Help yourself and the NHS in Devon with self-care

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 11/27/2021 - 5:32pm

As winter approaches, doctors in Devon are reminding people that by practising self-care, they can help themselves and reduce the need to use busy NHS services.

Self-care involves helping people to better understand how to look after minor illnesses or long-term conditions, and how to prevent ill health by choosing healthy options for good physical and mental wellbeing.

Dr Alex Degan, NHS Devon’s Primary Care Medical Director, said: “It is really important to look after yourself, especially as we are getting closer to winter, with both flu and Covid-19 likely to both be...

Don’t miss the festive RSPB Binoculars and Telescopes Open Weekend at Darts Farm

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 11/26/2021 - 10:47pm

Get up close to nature and pop along to the festive RSPB Binoculars and Telescopes Open Weekends this December. The charity is running this event at their Darts Farm shop in Topsham.

Event title : Binoculars and Telescopes Open Weekend at RSPB Darts Farm.

Event description : This popular event is the perfect opportunity to try binoculars and telescopes outdoors, surrounded by wildlife at Darts Farm. They’re fun, friendly and interactive days, when a variety of binoculars and telescopes will be on display for you to check out, as well as get friendly, impartial advice...

Best in Tech revealed at Tech South West Awards 2021

Winners of this year’s Tech South West Awards have been revealed at a live ceremony at the new multi-million pound Market Hall and Immersive Dome venue in Plymouth.

Artificial reef systems, satellite-powered earth observation and filtration systems to tackle microplastic pollution were among the innovations celebrated at the annual technology awards covering the entire South West region.

Tech leaders and organisations from across the South West tech sector attended the event, now in its third year, which showcases the region’s fastest growing sector.

ARC Marine...

Meat 59 to open in Princesshay next week

Independent burger restaurant comes to city centre

Local success story Meat 59, an independent multi-site burger restaurant, will open its doors in Princesshay on Thursday 2nd December. Located next to Lucciano’s, the restaurant specialises in meat and produce from Devon and the surrounding areas and will have capacity for plenty of diners.

Michelle Menezes Princesshay Centre Manager said: “We’re excited to welcome the Meat 59 team to Princesshay. They are an impressive local team who make great food and brilliantly complement our range of dining options.”

The team at...

Nominate a charity to receive a festive financial boost

Nominate a charity to receive a festive financial boost Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical is giving £120,000 to good causes as part of its annual 12 days of giving Christmas campaign.

Now into its fifth year, Ecclesiastical is once again inviting Devon residents to nominate a registered charity close to their hearts to benefit from this festive financial boost.

Ten lucky winners will be announced each weekday from 6 to 21 December.

It’s quick and easy to nominate a charity online. Nominations are open until 20 December and you can vote for your favourite charity...

Mecca Exeter donating hamper to local community this Christmas

Following last year's success, Mecca Bingo Exeter is launching its second unique Everyone Deserves a Christmas appeal to help individuals and families in need this Christmas.

Mecca's renowned UK-wide Christmas appeal involves all 71 clubs across the country and aims to provide hampers to those most in need, allowing them to go through the Christmas season more comfortably. Last year, the original bingo brand partnered with 52 charities to raise an incredible total of £185,000 in cash and hamper donations, providing 3,800 hampers across the UK.

This Christmas, Mecca is...

UGLE achieves Investors in People silver status

Authored by Simon Wells
Posted: Thu, 11/25/2021 - 12:24pm

The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) is delighted to announce it has been awarded the Investors in People (IIP) silver accreditation. The IIP is a standard-setting body for people management and UGLE was first awarded the IIP standard accreditation in November 2018. The new accreditation runs for a further three years. In a recent ‘back to work’ survey of UGLE staff following Covid-19, conducted by the organisation’s HR department, 84% said they have access to the things they need to succeed when working from home, and 86% said they are just as productive working from home as they are...

People with a learning disability urged to have the flu vaccine

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 11/24/2021 - 9:04pm

Children and adults with learning disabilities, as well as their family members or paid supporters are eligible to receive a free flu vaccine this winter.

Preventing flu is particularly important for people with learning disabilities. It can lead to pneumonia and sepsis, which many people with a learning disability are much more vulnerable to than the general population.

People with learning disabilities are less likely to get the flu if people around them have also been vaccinated. Family carers can get the flu vaccination for free if they’re the main carer, as can...

Devon regional park wins prestigious planning award

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 11/24/2021 - 8:17pm

The Clyst Valley Regional Park Masterplan has been declared the overall winner of the RTPI South West Awards for Planning Excellence 2021. Entered by East Devon District Council and judged as an excellent project setting out a framework for action on the ground, the masterplan was also the winner of the Awards Category ‘Excellence in Plan Making’.

The South West Awards for Planning Excellence 2021 celebrate projects and people who have helped create exceptional places and improved the lives of those who live and work there; highlighting how planning and planners work to create a...

How to keep construction workers safe during cold winter months

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 11/24/2021 - 3:58pm

The construction industry has withstood many changes during the coronavirus pandemic, and now there is no shortage of projects to keep up with. But as companies work to keep to their deadlines, it's important to take the time to keep employees safe during the colder months.

You probably have safety measures in place on all your sites, but these processes should be reviewed and adapted specifically for winter to ensure that your workers are as safe as possible. Here, tools, equipment, and PPE supplier Zoro summarises some of the key things you can do as the weather turns cooler...