Bromsgrove Annual Community Survey now OPEN!

Please could we ask you to share this far and wide across the District.

Residents of Bromsgrove District are invited to take part in a survey which helps inform the District Council’s plans and decisions for the year ahead.

The annual Community Survey asks residents for their views and opinions about issues affecting them, their local area, and district council services. The results are then reported to members and officers of the council.

The 2021 survey is available for anyone to take part at www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/consultationsIt covers a range of areas and we have undertaken work to streamline the survey meaning it should take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete, with the option to ‘save and continue’ if you want to take a break while filling it in. The results of last year’s survey are also available on the council’s website.

The closing date for responses is 5pm on Friday 12 November 2021

For more information, please contact the council’s Engagement, Equalities and Policy team at 

Word and PDF copies of the survey are attached.

Many thanks

Emily

Emily Payne

Engagement & Equalities Advisor

My working pattern is Tue to Fri 9.30-2.30

Tel: 01527 64252 ext. 2409 or Direct Dial 01527 548284

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

 

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Wellbeing in Partnership E-Bulletin – Bromsgrove & Redditch – Update 51

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, with Covid related information at the top.)

COVID Vaccinations  

 

  • Over 16’s can now receive a Covid-19 vaccination.  Anyone aged 16 or over who are registered with a GP surgery in England can book their vaccination appointment(s).  To find out more, including information on walk-in sites, go to: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or call 119.

  • Anyone aged between 16 years to 17 years and 9 months require one dose only.  Anyone aged over 17 years and 9 months requires 2 doses.

  • All children aged 12 to 15 will be offered a 1st dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.  Parents and guardians will get a letter with information about when the vaccine will be offered.  Most children will be given their vaccine at school.  Some children are being offered 2 doses of the vaccine and will be contacted directly by the NHS.
  • For further information on who can get the vaccine, broken down into the different age categories, can be found at: Who can get the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

REMINDER – COVID Testing – Rapid Lateral Flow Tests & PCR Tests

 

Everyone can access FREE regular rapid tests.  They are for people who DO NOT have any symptoms.  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 free PCR test?   Go to: Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

In some circumstances, you can also have a PCR test without symptoms, such as you have had a positive rapid lateral flow test or you are aware you have come into contact with someone who has COVID‑19, for instance.  Further information and advice can be found using the same ‘Get a free PCR test’ link above

Further information on both types of tests can be found here.

COVID Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme (includes eligible parents/guardians)

 

Since Monday 16th August 2021, changes to self isolation rules have affected who is able to claim a support payment.  Redditch and Bromsgrove residents can find out more on eligibility and how to apply 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

 

  • 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:

·       Support Bromsgrove – www.supportbromsgrove.com – Tel: (24 hr answerphone) 01527 306490 or Email:  (poster attached)

·       Redditch East Stronger Together (REST) – Tel: 01527 919869

·       Support Redditch Emergency Network (SREN) – Tel: 01527 359008 or Email: 

·       Here2Help Worcestershire – www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help – Tel: 01905 768053

Service / Support – Information Updates

  • *REMINDER* Recruiting two Community Builders – Catshill and Rubery – Do you know anyone who lives or works in Catshill or Rubery who loves their community and has a real desire to work alongside a whole range of people?  If so, let them know about this exciting opportunity!  As a Community Builder they will spend time getting to know the community and working with them to drive sustainable community‑driven development.  Further details, including the full job description, can be found at: Paid Roles – NewStarts.  The deadline for applications is 15 October.  Please help by sharing this Facebook post.

  • VCS Groups call to host Community Builder posts in Redditch  – As with the above in Catshill, funding is also available in Redditch (and the other districts of Worcestershire) to build on the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) model of community development in our most deprived local areas.  Work has already begun by the ABCD Team from the County Council in Woodrow using this approach.  The next step is to employ “Community Builders” in Woodrow and other areas of Redditch to take this work further.  Redditch Borough Council are providing local Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations an opportunity to apply to host these Community Builder posts in their own organisations to ensure they work with local communities as closely as possible.  If you would be interested in applying to host Community Builder posts in Redditch, please see the attached specification and application form.  Closing date for applications is Monday 25th October at 5pm.
  • Here 2 Help Launches! – Here2Help is a community action scheme, originally dedicated to helping those who needed support during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are now evolving the service so it offers advice, support and help to a wide range of services across Worcestershire.  As lockdown begins to ease, Here2Help will still help to support people who need to self-isolate and offer support to those who are unable to seek help from family, friends or neighbours.  Here2Help has been such a success, it has expanded the range of resources available. One of the services available is a directory of services for Worcestershire. This can be utilised by organisations and the public to access help and support.  It also needs organisations to register their services on the directory.  For more information and to access the directory please follow this link – https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help
  • World Mental Health Day – Sunday 10th October was World Mental Health Day.  As part of marking this day organisations have been sharing this video from Nick at Run Talk Run in Redditch, encouraging people to access help if they’re struggling alone with their mental health.  https://www.facebook.com/YourWorcestershire/videos/648010809516573/.  Nick shares his own story, shows that recovery is possible and speaks out against stigma.  There is also the launch of the new mental health campaign “”Now We’re Talking – Acting Together to Prevent Suicide” (#PreventSucideTogether).  Please see the attached call for action for further information on the roll out of this campaign.

 

 

Training and Events

 

  • Loan Shark Training – A loan shark is someone who lends money, they rarely give any paperwork and if repayments are missed they often use violence and intimidation to get their money back.  Faced with this problem would you or your staff know what to do? A national, dedicated team is cracking down on loan sharks and they’d like to tell you more.  They have set up some training sessions on 26th October and 18th November.  For more info and to book on click on the link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/loan-sharks-dont-knock-tickets-175333245457

  • Positive Me Course – Do you or someone you work with want to improve your self-esteem, feel confident in personal situations, and challenge your negative thoughts? If so, this is the perfect course for you! First, discover the links between mental and physical health and learn strategies to manage; depression, anxiety or stress. Then, working with your tutor, you’ll set yourself some realistic and personal learning goals, which the group and you will celebrate once achieved.  This course is being delivered at the Pod in Bromsgrove.  Follow this link for more information – https://rebrand.ly/PositiveMe

  • Free Training Opportunity with Act On Energy – Are you a front-line worker who works with vulnerable clients? Has the recent energy crisis worried you or your service users?

The last 18 months has left more households than ever having to choose between heating and eating. Having a better understanding of fuel poverty, and what steps can be taken to tackle it, could help you support those most in need.  This free training session will cover: understanding energy; understanding fuel poverty; balancing fuel poverty and climate change; and combatting fuel poverty.  To view and book onto planned dates please click on the following link: Fuel Poverty Training with Act On Energy Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite.  Alternatively, if you would like personalised training for your whole team email  or call 0800 988 2881.

  • Free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) ‘2 day’ virtual training is available for staff and volunteers working in Worcestershire – MHFA is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis. In the same way as learning physical first aid, MHFA teaches people how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health and feel confident to guide someone to appropriate support.  Please see the attached leaflet which provides more information and dates and times for this virtual 2-day course.

 

Other Newsletters

  • NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (HW CCG) – Herefordshire and Worcestershire Involvement Network Update  – please see latest one attached.
  • NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (HW CCG) – Communications Update  – please see latest one attached.
  • DWP Touchbase, Mercia Partnership Newsletter and DWP Weekly update – all attached for information.
  • Active Redditch and Active Bromsgrove E-Bulletins  – attached for information.

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

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Here 2 Help Community Services Directory

Please see information on the launch of the new Here2Help Community Services Directory!

Following its launch in 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Here2Help has provided a range of support to thousands of residents with access to food, medication, and local services. As we move out of the pandemic, Here2Help will continue to support people with these activities, whilst evolving to offer a wider range of services across Worcestershire.

In September 2021, Here2Help launched its Community Services Directory as part of its wider service to help residents search for a range of services and support offered by charities, community groups, businesses, the public sector and other organisations in their local area and across the whole of Worcestershire.  These services include mental health and wellbeing, financial advice, assistance and supplies, volunteering opportunities, recreation activities and much more.

Attached is an A4 poster which we would ask you to circulate to all interested parties, include in any newsletters or print and place in your local public areas / community buildings too.

For more information, support or to register your business or service on the Community Services Directory, go to www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help

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Community Mental Health – Volunteer Opportunity

ONSIDE is delighted to be supporting the transformation of community mental health services in Worcestershire, aimed at making mental health services more local, accessible and responsive.

In collaboration with Worcestershire Association of Carers and Springfield MIND we provide a range of support designed to address the wider social and practical needs of people living with mental ill health.

Working within the neighbourhood mental health teams alongside clinical and other mental health services, Community Mental Health Link Workers guide patients through local health, social care and neighbourhood services.

Community Mental Health Volunteers support adults:

  • who have been signposted to community activities (e.g. walking groups, choirs, art groups), information and advice
  • in both individual and group peer support settings

This is the right role for you if you want to make a positive difference to someone’s mental wellbeing. We are looking for people who can offer compassionate practical support to those living with mental ill health. All training required for this role is provided.

Please contact John Turner for more information

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Wellbeing in Partnership E-Bulletin – Bromsgrove & Redditch – Update 49

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, with Covid related information at the top.)

COVID Vaccinations 

 

  • Guidance relating to children and young people aged 12-15 years – At the current time, children 12 to 15 years of age with severe neuro-disabilities, Down’s syndrome, underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression, and those with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register are considered at increased risk for serious COVID-19 disease and should be offered COVID-19 vaccination.

REMINDER – 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.

COVID Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme (includes eligible parents/guardians)

 

Since Monday 16th August 2021, changes to self isolation rules have affected who is able to claim a support payment.  Redditch and Bromsgrove residents can find out more on eligibility and how to apply 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

 

  • 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.

  • Please see the Worcestershire Public Health pages – for any local messages around restriction updates, vaccinations, advice and guidance.

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

  • Looking Back at Bromsgrove – a new group is being launched at Bromsgrove Library for anyone interested in looking at Bromsgrove’s past and history.  Please see the attached poster for more information and dates for when this group will meet.

  • Catshill Baptist Church White Goods Scheme – Catshill Baptist Church are offering emergency help for vulnerable people and households in Bromsgrove (post codes B60 and B61) who need a white goods appliance and/or home essentials.  See attached email for more information and an application form.

  • Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch & Wyre Forest  – have their AGM on Thursday 30th September 2021 at 11am (poster attached) at Amphlett Hall (Crown Close, Bromsgrove, B61 8DW ) but online access to the meeting can also be provided.  Please see attached poster for more information.

  • World Suicide Prevention Day – took place on Friday 10th September.  Worcestershire Health and Care Trust launched their Now We’re Talking campaign on this date which provides resources and information for organisations looking to support people’s mental health and those in mental distress – more information can be found here – Now Were Talking Together To Prevent Suicide | Healthy Minds (whct.nhs.uk).

 

  • Worcestershire Life Curve – as part of the Positive Ageing project, the Worcestershire LifeCurve has gone live!  The LifeCurve is a new website and mobile app to help people in Worcestershire find out how well they are ageing, and whether they are losing the ability to carry out everyday tasks. Following a quick self-assessment, users will have access to locally tailored information on their current wellbeing, access to local resources and advice on staying active.  You can access the website via: worcs.lifecurve.uk/  (do download the app and give it a go).  And for further information visit Living Well in Later life: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/livingwellinlaterlife

 

Training and Courses

 

  • Covid Recovery Programme – The Councils are offering a FREE education and exercise programme to support people living with COVID symptoms.  They are piloting a 6 week progressive course in each area (Redditch and Bromsgrove) to include education around breathlessness, self-care and understanding the role that physical activity has to play in health.  You can see details of the programme starting on 28th September by visiting these webpages www.redditchbc.gov.uk/covidrecovery and www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/covidrecovery.  Please use the link on the webpages to book onto these courses.  These courses are open to all adults.

  • LGBTQ+ Funding Webinar – How can funders better support UK LGBTQ+ communities?  This session, for funders and LGBTQ+ organisations across the UK, will outline findings from research undertaken by the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and Consortium, commissioned by The National Lottery Community Fund, on how funders can better support diverse UK LGBTQ+ organisations.  This event, which will be facilitated by colleagues from The National Lottery Community Fund, will look at the barriers experienced by different LGBTQ+ organisations when applying for and accessing funding, as well as the knowledge, skills and understanding funders need.  The webinar takes place on Wednesday 15th September at noon following this link – https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7DB5bpM6TqS3zCcX1LwQ3A

  • Community Learning at The Pod – see attached emails for more information on courses taking place at The Pod in Charford in September and October.

  • Worcestershire Adult & Community Education – new family learning courses are available to book now.  Parents can attend any course below FREE if they are unemployed and on benefits or they earn less than £17,000 per year. Parents can also attend for FREE if their child receives a Free School Meal or is known to their school SENCo. Professionals can also support parents in need by booking them directly onto the course on their behalf or parents can ring our team directly for support on 01905-728537. All Family Learning courses  can be found at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/courses and parents need to book their places before 24th September in order to enroll with time to start the 8 week courses.  Please see attached information.

  • Heart of Worcestershire College Courses – please find attached courses offered by the College for people aged 19+ looking to improve their employability and skills.

Surveys

 

  • Tell us what you think about Bromsgrove Shopmobility – Bromsgrove District Council is interested to know from current and potential users what is important to them and any changes we may need to consider in the future.  The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete and will close at 5pm on Thursday 30 September 2021.  Here is the link to complete the survey – https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/BDCShopmobility2021/

 

Funding and Tenders

 

  • Redditch Voluntary and Community Sector Grants Programme Round Two Now Open! – The Council’s VCS Grants Programme is now open for applications to bid for funding from £500 up to £7.5K to help with their core costs and salaries or to support them to deliver great community events, projects and activities.  There’s just over £33K available in this round of which £5K has been ringfencing to create a separate ‘Mental Health’ funding pot. For this pot, VCS groups can bid for between £500 to £5k to help them deliver specific projects to support Redditch residents who have suffered increased mental health and wellbeing issues as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic. For further details about the programme and how to apply, please visit the website https://www.redditchbc.gov.uk/business/tax,-funding,-finance/grants-and-funding/voluntary-and-community-sector-funding.aspx  The closing date for all applications is 4pm, Wednesday 22nd September.

  • New Live Tender: Suicide Bereavement Service for Worcestershire – a new suicide bereavement support service for Worcestershire has just gone out to tender.  This has a closing date of Fri 24th Sept 4pm.  The aim of the service is to ensure an equitable and timely postvention support offer across the county to those bereaved by, affected by or exposed to suicide (confirmed or suspected; recent or historic).  It will act as a single point of contact and will offer practical and basic emotional support, with a view to improving resilience and wellbeing.  If you are interested in finding out more, you must be registered on the InTend portal to view full details and apply (Worcestershire County Council Electronic Tendering Site – Home (in-tendhost.co.uk)).  Any questions about the tender must be submitted through the portal.

 

Other Newsletters

  • Stop Loan Sharks – see attached newsletter
  • Active Redditch and Bromsgrove – see attached latest e-bulletins 
  • NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (HW CCG) – Communications Update – please see latest emails attached.
  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire Involvement Network Update – latest attached from HW CCG.
  • Worcestershire County Council Commissioning Newsletter – latest edition attached
  • DWP – Touchbase & Weekly Update – Latest attached for information.

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 47

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, with Covid related information at the top.)

COVID Vaccinations 

  • *NEWBDHT Fun day “Grab a Jab” – Bromsgrove residents who are aged 18 and over, can grab their Covid jab at a walk-in clinic which is being set up at a family fun day event.  The walk-in clinic will be at the event, run by Bromsgrove District Housing Trust, at the Recreation Ground in Lyttleton Avenue from 12.30 till 2pm on Wednesday August 25th.  The clinic is being delivered by St John Ambulance, and will be offering first doses for anyone aged over 18 and second doses for those eligible who had their first dose at least 8 weeks prior. The clinic will be offering the Pfizer vaccine only so can only provide second doses for those who had the Pfizer vaccination initially.

 

  • Guidance relating to children and young people – At the current time, children 12 to 15 years of age with severe neuro-disabilities, Down’s syndrome, underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression, and those with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register are considered at increased risk for serious COVID-19 disease and should be offered COVID-19 vaccination.  Young people aged 16 to 17 years of age who are at higher risk of serious COVID19, should continue to be offered COVID-19 vaccination.

REMINDER – 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

 

  • 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

  • Worcestershire Community Courses starting in September – please see attached email for community courses from Community and Adult Learning starting in September.

 

  • Worcestershire Jobs Website – please find attached a flyer which gives more information about the Worcestershire Jobs website www.worcesteshirejobs.com .

  • Impacts of Covid-19 JSNA report – In 2020 the Worcestershire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) Annual Summary report described the initial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and well-being of the population of Worcestershire. As well as the direct impact of the virus on health, the report also looked that how the pandemic has impacted on other factors that influence people’s health and well-being, for example, their social and economic environment.  As part of the report, a series of tables were published listing the impacts identified. In early 2021 we re-visited and updated these tables using a variety of evidence. The updated tables can be found on the JSNA website at: JSNA Summaries | JSNA Summaries | Worcestershire County Council  We are now in the process of developing the 2021 JSNA Annual Summary. This intelligence report will be published later in the year and will revisit the impact of COVID-19 on health and well-being using the most up-to-date information.

  • Herefordshire & Worcestershire Fire Service – offers a range of support to the community and partners supporting vulnerable people including Safe and Well Checks and Fire Safety talks.  Please see attached email for more information.

Funding

 

  • Countywide Covid Impact Fund – Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire Community Foundation are offering grants of up to £10k for projects offering support on a range of themes, please see the website https://www.worcscf.org.uk/grants/covid-impact-fund/  for more details and how to apply.  The deadline for submission of applications is Thursday 16th September.

 

Events

  • Redditch Street Theatres – you can find further details about Redditch Street Theatre events using the links given.

 

Other Newsletters

  • Vaccine Inequalities Programme – Stakeholder Briefing 06 August 2021 – latest attached
  • NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (HW CCG) – Communications Update – please see latest emails attached.
  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire Involvement Network Update – 05 August 2021 – latest attached
  • DWP – Touchbase & Weekly Updates – Latest attached for information.
  • Active Redditch and Bromsgrove – see emails attached which detail Active Summer Sessions taking place in each area.

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

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Redditch & Bromsgrove Covid-19 Recovery Grants Scheme

Hi everyone,

Bromsgrove and Redditch Councils have been given some funding to aid in recovery from Covid-19 and to mitigate against further impact of the pandemic.  We are allocating this funding through a competitive grant application process.  As such we invite bids for funding for projects and schemes which tackle issues arising from Covid -19 from organisations from all sectors including statutory, education and voluntary and community sector.

There is approximately £20k for each area available and bids up to £10k can be made.  Please read the guidance notes attached to the application form for more details.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 2nd September at 4pm and applications can be posted to the Town Hall at the address contained in the guidance notes or emailed to 

If you require further information, please feel free to contact me or Della, however, please note, we won’t be available next week to take queries as we are both on leave.

Many thanks

Helen

Della McCarthy & Helen Broughton

Bromsgrove Partnership / Redditch Partnership

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Capture a Moment for Cobalt

Capture a Moment with our Photography Competition and don’t miss your chance to win AMAZING PRIZES!

Closing date 31 August 2021

A Canon camera could be yours, subscriptions to Amateur Photographer, The Royal Photographic Society, a workshop with Light & Land Photograpy and more.

Winning entries will feature in our 2022 Cobalt Calendar and will be exhibited at Chapel Arts in Cheltenham from 6 – 23rd October. Choose from Nature in all its forms, Caring and Sharing and Happiness is … and good luck!

Photo below courtesy of Karen Hackling-Searle

Only £2 to enter, this competition will raise funds for Cobalt’s Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Nurse, Megan Wilsher who supports 16 – 25 year olds who have been given a life changing diagnosis.  You can find out more about Megan’s work  here

Best wishes

Kirsty Bradbury

Fundraising Engagement Officer

Wellbeing in Partnership E-Bulletin – Bromsgrove & Redditch – Update 46

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, with Covid related information at the top.)

COVID Vaccinations

  • *NEW* Grab a Jab – Walk-in Vaccination Clinic on Saturday 7 August in Redditch – no need to book – Anyone aged 18 or over in need of their first OR second vaccination can go along to the walk-in vaccination clinic available from 2pm to 8pm at Trafford Car Park, Trescott Road (near Aldi).  No need to book, just turn up and have a vaccine.  Further details online – please help promote.

  • *NEW* Guidance relating to children and young people – At the current time, children 12 to 15 years of age with severe neuro-disabilities, Down’s syndrome, underlying conditions resulting in immunosuppression, and those with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD), severe learning disabilities or who are on the learning disability register are considered at increased risk for serious COVID-19 disease and should be offered COVID-19 vaccination.  Young people aged 16 to 17 years of age who are at higher risk of serious COVID19, should continue to be offered COVID-19 vaccination.

REMINDER – 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

 

  • 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

  • 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.  A list of all the clubs across Worcestershire, including Bromsgrove and Redditch, is also attached.  With 70 different locations across the county, there is something fun to suit every child.  All places for Free School Meal eligible families can be booked through the online booking system HERE.  A healthy meal is included at every club.

  • Inspiring Worcestershire – Careers Worcestershire – please see attached two flyers detailing opportunities for young people aged 18 – 24 to understand their next steps with training and employment options, including career summer clinics taking place across Worcestershire, with ones taking place in Bromsgrove and Redditch later this month.

  • Heart Of Worcestershire (HOW) College – Hobbies and Leisure Courses in Sept 2021 – please see attached information about courses starting in September.

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

  • NHS H&W Integrated Care System (ICS) – Chair recruitment process – For your information, attached is a message from Simon Trickett (H&W ICS Chief Exec) regarding the ICS and the process to recruit a Chair for the anticipated NHS Integrated Care Board.

  • Adult Learning Worcestershire – Tutors required for Wellbeing courses – Adult Learning Worcestershire  are getting more and more requests for Wellbeing courses in September and with this in mind they are looking for more tutors to join the team.  Further details are attached.

  • North Worcestershire Business Awards – nominations please – The second North Worcestershire Business Awards organised by North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWedR) and North Worcestershire Business Leaders (NWBL)  is now open for entries.  The aim is to recognise individuals or teams who have ‘gone the extra mile’ or ‘made a real difference’ at the heart of our business community.  Further details can be found at www.nwbusawards.org

 

Funding

 

 

Events

  • 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.

 

Other Newsletters

  • NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (HW CCG) – Communications Update & Involvement Network – please see latest emails attached.
  • DWP – Touchbase & Weekly Updates – Latest attached for information.
  • Active Bromsgrove and Active Redditch – both newsletters from Sports Development Team at BDC & RBC are attached giving information on summer activities available locally.

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

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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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