Latest News from Broxtowe Borough Council 29 October

Latest News from Broxtowe Borough Council

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29 October 2021


In this newsletter:

  • Join Green Rewards and Earn Prizes

  • COP26
  • Winter Bedding
  • Black History Creative Writing
  • Clocks Go Back
  • COVID-19 Updates

Get great discounts and prizes when you combat climate change with Green Rewards!

Sign up to green rewards

Nine councils and two universities unite for first-of-its-kind partnership to tackle climate crisis.

Join Green Rewards today and earn great discounts, vouchers and prizes at local businesses and projects in your community for playing your part to combat climate change and achieve net zero!

It provides a new Green Rewards app and web platform which means Notts residents can accumulate points, and earn the prizes for many activities they do every day at home or out and about that help lower their carbon footprint.

Sign up for free now at https://notts.greenrewards.co.uk or download the Green Rewards app on iOS and Android. Search for ‘Notts; Green Rewards’ in your device’s app store.

In similar fashion to rewards points at retailers, all residents need to do is log their day to day activities that highlight how they are decreasing the amount of carbon they create, such as:

  • Walking to work or school instead of taking the car
  • Cycling or using public transport
  • Putting your recycling bin out with all the correct recyclables
  • Switching off a light or switch at home
  • Taking a shower of four minutes or less and many, many more!

There’s also £20 worth of vouchers for the top two residents in each Council area who earn the most points each month, to claim at local businesses, donate to worthwhile causes or projects and in some districts and Boroughs there’s prizes too for the top points earning wards.

It means Nottinghamshire is the first County in the country to see all its major local authority and education partners collaborate on a climate change reduction project in this way ahead of next month’s COP26, providing an easy to use platform and incentives for all.

Councillor Helen Skinner, Chair of the Council’s Environment and Climate Change Committee said: “The Green Rewards Programme is a fabulous initiative which all Broxtowe residents can take part in. Every effort, however small can earn points to climb up the leader board. Broxtowe is committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2027 and projects like this will enable us to reach this ambitious target by working together and encouraging one another.”

Find out more


COP26

Together for our planet with an image of the earth

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow 1-12 November 2021.

The climate talks will be the biggest international summit the UK has ever hosted; bringing together over 30,000 delegates including heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change.

Youth groups, civil society, academia, artists, business from across the UK and all over the world will be hosting events, exhibitions, cultural performances, workshops and talks. With over 100 exhibitors, 200 events and 11 sponsors taking over the space, there will be amazing opportunities to listen, learn and celebrate climate action.

You can join the events virtually by subscribing to the COP26 YouTube channel, or by exploring the Google Arts and Culture showcase.

The listed events on the link below will include a link to each live stream that will be freely available. There are still a limited number of tickets available to attend in person, and there will be a small number available each day.

Find out more


Winter Bedding

Colourful winter bedding plants

It’s that time again when our ground maintenance teams start planting the Winter bedding across the Borough, planting 86 beds, 29 planters and 50 hanging baskets with a grand total of over 26,000 plants.

The logistics of this process can be quite challenging for the teams but the end result is usually finished within a week. Look out for a new variety called Viola F1 Evo chosen for the pagoda planter.


Black History Creative Writing

Black History Month

This October, Broxtowe Borough Council has worked alongside Nottingham City of Literature and Round Hill Primary school to mark Black History Month through a Creative writing competition.

Local creative artists, Panya Banjoko (UK based writer, poet and founder of Nottingham Black Archive) and Ravelle-Sade Fairman (Writer Poet/Spoken Word Artist) came and spent a day with the Year 5/6’s in which they shared their experience as Black women, Black artists and how their identity and history has shaped them, their challenges and achievements.

The competition followed work the year group had already undertaken around the wind rush generation and was judged by two creative writers.  The winners, Hannah, Yarik and Hannah were chosen after much deliberation and their excellent effort was celebrated with book vouchers and their work displayed on the Broxtowe and Nottingham City of Literature website.

The work not only amplified the relevance of black history, but also celebrated the literacy of our students and our local black artists who have contributed to the world of education and art.

You can read the work of all the winners at www.broxtowe.gov.uk/blackhistorymonth


Clocks Go Back

Clock

Don’t forget that the clocks go back an hour this weekend, Sunday 31 October, so you can enjoy an extra hour in bed!


COVID-19 Updates

Children dressed in halloween outfits

Stay safe during Halloween and Bonfire Night

Are you doing something this weekend to celebrate Halloween? Or starting Bonfire Night early?

Meeting outdoors is safer – if you meet indoors make sure to let fresh air in.

Let’s continue to keep each other safe from the virus.

Max the Vax

Aged 50 plus or high risk? It's time to max the vax

There are three ways to get your booster jab:

  1. When you are invited by the NHS, you can book at your local GP, pharmacy or vaccination site
  2. No invite yet? Book online or via 119 for an appointment at a pharmacy or vaccination site
  3. Walk in to selected sites:
  • King’s Mill Hospital Vaccination Hub
  • Mansfield Vaccination Centre
  • Forest Recreation site

Latest Nottinghamshire COVID-19 Rates

Nottinghamshire COVID-19 Latest Figures

Broxtowe figures have slightly increased over the last week, so it’s still important to help protect yourself and others from the virus by:

  • Getting your COVID-19 vaccinations, and booster if you are eligible
  • Wear face coverings in enclosed spaces
  • Have good ventilation if meeting up indoors

Support Available

Self-isolating

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.

Learn more

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

Financial support

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

Mental health

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.

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