Practical Support

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

Local

 

BradAid

If you need financial support then please visit our BradAid Page

 

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.

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 

 

Face Masks

Bradninch Together are selling masks made by volunteers from all over the town. The masks are made to WHO standards with a filter pocket and 2 filters.

Each mask costs £4 and are available at your local  Bradninch Spar shop..

BradTog will make masks available for local people who might struggle to afford or access them.  Any additional profits will be donated to local organisations.

Suzanne Jary, having already raised money for the local Preschool, has been passing on her all knowledge, teaching our volunteers how to cut sew and piece together our masks ready for you to use. 

Regional

 

What if there is another Covid19 outbreak?

Devon County Council have  developed new measures to contain and reduce cases of coronavirus in Devon, and safeguard the health of our residents. 

It's called the Local Outbreak Management Plan and it details how we will work together to help reduce the risk of outbreaks in the county, and if they do occur, identify them quickly and provide a rapid response to prevent the virus spreading. 

Designed to support the national NHS Test and Trace Service, it is the local blueprint for action and builds on the effort everyone has made so far to keep infection rates here so low, protect each other and support the most vulnerable in our communities.

DCC are also helping other councils with their localised planning for coronavirus outbreak control as one of 11 authorities chosen by the government to share good practice across the country. 

DCC have  published the plan on their website, and it will be updated as new national guidance is published or legislation changes. You can also download a copy.

 

Free Online Courses

Learn Devon provides adult and community learning courses on behalf of Devon County Council. Visit the site to find a range of helpful courses for the whole community  during this time.

Contact our school nurses for support

During these unsettling times, young people may have health and wellbeing concerns. Although schools are only open for a few pupils, our local school nurses are here to support everyone through this time and offer a free and confidential text service called Devon Public Health Nursing ChatHealth.  

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.

They are available 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.

 

CHAT Food Bank, Tiverton: Available to people struggling to afford food, even if you’ve not used a food bank before.  Ring on 01884 255 606 between 10am-12pm for a phone assessment – you will be treated with dignity.

 

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.

 

Uplift, Tiverton.  Support for families with young children, including access to food, clothes and books.  See website or contact John on blue2@bradninchtogether.org.uk

 

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

 

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  

Covid 19 Test and Trace scam

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

 

National

Visit England - Know before you go

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.’

Zoom-bombing Warning

There have been a number of incidents in the last week where Zoom meetings have been ‘Zoom-bombed’ by malicious people,  The Church of England National Safeguarding Team has produced this guidance document on Zoom conferencing safely

 

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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