East Devon residents Coronavirus update - Friday 5 February 2021

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East Devon residents and business update

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update -
5 February 2021

Please find below our latest Coronavirus (Covid-19) update for East Devon residents and businesses with information we hope will be of interest to you.

We plan to send out our next bulletin on Friday 19 February 2021.

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East Devon District Council - Stay at Home

Explore for your door: There is so much to see

Explore from your door

Join the #ExploreFromYourDoor campaign and share your pictures on social media using the hashtag.

Residents across the country are starting to discover all the hidden wonders that are right on their doorstep and have never been noticed until lockdown. From walking to cycling people are discovering new fun things to do without the need of a car.
There’s also more history on your doorstep than you realise. Maps are available to show you just how close you are.

Don't forget to visit our Walk the East Devon Way webpage for route ideas. 

Every Mind Matters: Children’s Mental Health Week

This week is Children's Mental Health Week [1-7 February] and this year's theme is Express Yourself.

One in six school-aged children in the UK now has a diagnosable mental disorder. Effective support from an early stage not only helps children and young people cope with challenging life circumstances, but can also prevent problems from escalating and becoming more.

Children need a way to process and make sense of their experiences. Creativity can be a useful tool, by offering the means for children to ‘work things out’ as well as expressing their feelings and telling their stories.

There are free resources for schools, families and youth groups, so it might be worth a look if you are home-schooling.

Better Health Every Mind Matters: Children's Mental Health Week

Vaccine fraud warnings issued

Vaccine Fraud

Residents have been warned about a current text messaging scam.

Texts, alleging to be from the NHS, are being sent out claiming the recipients are eligible to apply for their vaccine. There is a link to ‘apply’ that takes users to a fake NHS website that asks for personal and financial details, in order to verify their identity.

Other Covid-19 related scams include fake links claiming to be from GOV.UK saying the victim can claim some kind of benefit while another scam text claims the recipient has been fined for breaching lockdown.

If anyone receives these messages, forward them to 7726 and report it immediately to Action Fraud.

You can also find further information and advice on the Cyber Aware website.

Loan shark warning:

Loan shark warning

The Stop Loan Sharks helpline service (0300 555 2222) remains open for victims and their  friends, family members and the wider community.

What to do if Covid-19 has impacted your personal and household finances:
The Government has published some useful advice if you are self-employed, claiming benefits or needing to make a claim for benefits and statutory sick pay. 

Citizens Advice continues to provide free, independent and confidential advice and support for people during these unprecedented and challenging times.

Clean Devon: Remember to bin your masks

There's been a concerning increase in reports of disposable masks being littered again. Please remember to put your single-use disposable masks in your black bins.

Alternatively, you can buy or make your own reusable face covering. The Government has a great DIY page on their website for first time sewers.

Bin Masks

Calendar for EDDC council meetings

Dates of next East Devon virtual council meetings

Over the next fortnight the following East Devon District Council virtual meetings are taking place:

  • Planning Committee on Wednesday 10th February at 10am
  • Car Parking Task and Finish Forum on Thursday 11th February at 10am
  • Planning Committee on Monday 15th February at 10am
  • Poverty Working Panel on Monday 15th February at 11am
  • Licensing and Enforcement Committee on Tuesday 17th February at 9.30am

The meetings can all be viewed on our YouTube channel by searching for 'East Devon District Council' or by subscribing.


Latest news from East Devon District Council

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LED Leisure: New online PE classes launched

PE with LED

PE with LED classes are livestreamed classes suitable for all the family. It's more important than ever during the current pandemic to look after the mental health and wellbeing of children, getting active and moving is so important for this. Residents can join PE with LED via the LED app or watch at a later date on our website.

LED is there to support you online whilst their centres are closed. In a 4-part series, LED's Barnaby will be outlining how physical activity and good nutrition helps all residents by supporting a healthy immune system whilst providing you with guidance on how to stay active during lockdown and how LED can support you online.

Recycling and Waste


Old chargers cluttering up the house?

You can put them in your green recycling box as small electricals for recycling.

Recycle your small electricals too!

Do you have any old, worn out small electrical items that are beyond repair? If you can fit them inside your green box, we can collect them from the kerb-side. These items contain valuable materials which can be recovered and recycled to help the environment and the economy.

To find out more, visit the East Devon District Council website.

Thelma Hulbert Gallery

CREATIVE CABIN SHORTS are a series of short videos highlighting the inspiring art and nature activities which would have taken place in THG’s touring cabin. Working with SW artists, rangers and practitioners, CREATIVE CABIN SHORTS connect to nature and the landscapes around us. They are dedicated to all the extraordinary employees across the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, NHS staff and key workers across the region.

Paul Blakemore

CREATIVE CABIN SHORT 1 – Paul Blakemore ‘Hold On’

Photographer Paul Blakemore shares his experience of wild swimming in a poem entitled 'Hold On'.

Gail McGarva

CREATIVE CABIN SHORT 2 Gail McGarva ‘The Hands of a Loving Heart’

Gail McGarva shares a song of the sea expressing her feelings about being a wooden boat builder, breathing life into a new generation of traditional craft.

Top Culture Picks

THG shares a weekly dose of culture to get us through lockdown together. Their guest editor, Art Historian, John Francis, brings his weekly top pick of online art history talks, videos and virtual exhibitions.

Top Culture Picks | Thelma Hulbert Gallery

Watch out for this new series at thelmahubert.com and on THG’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

Wild East Devon update

Wild East Devon

On Tuesday it was World Wetlands Day, and to celebrate we made a video of Wild East Devon Ranger James introducing us to Black Hole Marsh, one of the four areas that make up Seaton Wetlands. He also outlines how the water level is regulated and gives us insight into how it’s connected to the tidal Axe Estuary.

You can view the video on YouTube. For more information on the nationally-important Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve run by EDDC’s Wild East Devon team, please click Seaton Wetlands.

The East Devon District Council Coronavirus Community Support Hub is here to help

East Devon Coronavirus Support Hub

If you, or a friend or family member are clinically extremely vulnerable, or in need of help and support during the Coronavirus restrictions, we have information on our website to help, if you are:

  • Feeling isolated
  • Unable to access food or other services
  • Not sure on where to go for help and advice

or give us a call on our special helpline which is 01395 571500 for more help.

We are available to help from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

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Stay Home Save Lives

Trusted sources of advice and information

Please make sure that you only follow advice from trusted, official sources:

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