Where to get help

Please don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it.

Here’s where to find your local community group with volunteers who can assist you:

The Blackdown Support Group is working closely with the Blackdown Practice, local parish councils, churches and partner voluntary organisations across the Blackdown Hills to support our communities during the Covid-19 Coronavirus outbreak. Find out more about how Blackdown Support Group can help you.

Find community support groups in Devon

Somerset County Council’s Coronavirus helpline: 0300 790 6275

How to stay safe while accepting help

Is your community volunteer group offering support?

To help people find out about your group, you can:

Add your group to Devon County Council’s community support group web page

You can also add details of your group to the Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK website – Somerset County Council are linking through to this website.

Devon County Council’s COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund is providing flexible resources to organisations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by coronavirus and the social and economic consequences of this outbreak.

If you would like to volunteer, you could use the links above to find your local group, or contact your local Parish Council (see below).

How to stay safe while giving help

Blackdown Hills AONB team

We are currently working from home, but we can still be contacted in the usual way. Please be aware that due to childcare responsibilities and redeployment, we may take a little longer to respond to enquiries than we might have otherwise.

Our team’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and how to stay in touch with us

Ideas for getting through the challenges ahead

County Councils’ advice and support

County councils are responsible for: education, highways, transport planning, passenger transport, social care, libraries, waste disposal and strategic planning.

Devon County Council Coronavirus advice and support

Somerset County Council Coronavirus advice and support

District Councils advice and support

District Councils are responsible for housing, leisure and recreation, environmental health, waste collection, planning applications and local taxation collections.

East Devon District Council Coronavirus advice and support

Combe Raleigh, Cotleigh, Dalwood, Dunkeswell, Luppitt, Membury, Monkton, Sheldon, Stockland, Upottery, Yarcombe, and parts of Awliscombe, Chardstock, All Saints, Kilmington, Broadhembury, Offwell, Widworthy, Payhembury, Shute.

Mid Devon District Counci Coronavirus advice and support

Clayhidon and Hemyock, along with parts of Uffculme, Culmstock, Kentisbeare

Somerset West and Taunton Coronavirus advice and support

Churchstanton, Otterford, and parts of Combe St Nicholas, Corfe, Neroche, Pitminster, Wellington Without, West Buckland, Sampford Arundel.

South Somerset District Council Coronavirus advice and support

Buckland St Mary, Combe St Nicholas, Wambrook, Whitestaunton, and small parts of Broadway, and Tatworth and Forton.

Parish Councils advice and support

Many local parish councils are also providing advice and support to those affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Parish councils are responsible for smaller local services such as parks, community centres and allotments. They can be contacted via your local village hall, parish magazine or Blackdown Hills Parish Network.

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