I met again with Dee Nutt and the team from Dartmouth Caring. 18% of Dartmouth residents are older than 85 and many do not have a social network or close family to help them to remain independent. I heard about the work of their Bridge worker in providing a vital link between the NHS and community and the way that this has reduced the need for hospital admissions. There is no CAB or Age UK presence in the town so Dartmouth Caring provides vital signposting and advice. Part funded by charity and part by the NHS, they would like to expand their role but recognise that having their core as a voluntary organisation is the key to being a community based organisation. Dartmouth Caring has been showcasing the ‘Big Society' for years.