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Devon County Council: coronavirus response update 30 July 2020

the full update is HERE 

Telephone Shopping and Home Delivery leaflet 10 May 2020

The leaflet has been produced by Sid Valley Help for residents who cannot shop online.

It 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. Note that many local shops and businesses have closed temporarily at present.


Many of our wonderful volunteers are now returning to work however we are confident that we have enough volunteers to meet demand at the present time. While the number of our volunteers has decreased, so have the number of new requests and some clients who requested support are now feeling confident enough to collect their own medication or shopping.


From mid-March to the end of last week we had received and met 540 new requests for support. Many of these are for repeating tasks such as weekly shopping or prescription collection.


There are still many people who are ‘shielding’ and although restrictions are easing many are nervous about becoming independent again while others are too unwell to do so. NHS guidance for those shielding from 6 July can be found here: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/advice-for-people-at-high-risk


We understand that the local shops that have been providing a delivery service will continue to do so for now; they are listed on our website. And we have been told that anyone who is registered in the shielded group should be able to request delivery of their medication from their pharmacy. If there is a problem with this, please let us know.

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.


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.

Leaflet for people who are self-isolating and do not have internet  29 March 2020

Local shops that make home deliveries have been sending out our new leaflet to this hard- to-reach group. A copy can be downloaded HERE

Sidmouth Town Council - Community Resources leaflet 19 March 2020

Sidmouth Town Council have issued a leaflet on Community Resources in response to the outbreak. A copy can be downloaded HERE  or visit www.sidmouth.gov.uk

Sid Valley HELP is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered in England no. 1181458.

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