In this newsletter:
Budget Consultation 2020
Celebrate Diwali Safely
The Mayor’s Christmas Appeal
During the pandemic I have been deeply moved by the Spirit of Broxtowe, people have come together to help one another.
This is a year we will never forget. Christmas is coming, and for many it will be very difficult because of the pandemic. Some of us have lost loved ones, some have lost our jobs and we all are concerned about the future.
Christmas is a time of giving and I am asking you again to show that we are a caring community, and to make sure that no one will go hungry in Broxtowe this Christmas. The idea is to provide those in the greatest need with a Mayor’s Christmas Hamper and shopping vouchers that can be used in local retailers.
We are working with local foodbanks and schools across the Borough and so we are asking you to donate either cash or any of the following items to help the appeal by 4th December.
When dropping off these items please remember to follow the COVID-19 guidance rules. Ensure you are wearing a face covering (unless exempt) and follow social distancing guidelines.
These are the collection points for items:
Beeston Hope House, NG9 2RF Mon-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm Sat 9:30 -10:30am
Broxtowe Community Project, Monday, Friday and Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm in person, but there is a 24/7 donation box outside. 201 Queens Road, Beeston, NG9 2BZ
Chilwell Chilwell Phoenix Food Bank, Inham Nook Pavilion, Pearson Avenue, Chilwell, NG9 4GS, Thursday 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Friday 9:30am to 11:00 am
Stapleford Church at Montrose Court off Melbourne Road, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:00am-11:00am
The Haven Church and Community Centre, Wadsworth Road, Stapleford, NG9 8BD
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9:30am – 1:00pm
Stapleford Community Group, 245 Ilkeston Road, Stapleford, NG9 8JH, Monday to Sunday between 6pm and 8pm
Eastwood Eastwood Food Bank, Eastwood Volunteer Bureau, Wellington Place, Eastwood, NG16 3GB Thursday and Friday from 9:30am to 1:30pm
- Christmas puddings
- Christmas cakes
- Biscuits for cheese
- Cranberry sauce
- Soft drinks such as Shloer
- Candy canes
- Christmas Tree chocolate decorations
Working together as a Borough we will try and ensure that no one in Broxtowe goes without this Christmas. So let us all spread a little Christmas cheer.
Broxtowe Borough Council has set up a special account to receive donations. Donations can be received via bank transfer made payable to: Broxtowe Borough Council: sort code 20-63-33, Bank Account 33163776. Please quote Christmas Appeal (05547/8595) as a reference. Using this reference will ensure that your donations are efficiently allocated to the Appeal. All donations whether large or small are equally welcome.
Councillor Janet Patrick, Mayor of Broxtowe
Stay at Home
Only go out for:
- Buying essentials, such as food and medicine
- Collecting orders, including take-aways
- Childcare or education
- Work or volunteering
- Any medical reason (yourself and others)
- Legal or property reason
- To visit members of your support bubble
- To provide care for vulnerable people,emergency assistance, attend a support group or receive respite care
- To avoid or escape risk of harm
- Vets appointment or other animal welfare
Visiting Care Homes
Visits allowed with safety guidance in place. Check arrangement with the home before you visit.
- Avoid travelling and reduce the number of journeys you make
- Walk or cycle where possible, and avoid busy times and routes on public transport
- Overnight stays and holidays away from your home are not allowed
Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
The Government’s latest guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable has been updated and is available on the Government website.
The Government have extended the Furlough scheme to March and increased self-employment support. Further information can be found on the Government website.
Business Support Grants Now Open
The Government has announced a second wave of business support, which will be administered by local Councils, to provide cash grants for businesses that have been affected when entering Tier 2, Tier 3 and National Lockdown restrictions.
Applications for these grants are now being accepted until Friday 18th December.
Applications which fulfil the criteria should receive payment within 14 days.
Budget Consultation 2020
As we prepare to set our budget for the financial year ahead, we need Broxtowe residents to have their say on how they think their money should be spent.
We all know that the pandemic has had serious financial implications for the Council as well as residents. Businesses and communities, so it’s never been more important for you to have your say our budget for next year.
To make sure your voice is heard please complete our online consultation before it closes on Monday 30th November at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/budgetconsultation
Celebrate Diwali Safely
Lockdown restrictions mean that Diwali celebrations will be quite different this year but there are still lots of ways to mark this special occasion.
Although the celebrations might not be exactly what we imagined, there are still lots of ways to mark Diwali.
- Some families are planning to have virtual celebrations so they can still see friends and relatives and share experiences.
- Those celebrating Diwali usually decorate their homes, including by lighting small oil lamps called diyas, and this year they can do the same.
- Families make rangoli patterns and put them outside their front door to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth.
- Families who live together, or are in a support bubble together, can still also have a feast at home and make sweet treats.
Support to get essential supplies
If you are vulnerable and need help to get food, medicine or community support, please get in touch with the Nottinghamshire Community Support Hub www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/coronaviruscommunityhub or call 0300 500 80 80
In some circumstances, if you are required by law to self-isolate, you may be supported by a payment of £500, payable from Broxtowe Borough Council. Find out more about this scheme and other financial support at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/testandtracepayment or call 0115 917 7777
The impact of the pandemic on you and your loved ones and not being able to enjoy all of the activities you would normally be involved in can all have an impact on your health. It is important to remember to look after yourself. Useful resources to support you, your family and friends can be found at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/wellbeing or call the Nottinghamshire Mental Health Helpline between 9.00am and 1.00pm, seven days a week on 0300 555 0730
Accessing NHS services
If you have symptoms or a health concern you are worried about, please contact your GP practice. GP practices are still open and here for you. When you call your practice, you may be offered a consultation online or over the phone. If they feel they need to see you in person, they will invite you in for a face to face appointment. Read more for guidance at https://nottsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/gp-appointment-guidance/
Alcohol Awareness Week
Alcohol Awareness Week runs from 16-22 November and is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking. It’s a week of awareness raising campaigning for change and more. The theme for Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 is ‘Alcohol and mental health’.
When things get tough, we can find ourselves turning to alcohol to cope. But what many of us don’t realise is that drinking too much and too often can make our mental health problems worse – such as anxiety and depression – and prevent them from being properly addressed.
Inter Faith Week
This week has marked Inter Faith Week, which highlights the good work done by faith organisations.
The week has three main aims of:
- Strengthening good inter faith relations at all levels
- Increasing awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, in particular celebrating and building on the contribution which their members make to their neighbourhoods and to wider society
- Increasing understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs
To find out how you get involved and access resources online visit the Official Inter Faith Week website.
ECO brings improved heating and savings
Those eligible for the ECO scheme can improve the heating efficiency of their home and save money.
This government initiative, overseen by ofgem, and supported by larger energy suppliers, including British Gas, EDF, Eon, Npower, Scottish Power and SSE, can help those eligible lower heating costs, improve the insulation their homes and possibly repair or replace the boiler.
Nottinghamshire Community Fund Reopened
Nottinghamshire County Council have reopened the COVID-19 Community Fund to support established local groups which continue to help vulnerable residents affected by the pandemic.
The fund is taking applications of up to £10,000.
Staying up to date
The easiest way to stay up to date is by checking our dedicated Coronavirus webpages.
They contain useful information on:
We also share daily updates on our social media accounts and will be sending you this email bulletin every Friday.
Please share the information in this email bulletin with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to help us pass on these important messages, particularly if they’re not online.
Please also encourage anyone who isn’t already subscribed to this Email Me Service to sign up at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/emailme so they can receive these updates.
Find the latest guidance from the Government website.