In this newsletter:
- Vaccination updates
- Community Testing
- Returning to school
- Visiting relatives in care homes
- Business grants
- Other news
- Support available
People With Learning Disabilities
The JCVI has confirmed that all people on the Learning Disability Register are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as part of priority group 6.
You can find out more on the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG website.
Chilwell Vaccination Centre
Due to vaccine supply timings and other logistical matters, the community pharmacy led vaccination site planned to open this week at The Village Hotel, Brailsford Way, Chilwell, NG9 6DL has been rescheduled to the middle of next week.
Continue to follow the rules after having your vaccine
Having the vaccine is a really positive step towards getting back to the people and things we love, but it doesn’t mean we can stop following COVID-19 guidance.
Not everyone has had the vaccine yet and it can take a few weeks for you feel the effects when you do have it so sticking to HANDS, FACE, SPACE will keep you and those around you safe.
What happens when you visit a community testing site?
Our Community Testing site is now open at Stapleford library, but are you wondering what happens when you get there?
Watch our helpful video above, which guides you through the process.
Don’t forget there’s no need to book, you can just turn up and get tested during the following opening hours:
- Sundays – Closed
- Mondays – Closed
- Tuesdays – 8am – 6pm
- Wednesday – 7am – 5pm
- Thursdays – 8am – 6pm
- Fridays – 8am – 6pm
- Saturday – 8.30am – 1pm
You’ll get the results within an hour.
Businesses might want to talk to us about pre-booking a regular slot for your business at our community testing site. To explore this option please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and your request will be passed to the project team.
For more information and FAQs, visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/communitytesting
Returning to school
Schools in Nottinghamshire will reopen to pupils from Monday 8 March. Some schools are operating a staggered return, with some pupils going back on later dates. Whether your child is starting on Monday, a little bit later, or they have been at school during lockdown, they might be worried or need a bit of reassurance after being out of school for a while.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s parents’ helpline team has put together some advice which can help you support your child with the transition back to school. This information is available on their website.
As more pupils and students return to the classroom the Government has asked that all adults who live in households with primary school, secondary school and college age children, including childcare and support bubbles, test themselves twice a week.
More information about testing is available on our Testing for Schools webpage.
Travelling to School Safely
- If you live a short distance from your school or college, walk, cycle or scoot to and from school wherever it is possible and safe to do so.
- Avoid sharing a car with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.
- If you are using public transport to get to school or college, plan ahead and allow more time for your journey.
When you are travelling by public or dedicated school transport, don’t forget to:
- Wear a face covering (unless you are exempt, including if you are aged 11 and under). It is important you wear them for the entirety of your journey, including inside a bus or train station.
- Social distance where possible.
- Wash or sanitise your hands regularly.
- Be considerate to fellow passengers and staff.
Further information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transport-to-school-and-other-places-of-education-autumn-term-2020.
Visiting Relatives In Care Homes
Government guidance has been released on visiting relatives in care homes from 8 March.
Care home managers will decide how their care home can best enable visiting in line with this guidance and carry out a risk assessment to manage visits safely. This will take into account:
- Where visiting will happen to avoid mingling with other visitors, staff or residents.
- The precautions that will be taken to prevent infection (including lateral flow testing, PPE use and hand washing?
Business Grants Update
We’ve currently paid out all business grants up until the end of March. More grants will become available; however, we are waiting on further details from the Government.
Once we have these details we will write to businesses directly to update them on the next steps.
Broxtowe Mayor Thanks Local Community For Vital Support
Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Janet Patrick has thanked the local community for the vital support it has shown to various fundraising appeals over the last few months.
Around £30k has been raised as part of two appeals to support vulnerable people and the organisations helping them since the start of the pandemic.
Nottinghamshire authorities top the charts on vial COVID-19 funding stream to businesses
Nottinghamshire is topping the charts for distributing a vital stream of COVID-19 central Government grants to local businesses, according to a new report.
All eight local authorities in the County responsible for reaching out with the Additional Restrictions Grants (ARG) funding since last October appeared in the top 10% of Councils distributing the support nationally.
A budget for recovery: Broxtowe Borough Council sets its budget
Broxtowe Borough Council has set its budget for 2021/22 with an important programme to help support local people and the Borough to recover from the impact of the pandemic.
“This has been an immensely difficult year for local people, our employees and the Council as we have faced numerous challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Leader of the Council, Councillor Milan Radulovic MBE.
Fly a flag for the Commonwealth in Broxtowe Borough
Broxtowe Borough Council will join the 54 countries of the Commonwealth to fly the Commonwealth flag in the Borough, as part of the annual Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth Day. This year it will take place virtually due to the pandemic and social distancing guidelines.
The Commonwealth Flag will fly high outside the Council Offices on Monday 8th March with the support of the Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Janet Patrick and Leader of the Council, Councillor Milan Radulovic MBE.
Climate Change and Green Futures Research Project Update
As you may have seen, we are thrilled to be collaborating with Masters students from the University of Nottingham to bring our community together and discuss the future of environmental issues affecting the Broxtowe area. The team has decided to condense the originally planned 2 workshop sessions into 1 to enable more people to engage and have their say without needing to free up too much time across multiple weeks.
We are therefore pleased to confirm that the community environmental workshop will now be held on Tuesday 16th March at 09:30 – 11:30.
We are really keen to hear what you have to say, what matters most to you in your local area and to engage in an activity that helps drive a more sustainable future for the community.
Go Green Challenge
This week has been Food Waste Action Week led by WRAP which explores the practical ways to drive down the amount of food we waste.
This is something we have included in our 6 week Go Green Challenge. We currently have over 400 residents signed up and working their way through reducing, reusing and recycling and it’s not too late to sign up!
To find out more and get signed up visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk.gogreenchallenge .
If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, stay at home and self-isolate immediately. If you have a positive test result but do not have symptoms, stay at home and self-isolate as soon as you receive the results. Your household needs to isolate too.
A new illustration by Public Health England explaining the self-isolation guidance is available to view and download: Stay at home illustration [PDF]
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/
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.