The services we provide are ever increasing and becoming more important to people due partly to our geographical position but also to the ageing population and economic climate. Mid Devon consists of 353 square miles of rolling hills, divided by the valleys of the Culm, the Exe and the Creedy. It is located between the National Parks of Exmoor to the north and Dartmoor to the southwest. The District has a total population of some 69,774 (2001Census), somewhat less than half living in the three principal towns (Tiverton, Cullompton and Crediton), while the balance are spread through 63 rural parishes, stretching for 35 miles west from the Devon / Somerset border to the very centre of Devon.
The 3 main urban concentrations for services, facilities and employment within Mid Devon are the market towns of Crediton, Cullompton and Tiverton. Access to these urban areas is becoming paramount for people living in rural settings due to the loss of many local village services. There are a plethora of rural villages in Mid Devon without their own Post Office or shop let alone doctor surgery, petrol station or banking facilities.
The number of parishes with access to a daily bus service, food shop and Post Offices in Mid Devon all decreased in recent years.
The population of older people in the Mid Devon area is ever increasing and will continue to do so according to Mid Devon District Council. By 2033 at least 89% of the population will be over 65.
Frail, elderly, disabled and rurally detached people benefit from our services by enabling them to make the most of their local environment, our schemes ensure that these people are able to engage in social activities, encouraging more people to get out and about and taking part in healthy activities and visit many places they’ve not visited before. With the population rapidly growing it is important to mention that without many of these services these people would not only be left with no transport, they would also be incredibly isolated, as we are on many occasions the only people they see from week to week, leading to a huge impact on their mental health, leaving them isolated and vulnerable.