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Plymouth parents ready for an active school run when lockdown lifts

A survey of parents in schools in Plymouth has shown that there is a big appetite for walking, cycling or scooting for the school run.

The survey was carried out by the walking and cycling charity Sustrans in the 40 schools it worked with in Plymouth in the last academic year, and was answered by over 500 parents and carers.

The results showed that the majority of journeys to...

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....

Measures introduced to support walking and cycling

A number of measures to support walking and cycling have been introduced or proposed as part of the second phase of Emergency Active Travel Funding projects.

Devon was awarded almost £1.3 million from the Department for Transport to provide safer routes for pedestrians and cyclists following the reduction of public transport capacity due to social distancing requirements during the...

Positive case numbers have fallen, but we must continue to comply with rules

Devon has seen a fall in the number of positive cases, across all age groups, Public Health Devon has confirmed.

"The current restrictions are helping to bring down the number of positive cases in Devon," says Steve Brown, Director of Public Health Devon.

"Devon residents are doing really well in adhering to the current lockdown restrictions, and we're seeing evidence that...

Early years experts urge parents to consider children’s socialisation

Experts in Early Years education are urging parents of babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers not to let their children miss out on vital socialisation during lockdown.

The Mama Bear’s Day Nursery and Pre-School group, which runs 24 settings across the South West and is open to children aged 3-months to 5-years as per Government guidelines, says that some parents are keeping children at...

Government inspectors praise Service's response to the pandemic

Government inspectors have praised Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s commitment to maintaining its emergency response to the public during the coronavirus pandemic.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) also praised the Service’s support to the NHS and communities. This included working with the ambulance service to enable...

Keep it up as hope on the horizon

“Hope is on the horizon but for now, please stay home as much as you can and be extra careful when you need to go out”, says Steve Brown, Devon’s Director of Public Health.

“The steep rise in Covid cases we have seen since Christmas now looks like it’s beginning to level off in Devon and our numbers are stabilising,” he says.

“That is down to each and every person sticking...

Local dance school keeps children learning with free lockdown online classes for all

Tiny Toes Ballet, which holds children’s dance classes in Cornwall and Tavistock, is offering all children free online classes to help support parents and teachers who are home schooling due to lockdown. Its eight-week course of classes combines drama, dance, cookery and more, and is aimed at children aged seven and under.

The Free Lockdown Programme provides online weekly activities...

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Advice to "think twice" before leaving home

Devon’s Director of Public Health, Steve Brown, has called on us all to be extra vigilant in following the Government’s COVID-19 lockdown rules, and to “think twice” before we leave our homes.

This follows a stark warning from the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, that the next few weeks will be “the worst” of the pandemic for the NHS, and that the UK will go through the...

Stagecoach, bus, Devon

How are bus timetables in the South West changing during the latest National Lockdown?

Stagecoach South West have been working closely with the local authorities to maintain essential connections for keyworkers across the South West as the country is plummeted into another national lockdown. The local bus operated has ensured vital links are maintained for school journeys and essential shopping trips with their network remaining relatively unchanged in the coming weeks....