Practical Support

                  Here is some information locally, regionally and internationally that may be useful to you

 

BradAid

If you need financial support then please visit our BradAid Page

Local

 

BradTog Volunteers

There is a network of volunteers across our community and the sorts of things we can help with include shopping, collecting medication and dog walking, as well as a friendly phone call.

If you need assistance from Bradninch Together  please Click here  to contact your Zone Co-ordinator. They will put you in touch with someone who can help. The health and safety of everyone is paramount.  Please note that anybody visiting your home as part of Bradninch Together will arrange the visit in advance and will carry ID. 

Volunteers will not come into your home when visiting.  Please let us know when calling if you or anybody in your household is suffering from Covid-19 so that arrangements can be made to minimise risk.

 

If you want to volunteer yourself then please contact your zone coordinator.

 

Click here to read the  Bradninch Together Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding Procedure for volunteers  

Bradninch Together believes that a child, young person, vulnerable person or old person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all people within the Bradninch Community  and to keep them safe. We are committed to offer help to all, in a way that protects volunteers and service users alike.

 

A Friendly Chat

As we continue on our journey of isolation there maybe some who would benefit from a friendly call and a chat. If you would like to have someone to talk to or you are aware of anyone who may benefit from a

friendly call, please contact Bradninch Together.

Email Bradninch Together - white7@bradninchtogether.org.uk

Contact David Kennedy – 07538101606

Bradninch Together website - http://www.bradninchtogether.org.uk/

Safe spaces for domestic abuse victims

Boots the Chemist in partnership with  UK SAYS NO MORE is offering a safe space to anyone experiencing domestic abuse during the Covid19 lockdown. People can walk into any Boots store, go to the healthcare counter and ask to use their consultancy room. Once inside, all the specialist domestic abuse support information will be available to access, and any call made safely. The nearest Boots branches to Bradninch are Cullompton Medical Centre and Cullompton Station Road 

Use the Post Office for Faster access to cash  

Self-isolating or vulnerable Bradninch residents  affected by the coronavirus pandemic can now contact their financial institution  to withdraw cash quickly from their normal accounts through any local Post Office  branch, with the help of a friend, family member, carer or local support worker. 

Bradninch Community Food Shed

Sustainable Bradninch is co-ordinating a project to set up Bradninch Community Food Shed in our town. This will be a community larder available to all, with the aim of reducing food waste and helping anybody who might be struggling at the moment.  There will be the opportunity to donate surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and to get creative (lots of surplus fruit in the Larder – why not turn some into jam and bring a few jars back?!). Hygiene protocols will be followed and the items that can/cannot be accepted by the Larder clearly set out.
 
The Community Larder can only happen if there are enough volunteers willing to help with practical day-to-day tasks, which might include cleaning the food storage areas, removing items that are past their best and restocking the shelves and supplies of hand sanitiser, paper towels etc..  This shouldn’t take a great deal of time, and will probably be needed first thing in the morning and at the end of the day, so possible to fit around the working day. Sustainable Bradninch are ideally looking for enough people for a 2-week rota (2 per day equals 28 volunteers) – the more people willing, the less often each person will be on duty! sophie@bradninchtogether.org.uk

 

Regional

Eat out and help restaurants

To give restaurants and cafes a helping hand, the government's launched an Eat Out to Help Out campaign. 

It's offering discounts at participating restaurants and other establishments that serve food on-premises. 

But those establishments need to have registered first, otherwise they'll not get the Government support. 

Here's how to register  

So, from Monday 3 August to the Monday 31 August (but only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays), restaurants and bars, cafes and other establishments who use the scheme will offer a 50 per cent reduction, to a minimum of £10 per person, to all diners who eat and/or drink-in. 

Customers don't need a voucher. The participating businesses will just reclaim the discounted amount through an online service.

Carers

If you are caring for someone who is vulnerable, there are some simple steps that you can take to protect them and to reduce their risk time, including practising good handwashing and personal hygiene. 
Local help and support is also available to you from Devon Carers

Concern about online grooming

Devon's Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (the MASH) has seen an increase in the number of calls reporting inappropriate online activity.

More information and advice is available on the Safer Devon Partnership website or via the NSPCCChildline and the UK Safer Internet Centre. 

To report a concern to the Devon MASH, telephone 0345 155 1071 or email mashsecure@devon.gov.uk.

Contact our school nurses for support

If you have a young person aged 11-19 years old in your household then please let them know they can talk to a Devon school nurse in confidence about relationships, how they are feeling, bullying, self-harm, smoking or any other concerns by texting 07520631722..9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and can offer support on a wide range of concerns. For more information visit the NHS ChatHealth website.

 

Test facility for Mid Devon

If you are a key worker, or aged over 65, and are showing symptoms of COVID-19, you can now be tested for the virus at a temporary testing facility in Tiverton. Members of your household showing symptoms may also be tested. Click here to find out more.

Devon Covid19 Local Support Fund: 

Emergency fund to support people experiencing financial hardship because of the Covid19 pandemic.  One-off crisis payments available.

 

Foodbanks in Tiverton and Cullompton 

CHAT (Churches Housing Action Trust) Food Bank, Tiverton is available to anyone in Mid Devon needing help with access to food. Uptake has risen by 81% in these unprecedented times.  The food bank relies entirely on donations and volunteers, and so a collection point for donated food and household goods has been set up in Bradninch. Click here to find out more about items needed. 

To donate any of the required items to the food bank, please leave them in the recycling box by the garage marked CHAT , at James and Dawn Pettit's house: Inner Hope, Millway.  If you are isolating but would like to donate, please contact your Bradninch Together Co-ordinator, who will arrange delivery of items to the collection point on your behalf.

The Food Bank will  help anyone in need. Phone  01884 255 606 (10am and 12pm), and they will talk to you about how they can help. For further information contact James or Dawn on  tel. 881 411, or visit the website.

 

People Matter Food Bank, Cullompton: Available for people who are experiencing hardship that makes it difficult to afford food.  Referrals available through Citizens Advice Bureau, Cullompton Children’s Centre, Local Welfare assistance, GP surgeries etc. Email peoplematter@standrewscullompton.com for more info.

 

The Rural Devon Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice on all subjects to anyone who needs it.  They also provide specific advice around applying for Universal Credit.  Face-to-face advice is currently unavailable, but they can be contacted by phone or e-mail: contact details here.

 

Don’t forget, also, that Bradninch Together volunteers can offer help with practical tasks, as well as a “check in and chat” phone service for anyone who might be feeling a bit isolated.  Contact your local co-ordinator to access either of these things (see leaflet put through your door or www.bradninchtogether.org.uk).

 

Reporting non emergency crimes

Online: Use WebChat and Report Crime Online. To find out more visit  www.devon-cornwall.police.uk Telephone: 101 : 67101 sms/text number for the deaf / hard hearing / speech impaired | 18001 101 Minicom / Textphone

 

Devon Community Support Hub Helpline

The new dedicated helpline 01884 234387 is available Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm. Alternatively, people can email:  covid.support@middevon.gov.uk

 

Urgent appeal for community equipment

If you've got any community equipment you no longer need, please can you return it? We urgently need commodes, walking frames, shower stools, and raised toilet seats, as increased demand during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means these items are in danger of being in short supply. 

Please contact Mill brook Care on 0330 124 4491 to arrange a free contactless collection. 

 

Covid 19 Scams

You are  urged to remain vigilant as new COVID-19 scams continue to be identified . Click here to find out more from Devon News Centre.

 

Dog walking

Public Access for Dog Walking during Covid19

Devon Together Drugs and Alcohol Service 

During this challenging time, some people are using alcohol and drugs differently. Support remains  available for families and individuals during Covid 19 . https://www.edp.org.uk/together-drug-alcohol-service/

Devon Covid 19 Emergency Fund

Mid Devon District Council has set up an emergency fund to support people experiencing financial hardship because of the COVID19 pandemic. Click here to find out more 

Young Devon Wellbeing Service

Are offering a wide range of digital support during the current crisis; delivering services over phone, video-call and email For more information and useful resources for Parents and Young People.

Freephone: 08082 810 155 or visit: https://www.youngdevon.org/coronavirus-service-update  

Our Trading Standards team is warning everyone to be aware of scammers looking to exploit the new NHS Test and Trace service.

 

 

 

Know before you go

From Saturday 4 July, people will be able to enjoy staycations in England, with the reopening of accommodation sites.

Visit England has launched its ‘Know before you go’ campaign, to start to rebuild domestic tourism.

The campaign highlights what attractions and facilities are open, and it promotes ‘hidden gems’ rather than extremely popular destinations.

It encourages walking and cycling to destinations, as well as providing practical guidance on ‘how to respect, protect and enjoy England.’

Watch out for yet another Test and Trace scam

We've heard about another test and trace scam, which is also trying to con people into paying for a COVID-19 swab test. 

Here's what happened.  A care home manager received a text to say that he had tested positive following a recent swab, and that he needed another test.  He phoned the number in the text and was told that he'd have to pay for the test.  He was asked for his bank details. 

This is a scam, and it was quickly reported to the police. 

For avoidance of any doubt, the NHS Test and Trace service will absolutely not: 

• ask for bank details or payments 

• ask for details of any other accounts, such as social media 

• ask you to set up a password or PIN number over the phone 

• ask you to call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087 

Text messages will come from NHStracing. 

Calls will come from 0300 0135000. You’ll be asked to sign in to the NHS Test and Trace contact tracing website.

 

Loan Sharks - don't be a victim

seized from loan sharks to fund community projects

The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has left many people struggling financially and some feel that there is nowhere else to turn but to loan sharks.

The Stop Loan Sharks project is working hard to offer immediate and practical help and support to victims of loan sharks.

They have set up a new online chat service to help victims of illegal money lending, alongside the existing 24/7 helpline, 0300 555 2222. You can also report a loan shark in confidence on their website.

The project also has a 'Community Fund' which is open for charities, voluntary organisations and community groups to bid for up to £5,000 towards their project. The pot of money is made up of money seized from convicted loan sharks. The closing date for current applications is 31 August 2020. Find out more about the funding and apply on their website.

Covid 19 - what you can and can't do

How do recent changes affect our day-to-day lives?  The Government has published a set of Frequently Asked Questions that might provide a useful starting point for understanding the new rules.

 

Violence during Covid19

Isolation rules do not apply if someone is suffering from domestic violence during Covid19. 

Find support

www.refuge.org.uk Tel: 0808 2000 247

www.gov.uk/domestic - abuse

 

Call 999 if you are in immediate danger, If you cannot talk press 5 twice.

#You are not alone 

NSPCC

Contact the NSPCC for help, advice and support if you're worried about a child during the Covid19 crisis, or even if you're unsure. Call 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk 

 

 

 

 

 

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