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Wellbeing projects

Community Connect Feock and 

Healthy Ageing through Innovation in Rural Europe (HAIRE) 


We are very lucky to have had the HAIRE wellbeing project running in our Parish - (Healthy Ageing through

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

Council. HAIRE also supports the ANCHOR project who works in connection with the local PCN Network (Carnon Downs GP surgery) and this project, like HAIRE, also works in association with the University of Exeter.

The HAIRE Project promotes social activities, bringing people together, encouraging new wellbeing

opportunities and services, including volunteer schemes in our community. We aim to provide a

healthier place to live in, reducing isolation and loneliness.  The project completed in March 2023

but outcomes and learning from the project are still being taken forward and implemented. 

Healthy Ageing through Innovation in Rural Europe (HAIRE)  

The Parish Council was invited to take part as a pilot area (one of only two pilots in the UK), in a European Interreg 2 Seas Project, which started in Spring 2020 and runs until Spring 2023, working in association with the University of Exeter and other European partners.  The project will build on Community Connect, a wellbeing project which we had previously in the Parish, focusing mainly on people aged 60+ to develop services and facilities that are of benefit. 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 is to focus on building on the strengths of our community and inter-generational activities.

The project has been developing and testing 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 completed the Guided Conversation element of the project in March 2021, and the CREATE phase in June 2021 where we held workshops with residents at Trelissick Gardens to look at the results of the conversations and discuss solutions to the key areas of concern around wellbeing: Communication, Co-ordination and Opportunities. The project has now completed in March 2023 but one key outcome is the retention of a member of staff to continue to run our support services helpline and provide advice on wellbeing.  Another outcome of the project was our new website which contains information about local groups and services as well as a monthly Whats On listing and calendar (also available in hard copy from our library, various points around the parish and bookswaps).

Please get in touch if your group, club, event or society would like to be listed (free of charge). There you will see the activities, events and services we help support and provide. Most of what we do is supported/run by our amazing volunteers. If you would like to help support our services please find our volunteer page or get in touch for a chat. You can choose what you do and what time you able to give.


For further information please speak to our wellbeing team:


Cllr Keith Hambly-Staite - Feock Parish Council Wellbeing Lead -

Cathy Whitmore,  Information & Wellbeing Adviser –

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

Exeter's blog

Check out our Facebook page: My Feock Wellbeing for information about wellbeing locally. 

Support Services from the Parish Council 

The Parish Council set up support services for residents at the start of the Covid pandemic and are pleased that they are able to continue to provide these now that the pandemic has ended. The services provide deliveries of prescriptions and shopping from Carnon Downs Spar to those who are housebound, lifts to medical and other appointments in the Parish as well befriending phonecalls.  Age UKs TAP Service can be contacted on 01872 223388 for lifts to Treliske Hospital. 

Rough Sleepers

If you are aware of someone sleeping rough please refer them to the Homeless Assessment Hub on 0300 1234 161 or raise an alert via Streetlink at or by downloading the Streetlink app.

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