About Us

We are a voluntary and community sector service funded by Exeter City Council, providing support and advice to help community groups in Exeter.

How we can help...

Our purpose is to provide free, independent, professional and practical support to existing and new community organisations in the city to help them develop and become self-sustaining.

Our vision is for Exeter to be a place where residents, community groups and organisations can grow and thrive in order to make a difference to their lives and the lives of their communities.

We can support you with any query relating to the development of your organisation including, but not limited to:

  • How to start up a group, organisation or residents’ association
  • Structure and governance
  • Business planning
  • Practical requirements of running a group e.g. insurance, safeguarding & data protection (GDPR)
  • Holding funds
  • Grants information
  • Funding applications
  • Establishing your group – for example attracting new members or working on your vision or ambitions
  • The role of trustees, secretaries, treasurers and/or directors
  • Organisational health checks

We aim to…

Our work is driven by local people and their ideas. An asset-based community development approach underpins this work, starting by looking at what’s strong, not what’s wrong.

We support grassroots action, to help groups find ways to be self-sustaining, and to create an environment where local groups and organisations feel that their vision is realistic, achievable and successful.

Our hope is that residents and community groups are empowered to build on their ideas and feel a sense of ownership in their communities.

“Exeter Connect have taken time to support us to grow from a notforprofit group into a community interest company. They have provided professional guidance and given us clear direction to better support Wood for Good Exeter CIC and the community to thrive.”

– Tony, Wood For Good Exeter CIC

Community Building

Our Development Workers work closely alongside the Exeter Community Builders. The Community Builders work at a neighbourhood level to build confident, more connected communities by identifying and mapping what exists in the community, listening to residents and improving links between local people and organisations.

If you have an idea that you would like to discuss, we would love to hear from you!

Meet the team