In this newsletter:
- Election Results
- Keep getting tested twice a week
- Don’t forget to keep checking into venues
- The COVID-19 vaccination bus was a success
- Other news
- Support available
Following yesterday’s polls, results are being counted over the coming days for the County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections, as well as several by Elections in Broxtowe.
County Council Election Results – follow the results via the Nottinghamshire County Council results Service.
Results for the following elections will be shared on Broxtowe Borough Council’s Elect Results page:
- Police and Crime Commissioner
- Beeston Rylands Borough Ward By-Election
- Stapleford South West Borough Ward By Election
- Brinsley Parish By-Election
Keep getting tested twice a week
Don’t forget all Nottinghamshire residents 18 and over are able to access free, rapid lateral flow tests (LFTs) for themselves and their families twice a week.
Residents are able to collect two boxes of seven tests per person or four boxes per family from our community testing sites:
- Stapleford Library – Tuesdays – Saturdays
- Newdigate Car Park, Kimberley – Tuesday & Fridays
People collecting boxes from our community sites can also have a supervised test to help ensure that tests done at home are accurate.
If testing at home, people will need to register their results online or by calling 119. They should self-isolate if positive and order a confirmatory PCR test.
Don’t forget to keep checking into venues
Please keep on checking into all businesses and venues you visit as everyone should be complying with Track and Trace.
You may have noticed there are some differences in how businesses are having to collect your details:
- Every customer or visitor aged 16 and over must check in to the venue
- This can no longer be done as a nominated contact covering a group, every individual must do their own
Individuals can check in quickly and easily using the NHS COVID-19 app to scan in the NHS QR code poster.
If you don’t have a smart phone or can’t access the NHS COVID-19 app then please let the business or venue know and they will need to take your details manually.
The COVID vaccination bus was a success!
We would like to say a big thank you to all 58 of our residents who came down to the Beeston bus and received their first COVID-19 vaccination.
It is great to see so many of you protecting yourselves and our community from the virus.
If you are eligible to have your COVID-19 vaccination please remember to take up the offer and get an appointment booked.
To book an appointment please visit the national booking system or call 119.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place 10th – 16th May and this year’s theme is nature.
Nature is all around us. Taking some time to reflect on natural surroundings using all your senses can be a real boost to your mental health. Whether you’re relaxing in the garden or walking through a park, try listening out for birdsong or look for bees and butterflies.
All of these good things in nature can help you find a sense of a calm and joy.
Protecting nature and taking care of something can be a really great way to feel good. Nature is truly amazing – do what you can to look after nature – in your actions and choices.
Taking care of nature can help you feel more positive and help you feel as though you’re doing your part. This can be done through joining a clean-up group, recycling or walking instead of driving.
May is National Walking Month
Walking is good for our minds, our bodies and our neighbourhoods, allowing people to stay active and connected.
Within Broxtowe there are lots of short and long walks which can take you the length and breadth of the Borough. Some take you along canal paths, to locks, through woodlands and offer places for a quiet stop and nature-spotting.
Our two major trails cover approximately the whole of the Borough’s boundary, about 40 miles. The Erewash Valley Trail and the Broxtowe Country Trail allow you to see beautiful countryside, wildlife and the waterways. Both are well signposted and have plenty of short cuts and circular routes which you can follow.
Investing in Beeston
With the opening of The Arc Cinema just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about all the projects that have taken place in Beeston over the last few years to improve the town centre for businesses and the local community.
From the tram extension and a new car park to street art, park improvements and major town centre development, see some of the things we’ve done to invest in the town for the future in our infographic
Community Renewal Funding
Organisations across Notts now have until noon on Friday 14 May to apply for funding for projects aimed at boosting the economy, including helping local residents affected by the pandemic back into work.
Bids of more than £500,000 are encouraged, with no minimum threshold.
Nottinghamshire is looking to secure a share of the Government’s £220 million UK Community Renewal Fund which aims to help local communities most in need, by improving skills, breaking down the barriers to employment and supporting local businesses.
Win a compost bin to celebrate International Compost Week 2021
Are you passionate about gardening? Try your hand at home composting. It’s an easy way to recycle your food and garden waste yourself, turning it into compost and using it to grow new gardens.
To celebrate International Compost Week, Veolia are giving away 50 compost bins to be won by Nottinghamshire residents.
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.
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Find the latest guidance from the Government website.