Wellbeing in Partnership E-Bulletin – Bromsgrove & Redditch – Update 45

Dear all,

Please find the latest information bulletin below.  (Please note: These bulletins are designed to replace our monthly e-newsletter for the time being.)

COVID Vaccinations – All adults can book NOW

COVID Testing – Rapid Lateral Flow Tests – for people who DO NOT have any symptoms

Everyone can access FREE regular rapid tests.  Regular, twice weekly rapid testing is encouraged, even if you have been vaccinated.  Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms.  Getting tested regularly finds hidden cases, ensuring you don’t pass it onto family members, friends or workmates.  If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

You can book at test, order online or simply pick up home testing at a range of local venues.  Your employer may also offer free rapid lateral flow testing.  The tests give you a result in just 30 minutes.  Further information, including FAQs, can be found here.

Have symptoms and need a PCR test?  Further information on both types of tests can be found here.

REMINDER – COVID Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme – Includes eligible parents/guardians

Please be reminded there was a change to this scheme in March as it was extended to parents and guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate, but who need to take time off work to look after a child or young person who is self-isolating.  Applicants will need to satisfy the existing eligibility criteria for the main or discretionary scheme to receive the payment.  Attached is more information.  For residents in Redditch and Bromsgrove, they can find out more at:

https://www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/money,-education-skills/benefits-help/nhs-covid-19-test-and-trace-self-isolation-support-payment.aspx

https://www.redditchbc.gov.uk/money-education-and-skills/benefits-and-help/nhs-covid-19-test-and-trace-self-isolation-support-payment.aspx

REMINDER – Public Health Worcestershire – latest Vaccination / COVID data and messages

REMINDER – The Local Community Responses aimed at supporting residents through the Covid-19 pandemic  

Further details on the local community responses aimed at supporting residents through the Covid-19 pandemic is attached but basic contact details are listed below.  Please help ensure all local residents are aware so everyone is directed to and receives the support they need during this time:

Service / Support – Information Updates

  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire Wellbeing and Recovery College – recently this initiative was launched across the county and aims to give people the tools, skills and understanding that they need to drive forward their own wellbeing and recovery journey whilst breaking down the stigmas relating to mental health. Mental illness can affect us all and this college is for everyone whether things have been running smoothly lately or whether the road has been a bumpy.  There are a wide range of courses and workshops designed to take each individual on a journey, however short or long, to find not only new skills, but the knowledge and understanding of what health and wellbeing and recovery means to them.  To find out more visit the website  – https://hwwellbeingandrecoverycollege.org.uk/home
  • Neighbourhood Matters – West Mercia Police is committed to engaging with our communities across Redditch and Bromsgrove to increase trust and confidence and to help us protect people from harm. Our communities are active participants in helping to prevent and detect crime and anti-social behaviour and we know that by working together we can make a real difference.  Public safety, crime prevention and protection of the vulnerable cannot be accomplished by the police alone. It takes effective partnership working and strong community relationships. It is only by the police, our partners and the public working together that we can build resilient and safe communities, and both reduce and prevent crime.  Our Local Policing Charter, launched in March 2021, outlines how we will ensure we provide a visible policing presence and how, using local engagement, social media and new digital channels, we will create further opportunities for dialogue so the public can raise concerns, provide feedback, be involved and help shape policing. Neighbourhood Matters will help us to work with the public and build strong community relationships.

If you sign up to Neighbourhood Matters, you decide who you want to hear from and the type of alerts you want to receive. You’ll be getting information on exactly what’s happening in your area and what is being done about it. You’ll also hear about positive police action, good news stories and be able to play an active part in helping us with our public appeals. Please follow the link for more information – https://www.neighbourhoodmatters.co.uk/

  • Act on Energy – Short Term Funding available for energy debt and boiler repairs – there is still funding available for boiler repairs, replacements and fuel vouchers – please see the poster attached.

  • Inspiring Worcestershire – please see attached flyers detailing opportunities for young people aged 18 – 24 to understand their next steps with training and employment options.

  • Services Provided by the Basement Project – please see attached a briefing paper which describes the services provided by the Basement project and also this You Tube Clip – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyCFOUguby4

  • Ready, Steady, Worcestershire – Summer Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) Programme – please see the attached which outlines what holiday club provision is in place for children in receipt of benefits related to free school meals across the county.

  • Adult and Community Learning Art Exhibition – please see attached an email containing details of the online exhibition which is being held by Adult and Community Learning showcasing some of the art work created by students in the summer term.

  • Positive Ageing Project Resistance band pilot – Cohort 2 September 2021 – The Resistance Band Pilots programme is an exciting opportunity to encourage positive and active ageing throughout Worcestershire. Resistance band training can support people to build muscle strength, improve balance and reduce falls. If you feel your organisation would be interested in becoming a pilot site we invite you to read the attached information and then complete the form here: https://forms.office.com/r/iviTVRVRvV

 

  • Bromsgrove Street Theatres & BDHT Family Fun Days – please find attached details of BDC Street Theatre events and also BDHT Family Fun Days organised through the summer.

Consultations

  • Help shape the future of leisure provision in Bromsgrove and Redditch – Recreation, leisure provision, physical activity, arts, culture, parks and open spaces all make a significant contribution to our quality of life, physical and mental health. This is even more important when considering recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.  The Council have commissioned ‘Leisure and Cultural Strategies’ to assist in the future planning and development of services and facilities over the next 10 years.  They would like to gather residents’ and visitors’ views to understand what they consider important to current and future provision of:
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Parks and Green Spaces
  • Physical Activity, Recreation and Exercise

All three Bromsgrove surveys are available here.

The Redditch ones are available here.

If you live in either area or if you travel to either area to use the facilities, parks, engage in arts etc. please fill in the surveys. They take approx. 5 mins each to complete and will help us shape the future of leisure provision in our area.  If you would like to know more about the projects, please email  .  The surveys will close on Wednesday 4 August at 5pm

Training / Courses

  • Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire’s Training solutions – Age UK’s training team provides skills training tailored to suit your individual needs. They specialise in training such as dementia care and manual handling, and also offer mandatory and recommended health and social care courses. They are running both zoom and face to face training sessions at their Malvern Gate office in Worcester or can come to you! You can view the range of courses and book via their website here.
  • Heart Of Worcestershire Hobbies and Leisure Courses Sept 2021 Start – please see attached information about courses starting in September.

 

  • Kickstart Programme – If you work with 16 – 24 year olds in the West Midlands or work with organisations who do we have some important news for you about thousands of Kickstart opportunities available across the West Midlands.  Kickstart is the current initiative to aid economic recovery by supporting young people into a new job placement and reducing the possibility and consequences of long-term unemployment. For each Kickstart job, the government will cover the cost of 25 hours a week at the relevant National Minimum Wage in addition to pension and National Insurance contributions. Employers will also receive £1,500 per placement for wraparound support for the young person, including personal development and employability skills.  There is a 45-minute webinar taking place on Friday 23rd July at 10:00am which will cover various aspects of the programme.  To register for this event please click through the link below and click on register.  Navigating and applying for 5000 Kickstart opportunities with DWP event Tickets, Fri 23 Jul 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

 

Other Newsletters

  • NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group Vaccine Inequality Stakeholder Briefing – please see the latest edition attached.
  • NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group Communications Update  – please see attached.
  • Worcestershire Growth Hub Newsletter – please find latest edition attached.
  • DWP – Latest Touchbase update and weekly update

We hope you find some of the information above helpful.  Please let us know if you would like any information put into these bulletins by emailing us at  .  We are currently sending out bulletins fortnightly.

Kind Regards,

Della McCarthy & Helen Broughton

Bromsgrove Partnership / Redditch Partnership

Email: 

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Wellbeing in Partnership E-Bulletin – Bromsgrove & Redditch – Update 43

Dear all,

Please find the latest information bulletin below.  (Please note: These bulletins are designed to replace our monthly e-newsletter for the time being.)

COVID Vaccinations – All adults can book NOW

You do not need to wait to be contacted if any of the following apply:

  • you are aged 18 or over 
  • you are at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • you have a learning disability
  • you are a frontline health or social care worker
  • you get a Carer’s Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority OR your GP record shows you’re a carer

If you’re an eligible unpaid carer but you cannot book an appointment online, please speak to your GP surgery.

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations.

Book your coronavirus vaccination appointments online or by telephoning 119.

Can’t find your NHS number to book an appointment?  Then use this link:  www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number/

If you are NOT eligible yet, please wait to be contacted.  Further information can be found at: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

COVID Testing – Rapid Lateral Flow Tests – for people who DO NOT have any symptoms 

Everyone can access FREE regular rapid tests.  Regular, twice weekly rapid testing is encouraged, even if you have been vaccinated.  Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms.  Getting tested regularly finds hidden cases, ensuring you don’t pass it onto family members, friends or workmates.  If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

There are now more local places to get a free rapid asymptomatic COVID-19 test.  You can book at test, order online or simply pick up home testing at a range of local venues across Bromsgrove, Redditch and Worcestershire.  Your employer may also offer free rapid lateral flow testing.  The tests give you a result in just 30 minutes.  Further information, including FAQs, can be found here.

Have symptoms and need a PCR test?  Further information on both types of tests can be found here.

COVID Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme – *Reminder* of recent change to include parents/guardians

Please be reminded there was a change to this scheme in March as it was extended to parents and guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate, but who need to take time off work to look after a child or young person who is self-isolating.  Applicants will need to satisfy the existing eligibility criteria for the main or discretionary scheme to receive the payment.  Attached is more information.  For residents in Redditch and Bromsgrove, they can visit these links to find out more:

https://www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/money,-education-skills/benefits-help/nhs-covid-19-test-and-trace-self-isolation-support-payment.aspx

https://www.redditchbc.gov.uk/money-education-and-skills/benefits-and-help/nhs-covid-19-test-and-trace-self-isolation-support-payment.aspx

REMINDER – Public Health Worcestershire & NHS – latest Vaccination / COVID data and messages

REMINDER – The Local Community Responses aimed at supporting residents through the Covid-19 pandemic  

Further details on the local community responses aimed at supporting residents through the Covid-19 pandemic is attached but basic contact details are listed below.  Please help ensure all local residents are aware so everyone is directed to and receives the support they need during this time:

Service / Support – Information Updates

They also have seated exercise classes for people who would struggle to stand for periods of time, which means that we can help anyone that wants to take part in physical activity, whatever their level of mobility.

  • Here2Help Worcestershire is evolving – Here2Help was originally dedicated to helping those who needed support during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is now evolving and will offer advice, support and help to a wide range of services across Worcestershire.  If you are a charity, community group or business which provides services to residents, why not register your services on the new Here2Help Community Directory.  Visit the website for further details at: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help or see the slides attached for more information.

  • New Debt Service /Centre – Christians Against Poverty – this is an exciting new joint project in Redditch delivered by Acts of Kindness and Oasis Christian Centre which will be launched in July.  Please see the attached information.  If you have any questions or wish to make a referral, please contact the Centre Manager, Carol Summer by phoning 07863715628.

Workshop

  • Blue Light Workshop – 22 July 9:30am-12:30pm – This workshop will be of interest to anyone working with people experiencing multiple vulnerabilities including drug or alcohol dependence, homelessness, poor mental health and involvement in the criminal justice system.  The aims of the workshop are to review the impact of the Worcester City Blue Light Project and explore the feasibility of rolling out the approach to other Districts.  Further information is attached as well as online at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/worcestershire-blue-light-workshop-tickets-158123697235

Courses / Training/ Events

 

Understanding Dementia – a free online event – this event hosted by Chandler Court Care Home will cover a number of topics to help you understand what it might be like to live with dementia, as well as offering some practical advice.  It is taking place on Wednesday, 21 July 2021 – 2:00pm to 3:30pm via Zoom.  To register your interest in the even please follow this link https://www.careuk.com/care-homes/chandler-court-bromsgrove/events/understanding-dementia-191

 

  • Holiday Activities and Food Programme Workforce Development Training – Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire has been in discussions with Street Games to run a HAF Workforce Development training to equip providers with the skills, knowledge and competencies to deliver a holistic and bespoke programme. The programme will run across 2 days – Weds 7th and Thus 8th July.  For more information on the content of the training and how to sign up please see the attached email.

 

Other Newsletters

  • Herefordshire & Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group – latest update attached.

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Touchbase – latest attached for information and also latest weekly update.

  • Worcestershire Healthwatch – latest newsletter attached.

  • Worcestershire Children First Commissioning – June newsletter attached.

We hope you find some of the information above helpful.  Please let us know if you would like any information put into these bulletins by emailing us at  .  We are currently sending out bulletins fortnightly.

Kind Regards,

Della McCarthy & Helen Broughton

Bromsgrove Partnership / Redditch Partnership

Email: 

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Age UK H&W Walking Football ⚽

Good afternoon,

I hope you are keeping well and enjoying the sunshine!

I’m emailing you today to tell you some exciting news about our new Walking Football sessions we’re running in Worcester!

In partnership with Active H&W, The Football Association and Sport England we will be running regular walking football sessions in Worcester for anyone aged over 50 regardless of ability or previous experience! Please pass onto anyone who you think may find the information useful to let them know about this opportunity and where we’re welcoming people to come and join us.

Where? King George V Playing Field, Ash Avenue, Worcester, WR4 9TL (free parking available)

When? Every Friday (starting 9th July) 11am-12:30pm.

Cost? Your first session is FREE and £3.50 per session thereafter.

If you know of anyone that might be interested please do contact Caroline:  or the referral hub: 

All groups and sessions will be COVID-secure and delivered in accordance with Government guidelines

We will be promoting the sessions on our social media (@ageukhw) so please do feel free to share!

With best wishes

Sarah

Sarah McDowall
Marketing Coordinator

Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire

M: 07341 569156

0800 008 6077

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Introducing Reading Friends & Reading Well from Worcestershire Libraries

Have you heard about the new Reading Well and Reading Friends schemes from Worcestershire Libraries?

 

Reading Friends – Tackling loneliness in Worcestershire through the power of reading!

Reading Friends is the new scheme from Worcestershire libraries, dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation by bringing people together to read, share stories, meet new friends, and have fun!

The scheme is centred around three key library services:

  • Library Service at Home – helps Worcestershire residents who are unable to access the library because of age, disability or long-term illness, and who have no relatives or friends who can visit on their behalf. Books are picked and delivered to the customer’s home each month based on their preferences and format needs.
  • Connect Bubbles – small, group chat sessions which take place online using Zoom and are led by library staff and volunteers. Giving people a safe, online space to connect with others over a shared interest or activity.
  • Reading Friends One-to-One calls – volunteers provide one-to-one calls for those unable to access library Connect Bubbles online or who prefer to talk over telephone. Library Service at Home customers can also request one-to-one calls to discuss the books they have read each month.

 

Anyone interested in learning more about the Reading Friends Scheme can email , visit https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/ReadingFriends or read the flyer attached.

 

Reading Well at Worcestershire Libraries supports people to better understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading.

Managing our health and wellbeing has never been more important and accessing free self-help books through your local library can be a great first step to managing everyday mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression or how to cope with long term health conditions.

There are five Reading Well collections available through 21 libraries across Worcestershire. All books are recommended by health experts, as well as people with lived experience of the conditions and topics covered:

  • Reading Well for mental health
  • Reading Well for children
  • Reading Well for young people
  • Reading Well for long term conditions
  • Reading Well for dementia

 

To find out more and to browse and reserve Reading Well titles, including those available to download as e Book and e Audiobook visit https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/ReadingWell

 

For further information about Worcestershire Libraries and the benefits of library membership visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk/libraries

 

Worcestershire Libraries’ Team

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VACANCY – Part-time Lengthsman

Job Advertisement

Beoley Parish Council

Post: Part-time Parish Lengthsman

 

The modern Lengthsman is a locally employed person who can really make a difference to

the community environment by maintaining roadside verges and drainage and generally

maintaining and raising the standards within the Parish. The role may be expanded to tackle

other small-scale maintenance work.

 

Appropriate basic training on the hazards of working in the highway and standards of

work to be achieved will be provided.

 

The post is part-time but involves a flexible approach to working hours, which are approximately 22 hours per month at £11.00 per hour. The initial contract is for one year only, with regular reviews at one month and 3 months, and subsequent 3-month intervals. A review before the completion of 12 months will determine, or otherwise, a further 12-month contract.

 

For an application pack with further details please contact:

Clerk to the Parish Council:    Name:                         Gill Sloan

Tel No.:                       07763 463819

Email Address:           

 

This post is not gender specific and the Parish Council welcomes applications from

all sections of the community.

 

Job Description

The Lengthsman will be expected to carry out the following work schedule:

  • Clear gully grates
  • Dig out blocked gullies
  • Clear verge grips
  • Clear headwalls
  • Rod blocked drains if practical
  • Advise landowners & frontagers when their ditches need cleaning. Notify HPM when unsuccessful
  • In especially difficult circumstances clear ditches – only with prior agreement of HPM
  • Clean dirty signs (except illuminated signs)
  • Remove vegetation obstructing signs
  • Side out footways to normal width and spread arisings on verge where possible.
  • Negotiate with frontagers for them to cut back overhanging vegetation. Notify HPM when unsuccessful. In cases of hardship cut back and dispose of after consultation with the owner
  • Litter collection and administration (separately funded by BPC)
  • The lengthsman will be required to travel around the parish at short notice

Scams Awareness 2021

Hello All
 
Over the next two weeks Citizens Advice will be running their annual National Scams Awareness campaign from 14th June to 27 June
 

It’s an opportunity for organisations nationally and locally to give people the skills and confidence to identify scams, share their experiences and take action by reporting suspicious activity.

Please find attached a poster and leaflet.  Where possible could we ask you to display a poster in your windows/waiting areas (if you are open to the public)
 
If you would like to follow the campaign use  #ScamsAware
 
We will be posting over the two weeks trying to raise as much awareness as we can
 
Many thanks for your support.
 
Best wishes

Suzanne Mogg

Administration Manager
Citizens Advice Bromsgrove and Redditch,
I’m staying ahead of scams. Are you? Be #ScamAware. Stop, report, talk. Visit citizensadvice.org.uk/sa21/ to find out more.
 
Visit our website: www.cabr.org.uk
call Adviceline on: 0808 278 7890
Follow us on Twitter: @Bromsgrovecab
Like our Facebook page: :Citizens Advice  Bromsgrove & Redditch

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Wellbeing in Partnership E-Bulletin – Bromsgrove & Redditch – Update 42

Dear all,

Please find the latest information bulletin below.  (Please note: These bulletins are designed to replace our monthly e-newsletter for the time being.)

COVID Vaccinations – Book NOW if eligible

You do not need to wait to be contacted if any of the following apply:

  • you are aged 30 or over*  (*correct at the time of sending on 7/6/21 – check NHS website if viewing this at a later date)
  • you will turn 30 before 1 July 2021*
  • you are at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • you have a learning disability
  • you are a frontline health or social care worker
  • you get a Carer’s Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority OR your GP record shows you’re a carer

If you’re an eligible unpaid carer but you cannot book an appointment online, please speak to your GP surgery.

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations.

Book your coronavirus vaccination appointments online or by telephoning 119.

Can’t find your NHS number to book an appointment?  Then use this link:  www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number/

If you are NOT eligible yet, please wait to be contacted.  Further information can be found at: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

COVID Testing – Rapid Lateral Flow Tests – for people who DO NOT have any symptoms

 

Everyone can access FREE regular rapid tests.  Regular, twice weekly rapid testing is encouraged, even if you have been vaccinated.  Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms.  Getting tested regularly finds hidden cases, ensuring you don’t pass it onto family members, friends or workmates.  If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

There are now more local places to get a free rapid asymptomatic COVID-19 test.  You can book at test, order online or simply pick up home testing at a range of local venues across Bromsgrove, Redditch and Worcestershire.  Your employer may also offer free rapid lateral flow testing.  The tests give you a result in just 30 minutes.  Further information, including FAQs, can be found here.

Have symptoms and need a PCR test?  Further information on both types of tests can be found here.

COVID Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme – *Reminder* of recent change to include parents/guardians

 

Please be reminded there was a change to this scheme in March as it was extended to parents and guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate, but who need to take time off work to look after a child or young person who is self-isolating.  Applicants will need to satisfy the existing eligibility criteria for the main or discretionary scheme to receive the payment.  Attached is more information.  For residents in Redditch and Bromsgrove, they can visit these links to find out more:

https://www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/money,-education-skills/benefits-help/nhs-covid-19-test-and-trace-self-isolation-support-payment.aspx

https://www.redditchbc.gov.uk/money-education-and-skills/benefits-and-help/nhs-covid-19-test-and-trace-self-isolation-support-payment.aspx

REMINDER – Public Health Worcestershire & NHS – latest Vaccination / COVID data and messages

  • NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Communications Update – please find attached the latest communications update from 4 June 2021
  • NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Vaccine Inequalities Programme – please find attached for your information their most recent Stakeholder Briefing on 28 May 2021.
  • Real Time Worcestershire Coronavirus Data – is publicly available.  The live dashboard shows the numbers of new cases Worcestershire wide and also by District.  Further information about COVID-19 cases in Worcestershire can be found through the LG inform data website.  There are also interactive maps covering all of the UK can be found on the gov.uk website.

REMINDER – The Local Community Responses aimed at supporting residents through the Covid-19 pandemic  

Further details on the local community responses aimed at supporting residents through the Covid-19 pandemic is attached but basic contact details are listed below.  Please help ensure all local residents are aware so everyone is directed to and receives the support they need during this time:

Service / Support – Information Updates

  • *8 June 10am-1pm* – Bromsgrove Social Prescribing Team – Drop in Session for residents at Bromsgrove Library – The Social Prescribing Team is holding a drop in session for residents at Bromsgrove Library from 10am until 1pm on Tuesday 8 June themed around volunteering and connecting with community groups.  Please see attached flyer.  For those who may have missed it, also attached is a general social prescribing leaflet which includes contact details for the Bromsgrove team.
  • Rona Hub – One-stop-shop for education leavers – Worcestershire County Council have evolved the Rona Hub to become a one-stop-shop for school and college leavers who may not know what their next steps are, what they can do with friends or how to enjoy their summer safely.  The Rona Hub is there to help young people find out anything from sports activities to information on finding their first job.  There is also information included for parents too:  The Rona Hub | Worcestershire County Council
  • FREE to All Communities – Inclusive Art and Craft Party in Bromsgrove – Please help promote this local Creative Art Showcase event which aims to create fun and inspiration for all!  A continental street party feel with stalls selling handmade Midlands designed goods for home and garden.  Original local art and craftwork at affordable prices will be available.  Get hands-on experience of learning a new skills with Midlands based artists.  The event will be held at Bromsgrove Hotel and Spa between 9-11th July.  Further information and free tickets are available online at: www.creativeartshowcase.org.  ALSO…There is pre‑event at the BirdBox!  Head to Bromsgrove Town Centre on 2nd-3rd July for this great community event.  All are welcome – please help promote!

(Note: If there is any information you believe needs updating, please contact Jayne Wilson at )

  • Here2Help Worcestershire is evolving – Here2Help was originally dedicated to helping those who needed support during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is now evolving and will offer advice, support and help to a wide range of services across Worcestershire.  If you are a charity, community group or business which provides services to residents, why not register your services on the new Here2Help Community Directory.  Visit the website for further details at: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help

Workshop

  • Blue Light Workshop – 22 July 9:30am-12:30pm – This workshop will be of interest to anyone working with people experiencing multiple vulnerabilities including drug or alcohol dependence, homelessness, poor mental health and involvement in the criminal justice system.  The aims of the workshop are to review the impact of the Worcester City Blue Light Project and explore the feasibility of rolling out the approach to other Districts.  Further information is attached as well as online at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/worcestershire-blue-light-workshop-tickets-158123697235

 

Surveys / Consultation

 

  • Do you deliver youth provision?  NYA National Youth Sector Census – Worcestershire County Council are keen to ensure as many groups and organisations who deliver youth provision and out of school activities are able to complete the survey to best reflect the activities available in Worcestershire.  Organisations can register to take part in the census at https://nya.org.uk/national-youth-sector-census/.  Further information, including a short guide and helpful FAQ’s can be found here https://nya.org.uk/national-youth-sector-census/
  • Autism Training? – Worcestershire County Council’s Autism Partnership Board want to gain a good understanding of what specific autism training is available to individuals, organisations and businesses in Worcestershire to inform the Autism Strategy and Action Plan.  If you are aware of any autism training available to people in Worcestershire please complete the short survey (link below) to enable us to collate this information.  Survey link : https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=161830761547

 

Funding

  • *FINAL CALL* Bromsgrove Equality Small Grants Scheme  – Smaller voluntary, charitable and community groups in Bromsgrove District are invited to bid for up to £750 for local projects.  The Equality Small Grants Scheme makes funding available for activities that address community issues and support wider community involvement and equality.  The grants will support projects to be delivered between 1 July 2021 and 31 March 2022 and bidding closes at midday on Wednesday 9 June 2021.  Further information can be found at: Equality Small Grants Scheme – bromsgrove.gov.uk
  • *Reminder* Bromsgrove Community Grants Scheme – The Community Grants Scheme replaces the New Home Bonus Community Grants Scheme and groups can bid for up to £5,000 per local project.  It will close at 5pm on Friday 18 June 2021.  Applications forms, guidance notes and FAQs are available using the following link Community Grants Scheme – bromsgrove.gov.uk.
  • Ready Steady Worcestershire – Application for Summer Holiday Activity and Food funding now open!  The link to information about the programme and the funding application can be found here: Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme in Worcestershire and further details from Worcestershire Children First are attached.  Deadline is 12pm on 21 June but applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Courses / Training

 

 

Other Newsletters

  • Herefordshire & Worcestershire Involvement Network update – latest update 4 June attached.
  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Touchbase – latest edition from 4 June attached for information.
  • Active Bromsgrove and Active Redditch – the latest editions of the Active Newsletters for Redditch and Bromsgrove are attached.

We hope you find some of the information above helpful.  Please let us know if you would like any information put into these bulletins by emailing us at  .  We are currently sending out bulletins fortnightly.

Kind Regards,

Della McCarthy & Helen Broughton

Bromsgrove Partnership / Redditch Partnership

Email: 

Attachments

Total Attachments: 9

Download: NHS H&W Involvement Network - update 04.06.2021 (171 KB) Download: Families First Support Service - YSS (43 KB) Download: SocialPrescribingLeafletApr21_A4WEB (995 KB) Download: NHS HWCCG - Communications Update - 04.06.21 (238 KB) Download: NHS HWCCG Vaccine Inequalities Programme - Stakeholder Briefing 28 May 2021 (124 KB) Download: Local Community Support during the Coronavirus Pandemic - updated Feb2021 (1) (900 KB) Download: SupportBromsgrovePoster_Feb21_A4DESKTOP (318 KB) social prescribing dropineventjune21 socialmedia Download: social prescribing dropineventjune21 socialmedia (269 KB)

social prescribing dropineventjune21 socialmedia

Download: Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme March 2021 update (24 KB)

IRP Recruitment Advert

Good Afternoon

I hope that you are all keeping well.

Please find attached an IRP Recruitment Advert that you may wish to display on your notice boards.

Vacancy for Members of the Independent Remuneration Panel

 

 

Kind Regards

 

Claire Beaumont

Electoral Services Officer

 

Tel: (01527) 534063

Email: 

 

Bromsgrove District Council

Parkside

Market Street,

Bromsgrove,

Worcestershire

B61 8DA

 

www.bromsgrove.gov.uk

Redditch Borough Council

Town Hall

Walter Stranz Square

Redditch

Worcestershire

B98 8AH

 

www.redditchbc.gov.uk

Attachments

Total Attachments: 1

Download: Advert (228 KB)

Wellbeing in Partnership E-Bulletin – Bromsgrove & Redditch – Update 41

Dear all,

Please find the latest information bulletin below.  (Please note: These bulletins are designed to replace our monthly e-newsletter for the time being.)

COVID Vaccinations – Book NOW if eligible

You do not need to wait to be contacted if any of the following apply:

  • you are aged 32 or over
  • you will turn 32 before 1 July 2021
  • you are at high risk from COVID-19 (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • you have a learning disability
  • you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • you get a Carer’s Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority OR your GP record shows you’re a carer

If you’re an eligible unpaid carer but you cannot book an appointment online, please speak to your GP surgery.

You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or a pharmacy that provides COVID-19 vaccinations.

Book your coronavirus vaccination appointments online or by telephoning 119.

Can’t find your NHS number to book an appointment?  Then use this link:  www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number/

If you are NOT eligible yet, please wait to be contacted.  Further information can be found at: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

COVID Testing – Rapid Lateral Flow Tests – for people who DO NOT have any symptoms

 

Everyone can access FREE regular rapid tests.  Regular, twice weekly rapid testing is encouraged, even if you have been vaccinated.  Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms.  Getting tested regularly finds hidden cases, ensuring you don’t pass it onto family members, friends or workmates.  If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading.

There are now more local places to get a free rapid asymptomatic COVID-19 test.  You can book at test, order online or simply pick up home testing at a range of local venues across Bromsgrove, Redditch and Worcestershire.  Your employer may also offer free rapid lateral flow testing.  The tests give you a result in just 30 minutes.  Further information, including FAQs, can be found here.

Have symptoms and need a PCR test?  Further information on both types of tests can be found here.

COVID Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme – *Reminder* of recent change to include parents/guardians

 

Please be reminded there was a change to this scheme in March as it was extended to parents and guardians who are not legally required to self-isolate, but who need to take time off work to look after a child or young person who is self-isolating.  Applicants will need to satisfy the existing eligibility criteria for the main or discretionary scheme to receive the payment.  Attached is more information.  For residents in Redditch and Bromsgrove, they can visit these links to find out more:

https://www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/money,-education-skills/benefits-help/nhs-covid-19-test-and-trace-self-isolation-support-payment.aspx

https://www.redditchbc.gov.uk/money-education-and-skills/benefits-and-help/nhs-covid-19-test-and-trace-self-isolation-support-payment.aspx

REMINDER – Public Health Worcestershire & NHS – latest COVID data and messages

  • Real Time Worcestershire Coronavirus Data – is publicly available.  The live dashboard shows the numbers of new cases Worcestershire wide and also by District.  Further information about COVID-19 cases in Worcestershire can be found through the LG inform data website.  There are also interactive maps covering all of the UK can be found on the gov.uk website.

REMINDER – The Local Community Responses aimed at supporting residents through the Covid-19 pandemic

Further details on the local community responses aimed at supporting residents through the Covid-19 pandemic is attached but basic contact details are listed below.  Please help ensure all local residents are aware so everyone is directed to and receives the support they need during this time:

Service / Support – Information Updates

  • Bromsgrove Wellbeing Team – The social prescribers focusing on 18+ are part of a wider Wellbeing Team.  An overview of the Social Prescribing Hub in Bromsgrove and the wider Wellbeing Team is attached for information.  It includes details on services Onside delivers including a Social Prescribing for Children, Adolescents and Families (open to GP referrals from certain surgeries in the District) and the Lifestyle Advisor Service (accepting referrals now, including self‑referrals for 16+).  Further details, including relevant contact details, are contained in the overview attached.

  • Covid-Secure bookable space at libraries – any agency wishing to book a space at any of the local libraries to deliver face to face support can book through the Hub on 01905 822722.

  • Kooth – Free and confidential online counselling and support for 11-19 year olds.  This is a preventative service with no waiting lists.  Young People can simply go to the Kooth website.  Please help ensure young people are aware of this support.

  • Reading Friends and Library Service at Home – Reading Friends is a national programme led by the Reading Agency, using reading to connect people and combat loneliness.  There are several ways in which the public can join in and become more connected through enhanced services which are supported by volunteers.  The main offers are: Library Service at Home, Connect Bubbles and Reading Friend one-to-one calls.  Further information can be found at: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/readingfriends

  • Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest – Please find attached an information leaflet providing information on service provision available.

  • Digital Champion Support – Do you know of someone in need of digital support?  Let them know they can call the Hub on 01905 822722 and request a free call back from a Digital Champion!

  • West Mercia’s Young Good Citizen Awards 2021 – West Mercia Police are looking for nominations for their Young Good Citizen Awards 2021. The applications are open until 30 July and they want to hear about those aged 18 or under who have displayed community spirit and are making a real difference.  They are particularly keen to receive nominations about young people who have overcome challenges in their own lives and have still been able to make a difference to others in their community.  Further details can be found at: https://www.westmercia.police.uk/news/west-mercia/news/2021/april/nominations-now-open-for-young-citizen-awards/

  • Here2Help Worcestershire is evolving – Here2Help was originally dedicated to helping those who needed support during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is now evolving and will offer advice, support and help to a wide range of services across Worcestershire.  If you are a charity, community group or business which provides services to residents, why not register your services on the new Here2Help Community Directory.  Visit the website for further details at: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help

Surveys / Consultation

 

 

  • Safer Streets – North Worcestershire Community Safety Survey – West Mercia Police is committed to protecting our community from harm by creating ‘Safer Streets’ and they want to hear from the public their views and innovative ideas.  The Home Office has made £25 million available to reduce violence against women and girls and the results of this survey will help shape the North Worcestershire bid.  Further details and the survey itself can be found at: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=162081383307.

  • Big Quality Conversation – Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust would be interested in reaching out to the community to find out what matters most about people’s experiences in our hospitals and to find out what their priorities should be. They have designed a short survey as part of “The Big Quality Conversation” and would like to ask if this could be shared to service users. Attached is the poster and link to the survey – you can turn on your camera on a phone and hold it up to the QR code and it takes you to the link or you can click here:  https://surveyhero.com/c/f79ebaf7

 

Funding

  • Bromsgrove Community Grants Scheme – The Community Grants Scheme replaces the New Home Bonus Community Grants Scheme and groups can bid for up to £5,000 per local project.  It will close at 5pm on Friday 18 June 2021.  Applications forms, guidance notes and FAQs are available using the following link Community Grants Scheme – bromsgrove.gov.uk.

  • Bromsgrove Equality Small Grants Scheme  – Smaller voluntary, charitable and community groups in Bromsgrove District are invited to bid for up to £750 for local projects.  The Equality Small Grants Scheme makes funding available for activities that address community issues and support wider community involvement and equality.  The grants will support projects to be delivered between 1 July 2021 and 31 March 2022 and bidding closes at midday on Wednesday 9 June 2021.  Further information can be found at: Equality Small Grants Scheme – bromsgrove.gov.uk

  • Stop Loan Sharks – £5K Grants available! – The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund remains open for applications.  Community organisations, charities and groups are encouraged to apply for grants of up to £5,000 from the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) for projects to help tackle loan sharks. Collaborative bids between multiple agencies are also welcome.  The deadline for POCA (Proceeds of Crime Act) applications is 30 June 2021.  Further information is attached.

Courses / Training

 

  • DWP are offering a range of Sector Based Work Academy Programmes –  for residents in receipt of Universal Credit / Job Seekers Allowance / Employment Support Allowance.  Referrals can be made via a customer’s Work Coach at the Jobcentre.  Information about the latest programmes is attached.  Please help promote and encourage anyone eligible to get in touch with their Work Coach and take advantage of programmes and training on offer.

 

  • *New Date* Reconnecting with the workplace – managing anxiety FREE course – 5 July 2021 – This course is aimed at people who have been out of the physical workplace due to coronavirus and are anxious about returning to the workplace.  Relate Worcestershire are running this course under the umbrella of the H&W Wellbeing and Recovery College.  This FREE 4 hour course is available on a first come, first served basis.  Further details attached.

  • Job Savvy – Employability Suite – WCC Adult Learning – Job Savvy is delivered by the Worcestershire County Council’s Adult Learning and is a suite of tailored modules which have been hand-picked to support early career progression, skill development, job seeking and interview success. Whether someone is setting out on the first steps of your working life, or seeking something new after a long employment history, the pick-and-mix modules mean people can build a timetable of learning which meets their personal needs.  Further details are attached.

  • HOW College – FREE Community Courses – Attached are leaflets of community courses currently running in Worcester – one is a ‘Fitness Bootcamp’ and the other is ‘Focus on the Brain’.  If you are aware of demand locally in Bromsgrove and/or Redditch for community courses such as these or any others, please get in touch with HoW College (or simply reply to this email and we’ll put you in touch) to find out what they could be offered locally to match demand.  Details on courses planned from September will be available in due course.

Recruitment / Volunteering

  • Let’s Waste Less – Volunteers wanted! – Let’s Waste Less (funded by Worcestershire County Council) are looking for more volunteers who can encourage and motivate other people to reduce their waste in their local community.  Further details are attached.

  • Age UK BRWF – Interested in becoming a Board Trustee – Would you like to use your skills to make a difference to the lives of older people and support a local charity? Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest (BRWF) is recruiting Trustees for its Board, interested?  Please see attached for further details.

Other Newsletters

 

  • NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group – Communications Update 21 May attached.

  • Herefordshire & Worcestershire Involvement Network update – latest update 21 May attached.

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Mercia Partnership Newsletter May 2021 – attached for information.

  • Healthwatch Worcestershire – May Bulletin attached.

  • Active Bromsgrove – If you want to keep up to date with news from the Bromsgrove and Redditch Councils’ Sports Development Team and everything they have on offer in the community, you can sign up to receive the E-Newsletter.  Here are the links to sign up to receive Active Bromsgrove E-Newsletter and Active Redditch E-Newsletter.

We hope you find some of the information above helpful.  Please let us know if you would like any information put into these bulletins by emailing us at  .  We are currently sending out bulletins fortnightly.

Kind Regards,

Della McCarthy & Helen Broughton

Bromsgrove Partnership / Redditch Partnership

Email: 

Attachments

Total Attachments: 16

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