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Joe Pasquale announced as star of the Theatre Royal Plymouth pantomime

This year the Theatre Royal Plymouth panto will be everything you could wish for as Joe Pasquale stars as Wishee Washee.

Well-known and best-loved for being one of the hardest-working and top-selling live comedians in British comedy today, Joe has been delighting audiences for more than 30 years with his live stand-up tours and infectious sense of fun.

Joe has toured in...

Healthy meal boxes delivered to families with young children across Devon

Thousands of meal boxes have again been delivered to families with young children this half term holiday week, in an initiative to help those who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Devon County Council first ran ‘The Goodie Box’ initiative during the Easter holidays, with incredible success. The boxes included ingredients and simple recipe ideas, and they were delivered...

Emergency foster carers needed for Devon’s most vulnerable children

Devon County Council’s fostering service, Fostering Devon, is calling for people to consider offering emergency foster care to vulnerable children.

The new ‘Emergency Bed Scheme’ provides rapid support for children and young people, aged between 0 and 18 years old, who are unable to remain living in their current home and need an immediate place of safety at a time of crisis....

Devon adoption agencies need families for brothers and sisters who need to stay together

Just under half of children waiting for adoption are in family groups of two or more with 20 groups waiting in Devon

Latest figures show there are currently 2,020 children waiting to be adopted in England and, of those, 44% are in family groups of two or more. Groups of children wait an average of 17 months to be adopted, which is 36% longer (135 days more) than individual children. More than...

Children in the South West are spending an additional 3 hours per day in their bedrooms, pandemic

Children in the South West are spending an additional 3 hours per day in their bedrooms due to the pandemic

Research has revealed the impact that spending more time indoors has had on children in the South West.

More than half (53 percent) of parents in the region claim their children are spending more time in their bedroom than they did pre-COVID. On average, these children are spending an additional three hours in their rooms per day. More than one in ten (16 percent) parents whose...

More protection for Plymouth children, Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership, NSPCC

More protection for Plymouth children as Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership joins forces with the NSPCC

Delivery drivers, community volunteers and those working in trades are just some of the professionals the Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership is asking to undertake free online training to help spot child abuse and neglect in the city.

Joining forces with the NSPCC they aim to provide workers with knowledge on how to potentially spot signs of child abuse, through the charity’s...

Parents encouraged to allow their children to be tested for COVID-19 at school

Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon, is encouraging parents to give their consent to allow their children to be tested for coronavirus at school.

“The first step in the government’s roadmap starts next week with all students returning to schools and colleges,” he said.

“Students are going to be asked to take a lateral flow test twice a week, and while it’s not...

New shoes ‘more important’ than health checks for children heading back to school

Devon parents are being advised to make sure that their children’s health is a top priority when they return to school on 8 March.

Research by Specsavers shows that for 69% of parents, ensuring their child has new shoes is at the top of the list when sending them back to the classroom. This is followed by new uniform and PE kits (66%) and new stationary (25%).

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Over 7,200 laptops and tablets for disadvantaged students across Devon

Pupils across Devon have benefitted from more than 7,200 laptops and tablets to date, as the government hits an important milestone in its roll-out of devices to support disadvantaged young people.

More than 1 million devices have now been delivered to schools and local authorities across England as part of a £400million investment that will support schools and young people for years...

Jack Russell and students on the North to South Dartmoor Challenge

Devon coach warns of glaring gap in back to school plan

Children in England will return to schools on 8 March, and the government has pledged £700 million in funding to ensure "no child is left behind" due to the pandemic. But a South West personal development coach warns that the long-term impact on children's mental health is not being addressed.

Jack Russell , a personal development coach with over 30 years' experience supporting young...

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