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

Dear all,

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

COVID Vaccinations – All adults can book NOW

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

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

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

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

Book your coronavirus vaccination appointments online or by telephoning 119.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

Service / Support – Information Updates

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

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

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


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

Courses / Training/ Events


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


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


Other Newsletters

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

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

  • Worcestershire Healthwatch – latest newsletter attached.

  • Worcestershire Children First Commissioning – June newsletter attached.

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

Kind Regards,

Della McCarthy & Helen Broughton

Bromsgrove Partnership / Redditch Partnership



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