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Persimmon launches COVID-19 volunteer scheme

Authored by Mary

Leading housebuilder Persimmon Homes has today announced a “volunteer army” to help the NHS and local communities during the Covid-19 crisis.

The business has encouraged hundreds of staff to register for the Persimmon Voluntary Programme to help the country through the difficult weeks ahead.

In order to protect the health of its employees, Persimmon has taken the decision to...

Steady progress’ being made on comprehensive Cranbrook town centre scheme

Authored by Mary

Discussions have taken place between the local planning authority East Devon District Council (EDDC), Cranbrook Town Council, Devon County Council, Cranbrook Consortium and Henry Davidson Developments Ltd together with Morrison’s Supermarkets Plc regarding the construction of a new supermarket and significant additional retail, commercial and residential spaces in Cranbrook town centre....

Funded life jackets on order for Plymouth’s fishing industry

Authored by News Desk

Fishing boat crews who live and work in Plymouth will be safer at sea, thanks to a project designed by Plymouth City Council with support from local fishing industry.

The Council has been awarded £77,000 from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Maritime Management Organisation for the scheme to help reduce loss of life and accidents within the local fishing industry....

Fair For You launches in Plymouth

Authored by News Desk

People in Plymouth who want to be able to spread the cost of buying goods but avoid paying high interest can now do so thanks to a scheme which has now launched in the city.

Social enterprise lender Fair for You, which has been welcomed by Plymouth City Council, is offering transparent and affordable credit to Plymouth families who find it difficult to access to mainstream finance....

Exhibition showcases the complex results of when art meets mathematics

Authored by Mary

The complex relationships and shared inspirations which connect art and mathematics will be explored during an exhibition being staged at Plymouth University.

Curated by art historian Barry Phipps, the exhibition in the Peninsula Arts Gallery will showcase the works of painter Mark Francis and architect George L. Legendre, both artist associates at the London Mathematical Society (LMS...

Free event for private landlords on the new Universal Credit scheme

Authored by News Desk

Now that the Government’s new Universal Credit scheme has been introduced the City Council is hosting a special event to explain the changes for private landlords.

Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people in or out of work, which merges together some of the benefits and tax credits that people currently receive. Universal Credit has replaced income-based Jobseekers’...

Skills Aid Plymouth students celebrate

Authored by Mary

The first group of young people from three city schools celebrated completing the Skills Aid Plymouth (SAP) course at an award ceremony yeseterday afternoo(17 April) in front of their parents, teachers and mentors and the business that have taken part in the project.

The SAP scheme, the first of its kind in Plymouth, is a joint project between the City Council and Plymouth’s Rotary...

Santander boost play scheme funds

Authored by Mary

Staff from Santander Plymouth Branch attended Honicknowle play group’s Christmas fair and raised an amazing £967.70 which will help the play group run their Summer Play Scheme.

This amount was then matched by the Santander Foundation taking the total to £1935.40

Denise Taylor, Play Care Manager said: "The money raised will help us to provide a play scheme which will run...

Students get in the driving seat with Vospers

Authored by Mary

A group of 12 Plymouth students got to spend the day with staff at one of Plymouth’s biggest motor dealerships, Vospers. The family run business spent time helping the students learn all about the motor industry as part of city’s Skills Aid Plymouth scheme.

Skills Aid Plymouth (SAP) was launched earlier this year to give some of Plymouth’s young people extra support. The students got...

Halfway point reached on Laira Rail Bridge scheme

Authored by Mary

Work to refurbish Plymouth’s disused Laira Rail Bridge has now reached the halfway point.

The £3.5 million scheme, funded through the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, will see the former rail bridge restored and converted into a new walking and cycling route over the River Plym.

Built in 1887, Laira Rail Bridge stopped carrying passenger trains in...

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