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Plans underway for next week’s city centre reopening

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 06/09/2020 - 12:41pm

Preparations are well underway to help ensure Exeter city centre is safe and welcoming when many stores reopen their doors next week.

On Monday 15 June non-essential retailers will be allowed to reopen for the first time since the end of March, once they have completed a risk assessment. Hospitality businesses like cafes and restaurants can reopen from 4 July.

Temporary and permanent measures and changes are required to ensure the city centre remains a vibrant place to live, work, socialise, visit, shop and work.

Social distancing measures must be in place to...

Launch of the South West Food Hub CIC

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 05/21/2020 - 11:05pm

The South West Food Hub Community Interest Company (CIC) is being launched this month to lead a collaborative food community to support the region’s food network to buy local and establish sustainable, shorter supply chains across the South West’s food sector, focusing primarily on public procurement.

The initiative is supported by local organisations including the Heart of the South West LEP, the University of Exeter, Exeter City Futures, POM Support and the National Farmers' Union (NFU).

Alex Stevens, Regional Policy Manager at the NFU says; “We are a region united by...

One More Push! Charity at heart of corona fightback calls for final donations to reach target

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 04/27/2020 - 12:11pm

One more push! That’s the plea of a charity appealing for £60,000 to continue its work for the elderly and the vulnerable in a Devon community.

The Estuary League of Friends is based in Topsham and delivers social care to that community and those in a wide area nearby reaching parts of Exeter, Clyst St George and Clyst St Mary, and towards Exmouth.

In recent weeks the charity has of course added to its usual work with a huge effort to help those most in need during the Coronavirus crisis.

This has involved organising volunteers to deliver groceries, medicines...

Taylor Wimpey aims to work with Exeter community to support vulnerable people during coronavirus crisis

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 04/06/2020 - 11:56am

Taylor Wimpey is appealing to the Exeter community to put forward local groups, charities and good causes that may need extra support in their work to help vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis.

The health and safety of customers and employees is Taylor Wimpey’s number one priority. Staff are following Government guidance, closing sales offices and halting work on site in order to assist in containing the spread of COVID-19.

The local teams remain committed to supporting the communities in which they work during this difficult time. In order to best direct...

Popular community centre awarded cash to help vulnerable through Coronavirus outbreak

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Thu, 04/02/2020 - 5:47pm

An independent charity at the heart of the community in Exeter has been awarded a total of £6,000 for two projects to help people through the Coronavirus outbreak.

St Sidwell’s Centre has been awarded the cash to help some of the most vulnerable people in Exeter.

The money comes from the Exeter Covid-19 Community Action Fund. The £1 million Fund is being run by Exeter City Council as part of the Exeter Community Wellbeing initiative and is supported by Exeter Chiefs Foundation.

Centre Manager Dave Wright said the money would help them provide food for the...

Start-ups step up to help communities

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 03/25/2020 - 11:58am

The UK has witnessed a wave of unprecedented change: school closures, work-from-home, self-isolation, supermarket stockpiling and increased pressure on hospitals. On the flipside, amongst uncertainty, fear and worry, the UK has also seen communities and businesses ​step up and show their solidarity like never before​. From NHS discounts to free online gym-classes, Yoopies, the largest online homecare platform in Europe, is also playing an integral role to encourage communities across the UK to help those that need it most. The platform has launched:

  • A new Elderly Care

  • ...

Temporary changes to on-street parking enforcement

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 03/23/2020 - 2:55pm

In order to help residents parking outside their homes while working from home or self-isolating during the Coronavirus outbreak, the County Council’s parking enforcement teams will reduce enforcement on certain roads – although double yellow lines will still be enforced.

Changes to routine patrols will enable officers to concentrate their efforts on keeping key routes running normally.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management, said: “We must keep the network moving but we also recognise the concerns in residential areas where...

Community tree planting success for ‘Cranbrook Canopy’

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 02/13/2020 - 9:56am

On Saturday 8th February, local people planted 500 trees to create a Cranbrook Canopy, helping to make Cranbrook a better place for people and wildlife.

Around 40 volunteers of all ages joined East Devon District Council and Cranbrook Town Council to plant new native woodland, including 250 oak trees, at Cranbrook Country Park in the heart of the Clyst Valley.

Cranbrook Canopy is a five month project funded by Woodland Trust’s Street Trees project, supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, East Devon District Council and Cranbrook Town Council. It aims to inspire...

LOVE Devon helps brings communities together

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 02/06/2020 - 3:44pm

It may be cold outside, but there’s a warm glow spreading out across the whole of Devon. From coast to countryside, villages and towns to cities, LOVE Devon is bringing communities together to support themselves and each other and to celebrate everything that is good and glorious about living and working in this part of the world.

LOVE Devon was established by Devon Communities Together which is approaching its 60th birthday. The independent charity was set up with the intention of helping communities to help themselves, and LOVE Devon was established as a way of raising awareness...

New network will ‘Enhance’ the region’s social enterprises

Authored by marketing@devonrcc.org.uk
Posted: Tue, 02/04/2020 - 10:50am

A new network has been launched in Devon and Somerset which will connect the region’s many and varied social enterprises, supporting them to grow and benefit their local economies - and create positive social change.

Enhance brings together new and existing members from across the two counties to form an umbrella network that will provide events, training and networking opportunities across the region. Members also receive a listing on the new website at: www.enhancesocialenterprise.org.uk, along with regular newsletters, opportunities for additional support programmes, peer-...

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