Community First Responder scheme

Exciting volunteering opportunities have arisen within South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust for Community First Responders to join Community First Responder schemes across North and East Devon.

A Community First Responder (CFR) scheme is made up of a group of trained volunteers who within the community in which they live or work attend emergency calls on behalf of South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust to provide patient care, including basic life support, until the arrival of an emergency ambulance.

We welcome applicants from throughout North and East Devon; however we are particularly interested in people from the following areas:

  • Axminster
  • Bideford
  • Brampford Speke
  • Braunton
  • Exeter Countess Wear
  • Exeter Quay
  • Great Torrington
  • Hartland
  • Hatherleigh
  • Holsworthy
  • Honiton
  • Ilfracombe
  • North Tawton
  • Okehampton
  • Seaton
  • Sidmouth
  • Winkleigh


Applications will also be considered for the follow locations:


  • West Hill
  • Bow
  • Crediton
  • Culmstock
  • South Molton
  • Tedburn St Mary


As a volunteer and a member of a Community First Responder Scheme you would provide this community based service willingly and without pay. This role is highly rewarding and offers opportunities to meet new people and learn valuable lifesaving skills through the training provided by South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Applicants will have a good all round education; a full driving license held for at least one year, with no more than 6 current penalty points and have access to a vehicle with current tax, MOT and insurance for your use. Following shortlisting, applicants will be invited to attend a formal interview whereby they will be expected to have some knowledge of the role and South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust. Candidates will be required to attain the Level 3 Award for First Responders on Scene during training in order to complete the recruitment process.

The advert is live now! Link: the advert will close on Sunday 30 April 2023.

To make your application stand out it is vital you include what would make you a exceptional Community First Responder and how you meet the person specification for the role. Please be aware, if there is not currently a Community First Responder scheme running within a 3 mile radius of your home postcode you may not be short listed. Should you wish to respond from your work place as well as or instead of your home address, please detail this in the additional information section.

When applying for this voluntary position, please be aware that you must be able to attend the following interview dates and all of the training course:

Interviews are scheduled to be held face to face at various locations in North and East Devon the week commencing Monday 22nd May 2023.


The training course is scheduled to be held in Tiverton on the five following dates running from 08:45 – 17:30:

Course Date 1 – Saturday 24th June 2023

Course Date 2 – Sunday 25th June 2023

Course Date 3 – Saturday 1st July 2023

Course Date 4 – Saturday 15th July 2023

Course Date 5 – Sunday 16th July 2023


You must attend all five dates – If you are unable to make all of the training days please do not apply for this intake.

If you are unable to make all of the dates but wish to be informed of future courses , please register your interest for this course by following this link;

The next planned is provisionally planned for early 2024, please get in touch by if you would like to register your interest for this course.


Please get in touch using the details below should you have any questions.


Jacob Maddams

Community Responder Officer for North and East Devon


Kings Coronation -Big Help Out Day – Holsworthy

Tidy, Titivate & Tart up the Town- Monday 8th May

The King has suggested that as part of the Coronation Celebrations communities across the country get involved in volunteering on a Big Help Out day on Monday 8th May and highlight the positive impact volunteering has on communities across the Nation.

Holsworthy Town Council would like to encourage organisations and individuals in the Town to come up with a one day project which aims to enhance the appearance of Holsworthy to be carried out on Monday 8th May 2023. It is hoped that local organisations could work on their ‘own patch’, help another organisation or choose an area of the town to enhance.

Some Suggestions brought forward are:

– Litter picking
– Cleaning signs
– Renovating flower beds
– Cleaning & Painting of community facilities
– Cleaning public areas
– Emptying gutters
– Help a Neighbour
– Tidy up Manor Car Park after the Coronation Celebrations

The Council would love organisations to contact them at with any small project they wish to do as part of the Big Help Out Day which can be advertised in the run up to the day. Individuals who want to get involved can also email the Council or pick a project which may suit them best and join in! Please make contact with the town council if you are interested and we will put you on the list!

The Town Council may be able to provide support through supply of equipment such as hi-vis jackets, litter picking tools, bin bags and cleaning materials subject to availability – feel free to enquire.
Currently the ideal times for volunteering on this day would be between 11am and 4pm. You do not need to volunteer the whole duration.
No project too small! We welcome all project suggestions and look forward to hearing them!

The important bit – The Town Council would also like to invite all those who take part in the day to a ‘Pasty and a drink’ event in Holsworthy Memorial Hall from 4pm on the 8th May as a thank you to all volunteers in the town. This will be a chance to recognise the amazing work volunteers carry out all year round and get everybody together to celebrate, network and share our volunteering experiences.

Last updated 3rd April 2023 – Further updates will be added

Holsworthy’s Outdoor Market

Holsworthy Town Council will be holding a public meeting on Thursday 23rd March 2023 at 6pm in the Memorial Hall, Holsworthy, to discuss the future of our historic Wednesday Market!

This will be an open and transparent discussion about the market’s past, present & future.

Holsworthy Town Council have been running the Market on behalf of Torridge District Council for 20+ years and have endeavoured to keep it relevant and stable.

Past efforts have included delivering leaflets to holiday homes, shops within Holsworthy and the surrounding areas. We have visited other local markets similar to our own to raise awareness of our historic market and to encourage new traders. We continue to use social media platforms, local media and yearly newsletters to advertise.

We would like to invite the people of Holsworthy to attend our meeting and help us find a solution to moving the market forward.

Everyone is welcome and we encourage all to attend to make your voice heard!

If you are unable to attend, please put your thoughts in writing to Holsworthy Town Council

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Holsworthy Food Bank

How to get help

If you are on UC please go to your online journal and message your work coach, alternatively you can go into your local jobcentre between 10:00-14:00 and they can refer you if appropriate.

This is because at the Foodbank we normally work on a voucher referral basis.

Vouchers are issued by any frontline agency who is helping to resolve your problems.

However, if you are a new customer you can get immediate help from one of our centres by calling in there without a voucher. (We usually only do this to give you time to arrange professional help.)

Holsworthy Foodbank is open on Wednesday Afternoons in the Manor Suite at the back of the Memorial Hall.
Please come between 2pm and 4pm.

Our friendly volunteers will ensure you have good food for the family.

You may also be able to get help from Citizens Advice on (Freephone) 0808 2082138

Written by Holsworthy Foodbank

Grants 2023

If you would like to apply for a grant please read the Grant Policy for 2023/2024 and contact the Town Clerk requesting a grant form.

Grant Aid Policy 2023/2024

Forms can be emailed, posted or delivered to Holsworthy Town Council.

Holsworthy Town Council, Manor Offices, North Road, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 6DJ

Forms MUST be submitted by 5pm Monday 10th April 2023

Cheques will be given out at the Annual Meeting of the Council on 17th May 2023!

Freeman of Holsworthy 2023

It is that time of year again where we ask you to nominate an individual that has served Holsworthy’s Town and people by way of personal good deeds or as part of a larger organisation.

To Summarise, the honour is open to anyone who:

– Is a resident in Holsworthy or the surrounding parishes.
– Have contributed over many years to the community of Holsworthy.
– Have made a difference to the lives of individuals and groups of people within Holsworthy.

The Recipient will hold the Award and the tittle of Honorary Freeman of Holsworthy for one year, with the Freeman’s Cup being returned to Holsworthy’s Town Clerk no later than the 1st March the following year.

If you would like to nominate someone please find a form here > Freeman of Holsworthy 2023
Forms can be emailed, posted or delivered to Holsworthy Town Council.

Holsworthy Town Council, Manor Offices, North Road, Holsworthy, Devon, EX22 6DJ

Forms MUST be submitted by Noon Friday 31st March 2023