Civil Servant Pam Barrett joins ‘Be Buckfastleigh’

Photo credit, Jim WilemanThe Guardian

The Active Wellbeing Society are delighted to announce that Pam Barrett will be joining our team from 10 February 2020.  Pam has been instrumental in developing community wellbeing, activity and democracy projects in Buckfastleigh in a voluntary capacity, and will be taking a break from her job as a civil servant to head up our project in Devon and the South West.

Pam has worked as a civil servant in a number of senior roles in Whitehall for over 30 years and more recently in part of DEFRA.  She is also a town Councillor, ex-Mayor of Buckfastleigh, chair of her local park/swimming pool charity and a passionate advocate for engaging local communities and transforming democracy.  Pam will be joining us on an initial 12 months contract.

The Active Wellbeing Society is a community benefit society working to build happy, healthy communities living active and connected lives and have a wide range of experience supporting communities to improve their wellbeing together.

Over the next 12 months Pam will be working with TAWS to support a collaborative community project called ‘Be Buckfastleigh’ and develop new activities and opportunities within the local area for people to connect, learn, be active, and get more involved in the local community

Be Buckfastleigh is a collaborative community project with the people of Buckfastleigh to develop new activities and opportunities within the local area for people to connect, learn, be active, care and give.

Public sector cuts have had a dramatic impact on Buckfast and Buckfastleigh, the statistics speak for themselves: 35% of local children live in poverty (compared to the national average of 28%) because of low wages, declining public services and a decline in high street trade. The link between poverty and poor health (both physical and mental) has been proven by charities, academics and policy makers across the world.  

By working together, both organisations want to build on some of the great work happening in the town in recent years and support the community to address local challenges, injustice and inequality. The project is funded by, and delivered in partnership with, The Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) – a community benefit society working to develop happy, healthy communities living active and connected lives (

The project launched in September with the a ‘Community Living Room’ space where people can drop-in, meet for a chat, share ideas and participate in a range of activities going forward. The ‘Living Room’ also includes a community fridge allowing communities to share food and prevent waste together.

To find out more have a look at our Facebook page (Be Buckfastleigh) and come down and visit us at The Living Room, 55 Fore Street, Buckfastleigh from mid-September.

Karen Creavin, Chief Executive of The Active Wellbeing Society: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with local citizens and organisations in Buckfastleigh and look forward to making a difference for the community together”

Pam Barrett, said, “This will be an incredible opportunity for us to develop some of our activities and make them more stable for the future. The Active Wellbeing Society bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience with them and I am so excited about working with them and with other communities across South Devon.”

Adeel Khan
Author: Adeel Khan

4th February 2020  |  Adeel Khan