Wellbeing in Partnership E-Bulletin – Bromsgrove & Redditch – Update 52

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.)

*UPDATED* COVID Vaccinations  


  • Anyone aged 16 or over who are registered with a GP surgery in England, can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment(s), as well as parents of 12-15 year olds.  To find out more, including information on walk-in sites, go to: Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or call 119.

*IMPORTANT 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 a 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:



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* VCS Groups call to host Community Builder posts in Redditch – Funding is 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.

·       New Temporary Jobcentres – one in Redditch – Two new temporary Jobcentres will shortly be opening in Worcestershire. These “Rapid Expansion” sites will increase capacity to provide tailored face-to-face support in a COVID-secure environment and help support more people back into work and progress into new roles. The new sites will be in Redditch (Kingfisher Shopping Centre) and Kidderminster (Crossley Retail Park).  DWP will review the need for these temporary jobcentres as the economy recovers.  The Redditch site is likely to open in early December 2021 whilst the Kidderminster site is expected to open in January 2022.

  • Heat4Health – Act on Energy, a local charity, offers free information and guidance to residents aiming to improve lives through warmer homes and reduce the number of households living in fuel poverty.  Heat4Health can offer: home visits, phone or virtual consultations; speaking with energy supplier on residents behalf; practical support and guidance with installing low cost energy saving measures within the home, helping residents feel in control of fuel costs and consumption; and referrals for grants and funding which may be available.  If you know anyone who could benefit, please direct them to Act on Energy for support.  Further details can be found online and a leaflet is attached.

  • Worcestershire Adult Learning – Digital Skills – Worcestershire County Council’s Adult Learning are offering Computer / Digital Skills training for absolute beginners to more advanced, many of which are running from Bromsgrove and/or Redditch libraries, amongst other local venues.  All the details can be found at: Adult Learning Courses (worcestershire.gov.uk)

  • Age UK Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest – Please see attached further information regarding Age UK BRWR Classes and Activities in Redditch and Free Home Energy Checks across North Worcestershire.  Age UK BRWF is also recruiting for volunteer Trustees too.  Please see attached for further details.

  • Place2Be – Parenting Smart – The children’s mental health charity, Place2Be, has launched a new website aimed at helping parents with typical situations they can find themselves in with their children. Advice can be found on over forty topics including: Understanding sibling rivalry; My child is lying, what does it mean, what should I do?; My child has trouble going to sleep; My child says ‘I hate you!’; Cultural identity: who am I?  Please encourage parents to visit: Place2Be: Parenting Smart: Articles


Surveys / Studies


  • Youth Mental Health Study – Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust is promoting a study on behalf of the University of Manchester, who are exploring the opinions of young people living with a mental health condition, around digital apps for managing physical health / lifestyle.  The Study is open to young people ages between 16 and 30 years and runs until 1 December 2021.  Further information is attached.

Training and Events – if you missed it in the last bulletin, here is a reminder….

·        Future of Employment Support in Worcestershire Event – this free event is taking place on Thursday 4 November at 10am.  Hosted by Worcestershire County Council and Worcestershire LEP it will give participants chance to meet new providers, discuss the challenges and support us to enable relationships and understanding to work better together.  Please follow this link for more information – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-employment-support-for-worcestershire-since-the-start-of-the-tickets-184654977007?utm-campaign=social%2Cemail&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-source=strongmail&utm-term=listing


  • 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) – Communications Update  – please see latest one attached.
  • NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (HW CCG) – Involvement Network Update  – please see latest one attached.
  • DWP Touchbase and DWP Weekly updates – all attached for information.
  • Worcestershire Children First – Commissioning Newsletter – please see October update 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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