Working with communities

1. Supporting communities

Central government plans to continue spending reductions up to and including 2017/18. This means that Devon County Council needs to save £110million by 2017. We are reviewing how we deliver many of our services to see how we can make these savings.

We are committed to helping communities to make decisions, develop ideas and take on assets and services that we currently deliver. We want people to have more influence, choice and control over the way in which local services are shaped and delivered, to help communities and voluntary sector organisations develop and grow.

We will work with communities to explore implications of any transfer of assets or services. We have developed a process which supports everyone involved to find out more and have an open and honest dialogue about the key considerations and responsibilities.

We can provide some support, advice and guidance to help to start turn your idea into reality. If you, or the organisation you represent, has an idea or proposal that you would like to discuss please register your interest (this service has now closed).

There are many ways to provide services that offer better value for money, with greater local accountability including enhanced community involvement, partnership working and commissioned services. We are keen to invite interest from local communities.

Some of the issues to consider are:

  • How will the service support or contribute to agreed local priorities?
  • Are there other organisations providing similar services that you could join forces with?
  • Do you have the support of the wider community for your proposal?
  • Have you engaged with other local organisations to explore opportunities for collaboration or developing a joint proposal?
  • Do you have the skills, capacity and expertise needed to deliver the service?
  • What is your financial position?
  • Have you considered succession planning and continuity?

If you, or the organisation you represent, would like to find out more about taking responsibility for a service please register your interest (this service has now closed).

We recognise that transferring assets to the local community can result in benefits such as:

  • Empowering local communities by shaping and regenerating them, building capacity, encouraging them to work together and improving local democracy.
  • Creating stronger, more sustainable voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations.
  • More effective and more intensive use of local resources, extending use and increasing value to the community.
  • Generating long-term sustainable revenue streams for community organisations, making them more sustainable.
  • Providing VCS organisations with financial security, recognition, management capacity and leverage to attract new finance to expand the level of community activity.

We also recognise that taking on full responsibility for a property is a substantial commitment for community organisations. It is not always the only or best way to make sure that your community has access to the services that you would like to see provided.

To help organisations decide whether this is right for them, we have produced this guidance which sets out some areas for consideration. If you would like to register your interest please provide us with your contact details and a brief description of your interest/proposal (this service has now closed).

Central government has made it easier for communities to help shape and run local services. This might include making services more responsive to local needs or improving value for money. Various people and relevant organisations, including members of staff, can ‘bid’ to run a council service using the community ‘right to challenge’. Our guidance on this process is available at

We own assets, such as land and buildings that are used for a wide variety of community and public purposes. Some of these assets will become surplus to requirements due to changes to the ways that services are run. We follow a code of practice on the disposal of surplus property

The Localism Act’s Community Right to Bid gives local communities the chance to bid to buy and take over running assets that are of value to them, such as a pub, village shop, library building or community centre. The assets could be owned by a council or other public body, a private company or an individual. Community groups (a parish or town council or other local community or voluntary organisation) can nominate local assets to feature on a register held and published by their district council.

We have, and will continue, to invite communities to come forward to register an interest in the running of local assets or the provision of local services. Organisations and communities have done this by filling out an initial registration (this service has now closed).

This initial registration provides only an outline. Below is a list of these initial registrations of Community Interest.

NameInterested in AssetInterested in ServiceCommunityReview
Justine FosterSports and Activity Equipment used at Ivybridge Leisure Youth Night in particular but any equipment that may also be available.NoDartmouth, Ivybridge, Kingsbridge, TotnesYouth service
Not shared17 seater Mini BusNoExeterPublic transport
Rivka JacobsNoYesExeterDay Services
Rachel GilpinTopsham LibraryYesExeterLibrary service
Gina SmallNoYesHonitonDay Services
Charlie DixonNoYesBidefordDay Services, Residential services
Charlie DixonFairleaNoBidefordDay Services, Residential services
Shane StevensNoYesBarnstapleDay Services
Martin Smith / Ian StilesAxminster Youth CentreYesAxminsterYouth service
Not sharedCharlton LodgeYesTivertonDay Services, Residential services
Andy LyleAlexandar CentreYesTavistockDay Services
Not sharedSpringfield Day CentreYesBidefordDay Services
Robert TaylorFairlea Home, NorthamYesBidefordDay Services, Residential services
Kate SmithNoYesExeterDay Services
Not sharedA range of furniture from Pulse Youth CentreNoTotnesYouth service
Beverley BurbridgeNoYesBarnstapleDay Services
Not sharedAll or anyNoDevon-wideResidential services
Not sharedBodley HouseNoExeterResidential services
Not sharedBarnhaven BuildingNoTivertonResidential services
Not sharedButterparkNoIvybridgeResidential services
Not sharedDavey CourtNoExmouthResidential services
Paul VincentCrediton LibraryYesCreditonLibrary service
Melville OsborneBurrow HouseYesIlfracombeResidential services
Christiaan StirlingHolsworthy Youth Club siteNoHolsworthyYouth service
Not sharedAshburton LibraryYesAshburton/BuckfastleighLibrary service
Terry WestwoodBovey Tracey LibraryYesNewton AbbotLibrary service
John WillisMoretonhampstead LibraryYesMoretonhampsteadLibrary service
Amanda BowenWardhayesYesOkehamptonResidential services
Emma CooperNoYesOkehamptonResidential services
Amanda BowenNoYesOkehamptonDay Services
Toby DanielNoYesOkehamptonDay Services
Not sharedLibraryNoBrauntonLibrary service
Peter StephensonSouth Molton Youth CentreNoSouth MoltonYouth service
Peter StephensonBarnstaple Georgie’s Youth CentreNoBarnstapleYouth service
Peter StephensonBideford Integrated Youth CentreNoBidefordYouth service
Peter StephensonExmouth Young People’s CentreNoExmouthYouth service
Peter StephensonSidmouth Youth CentreNoSidmouthYouth service
Peter StephensonOttery St Mary Station Youth CentreNoOttery St MaryYouth service
Peter StephensonAxminster Young People’s CentreNoAxminsterYouth service
Peter StephensonHoniton Young People’s CentreNoHonitonYouth service
Peter StephensonDawlish Red RockNoDawlishYouth service
Peter StephensonNewton Abbot Junction Community and Young People’s CentreNoNewton AbbotYouth service
Peter StephensonExeter Westside Youth CentreNoExeterYouth service
Peter StephensonExeter Knight ClubNoExeterYouth service
Peter StephensonExeter Phoenix CentreNoExeterYouth service
Peter StephensonExeter 100 ClubNoExeterYouth service
Peter StephensonCrediton Youth CentreNoCreditonYouth service
Peter StephensonTiverton Youth and Community CentreNoTivertonYouth service
Not sharedSouth Molton Youth CentreYesSouth MoltonYouth service
Vicky Hooper & Jan DeanLyric HouseYesOkehamptonDay Services
Raj PatelKenwyn House, AshburtonYesAshburton/BuckfastleighYouth service
Mike HartIvybridge Community CentreNoIvybridgeYouth service
Councillor Stuart HughesSidmouth Youth CentreYesSidmouthYouth service
John GriffithsDay CentresYesBarnstaple, Braunton, Crediton, Cullompton, Holsworthy, Ilfracombe, Lynton/Lynmouth, Okehampton, South Molton, Tavistock, TivertonDay Services
Dr Phil Povey-NaylorNoYesMortonhampsted, Newton Abbot, Tavistock, TotnesYouth service
Susan WroeNoYesDevon-wideYouth service
Keith RickwoodThe Real McCafe, Ilfracombe EX348HYYesIlfracombeYouth service
Steve HitchcockCrediton Youth Service CentreYesCreditonYouth service
Christopher BriscoeBudleigh Salterton LibraryYesExmouthLibrary service
Chris EddyNoYesAxminsterLibrary service
Libby Price & Liz DennisNoYesCrediton, ExeterDay Services
Not sharedThe Junction Youth Service Centre & Multi-Use Games AreaYesNewton AbbotYouth service
Robert DixonNoYesNewton AbbotLibrary service
Joanne BickelDawlish LibraryYesDawlishDay Services
Not sharedLibraries and public buildingsYesBidefordYouth service
Not sharedYouth Service CentreYesGreat TorringtonYouth service
Sarah CoullLydiate LodgeYesLynton/LynmouthDay Services, Residential services
Not shared1 Yard, Petrockstowe StationNoGreat Torrington
Not sharedTiverton Youth Centre, Cullumpton Youth Centre, Crediton Youth CentreNoCrediton, Cullompton, TivertonYouth service
Not sharedHoniton Youth CentreNoHonitonYouth service
Not sharedSidmouth Youth CentreNoSidmouthYouth service
Not sharedDawlish Youth Centre, Ottery St Mary Youth Centre, and perhaps South MoltonNoDawlish, Ottery St Mary, South MoltonYouth service
Not sharedStarcross PavillionYesDawlishYouth service
Not sharedHeathfield Youth CentreNoNewton AbbotYouth service
Not sharedRed Rock Youth CentreNoDawlishYouth service
Not sharedNoNoAshburton/BuckfastleighLibrary service
Not sharedOffice space available in the Teignbridge area, and any possible storage solutions.NoDawlish, Newton Abbot, TeignmouthYouth service
Not sharedIvybridge Youth VenueNoIvybridgeYouth service
Not sharedRoom 13NoOkehamptonYouth service
Not sharedChumleigh Youth CentreNoSouth MoltonYouth service
Not sharedRosebankNoBarnstapleDay Services
Not shared Georgies Youth CentreYesBarnstapleYouth service
Not sharedOakwell, Springfield, RosebankNoBarnstaple, BidefordDay Services
Not sharedMobile Youth Centres, Mercedes chassis (3500Kg) with custom conversion.YesCreditonYouth service
Not sharedIvybridge, Tavistock and BarnstapleYesBarnstaple, Ivybridge, TavistockYouth service
Not sharedRed Rock Youth CentreNoDawlishYouth service
Kevin Henman. Stephen Evans. Dan Barton.Bideford, Barnstaple, Tiverton, 100 Club, Phoenix, Honiton, Exmouth, Dawlish, Junction, Totnes, Tavistock (when built)YesBarnstaple, Bideford, Dawlish, Exeter, Exmouth, Honiton, Newton Abbot, Tavistock, Tiverton, TotnesYouth service
Jenny LindowAny youth facilitiesNoDevon-wideYouth service
Richard DoakThe Hive, Exmouth's Young People's CentreYesExmouthYouth service
Not sharedThe Junction Youth Centre & Multi-Use Games AreaNoNewton AbbotYouth service
Not sharedThe Pill Youth CentreYesBidefordYouth service
Adrian KempAny facilityNoDevon-wideYouth service
Joel ChapmanAny youth facilitiesYesDevon-wideYouth service
Sean WestlakeAny youth facilitiesYesDevon-wideYouth service
Mark GoodmanNoYesDevon-wideYouth service
Sara Parkin on behalf of Unite the Union officersAny youth facilitiesYesDevon-wideYouth service
Christopher DrakeMarshlands Day CentreNoSeatonDay Services
Malcolm DickThe Station Youth CentreYesOttery St MaryYouth service
Rebecca CobbNoYesExeter, Ottery St MaryDay Services
Mrs Anna JacobsThe Pippins Youth CentreYesAxminsterYouth service
Debbie HumberstoneAxminster Young People's Centre , possibly Honiton and SidmouthYesAxminster, Honiton, SidmouthYouth service
Sarah JonesMobile library serviceYesCullomptonLibrary service
Judy MorrisJohn Tallack Youth CentreYesCullomptonYouth service
Norman AmeyHoniton Youth CentreYesHonitonYouth service
Gary WillsHoniton Youth CentreNoHonitonYouth service
Clare ConnorSt Michaels Day CentreNoHonitonDay Services
Jane PritchardExmouth Young People's CentreYesExmouthDay Services, Youth service
Jon Lincoln-GordonNoYesSouth MoltonDay Services
Phil GouldingLantern & Real McCaffYesIlfracombeYouth service
Andrea BeachamThe Real Mcafe, Ilfracombe LIbrary, Two Lanes (DACL building)YesIlfracombeLibrary service, Youth service
Paul WilliamsNoYesBarnstaple, Bideford, South MoltonDay Services
Jane WilliamsNoYesCrediton, OkehamptonDay Services
Chris MartinCrediton Youth CentreYesCreditonYouth service
Miss Leah Mosedale Miss Rebecca HarrisonSouth Molton Youth CentreYesSouth MoltonYouth service
Katie MajorThe YardYesBrauntonYouth service
Douglas Roy LucasNoYesBrauntonYouth service
Douglas Roy LucasThe Yard Youth CentreYesBrauntonYouth service
Peter RobinsonThe Yard Youth CentreYesBrauntonYouth service
Sharon LynchAny day service facilitiesYesBarnstapleDay Services
Frances WalshNoYesBarnstapleYouth service
Stuart LordYouth bus and the accompanying elements e.g DJ decks, Photography equipment, inflatables- activity kit etc. We would also be interested in minibuses if they were available = pool table - music equipment etcYesOkehampton, TavistockYouth service
Jane ElliottBideford Centre, The PillYesBidefordYouth service
Paul BowserNoYesBidefordYouth service
Peter ThornBideford Youth CentreYesBidefordYouth service
Clancy Stephens – North Devon TeamA range of staff and buildingsNoBidefordYouth service
Howard MeadowsChulmleigh Youth CentreYesSouth MoltonYouth service
Sara BrownLaptop, printer, camping equipment etc already used by us through DCCNoIvybridgeYouth service
Victoria LloydNoYesTavistockYouth service
Harry ChurchillHarewood HouseNoTavistockDay Services, Residential services
Anne JohnsonNoYesTavistockYouth service
Mrs Karen PercivalYouth Service busesYesOkehamptonYouth service
Stephen SmithIvy Lane Youth ClubYesDartmouthYouth service
Theresa PinkTen Tors EquipmentNoDartmouthYouth service
Carole Whitty/ Frances NorthropThe Mansion and RushbrookYesTotnesYouth service
Matthew PricePulse Youth CentreYesTotnesYouth service
Tracy RoweIvy Lane Youth CentreYesDartmouthYouth service
Anji ChantKingsbridge Youth Venue & assetsNoKingsbridgeYouth service
Rachael EdgelerDYAG building in IvybridgeYesIvybridgeYouth service
Tracey BruceIvybridge Youth VenueYesIvybridgeYouth service
Mrs Lesley HughesButterpark Care HomeNoIvybridgeDay Services, Residential services
John WillisMoretonhampstead Youth Centre (the Yard)YesMoretonhampsteadYouth service
Joanna WinterburnNoYesMoretonhampsteadYouth service
Abby StobartNoYesMoretonhampsteadYouth service
William Edward KeenNoYesNewton AbbotYouth service
Philip RoweThe Passmore Edwards Centre and The JunctionYesNewton AbbotLibrary service, Youth service
John BurkeThe JunctionNoNewton AbbotYouth service
Emily FarrellNoYesNewton AbbotYouth service
Adam DimentRed RockNoDawlishYouth service
Andrew WoodwardRed RockYesDawlishYouth service
Zena FisherNoYesNewton AbbotYouth service
Maria PetersNoYesExeterYouth service
Fleur BuechlerBuildingsYesExeter
PC 6455 Mark OLIVERWest Side Youth CentreYesExeterYouth service
Nikki Taylor1 x Mini Bus & EquipmentYesNewton AbbotYouth service
Laura UnderhillThe Junction and/or Horizons (building and contents), Youth Activity Bus and Minibus.YesKingsbridge, Newton AbbotYouth service
Paul RickardThe garages and equipment located close to The Junction, Newton Abbot. We are interested in all 3 garages, the canoe trailer, canoes and all the equipment within the garages.NoNewton AbbotYouth service
Robin QuantPhoenix Youth CentreYesExeterYouth service
Ben HeddenNoYesExeterYouth service
Paul Kenny100 ClubNoExeterYouth service
Mrs Sharon Brown100 clubYesExeterYouth service
Steve Campion100 clubNoExeterYouth service
Stephen BrindWonford youth centre / Exeter football club youth centreYesExeterYouth service
Richard CummingsThe Knight Club, Beacon LaneYesExeterYouth service
Dawn ChandlerThe Knight Club, Beacon LaneYesExeterDay Services, Youth service
Tim DowanYouth clubs with appropriate accessible toilet facilities including hoist and changing tableYesExeterDay Services, Youth service
Helen MoorePhoenix Youth CentreYesExeterYouth service

Once these initial interests have been registered we aim to get back to those registrants and encourage them, if appropriate, to engage in a more involved Statement of Community Interest process so we can understand the detail and viability of their proposals. We are also doing this because working with communities to ensure a positive outcome takes resources and the Authority only has the capacity to deal with a limited number of proposals at any one time.

If you have already developed a proposal which you want evaluated for support by Devon County Council, please click here (this service has now closed).