Wellbeing projects

Community Connect Feock and 

Healthy Ageing through Innovation in Rural Europe (HAIRE) 


We are very lucky that we have two wellbeing projects running in our Parish - HAIRE (Healthy Ageing through

Innovation in Rural Europe) which started in Summer 2020 and is an EU project, part funded by Feock Parish

Council and also Community Connect which started in November 2018, initially part funded by the Parish Council but

now continuing with other funding due to the success of the pilot project.

The Parish Council are looking to facilitate the bringing together of people and offering new opportunities for people to want to get out and about, volunteer in our community or have concerns about where they live and the services provided to help them age healthily.

More information on the HAIRE project and wellbeing in the parish can be found below.

Healthy Ageing through Innovation in Rural Europe (HAIRE)  

The Parish Council has been invited to take part as a pilot area (one of only two pilots in the UK),

in a European Interreg 2 Seas Project starting in Spring 2020 in association with the University of

Exeter and other European partners.  The project will build on Community Connect and work with

and for people aged 60+ to develop services and facilities of benefit to them. The aim is to reduce

the loneliness and feeling of isolation which can affect many of us as we grow older.

An important part of the project will focus on building on the strengths of our community and

inter-generational activities

The project will develop and test systems that empower and enable older people (aged 60+ and no longer employed) in rural areas to:

  • define what support they need;

  • participate in the design and delivery of services;

  • develop solutions for themselves to reduce loneliness and improve quality of life, health and wellbeing, based on their own interests, capabilities and preferences, and supported by the voluntary, private and public sectors.


The project aims to:

  • reduce isolation and loneliness & improve wellbeing in the 60+ age group;

  • increase collaboration between participating agencies and Voluntary & Community Sector Organisations (VCSOs);

  • improve rural community vitality;

  • increase active participation of older people & voluntary sector in service design & delivery;

  • create new models of service delivery.

We are are also looking to recruit volunteers to assist with the project and this will involve meeting with older members of the community to find out their views on their needs and the community in which they live. Similarly if you are a member of the community (aged 60 years plus) and would be willing to take part in the project and give us your views please get in touch.


Bex Rawbone, HAIRE Project Co-ordinator - bex@feockparishcouncil.co.uk

or 07988 106432


Cllr Keith Hambly-Staite - Feock Parish Council Wellbeing Lead


You can find out more about the HAIRE Project on the University of 

Exeter's blog http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/haire/2020/02/05/welcome/

More information will be added to this page soon as the project progresses. 



                                                  Have a look at the Wellbeing Feock Facebook page 


                                                  and our twitter account @feockpc to keep up to date with

                                                  progress and information about wellbeing locally. 

Community Connect Feock

Community Connect which started in November 2018, initially part funded by the Parish Council but is now continuing with other funding due to the success of the pilot project.

Sharon, the Community Navigator works with local GPs surgeries and local groups to help support people in the community to feel less isolated. 


Sharon Nettleton, Community Navigator, Community Connect - sharon.nettleton1@nhs.net

or 07747 750962

Details of help services provided by the Parish Council are available here

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