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COVID 19 / Coronavirus Community Information & Support

Please call 07961 893527 to offer your help as a volunteer or to request help
(if you find problems accessing this mobile number you may also contact the Parish Council Chair, Ginny Davidson on 01803 847659).
Or send an email to harbertonhelps@gmail.com.

Harberton Village Support Group on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/groups/497403194273090

The leaflet below which has been delivered by hand throughout the Harberton side of the parish is a joint initiative from Harberton Parish Council, St Andrew's Church, Harberton Parish Hall and the Harberton Church Community Fund. Click here for a downloadable (printable) PDF version.

During these unprecedented times, Harberton Parish Councillors and their Clerk are endeavouring to do what they can to support a community response within the Parish where they are able to do so.

24/3/20 - Update from Harberton Parish Council Chair:
Call for help;
“Many thanks to all those people who have come forward to offer their help as volunteers, the details have been added to a list and we will be in contact as and when needed, but we are hoping that it won’t be too often.
A big thank you to John for keeping us up to date on the village website and to Vicky for the Facebook group which is keeping people connected.
I am sure everybody in our lovely parish is already doing this but can we please ask everybody to keep an eye on their neighbours, friends and family (at a safe distance!) to make sure they are ok and keeping spirits up!, and if you are having to go out to get supplies, whether they need anything, which will help reduce the number of people having to go to the supermarkets.”

18/3/20 - Harberton Parish Council issued the following statement today:
(see also www.harbertonparishcouncil.org/covid-19)

Coronavirus:  COVID-19

Support for the Community

During these unprecedented times, Harberton Parish Councillors and their Clerk are endeavouring to do what they can to support a community response within the Parish where they are able to do so.

Whilst the Parish Council has an Emergency Plan that relies on volunteers to facilitate a positive response, it does not contain provision for a pandemic.

Parish Councillors and the Clerk are therefore joining with other members of the community that would like to support those members of the parish in the “most at risk” category – those least able to manage the situation by themselves, and do not have family that are able to help.  This group obviously includes those with limited mobility or who are required to follow the Government’s recommendations to self isolate. The principal practical issues to address involve us collectively ensuring that people in this group are assisted with the collection of basic provisions, over the counter medicines and GP’s prescriptions.

We are also aware that it is likely that there will be members of the community who contract the virus and will require help whilst they isolate for 14 days.

With this in mind we would very much like to hear from any volunteers within the parish who feel they are able to assist with this activity and who could help form a village help-hub for Harberton and/or join the already established support group in Harbertonford. If we have enough volunteers we can avoid any unduly onerous burden being placed upon the few.

We will need people who are willing to:

We obviously would like to be as efficient as possible and avoid duplication of valuable effort so once we have identified a group of volunteers we would hope to be able to provide a practical people and area rota. We are also currently investigating the feasibly of creating a centralised capability to orchestrate this.

Please call 07961 893527 to offer your help as a volunteer or to request help (if you find problems accessing this mobile number you may also contact the Parish Council Chair, Ginny Davidson on 01803 847659). 

For those who use Facebook, there is are two new Facebook Groups set up by residents that you can join to offer support:

Harberton VILLAGE Facebook Group

Covid-19 Harbertonford Support Team

Lastly, of course in order to achieve a good outcome it will require all of us to be as pro-active as possible in ensuring that our neighbours, friends and family receive as much support as possible when and where needed.  Support can be as simple as keeping in touch on a regular basis, or running essential errands they are not able to do and making sure that if they become ill, help is provided where possible.

Please remember to keep a safe distance, avoid close contact, and wash hands frequently and after touching surfaces outside of your home and before touching your face or eyes.

Urgent Dental Care Services

(22/4 update)

Further urgent dental care centres open in Devon

Two new centres for urgent dental treatment have opened in Devon to improve coverage and reduce journey times for patients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

They are in Exeter (operating five days a week) and Barnstaple (operating three days a week). They're in addition to the existing centres at Plymouth and Torbay, which started work earlier this month.

To get access, people should phone their own dentist to be assessed. All NHS dental surgeries should be contactable, even while their doors are closed.

Out of usual surgery hours, people should call NHS111. The initial phone assessment will help the dentist decide whether someone needs to be seen immediately or within 24 hours, or can be booked in later for an appointment.

Residents of Devon (including Plymouth and Torbay) without a dentist or who cannot get through to their usual surgery should call 03330 063300 or email accessdentalhelpline@nhs.net

Click here to download a printable PDF version of the following information.

Self Isolation Poster

Not part of Harberton Parish Council's initiative above, but if you find yourself needing to self isolate for any reason you may find the poster [suggested by a Harberton resident] below useful. Click here to download a printable PDF version.