The Rural Bulletin 20th October
SHDC Coronavirus Information
Information for residents, business and community support see SHDC Coronavirus Information and Advice, and operating businesses safely.
See the following page for the latest update South Hams District Council
Help for residents who need basic essentials
Community Support - a message from the Leader of South Hams District Council
Business Updates - 8th October
Council Grant Advice to Businesses
THE WELFARE FUND We are very aware of the pressures that households are experiencing where there has been a change in income.
For this reason we have
established an emergency Welfare Fund which is designed to ensure that people
waiting for their first universal credit payment are not left in
Due to the lockdown, the
administration of this fund prevents us giving out cash. However, if you
or someone you know has an urgent need for essential items and is unable to
meet the immediate cost please advise them to make an application online or by
calling: South Hams - 01803 861297 Examples of payments that may be made would be to top up a gas card or electricity key where no other option is available. The fund is not intended to purchase food where a food parcel would be available.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT HELPLINE South Hams and West Devon Councils are offering a hotline
number for residents needing help and support during the Coronavirus
outbreak.The Community Support number in South Hams is 01803 861297.
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
The team can help people with a wide range of queries, such as where
to get additional help and support, as well as putting residents in
touch with their nearest community support group.
The hotline is intended for people who can’t access the information
and support available through the council’s websites or social media.
Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council, said:
“We’d urge you to keep this number free for those residents who don’t
have a computer or a smartphone, and find it more difficult to access
the help we can provide. I’m pleased that we’re able to offer our most
vulnerable residents this extra service during this difficult time.”
DCC Coronavirus Information
See the following page for the latest update from Devon County Council.
Back to School advice
Statement by the Devon County Council Leader and Chief Executive
A business news update including advice on trading standards.
Learn Devon is
changing the way its service is made available to deliver courses on
line, with hundreds of free courses. This will include subjects relating to employability, digital
skills and wellbeing. The courses went live on their website on the 1st May.
Devon Libraries for access to digital books, digital magazines and audio books.
Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust
Patient and Visitor information during the Covid-19 outbreak for Torbay Hospital.
Latest update with information about the Covid-19 testing facility, routine vaccinations, and other news.
Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police Covid-19 Advice including Frequently Asked Questions, operational updates and other news
Message from the Chief Constable on 3rd July - Come back safely and respect our communities
Devon and Cornwall Police Rural Update
Devon and Cornwall Police Alert
Devon Communities Together
Advice and support for local community groups responding to coronavirus is available from Devon Communities Together
They have an emergency helpline (0808 1963390) staffed 9am to 5pm on weekdays for the foreseeable future, or email email@example.com and someone will get back to you.
Rural Service Network The Rural Bulletin 20th October and funding update.
Update to date bus time tables, including temporary changes
For an update on bus services running from 15th June see the attached information.
Bob the Bus Service Community transport resumed on 6th July with a limited service running on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. See this link for the latest timetables.
Proof of coronavirus absence from work
unable to work for more than seven days because of coronavirus
(COVID-19) can obtain an isolation note through a new online service.
For more information, refer to the link Isolation notes launched.
notes can be obtained without contacting a doctor; this will reduce the
pressure on GP surgeries and prevent people needing to leave their
For the first seven days off work,
employees can self-certify so they don’t need any evidence for their
employer. After that, employers may ask for evidence of sickness
absence. Where this is related to having symptoms of coronavirus or
living with someone who has symptoms, the isolation note can be used to
provide evidence of the advice to self-isolate.
Help for Energy Customers on Pre-Paid Meters
Customers that are unable to top up their pre-payment meter are advised
to contact their supplier immediately to discuss how they can be kept
on supply. For further information, see Government measures to help the vulnerable with energy supply