Covid-19 update – 18 March 2021

Dear volunteer coordinators and parish councillors

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our community briefing webinar on Monday. For those who would like to review the webinar there are some key points such as the Long Covid update presented by Dr Poole, a GP from Histon Surgery, and a vaccination update from Martin Niven, Lead Planner for the Cambridge and Peterborough COVID-19 vaccinations programme. The briefing was well attended and there were lots of interesting questions, so it’s well worth a watch.

COVID rapid testing

School and parent/guardian testing

With schools now reopened, please continue to spread the word that regular home testing is now available to help stop the spread of the virus. Free tests can be ordered online, or collected from local pickup points.

Reminder of the testing sites in Cambridgeshire

  • The Hub, High Street, Cambourne, South Cambridgeshire CB23 6GW
  • Queen Mary Centre, Queen’s Road, Wisbech, Fenland PE13 2PE
  • Soham Town Rangers Football Club, Julius Martin Lane, Soham, Ely, East Cambridgeshire CB7 5EQ
  • The Coneygear Centre, Buttsgrove Way, Huntingdon PE29 1PE
  • The Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catherine’s Road, Arbury, Cambridge CB4 3XJ

Book rapid testing and Lateral flow FAQs

Vaccination update

Vaccines for people over the age of 50

The National Booking Service is now open to all those aged 50 and over. Book a Covid-19 vaccination now via www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or, for those who are not online, by calling 119.

Vaccine Team

While there are enough vaccinators to be able to deliver the number of doses available to the NHS, this will continue to be a huge task, and to ensure the NHS can continue to vaccinate millions of people as quickly as possible – at the same time as keeping other vital services going – the NHS is recruiting thousands of paid and volunteer roles across the country. Perhaps you can help?

Covid misinformation campaign

Another topic covered in the briefing on Monday was the new Covid misinformation campaign which directly asks community champions to share key messages (to help people spot and stop misinformation) with their communities in authentic ways. The idea is that, instead of the content being shared on Government or Council channels, it will resonate better with communities if shared by trusted members of the community in existing WhatsApp groups, Facebook groups, or email groups.

Current examples of misinformation

NHS patients can pick their type of vaccine.

  • No. Any vaccines that the NHS will provide will have been approved because they pass the MHRA’s tests on safety and efficacy, so people should be assured that whatever vaccine they get, it is worth their while.

Is the vaccine safe?

  • Yes. The NHS will not offer any Covid-19 vaccinations to the public until independent experts have signed off that it is safe to do so.  The MHRA, the official UK regulator, has said that both vaccines currently being used have good safety profiles and offer a high level of protection, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.

If you would be happy to help stop the spread of harmful misinformation, please download the images or videos and share these within your communities. There’s a more in-depth explanation of the campaign that can be read online.

Working with you beyond COVID-19 and into recovery and renewal

At the virtual meeting on Monday, our Communities Team updated on the Council’s initial thinking on how we can continue to work with Parish Councils, COVID Community Groups and other people as restrictions begin to loosen.

It is recognised that the response during Covid has been unique to each community and will continue to be going forward. At this stage, we are in listening mode to ensure your views are taken on board. The Council is holding a focus group meeting later this month with some of our volunteers to gather views on the best way to support communities in the recovery phase and beyond. However, everyone is encouraged to watch back the presentation in the recording at the top of this briefing note (it was covered as the final item on Monday) and if you have any ideas, views or suggestions to feed in, please get in touch with Vicky in the Communities Team by emailing:

COVID Recovery Community Chest Grant

To help groups and projects begin to resume their activities as we come out of lockdown, we have earmarked a £30,000 Covid recovery grant fund as part of our Community Chest funding. This is specifically designed to help local community groups and Parish Councils resume community activities which have been difficult or impossible during the pandemic.

 

The eligibility criteria for our Community Chest Grant scheme have been temporarily amended to allow applications for grants of up to £2,000 for Covid recovery related projects and initiatives. Previously, few parish councils could apply to the scheme but for the next eight weeks – up until 10th May 2021 – it is open to all Parish Councils as well as community groups, with applications being considered at the May 28th Grants Advisory Committee meeting. Meanwhile, the normal Community Chest scheme continues to run for community groups for a maximum grant of £1,000.

 

The process is the same for both types of application – just select which grant you are applying for at the start of the process. If you have any questions, please email:

 

Re-opening facilities safely

Included with this week’s update is an attached infographic of the Government’s Roadmap out of lockdown, its four steps and provisional dates. Each transitional step is 5 weeks long and we are currently in Step 1. Step 2 is from 12th April when libraries and community centres can reopen, children’s activities can restart and all retail reopens. Indoor parent and child groups (up to 15 attendees, under 5s don’t count) can also reopen in this phase. In Step 3, from 17th May, outdoors gatherings of up to 30 people will be allowed, as will indoor gatherings of up to 6 people (or 2 households) and indoors adult group sports and exercise classes. Step 4 from 21st June – all activities can restart.

Our Environmental Health service has two dedicated teams supporting communities during this phased reopening. They can help with proactive support to businesses, organisations, community groups and community facilities offering advice and help e.g., giving out support packs, Covid tool kits, free signage and signposting to further services. Please contact .

 

Virtual Council meetings

 

The feedback received during Monday’s meeting showed that there was concern from parish councils that the authority to hold virtual Council meetings was being removed. Parish councils reported increased interest from members of the public in their activities and meetings, which they felt was a direct consequence of being able to ‘attend’ remotely. They expressed regret that this permission is to be removed, which is shared by many councils up and down the country. Our Covid Team has conveyed these concerns and views to the relevant departments in central Government, as has the Local Government Association (LGA). It is suggested that it would be worthwhile writing to your MP, stating your views on this matter and the reasons for them. Once we have clarification on this, we will provide an update to you.

Easter Holiday Activities and Food Programme

Following some funding from the Department of Education, the County Council is running a series of Easter Holiday Activity Camps with food for eligible children in receipt of Free School Meals. The camps will be held within schools across the District. If you know of any eligible families who might be interested, let them know to sign up by the deadline 23 March 2021.

 

3 positive steps we can all take when facing difficult times

Part of our recovery from the stress and tragedy of the last year is the ability to remain hopeful and happy. Being a hopeful thinker about the future will help build resilience and give another tool for handling stress, change and adversity.

 

March 20th is International day of Happiness, a global event arranged by the United Nations to remind us that experiencing happiness matters, committing to finding ways forward that bring happiness is important and worth celebrating.

 

Action for Happiness is a UK charitable movement that supports the growth of happiness in the UK with inspiration and practical resources like their downloadable coping calendar.

 

It suggests three steps for increasing happiness:

Keep Calm

Stay Wise

Be Kind

 

So even though we may be feeling the strain still, let’s all create some space in the calendar this month for a bit more happiness!

Volunteer & Community Mental Health Training with MIND

This MIND Mental Health workshop focuses on enabling volunteers and members of the community to recognise signs of emotional distress in others; how to open up a conversation, provide active listening, suggest the next steps for support and how to look after oneself and others in creating personal wellbeing plans.

For anyone wishing to take up this MIND training, please contact Felix Clarke at . A minimum of 8 people is needed per session.

A minute of silence on a National Day of Reflection

Since the first lockdown began in 2020, hundreds of thousands of lives have been cut short and millions have been bereaved by Covid-19. In South Cambridgeshire alone there have, so far, been 184 deaths where Covid-19 has been a factor.

Behind the statistics, and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind. For those needing support, we suggest they start with The Good Grief Trust for getting the necessary help.

I would therefore like to invite everyone to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future together. At 12pm on Tuesday 23 March, why not stop whatever you are doing and pause for a minute of silence for the National Day of Reflection, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown.

There are many other ways you can take part in this National Day of Reflection, as suggested by the charity Marie Curie.

Best wishes

Bill Handley

 

Lead Cabinet Member for Community Resilience, Health & Wellbeing

South Cambridgeshire District Council

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Download: 18th March Roadmap infographic (107 KB)

NHW – Reports of fraudulent behaviour

South Cambridgeshire District Council – Advisory 5-05-20

Please be aware that South Cambridgeshire District Council are receiving reports from Huntingdonshire District Council of fraudulent door knocking/phone call activity with people claiming to be helping people on the shielded list.

All legitimate representatives from SCDC Central Hub will provide passwords and identification which should be checked.  SCDC representatives will will never ask for money to do tasks.

Should you receive such an offer of help at the door and password verification and ID is not provided please report to the Police by calling the non-emergency number 101.

Thank you

Chris Bentley

NHW Coordinator

 

Green Bin Collections

Dear Residents,

This is an update regarding the re-introduction of the green bin service from 4 May 2020. Please find attached a link to our press release which has just been published, it describes the details.
There is also a link attached to our FAQ page which provides more details

Press release: https://www.scambs.gov.uk/greater-cambridge-phased-return-to-green-bin-collections-from-4-may/

FAQ pages: https://www.scambs.gov.uk/bins/green-bin-re-introduction-faqs/

Village Pharmacy Box

Dear all
We are emailing to let you know of a new initiative in Graveley. A Graveley Village Pharmacy box is being set up to help with collecting prescriptions. A similar scheme has been running for some years in Eltisley and it was felt in the current climate of social isolation and distancing due the Covid 19 and with a high level demand being place on Papworth Pharmacy that this would be a useful service to the village.

How the Scheme will work

· Once a week on a Wednesday a volunteer will go to Papworth Surgery and collect prescriptions that are in the Graveley village pharmacy box and they will be delivered to your home address.

· In terms of delivery please note the following:
· Medication will only be delivered to the named recipient or adult family member
· If no one is in the medication won’t be posted through your letter box but a note would be left for you to call the volunteer to rearrange delivery
· Social distancing will be observed!

· In order to take part in this scheme you will need to order your repeat prescription through to Papworth Pharmacy by the Wednesday before you require your prescription (as at the moment the pharmacy requires at least 7 days notice) and you need to state that you would like your prescription to go into the Graveley Village box. Without stating this the prescription will be held at the pharmacy as normal until you collect it.

· Initially this scheme will run for Graveley residents who are recognised by the NHS as being eligible for FREE prescriptions or those who have a pre payment certificate. This is to negate the need for any monetary transfer by the volunteer. For more information about free prescriptions please see https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/help-with-health-costs/get-help-with-prescription-costs/ . So for example this would include the following people:
· those over 60 years of age
· those under 16 years of age
· those with a medical exemption certificate
· those with a pre payment certificate

· We hope to make the first Graveley Village box collection on Wednesday 8th April. This means you need to order your repeat prescription by Wednesday 1st April remembering to state that you would like it to go in the Graveley Village Box.

Best wishes
Jo George
Graveley Village Pharmacy Box volunteer
Mobile 07840 540271

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Graveley Resident,

A Coronavirus Support group of 14 has been assembled and will provide point
of contact for all residents within Graveley. There are 95 householders
within the village.

Volunteers have been assigned a cluster of households to provide a point of
contact & support during this time. I’m sure a good proportion of residents
that are in self-isolation will have already made provision outside of this
arrangement but for those that haven’t, volunteers will aim to provide
assistance to those in self isolation or quarantine during this period,
referring onto other members of the support group as and when required.

Should volunteers become infected and find themselves having to quarantine
then they will step down from the group. It is hoped that new volunteers
will come forward to take their place. Where this arises those householders
that have lost their volunteer will be re-issued with a new point of
contact.

Residents are to receive two leaflets.

* Isolation support form, which details support volunteer name,
address and telephone number

* Three Horseshoes take away menu and provisioning service

Please keep these safe as we will not be making multiple repeat drops. You
may not need the information currently but should you need to fall back on
the village for support please get in contact with your volunteer.

Self-Isolating/Quarantining householders:

* When requesting food shopping residents are politely requested to
keep their shopping list simple & reasonable.

* Please try to work with the volunteer as to their preferred
supermarket for convenience and to minimise their risk of infection by
visiting multiple stores.

* Please advise your volunteer the method of payment in advance and
settle after delivery quickly.

* Payment by bank transfer is preferred, cash is acceptable but
please observe social distancing at all times.

* Handing off of shopping will be to the doorstep only and not face
to face.

* New shopping bags should be added to the shop on each occasion (do
not ask volunteers to re-use bags).

Prescriptions:

If repeat medical prescriptions are required householders will need to
complete the prescription collection slip nominating their volunteer by
agreement, with the volunteer requiring ID to collect (for controlled
drugs).

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

As the rate of infection climbs it is inevitable that volunteers may drop
out for a period of not less than 14 days. New volunteers will be welcome
especially those that have quarantined and are considered immune to further
infection. Please contact me directly or your nominated volunteer if you are
able to provide support as described. We will need it, so please come
forward if you’re fit and comfortably under the age of 70.

The underlying basis of the support group is to:

* Slow the rate of infection so that our health service is not
overwhelmed

* Provide essential supplies to residents in self
isolation/quarantine so that they do not put themselves or others at risk of
infection by breaking quarantine.

Keith McConnell (Graveley PC) will post details of the village support group
to the village website shortly.

A HUGE Thank You!

Firstly to those in the community who are self-isolating over the next 12
weeks. This is no mean feat. We are indebted to you.

Secondly, to the first wave of volunteers that are running towards the
problem and not away from it. You are very much appreciated.

Graveley is a wonderful community, we will work together to overcome this
existential crisis with kindness, consideration, communication and planning.

If anyone is unable to contact their volunteer or wants to be added as a volunteer in case some are forced into self isolation then you should call Chris Bentley on 07809 076248

Graveley Parish Council

Operation London Bridge – Death of Senior National Figure

You may have heard in the press regarding operation London Bridge – This is to mark the death of a Senior National Figure which could include the following Figures:-

Members of the Royal Family
P.M. or Former P.M.
Serving MP
Mayor / Council Leader
Other Prominent Person

We are given guidance of the processes to follow and action steps to take. Graveley would implement the below actions / protocol  to mark the death of a Senior National Figure:-

  • Follow the national timetable that will be communicated
  • Communicate with the local clergy & what is planned across the Diocese
  • Fly the Union Jack at half mast located at the Three Horseshoes, returning to full fly for proclamation
  • Update the homepage of our website
  • Any scheduled meetings of the Parish to be cancelled

Kind regards

Annual Parish Meeting

Cancelled – Please note the annual Parish meeting has been cancelled until further notice!