Covid-19

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...

Stay home – Save lives

As the Easter weekend is approaching, East Devon District Council is reminding people and businesses of the Government advice against non-essential travel.

Leader of East Devon District Council, Cllr Ben Ingham, said: “We know that East Devon is a great place to visit and if we were in normal times we would welcome you with open arms.

“However we are not in normal times and...

Hundreds rally to help care for Devon’s vulnerable residents

Hundreds of people from across Devon have answered the call to help care for the county’s most vulnerable residents.

It followed an appeal last week by Devon County Council, as it launched an urgent campaign to recruit Healthcare Assistants – a vital role to support social care providers and the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

Around 600 people have so far registered...

Coronavirus: Trading Standards advice for hospitality industry this easter

Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards is reminding owners of guest houses, campsites and restaurants to remain closed this Easter to help combat coronavirus.

On March 23 the Government ordered hospitality businesses to close and said that people should stay at home and only essential travel is permitted.

With very few exceptions all hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels...

National Express suspends all services

National Express will fully suspend its national network of scheduled coach services with effect from midnight Sunday 5 April 2020.

Chris Hardy, managing director of National Express UK Coach: “We kept a limited coach network running to be able to help those individuals with essential travel needs but it is no longer viable to continue to do this.

“Passenger numbers continue...

Councils identify alternative accommodation to help the NHS

Councils are identifying accommodation that could, if required, be turned into temporary care facilities for people when they’re ready to leave hospital, to relieve pressure on the NHS.

The accommodation could also be used to temporarily house additional staff being recruited into healthcare, or staff being redeployed to frontline care roles.

Hospitals everywhere are under...

Charity mascot Harold the Giraffe posts daily diary following school closures to help keep Devon’s children healthy and happy

The animal mascot of South West children’s charity Life Education Wessex has launched a daily blog to give health and wellbeing advice to children in Devon aged 3 to 11, who can’t go to school because of the Coronavirus shutdown.

Harold the Giraffe is the well-known mascot of the national charity, Coram Life Education. A Harold puppet usually accompanies LEW’s specialist educators when...

Stagecoach SW bus services to move to new timetable

At these unprecedented times, Stagecoach South West are working hard to maintain services across the region to keep their communities connected and ensure key workers can travel.

From Monday 30 March the bus operator will be reducing their frequency in line with customer demand and changing travel patterns.

For most routes this means a Sunday timetable with additional early...

Official opening of The Box postponed

The opening of The Box in Plymouth has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

An official statement from The Box says: "In recent weeks we’ve been monitoring the fast changing health situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking regular advice from Public Health England.

"Based on the most up-to-date advice from the government, and bearing in mind that...

Covid-19 – how it affects child contact if you’re a separated parent

Specialist family lawyer Hannah Porter from The Family Law Company explains what government recommendations about social distancing mean for separated parents deciding whether contact between children and the non-resident parent should go ahead.

Associate Solicitor Hannah says, “We are all now aware of advice regarding staying at home, social distancing. and avoiding any gatherings...

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