COVID-19

 

February 2021

Talk Community HelplineIn order to support people to remain at home the Talk Community Covid-19 helpline continues to operate for those more vulnerable residents who are unable to source support from family, friends or their local community with food supplies, medication delivery or befriending.  The Talk Community helpline can also support registration for online shopping slots that have been allocated to Herefordshire with Tesco and Iceland and for CEV’s through the national system.

Please contact us or forward our contact details onto those requiring support to 01432 260027 or email talkcommunityhelpline@herefordshire.gov.uk or go to Coronavirus – Talk Community support for more information and to complete an online support form. The WISH website provides information on food and local suppliers. Contact NHS 111 for any urgent medication supplies.

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Volunteer register and support – Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service (HVOSS) continues working as part of the ‘Talk Community Herefordshire COVID-19 Response’ to help ensure all members of the community are supported, for as long as is needed. Volunteers can Register here and roles include -Vaccination Programme Support (non-medical), Shopping for food and essentials, Collecting prescriptions, Leaflet Distribution, Check in and chat. Local Community groups offering support to residents through the pandemic that need extra volunteer help can e-mail talkcommunity@hvoss.org.uk or call 01432 343932.

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Latest local Covid dataHerefordshire Council Coronavirus information is updated regularly. The weekly summaries about the impact of Covid-19 in Herefordshire are published, each week and latest version is attached.

An easy read coronavirus information page, which links to two Government booklets (national lockdown and Covid-19 vaccination) is available on the Herefordshire WISH website

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National Covid guidance is available on the Government website.

Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms – updated guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds and outdoor gyms to enable their use during the national lockdown in England.

Countryside Code – respect the outdoors – The Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has produced a series of posters and social media materials aimed at reducing littering, including disposable PPE items, and discouraging other breaches of the countryside code in open spaces. The resources are available for councils or other organisations to download to use in their local areas or to share across their social media channels.

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The vaccination programme is being led by our NHS colleagues in partnership with colleagues across the health and social care system.  Colleagues directly involved with administering and coordinating the vaccination are working extremely hard to ensure that the priority list advised by the government is followed and Herefordshire are currently the leading area in the country on rolling out the vaccine, it has vaccinated a higher percentage of people than any other county so far. The following links provide some information on the vaccinations and programme:

Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG website

Hereford Times website

Understanding Herefordshire website

Healthwatch Facebook page has the recording of their recent Covid19 vaccine Question and Answer webinar

Attached to this e-mail is the Stakeholder Briefing on Delivering the NHS Covid-19 vaccination, from Simon Trickett, Chief Executive, Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG and STP, dated 21st January.

Official figures have been released which shows that nearly 80,000 people across our two counties have already received their Covid-19 vaccination. We’ve still a long way to go, but with even more vaccination sites and community pharmacies coming online soon we’ll continue to make rapid progress in our fight against this virus.

Ross Community development Trust have an update from our Primary Care Network 24 January 2021 on their website


February 2021

We are currently undertaking research on behalf of Herefordshire Council to identify the impact of COVID on local families.  In particular we would really like to hear from working families that have experienced very difficult times financially – maybe for the first time.  Have you experienced any of the following as a direct result of Covid 19:

  • Been unable to pay household bills or buy sufficient food for your family
  • Difficulty in paying mortgage or rent
  • Inability to work due to having children at home
  • Inability to work due to illness (either Covid or another illness)
  • Redundancy or reduced working hours
  • Loss or closure of business if you are self-employed

Families have faced huge challenges as a result of the Pandemic, and for many this had led to financial difficulties that have never been faced before.  Herefordshire Council and partners can offer support but they need to understand what support will be most valuable to ensure that resources are not wasted.

Between 8th February and 17th February we want to talk to between 20-25 families.  We want to listen to your story and how and why you have been impacted.  We also want to understand what support would be most useful to you – this will help ensure that the Herefordshire Council and partners are able to offer the best support in the future.

Please reply to Claire Carter, claire@impactconsultancy.co.uk, if you are willing to participate in this research.  We will then contact you by telephone at a time that is convenient for you.  All participants will receive a £20 supermarket voucher.     


Latest COVID-19 figures for Herefordshire

Talk Community Helpline – In order to support people to remain at home the Talk Community Covid-19 helpline continues to operate for those more vulnerable residents who are unable to source support from family, friends or their local community with food supplies, medication delivery or befriending.  The Talk Community helpline can also support registration for online shopping slots that have been allocated to Herefordshire with Tesco and Iceland and for CEV’s through the national system. If you require support call 01432 260027 or email talkcommunityhelpline@herefordshire.gov.uk or go to Coronavirus – Talk Community support for more information and to complete an online support form. The WISH website provides information on food and local suppliers. Contact NHS 111 for any urgent medication supplies.

Volunteer register and support – Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service (HVOSS) continues working as part of the ‘Talk Community Herefordshire COVID-19 Response’ to help ensure all members of the community are supported, for as long as is needed. Volunteers can Register here and roles include -Vaccination Programme Support (non-medical), Shopping for food and essentials, Collecting prescriptions, Leaflet Distribution, Check in and chat. Local Community groups offering support to residents through the pandemic that need extra volunteer help can e-mail talkcommunity@hvoss.org.uk or call 01432 343932.

National Covid guidance is available on the Government website.  In particular, the following has been updated to reflect new national lockdown restrictions.

Coronavirus: How to help safely Across the UK people are playing their part and providing essential support to their friends and family who are in isolation.

Enabling safe and effective volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19) This guidance aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the pandemic.

COVID-19 vaccination: easy-read resources Easy-read guides providing information on coronavirus (COVID-19) and vaccination.

Getting help with daily activities outside your home during coronavirus If you need support while outside your home, this guide explains what you and the people helping you should do to limit the spread of coronavirus

COVID-19 Vaccine Fraud Alert – It’s clear the COVID-19 vaccination programme has opened up new opportunities for criminals. The CrimeStoppers Covid Fraud Hotline (0800 587 5030) allows the general public to report suspected fraud regarding any of the government support schemes, whilst remaining 100% anonymous. 

 


How you can help:

  • Encourage people to wash their hands regularly with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds, especially before cooking and eating; after using the toilet and using public transport. Please display the enclosed posters within your communities.
  • Remind people to ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it’: If you sneeze or cough remember to catch it with a tissue; bin it and kill it by washing your hands or using a hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water isn’t available.
  • Advise people to follow PHE’s returning traveller advice: There are some countries and areas where there’s a higher chance of coming into contact with someone with coronavirus. If you have returned from travelling outside of the UK within the last 14 days please check and follow the PHE specific advice for returning travellers.
  • Add the ‘Catch it. Bin it. Kill it’ to your email signature (copy in my signature below): remind people to practice good respiratory and hand hygiene by adding the enclosed logo to the bottom of your email signature.  
  • Signpost people to reputable sources of information: stay up to date and avoid misinformation by visiting and signposting people to the below web pages.  

Additional sources of general information:

For the latest, reputable sources of information about this coronavirus please visit and signpost the general public to the following websites: