Wellbeing in Partnership E-Bulletin – Bromsgrove & Redditch – Update 40

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 40 or over
  • you will turn 40 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:



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

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

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

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

Service / Support – Information Updates


  • Police Surgeries in Bromsgrove – West Mercia Police Safer Neighbourhood Teams are holding 1 hour Police Surgeries at various locations to engage with local residents to offer advice or hear any concerns they may have in their local area.  This week there is two taking place in:

Marlbrook at the Tesco Express on Thursday 13 May at 6-7pm and Bournheath Village Community Centre on Thursday 13th May at 7.15-8.15pm.  Please help promote and encourage local residents to keep an eye on Facebook or Twitter to find out when others in their local area are arranged.  Links are below.

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/bromsgrovecops/ and www.facebook.com/RedditchCops/  Twitter: Redditch – twitter.com/RedditchCops   Bromsgrove – twitter.com/bromsgrovecops  Alvechurch and Wythall – twitter.com/AlveWythallCops   Hagley and Rubery – twitter.com/HagRuberyCops

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

  • Walk for Health Sessions – see attached information regarding Walking for Health sessions taking place in Bromsgrove.

  • Are you ready for the Great Get Together 2021? – The Great Get Together is an initiative inspired by the late Jo Cox designed to bring people together to make new connections.  This June 18th to 20th, bring your community together and organise a Great Get Together to kickstart the summer and celebrate that we have #MoreInCommon.  Please see the attached email for more information on how to sign up.
  • 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

Surveys / Consultation



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



  • Bromsgrove Community Grants Scheme – 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 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 are available using the following link 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.

Courses / Training

  • Reducing Parental Conflict Programme – Community of Practice Webinar  – this event which looks at working well to understand how the inter-parental relationship affects Young People’s Mental Health is due to take place on Thursday 27th May 4pm to 5.30pm.  This event will provide an opportunity for participants to hear the evidence of the impact of inter-parental conflict on children and young people, their mental health and emotional well-being, educational experiences and future life outcomes.  To book your place please follow this link Working well to understand how the inter-parental relationship affects Young People’s Mental Health


  • DWP are offering a range of Sector Based Work Academy Programmes –  for residents in receipt of Universal Credit / Job Seekers Allowance / Employment Support Allowance. Referrals can be made are made to the customer’s Work Coach at the Jobcentre. For more information about these programmes see the attached.


  • 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.


  • Volunteering for Wellbeing course – Worcestershire Adult Learning is holding a course to help people with volunteering in a wellbeing setting, starting on 18th May.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.


  • Tutor’s Wanted! – Worcestershire County Council’s Adult and Community Learning section are looking to recruit more tutors for their Family Learning Programmes to teach Maths, English, Health and Wellbeing.  If you are interested, please see the attached email for more details.

Other Newsletters

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

  • Active Redditch and Active Bromsgrove  – latest newsletters and communications about Council provided sports and leisure activities including new “Yogi Buggi” sessions starting in both areas in May.

  • NHS Herefordshire And Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group – Communications Update 7th May attached.

  • Herefordshire & Worcestershire Involvement Network update – latest update 7th May 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