In an urgent response to the pandemic, working behind the scenes with local groups and councils, the newly formed Community Response Team has been mobilised this week. They will ensure that there is additional support available for local communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

South Hams has been divided into eight clusters groups, with each cluster being assigned dedicated officers.  These officers will be working closely with each clusters' local Ward Members, who will be instrumental in supporting their local communities.  Working cohesively with local town and parish councils and the volunteer groups already on the ground, this unified approach will ensure there is comprehensive support in each area of the District.

Cllr Nicky Hopwood, Ward Member for Woolwell, said: "Through my Councillor Facebook Page Woolwell Matters, within 48 hours of the lockdown there were enough volunteers to offer services such as collecting prescriptions, shopping, or to speak to on the phone. This is working really well and the volunteers are doing an amazing job on behalf of those who are either having to self-isolate or are vulnerable. 

"We are a unique and like-minded community and it is in times like these that I know why I am so proud to be the Councillor for Woolwell Ward.  The residents are a credit to themselves and have all gone above and beyond to help each other.

"It's good to work with the District Council in our cluster group to bring us further resources and support so we are all working towards a common goal to help those in need in our communities."  

If you are looking for community support or you are a group not registered with the District Council, please register your details on their website at www.southhams.gov.uk

Issued: 7 April 2020