Persimmon launches COVID-19 volunteer scheme

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...

Rainbow pebble cheers health staff

Every element of the NHS is under pressure at the moment, so when members of staff at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre spotted a pebble painted with a rainbow in a planter near the hospital’s entrance, it brought a smile to everyone’s faces.

Mark White, Hospital Director at Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre, commented: “We spotted the pebble and it really raised our spirits. We don’t know...

Your NHS is here for you: Getting help in an emergency

NHS hospital teams across Devon are reassuring local people that emergency services are there for them if they are unwell and need help.

Doctors are concerned that some people who should be getting medical help for non-COVID-19 illnesses are staying away from hospital and not seeking help due to fears they might catch the virus.

Attendances have fallen by more than a third...

New Mortgage Information Support Service to ease financial worries of homeowners in Exmouth

Mortgage Advice Bureau in Exmouth has launched a dedicated Mortgage Information Support Service to help homeowners who are worried about their finances as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The free support service, which is available to homeowners in Exmouth and the surrounding areas and the surrounding areas, has been set up to answer any queries or worries local...

Be a ‘Home Hero’ – stay at home and do your bit to fight pandemic

Dartmoor National Park is asking people to be ‘home heroes’ - to stay at home, help keep each other safe and limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Chief Executive Dr Kevin Bishop today thanked people for their co-operation and consideration so far and, as we look towards the bank holiday weekend, urged everyone to continue to do their bit. Continuing to stay at home and make use of...

A virtual day out with The Donkey Sanctuary

On Easter Sunday, people will be able to catch up with the Sidmouth donkeys and mules by watching a series of live Facebook broadcasts from The Donkey Sanctuary.

For the first time ever, the international animal welfare charity will be bringing its visitor experience to the virtual world for a day of donkey interaction. Starting at 10am, viewers will be able to see how donkey-facing...

Stay away from Devon says county council

Devon County Council has sent an all-party message to holidaymakers and second home owners: Stay away from the South West during the current crisis.

And the council is calling for much tougher penalties to be imposed on people who flout the rules.

Council leader John Hart said he was planning to meet the leaders and chief executives of all Devon's district councils to...

Patients and GP practices in Devon embrace new technology

Devon’s GP practices are helping the fight against COVID-19 by enabling patients to consult their doctor without leaving the house, either online, by the telephone or through video.

More than 90% of the county’s practices have now signed up to the eConsult online platform, which allows patients to access services from their smartphone, tablet or computer.

This represents a...

M&S foodhalls remain open to serve the community

Your M&S Foodhalls in Devon are open, so you and your community can get the fresh food and essentials you need

Stores open include: Barnstable, Exeter, Plymouth, Torbay, Crownhill, Dartmouth, Exebridges Exeter, Tiverton and Exmouth Royal Avenue.

Up-to-date opening hours for individual stores can be found online on the M&S store locator .

M&S Foodhalls in...

County Council donates £100k to Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund

Devon County Council has contributed £100,000 to the Devon Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund after an emergency appeal was launched by the Devon Community Foundation.

The Devon Community Foundation is an organisation that helps distribute funds to charitable and voluntary groups in the county to provide them with sustainable support and enables them to create change in their...