Twelve community champions and two volunteer groups, all from Devon, received their Royal honours at a double awards ceremony on Friday 12 October.
And its not just fixers and repair people they need – each café needs volunteers to help in a variety of roles from greeting to admin.
From December a small team of specialised trading standards auditors will be trained in an initial pilot. They will then pass what they have learned to trusted local traders who are part of the Buy With Confidence scheme (BWC).
As the Government announces measures to reduce the impact of additional winter pressures on critical front line health services, local Councils are taking steps to prevent people from going to hospital with preventable complaints or to help them return home as quickly as possible after treatment.
Rogue traders and aggressive doorstep sellers across Devon and Somerset were targeted by Police and Trading Standards officers in a joint operation last week.
£3m will support the delivery of several projects to help the region reduce carbon emissions, reduce costs and improve services.
Devon has a new national champion in the continuing fight for fair funding for schools.