Here is some information locally, regionally and internationally that may be useful to you
Offering help and support, Neighbour to Neighbour
Bradninch Together is a community group covering the Parish Ward of Bradninch and Hele. It was established to support residents during the Covid-19 pandemic.
During the Spring 2020 lockdown and up until the middle of August, over 150 local people carried out over 600 acts of kindness for our neighbours across the town: we are good at collecting shopping and prescriptions! We cover the whole Parish with our 6 zones, each led by a Coordinator or pair of Coordinators.
As the country heads into another period of lockdown, we at Bradninch Together wanted to remind you that we are still here and that the offer of support is available to anyone in the area. You don’t have to be classed as vulnerable: whatever your circumstances, please ask for help if you need it.
Our volunteers can help with tasks like shopping, picking up prescriptions and dog walking. To keep us all safe, our volunteers will not come into your home, will always carry ID and will arrange their visit in advance.
BradAid Hardship Fund.
This is a new fund that can exist thanks to donations from local people and organisations. The fund gives and receives. We offer grants of up to £50 to help residents of Bradninch and Hele experiencing hardship to meet an immediate need. The application is simple and confidential. To apply click here. or using a form from St. Disen’s Church Hall porch.
If you would like to support our fantastic community in this way, donations can be made by bank transfer using these account details (please use “BradAid” as the reference):
Bradninch Arts Group (BAG)*
Account no. 01198771; Sort code 30-98-61
For queries, or if you would like your donation to be public, email email@example.com, or call your zone co-ordinator.
*Kindly allowing us to use their account while we set up as a more formal organisation.
Your donation will be treated anonymously unless you tell us that you or your organisation would like to be named on our website.
Zone 3: Orange
Westfield, Barns Close, Passmore, Cherwell Meadow, Landunvez, Jubilee Road, West End Road (west from Passmore), Hele Road (west from school field).
Viv: 882 285
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
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.
The Bradninch Community Food Shed is now open!
It’s behind 31 Fore Street - look out for the signs!
It’s free to take food from the Shed. Please do!! It is there to reduce food waste by distributing it to the community from supermarkets, producers and growers who would throw it away otherwise.
It’s also open for donations - there’s a fridge for perishables and shelves for dried goods. Only food in it’s original packaging, not home cooked or homemade please, as we need to be clear about use by and best before dates, as well as labelling for allergens.
If you have an allergy please make sure you read food labels - you take at your own risk, but we will attempt to keep nuts in one area.
Please read the instructions when taking food - they’re there to help you.
If you see someone else there, please do not go into the passageway but wait until they have left the Food Shed - this is to ensure you can keep your safe distance.
Please do not go to the Food Shed if you have any symptoms of COVID. Stay away until you feel well, or a week after a positive test result.
Only one household at a time in the corridor to the Food Shed please!
Huge thank you to all our volunteers who have made it possible so far (especially Ron and Kev for making us a door and ceiling, Mark Hill and Tim Frankham for the signage, Max Brown for the lime plastering) who will work hard to keep it clean and Covid-19 secure throughout the Second Lockdown. Let us know if you’d like to join the team!
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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.
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
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/
Help is also available from https://www.rehab4addiction.co.uk/
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
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.’
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.
www.refuge.org.uk Tel: 0808 2000 247
Call 999 if you are in immediate danger, If you cannot talk press 5 twice.