Pioneering approach supports rural and isolated communities

In a pioneering approach to target groups who are digitally excluded, an informative newspaper was delivered to more than 300,000 homes across Devon this summer.

The Devon Together newspaper, which provides an essential guide to services and next steps in the continuing efforts against Covid-19, was jointly commissioned by NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and Devon County Council.

The publication aims to ensure that residents, particularly in rural or isolated communities, are kept up to date on how services are meeting the challenges of the pandemic and know how to get the help they need. The paper also includes latest Government advice on staying safe.

The 16-page colour newspaper was delivered free directly to homes as well as available in supermarkets and other publicly-accessible settings.

The content includes vital information to ensure that people get the NHS care they need, including mental health, help for those shielding, the vital roles of care home staff, praise for volunteers, advice on domestic abuse, help for young people, returning to school and a handy back page directory of key contacts.

Read the newspaper online.