Wellbeing in Partnership E-Bulletin – Bromsgrove & Redditch – Update 48

Dear all,

Please find the latest information bulletin below which we are circulating ahead of the Bank Holiday.  (Please note: These bulletins are designed to replace our monthly e-newsletter for the time being, with Covid related information at the top.)

COVID Vaccinations 

  • *NEWHOW College Redditch for 16 and 17 year olds to “Grab a Jab” – 16 and 17 year olds are invited to attend a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic next week at Heart of Worcestershire College, Peakman Street, Redditch, B98 8DW.  The clinic will be open on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd September from 9am to 5pm.  No need to book, but photo ID is required.  Just turn up to get your Pfizer jab.  Further details in press release:  Grab a Jab clinic at HOW College Redditch for 16 and 17-year olds | Worcestershire County Council  Please help promote to all 16 and 17 year olds. 


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

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


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

You can book at test, order online or simply pick up home testing at a range of local venues.  Your employer may also offer free rapid lateral flow testing.  The tests give you a result in just 30 minutes.  Further information, including FAQs, can be found here.

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

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


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



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


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

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

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

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

Service / Support – Information Updates

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


  • OP AIDANT Regional Training Programme – open to all – This is aimed front line professionals, practitioners and Police AND parents/carers too (where applicable) and offers FREE awareness training around sexual exploitation and other forms of hidden harms and wider vulnerability.  The different short training sessions vary from 45 minutes to 2 hours in length and are scheduled to be held on different dates and times between 6 September and 14 September.  Further details are attached.




  • Kooth Online Information Session – Parents and Carers – 6 September 4-5pm – Kooth is a free online platform available to young people from 10/11+ to access free advice, support and guidance, therefore supporting their mental health and wellbeing.  This FREE session on 6 September for parents will provide a full overview of Kooth, a short demonstration of the site and informal Q&A.  Please help promote to parent and carers.  Further details including how to book, please use this link: Kooth Parents & Carers Information Session (Open Session) Tickets | Eventbrite

  • Dementia Friends Online Event – 22 September at 3-4pm – Care UK are hosting a FREE one hour online event covering a number of topics to help us understand what it might be like to live with dementia so that we have that knowledge when working with our local residents.  Further information is attached.

  • Rubery Festival on 5 Sept – Please find attached details of the Rubery Festival planned to take place on 5 September 11am – 5pm at St Chad’s Park in Rubery.  Please help promote.



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

Other Newsletters

  • Healthwatch Worcestershire News Bulletin – latest edition attached.
  • NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (HW CCG) – Communications Update – please see latest emails attached.
  • Herefordshire and Worcestershire Involvement Network Update – latest attached from HW CCG.
  • DWP – Touchbase & Weekly Update – Latest attached for information.
  • Worcestershire Growth Hub – Business Support – Latest newsletter attached for information.

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

Kind Regards,

Della McCarthy & Helen Broughton

Bromsgrove Partnership / Redditch Partnership



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