About Us

The Blackdown Healthy Living & Activity Centre (BHLAC) is a not-for-profit, community-based charity that supports and promotes the health and well-being of people in the Blackdown Hills, particularly the elderly and isolated.

The BHLAC opened in 2010 on the site of the Old St Ivel milk factory social club in Hemyock and was pioneered by Dr Meads, then a GP at the Blackdown Practice.   We have a board of Trustees, a team of professionals and a large group of dedicated volunteers who are all committed to providing a variety of activities and services to reduce the impact of rural isolation.

The Blackdown Healthy Living & Activity Centre is a registered charity (No: 1154693) and is constituted as a CIO (Charitable Incorporated Organisation).

The Healthy Living Centre is governed by a Committee of Trustees, currently chaired by Mark Couldrick. The trustees set the strategic direction for BHLAC and have ultimate responsibility for directing our affairs. The trustees also ensure we are solvent, well-run and that everything we do is in line with our charitable remit. All the trustees are unpaid volunteers.

  • Mark Couldrick (Chairman)
  • Jeremy Batchelor
  • Neil Punnet
  • Finbarr McConnell
  • Nick Moon
  • Pip Whibley

The Healthy Living Centre is also a member of the Blackdown Hills Business Association. 

Our constitution is available here: