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Sign up to our Go Green Challenge
Our Go Green Challenge aims to inspire Broxtowe residents to reduce, reuse and recycle more than you ever have before and help protect the environment for the future.
Climate change is one of the biggest challenges out there and whilst we need big commitments to make a difference, there are also lots of small things you can do at home to do your bit. With the international COP26 Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow from 31 October, the Green Agenda has never been in sharper focus.
And that is where our Go Green Challenge comes in. By signing up, you’ll get weekly content direct to your inbox to help you reduce waste, reuse more and recycle like a pro. You’ll also find that by reducing, reusing and recycling more you could see some benefits to your health and your bank balance too!
Anyone can do the challenge – whether you’re doing it on your own or it’s something for you to do with your children as a family, all you need is an email address to sign up with.
Free tree applications now open!
Applications for our free trees are now open, register for one of our free trees by filling in our online application form at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/freetrees
We have the following trees on offer this year:
• Acer campestre – Field Maple
• Corylus avellana – Hazel
• Crataegus monogyna – Hawthorn
• Sorbus aucuparia – Mountain Ash
• Prunus avium – Wild Cherry
As previously mentioned, please do not apply for a tree if you have already received one in one of our previous giveaways, to allow others to enjoy one of our free trees this year.
Broxtowe Green Festival
Saturday 25 September saw the first Broxtowe Green Festival take place at Inham Nook, and it was a great success.
Thank you to everyone that attended it was great to see so many people there. There were talks, stalls, food, activities and music throughout the day allowing residents to learn more about our commitment to a greener Borough.
Although the event is over there are still lots of ways you can get involved, such as helping out at the Incredible Edible Project, Hope Community Allotments, the Broxtowe Engagement Group and lots more.
National Hate Crime Awareness Week
Saturday 9 October marks the start of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
A hate incident is; ‘ Any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.”
Our vision recognises that hate incidents and hate crimes are always serious and can sometimes be life-threatening. They affect victims, families and the communities they live and work in. We aim to make Broxtowe a safer place to live, work and visit; and we will not tolerate hate incidents and hate crimes, and, we will work together to reduce risk and improve services to victims.
There are a number of ways that you can report a hate crime from reporting it to the police, to reporting it online.
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day will be taking place this Sunday 10 October, with the theme of mental health in an unequal world.
Some people call mental health ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’ and it’s just as important as good physical health.
Mental health is everyone’s business. We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Most of the time those feelings pass. But sometimes they develop into a more serious problem and that could happen to any one of us.
Everyone is different. You may bounce back from a setback while someone else may feel weighed down by it for a long time.
Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.
Over the next week, we’ll be sharing some suggestions on ways to help you manage your mental health across our social media channels.
Host Nottingham Clothes Bank
Host Nottingham Clothes Bank are in urgent need of clothes for asylum seekers and refugees in the City. They are providing more than 20 bags of clothes each week and sometimes more.
They need to be very specific about what they need as they have limited space and very little storage space.
They need a range of clothing for men, women and children as well as toiletries, you can find a full list of what the charity are looking for on their website.
They do however ask that you please ensure that all clothing is clean, in good order and ready to wear.
New changes to Pharmacy Collect
You now need a code to pick up lateral flow tests from Pharmacy Collect sites.
Testing remains as important as ever to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 booster invites
Invites are being sent to people who are most at risk from COVID-19 to get their COVID booster vaccine.
If you’re eligible and you’ve had your invite, book online now.
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.
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.