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Devon County Council – “Connect Me” Children & Families update November 2020

Devon leads £2 million bid to end holiday hunger

A major operation is under way in Devon to combat holiday hunger for children this Christmas.

We are leading the operation to organise networks of providers across the county, using a £2 million government grant to support vulnerable children and families in the most effective way.

Over the next few weeks a range of community kitchens, holiday clubs, charities and local businesses will be enlisted to coordinate help and support for those who need it the most in every district in Devon.

They will ensure that every child entitled to Free School Meals will be able to get free food over the Christmas holiday, during the Easter half-term and the Easter holidays.

You can read the full story on our News Centre.

More information about financial and food support for families and individuals in Devon is available on our website.

Are you worrying about money?

If your income has changed and you’re struggling to pay for basic household essentials, we’ve made money available via local District Councils to provide small emergency grants to people in financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

The funds can be used for different things such as access to emergency short term support through shopping vouchers, utility top ups, paying for essential travel needs or essential advice and support services.

We’ve also published information on our website about financial help in your local area, including links to national support and information on what to do if you were employed but have now lost your job.

Tell us what you think!

We believe that every child in Devon should have the best possible start in life and the opportunity to thrive.

Since the coronavirus outbreak many of our services have had to change how they work, almost overnight. 

If you are the parent or carer of a child aged 5 years old or under, our Early Years and Childcare Service want to hear about your experience of accessing activities and support for families with young children. 

Your feedback will help us shape the future of services such as health visiting, children’s centres and the Early Years Complex Needs Service and develop them so they are as good as they possibly can be.

The survey is online and should take no more than 5 minutes to complete. You can also get in touch by emailing estart-mailbox@devon.gov.uk