Action 

Epilepsy Freephone Helpline

North Devon branch: Steve 01271 863087

0808 800 5050

MSI Reproductive Choices (former Marie Stopes)

MSI Reproductive Choices UK is a specialist independent provider of sexual and reproductive health services in the UK, including abortion, vasectomy and contraception. 

0345 300 8090

24 hour advice line 

National Domestic Violence Helpline

Helpline for women and children experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

The helpline can give 24 hour support, help and information over the telephone; All calls are completely confidential. Translation facilities for callers whose first language is not English, and a service for callers who are deaf or hard of hearing are available.

0808 2000 247

Freephone 24hr

North Devon Against Domestic Abuse

Working to help keep people safe from abuse at home. NDADA supports all sections of the community with a range of services for women, men and children and young people

The helpline gives a free service in Northern Devon for those affected by domestic abuse.

01271 370079 / 370080

North Devon District Hospital (NDDH)


01271 322577

Over & Above  (Fern Centre)

The Fern Centre is based at North Devon's District Hospital in Barnstaple. They offer support for patients with cancer, as well as their loved ones by providing a dedicated space for therapies, care and advice in a comfortable and welcoming environment.  

01271 311855 


Patient Advice & Liaison Service – to help people find their way around the NHS and any problems they may encounter.  Representative available in NDDH level 2.

01271 314090

Quay Centre

Treatment for drug and alcohol misuse problems

01271 344454

Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital


01392 411611

Rape Crisis Helpline

Provides independent confidential advice

0808 802 9999


Provides confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings.

116 123 

See Hear Centre

Provides equipment advice and support for people with a sight or hearing loss. They have a wide range of equipment on display for people to 'try before you buy'. They can also refer people to local groups supporting people with a hearing or sight loss.


Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide

A self-help organisation offering emotional and practical support to those bereaved by the suicide of a close relative or friend.

0300 111 5065

(open daily, 9am-9pm) 


(formerly DAS)

A free, confidential, NHS talking therapy service helping you to feel better and giving you the tools and techniques to improve your mental and physical wellbeing. 

0300 555 3344


Transport & Mobility

Go>> Shopmobility - provides the loan of manual and powered wheelchairs or electric scooters & portable scooters to help anyone, local, visitor or tourist, with limited mobility to shop.

Go>> North Devon Ring & Ride – a door to door minibus service available for anyone to use who has a mobility problem or cannot use public transport.

For more details or to book,

call 01271 328866

(Open 9.15am – 4:00pm Mon-Fri)