Last Updated 9:46am, 4 December 2020
Find a community support group
Many communities in Devon have put together local initiatives to support those in need during the pandemic.
You can view a full list of the community support groups that we are aware of on the Pinpoint pages.
To add a local group that is missing, please create a listing on Pinpoint.
You can also get in touch with your local Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) who have been coordinating activity around community groups.
Setting up or running a community support group
If you are involved with running a local support group, or are interested in setting one support is available from your local Council for Voluntary Service (CVS).
- If you are in Exeter, visit the Exeter Community Wellbeing website
- For the rest of Devon find contact details on the Devon Voluntary Action (DeVA) website
If you are setting up a new local group, make sure you are aware of the implications of the current legislation regarding data protection and safeguarding vulnerable adults. Although much of the legislation may not apply to you, there are some important principles you must follow around keeping personal data safe and confidential, and ensuring the most vulnerable are protected from harm.
Advice concerning COVID-19 continues to evolve, so please make sure you are aware of the most current and correct advice before engaging with vulnerable residents.
We would also appreciate if you could create a listing on Pinpoint if you don’t already have one, for your group, so that we can help to signpost people appropriately
Ensuring the safety of volunteers
Supporting community and voluntary organisations
Your local councils remain committed to working together to help and support local people to get through this pandemic.
We are committed to doing whatever is needed to help people directly and to continue to support our communities to find ways to provide local support. There have been many great examples of people coming together to look out for each other, and we’ve been working with town and parish councils, voluntary and community groups, and local businesses to help with this.
Keep an eye on our Grants and funding support page for details of any financial assistance that may be available to community groups or charities.
Stay connected with other local authorities
Our other local government colleagues in Devon also have dedicated webpages and produce regular email updates about their services during this period that you can receive straight to your computers, tablets and mobiles. We’ve listed them for you here:
East Devon District Council
- East Devon District Council coronavirus advice and guidance
- Sign up to receive updates from East Devon District Council
Exeter City Council
- Exeter City Council coronavirus advice and guidance
- Sign up to receive updates from Exeter City Council
Mid Devon District Council
- Mid Devon District Council coronavirus advice and guidance
- Sign up to receive updates from Mid Devon District Council
North Devon Council
- North Devon Council coronavirus advice and guidance
- Sign up to receive updates from North Devon Council
Plymouth City Council
- Plymouth City Council coronavirus advice and guidance
- Sign up to receive updates from Plymouth City Council
South Hams District Council
- South Hams District Council coronavirus advice and guidance
- Sign up to receive updates from South Hams District Council
Teignbridge District Council
- Teignbridge District coronavirus advice and guidance
- Sign up to receive updates from Teignbridge District Council
Torridge District Council
West Devon Borough Council
- West Devon Borough Council advice and guidance
- Sign up to receive updates from West Devon Borough Council
Council Tax relief for vulnerable households
A £500 million Hardship Fund will provide council tax relief to vulnerable people and households to help those affected most by coronavirus.
Public and community events and buildings
It is important to follow the latest government advice on social distancing, which includes rules around events and gatherings.
If you are involved in managing a community facility, for example a village hall, the government have published advice on the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities.
Warning about scams
Fraudsters are increasingly targeting the public and organisations with emails, texts, phone calls and WhatsApp messages offering advice and treatment for COVID-19, as well as setting up fake websites selling products and offering ‘cures’. Scammers have also been setting up bogus websites asking for donations for victims or promoting awareness and prevention tips. Cold callers have been contacting organisations suggesting they must have certain measures in place by a certain deadline.
To help members of the public protect themselves from becoming a victim of fraud, Cifas, The UK’s Fraud Prevention Service is advising:
- Be sceptical if you receive an email, text or WhatsApp message about the Coronavirus, and never click on any attachments or links
- Never provide personal data such as your full name, address and date of birth – scammers can use this information to steal your identity
- Don’t allow yourself to be pressured into donating money, and never make donations by cash or gift card, or send money through transfer agents such as Western Union or Moneygram
- If you think you’ve been the victim of a scam, then speak to your bank immediately and report any fraud to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040