Covid 19

East Devon Coronavirus Community Support Hub hotline launched

Authored by Mary

East Devon District Council’s Coronavirus Community Support Hub Hotline is here to help local residents, communities and organisations access information and support such shopping, or volunteer their time and resources to help their local community.

From Monday (30 March) people have been calling the district council's Coronavirus Community Support Hub Hotline on 01395 571500 and we...

Show of support for ‘true stars’ – more than 100 businesses across Devon share spare Personal Protective Equipment

Authored by Mary

More than 100 organisations across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay have shared personal protective equipment (PPE) to strengthen the supplies available to frontline carers in the county.

Last week, NHS and social care leaders in Devon wrote to businesses and organisations across the county encouraging them to share PPE they don’t need to bolster the national supplies that are being...

Devon needs you: Get a job in health and social care

Authored by Mary

Devon residents including job seekers, students back from university, college leavers and former care and health staff are needed now to support the county’s most vulnerable.

Healthcare Assistants are a frontline role to support Devon's NHS and social care as coronavirus puts even greater pressure on existing services and staff.

Both temporary and permanent workers are...

Council chief praises the dedication of Team Devon

Authored by News Desk

Hundreds of council workers in Devon are operating as another emergency service during the coronavirus crisis according to county council leader John Hart, who has praised their dedication.

"I couldn't be more proud of the way staff have responded to the crisis in so many different ways over the past few weeks," he said.

"Team Devon is on the front line of the battle against...

Devon Air Ambulance stands down aircraft

Authored by Mary

Devon Air Ambulance will temporarily be responding to patients solely by critical care car but its critical care paramedics will still be able to respond to patients with their specialist skills and equipment. Heléna Holt, CEO, explains “Standing down our aircraft has been a very difficult decision for us to make but one we have had to take in order to protect all of our crew.” She added “...

Devon County Council launch COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund to help communities

Authored by News Desk

Devon County Council has launched the COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund to help provide valuable funding to organisations working in communities that have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

The scheme, which only launched this week, has had over 80 applications already.

The grants of less than £500 will help voluntary and community groups to tackle the social and economic...

Secret garden haven for NHS heroes at Derriford

Authored by Mary

Teams treating Covid-19 patients will be able to step into a secret flower garden at University Hospitals Plymouth after flowers were donated that were destined for the now cancelled Chelsea Flower Show.

Volunteers, coordinated by Intensive Care Specialist Sister Sister Kate Tantam, transformed a courtyard near to the Intensive Care Unit.

Kate said: “The PPE staff are...

Devon charity sets up vital Covid-19 helpline to help communities

Authored by News Desk

A COVID-19 helpline has been launched by the charity Devon Communities Together to provide vital support for parish and town councils and the Devon Village Halls Community Buildings networks as they pull together their resilience plans to help support their communities.

Devon Communities Together is the Rural Community Council for Devon founded nearly 60 years ago, providing a huge...

Start-ups step up to help communities

Authored by Mary

The UK has witnessed a wave of unprecedented change: school closures, work-from-home, self-isolation, supermarket stockpiling and increased pressure on hospitals. On the flipside, amongst uncertainty, fear and worry, the UK has also seen communities and businesses ​step up and show their solidarity like never before​. From NHS discounts to free online gym-classes, Yoopies, the largest online...

East Devon Coronavirus update – closure of parks, gardens, play areas, public toilets, beach huts/beach hut sites and suspension of green waste and bulky waste collections

Authored by Sarah Parker

Councillor Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council’s Environment Portfolio Holder and John Golding, Strategic Lead for Housing, Health and Environment have confirmed that the council has closed parks, gardens, play areas and beach huts/beach hut sites.

The green waste and bulky waste services have also been temporarily suspended in order to focus resources on kerbside recycling and...

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