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A new campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse is being launched in Sidmouth and the wider East Devon area as cases are expected to rise over the next few months due to the coronavirus lock down.

Partner agencies across Devon and Cornwall are launching a campaign to raise awareness around domestic abuse and have warned that it may increase in the coming weeks due to the impact of Covid-19.

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Image courtesy of DCC.

Funds have been put in place by the county council to help community groups in Sidmouth which are working to support those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent UK lock down.

Devon County Council has launched the COVID-19 Prompt Action Fund to help provide valuable funding to organisations working in communities that have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

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Victoria Hospital in Sidmouth. Image courtesy of RD&E.

The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust is "rallying the troops" for the war on coronavirus, with volunteers being called up from Sidmouth and the wider East Devon area to help vulnerable people stay safe and well at home.

The NHS is looking for up to 250,000 volunteers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions.

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A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service fire engine. Main image courtesy of Harry Mitchell.

Firefighters in Sidmouth and the wider East Devon area will be able to deliver food and medicines, drive ambulances, and retrieve dead bodies during the coronavirus outbreak in an unprecedented agreement between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), fire chiefs, and Fire and Rescue Employers.

For the first time, all three stakeholder groups have agreed a joint national approach to the crisis. The fire service organisations say that the measures in the agreement reflect the scale of the national crisis and the urgency of the response required.

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