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Moving Together Devon

this image shows a removal van


Moving  Together Devon

For many elderly people the thought of moving home makes them anxious, not wanting to leave familiar surroundings, and people they know – even if it is in their best interest for comfort, safety and, independence.

I have always felt there was a need for a service that was tailored to last time movers and was delighted when out of the blue I was contacted by someone offering this. Carole Smyth had seen my Caron Cares page in Devon Life and was delighted our magazine cared enough to focus on eldercare needs.

Carole and husband Tom have just set up Moving Together Devon which although it sounds like an exercise class does do what it says, together they help people in Devon Move.

I went to visit them, in their lovely Exeter cottage, nestled above the platform at St James Park and in touching distance of City’s new football stand.

Carole explained that Moving Together Devon was a social enterprise designed for older and less able people, who know their home is unsuitable and needed to move.

Moving Together Devon help as much or as little depending on the individuals needs offering practical and emotional support, from sourcing a new home, sorting belongings, dealing with estate agents and solicitors, packing, helping on moving day – and all importantly settling people into their new home.

Moving Together Devon combines Carole’s 35 years experience as an OT in London, and Toms skills as a former mental health social worker to expertly advise people wanting to consider adaptations to their current home, providing information, and practical support.

Carole’s keen interest in special needs housing and adaptations stems from having visited many people who knew that moving or adapting their home would afford a better quality of life but couldn’t due lack of support or advice. She is perfectly positioned to advise, removing barriers, facilitating independence and peace of mind.


Carole and Tom moved to Devon eighteen months ago, happy to return to Exeter, and Carole worked as an Occupational Therapist and care manager in the Community Health and Social Care Team for Older People. She was horrified by the failing care system and struggled with not being able to offer support that was really needed.

Initially, all Moving Together Devon will be a ‘paid for’ service with hopes that later their social enterprise is will enable them to use the profits to meet social aims.

Some of what they do

  • Identifying the most suitable home for someone
  • Working with family and friends as required
  • Creating a moving plan
  • Helping sort belongings
  • Help packing and to unpack
  • Arranging refurbishment, adaptations and new furniture as required

Their initial plan is to offer surgery type sessions with Age UK and other charity groups, they hope in future to include older people who can’t afford this service linking with the NHS, DCC and Housing Associations.

Moving Together Devon offers a free consultation anywhere in Devon and can be contacted on 01392 273067.

Email enquiries can be addressed to



Award-winning blogger and care columnist for Devon Life magazine, Caron also campaigns for recognition of the needs elderly people and their carers. Designer and creator of the award-winning Dementia Assistance Cards which are free to all, and helping thousands of people globally Caron is passionate and committed to making a difference


  1. I am a volunteer with an organisation called If Everyone Cares. We are working on creating a map of UK Charities, Community Projects & organisations that either provide help/support or may require volunteers. The aim of the map is to facilitate & encourage more connected communities by creating a national resource for use at a local level.
    Please see our website for more details

    We are working with charities & community projects, like yours, to help them to add their organisation to the map, to tell the story of what they do, how they help, the difference they make & the help they need. We are a small group of volunteers and there is no charge for anything that we do.

    In addition, each week we feature an organisation that is on the map, via Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter as our ‘Charity/Community Project /Organisation of the Week’.
    We also respond to topical news items by featuring organisations that provide support to address particular areas of need.

    We would love to have your organisation on our community map

    Here is a sample profile so that you can see the sort of information they contain

    I am writing you to see if you would be interested in
    • Me creating you a free profile to go on the map
    • Being featured via our social media
    Please email me on if you are interested
    Best wishes

    1. Hi Sandy, yes please the more the merrier. I would be delighted to be added to your list. I am a huge believer in Big Society, I feel we all have a duty to make a difference. Caron

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