Here we are publishing some information to help people access services and information during the lock down period.

A  group of volunteers are available to help – Please call 01884 35455 if you need any help.

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NHS Covid-19 App

NHS Covid-19 App

The government is launching the NHS COVID-19 app in England and Wales on Thursday 24 September.

We all need to know about this and how it will work, because we’re all likely to come upon it in our day to day lives.

Here’s how it works.

Right now though, businesses and other venues across England and Wales (like places of worship or community organisations with a physical location that is open to the public; or an event which is taking place in a physical location), are being urged by government to ensure that they have NHS ‘QR’ code posters visible at their entrances, in advance of Thursday 24 September.

In fact, there is now a legal requirement for certain venues to display the NHS QR posters in their venues by the 24 September.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/venues-required-to-enforce-rule-of-6-nhs-qr-code-posters-and-contact-logs

They include venues in:

  • Hospitality
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Close contact services
  • Places of worship
  • Local authority venues

The QR code posters are free to download, and available online.

Some businesses already use their own QR system, but they are being asked by government to switch to the NHS Test and Trace QR code.

For more information about the NHS COVID-19 app, visit covid19.nhs.uk

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"Connect Me" - Information from Devon County Council

  • Connect Me

     

    Friday 24 July 2020

    Stay alert, control the virus, save lives government web banner


    In this update:

    • New powers to help us respond quicker to cases
    • Care homes start to open carefully to visitors
    • Face coverings to be worn in enclosed public places
    • Eid al Adha guidance for our Muslim communities
    • One in five targeted by COVID scammers
    • 31 August deadline for 30 hours funded childcare
    • Support available for farmers

    View the full document here

     

    View the full document here

    ocument herePublic: coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for Devon on our website

    Please pass this onto district, borough, parish and town councillors as appropriate. The bulletin can be shared as a link by clicking the ‘View it as a Web page’ link at the top.


    Local Outbreak Plans will be supplementary to national testing and tracing arrangements

    Last Friday (22 May) the Government announced that Councils will receive a share of an extra £300m to help establish Local Outbreak Plans which will include local coordination and management of infection control and of local testing and tracing arrangements.

    We welcomed that announcement because it’s something we’ve been calling for. We’ve been asked how those plans sit alongside the Government’s recent announcement about national testing and tracing.

    These arrangements, to establish local outbreak plans, are supplementary to the national testing and tracing arrangements, and are to be in place across the country by the end of June.

    We will be one of 11 national Beacon Councils – the only one in the South West – to help lead and share good practice across the region.

    There are local concerns that if lockdown is released too quickly or if there is a huge influx of visitors then that this could cause a second peak of infection. At the same time many local businesses, particularly in the tourism and leisure sectors, are reliant on visitors.

    A locally managed outbreak response which can quickly spot and then mobilise all our local resources to contain any new clusters of infection or hotspots is seen as a good way to ensure that the release of lockdown can be managed more effectively and safely.

    Our Council Leader, Councillor John Hart, said:

    “Devon County Council welcomed the Government’s announcement late last week that local councils were to be asked to play a more central role in developing new local track and trace plans for their local areas.

    “These local outbreak plans will supplement and support the national track and trace system launched today and will put local authorities at the forefront of responding swiftly to help manage any local outbreak or hotspot before it spreads too far.

    “The expectation is that local plans covering the whole country will be in place by the end of June, but as a Beacon Council for the South West we expect arrangements in Devon to be place sooner.

    “We are currently working as fast as we can with all our local partners to build on the great work already done by everyone so far to develop plans that really work for Devon and the wider South West and can help our communities get back up and running again as safely and as soon as possible. Districts will be fully involved and the new policy builds on the statutory role of local government Directors of Public Health.

    “A key part of this will be to ensure public trust and confidence in the process locally and we will be making sure we are as transparent as possible and that as many people as possible feel they are a part of this process.”


    To read the information in full, please click here

     

     

     

     

    To read the information in full, please click here

    It’s not easy, we know, but let’s keep it up

    Social distancing, staying at home – it’s all part of the collective response, and they’re the things that we can do ourselves. We’re pretty good at it too it seems. The South West still has the lowest number of reported cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), thanks largely to compliance. So when we hear analogies of marathons rather than sprints, let’s keep at it. Let’s keep it going.

    We’re aware that there’s a lot of anxiety around. It’s natural that people are feeling worried, but it’s important that we recognise it and that we share our concerns with others where we can and that we take steps to look after our own wellbeing as well as those around us. There’s a lot of advice out there to help you take care of your mental health and wellbeing, so please look after yourself.

    We’re continuing to work with all of our partners to keep communities safe and well.  It’s brilliant to hear of the excellent work being done locally by volunteers, and of communities coming together to look out for each other.  We’ve now got 386 local support groups identified on our interactive map, offering local initiatives to support those in need.

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    In this update:

    • Millie is Proud to Care
    • Keeping children safe when they are online
    • Drive through testing centre to open in Exeter
    • £59k dontated to community projects
    • Keeping the wheels of democracy turning
    • Thank you from our waste teams

    To read the information in full, please click here

     

    Keep it up, you’re doing great

    It’s tempting isn’t it to project forward, and speculate on easing the national lockdown to regain some level of normality. But right now, amidst talk of ‘peaks’, it’s vital that we keep on with the social distancing currently in place as we move into the weekend.

    It’s thanks to the way we’ve changed our behaviour and complied with these measures that the infection rate in Devon is slower and lower than in other parts of the country.

    We know it’s getting tough but stay at home, exercise locally. Go out only if you need to, and respect social distancing if you do.

    It’s also important that we continue looking out for each other, particularly the vulnerable and isolated in our communities. Let’s stand together and give our support to all those experiencing real hardship or difficulty.

    In this update:

    • Let us know your dietary requirements
    • Thanks for your community equipment
    • Be kind to key workers
    • Return to social work
    • Stay home for Ramadan
    • Beware Coronavirus scams

    To read the information in full, please click here

Information from Mid Devon District Council

  • Support for Mid Devon Businesses
    In the difficult and uncertain times resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic, with the UK in lockdown, businesses need a central place to find up-to-date relevant advice.
    The Council is regularly updating its website with information for businesses about support, guidance and rates relief.
    Information about Business Grants and Nursery Discount Business Rates is also provided at middevon.gov.uk/COVID19BusinessRatesSupportThe Government will provide 100% business rates retail relief for the current 2020/21
    year, for the following occupied premises: Shops, restaurants, cafés, drinking establishments, cinemas, and live music venues
     Sports, assembly and leisure premises
     Hotels, guest and boarding houses, holiday accommodation, caravan parksThis is in addition to businesses that already receive 100% small business rate relief
    (SBRR).Further to the rate relief, the Government has previously announced two Business Grants: a business support grant fund, and;
     a retail, hospitality and leisure grant fund.Eligible businesses can watch the Council’s video to find out how to complete a claim
    form for the grant funding.
  • Reduced Opening Hours
    Please note the reduced opening times to the Phoenix House building below. These could
    be subject to further restriction at very short notice.Whilst Customer Services are endeavouring to staff the service to meet ‘business as usual’,
    the coming weeks are going to be challenging. As we lose staff due to having to isolate our
    ability to maintain levels of service will suffer. Please be aware that enquiries may take a
    little longer to answer, and call wait times may become extended.We would wish to reassure customers, that during office hours we will always have
    someone at the end of the phone. Where possible, all customers should be checking the
    website for updates on service changes across the council, and using the online services
    which can be found at https://www.middevon.gov.uk/do-it-online/ when they can.Help us to protect the most vulnerable, by only contacting us if your issue or enquiry is
    urgent.Monday          10:00am to 12.00pm
    Tuesday         CLOSED
    Wednesday    CLOSED
    Thursday        10:00am to 12.00pm
    Friday             CLOSED
  • Council Advises Against Lighting Any Bonfires During Lockdown

    Although there are no by-laws in Mid Devon prohibiting bonfires or regulating times when they can be lit, the Council’s Public Health & Regulatory Services team will, in line with legislation, investigate and take legal action where smoke causes a nuisance.

    The smoke and smell from bonfires can often prevent other residents from enjoying their gardens, opening windows, and hanging washing out, and reduces visibility in the neighbourhood and on the roads…

    Read the full press release at:

    https://www.middevon.gov.uk/council-advises-against-lighting-any-bonfires-during-lockdown/

Local Support Fund

  • Local Support Fund

    Council launches Local Support Fund to help those in financial difficulties due to COVID19
    Mid Devon District Council, in association with Devon County Council, Churches Housing
    Action Team (CHAT) and Navigate Charity, have launched a Local Support Fund to support
    those whose financial situation has been affected by the current pandemic and are now
    out of cash for basic essentials for their household.

    The Mid Devon COVID-19 Support Fund can provide small emergency payments to help
    with basic essentials such as food, household essentials, electricity and gas, etc., to help
    people in financial difficulties if:

     They run their own business, and cannot currently trade / their business has been
    drastically reduced because of the pandemic
     Their employment situation has changed and their income now no longer covers
    needs
     They have lost their job due to the COVID-19 outbreak
     They have still not received expected government funding (i.e. self-employed)

    You can apply for a grant online at middevon.gov.uk/COVID19SupportFund or phone
    the Community Support Helpline on 01884 234387 for help to fill in an application form.
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  • Full Press Release - Support Fund
    Council launches Local Support Fund to help those in financial difficulties due to COVID-19

    Mid Devon District Council, in association with Devon County Council, Churches Housing Action Team (CHAT) and Navigate Charity, have launched a Local Support Fund to support those whose financial situation has been affected by the current pandemic and are now out of cash for basic essentials for their household.

    The Mid Devon COVID-19 Support Fund can provide small emergency payments to help with basic essentials such as food, household essentials, electricity and gas, etc., to help people in financial difficulties if…

    Read the full press release at:

    https://www.middevon.gov.uk/council-launches-local-support-fund-to-help-those-in-financial-difficulties-due-to-covid-19/

COVID-19 Test Facility for Mid Devon

  • COVID-19 Test Facility for Mid Devon

    The temporary testing site is specifically for people showing symptoms of COVID-19 who are either essential workers in Mid Devon, or are aged over 65. Household members of these groups, who are showing symptoms, are also eligible for testing.

    From Thursday, 30 April 2020 a mobile unit will be situated in the car park at Exe Valley Leisure Centre at Bolham Road, Tiverton, EX16 6SG

    For full Press Release please click here

Community Groups Supporting Vulnerable Residents

  • Community Groups Supporting Vulnerable Residents

    As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, many people have been asking about setting up local
    groups to support vulnerable residents with shopping, picking up prescriptions, or just
    keeping in contact.

    If you are setting up a local group, make sure you are aware of the implications of the
    current legislation regarding data protection and safeguarding vulnerable adults. Although
    much of the legislation may not apply to you, there are some important principles you
    must follow around keeping personal data safe and confidential, and ensuring the most
    vulnerable are protected from harm.

    You can find useful information and resources on the ‘Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK’ website on
    https://covidmutualaid.org/, including information on data protection
    ( https://www.resourcecentre.org.uk/information/data-protection-for-communitygroups/ )

    If they have any doubts about what you should be doing around data protection or
    safeguarding, you should contact your local voluntary support agencies:
    Devon Association of Parish Councils – http://www.devonalc.org.uk
    INVOLVE Voluntary Action in Mid Devon – https://involve-middevon.org.uk/
    Exeter CVS (now CoLab Exeter) – https://www.colabexeter.org.uk/

    Advice concerning Covid-19 is developing rapidly, so make sure you are aware of the most
    current and correct advice before engaging with vulnerable residents.

Devon Communities Together

  • Zoom calls for over 55’s living in Devon

    Harry and Aggie from Devon Communities Together are inviting all over 55’s living in the Devon area to join in weekly, hour long, Zoom calls.

    Details of how to join can be viewed here.

    One meeting is for Torbay and Teignmouth, and one for the rest of Devon. The groups are intended for anyone to join, but especially those feeling isolated and lonely at this time.

    The sessions are very simple, and easy going, with a mixture of chat and activities like quizzes, chair yoga, or a drawing practice.

    We know that Zoom, and video calls are not easily accessible for everyone, but for those who are already comfortable (or just need a little supportive encouragement) – it opens a new world.

    For further information, please contact Harry Bonnell, Community Projects Officer on 01392 248919 or mobile 07984001566.

    www.devoncommunities.org.uk

    Devon Communities Together, Units 73 & 74 Basepoint Business Centre, Yeaford Way, Exeter, EX2 8LB

Information from Mid Devon regarding Covid-19 R Number

  • Information from Mid Devon regarding Covid-19 R Number
    We have received the following information from Mid Devon:-
     
    You will have heard from Government briefings and in the media that the Covid-19 R number, one component determining the reproduction rate of the virus, has risen in the South West region as a whole. However, it is important to take into account the low numbers of cases and deaths, particularly in Devon which remains among the lowest in England.
     
    The below is what the Director of Public Health for Public Health Devon, Dr Virginia Pearson has said about the rise in R number.
     
    “The R value is an important regional barometer based on modelling data, but while it provides an estimate of ongoing transmission, it alone cannot determine the rate of growth of coronavirus and does not accurately reflect Devon’s local data on the ground. As such it should be treated with a little caution.
     
    “The South West R value spans from Isles of Scilly to Bristol, and while there have been hotspots in other parts of the region that increase the R value, Devon’s figures have remained low.
     
    “We have the fifth lowest number of recorded cases when comparing Devon to all 150 upper tier local authorities and the consistency of the numbers suggest that levels have plateaued recently. That’s in part due to our residents adhering to lockdown, and heeding national guidance around staying home and social distancing. We have done well in that regard and need to keep that up.
     
    “We continue to work closely with our Public Health and NHS colleagues to ensure the safety of our Devon residents, and we wait to hear the Government’s response to this latest R rate announcement.”
     
    Devon County Council which is the South West region’s lead authority (Beacon Council) for Covid-19 Local Outbreak Management has published a news briefing with authoritative commentary from Dr Pearson, Dr Yvonne Doyle, Medical Director for Public Health England and Prof Debra Lapthorne, Regional Director for Public Health England South West and Regional Director for NHS Public Health England South West.

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