Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw walks a Mile with a Smile to raise awareness of Devon's unpaid carers

Exeter MP walks A Mile with a Smile to raise awareness of the role of Devon’s unpaid carers

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw has been striding through Westminster - walking A Mile with a Smile - to help raise awareness of the everyday challenges faced by unpaid carers and the enormous contribution they make to families and communities throughout Devon.

It’s the first time Ben has taken part in the awareness raising event organised by Devon Carers, which was started during Carers Week two years ago. Devon Carers is a service delivered by Devon-based charity Westbank Community Health and Care that supports over 22,000 unpaid carers across the county. Carers Week is an annual national...

Devon Freemasons donate almost £5m to help UK overcome the pandemic

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Tue, 03/15/2022 - 9:10am

Devonshire Freemasons together with The United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) has awarded more than £4.7m through four Covid-19 relief programmes, focusing on community support, food support, domestic abuse, homelessness and mental health.

Covid-related donations from Devonshire Freemasons began in 2020 and since then they have contributed for a total of £4.7m to help those in need. The donations are being used to help communities in various critical areas, including foodbanks, support for unpaid carers, personal protective equipment (PPE), schools, mental health,homelessness,...

Ability not disability provides support for businesses

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Mon, 02/28/2022 - 9:53pm

A new project is supporting businesses in Devon to employ people with disabilities.

“Ability not disability” has been co-designed by Learn Devon and Devon County Council’s Adult Social Care, and Employment, Economy and Skills teams working together with people with disabilities to improve employment opportunities within the county.

The innovative programme is one of 13 projects in the county to receive a share of UK Community Renewal Funding .

Devon County Council is managing the UK Community Renewal Fund in the county, having made a successful bid on behalf of...

Free support for small businesses and community groups

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Posted: Mon, 02/21/2022 - 6:04pm

A new support programme has been launched by Devon County Council to help small businesses and community groups.

Get Set to Tender is offering free support to Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) who have less than 250 employees, to help them respond to public sector organisation tendering opportunities.

The project, which will operate until March 2023, is part of a wider package of support being delivered through Devon’s £6 million recovery programme which aims to provide help and support in four key areas: small and medium enterprises, employment and skills, the green...

The Growth Hub Service for All: Thrive

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Posted: Wed, 12/29/2021 - 4:50pm

A new business support programme has been launched offering a range of business training and support services for the self-employed and small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. Up to 600 businesses will be supported through the Heart of the South West Growth Hub’s new Thrive programme. The programme is part funded by the ERDF and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities with match funding from the Growth Hub and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The programme aims to stimulate economic development through...

aliensdontringdoorbells gear up to play Corn Exchange with Scouting For Girls

Event Date: 
25/10/2021 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Exeter Corn Exchange

Fresh off the back of their unprecedented debut album success, and the beginnings of what is set to be a stellar career in the States, ALIENSDONTRINGDOORBELLS will play the Corn Exchange on the 25th October as lead support for the fall 2021 SCOUTING FOR GIRLS UK/Ireland tour.

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Nominate a charity to receive a festive financial boost 

Specialist insurer Ecclesiastical will be giving 120 different charities an early Christmas gift of a £1,000 donation.

Ten lucky winners will be announced each weekday from 7 to 22 December.

Devon Air Ambulance Trust, Exmouth Gateway Club, Routeways, The Barn Owl Trust and The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of St Mary the Virgin in Uffculme were the local beneficiaries in 2019, following overwhelming public support in the county.

Once again, Ecclesiastical is inviting Devon residents to nominate a registered charity close to their hearts...

Devon sees dramatic rise in demand for mental health support

Demand for support for individuals suffering with acute mental health conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, has jumped by 23% in Devon over the past two months, according to latest figures released by Exeter-based mental health support service, Independent Living West Country.

The business, which was set up following the withdrawal of MIND in the region in 2018, has seen a dramatic rise in the number of clients being referred to it by Devon County Council, which has responsibility for the care of some of the county’s most vulnerable individuals once they leave the direct...

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

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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...

Devon school staff on duty over Easter holidays to support key workers

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Posted: Thu, 04/02/2020 - 5:55pm

Teachers and staff in nearly 170 Devon schools are working over the Easter holidays to provide care and support for the children of key workers.

The Government ordered schools across the country to close their doors a week early for Easter because of the coronavirus crisis but asked staff to remain open for the children of key workers such as NHS staff, care workers, delivery drivers and those in the food industry.

Devon's schools have identified which pupils qualify and determined if their families wanted a place.

And, in the first week of what would have been...