Interested? Council Services, Crimestoppers, Mindline, and Wood Fuel

Here at the web site, we often get requests to post information – here are a few received recently that may be of interest to you…

South Hams District Council’s Locality Officer Dai Antill has already been to Littlehempston a couple of times, and is planning to make regular monthly visits. Dai’s role is to promote and provide awareness of SHDC services to local residents, educate the public on the SHDC website and new digital portal, update residents on any new services or changes to existing ones, and provide advice and guidance to local community, business and voluntary groups. He’ll be available at the November Coffee Morning, and at the Tally Ho in December. There’s no need to make an appointment, just drop in if you’ve got any queries about SHDC’s services, or you’d simply like to meet him.

Crimestoppers is an independent charity that helps the Police to locate criminals and help solve crimes. They have an anonymous, free phone number, available 24 hours per day –  0800 555 111.  People can call Crimestoppers to pass on information about crime or send information anonymously via the “Giving Information” form on the website that can be found at crimestoppers-uk.org. You don’t have to give your name or any of your personal details and Crimestoppers do not trace calls or e-mails, or give information to the police about those who contact them.

Mindline is a free service for people in South Devon and Torbay provided by Mind TWS. It is an out of hours helpline for people that are in distress, feel isolated, distressed or upset and want a safe place to talk that is confidential. The service is provided by dedicated volunteers who provide a listening ear and can also give basic information about mental health and local services. The Volunteer team are made up of everyday people all from different backgrounds – some may have had a particular interest in mental health, while others may be survivors or have looked after someone close to them who has experienced distress. Mindline South Devon and Torbay is open from 8pm till 11pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday on 0300 330 5464. For more information go to www.mindline.org. And if you’d like to find out about volunteering, click here for further information.

The South Devon Coastal Renewable Energy Network (SDCREN) has secured funding to investigate setting up a wood fuel hub where farmers, land owners and the community can work together to source affordable wood fuel from local hedges and woodlands, boost the local economy and create employment. “This is a terrific opportunity for the community to gain access to affordable energy and for farmers and land owners to generate income and create jobs.’” says Peter Sandover, a local Architect and coordinator of SDCREN. There’s an introduction to the idea at South Pool Hall on November 25th, a bus tour of similar hubs on December 14th, and hedge laying events on January 16th and February 16th in Stokenham. To book and for more information, contact Peter Sandover.