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£300,000 on Devon park's new fun zone? That's child's play!

Top Devon park Beverley Holidays has splashed £300k on a new seaside-themed play park designed to provide lashings of fun and fitness for youngsters.

Opened this Easter, the Paignton holiday park says its new Land Ahoy Adventure Island and mini-golf course has proved a big hit with smaller guests.

On offer are a selection of playful challenges for all ages which will help...

Local health and well-being charity appoints new Business Development Manager to grow services for Devon residents

An award-winning, local charity, which promotes and improves the well-being of communities and individuals across Devon, has expanded its leadership team with the appointment of a new Business Development Manager.

Chris Bloye recently joined Westbank Community Health and Care in Exminster, bringing extensive experience in the commercial sector. Chris is responsible for driving growth...

South Hams birth rate drop: 44.1% decrease over the last decade, the 3rd greatest nationwide

New ONS data, collated by Fertility Family , has revealed that South Hams has seen one of the greatest falls in birth rates in England over the last 10 years.

The fertility rate in the area has plummeted by 44.1% between 2011 and 2020, dropping from 2.09 to 1.45 children per woman. In 2020 the overall fertility rate in England was 1.59 children per woman, this puts South Hams 8.8%...

Aldi donates 14,546 meals to Devon's charities over the summer school holidays

Local charities in Devon helped Aldi donate 14,546 meals to people in need over the summer school holidays.

The supermarket paired up its stores with local charities, community groups and foodbanks to donate surplus food, with the majority of meals going to causes supporting families and children.

The donation is part of Aldi’s commitment to donate 10 million meals across...

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...

Meal boxes delivered to families with young children across Devon

Two thousand meal boxes are being delivered to families with young children this Easter holiday in an initiative designed to help those who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Devon County Council initiative, called 'The Goodie Box', sees ingredients and simple recipe ideas delivered to families’ front doors this week.

Included within the Goodie Box are...

Devon Families ‘Skipping’ into Spring with a Unique Lockdown Challenge

An incredible 12,000 young Devonians and their families are taking part in a lockdown skipping challenge to keep active and healthy.

Devon School Games Organisers, working with Active Devon, have been stunned by the number of participants taking part and inundated with requests for free skipping ropes. Nearly 7,000 were sent out as part of the National School Games programme....

Military families in the South West invited to enter national photo competition

The charity Little Troopers wants military families in the South West to send in family photos to its national photo competition that will shine a light on the day-to-day lives of military children.

The competition is part of the charity’s ‘Through Our Eyes’ campaign which acknowledges and celebrates the unique experience of being a military child. British Armed Forces families are...

NSPCC Look Say Sing Play campaign helps young families through lockdown

Parents have hailed the NSPCC’s Look, Say, Sing, Play campaign a lifesaver during lockdown, as it launches nationally across the UK today.

During a virtual focus group with parents and an Early Years practitioner, the charity heard about the challenges of caring for a new born without baby groups, soft play, playgrounds or seeing friends and family.

But the group found the...

Bring the outside in with a new online resource for families across Devon

Families across Devon can now access fun and educational resources online via a new four week feature launched today. The feature is offered through Sustrans’ free parent-focused newsletter.

The four-week feature, compiled by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans, includes five activities themed for wellbeing, keeping active, being creative, investigating and ‘anything goes’. Each...

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