Here is some information locally, regionally and internationally that may be useful to you
If you need financial support then please visit our BradAid Page
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.
Kathie and Dave Henderson are kindly delivering newspapers to vulnerable people in the town. They are happy to take on some more deliveries.
They sort out payment with the Spar and recipients
either leave envelopes with cash on their doorstep
or Kathie can arrange for payment direct into her
Or email email@example.com
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Everyone deserves to eat well
Jools Mercer and Piers Kotting are providing free food packages for those who need them most in Mid Devon. Each food box provides fresh indredients and recipe cards for a family or 5 days. You can donate or get in touch: email@example.com
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Devon Community Support Hub Helpline
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.
Public Access for Dog Walking during Covid19
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/
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
Visit England - 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.’
Shielding guidance to ease for clinically vulnerable
The government has announced a two-phased easing of the shielding restrictions as coronavirus infection rates continue to fall.
Thousands of clinically vulnerable Devon residents have been told they can spend more time outside their homes and see more people from Monday 6 July.
And unless there’s a significant rise in coronavirus cases, the government has said they expect to pause the shielding programme on 31 July, including the delivery of food parcels and medicine.
We understand that some vulnerable residents may be anxious about stepping outside again and adjusting to the changes.
Local support will continue with district councils helping arrange independent food deliveries and prescription collections through trusted charities, registered volunteers, community groups and supermarkets with priority delivery slots.
Advice is also available about financial support, transport to medical appointments and combatting loneliness.
here 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.
www.refuge.org.uk Tel: 0808 2000 247
Call 999 if you are in immediate danger, If you cannot talk press 5 twice.