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Update 20 November 2021:
Sid Valley Help We are continuing to support vulnerable households and we will endeavour to meet new requests for help with shopping and for telephone and face-to-face befriending. For information on local health and social care services and organisations and businesses providing delivery services see this website or call our helpline: 01395 892 011
Sidmouth Hospice at Home We provide tailored care and support for people in the Sid Valley diagnosed as palliative, and their carers and families; we commission and fund specialist nursing and hospice beds. Our Volunteers provide support by driving (e.g. medical appointments and shopping), befriending, and in bereavement. We organise and signpost to wider support as required. The Information Centre at 48 High Street has re-opened and the opening hours are 10 am to 2 pm Monday to Friday.
Contact us on 01395 577 126 website: www.sidmouthhospiceathome.org.uk.
Sidmouth Voluntary Services
New clients and volunteers are always welcome. SVS is at Twyford House in Coburg Road and provides a variety of services:
Cafe every morning from 9.00-11.00 am - drop in for a chat or to relax with the daily newspaper or a book from our library. Activities such as bingo take place with Lisa on Friday mornings.
Pick up free groceries from our Fare Share and Sidmouth SAVE Food Hub which collects food that would otherwise be wasted for use in our kitchens and distribution at the cafe.
The Lunch Club runs from Monday to Friday and offers a three course freshly prepared meal and a door-to-door minibus service is available for a small additional cost. Cooked lunches are delivered by volunteers to households who need it.
Medical car service is continuing to assist clients with transport to and from hospital, GP and dental appointments.
Shopping buses provide transport to Lidl, Waitrose and Tesco at Seaton.
For further information please contact our Warden on: 01395 515063 or the Transport Team: 01395 512221 (mornings). website: www.sidmouthvs.org.uk
Sid Valley Food Bank The Food Bank is continuing to supply client families.
Phone 07936 917507 website: www.sidvalleyfoodbank.org.uk
Save Food Hub - for information see the website: www.savefoodhub.org.uk
Sidmouth Oasis Cafe - all ages welcome every Wednesday 12:45 to 2:15 at Dissenters Hall, All Saints Road. The Facebook page is HERE
TALKWORKS is a free, confidential, NHS talking therapy service helping you to feel better by giving you the tools and techniques to improve your mental and physical wellbeing.
You can self-refer direct to TALKWORKS (if 18 or over) by calling 0300 555 3344 or through the website which has more information www.TALKWORKS.dpt.nhs.uk. Watch our film to see how TALKWORKS can help you. https://youtu.be/Ek5j1zdzqFw
or download a TALKWORKS leaflet HERE
Telephone Shopping and Home Delivery leaflet
The leaflet lists local shops and businesses who have told us they are willing to accept orders by telephone and to arrange delivery. It can be downloaded HERE. To request a printed copy to be posted to you please phone or email and tell us your name and address.
Looking after your mental health
Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. The NHS website Every Mind Matters has expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.
Children and young people with mental health issues are being supported by the Sidmouth school and college pastoral care teams. Parents, children and students who feel they need support or advice can contact either Tracey Tipton on 07540 668 525 (primary age) or Carole Clark 07495 540 415 (college age - see resources at www.sidmouthcollege.devon.sch.uk/coronavirus-covid-19.html)
Young Devon (www.youngdevon.org 08082 810155) has produced a good wellbeing toolkit with tips, tricks and techniques for maintaining positive mental health during lockdown and beyond. It has advice for parents if children feel anxious about coronavirus. A PDF copy can be downloaded HERE.
PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID FOR COVID-19
Public Health England has produced a free short online course for psychological first aid (PFA) training to help people with different needs to cope with the emotional impact of COVID-19. It takes an hour a week for three weeks and is available at the FutureLearn website HERE.
FutureLearn also have a course on helping Young People manage low mood and depression in the context of Covid-19 that takes two hours a week over two weeks. It is HERE.