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WDBC Covid19 Welfare Support Fund
An emergency lifeline to support residents whose financial situation has been seriously affected by the current pandemic has been launched by West Devon Borough Council, in association with Devon County Council.
The Covid19 Welfare Support Fund will provide small emergency payments to help residents who have no money for even the most basic household essentials with necessities such as food, basic household items, essential travel or utility payments.
Residents may be eligible for the short term support due to a fall in their disposal income, 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 no longer covers their needs
- They have lost their job due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
- They have still not received expected Government funding (self-employed).
If you are a resident and have been affected financially by Coronavirus (COVID-19), and can demonstrate a need for immediate short-term financial help, you can apply for a grant by completing a simple online application form on the links below.
If you need help and don’t have access to a computer, please call the Council from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on: 01803 861407
Changes to Community Transport Services
Information received regarding Local Community Transport services:
Community Transport Services
Additional Services being offered
Staff working from home.R&R continuing whilst there are still requests. 4 passengers today, 1 tomorrow. Car scheme continuing with handful of drivers for people with severe conditions who have to attend hospital regularly
We have not really received any calls for help to date, we have rung those regulars who we thought might need assistance and signposted them to our local support group which seems to be working really well. Have referred anxious clients to CVS Wellbeing Co-ordinator. Many more cancellations coming in for health appointments
Newton Abbot CTA
Limited staff working from home. Some off sick (non- C-19). Need to update on Mon 30th R&R - 2 passengers booked for Tues. No car scheme drivers. 1 living aids driver/fitter continuing. 2 Paid drivers for S22 routes seem to be continuing for time being
Trying to help with weekly phone calls to vulnerable passengers and shopping deliveries. Our drivers are on standby for hospital trips and the hospital discharge, but they could be delivering the food parcels for these people or those on the vulnerable list,
Tavistock Ring & Ride
Ran R&R until Tues 24th. One passenger only. Now ceased the service. Driver is self-isolating. Relief driver is over 70.
Contacting vulnerable passengers and referring to other services if necessary
Tiverton & Crediton
Limited staff in office, mainly working from home. Vol drivers mostly no longer driving but phoning passengers instead for reassurance and to see if there's anything they need. Office is then ringing passengers who need shopping and collecting/dropping on the bus. Also helping individuals to complete vulnerable form on GOV website.
We are working closely with two local food producers and Tesco's and Marks and Spencer's. only 36% of these people would be eligible for the government system although I have signed up at least 10 members already.
COVID-19 Advice - Updated regularly
Local advice can be found on the Devon County Council Website: www.devon.gov.uk or www.devon.gov.uk/document/coronavirus-advice-in-devon.
Recycling Centres CLOSED: Latest information regarding DCC recycling centres and Covid 19 can be found at: https://www.devonnewscentre.info/devons-recycling-centres-closed-until-further-notice/
If you are in need – or know someone who is – you can register that need at the email address below or by calling 01822 813600 or 01803 861234 providing the relevant name, contact number and address where possible. Local voluntary groups can register by contacting WDBC at the same email address CommunityCoordination.Covid19@swdevon.gov.uk. Further advice can be found at: https://www.westdevon.gov.uk/support.
West Devon Borough Council are offering a hotline number for residents needing help and support during the Coronavirus outbreak. The number, which will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, will be answered by the Community Co-ordination Team at the Council. Outside of these hours an answerphone service will be available. The number is 01822 813683.
Medical Advice: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19 . If anyone thinks they might be experiencing potential early coronavirus symptoms they should not to go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital but instead visit NHS 111 online at: https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 and only call 111 if they cannot get help online.
Government Help and Support:
Employees: www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay & www.gov.uk/lay-offs-short-timeworking
HMRC Coronavirus Helpline 0800 015 9559 & HMRC Self-Assessment Payment Helpline 0300 200 3822
For information, Up-to-date bus timetables, including temporary changes, are here: https://www.traveldevon.info/bus/latest-news-service-updates/
Community Action Response - five things we can all do
1. Think of others, consider your actions & be kind: People in the Parish will face the challenges of COVID-19 in some way – from needing basic provisions to help while they are unwell.
2. Connect and reach out to your neighbours: as self-isolation increases, we need to find new ways to stay connected and check in on one another for our physical and mental wellbeing. Share phone numbers and stay in touch.
3. Make the most of local online groups: Keep up to date, share information and be a positive part of our local community.
4. Support vulnerable or isolated people: different groups in our communities are at increased risk and social isolation and loneliness are key concerns for all ages. There are things you can do like volunteering for local support services or donating to food banks to help.
5. Share accurate information and advice: Support anyone who may be anxious about COVID-19. Sign post them to the correct advice from Public Health England and encourage people to follow the correct hygiene practices.
Borough Council Election Results
At the Borough Council Elections on May 2nd, Cllr Paul Ridgers was elected as the Borough Councillor for Drewsteignton.
Towards the end of 2006, the Parish Council requested the community consider producing a Parish Plan to inform the Council of the needs and desires of its constituents. A Public Meeting was held to elect volunteers from across the Parish to form a Working Party, and the document below is the result of their efforts.
Parish Snow Warden Training
Please download the Snow Warden Training document below. This will equip you with the necessary knowledge to be able to officially help our Parish Snow Warden. Your support and assistance in times of inclement weather will be key to keeping our Parish Roads clear and vehicles movings.
For general enquiries or to report to the council collectively, please email the Parish Council Clerk
The following are the present Parish Council members, together with the ward they represent and a brief profile.
Ysanne James - Crockernwell
Ysanne was born in Totnes and spent her childhood in and around Dartmoor, before moving to southern Ireland as a pre-teen. She moved back to Devon in her late teens and shortly after started her family. She continued her career and education around her family life and is currently working as an administrator for the probation service. An active campaigner for equal rights, Ysanne moved to Crockernwell three years ago to be nearer her daughters and grandchildren.
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Peter Brennan - Crockernwell
Peter and his wife Jane have lived in Crockernwell since 2002 and have two grown up "men" Tom and Ciaran. Peter is a business consultant working with a number of local businesses. Originally from Leicester, Peter’s career brought him to Devon in 2002 working as Group Managing Director of the Vapormatic business in Exeter, a subsidiary of Deere & Company Inc. (John Deere). Peter has worked successfully in complex and highly regulated industry sectors, building partnerships and collaborative relationships in the UK and globally. Peter has diplomas in both Mechanical Engineering and Management and gained his MBA from Exeter University in 2012.
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Anna Imrie - Whiddon Down
Anna has been happily settled in Drewsteignton Parish since 2004 and knew the area previously as an Exeter student in the 1970’s. After her MA, she worked in London as a picture editor and journalist and then joined her husband in a partnership as his still producer. Meanwhile, her sport was international rally driving and she went on to freelance widely as an advanced coach. Nowadays, she enjoys various local volunteering roles. She believes in informed discussion, balance, conciliation, and in taking a forward looking, positive attitude. Her special interests are road safety and small businesses of all descriptions.
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John Redman - Drewsteignton
John has lived in Drewsteignton parish for 40 years on a mixed beef and sheep farm. He also has a property maintenance business.
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Paul Ridgers - Venton
Paul is married to Fiona and they have two young children. They have lived in the Parish for 10 years, although Fiona has family connections with the village that stretch back 100 years. Paul is a director of an advertising agency in Exeter as well as representing the Drewsteignton ward for West Devon Borough Council.
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Ian Rowe - Whiddon Down
Ian has lived at Mill Farm at Whiddon Down for the last 54 years and his children are the 6th generation on the farm. It is a working farm, in the past a mixed enterprise, nowadays the family only have sheep which fits in well with Ian's plumbing business. Having lived in Whiddon Down all of his life Ian hopes his local knowledge of the area and experience in agriculture may be useful.
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