In this newsletter:
- COVID-19 guidance update
- Vaccination updates
- Community Testing
- School updates
- Other news
- Support available
Let’s Keep Going Broxtowe
This week’s COVID-19 figures for Nottinghamshire show that Broxtowe now has the lowest rates in the County.
Thank you to all of our residents for sticking to the guidance, your hard work is helping to relieve the pressure on our NHS staff and ultimately saving lives.
Let’s keep going to keep you, your loved ones and your community safe from the virus.
Step 1 On The Roadmap
Monday 8th March marked Step 1 in the coronavirus roadmap.
- Schools and colleges opened for all students and Practical Higher Education Courses
- Exercise and recreation outdoors with your household or one other person in a public outdoor place e.g. picnic or coffee
- Care homes in England can nominate a single named visitor for regular visits
- Wraparound care, including sport, for all children
- We must still continue to stay at home
- No holidays
- Funerals can have up to 30 people
- Weddings and wakes can have up to 6 people
Step 2 is due to come in on Monday 29th March subject to further Government guidance. In the meantime please stick to the current stay at home guidance before we have confirmation of any change.
Continuing to wear your face coverings does make a big difference.
Make sure you don’t leave the house without yours. Wearing them protects you and those around you, remember to wear them in shops and any enclosed areas where you cannot keep a 2 metre distance between you and others that are not in your household.
Chilwell Vaccination Centre Now Open
The community pharmacy led vaccination site at The Village Hotel, Brailsford Way, Chilwell, NG9 6DL is now open for bookings.
Appointments now open to over 55s
If you are over 55, you can book in for your COVID-19 vaccination.
Book online at https://swiftqueue.co.uk/nottinghamc19vpatient.php
Book by phone: 0115 883 4640
Derek Burnett BEM, a Community First Responder and past Broxtowe Mayor, shares his vaccine story with us.
”As a Community First Responder, I spend a lot of time with people when they are at their most vulnerable and have seen first hand the impact COVID-19 has had on people’s lives.
We can all come up with reasons and excuses to put it off,
”I’m too busy”
”I’ll do it next week”
”I’m healthy, I’ll be fine”
If we’ve learned anything over the past year it’s that coronavirus doesn’t wait. Please do book your vaccine appointment once you’re invited to do so.
Just a few minutes of your day to attend a vaccination centre will help give us all an opportunity to take another step forward towards those we love and the things we love.”
Encouraging Broxtowe businesses to use our Community Testing site
Chair of Jobs and Economy Committee, Councillor Tim Hallam is encouraging local businesses to make use of the new Community Testing site at Stapleford Library to help protect staff and keep their businesses running in our latest video.
If you’re a Broxtowe business and have specific requirements regarding time slots then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org who can pass your request on to the operational teams at the testing centre.
Twice-weekly COVID-19 tests
The Government has announced that twice-weekly testing, using rapid Lateral Flow Tests (LFT), is available for free to adults in all households with primary, secondary school and college age children and young people, including childcare and support bubbles.
These Nottinghamshire families are being encouraged to access the free home tests and take part in regular testing to help identify more asymptomatic COVID-19 cases to quickly break chains of transmission now that more pupils and students are returning to face-to-face teaching.
Keep your distance
As pupils and parents return back to familiar settings, it’s easy to forget to social distance when spotting someone you haven’t seen for a while.
Please remember to social distance at the school gates, at the beginning and end of the day.
It really does make a difference to help stop the spread of the virus within our communities.
Let’s keep working to keep Broxtowe safe and to keep our schools open.
New business hub opens in Stapleford
Nine businesses can now benefit from office space in Stapleford’s new business hub, after Broxtowe Borough Council developed the old Police Station site.
The site, which has been vacant for several years, has been refurbished into nine offices of varying sizes, as well as kitchen and break out facilities for new or expanding businesses, thanks to funding from D2N2’s Local Growth Fund.
Beeston’s all-star cast to be honoured in art trail
Beeston’s local heroes are to be honoured in an art trail around the town.
Portraits to represent key workers – ranging from NHS staff to shop workers – will be displayed in various parts of the town centre as a thank you for all their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The project has been commissioned by Broxtowe Borough Council and has cross party support. It’s part of a series of events to mark the redevelopment of the town centre, with the portraits of Beeston’s very own all-star cast due to be unveiled later in the spring.
Council Tax Bills Are Coming
Council Tax Bills are on their way and Broxtowe Borough Council is giving its residents some helpful advice to help save them some time.
50,000 bills will be sent over the next few days which means the Council’s contact centre will be busier than normal and residents may find it harder to get through on the phone.
The following tips might help residents save some time if the phone lines are busy:
- The quickest and easiest way to pay is by direct debit. You can download the mandate form at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/paycounciltax
- If you can’t pay by direct debit, you can pay online at broxtowe.gov.uk/estore
- You can also pay via the automated payment line on Freephone 0800 952 0040
Live Well Together
Your wellbeing is affected by lots of different factors.
In Broxtowe, we want to support all residents to live well, whether that’s adopting a healthier diet, moving a little more or getting support with mental health or other issues which affect your wellbeing.
On our Live Well page you will find useful links to help and advice on a range of different things, which can help you to improve your health and wellbeing.
Climate Change and Green Futures Research Project
Don’t forget about our Climate Change workshop happening next week, get your place booked in to make your voice heard in important conversations around environmental issues affecting the Broxtowe area.
The community environmental workshop will be held on Tuesday 16th March at 09:30 – 11:30.
Go Green Challenge
Local resident Mia has been taking part in our Go Green Challenge and has been out litter picking with her mum to help keep Broxtowe clean.
Thank you Mia for helping to keep our Borough clean and Green!
If you’d like to find out how you can get involved with our Clean and Green initiative please visit www.broxtowe.gov.uk/cleanandgreen.
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.