Park Life Heavitree is a community charity (no. 1172365) based in and around Heavitree Pleasure Ground, Exeter. We have the broad vision to help create a safe, welcoming and supportive place where people can come together and be part of a thriving community. We have been working on grass roots, volunteer led community development here since 2010. We won the Pride of Exeter Community Group of the Year Award and held The Prince of Wales Award for Community Work at the Devon County Show. We have 10 trustees and up to 70 active volunteers working on our aims of:
* Reducing social isolation
* Improving physical health and mental health and wellbeing
* Creating a safer, stronger and more active community
We help to do this in a variety of ways including monthly Events in the Park – eg. Mother’s Day, Easter Egg Hunt, The Big Picnic, Heavitree Fun Day, Community Carols etc. We run a small community business with the Community Coffee Van at our events and through the summer weekends in the park. We offer a ‘Meal Share’ scheme for people in need and a Cooking / Lunch club with neighbours. Facilitating and promoting sport and leisure activities such as Junior Park Run, Tennis For Free Coaching, Heavitree Running Club, Heavitree Volleyball, Park Yoga Heavitree etc all help to provide opportunities to exercise with others. We are active members of city wide groups such as the Exeter Green Space Network. Over the last few years we have delivered grant funded activities like our Health and Wellbeing project around food and our current Get Active Exeter programme. During the Coronavirus Pandemic we have been actively supporting our community through prescription and well being box deliveries.
This January we have seen the work commence on the cafe and community hub facility that we are building in the park to help us deliver further services and activities and better meet our aims.