Do you live in Cranbrook? 

Would you like support to improve your wellbeing or of your family?

There is now a new opportunity for young people, families and adults in Cranbrook.

It’s called the Community Connection Programme and it’s part of Wellbeing Exeter (Find out more at

What is this Programme about?

The Programme uses social prescribing to support the wellbeing of Cranbrook’s residents.

Sometimes we feel we want to make changes in our life, but we aren’t sure how to do it. A Community Connector can support you with that.

A Community Connector is someone who will:

  • Listen and get to know you,
  • Help you think about what is important to you and what you want to be different,
  • Support you on the steps you can take to get there.

A Community Connector can help you to:

  • Meet new people and feel less lonely
  • Get parenting support
  • Get local support and access to groups
  • Help you find practical support
  • Get financial support and advice: debt management, budgeting, benefits
  • Connect you to your community
  • Join a club or course
  • Learn new skills
  • Get support for unemployment, jobs and career advice
  • Do more things that you enjoy
  • Identify new things that might be right for you
  • Be more mindful
  • Find somebody to talk to if you need to vent
  • Become more physically active
  • Establish healthy habits
  • Find volunteering experiences….. and much more!

How does it work?

The Community Connector works through a referral system.

GP Surgery: GPs, nurses, and health and wellbeing coaches can all refer you. Call Cranbrook GP Surgery on: 01404 819207

From January 2021, Care Direct, Devon County Council’s social services, will be able to refer people in their care.

You can discuss what you’re going through with them and decide if what the programme offers is suitable for you. If you decide to be referred, the Community Connector will receive the referral and will be in touch with you to have your first meeting and take it from there.

If you’re a parent and you would like support for your child, or your child would like to get support:

The Programme offers support to people of all ages. If your child is under 11 years old, you or another adult in the family can be referred and the connector will work together with the family.

If your child is 11 or 12 years old, they can be referred and the connector will be able to work with them independently but they will require your formal consent.

If your child is 13 years old and up, they can be referred without your consent, and the connector will not be able to share information without the child’s consent.

If the support is needed for both adult and children, the whole family can be referred through an adult.

Who can refer you to the Programme in Cranbrook:

GP Surgery: GPs, nurses, and health and wellbeing coaches can all refer you. Call Cranbrook GP Surgery on: 01404 819207

Cranbrook Education Campus, if your children are students there: Call 01404 823 293 or ask Reception to be put in touch with Jo Westney, Family Liaison Officer

St. Martin’s Primary School, if your children are students there: Call 01404 515 409 or ask your child’s class teacher to be put in touch with Caren Flicker, Family Advocate.

Care Direct, if you are in their care (from January 2021)

Your local Community Connector, Silvia Salerno

Hi! My name is Silvia and I’m the Cranbrook Community Connector.

My background is in social work and group facilitation, but I’ve always been into the arts such as dancing, painting, modelling.

In my free time I like to cook, bake, practice mindfulness, stay in nature and create!

I’m looking forward to meeting you and talk about what matters to you.

If you are nervous about speaking to your GP or your children’s school and have questions about the Programme, you can email me at