Pea Hens on the loose!

A parishioner at Hillcroft has reported “We have got two Pea hens who keep returning to our garden . I have spoken to a local dog walker who has said that they are going around the area digging up gardens . We are not sure where they have come from , if someone has lost them or if someone has just released them to fend for themselves.”
Maybe someone can help repatriate them?
May be an image of bird and outdoors

** AVIAN FLU OUTBREAK **

There has been a local Avian Flu outbreak resulting in a 3km Protection Zone around Landscove – details of which can be found by searching via postcode here:
APHA Interactive Avian Influenza Disease Map (arcgis.com)

Parishioners should be aware and bird owners should take the necessary precautions.  Instructions on how to react to the outbreak can be found here:

Riverford Organics Parish Donation

Grant Application Form – Riverford Organics Parish Donation

The Parish Council are in receipt of the 2nd donation of £1,000 from Riverford Organics, which is being held on behalf of the Parish.  As £100 remained unallocated from the previous year, there is now a sum of £1,100 available and Community groups in the Parish are now invited to come forward with appropriate green/ecological initiatives which might benefit from this fund.

 

Deadline for form to be with the Parish Clerk:

Friday 26th August 2022

  • Group/Organisation Details

 

Group/Organisation Name:

 

Charity Registration No. (if applicable):

  • Main Contact (for this application) 

 

Name:

 

Position in Organisation:

 

Email address:

  • Brief Outline of Project/Initiative:

Please include details of each of the following, as applicable:

Project location; key aims; expected outcomes; lasting impact; groups/sections of the community your project will benefit and any previous experience of delivering successful projects.

  • Project Timescale/Estimated Start Date/Estimated Completion Date:

  • Evidence of Need

Please explain the problems, issues or needs your project aims to address.

  • Grant Sought

 

This grant:  £

 

Total project cost: £

(Note – VAT that you cannot reclaim can be included)

  • Other Funding Sources

 

Please list other funding sources, including the amount and whether funding is secured or pending.

  • Signature

Signed:                                      Date: 

 

Please send your completed application form to:

 

Karen Smith

Staverton Parish Council Clerk

1 James Close

Plymouth 

PL9 8PX

Email: clerk.stavertonpc@gmail.com

 

Supporting Devon residents: Cost of Living Crisis

There is support available

 

 

Wednesday 22 June 2022

The cost of living is affecting us all. Rising inflation and energy prices are hitting households hard, adding substantial amounts to our annual bills.

The BBC reports today that prices for food, energy and fuel are continuing to rise at their fastest rate for 40 years, with Office for National Statistics data indicating that UK inflation is now up to 9.1 per cent in the 12 months to May.

The government has said that its £200 energy rebate in October will be doubled to £400, and will no longer have to be repaid. And that a £650, paid in two lump sums, will be available to support the country’s most vulnerable people in receipt of means-tested benefits. You can read more about that on the government’s website.

Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert, has also published a helpful ‘Cost of living crisis survival guide’ on his website signposting to available support.

Supporting Devon residents

We’ve published some helpful information and guidance on our website, to help people in Devon who are struggling to meet the rising costs of living.

Household Support Fund

We’ve been allocated around £5 million by the government to support low income families. It’s a scheme called the Household Support Fund and it runs until September 2022.

Its purpose is to provide rapid short-term financial support to households who may be struggling to afford to pay for their energy, water, food or other essential items.

Because it’s the government’s money, there are conditions on how it can be allocated. At least a third of it must support households in which there are children or young people; at least another third must also support households that include people of state pensionable age; and the rest can be used to support other vulnerable households who are struggling to pay for food, energy, water and other essential bills.

We’re working with Citizen’s Advice Devon.

We’re using some of the funding available to work with Citizen’s Advice Devon to manage an Energy Relief Scheme for people using pre-payment meters and who are struggling to meet their energy needs. Pre-payment meters are often used by people on lower incomes as a way to help them budget, but they can result in people paying more for their energy requirements.

If you are struggling with bills or worried about debt, you don’t need to struggle alone. You can get advice from Citizens Advice online, over the phone, or by contacting your local Citizens Advice office.

Has your income changed?

If your family income has changed and you are struggling to pay food bills, we encourage you to check your eligibility and apply for free school meals.

All children in reception, year 1 and year 2 at state schools in England automatically get free school meals. From year 3 onwards, children whose parents are receiving any of a range of benefits are entitled to free school meals during term time.

Support with meals during the school holidays

Families eligible for benefits-related free school meals will also receive supermarket vouchers to help pay for their food shopping at a range of supermarkets for six weeks over the summer holidays.

Parents and carers of children currently receiving benefits-related free school meals have been sent a letter or email with information about how to access their vouchers.

Please get in touch with our free school meals team if you’re are expecting to receive one but don’t. You can email them at freeschoolmeals@devon.gov.uk or call our education helpline on 0345 155 1019.

Free holiday activities and meals this Summer

Children aged five to 16 years old who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals are also invited to take up an action-packed summer holiday this year, as part of our Holiday Activities and Food programme.

It’s to provide free physical activities and healthy, nutritional, hot meals during the school holidays.

We have 40,000 places available over four weeks during the summer holidays, including a range of sports and coaching opportunities, indoor and outdoor play activities; outings to local parks and beaches; magic and circus skills; film making; arts and crafts; music; cooking; theatre workshops; yoga and mindfulness; and a lot more!

For a list of the activities available, where and when, please visit our Holiday Activities and Food programme website.

Healthy Start Scheme

If you’re more than ten weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old, and receive certain benefits, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk.

If you’re eligible, you’ll be sent a Healthy Start card with money added every four weeks that you can use in some UK shops.

You can use your card to buy cow’s milk; fresh, frozen, and tinned fruit and vegetables; fresh, dried, and tinned pulses and infant formula milk based on cow’s milk.

You can also use your card to collect Healthy Start vitamins to support you during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and vitamin drops for babies and young children – suitable from birth to four years old.

Find out more, including how to apply, on the NHS Healthy Start website.

Helping you save on household energy bills

If you have a household income of less than £30,000 a year, you may be eligible for free energy efficiency improvements to your home worth thousands of pounds, which is better for the environment and your pocket.

You can find out more on the Cosy Devon website.

 

 

 

 

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