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10 February 2023

News Round Up from South Hams District Council

Get a Seasonal Job With Us

Seasonal jobs

Are you looking for a job this summer? ☀️

We're recruiting now for seasonal staff to fill a number of important jobs that will help us welcome visitors to the area and ensure they have the best time possible. These roles are often outdoors and out and about in the district.

Roles available include:

☀️ Locality Officer roles across the South Hams

☀️ Civil Enforcement Officers

☀️ Gardeners

☀️ Toilet Cleaners

☀️ Location Attendants on our Waste Team

Other summer roles, including working at Salcombe Harbour and Dartmouth Lower Ferry, will become available in the next few days and weeks. Keep an eye on our website for more.

Visit our website for more:
- or WhatsApp us on 07458 049666.

Click here to find out more

Free slow cookers, electric blankets and throws available

Slow Cooker


Keen to reduce your energy costs and improve your cooking skills?

The Council is supporting local residents and community groups by purchasing and distributing slow cookers and cookbooks.

Slow cookers work best with cheaper cuts of meat, but can also be used for curries, steamed puddings and risotto. We appreciate that a lot of residents have busy lives and slow cookers save time, leaving you to get on with other things.

We also have a stock of electric blankets available for distribution.

If you would benefit from either item, please send an email to with Slow Cooker or Electric Blanket in the subject line.

You will need to provide your name, address (which must be in the South Hams area) and a contact telephone number. Stocks are limited and will be distributed on a first come first served basis.

Household Support Fund


We know that many of our residents are experiencing financial hardship as a result of the cost of living crisis. 

The Household Support Fund is available to provide rapid short-term financial support to meet immediate needs and help those who are struggling to afford food, energy and water bills, and other related essentials this year.

The scheme runs until 31 March and is designed to help ease financial pressure on residents and to support those most in need this winter.

Due to the limited amount of funds we have available, we will prioritise items necessary for day to day living such as food, energy costs and essential household items we may also refuse or restrict applications from those that have claimed from previous funds.

Click the button below to visit our website and find out more.

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Supporting vulnerable households this winter


South Hams District Council is set to use £50,000 of Government COVID-19 grant funding to support vulnerable households through the cost of living crisis this winter.

Each year, the Council receives a Discretionary Housing Payment Fund from the Department of Work and Pensions. This year, the Council received £91,382 to support residents struggling with rent, security deposits and to supplement shortfalls in Universal Credit and Housing Benefit.

The fund was exhausted in December, due to the exceptional circumstances created by the cost of living crisis, and the additional pressures being put on the finances of residents.

However, the Council has been eager to continue supporting residents through the crisis, and has identified that a further £50,000 can be added to the fund from money left over from COVID-19 grant funding.

Visit our website to find out more.

Single bus fares for £2 until end of March

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Millions of people can access affordable bus travel this winter, thanks to the Government’s fare cap encouraging passengers to ‘Get Around for £2’.

You can take advantage of the discounted bus fare - 30% off the average single fare - on a single journey any time you board until the end of March. This cap for a single journey is part of the Department for Transport’s fares initiative, through the Government’s Help for Households campaign.

Coronation street party applications now open

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If you are planning to host a street party to mark the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and Her Majesty The Queen Consort, Devon County Council is inviting communities to apply for a free street party licence.

Please apply using their online basic street party application to close off your street; visit their website here.

The cut-off date is 26 March.

If you want to sell alcohol, have regulated entertainment or late night refreshment and don't hold a premises licence or club premises certificate, you can apply for a Temporary Event Notices (TEN). This gives you temporary permission to carry out these licensable activities. For more info please see here and ensure you apply early.

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Find the support you need on our online directory

support directory

If you are struggling with the rising cost of living, head to our support directory which 
signposts to services and organisations available across the district.

It could help you get vital support during these difficult times, including advice and help with (but not limited to):

  • Assistance the Council can offer residents
  • Money and Debt Advice
  • Fuel, Energy and Bills
  • Abuse, Neglect and Violence
  • Mental Health
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Waste recycling centres in the South Hams


Owners of a private van wanting to use the Devon County Council recycling centres in Ivybridge, Totnes and Kingsbridge will need a permit from Wednesday 1 March.

The county council has introduced the measure to help stop commercial waste from being deposited at their sites at public expense.

It will also help make it easier for users to access the sites by reducing queues and congestion.

Applications for the permits, which are free, are available online here.

Find out more on the Devon County Council website here.

Visit a Warm Space to fight off the cold this winter

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spaces are free or low-cost places you can visit to stay warm during the day if you are struggling with the cost of heating your home.

Here are just a few of the available spaces available across the South Hams:


  • The Living Room Café
  • Totnes Library
  • Totnes Methodist Church
  • Totnes Conservative Club


  • Ivybridge Library
  • The Bridge, The Salvation Army Building
  • Bridgetown Community Café
  • St John's Church Hall

South Brent

  • South Brent Old School Community Centre


  • Dartmouth Community Chest


  • Kingsbridge Care Hub and Age Concern
  • Harbour House
  • Kingsbridge Library
  • Kingsbridge Methodist Church

Find out more about opening times and where to find Warm Spaces in the South Hams on our website.