coronavirus

Deafblind UK expands support provision for people with sensory loss, including veterans

National charity, Deafblind UK has temporarily extended its helpline opening hours to support people who have sight loss, hearing loss or both, through the COVID-19 crisis.

The helpline is also now available to people who have reduced sight and hearing as a result of, or since, serving in the Armed Forces and to people who are supported by smaller sensory loss charities that may not...

Dartmoor community comes together to establish coronavirus support scheme

The Moretonhampstead Parish Council and Dartmoor charities Wellmoor and Morecare Moretonhampstead have joined forces in order to establish a public Care Line service as part of the local coordinated response to the Coronavirus emergency.

Care Line provides practical and emotional support to anyone who needs it by connecting them with support network of local volunteers or just...

Residents thanked for managing their waste under difficult circumstances

Households across Devon are being thanked for their ongoing support and efforts to keep on top of waste and recycling during the coronavirus pandemic.

Collection crews across Devon say they have been delighted with the level of public support shown to them in recent weeks, including pictures and thank you notes left on bins and outbreaks of spontaneous doorstep applause from...

Villagers in South Brent show unrelenting kindness

Villagers in South Brent have come together to support each other in response to the Coronavirus crisis. A month ago, a group of villagers and representatives from local organisations and businesses made a plan to help those self-isolating and experiencing financial hardship in the village and local parishes.

In a matter of days, villagers had volunteered to support community efforts...

Five ways to support people affected by dementia from your own home

Coronavirus is posing a significant risk for people affected by dementia and many are cut off from the outside world, warns Alzheimer’s Society, the UK’s leading dementia charity.

The charity is hearing regularly from families, individuals and organisations across the South West, wanting to know how they can help make a difference during these unprecedented times.

No one...

Lawyer, tailor, soldier, hairdresser – over 1,300 answer the call to help vulnerable

Thirteen hundred people including vets, plumbers, soldiers, hairdressers, builders, students, artists and estate agents have answered the call to help care for the county’s most vulnerable residents.

It follows an urgent countywide appeal to recruit Healthcare Assistants – a vital new role supporting social care providers and the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

The...

NSPCC launches urgent fundraising appeal as its Childline service continues to provide vital lifeline to thousands of worried children

Childline can today reveal it has seen large numbers of children getting in touch due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), carrying out over 1,700 counselling sessions about the issue in the last three weeks alone – bringing the new total up to more than 2,200 since the end of January.

Despite Childline having to close the night service for the first time and having a 30% drop in volunteer...

Devon countryside charity’s 2020 competitions provide a creative outlet for stay-at-home schoolchildren

The Devon branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England hopes its 2020 art and writing competitions, open for entries from 18 May, will provide a creative outlet for primary schoolchildren across the county, many of whom are spending more time than usual indoors this spring because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

CPRE Devon's two children's competitions are a fun way to...

Scribbler bring back # RandomActOfCardness offering to deliver the nation’s ‘Thank You’ messages to key workers for free!

With the UK on lockdown, key workers continue to work to keep the nation safe, fed and looked after. As the pandemic has unfolded in the UK, the simplest yet most powerful acts of kindness have erupted across the country, from people giving up their parking spots to clapping in unison every Thursday at 8pm.

Although we find ourselves confined to our homes and even flowers are no...

Plymouth Healthcare Assistant’s proud daughter donating pocket money to help ‘poorly people’

A six-year-old girl from Plymouth is donating her pocket money and doing a sponsored silence to raise money for the charity her mum works for.

Ella Moore is the daughter of Jessica Moore, a Maire Curie Senior Healthcare Assistant who is providing frontline care for dying people in their homes throughout the Coronavirus crisis.

Jess said: “My daughter is forever proud to...

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