Yes! Brixham have been successful in securing funding from Torbay Council and the NHS to pilot a Home From Hospital scheme in Brixham. The service will work by recruiting neighbourhood volunteers who will help to support their neighbours so that they are able to leave hospital as soon as they are better. 


 Often people must spend unnecessary time in hospital due to not having the support at home that would enable them to leave safely, this can cause people to have to stay away from their home for longer leading to poor health outcomes. Our aim is to offer a service that can improve hospital discharge and can help build connections between neighbours in the process too.


The scheme is coordinated by our Home From Hospital Project Team, to contact them please call 01803 851 414 or email

Areas of Support the Home from Hospital Service can Provide


  • Move furniture in home i.e televisions, beds etc

  • Shop for food items

  • Visiting and befriending for 6 weeks after discharge

  • Laundry

  • Benefit entitlement checks through our information and advice service

  • Linking in with local services such as wellbeing and community builders

  • Share meals

  • Putting the heating on for return to home

  • Aid and tool check

  • Walking the Dog

  • Transport from hospital


We accept referrals for this service from Social Workers, Wellbeing Coordinators and directly from local hospitals.

In order to refer into the scheme either contact us using the details above or email the following referral form to

How to Volunteer For The Scheme.

We are looking for friendly compassionate volunteers who want to support their neighbours to leave hospital. We are looking for Good Neighbours who would be happy to carry out some or all of the tasks listed above.

Training will be provided.

We are looking for volunteers who are


  • Friendly and trustworthy,

  • Problem solvers

  • Able to work within boundaries

  • Respectful of people’s homes

  • Able to work in teams

  • Have an understanding of Health and Safety

  • Are able to commit to volunteer on an agreed day and time

  • Willing to undertake training & a DBS check




Time Commitment:


We are looking for volunteers who are available throughout the week to join a volunteer bank that can be called on when their skills are needed. This is a very flexible role and you can volunteer as much or as little as you like, we ask that you let us knows what days you are available on and we will let you know at the earliest point possible if you are needed. You will be volunteering on an irregular basis and for no more than two hours at a time.

Volunteers will be supported by the Home From Hospital Project Officer.



If you would like to be a Home From Hospital Neighbourhood Volunteer please call Katherine 01803 851 414 or email