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The latest information and guidance to support you and our communities

'R' number falling but don't put people's lives at risk by not following the rules

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The post-Christmas rise in Covid-19 cases seems to have been halted as most people observe the 'Stay at home' message and follow the rules designed to break the transmission flow.

Today's announcement that the 'R' rate has dropped below one - is further reason for hope that Lockdown 3 is having an impact and slowing the spread of the virus.

But despite this, say government ministers, GPs and health professionals, the NHS is still under huge pressure. It is therefore still vitally important that we all play our part in slowing the virus by continuing to follow the rules, working from home if we can, only going out if essential and continuing to follow the 'Hands Face Space' message when out and about.

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Be patient, help the NHS, don't slow down vaccinations

The national vaccination programme is well underway and more new centres have opened so that people can be vaccinated as soon as possible.

The NHS will be in touch as soon it's your turn for your Covid-19 vaccination. Please wait to be contacted and don't call your GP practice seeking an appointment.

Calling will just divert staff from treating people who need their help and it will not speed up when you get your jab.

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Examples of fake vaccination messages

Be alert to vaccine fraud

Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccine to try and trick vulnerable people into handing over cash or financial details.

Convincing looking text messages are being sent  letting people know they are eligible for the vaccine or fraudsters are phoning people directly pretending to be from the NHS, or local pharmacy.

If in doubt, remember the NHS will never:

  • ask for payment - the vaccine is free
  • ask for your bank details
  • arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport.

You can contact Crimestoppers anonymously online or by phoning 0800 587 5030

Beware of Sammers warning

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Recycling update

Container deliveries 

Due to covid related issues at our supplier, there have been delays in our green and black box supplies. We now have stock and our staff are catching up on deliveries. If you were expecting a container delivery in the last week, we apologise for the delay and will fulfil your order as soon as possible.

Recycling banks

Covid related staff shortages means that we are currently unable to empty recycling banks as frequently as normal. Please help us to keep our sites clear by not fly tipping and leaving waste or recycling besides full banks.

If you can keep hold of your recycling at home and put it out on your next collection  that would be really helpful. Alternatively, if you need to dispose of material this weekend, please take it to a recycling centre 

Latest grant open for application

The Local Restrictions Support Grants (Open) scheme for businesses severely impacted by the Tier 2 restrictions is now open for applications.  

Both rated and non-rated Teignbridge businesses (in any sector) can apply, including businesses that work from home or on a mobile basis. Those who applied for an LRSG or ARG for the November 2020 lockdown are welcome to apply for this scheme too.

Grants for the new lockdown period will go live in early February. We are also working on a new ‘grant checker’ that will allow businesses to work out which schemes they are eligible for.

Our grant summary table will help business people find the right grant for them.

Every Mind Matters focuses on 'Making the inside feel better'

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The Government has launched a new Better Health - Every Mind Matters campaign to support the nation’s mental wellbeing during Covid-19 with the encouragement that “When things aren’t so good out there, make inside feel better”.

Especially in lockdown when we are not seeing friends and family or going out socialising,, it's important to look after your mental wellbeing, 

NHS Every Mind Matters provides specialist advice, practical tips and information about how to look after your mental wellbeing.  Every Mind Matters aims to help those young or old coping with for example loneliness or increased  anxiety.

And it offers the chance to create a free NHS-approved ‘Mind Plan’ which will help guide you through the mental health challenges you face.

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Your views do make a difference!

A number of surveys are currently underway covering a range of topics - childcare, green space, carbon reduction and our budget plans.

Please take a few minutes to respond to these surveys if it's a subject that affects you.  Your views are important in shaping future decisions and services.

Road closure work to clear infected trees from Orley Common roadside 

Work to remove diseased trees affected by Ash Dieback disease is being carried out along the road edge of Orley Common in Ipplepen throughout February and motorists using the area are being warned of potential disruption to their journeys.

Temporary road closures and traffic management systems will be in operation from 1 February. Orley Road, Torbryan Road and Torbryan Hill will be affected but traffic management plans will be put in place to minimise this.

National Tree week competition winners

Images of the wining entries and prizes in the National Tree Week competition

To mark National Tree Week in December, our Green Spaces team ran a fun competition encouraging people to get creative!

Children were asked to make a leafy collage or draw a picture of a tree while adults were invited to submit a photo of their favourite tree.

Winner of the children's competition was six year old Olivia Yeadon who produced this wonderful drawing of a tree (above, bottom left) with a squirrel searching and storing away food as it got ready for winter. Her prize was the handmade wooden reindeer ornament shown above.

In the adults' section, Bryher Freer won a Plum Tree for this beautiful image of Decoy Country Park lake in Autumn, while in second place was Louise Jenner for her image of a tree in Bovey Tracey, which looks as if it might be dead having been struck by lightning, but which on closer inspection is full of new life. Louise’s prize was one one of the hand crafted wooden pens.

Feedback from participants was that it was a fun competition to get involved in during lockdown 2. Thank you to everyone who took part.

Celebrating 100 years together. Village Halls Week

Celebrating the role of village halls

Next week sees a national celebration of the 10,000+ village halls which can be found across England, their volunteers and the difference they make to the rural communities they serve. 

Many have been in existence since the 1920s, ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) is organising a series of virtual events to mark the occasion..

Virtual Careers Fair 2021

Virtual event to provide careers advice

The Department for Education is running an Exhibition and Virtual Jobs Fair on 27 and 28 January, designed to give people a chance to hear from organisations about their opportunities and the experiences of people doing the jobs, as well as viewing and discussing local vacancies.

Careers advisers will be delivering webinars and workshops, giving advice and guidance to help jobseekers make successful applications by helping them improve their CVs and prepare for interviews.

Windrush Day celebrations fund launched

Community-led groups are being invited to bid for a share of up to £500,000 to develop and host events which celebrate the Windrush Generation and recognise their contribution to British life.

The annual Windrush Day Grant Scheme will provide up to £25,000 to councils, charities and community groups seeking to create projects and host events for Windrush Day on 22 June, and throughout the rest of this year.

Latest Government guidance

Don't accidentally spread it.  One in three people don't have Covid-19 symptoms but can still pass it on.  Image of a patient being treated Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives