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Covid- 19 – Omicron variant – update on guidance

Dear Residents

Staffordshire County Council have provided the following update:

In response to the emergence of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19m and the identification of cases of the variant in the UK, a range of temporary measures to protect public health and prevent transmission of the virus are being implemented from 0400hrs on Tuesday, 30th November 2021.

These measures include:

o   Face coverings will be compulsory in shops and other settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt from doing so; but pubs and restaurants are exempt.

o   All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate for ten days, regardless of whether they are fully vaccinated

o   Everyone entering the UK (other than those coming from the Common Travel Area that covers the Channel Islands and Ireland) will have to take a PCR test by the end of the second day after their arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.

o   These PCR tests can be purchased from private providers. Free NHS tests are not valid for this purpose.

o   Ten countries – South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Angola, Mozambique, Malawi, and Zambia – are now on the UK’s travel red list, meaning that until further notice any British or Irish residents arriving in the UK after recently visiting any of those countries will have to quarantine in an approved hotel for 10 days.

o   Residents from the countries themselves will not be allowed into the UK until the red list status changes.

  • The prime minister, Rt. Hon Boris Johnson MP has stated that the measures are temporary and precautionary.
  • He also stated that they would be reviewed in three weeks, just before most schools break up for the Christmas holidays.
  • In addition, the Covid-19 vaccination scheme is being expanded to include the provision of ‘booster’ jabs to all those over 18
  • The administration of a second dose of a Covid-19 vaccination to those aged 12-17 is also being considered.
  • The government has stopped short of issuing advice to work from home and extending vaccine passports in England, which are part of its Plan B for winter – a contingency plan if intervention on Covid is needed to protect the NHS.
  • Further information will be shared with you in the event of any additional measures being introduced or changes to the existing regulations.

For further information please see:


COVID-19 Resident Survey

Dear Resident

Please see below, from Staffordshire County Council:

24 November 2021

Have Your Say!

There is still time to have your say in the COVID-19 residents survey. Your voice matters!

Your views will be important in helping us to understand what’s important to residents and where we should focus as we begin to return to normal.

It will only take ten minutes to complete and your valuable input will help us to prioritise what happens next as part of our recovery plans.

Survey closes 30 November.

https://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Coronavirus/COVID-19-residents-survey-2021.aspx

 


Grants of up to £1,500 available for local people to improve wellbeing in their community

Dear Residents
Staffordshire County Council have provided the following information:

Eight Grants of up to £1,500 are being offered to individuals, organisations and groups to fund new projects that improves the health and wellbeing of local people, especially those who are more likely to experience health inequalities.

 

Healthwatch Staffordshire, the consumer champion for health and social care in Staffordshire has launched the Community Cash Fund to invest in the capacity of small grassroots projects and groups that hope to improve the wellbeing of and amplify individuals’ voices in their local communities.

 

There is no need for the group to be a registered charity or to be an official group, we welcome individual applications too. All projects will be judged on their merits.

Interested groups or individuals will need to complete a short application form by the 10 December 2021 and will hear by 17 December 2021 if they have been successful.

 

The projects do not have to be expensive or complicated. The options are only limited by people’s imagination and commitment to improving the wellbeing of their local community.

 

The projects need to focus on one of the four areas listed below.

  • The impact of Covid-19 on young people accessing and receiving mental health services
  • The implications of Covid-19 in accessing Primary Care – using technology
  • The impact of Covid-19 on people having hospital treatment delays or cancellations
  • The impact of Covid-19 on Carers of accessing Primary Care and/or hospital treatment delays or cancellations for themselves of the person they care for.

 

Projects will be expected to start in early January 2022 and run for a maximum of 10 weeks ending 18 March.

 

More information about the Community Cash Fund and how to apply can be found at https://healthwatchstaffordshire.co.uk/news/healthwatch-staffordshire-launches-the-community-cash-fund/


Covid 19 – Information about the Vaccine – Booster information – Testing

Dear Residents

We have been provided the following from Staffordshire County Council:

Vaccinations:

  • Two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine give you the best protection from coronavirus.
  • The county council, together with our partners continues to push vaccination take up for those who have not yet had their first or second dose.
  • Booster – Anybody who is 50 or over or has had certain health conditions are eligible for a booster, six months after their second dose.
  • See here for more details https://www.twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk/coronavirus/how-to-get-a-vaccine-where-and-travelling

Walk-in Vaccine Clinics for over 16s

Testing

People without symptoms only:

People with symptoms:

  • People with symptoms should not use a Lateral Flow Test and should self-isolate and book an appointment at one of the national testing sites.
  • Bookings can be made at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or by phoning 119
  • Mobile Testing Units (MTUs): Two national MTUs are operating across the county. These are national testing mobile centres, but the county council influences where they are deployed.

The Planned Mobile Testing Units Rota 13th to 30th November is as follows (subject to change)

Date Additional MTU

(support of closed LTS)

MTU 1 MTU 2
November 2021
 
Monday 15 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel B78 3NG JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

Tuesday 16 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Lichfield

WS13 6QG

JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

Wednesday 17 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Lichfield

WS13 6QG

Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

Thursday 18 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Codsall

WV8 1PX

Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

Friday 19 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Codsall

WV8 1PX

Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

Saturday 20 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB Tunstall – Genesis Centre ST6 4PY Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel

B78 3NG

Sunday 21 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB Tunstall – Genesis Centre ST6 4PY Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel

B78 3NG

Monday 22 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

Lichfield

WS13 6QG

Tuesday 23 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

Codsall

WV8 1PX

Wednesday 24 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

Codsall

WV8 1PX

Thursday 25 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel

B78 3NG

Friday 26 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Leek Britannia HQ

(Newton House) ST13 5RL

Tamworth – Sir Robert Peel

B78 3NG

Saturday 27 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB Tunstall – Genesis Centre ST6 4PY JCB World HQ

ST14 5JP

Sunday 28 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL JCB Tunstall – Genesis Centre ST6 4PY JCB World HQ

ST14 5JP

Monday 29 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Codsall

WV8 1PX

JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

Tuesday 30 November Meadowside LC – Burton on Trent DE14 1TL Codsall

WV8 1PX

JCB – Cheadle

ST10 2JU

 

 


£500,000 fuel poverty fund opens for grant applications – closing date Monday 22nd November 2021

Dear Residents

We have had the following from Western Power – closing date is Monday 22nd November 2021

 

Help us fight fuel poverty.

We are Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distribution network operator for the South West, South Wales and the Midlands. This winter we are launching our new ‘Community Matters’ scheme, a half-a-million pound fuel poverty fund to help families heat their homes this winter.

Tackling fuel poverty is a crucial and immediate priority for us, and as a result, we are calling on local charities, councils and community groups across our network to apply for grants worth up to £10,000 in order to aid their fuel poverty support activities as we enter what will be a challenging winter for many. It is expected that more than 100 grassroots organisations, across our regions, will be supported via the scheme.

The announcement follows the successful ‘In This Together – Community Matters’ fund, which throughout the COVID-19 pandemic received fantastic support from many MPs and distributed funds to a wide range of charities and community organisations. Separately over the past two years, we have worked with partners to deliver £20 million of direct savings for over 40,000 customers struggling to pay their bills.  The new scheme is the first phase of our annual £1 million community fund, which is provided entirely by the company’s shareholders.

To help guide applications, examples of the types of support we’d consider eligible for the fund are:

  • Energy tariff/switching advice
  • Energy efficiency guidance and products: Insulation installations, updating heating systems
  • Grant/discount scheme advice
  • Innovation/other to be detailed and impact clearly specified and demonstrated

Applications for the ‘Community Matters Fund’ are welcome from registered charities, community groups and councils within our distribution network area. The application form is available from our website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/community-matters-fund. We are welcoming applications up to £10,000 but no funding request is too small.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 22nd November 2021. 

Look out for us on social media #WPDCommunityFund.