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17 March 2023

Latest news from West Devon Borough Council

Wild About Devon Grants

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Grants of up to £500 are available for Devon community wildlife projects.

The Wild About Devon grant scheme is open for new applications, having been extended following a successful first round. 

The aim of this grant scheme is to provide an easy way for community groups to access small amounts of funding to start a wildlife group or carry out activities that promote wildlife. Funds can be used for advice, equipment and other resources.

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Government Energy Support Scheme

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West Devon Borough Council is administering a new government funding scheme to help support households without a direct relationship to an electricity supplier.

If you pay for your electricity through an indirect route, you can now apply to receive the support as a one-off, non-repayable lump sum of £400 under the ‘alternative funding’ route of the government’s Energy Bills Support Scheme Alternative Funding (EBSS AF).

Households eligible to apply for support under the EBSS include care home residents and others in care facilities/sheltered accommodation (wholly or partly self-funded), off-grid homes, park home residents and many others.

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Find The Support You Need



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

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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Are you Ready For the Upcoming Elections in May?

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1. Register to vote!

You need to register by 11.59 p.m. on Monday 17 April.

2. Are you voting by post or in-person?

To apply for a postal vote, click here. You must apply by 5 p.m. on Tuesday 18 April.

Remember, you will not need to provide photo ID to vote by post.

3. If voting in person, remember to bring your photo ID! 

This could be your passport, driving licence or blue badge but there are lots of documents that are accepted. Find out more about what photo ID is suitable on our website.

If you don't have photo ID you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, which is a free voter ID document. Apply by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April!

If you know someone who does not have access to a computer and needs extra support, they can contact our elections team on 01822 813604, to book an appointment to help complete their application for Voter ID online or at our offices.

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Join the Great British Spring Clean 2023

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Help us keep Devon clean!

Join us for the eighth year of litter picking to protect our beautiful borough. The Great British Spring Clean is taking place from 17 March to 2 April.

If you want to take action to protect the environment this spring and show pride in where we live, pledge to pick up a bag – or more – today.

You can choose to pledge;  

Visit Clean Devon for advice on litter picking and more!

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Give Devon's Nature a Helping Hand - Free Webinar

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Devon Local Nature Partnership is holding a free webinar to help you kick start your volunteer journey. 

With the days finally getting longer and warmer, now is a great time to volunteer in your local area. If you are looking to take part in some volunteering activities in Devon to give nature a helping hand but don't know where to start, come along to the free webinar on Tuesday 28 March.

During the event, you'll get advice on who to contact and what activities are best to participate in. You will hear from four different groups and organisations about the volunteering opportunities they have, the impact they have made so far, and future goals of the project.

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It’s A Win-Win When You Play SeaMoor Lotto

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Sign up to the SeaMoor Lotto and support a good cause today; not only will you be in with the chance of winning weekly cash prizes of up to £25,000, but if you enter before 25 March, you will be in with the chance of winning a trip to Center Parcs, all for just £1 a week!

SeaMoor Lotto is a lottery for the people, by the people. It’s a fun way to help good causes without giving up precious time.

Tickets are just £1 in the weekly draw, and you can choose exactly which good cause you would like your money to go to. More of your money goes to your chosen cause than with any other major lottery – you can see the exact breakdown, where every penny goes, on our website.

Unlike larger lotteries, the majority of your ticket purchase comes back into the community AND the odds of winning a prize are much better, at an amazing 50:1.

It really is a win-win: even if you don’t win a cash prize you can be content in knowing that you are making a real difference!

Since its launch the SeaMoor Lotto has raised thousands of pounds for small charities -so why not join in? Visit our website to see which good causes you can support, and buy a ticket today:

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Stay Ahead of the Digital Curve - Business Support


The Heart of the South West Growth Hub, in collaboration with Cosmic, The Cyber Resilience Centre South West, AB Marketing and other partners, is hosting a free event for small businesses in Devon and Somerset called 'Spotlight on Digital Tech.'

The event will take place on Thursday 13 April from 9.15 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. at Cullompton Community Centre.

The event is aimed at small businesses who are looking to learn more about digital technologies and how they can be harnessed to grow their businesses.

Whether you're new to all things digital, would like to know more, or are confident with digital technology in your business, this event will give you the insight you need to stay ahead of the digital curve.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about future digital trends and opportunities from expert speakers in the field. The event will feature workshops and talks with practical advice and information from Cosmic, who will talk about 'Digital Trends for 2023 and Beyond' as well as the Cyber Resilience Centre South West and AB Marketing.

The Heart of the South West Growth Hub will introduce their new offering - 'Digital Link’ - and there will be a Q&A and networking session.

Registration will begin at 9.15 a.m. Light refreshments will be provided during the event. There is no charge to attend, but booking is essential, and spaces are limited to one person per business. The event is open to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Devon and Somerset only.

To register for the event, please visit the Spotlight on Digital Tech Eventbrite page.

For more information, please contact: Helen Young from Heart of the South West Growth Hub on

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Free Business Support Workshops Available


In conjunction with Business Information Point, we're running fully funded one-to-one business support and workshops for all businesses regardless of sector or size, as well as anyone thinking of or in the process of becoming self-employed.

The programme is fully funded, so there is absolutely no cost for the support.

We offer a wide range of help, from whether to be a sole trader or limited company, how to use social media, understanding your finances or anything else to get your business off the ground - we can help answer any questions on starting your own business.

If you are already running a business, the sessions can support you to work through issues you're facing, discuss how to manage the next steps of growth, need some marketing advice.

Contact us below to access all of this support or call us on 0800 592 872 for business advice.

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Job Vacancies


Are you looking for a flexible role in a supportive and open culture? Join the Council! We have a number of exciting roles available for the right person.

Click the button below to see our current vacancies.

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