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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 9, 2020

    The separation of care home residents and their loved ones has left families devastated. Worse still, the health of those in care has worryingly deteriorated due to a lack of contact.

    Too many people have already lost family members as a direct result of lack of contact.

    Eight months into the pandemic, and the Government's so-called "new" guidance simply allows a continuation of visiting from outside or behind a screen and will continue to separate families and abandon those in need.

  • dragon
    Article: Nov 7, 2020
    By Mark Wooding

    "But how intolerable bright the morning is where we who are alive and remain, walk lifted up, carried forward by an effective word."

    ― David Jones, 'In Parenthesis'

    As Remembrance Sunday approaches my thoughts turn as ever to my Great Grandfather William Pitt. He was a Serjeant in the Machine Gun Corps, and was killed at the third battle of Ypres, perhaps better known as Passchendaele. He has no known grave, but is commemorated at the War Cemetery of Tyne Cot. I didn't know him although I did his youngest daughter Lille, who was born two weeks before he was killed. He never saw his daughter. Lille was my link to that most dreadful struggle, the Great War. I'm very proud of William.

  • agm
    Article: Nov 6, 2020
  • Article: Nov 6, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    During Covid-19, this support is more important than ever.

    With coronavirus restrictions in place across the country, this is a difficult year for the Poppy Appeal.

    Ordinarily around 40,000 volunteers help make the appeal happen. Through their dedication the Royal British Legion can continue to provide support to members and veterans of our armed forces, as well as their families.

  • Article: Nov 5, 2020

    After the Government announced a last-minute extension to the furlough scheme on October 31st, I warned the Chief Treasury Secretary that it wouldn't be sufficient since, sadly, the coronavirus pandemic would not be going away at the end of November.

    This delay will have cost businesses and individuals an untold amount.

  • Article: Nov 4, 2020

    British farmers are the lifeblood of our country, they are the guardians of our landscapes, vital partners in the fight against climate change, all while producing the high quality food that fills our cupboards.

    The Government is putting our high food standards at risk.

    However, the Government is happy to risk all that.

  • Article: Nov 4, 2020

    Within just the last few days, yet more people have tragically lost their lives trying to cross the Channel. It is utterly heartbreaking, especially for the friends and families left behind.

    It's hard to imagine how desperate people must be to climb into these boats in search of a better life. It just isn't right that vulnerable people are left no choice but to make these perilous attempts.

  • Article: Nov 4, 2020

    Fleeing your home is one of the most heartbreaking decisions a person can make. Refugees coming to the UK and Europe have risked everything in the hope of safety and a better future for themselves and their families.

  • Article: Nov 3, 2020

    For more than 300 years torture has been illegal in the UK. But today the Overseas Operations Bill in the House of Commons would overturn this position.

    Liberal Democrats have serious concerns about this disturbing Bill and its implications for human rights, the rule of law, and the UK's position as a leading voice for these values internationally.

  • Article: Nov 2, 2020

    People all over the UK are worried about their future.

    Too many people have already lost their jobs because of the Government's failure to plan

    COVID cases are increasing, we're facing another lockdown, and businesses can't plan for the future when the government will only extend the furlough scheme for a month.

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