Wingerworth Parish Council

Serving the people of Wingerworth

Clerk RFO: Charlotte Taylor
36 Hawksley Avenue
Chesterfield, Derbyshire
S40 4TW

NEDDC Parish Update from Cllr ME Thacker MBE 25.06.20

Following Tuesday's Government announcement about the re-opening of certain business sectors and changes to social distancing from 4th July, we have summarised all the key information on our website. We have added some Shop Local, Shop Safely information to the NEDDC website to reassure residents that safety measures are in place and businesses are COVID-19 safe and compliant for them to visit.

The 2m rule will also be reduced to 1m+ from 4th July and two households will also be able to gather in any setting from this date. We had hoped to get the go ahead to re-open our leisure centres, however indoor gyms, indoor soft play centres and swimming pools will not be allowed to open just yet. I know our leisure staff will be disappointed as they are desperate to get back to work to do what they do best. They have been working extremely hard behind the scenes to make centres COVID-secure. This work will continue until the centres can once again open their doors to customers.

It was also announced that shielding rules for the most clinically extremely vulnerable members of our society will be relaxed in stages from 6th July. From Monday 6th July, those shielding from Coronavirus can gather in groups of up to six people outdoors and form a 'support bubble' with another household.

The Council's website has been updated with information from the Derbyshire Dementia Support Service, which supports people living with dementia and their carers during the COVID-19 crisis.

From Saturday 1st August, the guidance will be relaxed even further. Clinically extremely vulnerable people will no longer be advised to shield but support will remain available from NHS volunteers and local Councils. From 1st August, those who need to work and cannot do so from home, will be able to return to work, so long as their workplace is COVID secure (see press release for more information).

I am pleased to announce we are launching a virtual Jobs Fair via our social media channels on 30th June from 10am-12pm. The Fair will feature both local and national employers, with hundreds of vacancies available, so please help to spread the word #NEDJobsfair. A further virtual Fair will also take place later in the year, so please keep checking our website and social media for updates.

6,907 residents have now made contact with us. The number of people seeking our help has dropped over the past two weeks but we will continue to provide whatever assistance we can to those residents who still need it. Additionally, Housing staff are continuing with limited welfare calls to people who are still shielding and have asked that we keep in touch. The majority of Housing Services are getting back to normal levels but staff are committed to continuing with Community Support work whilst ever it is needed.

Public Health England has just released an easy to read guide for people with possible Coronavirus symptoms. This tells you in easy to understand steps, what you should do if you, or someone you live with, has symptoms.

We continue to alert people via social media and our website to the scams taking place around the NHS Test and Trace system. Please make sure you know what to do if someone contacts you but take care not to hand over bank details. The NHS will never ask for these details as the service is free.

Meanwhile, our pharmacy support has now made over 8,640 deliveries whilst 95 food deliveries have been provided to those with no other means of buying food. Rykneld Homes continue to distribute the generous food donations made though participating Parishes to residents in greatest need, primarily through the local foodbanks. The Community Involvement Team at Rykneld Homes are also working on plans for the remainder of the financial year to ensure events and support groups can safely continue. The focus is on providing support to our more vulnerable residents and preventing social isolation as well as promoting community cohesion. A further update and programme of events will be provided to ensure everyone is aware of what is available in their Ward or Parish.

As you may know, NEDDC has declared a climate change emergency and adopted a Climate Change Action Plan. I'm sure you will agree that Climate Change is not an issue just for one organisation and we all need to work together to reduce our impact on the climate. So we have developed an information pack (attached) for Parish Councils which was circulated to Clerks earlier this week, to assist you in taking action yourselves and provide some ideas and useful information for you to consider. We know that due to the current Coronavirus situation some of the items can not apply right now, but Climate Change is a long term situation, and we need to plan for that. We also want your feedback and suggestions to add to future packs, and please let us know how we can help you achieve our national goal of net zero. Together, we can make a huge difference and reduce our carbon footprint, and help provide a better future for everyone.

Posted: Thu, 25 Jun 2020 14:44 by Charlotte Taylor

Tags: Press Release, Services