Celebrating Devon at this year’s Devon County Show

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Posted on: 8 May 2017

#WeAreDevon, the social media campaign that promotes pride in Devon, is the thread connecting a range of activities on what’s previously been Devon County Council’s exhibition stand at this year’s Devon County Show, 18 to 20 May.

The County Council is opening the stand to a range of statutory and voluntary services, adopting a far broader and inclusive celebration of what makes Devon a great place in which to live and work.

Of course there’ll be a selection of Council services represented – among them an interactive display by the Engineering Design Group (Bridges and Confined Spaces team), and information about the many ways that community volunteers are helping Devon residents across the county – but those services will sit alongside other organisations including Libraries Unlimited, Devon Wildlife Trust, Exeter CVS and CoLab, South West Ambulance Trust, and Devon and Cornwall Police.

Between them they’ll be demonstrating that by working together and with community groups they’re helping to improve people’s quality of lives in many different ways.

Celebrating independence is another theme on the stand with practical advice from Occupational Therapists (OTs) about living safely at home, and a range of independence-related equipment demonstrated by the OTs and the Devon Disability Collective.

Information supporting Devon’s nationally recognised Proud to Care campaign, aimed at helping care providers to recruit more care workers, will be featured on the stand; and there’ll be demonstrations of ‘Pinpoint‘, the Council-run website that since its launch last July has helped put more than 70,000 people in touch with local statutory and voluntary services that help people stay active and able in their communities.

Public health advice will be available from One Small Step – the Council’s healthy lifestyle service – encouraging people to help themselves take steps towards healthier life styles; with blood pressure checks available from the South West Ambulance Trust, and encouragement to walk and cycle more from Travel Devon Advisors.

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards and Devon and Cornwall Police have teamed up to educate visitors to the stand about scams; how to recognise them, avoid them, and report them.

And Exeter CVS will be talking about CoLab, their partnership project in Exeter that offers a comprehensive wellbeing and support service to local residents.

Once again, social enterprise Love Local Food is running the café, and with children’s activities, quizzes, live demonstrations and Devon Wildlife Trust’s mascot Nora the Beaver, the all-encompassing stand promises to be a celebration for everyone young and old.

Please join them, on stand 337, Road 8.  And if you’re visiting the show and using social media, please tag us with #WeAreDevon

Details about the Devon County Show, including how to get to the Westpoint showground in Clyst St Mary, are available on the Devon County Show website, www.devoncountyshow.co.uk

3 comments on “Celebrating Devon at this year’s Devon County Show

  1. Tom Mason says:

    The Show is always such a huge event, thanks for this article, it really whets the appetite for this year’s DCS!
    Tom Mason

  2. Paul Blight says:

    Your website does not actually say exactly where the Devon County Show is to be found – not ideal for visitors!!

    • You’re absolutely right! The Devon County Show (not organised by Devon County Council, by the way) is always at the Westpoint show ground at Clyst St Mary, just east of Exeter. Here’s a link to their website https://www.devoncountyshow.co.uk/. You’ll find directions and ticket information all online. Thanks for highlighting it!

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