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Housebuilder makes a ‘jelly’ good gesture for local charity

  An Exeter-based charity is celebrating after a £1,000 donation from a local housebuilder to help refurbish its charity shop. Exeter Community Initiatives (ECI) works in Exeter and across Devon, helping people who face poverty, inequality and homelessness to get their lives back on track by involving them in community projects to improve their mental, […]

Exeter kids’ charity shop plans fun packed day for grand reopening

Jelly, a charity shop in Exeter selling low cost, preloved children’s clothes, toys and books is currently undergoing a four-week refurbishment. The shop, which first opened its doors in 2015, will celebrate its grand reopening on 19 August.  Plans for the fun packed day include: selfies with a real Jelly Teddy, cupcakes, goodie bags for […]

Exeter Community Initiatives charity celebrates commitment to Real Living Wage

Exeter Community Initiatives, a charity which helps people in Exeter who are facing poverty, inequality and homelessness get their lives back on track, has today been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation as a Living Wage Employer. Their Real Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at the charity receive a minimum hourly wage of […]

Exeter City Supporters’ Trust members from USA donate season tickets to local charity

Exeter City football supporters, Richard and Karen Jarvis, who live 5,000 miles from St James Park in El Paso, Texas have donated their season tickets to local charity, Exeter Community Initiatives, to distribute to people needing a special day out. Exeter Community Initiatives is a local charity set up nearly 30 years ago to help […]

Volunteer Mentors needed for True North – New Project Launched by Devon Family Resource

What is True North? Devon Family Resource have been successful in securing funding for a two-year pilot mentoring and diversionary activity project for young males aged 10-14, living in households with a history of domestic violence, in and around the city of Exeter. Designed to improve outcomes for young people and families and work preventatively […]

Secret Santa – in partnership with our friends at Exeter City FC Supporters’ Trust

2020 has been a difficult year for all of us. Through two lockdowns, many individuals and families across the city have struggled to make ends meet due to being made redundant, being put on furlough, or because they were already coping with multiple stressors before the pandemic. We’ve been working as part of the Exeter Community […]

Launching Exeter Connect

We are delighted to be able to launch Exeter Connect, a new service that provides free, independent information and advice to existing and new community organisations in the city. Exeter Connect is a partnership between Exeter Community Initiatives (ECI) and Exeter City Council, who are providing the funding for the service. Steven Chown, Chief Executive […]

A New Friendship…

We are delighted to be able to announce that we have formed a new partnership with Exeter City Football Club Supporters’ Trust. You can see the Supporters’ Trust’s announcement in their monthly newsletter here. The Supporters’ Trust has generously donated £1000 to ECI so far, and is also supporting us with the use of facilities […]

Bike Bank is Back!

Ride On and Exeter Community Initiatives (ECI) have teamed up to run ECI’s Bike Bank project from Ride On’s base at Exeter Quay. The aim of Bike Bank is to create a supportive workshop where vulnerable adults can learn practical skills in refurbishing bikes, both for their own benefit and for that of others. Ride […]

Exeter Community Wellbeing

Exeter Community Initiatives has been at the heart of the community response to the Covid-19 outbreak. We are part of the team which has launched the new Exeter Community Wellbeing website. Please click on this link if you require any support to help you get through the current crisis. Once you have filled out the […]