Welcome to the latest issue of Older Wiser Together (OWT).

The aim of OWT is to become a trusted and valued part of our community.


Welcome to the latest issue of Older Wiser Together (OWT).

The aim of OWT is to become a trusted and valued part of our community, particularly for those aged 50 or over who may be looking for new opportunities, social events, and challenges, as well as tips for independent living. We cover from Bude, Launceston, Callington, Holsworthy, Okehampton, Tavistock, Saltash and Torpoint.  We hope you’ll find useful information on initiatives and activities in your area.

We have had a busy Summer and start to the September season.  We were delighted to once again be awarded Top 20 in the South-West by This is the fourth year in a row!  We had a lovely day with the trishaw down at Burrator Arboretum and celebrated a donation to Okey Memory Cafe from Home Instead Charities.

Do you have lots of questions about care and not sure where to turn? Are you aware of Powers of Attorney?  Our Director, Lynn Roddy and Raegan Leather of Woollcombe Yonge Solicitors will be available to answer any questions at  Tavistock Area Support Services – TASS Friday 6th October from 11am to 1pm (and then every first Friday of the month)

We always welcome feedback, constructive criticism, and submissions for OWT, particularly from those of you with professional or charitable links to our community. Do get in touch if you have something you’d like to share. Please feel free to forward this Newsletter to family, friends, and colleagues.

A green and blue badge displays "Top 20 Award 2023" and "" on a ribbon at the bottom. - Home Instead

Top 20 Again!

We are delighted to receive a prestigious award by a national reviews website, having been named one of the top 20 home care companies in the South West of England. This is the 4th consecutive time we have won this award.

The award is based on the home care company’s reviews on, the UK’s top home care reviews site dubbed by many as the ‘TripAdvisor for home care’.  We continue to have a review score of 10/10.

Two women smiling, one holding a bottle of wine, the other holding a framed award, standing against a positive word backdrop. - Home Instead

Trishaw Event at Burrator

A collaboration between Dartmoor National ParkSouth West Lakes Trust – BurratorUniversity of Exeter – Project ENLIVENCycling Without Age, Tavistock Dementia Alliance and Tavistock Memory Cafe made for a fantastic day at Burrator Arboretum. Clients of Home Instead and members of the Memory Cafe enjoyed guided rides around the Arboretum on the trishaw. It was a fabulous day!

Do see Burrator Arboretum on Countryfile.

Two older adults being transported in a bicycle rickshaw, accompanied by a woman and a man outdoors. - Home Instead

Home Instead Charities Donates to Okey Memory Cafe  

Home Instead Charities has donated £500 to Okey Memory Cafe to help pay for the special activities the Memory Cafe puts on.  Vicky of Community Links said, “it is great to receive this donation which gives us the opportunity to book more entertainers for the group.” We work with Community Links and OCRAto bring this supportive memory cafe to the community.  We play games, do quizzes, have themed weeks and guest entertainers. Please do let anyone know who may benefit from coming along, and get in touch if you are interested in volunteering.  A warm welcome awaits.  Read more here.  Contact Vicky by email  [email protected] or call 07933 663796.

A group of people, some holding balloons, are gathered around a table and smiling for the camera indoors. - Home Instead

BBC Radio Devon

Our Director, Lynn, has a regular slot on BBC Radio Devon to talk about Tavistock Dementia Alliance and initiatives to help those with dementia and their loved ones.  Great supporter David “Fitz” Fitzgerald gives Lynn the opportunity to chat about dementia care in general and how we can all take a small step to raise awareness of the condition or help someone in need.  Could you offer some support to a neighbour or friend?  Just being at the end of the phone can be a help to some.

Two people in a BBC Radio Devon studio, with a woman smiling in the foreground and a man working in the background. - Home Instead

Tavistock Tennis Club Tennis-a-Thon for Dementia UK

Home Instead is braving the heat to get involved with Tavistock Tennis Club’s Tennis-a-Thon to help raise money for Dementia UK.  This amazing charity helps to provide specialist dementia Admiral Nurses around the UK.  Tavistock is very lucky to have one Admiral Nurse but she is a very busy lady.  We would love to see more Admiral Nurses out in our community.  We donated £150 to this fantastic charity as part of the tennis-a-thon.  We will report more on the fundraising total!

Dementia UK logo with a stylized heart in teal and magenta colors and the text "DementiaUK" below it. - Home Instead

Holsworthy Show

We had a lovely sunny day at Holsworthy Show back in August. Being in the food hall, gave us chance to sample some real delights. We spoke to lots of people throughout the day, some who we very aware of the great quality care that we deliver.  As always our robo cat drew lots of attention as folk asked how this was received by clients.It is so nice to get out in our community and raise the awareness of great care in the community.

A booth at an outdoor event with banners and a table covered in Home Instead branding, brochures, and promotional items. - Home Instead

Care and Legal Advice Drop in

Our Director, Lynn Roddy, will be joined by Raegan Leather of Woollcombe Yonge Solicitors on a series of free care and legal advice sessions.  From 11am to 1pm on the first Friday of the month Raegan and Lynn will be at Tavistock Area Support Services – TASS.

Do you have lots of questions about care and not sure where to turn? Are you aware of Powers of Attorney? Do drop in and have a chat to help you or a loved one on their care and legal related questions.

Flyer for care and legal advice event with photos of two women, organized by Home Instead and Woollcombe Yonge Solicitors. - Home Instead