The Blackdown Healthy Living Centre opened its doors to the community in the summer of 2010. The charity can trace its roots back to 25 May 1979. Previously, the site was the home of the St Ivel milk factory Social Club.
The exciting vision for the Centre is to promote healthy living for all ages in our Blackdown Hills rural community, bringing more health to the healthy as well as the unwell and disabled.
Uniquely, the Centre will provide a home for:
- the Cameo Day Centre for the Elderly;
- education courses;
- the Riverside Memory Cafe;
- a wide range of complementary therapies;
- general health promotion;
- a meeting place for patient groups;
- and much, much more.
The Centre has the support of Devon County Council who made a substantial grant for refurbishment of the building, Devon Primary Care Trust, the Blackdown Practice team, and many other organisation and local volunteers.
We do hope you, your family and your friends use your facility as much as possible.
The Blackdown Healthy Living Centre is a registered charity (No. 278819).
We have had much the same constitution since 1979, and it badly needs updating, which we have started to do. The government, through the Charity Commission has made it fractionally easier for us by providing a new legal structure, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and a template for a model constitution, which we want to adopt. There will be an Extraordinary General meeting on Tuesday 26th November at 7:30pm to discuss this further. You may have seen a notice about it in the Pump. A page of more detailed explanation is on our site here, ExplanationWeb160913 and the constitution of the new CIO we are creating is here. CIO-Constitution170913
We hope you can come along.
The Centre’s Trustees, hold legal responsible for the charity:
- Mr. Paul Steed (Chairman)
- Mrs. Sandra Featherstone (Treasurer)
- Dr. Mark Couldrick
The centre does not employ any full-time staff but does have a part-time team who ensure legal care compliance is met. The Cameo Day Care team have worked together for over a decade and has been led by Anne Davey since 1992.
- Anne Davey – Centre & Day Care Manager
- Janet Morison – Cameo Day Care Assistant
- Tracey Howe – Cameo Day Care Assistant
In addition, the Centre benefits from a number of loyal volunteers.