COVID-19. Information, help and advice latest news – January 2021 update

National lockdown: stay at home

You must stay at home. This is the single most important action we can all take to protect the NHS and save lives.

You should follow this guidance immediately. The law will be updated to reflect these new rules.

Leaving home

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible

Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. Early Years settings remain open.

Higher Education provision will remain online until mid February for all except future critical worker courses.

If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local in the village, town, or part of the city where you live. You may leave your local area for a legally permitted reason, such as for work.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. You should not attend work

Meeting others

You cannot leave your home to meet socially with anyone you do not live with or are not in a support bubble with (if you are legally permitted to form one).

You may exercise on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

You should not meet other people you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, unless for a permitted reason.

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.

More information is on the government website


November 2020 update

Are you in need of help?  Do you know someone who is in need of help?

The following contacts should lead you to some  practical assistance which may be helpful:

South Hams District Council offices are open on Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5pm.  The telephone  number is 01803 861297.  You can email using a help form available from the following link

The Totnes Connection Hub  is open Tuesday to Thursday 10am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 3.30pm. Their address is 2a Burke Road Totnes TQ9 5XL The telephone numbers are 01803 840354 or 07946 821154

Totnes Caring is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.00pm. The telephone number is 01803 865684

Food in the Community is an organisation that collects surplus, fresh and locally grown food, boxes it and distributes it to community groups, charities and to individuals in need. The emergency contact form can be found from the following link

If you are in need of urgent help and none of the above have worked for you, contact your Dartington Parish Council Covid 19 coordinator Annette Morley ( or the Parish Clerk by emailing

The NHS contact and trace service was launched on May 28th. There is information about how this system works on the government website here.

More Devon County Council  information can be found on this webpage here

Stay Safe.

Wear a face mast, keep your distance, wash your hands.

There will be no actual Parish Council meetings until further notice. Online meetings of the Parish Council using Zoom are taking place. Details are on the agenda page. Minutes will be posted on the minutes page when they are approved.The next meeting will be September 2nd  

South Hams District Council has initiated a variety of ways to help residents. See more information here: South Hams DC

If you are a resident and have been affected financially by Coronavirus (COVID-19), and can demonstrate a need for immediate short-term financial help, you can apply for a grant by completing a simple online application form on the link here:

Exercising at home

The NHS has equipment-free work out exercises.
See the link here:

NHS home workout videos:

Fitness blender has hundreds of free workout videos:

Food delivery

Food distributor Westcountry Fruit Sales is offering next day delivery. They provide a full range of fresh produce, fruit boxes, milk & dairy, kitchen groceries, cleaning products, wines and beers to the door and operate a no contact delivery.

Orders can be phoned through to 01326 331900 Mon to Fri, 9am to 4pm or emailed to There is a £50 minimum order with a £6 delivery. 

More info is on their facebook page

Help locally

There are various local initiatives which are being set up to help and to offer help. Offers of help very locally for near neighbours might be better than trying to set up something which is parish wide. COVID 19 Mutual Aid groups are springing up all over the place. Here’s a link to the umbrella website which lists all the groups registered so far and offers resources to support groups.

The Totnes Help Hub (COVID 19) might be a good place to start if you can offer help or want to find out what is on offer. There’s a link to the Facebook Page below.

Below is a link to a help card. If you are offering help to those self isolating in your neighbourhood you can print the card out and fill it in with your details and pop it through your neighbours’ letterboxes. It’s a pdf document and designed to be printed double-sided. 2 to an A4 page
Help card

Citizens advice has closed its office but there are different ways advice can be sought. See below:

Adviceline*: 03444 111 444 (Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm) Email: From the ‘Contact us’ page select ‘Email’ and click ‘Use our online form’
WhatsApp: 07497 758779
Self Help:
Letter: Citizens Advice, Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes TQ9 5NE

Totnes Caring has suspended all planned public events and Clubs.They will post more information as the situation changes but are providing vital services to those that need them most.

The majority of TC staff are working from home and are able to answer phones (Tel. 01803 865684) and deal with queries.

They still need donations – more information from their website


Information about the virus and symptoms can be found on the NHS website.

Here’s a link: