We store cookies on your device to make sure we give you the best experience on this website. I'm fine with this - Turn cookies off
Switch to an accessible version of this website which is easier to read. (requires cookies)

Coronavirus updates - Lockdown 2 in progress

The Corona Virus epidemic and restrictions are making changes to all of our lives, and following the current advice isn't always easy - but it is important to do so as much as we can.

There are many local organisations gathering to offer help, if you are self-isolating and need help, or simply need to speak to a friendly voice.

We will be publishing details of local organisations as we hear of them:

Teignbridge Council website is a good place to start if you have any questions

and Devon County Council have information about schools and more.

The latest medical advice from the NHS is here.

We have a list of contacts for economic help for Teignbridge residents here.

Local councillors are working with the organisations locally to help, so please contact your local councillor if you need help.

How you can help others

If you would like to help your neighbours, our community and those vulnerable, we recommend the following in the first instance:

  • Let your nearest neighbours, maybe the nearest 5 - 10 know your contact details so that they can call you if they need help. You will be someone known to them, a familiar face rather than a stranger. (Sadly we must still be aware of safeguarding concerns even at this time).
  • Set up or join street level or Resident's Association level WhatsApp groups, Google Groups, Private Facebook Groups or email chains to help connect those offering help with those needing help at a micro level. Some have already done this (particularly Residents' Associations), and they are the optimum way of turning offers into action.
  • Some of the existing facebook groups we know of in Newton Abbot Town are Our Fairways, Hele Park Community, Jetty Marsh Residents Group, Orleigh Cross Residents Group, Buckland Estate and Proud of It, and Newton AbbotCovid-19 Mutual Aid - Other towns and villages have set up similar groups
  • Do not buy too much produce or goods. Those that are most vulnerable are left even more vulnerable if our stores are bare of the essentials. Several supermarkets have over 70's only shopping hours, check their websites.
  • Donate to foodbanks. Panic buying has led to a reduction in the number of donations to local foodbanks when they need them more than ever, so please do donate what you can. Many people on lower incomes or zero hour contracts are likely to struggle more now than ever. If you are self-isolating and wish to help you can donate online to both foodbanks.
  • HITS Foodbank https://hitsfoodbank.org/contact-us/ info@hitsfoodbank.org Tel 01626 906371 (Hits Food Bank are looking for more volunteers especially evening drivers)
  • THAT Foodbank https://www.thatfoodbank.com/ mailto:thatfoodbank@gmail.com Tel 01626 437310 (THAT need more volunteers and donations)

Helping us to help you

As councillors we want to assist in facilitating resources where we can, by putting together a resource list, but we need your help to do so.

Please send us details of the local street/community communication group or mailing list you have setup, as well as a primary contact for this group so that we can direct people that contact us or known vulnerable residents to it if they are in your area.

Contact us if:

  • you are a community or volunteer group and would like our support in any way;
  • you are a local business or trader that is helping as part of your business, such as with local deliveries.
  • Please let us have any information about the community response to the coronavirus, that you would like us to share in our next email newsletter. Please shae this email with others.

We cannot cover everything in this post, so will try to answer any questions on things we have missed as we can, however, please appreciate that some of our councillors are already, or are likely to be self isolating themselves as well.

Please do always take the NHS and Government's advice as the primary source of information and recommendation for how to act in the coming weeks:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Other help can be found at,

CAB citizensadviceteignbridge.org.uk Tel 0344 411 1444

Federation of Small Businesses https://www.fsb.org.uk/ Tel 0808 20 20 888

We will provide you updates on this as regularly as we can.

Thank you,

News...

  • Article: Nov 14, 2020

    Across the country, homes will be adorned with wonderful decorations and Diyas will be lit - all marking the festival of lights.

    For Hindu communities this is also the start of the Hindu New Year - an important time to sit back and reflect on the past year and look ahead to future opportunities.

    Diwali marks the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. 2020 has been a dark year for many of us and Diwali's message that light will triumph in the end resonates with many of us, regardless of our faith or worldview.

  • Article: Nov 13, 2020

    This week culminates in the Trans Day of Remembrance - a day set aside to remember the lives lost as a result of transphobia and anti-trans violence.

    Globally, trans rights are eroding and rates of suicide and self harm in the community are alarming. Far too many live in constant fear of physical violence and persecution. This is unacceptable.

  • byng
    Article: Nov 13, 2020
    By Mark Wooding

    In May 1756 Admiral John Byng failed to win the 'Battle of Minorca'. An ailing and failing Government needed a scapegoat for the defeat and Byng was ultimately executed by Firing Squad. The incident, famously, caused Voltaire to write satirically "il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un amiral pour encourager les autres" - for the non-francophones "it is good to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others".

  • Article: Nov 12, 2020

    Time and again the Chinese Government has shown its utter disdain for the Joint Declaration.

    The disqualification of elected lawmakers in Hong Kong is reprehensible and marks another step in China's work to end democracy and freedom on the peninsula.

    The 'one country, two systems' is disappearing before our eyes.

  • Article: Nov 12, 2020

    The 2020 AGM will be held by ZOOM on the 24th November 2020 at 7pm. All members are welcome , please email info@tivandhonlibdems.org.uk for details. There will be guest speakers including Baroness Parminter with a Parliamentary update on the Agriculture Bill and Brian Blake our candidate for the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner in 2021.

  • Article: Nov 11, 2020

    On Wednesday 11th November, Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey and Liberal Democrat Health, Wellbeing and Social Care Spokesperson Munira Wilson took part in an open meeting with Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and other representatives from Liverpool City Council.

    Chaired by Leader of the Liverpool Liberal Democrats, Councillor Richard Kemp, they discussed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Liverpool, including the latest developments in the roll out of the new testing regime across the city.

  • Article: Nov 11, 2020

    It will end EU free movement on 31st December - taking away the rights of British people to live, work and study across Europe, and the rights of EU citizens to come here to do the same.

    The Bill itself doesn't set out what will come after free movement ends. But we already know that Priti Patel's immigration plans will be a disaster for the small businesses that power the UK economy.

  • Article: Nov 11, 2020

    Like the rest of our wonderful NHS and care staff, thousands of people from other countries have been on the frontline throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

    Foreign nationals working in the NHS deserve the right to remain in the UK.

    We cannot thank them enough for the brave and tireless work they are doing in such difficult circumstances and under such intense pressure.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2020

    I should start with a word of thanks - in fact, many words of thanks - to Kirsty Williams. She has announced that she will be standing down at the Welsh Senedd elections next May. As such a successful education minister in Wales, she is a daily demonstration of the difference that Liberal Democrats in power make. A consistently powerful voice for liberalism through all her many years of service, she has made such a big difference to so many lives. Thank you, Kirsty.

  • Article: Nov 10, 2020

    Yesterday, Liberal Democrat peers voted to remove the illegal aspects of the Government's 'Brexit Bill', due to the fact that it would break international law.

    We urge the Government to do the right thing and accept these changes to the Bill.

    The Internal Market Bill will now return to the Commons, where we urge the Government to do the right thing and accept these changes.

"Changing Britain's Future: no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity"
Liberal Democrat Constitution