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City Community Trust

Many people will have heard of CITY Community Trust for the activities they deliver across the Exeter area.

Your children might have attended a holiday club or a school session, or you might have taken part in the Santa Run, or even attended one of their groups at St James Park.

But do you know about how they adapted their delivery to support the community during the first lockdown and again more recently this month?

The lockdown meant that the majority of CITY Community Trust’s programmes and activities had to be halted. So, instead of their normal sessions, the organisation, which is the partner charity of Exeter City Football Club, switched its focus and became a partner in the city council’s Exeter Community Wellbeing initiative. This saw its small team collecting and delivering shopping, prescriptions, and emergency food parcels to shielding or vulnerable people living in Exeter.

Since March the charity has:

  • Delivered 2,200 hours through the Community Wellbeing initiative
  • Collected and delivered more than £10,000 worth of shopping and 100 prescriptions
  • Distributed 481 emergency food parcels
  • Handed out 800 activity packs.

Jamie Vittles, chief executive of CITY Community Trust, said: ‘During the first lockdown we adapted our service to fulfill our role with Exeter Community Wellbeing. This saw us receiving referrals from the city council, liaising with people who needed our services and collecting and delivering shopping, prescriptions and food parcels.

‘Our team have picked this activity again in recent weeks and we are pleased to be able to support our community when they need us most.’

To find out more about the work of Exeter CITY Community Trust visit