Guide East Devon residents Coronavirus update - 24 April 2020

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8. Community support update

Since it was set up on 30 March our Community Hub Hotline has received on average 50 calls per day since opening. It is supporting people with finding help for food deliveries and picking up prescriptions.

Individuals or organisations can now request or offer community support by filling out one of our online form​s. You can search by postcode on the East Devon District Council Coronavirus Community Support Hub to find your local group or organisation providing support at this time.

Call the Community Hub hotline now on 01395 571500 if you, or a group you know, needs help or you would like to volunteer. The line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Community support leaflets

Our Community Support Leaflet will be delivered to 72,000 East Devon households next week. This leaflet has all the details of our Community Support Hub and many more contact numbers signposting people to help that they might need. Our aim is to make sure that our residents can get the support they need as we move through this difficult time.

Food parcels

600 shielded people in East Devon have requested emergency food parcels delivered via the national scheme. Of this number, some 80 had told the national scheme that they might need help with their parcel. On Saturday we were requested by Devon County Council to contact these 80 people to find out what help was needed. All of them have now been contacted. In terms of the remainder, the majority who needed help wanted the food parcel to be brought inside and unpacked.

Community Grants

There are a number of community grants available including:

Covid-19 Prompt Action Fund small grants

East Devon District Council and Devon County Council are providing funding through the COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund for small grants. This is providing flexible resources to organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the social and economic consequences of this outbreak.You can apply for a maximum of £499.

Crowdfund East Devon

East Devon District Council has extra funding available through Crowdfund Devon. This funding has been available since February 2019, but Coronavirus projects are welcome to apply where they fit in with the criteria.

For further information about the full range of grants visit the Community Grants page