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Charity (no. 1129175)

Tavistock Area Support Services

"Supporting older people and those with disabilities"

Who We Are

Tavistock Area Support Services (TASS) celebrate their 33rd birthday this year (2018).  We are a charity that has grown over the years in the support it offers.  We support older people and those living with disability living in and around Tavistock in West Devon.  Our aim is to support people to maintain their independence and maximise their potential for a good quality of life.


Our services include a dedicated centre hosting activities such as music and movement, tai chi, table tennis, qi gong, lunch club, art club, singing.  We also provide and information and advice service working with the local health service to facilitate early discharge from hospital and prevent unplanned admissions.  We provide transport to medically related appointments and bus trips to provide people with the opportunity of going out to Sunday Lunch as well as mid week outings.  We offer befriending to those who are housebound and enablement to those who are able to get out but lack confidence and support.  We have a facility in the centre of Tavistock called Restawhile.  It allows people to sit in the warm with a cup of tea or coffee and sit as long as they want or need.  It is a quiet place but is a good meeting point for friends looking to spend an hour or two without being hurried along.  The Anchorage also is our mobility centre where wheelchairs, walkers, scooters or power chair can be hired at a very reasonable rate.

We support Memory Cafe, Stroke Club, Parkinson's Society, Macular Society and Physically Challenged.  We also support local drop in centres such as Bere Alston Film Club.

We welcome volunteer support as we have a small payroll of just 8 part time and 1 full time worker.  All of our services are delivered by volunteers and apart from a small grant of £15K each year, we fund raise for our running costs in the region of £180K.  We have just received £10K from awards4all to help toward providing our enablement service, TASS Champions.

We welcome collaborative working.  As a charity we provide many services but don't try to be all things to all people.  Therefore we welcome knowing what other people do so that we can sign post and provide people with all the support they need in order that they can live the life they choose.

Our Services Are

Subsidised

Additional Information

Donations are always welcome as well as sponsorship for specific items such as leaflet folders, calendars or match funding for more costly items such as transport and scooters.

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