Doing What Matters Most

We are delighted to have been awarded National Lottery Community Fund funding for a 3 year 'Doing What Matters Most' initiative. This programme of work is about investing in the infrastructure that enables the collaborative community to achieve and demonstrate collective impact in two areas.

We Are Recruiting for two new and exciting roles as part of the programme of work.


Exeter Homeless Partnership

CoLab Exeter and partners have been awarded a three-year grant by Comic Relief in order to find better solutions to homelessness in the City.

The starting point of the project is a desire to find out how everyone in the city feels about homelessness; especially people who have a lived experience.


Resilient Women Programme

CoLab Exeter Resilient Women Programme has been in existence since 2017 and supports women across a range of issues, including involvement in the justice system, mental health, homelessness, domestic and sexual violence and abuse and financial support.  


Women's Resilience Fund

As a Community Grant Partner of the Smallwood Trust, Colab Exeter can now receive applications to The Women’s Resilience Fund. The fund will provide grants, one to one and group support to equip women with the tools to escape poverty and have a secure and stable future with improved living standards.

This grant funding is primarily available to women living in the Exeter area.


First Step

The First Step Project supports recovery from mental ill-health by connecting people with; volunteering opportunities, meaningful activities, social opportunities, and other networks in their community, that can be accessed alongside any ongoing medication and therapeutic work.


Wellbeing Exeter

The Wellbeing Exeter project facilitates a social prescribing model that empowers individuals to have more control over their health, wellbeing and social welfare by connecting them to non-medical community networks and sources of support.


Colab Connect

A Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Pilot for Exeter.

Colab Exeter is hosting a one year project, starting September 2020,  which will bring together different organisations to co-design and test new ways of providing a ‘community response’ to mental health support in Exeter.


Colab Evolution

Over the last four years CoLab Exeter has been developing as a wellbeing hub specialising in support and signposting for a wide range of people, including those with more complex needs, who come to the building for personal support, and help navigating the system.

We made a decision at the start of 2020 to mark our fourth anniversary by checking in on our general progress, by asking partners and other stakeholders for their view...


SIMPL Project

What would an inclusive model of social entrepreneurship across the city look like?

As part of the SIMPL Project with partners in Torbay and Plymouth Colab has been awarded funding from the Barrow Cadbury Trust’s Connect Fund. In a collaborative, action learning process we are engaging a diverse group of people: ones with complex lives, (social) entrepreneurs, investors, creatives, commissioners etc to come together around the question ‘what would an inclusive model of social entrepreneurship across the city look like?’.


Winter Donations 2021

Can you help...?

People who are vulnerable, homeless or in temporary accommodation are in even greater need as the weather gets cold and wet. We would really appreciate your help with DONATIONS of warm and/or waterproof winter coats.



Vision Care for Homeless People

Vision Care for Homeless People (VCHP) set up an optician's clinic in the Clock Tower Surgery in July 2017. It is run by volunteers, with many local optometrists coming in to do eye examinations, all free of charge. 


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