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

Government advice and information about Covid 19 changes daily.

Please use the the  following link which takes you to the Government website to find out the most up to date information. There are several  guidance and support documents available from the Government website.

Here is the link: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

If you have no symptoms the following link tells you more about how to (external link)  get regular rapid lateral flow tests. 

If you have symptoms stay at home and the following link tells you more about how to (external Link) get a PCR test.


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 https://www.southhams.gov.uk/help

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 https://foodincommunity.org/contact-us/

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 (amorley@annettemorley.co.uk) or the Parish Clerk by emailing dartingtonparishcouncil@outlook.com

Stay Safe.

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

Exercising at home

The NHS has equipment-free work out exercises.
See the link here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/gym-free-workouts/

NHS home workout videos:
https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/move-more/home-workout-videos/

Fitness blender has hundreds of free workout videos: 
https://www.fitnessblender.com/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 hello@bulkbuygroceries.co.uk There is a £50 minimum order with a £6 delivery. 

More info is on their facebook page  @bulkbuygroceries.co.uk


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. https://covidmutualaid.org/local-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.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/2687973224757857/

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: www.southhamscab.org.uk From the ‘Contact us’ page select ‘Email’ and click ‘Use our online form’
WhatsApp: 07497 758779
Self Help: www.citizensadvice.org.uk
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  https://www.totnescaring.org.uk/


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

Here’s a link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/