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NSPCC Look Say Sing Play campaign helps young families through lockdown

Authored by Sarah Parker

Parents have hailed the NSPCC’s Look, Say, Sing, Play campaign a lifesaver during lockdown, as it launches nationally across the UK today.

During a virtual focus group with parents and an Early Years practitioner, the charity heard about the challenges of caring for a new born without baby groups, soft play, playgrounds or seeing friends and family.

But the group found the...

Street Factory keeping the community connected during COVID crisis

Authored by Else

Plymouth-based social collective Street Factory is delighted to have received funding from Devon Community Foundation which the team will use to keep members of its community digitally connected in this time of social distancing.

The funding/grant of £7,300 has already been used directly to purchase laptops, iPads, tutorials and mentoring on digital skills, all of which will be...

Reminder to "think twice" before heading out

Authored by News Desk

The fine weather and upcoming bank holiday weekend has seen an influx of people visiting Devon’s coast and countryside – prompting Devon County Council to remind people to “think twice” before heading out.

Some of the county’s beaches and areas of Dartmoor have been besieged by people this week, with inconsiderate parking creating issues on local roads.

In Woolacombe, in...

Pandemic offers glimpse into a carbon neutral future

Authored by Mary

Devon’s carbon emissions have reduced by almost a quarter (23 per cent) during the lockdown new data suggests.

The data has been collected on behalf of the Devon Climate Emergency Response Group (DCERG), a group of public, private and voluntary sector bodies working to make Devon carbon neutral by 2050 at the latest.

It forms part of a discussion paper ahead of Friday’s...

Saga poll shows mental health of over 70’s faring best in lockdown

Authored by Mary

A national poll commissioned by Saga has found that the mental health of the over 70’s has been the least impacted by lockdown measures when directly compared to other age groups.

The findings, published to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, might surprise many people who have expressed concern over how the over 70s are faring in the COVID-19 pandemic. While there have been marked...

East Devon plans to reopen key toilets across the district in line with new Government measures

Authored by Mary

Following the Prime Minister’s statement at the weekend relaxing some of the ‘lockdown’ restrictions, East Devon District Council have undertaken a review to see whether it would be possible to re-open any of its toilets across the district.

From Wednesday 13 May 2020 people in England have been able to spend more time outdoors and enjoy a wider range of activities for any length of...

Please stay where you are – the plea from tourism, councils and the police

Authored by News Desk

Local government, tourism organisations including the National Parks and the police are working together to reinforce the message to stay at home and avoid tourist hot spots this coming weekend.

With sunny weather expected across most of the UK and temperatures climbing, the request is to think twice before going out, with tourist destinations out of bounds for the time being, and to...

Recycling centres to open for essential use only

Authored by News Desk

Devon County Council is reopening its recycling centres for essential use only from Monday 11 May.

The government has defined ‘essential use’ as waste that ‘cannot be stored without causing a risk of injury, health or harm to the resident or other members of their household.’

Residents are urged to follow government guidance and only travel to recycling centres if the waste...

East Devon Chairman says celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE Day AT HOME this bank holiday weekend

Authored by Mary

Help commemorate the end of Second World War in Europe (Victory in Europe) with a range of fun activities over the weekend of 8 to 10 May 2020

In a world without a lockdown, the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe would have been a very significant occasion – even the May bank holiday was moved to recognise this.

There would have been large...

Devon Air Ambulance resumes air operations

Authored by Mary

Devon Air Ambulance is today resuming air operations after the successful introduction of several innovative new aviation solutions, which means we can now provide greater protection for our patients and aircrew against Coronavirus.

A new separation screen has been installed between the front and rear sections of the aircraft, which partitions-off the pilot cockpit from the patient...

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