Health and wellbeing
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.
Somerset County Council’s Coronavirus helpline: 0300 790 6275
Is your community volunteer group offering support?
To help people find out about your group, you can:
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).
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.
County Councils’ advice and support
County councils are responsible for: education, highways, transport planning, passenger transport, social care, libraries, waste disposal and strategic planning.
District Councils advice and support
District Councils are responsible for housing, leisure and recreation, environmental health, waste collection, planning applications and local taxation collections.
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.
Clayhidon and Hemyock, along with parts of Uffculme, Culmstock, Kentisbeare
Churchstanton, Otterford, and parts of Combe St Nicholas, Corfe, Neroche, Pitminster, Wellington Without, West Buckland, Sampford Arundel.
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.