We are pleased to confirm our first service since the lockdown will be held at 10:30am on Sunday 19th July 2020.
The prevailing government guidance on safe worship and social distancing will apply.
We look forward to seeing you.
Do you or someone you know need help or support during the Coronavirus lockdown? Unable to access food or other services? Don’t know where to go for help or advice?
Teignbridge District Council has launched a telephone and email service to help people who are feeling isolated, or who need help, support or other advice to get them through the COVID-19 lockdown period.
Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm (excluding bank holidays)
You can speak to someone who will offer advice or put you, or a person you know, in touch with help.
Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).
You may feel bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also be low, worried or anxious, or concerned about your finances, your health or those close to you.
It’s important to remember that it is OK to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, this situation is temporary and, for most of us, these difficult feelings will pass. Staying at home may be difficult, but you are helping to protect yourself and others by doing it.
The tips and advice here are things you can do now to help you keep on top of your mental wellbeing and cope with how you may feel while staying at home. Make sure you get further support if you feel you need it.
The government also has wider guidance on staying at home as a result of coronavirus.
You may be worried about work and money while you have to stay home – these issues can have a big effect on your mental health.
If you have not already, talk with your employer about working from home, and learn about your sick pay and benefits rights. Knowing the details about what the coronavirus outbreak means for you for you can reduce worry and help you feel more in control.
Work out how you can get any household supplies you need. You could try asking neighbours or family friends, or find a delivery service.
Continue accessing treatment and support for any existing physical or mental health problems where possible. Let services know you are staying at home, and discuss how to continue receiving support.
If you need regular medicine, you might be able to order repeat prescriptions by phone, or online via a website or app. Contact your GP and ask if they offer this. You can also ask your pharmacy about getting your medicine delivered, or ask someone else to collect it for you.
If you support or care for others, either in your home or by visiting them regularly, think about who can help out while you are staying at home. Let Devon County Council or Teignbridge District Council know if you provide care or support someone you do not live with. Carers UK has further advice on creating a contingency plan.
A small group of volunteers in Longdown are able to assist with those isolated at home and unable to collect shopping or prescriptions. You should have received a leaflet through your door with your local volunteer’s contact details. Alternatively you can email email@example.com to ask for or perhaps offer help.
We have also create a Coronvirus support page which summarises the local situation in Longdown regarding food, etc.
Maintaining healthy relationships with people you trust is important for your mental wellbeing. Think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family while you are all staying at home – by phone, messaging, video calls or social media – whether it’s people you usually see often, or connecting with old friends.
Lots of people are finding the current situation difficult, so staying in touch could help them too.
It’s normal to feel a bit worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember: it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust – and doing so may help them too.
If you cannot speak to someone you know or if doing so has not helped, there are plenty of helplines you can try instead.
Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse.
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Avoid smoking or drugs, and try not to drink too much alcohol.
You can leave your house, alone or with members of your household, for 1 form of exercise a day – like a walk, run or bike ride. But make you keep a safe 2-metre distance from others. Or you could try one of the NHS easy 10-minute home workouts.
Concern about the coronavirus outbreak is perfectly normal. However, some people may experience intense anxiety that can affect their day-to-day life.
Try to focus on the things you can control, such as how you act, who you speak to and where you get information from.
It’s fine to acknowledge that some things are outside of your control, but if constant thoughts about the situation are making you feel anxious or overwhelmed, try some ideas to help manage your anxiety.
Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak, including on social media, and think about turning off breaking-news alerts on your phone.
You could set yourself a specific time to read updates or limit yourself to checking a couple of times a day.
If we are feeling worried, anxious, lonely or low, we may stop doing things we usually enjoy.
Make an effort to focus on your favourite hobby if it is something you can still do at home. If not, picking something new to learn at home might help.
There are lots of free tutorials and courses online, and people are coming up with inventive ways to do things, like hosting online pub quizzes and music concerts.
This can help with difficult emotions and worries, and improve our wellbeing. Relaxation techniques can also help deal with feelings of anxiety.
Life is changing for a while and you are likely to see some disruption to your normal routine. Think about how you can adapt and create positive new routines and set yourself goals.
You might find it helpful to write a plan for your day or your week. If you are working from home, try to get up and get ready in the same way as normal, keep to the same hours you would normally work and stick to the same sleeping schedule.
You could set a new time for a daily home workout, and pick a regular time to clean, read, watch a TV programme or film, or cook.
Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel, so it’s important to get enough.
Try to maintain your regular sleeping pattern and stick to good sleep practices.
Read, write, play games, do crosswords, complete sudoku puzzles, finish jigsaws, or try drawing and painting.
Whatever it is, find something that works for you.
Adapted from the NHS Every Mind Matters published at https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/
The country has been in lockdown for just over a week now and we thought we would summarise those local businesses still serving Longdown.
Sadly, The Lamb and Teign House Inn have both now stopped with their takeaway service. The Kings Arms and The Red Lion are only available if you are living in Tedburn St Mary. Which leaves us with two….
Now offering a weekly menu which includes Steak & Ale Pie, Beef Lasagne, Chicken Breast Ratatouille, Lamb Dansak, Fish & Chips as well as Sunday Roast.
The menu is updated weekly on their website. Please order by telephone with you card details on 01647 252394 every day between 10am and 12pm. You will be allocated a collection time to ensure social distancing.
No orders are taken on a Sunday morning. However, you can order for a whole week with a single phone call and payment.
Weddings and Private Function catering service now delivering great meals. These pre-cooked and chilled meals which need to be re-heated on the day. The menu includes Cottage Pie, Chicken Korma, BBQ Pulled Pork, Slow roast Pork Belly.
You will have heard on the news this week that the NHS are appealing for volunteers to join an “army” of NHS Responders. This is to support the 1.5 million people in England who are most at risk from Covid-19. I understand they have had an amazing response to this appeal already. The people who can access this service will be notified by the NHS directly. Because of the extended needs of this group , a wider range of support is offered which includes collecting shopping and medication and “check-in-and-chat” and also patient transport to and from hospital or NHS transport of equipment and pharmaceuticals between NHS services. Volunteers can choose which type of service they want to do. Again safety of volunteers and recipients is paramount.
If you would like more information about becoming an NHS Volunteer Responder then visit www.england.nhs.uk/2020/03/your-nhs-needs-you-nhs-call-for-volunteer-army
Or register by visiting www.goodsamapp.org/NHS
The pictures of crowded supermarkets and empty shelves have been worrying for us all in recent days. No doubt things will settle down in time but supermarkets are now trying to do their best to prioritise our NHS and Social Care staff who can only shop when they are not actually saving lives and protecting us all. For example, Sainsbury’s will be opening 7.30 – 8am solely for NHS and Social Care workers – appropriate ID is required e.g. NHS ID. And on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8-9am elderly customers, the disabled and carers will be prioritised.
We have been asked to shop on-line if possible during this pandemic and many of us have found that there are no delivery slots available if we are new to this way of shopping. Sainsbury’s holds a databank of customers who have used their vulnerable customer helpline, or who have otherwise flagged up as vulnerable (e.g. date of birth) and for whom they hold an email contact. These customers will be emailed information on when new delivery slots are available. If you consider yourself vulnerable but have not received this email you can register with the Sainsbury’s groceries on-line website.
This is only one example so it will be worth checking with the other supermarket and grocery shop chains what help they can offer you in terms of home delivery or click and collect.