Wellbeing in Partnership E-Bulletin – Bromsgrove & Redditch – Update 39

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 42 or over
  • you will turn 42 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, 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 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

  • *NEW* COVID-19 Second Live Redditch Q&A – 30 April 5-6pm – Attached is information that can be shared directly on social media channels.  Please help promote.

  • NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG – Vaccination Inequalities Programme (VIP) & Communications – Latest VIP Stakeholder Briefing and Communications Updates are both attached.

  • 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

 

  • FREE Walking for Health and Fitness – Lickey End Recreation Park on Tuesdays at 10am – There is still time to join this new walking for help session.  No need to book, just turn up!  Further details can be found online here.  Please help promote.

  • Support with your Census – BARN are still offering a free Census Support Service until the beginning of May.  They can help face to face at Bromsgrove or Redditch Libraries to help fill in the form online, fill in the Census over the phone or virtual support sessions.  Further information can be found at barn.org.uk/census-2021

 

  • Onside Advocacy – Stress Buster Coffee Evening on 28 April – As part of Stress Awareness month, the Onside team covering Bromsgrove have set up an informal wellbeing Q&A information session focusing on Stress.  This is aimed to promote the Onside services for people living in Bromsgrove, in particular the Lifestyle Advisors and Wellbeing Coaches.  Poster is attached.

  • Deaf Awareness Week – #WeSupportDeafAwareness Campaign – The #WeSupportDeafAwareness Campaign has been launched due to the significant difficulties that the deaf and hard of hearing communities have experienced during the lockdown.  Further information is attached.  Please support and promote.  Deaf Awareness Week is 4-10 May.

  • Thriving Communities – Thriving Communities is a new national support programme for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups, supporting communities impacted by COVID-19, working alongside social prescribing link workers.  Further information is attached, including details of the next Thriving Communities Webinar on 11 May 3-4pm which will explore how social prescribing can help tackle loneliness ahead of Loneliness Awareness Week 14-18 June.

  • Worcestershire Children First ‘Early Help Family Support’ Service is now LIVE – Following a review, the Early Intervention Family Support (EIFS) and Targeted Family Support (TFS) has been replaced by the Early Help Family Support Service.  Further information is attached.

  • KOOTH – Free, safe and anonymous online counselling and support for children and young people – Please help promote this free service which is available to children and young people.  Access to Kooth is immediate.  There is no need for a referral, no waiting lists and the service is available 24/7.   Information for professionals is attached.  If you have attended a recent information session, you will have received this directly.  But if not, the information and links may be useful.  It includes a reference to the #DontDoItAlone Campaign which you can support by helping to promote.  You can direct children and young people to the following website: www.kooth.com

  • Here2Help Worcestershire is evolving – Here2Help was originally dedicated to helping those who needed support during the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is now evolving so that the service offers advice, support and help to a wide range of services across Worcestershire.  If you are a charity, community group or business who 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

  • *Reminder* Dodford Farm –  is a small charity offering free family holidays on a referral basis for children up to the age of 9 and their family.  Families can be referred by anyone who works with them if they feel they are in need.  This is usually due to financial hardship, disability or low-level mental health problems.  Please see their website for more information and referral form – www.dodfordfarm.co.uk

Surveys

 

  • Climate Change and Carbon Reduction – Partner Survey – Your help is requested! – Bromsgrove District Council and Redditch Borough Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and have been working hard at reducing their emissions whilst at the same time planning their strategic response.  The draft Action to Reduce Carbon (ARC) aims have been compiled through discussions with the wider climate change community, residents, councillors and staff.  As well as reducing carbon emissions from Council activities, BDC and RBC are also aware of their ability to influence other carbon emissions in the wider area.  Therefore, partner organisations are being invited to complete the survey to help: (1) Ensure BDC & RBC carbon reduction aims are reflective of the aims of our partners & identify any shortcomings; (2) Identify areas for collaboration; and (3) Support/signpost partners to address climate change agenda within their organisation if appropriate.  It would be appreciated if you could take the time to complete the survey which closes at 5pm on 28 May – https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Climatechangewithpartners/.  (In addition, if your organisation has any policies or documents on how they are tacking climate change, it would be really helpful if you could share these by forwarding copies to )

 

 

Funding

  • *NEW* Bromsgrove Community Grants Scheme – Opening for bids on 4 May 2021 – The Community Grants Scheme will replace the New Home Bonus Community Grants Scheme but will follow the principles of that original scheme and applications will be limited to a maximum of £5,000 per project.  It will open on 4 May and close at 5pm on 18 June 2021.  A checking service will also be available but this will have a shorter deadline.  Applications forms, guidance notes and FAQs will be available shortly but in the meantime, please use the following link for current information that is available on Community Grants Scheme – bromsgrove.gov.uk.

  • Stop Loan Sharks – £5K Grants now available! – The Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund is now 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.

……ALSO in relation to Stop Loan Sharks and Perception Theatre, attached separately is an email which may be of interest if you work with young people.  It provides a link to short film about a student who borrows from an online loan shark to cover his phone bill which is aimed at ages 14-25.

Courses / Training

 

  • FREE Family Learning Courses – Spaces Remaining – There a range of courses aimed at parents, FREE TO EVERYONE, which are due to start shortly and there are a few places remaining.  Details are attached.  Please help promote to ensure as many or our families are aware.

  • FREE – Reconnecting with the workplace – managing anxiety course – 24 May 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 and it will be held on 24 May at 9:15am – 1:15pm.  Further details are attached.  This is available on a first come, first served basis.

 

  • FREE Creative Mindfulness for Stroke Survivors – The next free Creative Mindfulness course on offer by Worcestershire County Council will be aimed at Stroke Survivors.  Further details are attached or you can use this link: https://rebrand.ly/CreativeMindfulness

Other Newsletters

 

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – latest Touchbase and the last weekly update from our local DWP Partnership Manager are attached.

  • Healthwatch Worcestershire – the latest bulletin, which includes links to reports and surveys that are still open, is 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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Annual Parish Meeting – Tuesday 11th May 2021

The 109th Annual Beoley Parish Meeting

 

will be held on

 

Tuesday 11th May 2021

 

at 7:00 pm via Zoom

 

All are welcome to attend

 

If you are a member of a Group/Organisation/Club within the Parish then it is your chance to say a few words so that other residents of the Parish can consider joining and/or supporting your group.

 

If you’d like to say a few words on behalf of your group (one representative per group please) contact Gill Sloan (Parish Clerk) by Monday 10/05/2021 either by e-mail (m) or by phone on 07763 463819.

 

 

The Annual Parish Council Meeting will follow at approx. 7.30 pm.

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Wellbeing in Partnership E-Bulletin – Bromsgrove & Redditch – Update 38

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 50 or over
  • you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • you have a learning disability
  • you are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

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, please wait to be contacted.  Further information can be found at: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

COVID Testing – Rapid Lateral Flow Tests – Help break the chains of transmission and book a Rapid Test if you DO NOT have any symptoms

 

Anyone who needs to leave their home for any reason (such as work, caring responsibilities, shopping etc) is being encouraged to get regular rapid symptom free Covid-19 tests.

Regular, twice weekly rapid testing for people without symptoms is a vital part of the fight against Covid-19. 1 in 3 people do not have any symptoms, so don’t know they have the virus. Rapid symptom free testing finds hidden cases, ensuring you don’t pass it onto family members, friends or workmates, stopping the spread of the virus.

There are now more places to get a free rapid asymptomatic Covid-19 test across the County for any residents who live or work in Worcestershire.  These rapid (lateral flow) tests, which provide results within the hour, will help break the chains of transmission.  Further information can be found here, including local participating pharmacies offering this test and mass testing sites including Redditch Town Hall and the Ryland Centre in Bromsgrove.  Please remember that these tests are only available for people who are completely symptom free.

*COVID tests for workplaces also available!*  Workplaces with 10 or more employees can order FREE lateral flow tests to help with testing staff for COVID-19 but they must register on or before 12 April 2021. Find out more on the Government website here.

Information on different tests available, including how to book a test if you DO have symptoms, can be found here.

COVID Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme

 

There has been a change to the rules of the scheme with the scheme is being 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 about the scheme.  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

  • COVID-19 Self Isolation – *New guides available* – please follow this link to download the Covid-19 Self Isolation guide produced by Public Health Worcestershire to help anyone who needs to self-isolate.  There is a general guide and a family version of the guide.  They explain why it’s important to self-isolate when required, highlights help available (including financial support), provides advice and tips, and answers frequently asked questions.  Please help promote.  The family version of the guide will be available online shortly but both are attached for your convenience.

  • 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.

  • NHS Vaccine Inequalities Programme – please find attached for your information their recent Stakeholder Briefing  for 1 April 2021.

  • Redditch Borough Council Covid Mood Catcher – Current Covid rates in Redditch are still high and we want to work together to reduce them. It’s important to hear from our residents about how they are feeling, what they want to know and what we can do to help. Every Friday and Monday we will send out mini mood-catchers, which will reflect the current Covid situation and issues and use the feedback to help us to get the right information to you, in the right way, so we can make a difference together.  Please see these links for input your “mood” into this initiative – https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CovidQ7/      https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CovidQ8/

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

 

  • Dodford Farm –  is a small charity offering free family holidays on a referral basis for children up to the age of 9 and their family.  Families can be referred by anyone who works with them if they feel they are in need.  This is usually due to financial hardship, disability or low-level mental health problems.  Please see their website for more information and a referral form – www.dodfordfarm.co.uk

 

Training and Courses

 

  • Heart of Worcestershire (HOW) College IT Skills Courses – please see attached 3 flyers advertising a variety of IT Skills courses available at the College.

  • Adult Learning Courses – please see attached details of a variety of health and wellbeing courses offered by Worcestershire Adult Learning service.  These courses are FREE to attend and run until July 31st 2021.

Other Newsletters a

 

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – latest Touchbase and the last weekly update from our local DWP Partnership Manager are all attached.

  • Active Bromsgrove and 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.

Best wishes,

Della McCarthy & Helen Broughton

Bromsgrove Partnership / Redditch Partnership

Email: 

Wellbeing in Partnership E-Bulletin – Bromsgrove & Redditch – Update 37

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 50 or over
  • you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • you have a learning disability
  • you are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

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, please wait to be contacted.  Further information can be found at: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

COVID Testing – Rapid Lateral Flow Tests – Help break the chains of transmission and book a Rapid Test if you DO NOT have any symptoms

 

Anyone who needs to leave their home for any reason (such as work, caring responsibilities, shopping etc) is being encouraged to get regular rapid symptom free Covid-19 tests.

Regular, twice weekly rapid testing for people without symptoms is a vital part of the fight against Covid-19. 1 in 3 people do not have any symptoms, so don’t know they have the virus. Rapid symptom free testing finds hidden cases, ensuring you don’t pass it onto family members, friends or workmates, stopping the spread of the virus.

There are now more places to get a free rapid asymptomatic Covid-19 test across the County for any residents who live or work in Worcestershire.  These rapid (lateral flow) tests, which provide results within the hour, will help break the chains of transmission.  Further information can be found here, including local participating pharmacies offering this test and mass testing sites including Redditch Town Hall and the Ryland Centre in Bromsgrove.  Please remember that these tests are only available for people who are completely symptom free.

*COVID tests for workplaces also available!*  Workplaces with 10 or more employees can order FREE lateral flow tests to help with testing staff for COVID-19 but they must register on or before 12 April 2021. Find out more on the Government website here.

Information on different tests available, including how to book a test if you DO have symptoms, can be found here.

COVID Test and Trace Support Payment Scheme

 

There has been a change to the rules of the scheme with the scheme is being 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 about the scheme.  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 – latest COVID data and messages

  • COVID-19 Self Isolation – *New guides available* – please follow this link to download the Covid-19 Self Isolation guide produced by Public Health Worcestershire to help anyone who needs to self-isolate.  There is a general guide and a family version of the guide.  They explain why it’s important to self-isolate when required, highlights help available (including financial support), provides advice and tips, and answers frequently asked questions.  Please help promote.  The family version of the guide will be available online shortly but both are attached for your convenience.

  • 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

 

  • Free online LGBTQ+ and mental health creative writing opportunities for adults – the Word Association in partnership with RBC /BDC and Worcestershire Libraries will soon be launching two free online creative writing courses: Shh-OUT and Words to Live By.   The former is for LGBTQ+ people and the latter is aimed at anyone struggling with mental health issues. Both courses commence w/b April 12, thereafter running for twelve weeks. Please see the attached email and flyers for more information.

  • Now We’re Talking With Art – Now We’re Talking with Art is a new campaign spreading positivity, highlighting mental health support and encouraging people to get out, exercise and support local businesses too. The attached email highlights all the different ways you can engage with the project.

Focus Groups, Surveys & Consultations

 

  • Worcestershire Healthwatch Vaccine Take up Survey – have launched a piece of work to try and identify people’s concerns about taking the COVID -19 Vaccine.  It is a deliberately short survey aimed at anyone who is concerned about having the vaccine, findings will help to inform how health leaders in Worcestershire can reassure those who are hesitant. Please find a copy of the survey and flyer attached to this email.

 

Training and Courses

 

  • Adult Community Learning Courses – Family Learning Courses are now ready for families to book on for FREE for April – July 2021.  See the email attached containing links to individual courses and also a couple of flyers for more information.  The courses are currently FREE for any parent or carer regardless of their income. Professionals are able to signpost or book families on directly themselves too – to support the family. All courses are still online only and are all 8 weeks in length with 1.5-hour sessions per week.  Additionally, please find a sperate email which details information about upcoming arts and crafts courses.

  • Rail Traineeships – Intertrain are offering traineeships in the rail industry for people aged 18-24 years old who are unemployed and who have minimal work experience.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Job Vacancies

  • Papyrus  – are recruiting for a regional manager – please see attached email.

  • The Bromsgrove Youth and Community Hub – are recruiting a sessional worker – please see application pack attached.

Other Newsletters a

 

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – latest Touchbase and the last weekly update from our local DWP Partnership Manager are all attached.

  • Worcestershire Children First Education and Early Help Newsletter – please find attached a latest copy of this newsletter produced by Children First.

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.

Best wishes,

Della McCarthy & Helen Broughton

Bromsgrove Partnership / Redditch Partnership

Email: 

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Wellbeing in Partnership E-Bulletin – Bromsgrove & Redditch – Update 36

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 55 or over
  • you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • you have a learning disability
  • you are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus

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, please wait to be contacted.  Further information can be found at: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

COVID Testing – Rapid Lateral Flow Tests – Help break the chains of transmission and book a Rapid Test if you DO NOT have any symptoms

 

Anyone who needs to leave their home for any reason (such as work, caring responsibilities, shopping etc) is being encouraged to get regular rapid symptom free Covid-19 tests.

Regular, twice weekly rapid testing for people without symptoms is a vital part of the fight against Covid-19. 1 in 3 people do not have any symptoms, so don’t know they have the virus. Rapid symptom free testing finds hidden cases, ensuring you don’t pass it onto family members, friends or workmates, stopping the spread of the virus.

There are now more places to get a free rapid asymptomatic Covid-19 test across the County for any residents who live or work in Worcestershire.  These rapid (lateral flow) tests, which provide results within the hour, will help break the chains of transmission.  Further information can be found here, including local participating pharmacies offering this test and mass testing sites including Redditch Town Hall and the Ryland Centre in Bromsgrove.  Please remember that these tests are only available for people who are completely symptom free.

*COVID tests for workplaces also available!*  Workplaces can order FREE lateral flow tests to help with testing staff for COVID-19 but they must register on or before 31 March 2021. Find out more on the Government website here.

Information on different tests available, including how to book a test if you DO have symptoms, can be found here.

REMINDER – Public Health Worcestershire – latest COVID data and messages

  • COVID-19 Self Isolation – *New guides available* – please follow this link to download the Covid-19 Self Isolation guide produced by Public Health Worcestershire to help anyone who needs to self-isolate.  There is a general guide and a family version of the guide.  They explain why it’s important to self-isolate when required, highlights help available (including financial support), provides advice and tips, and answers frequently asked questions.  Please help promote.  The family version of the guide will be available online shortly but both are attached for your convenience.

  • 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

 

  • Change to Social Care & Early Help Requests from 15 March 2021 – further details regarding the changes are attached.

  • National Child Exploitation Awareness Day – 18 March 2021 – Attached is a poster which you can share and display to help raise awareness and stop the exploitation of children.  Only by working together can we prevent child abuse so please help raise awareness.  In addition to the attached poster, you can find other resources using this link.

  • Severn Trent “The Big Difference Scheme” – Severn Trent launched a scheme to help residents on low incomes to pay for their water charges.  Please see the attached documents for more information or go to:  www.bigdiff.co.uk

  • Ready Steady Worcestershire – Have you updated the map showing activities for the Easter Holidays? – Help for families in the school holidays is available via a range of providers.  This includes help getting food, simple recipes and school holiday activity ideas.  An online map of services can be found at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/rsw which is updated before each school holiday and it’s time to update!  Please make sure that you submit details of your Easter holiday food and activity to appear on the map of provision.  The purpose of the map is (1) a tool for families to enable them to find support in their local area; and (2) to help understand the spread of provision and identify any gaps in support.  Please provide your update for Easter by 5pm on 24 March using this link: Ready, Steady, Worcestershire Easter Holiday 2021 map update.  (Please note: Teams within the Bromsgrove and Redditch Councils were recently successful with their bid for funding via Ready Steady Worcestershire for both Districts and are busy working in partnership with other agencies, including local schools, to arrange activities for children and young people, including helping out the Easter Bunny!)

  • BIPC Reset. Restart webinar programme – This is aimed at supporting companies refocus their business plans in response to the challenges of Covid and further details are attached.

  • DWP Kickstart Scheme – help make sure our young people take advantage of this! – Please see attached and promote the weekly ‘Kickstart Twitter Hour’ on Thursdays 2-3pm to encourage young people aged 16-24 years to talk to their work coach if they are claiming Universal Credit.  Each week a variety of different roles will be shared and young people just need to speak to their work coach to apply!

Focus Groups, Surveys & Consultations

 

  • Resident Focus Group – Here2Help Health and Wellbeing Hub – Worcestershire County Council are looking to use Here2Help as a dedicated Health and Wellbeing Hub and are looking for residents who are interested in being part of a focus group to help shape health and wellbeing services provided.  Let’s make sure that Bromsgrove and Redditch are represented!  Anyone wishing to register and interest in being part of the resident focus group can use this link:  Here2Help Health and Wellbeing Hub – Resident Focus Group | Worcestershire County Council

 

  • Victim Support BAME Community Survey – Victim Support is an independent charity dedicated to providing inclusive support to all victims of crime. In order to do this, they are keen to gain a greater understanding of Victim Support’s visibility in the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities we support. Therefore, they are asking if people from BAME communities would be willing to complete a brief survey as they would like to co-design our victim support services for the future.  Further details are attached and the survey link is here: Victim Support BAME Community Survey (Community) (surveymonkey.co.uk)

  • Consultation Opportunity – Impact of COVID on young people with SEND – The National Children’s Bureau is undertaking a national consultation to hear from children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), aged between 5-25, about how the pandemic has impacted their social and emotional wellbeing and what can be learned from this to shape the national pandemic recovery.  Each child and young person taking part will receive a £15 thank you voucher and certificate for taking part, and the consultation will take place between February-March.  More information about the consultation is available on the National Children’s Bureau website.

 

  • *REMINDER* VCS Engagement in the new Worcestershire Health and Wellbeing Strategy – last 2 dates this week! – Jonathan Sutton, the VCS Member of the Worcestershire Health and Well Being Board, is hosting events to engage a broad range (big or small) of VCS organisations to understand how the strategy will be developed and understand the opportunities to influence the content.  Each event will last 90 minutes and will take place on Zoom.  The last 2 sessions are on 16 March 4-5.30pm and 17 March 7‑8.30pm so you need to be quick!  To book your place go to click here to go to Eventbrite

 

Training and Courses

 

  • Reconnecting to the Workplace – managing anxiety course – Relate Worcestershire are running this 4 hour FREE course on Friday 26 March.  Further details are attached including how to book which will be on a first come, first served basis.

  • *REMINDER* Public Health England launches new Psychological First Aid training for those supporting children and young people affected by COVID-19 – The online course offers training for staff and volunteers on how to provide practical and emotional support to children and young people affected by emergencies or crisis situations. The course is available for all frontline workers such as teachers, health and social care workers, charity and community volunteers and anyone who cares for or is regularly in contact with children and young people aged up to 25, including parents and caregivers. It is free, takes about three hours to complete (split into three sessions that the learner can complete at their own pace) and no previous qualifications are required.  On completion, participants will have an understanding of what Psychological First Aid is, be able to identify who would benefit from support and how best to give help across the different age groups and also for those who might need extra support because of different needs.  The attached document gives more detail.

  • *REMINDER* Training dates are available throughout 2021 for Raising Awareness of Child Exploitation Training  – Worcestershire Children’s First is now offering new dates for their Raising Awareness of Child Exploitation training which is an online course.  Dates and booking information are contained within the attachment attached to this email.

 

  • Free Levels of Need Training – The June Date is already full but there are places still available in September or December for this multi-agency levels of need and threshold guidance 2 hour workshop.  See attached for further details.

Other Newsletters a

 

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – latest Touchbase and the last two weekly update from our local DWP Partnership Manager are all attached, which includes a new Access to Work partner communications toolkit.

  • Active Bromsgrove and Active Redditch – latest editions ‘March into Spring’ attached which include ‘Active and Creative’ updates, including a Pre and Postnatal Consultation aimed at anyone planning a pregnancy, already pregnant or has a baby under 1 year old.

Finally…

As you will all be aware, Government Guidance, can be found at Gov.uk/coronavirus.  Plus, here is a link to Covid-19 vaccination weekly figures produced by NHS England.  From a Worcestershire perspective, for your information, here is a link to the Worcestershire Coronavirus Outbreak Control Plan.

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.

Best wishes,

Della McCarthy & Helen Broughton

Bromsgrove Partnership / Redditch Partnership

Email: 

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Wellbeing in Partnership E-Bulletin – Bromsgrove & Redditch – Update 35

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.)

REMINDER – Public Health Worcestershire – 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

 

  • Severn Trent “The Big Difference Scheme”  – Severn Trent has launched a scheme to help residents on low incomes to pay for their water charges.  Please see the attached documents for more information.
  • Starting Well Partnership – the service has produced a guide to the Starting Well Partnership for Professionals.  Please find attached to this email.
  • Age UK Dementia Community Support Service – please see attached a document which explains details of the new Age UK BR&WF Dementia Community Support Service.  The service aims to provide support to people diagnosed with dementia in various ways e.g. telephone appointments, online groups, and face to face one to one support.
  • International Women’s Day 8th March – Redditch and Bromsgrove’s Community Safety Team will be supporting the International Women’s Day (which is taking place on 8th March) campaign this year and will be running posts on social media throughout the day in line with the national #choose to challenge campaign. For those who wish to join in, please send them your photos holding your right hand up to show your support for women all around the world in choosing to challenge and call out inequality. Here is the link to the national campaign.  https://www.internationalwomensday.com/theme   Could all photos with the name of the officer and their organisation be returned to   by Wednesday 3rd March.
  • Take Back Our Lives Fest throughout March – is part of the County Council Take Back Our Lives campaign to support thriving under 30s across the County. The Take Back Our Lives Fest is a series of online events to help bring some energy to our audience through the remaining weeks of lockdown. From HIIT workouts to glow-up facials, these online events will feature on the Rona Hub and the County Council Facebook page each Tuesday evening.  We’re trying to spread the word far and wide so as many young people can engage with the events and would be extremely grateful if you were to share a post to your social channels. In doing so, you will not only be supporting our under 30s, but also the local businesses we’ve teamed up with to put this content together.  Further social media promotional materials are attached to this email for use by your organisation where possible.
  • Domestic Violence Covert Help Schemes – with issues around domestic abuse even more pertinent during lockdown, there are schemes which operate locally and nationally where anyone suffering domestic abuse can go into a safe place such as a shop and use a codename to indicate they need help.  Nationally there is the “Ask for Ani” scheme https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pharmacies-launch-codeword-scheme-to-offer-lifeline-to-domestic-abuse-victims which recently launched, where victims can ask a pharmacist for ANI and they will be provided with a private space to discuss their concerns with pharmacy staff.  Boots in Redditch is signed up to this scheme.  Other domestic abuse and sexual violence helplines in Worcestershire can be found following this link https://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/info/20379/domestic_abuse_and_sexual_violence

Surveys & Consultations

 

  • VCS Engagement in the new Worcestershire Health and Wellbeing Strategy – Jonathan Sutton, the VCS Member of the Worcestershire Health and Well Being Board, is hosting three events to engage a broad range (big or small) of VCS organisations to understand how the strategy will be developed and understand the opportunities to influence the content.  Each event will last 90 minutes and will take place on Zoom.  Dates for these sessions and how to register are contained within the attachment to this email. To book your place go to click here to go to Eventbrite
  • Worcestershire Housing Strategy Stakeholder Questionnaire – Bromsgrove and Redditch Councils would like the help of partners to develop a new Worcestershire Housing Strategy 2021-2040 and have produced a questionnaire to find out your views which you can access using this link https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/7b8fea0ff6ba4321a45ec3d75598012c  The questionnaire follows four main themes: Homes, jobs and growth; Wellbeing and inclusion; Quality and Standards; and Sustainability and net-zero carbon.  Questionnaires need to be completed by Friday 5th March 2021.

 

Training and Courses

 

  • Public Health England launches new Psychological First Aid training for those supporting children and young people affected by COVID-19 – The online course offers training for staff and volunteers on how to provide practical and emotional support to children and young people affected by emergencies or crisis situations. The course is available for all frontline workers such as teachers, health and social care workers, charity and community volunteers and anyone who cares for or is regularly in contact with children and young people aged up to 25, including parents and caregivers. It is free, takes about three hours to complete (split into three sessions that the learner can complete at their own pace) and no previous qualifications are required.  On completion, participants will have an understanding of what Psychological First Aid is, be able to identify who would benefit from support and how best to give help across the different age groups and also for those who might need extra support because of different needs.  The attached document gives more detail.
  • New training dates are available for 2021 for Raising Awareness of Child Exploitation Training  – Worcestershire Children’s First is now offering new dates for their Raising Awareness of Child Exploitation training which is an online course.  Dates and booking information are contained within the attachment attached to this email.
  • HOW College IT Courses Provision – please see attached course information for Entry Level, Level 1 & 2 IT courses available through Heart of Worcestershire College.

Funding

  • Easter expression of interest for Holiday Activity and Food funding – Please find here RSW Easter 2021 Holiday Activity and Food Funding – expression of interest   –  the link to express interest in funding for the Easter, Ready, Steady, Worcestershire  holiday activity and food programme.  Please note this programme is being funded via the Department for Education’s Holiday Activity and Food grant. Whilst this programme ideally looks for face to face activities with provision of an accompanying meal, it is recognised flexibility will again be required over the Easter period due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Please also be mindful this particular fund has a primary focus on provision to Free School Meal children with flexibility of a maximum of 15% to reach the ‘Just About Managing’ group.  We realise some of you may require link up to Free School Meal children and we ask you about this within the form.  The deadline is the 2nd March with decisions to be communicated w/c 8/3.

 

 

Other Newsletters a

 

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – latest Touchbase and latest weekly update from our local DWP Partnership Manager are attached.

  • Act On Energy Heat4Health Newsletter Feb 2021 – please see the latest newsletter attached.

  • Turn2Us Newsletter – this newsletter provides ideas of where to seek support for people struggling with financial problems.

  • Worcestershire’s Children’s First Early Help Newsletter – copy of the newsletter produced by the Early Help Team

  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire Involvement Network Update Newsletter – please find attached the latest update from the Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG Engagement Team.

Finally…

As you will all be aware, Government Guidance, can be found at Gov.uk/coronavirus.  From a Worcestershire perspective, for your information, here is a link to the Worcestershire Coronavirus Outbreak Control Plan too.  Plus, here is a link to Covid-19 vaccination weekly figures produced by NHS England.

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.

Best wishes,

Della McCarthy & Helen Broughton

Bromsgrove Partnership / Redditch Partnership

Email: 

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Wellbeing in Partnership – Update 34

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 – please help ensure everyone in the top 4 priority groups in our communities has access to a vaccination and has not been missed

Anyone 70 or over OR anyone who has previously received a letter saying that they are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable) who has not yet received a vaccination can now choose to:

  1. Book their own vaccination at one of the Vaccination Centres (e.g. Artrix in Bromsgrove or Knights Pharmacy in Redditch) without waiting for an invite letter from the NHS by going online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by telephoning 119; OR
  2. If they prefer, they can still wait to be contacted by their GP to attend at their local GP led vaccination service.

Please Note:  GPs have asked that we do not encourage the public to ring their GP practice about a vaccination (due to the sheer volume and that this prevents people with other illnesses getting through on the phonelines) and that the messages should predominantly promote the booking system link above and the 119 number.

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

Service / Support – Information Updates

 

  • BOLOH – Barnardo’s FREE COVID-19 Helpline to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic children and families – Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic children and families have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and are facing significant challenges to their emotional health and wellbeing.  Therefore, a new telephone helpline with a web chat facility is available. The helpline is not just a listening service; it will provide practical and emotional support over the phone/webchat and also refer onward to specialist community support.  Professionals can also use the helpline.  Further information for professionals is attached and details can also be found online at: https://helpline.barnardos.org.uk/

  • Worcestershire Libraries still running lots of FREE services during lockdown – Below are the services that our local libraries are continuing to offer during lockdown to support local residents:
  • Digital Champions volunteers are providing 1:1 support over the telephone as well as ‘Introduction to Zoom’ sessions.
  • Children’s Book Bundle – parents of younger children can request this to help with homeschooling and/or bedtime stories
  • Computer Bookings – Access to computers and internet throughout lockdown
  • Reserve & Collect – you can still reserve books free online or over the telephone and collect from your local library.
  • Ancestry – Free remote access to Ancestry Library Edition available from home until the end of March via the Digital Library.
  • eBooks, eAudio & eMagazines – 24/7 Access to your Digital Library.
  • Family events on YouTube channel – Activities and events available on demand to help keep little ones entertained.

Information on all the above can be found online at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/libraries or simply call the library service on 01905 822722

  • Ready Steady Worcestershire – Support for families during half term – A leaflet is attached from Ready Steady Worcestershire (a Partnership led by Worcestershire Children First) providing information on help getting food, simple recipes and school holiday activity ideas and support.  It includes an online map.

  • Family orienteering this half term in Bromsgrove & Redditch – Have some family fun during this February Half Term by completing an Xplorer course, in partnership with British Orienteering, when visiting Sanders Park in Bromsgrove (www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/xplorer) or when visiting Arrow Valley Country Park in Redditch (www.redditchbc.gov.uk/xplorer)

  • *Opening Times CHANGED* – Health Visitor Telephone Advice Service – This Telephone Advice Service is open 9am to 3pm (instead of 8am-4pm) Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) on 0300 123 9551.  The advice line is for parents of children aged 0-5 living in Worcestershire who would like to access non-urgent support with regards to their child’s health. Urgent queries should be directed to clients GP or 111.

  • *Reminder* Financial & Debt Help for families – Aimed at families and young people who may be financially struggling this time of year, the Starting Well Partnership has put together a flyer to help promote some of the support available across Bromsgrove and Redditch.  Please find a copy attached.

  • Have a health condition but want to get active? – The Sports Development Team at Bromsgrove District Council and Redditch Borough Councils have been busy trying to help we all get active and here are just a few programmes which you may not be aware of – some are current and some are coming soon:

And don’t forget….

  • ESCAPE-pain – 6 week (2 session a week) education and exercise programme for anyone living with osteoarthritis – starting February!!

If you have any questions or you know someone who could benefit, they can contact Hayley Gwilliam direct –  or call 01527 881404

  • Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire – For your information, please find attached a Menu of Services that is available.

Level 1 Courses for Job Seekers

 

Funding

  • *Reminder* Redditch Borough Council – First round of the VCS Main Grant Pot (including Mental Health grant funding) is now open! – The Main Grant Pot (£40K) is there for Voluntary Community Sector organisations / groups to bid into 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!   For this year and due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Council is ringfencing £5k from each round of the Main Grant Pot for VCS groups to bid into for between £500 to £5k to deliver specific projects which support and help improve the lives of those Redditch residents affected by mental health issues or increased mental health issues as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  There is set criteria in place that anyone wishing to apply must meet. Each proposed project must be something that’s needed in the area, well planned, outcome focussed and aligned to the Council’s Strategic Purposes. For further details about the programme and how to apply, please visit our website www.redditchbc.gov.uk  or by following https://www.redditchbc.gov.uk/business/tax,-funding,-finance/grants-and-funding/voluntary-and-community-sector-funding.aspx Closing date for all applications is 4pm on Friday 26th February

Staff Training

  • *Reminder* – Safeguarding training in March and June – Raising Awareness of Child Exploitation Training – Please see email attached from Worcestershire Children First for further information on the new dates during March and June and how to book this important Safeguarding Training.

REMINDER – Public Health Worcestershire – 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:

 

 

Surveys & Consultations

  • Children and Young People (CYP) Plan Refresh 2021 – Worcestershire is developing a new CYP Plan and Worcestershire Children First want you to get involved and have your say.  Further information is attached and here is the link to the consultation – www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cypphaveyoursay

  • Worcestershire Libraries’ Customer Survey is now live! – We’d like to hear what you think about library services (especially new services launched in response to Coronavirus) and how we could improve the services we provide.  It only take 5 minutes to complete the online survey: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=161175195015 or you can find the survey by going to: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/libraries

  • *Reminder* Hospital Discharge During Covid-19 – Patient and Carer Surveys – Healthwatch Worcestershire is asking patients and their carers about their experiences of being discharged from hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020.  There is a Patient Survey and a Carer Survey which take around 10 minutes to complete.  Paper surveys are also available.  Further details are attached.

 

Webinars

 

  • Brum Breathes – Clean Air Zone webinars launched – For anyone in and around the Clean Air Zone coming to Birmingham on 1 June, Birmingham City Council has launched a series of webinars to help residents, city centre workers and businesses prepare.

 

 

Other Newsletters a

 

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – latest Touchbase and latest weekly update from our local DWP Partnership Manager are both attached.

  • Carers Careline – latest E-Newsletter attached.

  • North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWedR) latest newsletter aimed to local businesses also attached.

Finally…

As you will all be aware, Government Guidance, can be found at Gov.uk/coronavirus.  From a Worcestershire perspective, for your information, here is a link to the Worcestershire Coronavirus Outbreak Control Plan too.  Plus, here is a link to Covid-19 vaccination weekly figures produced by NHS England.

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.

Best wishes,

Della McCarthy & Helen Broughton

Bromsgrove Partnership / Redditch Partnership

Email: 

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Wellbeing in Partnership – Update 33

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 – please help ensure everyone in the top 4 priority groups in our communities has access to a vaccination and has not been missed

Anyone 70 or over OR anyone who has previously received a letter saying that they are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable) who has not yet received a vaccination can now choose to:

  1. Book their own vaccination at one of the Vaccination Centres (e.g. Artrix in Bromsgrove or Knights Pharmacy in Redditch) without waiting for an invite letter from the NHS by going online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by telephoning 119; OR
  2. If they prefer, they can still wait to be contacted by their GP to attend at their local GP led vaccination service.

Please Note:  GPs have asked that we do not encourage the public to ring their GP practice about a vaccination (due to the sheer volume and that this prevents people with other illnesses getting through on the phonelines) and that the messages should predominantly promote the booking system link above and the 119 number.

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

Service / Support – Information Updates

 

  • BOLOH – Barnardo’s FREE COVID-19 Helpline to support Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic children and families – Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic children and families have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and are facing significant challenges to their emotional health and wellbeing.  Therefore, a new telephone helpline with a web chat facility is available. The helpline is not just a listening service; it will provide practical and emotional support over the phone/webchat and also refer onward to specialist community support.  Professionals can also use the helpline.  Further information for professionals is attached and details can also be found online at: https://helpline.barnardos.org.uk/

  • Worcestershire Libraries still running lots of FREE services during lockdown – Below are the services that our local libraries are continuing to offer during lockdown to support local residents:
  • Digital Champions volunteers are providing 1:1 support over the telephone as well as ‘Introduction to Zoom’ sessions.
  • Children’s Book Bundle – parents of younger children can request this to help with homeschooling and/or bedtime stories
  • Computer Bookings – Access to computers and internet throughout lockdown
  • Reserve & Collect – you can still reserve books free online or over the telephone and collect from your local library.
  • Ancestry – Free remote access to Ancestry Library Edition available from home until the end of March via the Digital Library.
  • eBooks, eAudio & eMagazines – 24/7 Access to your Digital Library.
  • Family events on YouTube channel – Activities and events available on demand to help keep little ones entertained.

Information on all the above can be found online at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/libraries or simply call the library service on 01905 822722

  • Ready Steady Worcestershire – Support for families during half term – A leaflet is attached from Ready Steady Worcestershire (a Partnership led by Worcestershire Children First) providing information on help getting food, simple recipes and school holiday activity ideas and support.  It includes an online map.

  • Family orienteering this half term in Bromsgrove & Redditch – Have some family fun during this February Half Term by completing an Xplorer course, in partnership with British Orienteering, when visiting Sanders Park in Bromsgrove (www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/xplorer) or when visiting Arrow Valley Country Park in Redditch (www.redditchbc.gov.uk/xplorer)

  • *Opening Times CHANGED* – Health Visitor Telephone Advice Service – This Telephone Advice Service is open 9am to 3pm (instead of 8am-4pm) Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) on 0300 123 9551.  The advice line is for parents of children aged 0-5 living in Worcestershire who would like to access non-urgent support with regards to their child’s health. Urgent queries should be directed to clients GP or 111.

  • *Reminder* Financial & Debt Help for families – Aimed at families and young people who may be financially struggling this time of year, the Starting Well Partnership has put together a flyer to help promote some of the support available across Bromsgrove and Redditch.  Please find a copy attached.

  • Have a health condition but want to get active? – The Sports Development Team at Bromsgrove District Council and Redditch Borough Councils have been busy trying to help we all get active and here are just a few programmes which you may not be aware of – some are current and some are coming soon:

And don’t forget….

  • ESCAPE-pain – 6 week (2 session a week) education and exercise programme for anyone living with osteoarthritis – starting February!!

If you have any questions or you know someone who could benefit, they can contact Hayley Gwilliam direct –  or call 01527 881404

  • Age UK Herefordshire and Worcestershire – For your information, please find attached a Menu of Services that is available.

Level 1 Courses for Job Seekers

 

Funding

  • *Reminder* Redditch Borough Council – First round of the VCS Main Grant Pot (including Mental Health grant funding) is now open! – The Main Grant Pot (£40K) is there for Voluntary Community Sector organisations / groups to bid into 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!   For this year and due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Council is ringfencing £5k from each round of the Main Grant Pot for VCS groups to bid into for between £500 to £5k to deliver specific projects which support and help improve the lives of those Redditch residents affected by mental health issues or increased mental health issues as a direct result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  There is set criteria in place that anyone wishing to apply must meet. Each proposed project must be something that’s needed in the area, well planned, outcome focussed and aligned to the Council’s Strategic Purposes. For further details about the programme and how to apply, please visit our website www.redditchbc.gov.uk  or by following https://www.redditchbc.gov.uk/business/tax,-funding,-finance/grants-and-funding/voluntary-and-community-sector-funding.aspx Closing date for all applications is 4pm on Friday 26th February

Staff Training

  • *Reminder* – Safeguarding training in March and June – Raising Awareness of Child Exploitation Training – Please see email attached from Worcestershire Children First for further information on the new dates during March and June and how to book this important Safeguarding Training.

REMINDER – Public Health Worcestershire – 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:

 

 

Surveys & Consultations

  • Children and Young People (CYP) Plan Refresh 2021 – Worcestershire is developing a new CYP Plan and Worcestershire Children First want you to get involved and have your say.  Further information is attached and here is the link to the consultation – www.worcestershire.gov.uk/cypphaveyoursay

  • Worcestershire Libraries’ Customer Survey is now live! – We’d like to hear what you think about library services (especially new services launched in response to Coronavirus) and how we could improve the services we provide.  It only take 5 minutes to complete the online survey: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=161175195015 or you can find the survey by going to: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/libraries

  • *Reminder* Hospital Discharge During Covid-19 – Patient and Carer Surveys – Healthwatch Worcestershire is asking patients and their carers about their experiences of being discharged from hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic since March 2020.  There is a Patient Survey and a Carer Survey which take around 10 minutes to complete.  Paper surveys are also available.  Further details are attached.

 

Webinars

 

  • Brum Breathes – Clean Air Zone webinars launched – For anyone in and around the Clean Air Zone coming to Birmingham on 1 June, Birmingham City Council has launched a series of webinars to help residents, city centre workers and businesses prepare.

 

 

Other Newsletters a

 

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – latest Touchbase and latest weekly update from our local DWP Partnership Manager are both attached.

  • Carers Careline – latest E-Newsletter attached.

  • North Worcestershire Economic Development and Regeneration (NWedR) latest newsletter aimed to local businesses also attached.

Finally…

As you will all be aware, Government Guidance, can be found at Gov.uk/coronavirus.  From a Worcestershire perspective, for your information, here is a link to the Worcestershire Coronavirus Outbreak Control Plan too.  Plus, here is a link to Covid-19 vaccination weekly figures produced by NHS England.

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.

Best wishes,

Della McCarthy & Helen Broughton

Bromsgrove Partnership / Redditch Partnership

Email: 

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Report fly tipping to BDC here

Fly tipping

Fly tipping costs the Council Tax payer a considerable amount of money each year, and has a significant impact on the appearance of our District.

The Council has a dedicated enforcement officer who investigates all incidents, and is actively following up on information that might lead to a prosecution. This has resulted in several prosecutions in the last few years, and helped reduce the number of fly tips in our area, using high tech surveillance equipment, public reports, and evidence from within fly tips.

When you report a fly tip, the more information you can give us the better we will be able to take enforcement action. Please note down as much of the following as possible and remember, never put yourself at risk.

  • The exact location of the rubbish
  • How much rubbish was there and what it looked like – be as specific as you can
  • The dates and times you saw anything
  • How many people were involved and what they looked like
  • What they were doing
  • Any vehicles involved – makes, colours and registration numbers
  • Where you were when you saw the incident
  • How far away from the incident you were and what kind of view you had, including the weather and light conditions

Never touch waste or disturb the site of an incident in any way. It may be dangerous, and there may be evidence that could help us prosecute the culprits.

Report It

Please report using our online form here