Open DAW Success Stories

At Open DAW we are proud of what we do!

We have recently been awarded a grant from the Incredible Fund for setting up a bereavement support group in Teignmouth with Roots Community Engagement and the Alice Cross Centre. It will start in early 2019.

In September 2018 we received a £100 grant from District Councillor Martin Wrigley to fund solar lighting on footpath 41.

In May 2018 one of only two organisations in Dawlish to achieve the Quality Assurance Mark  that has been developed for the community, voluntary and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations that provide health and well-being services and activities in the South Devon & Torbay area.(

Presentation of the award (L to R): Judy Falcao (Director Torbay & South Devon NHS Trust) Cllr Sylvia Russell (Portfolio Holder Health & Wellbeing) Lyn Cavill (Chair of Open DAW), Robin Barlow (HM Deputy Lieutenant ) Cllr Ken Purchase (Mayor of Newton Abbot) Cllr Tim Golder ( Chairman of Teignbridge District Council).


Open DAW has over 12 years of continuous operation – we have held a monthly community litter pick for over 5 years! We have now joined with Dawlish Against Plastic to extend this to the beach as well as the town. We have held special litter picks such as Clean for the Queen, with local brownie units and have loaned our equipment to local schools and for use at local events.


Agencies and other organisations hold regular surgeries/meet and greet events at the Open DAW see our organisations at the Open DAW. People can come in and talk to the organisations for FREE at Open DAW. They don’t have to make an appointment but just drop in.

Every day we are open we help signposting local people to help they need – recent examples include: referrals to Citizens Advice Bureau, Assist Teignbridge, Teignbridge District Council, HITS (food bank), Police and many more… we will act as an advocate where needed and have spoken on behalf of those who don’t know where else to go.

We led a three year campaign to get a footpath resurfaced, grit bin installed, handrail installed and a dog/rubbish bin:


The work being done through a Devon County Councillor’s grant.

We have organised petitions to save a local bank and other local campaigning.

We have facilitated and encouraged the start-up of several local organisations such as the newly formed U3A in Dawlish, Poetry for Pleasure and the Sunflower Bunch (Dawlish Cancer Support Group

We have facilitated various local projects – Dawlish Bag, Fairtrade, Freecycle morning, The Biz.

Partnership working with other organisations on projects to achieve the best results we can for the Dawlish community – such as Assist Teignbridge, Dawlish Community Transport, Strand Centre, ROC Dawlish and many more!

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