At Open Daw we are proud of what we do!
In June 2020 Open Daw celebrated our 15th anniversary and we amended our planned activities due to the lockdown – instead we ran a quiz with a prize hamper, posted memories and good wishes from partners to social media, created a newsletter version for those not online. Coordinators spent a few mornings outside Open Daw giving out quizzes and newsletters for those not online too, which also meant we could see Trustees, volunteers and clients at a distance and check in with them.
With lockdown measures easing, in July we arranged to catch up with our regular volunteers, assess the risks of reopening and find out their ability to help if we resumed the service. At the end of July, we held a successful trial reopening by invitation, then opened outdoors only, 2 mornings a week, with risk assessments and procedures in place, training provided for volunteers and ongoing welfare checks. In early August table service resumed indoors with tables and chairs socially distanced. We are proud to be able to continue a safe service for those that need it and have received some great feedback from our regular customers.
We were awarded a grant from the Incredible Fund to set up a bereavement support group in Teignmouth with Roots Community Enhancement and the Alice Cross Centre. It started in early 2019 and is now run by Roots Community Enhancement.
In May 2018 we were 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.(https://www.qamark.org/)
Open Daw has over 15 years of continuous operation – we have held a monthly community litter pick for over 5 years! We 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. Litter picking is unfortunately currently on hold due to Coronavirus restrictions.
Every day we are open we help signpost local people to the help they need – examples include: referrals to Citizens Advice Bureau, Assist Teignbridge, Teignbridge District Council, HITS (food bank), Police and many more…
We have facilitated and encouraged the start-up of several local organisations such as the U3A in Dawlish, Poetry for Pleasure and the Sunflower Bunch (Dawlish Cancer Support Group).
We work in partnership 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!