Pinpoint has come to an end
It is with some regret that Pinpoint is no longer be available. There are a number of contributory factors – with the challenge of curating the records and maintaining the platform being a key issue.
While the directory has been seen to be a useful community resource, in reality activity on the site has declined. Many organisations now have their own websites and are ‘findable’ by search engines or have their own social media pages and groups. As a result, fewer providers have been adding or maintaining their information to Pinpoint which has made the directory less representative of the support available in communities in Devon.
Useful resources to find services and organisations in Devon
Devon Connect lists events, services, and volunteering opportunities provided by not-for-profit organisations across Devon.
Give Food enables you to find the nearest foodbank.
Devon Services lists public and community service providers.
You can check if a childcare provider is registered on the Ofsted website. You can also use Ofsted’s ‘Find an inspection report’ facility to find childcare providers and childminders in your area and see how they are performing.
For care homes and personal care agencies please go to the Care Quality Commission.
Information is available on the Devon County Council website for adult day services, respite, personal care and enabling services, and you can also find information about finding a personal assistant (PA).
Buy with Confidence provides a register of businesses that have been thoroughly vetted and approved by Trading Standards.
Devon Communities Together provide a range of information, including a list of village halls across Devon.
Providers previously listed on Pinpoint or the PA Network:
We would encourage all not-for-profit organisations to list themselves (for free) on the Devon Connect platform. This allows you to publish events, services, and volunteering opportunities. Devon County Council will be signposting to it as the go-to resource for information from not-for-profit and voluntary providers and organisations.
Personal assistants (PAs)
Please note that PAs registered to receive ‘PA shout out’ notifications will continue to receive these. This service is not changing.
PAs wanting to register to receive notifications of new business (for example from customers with direct payments or self-funders) through this service, should do so via the link on the PA’s and Micro-providers page of the Provider Engagement Network, where you can also find professional support and advice.
Individuals or families looking for help in finding a PA via the PA shout out service, can be directed here: Find a personal assistant – Adult Social Care | Devon County Council
You may want to consider become a member of Buy with Confidence – this provides a way to become vetted and approved by Trading Standards, providing reassurance to customers, your organisation, and opens up opportunities for business support and promotion.