Update from Cllr Penny-Anne O’Donnell

Good Evening,

I hope you have enjoyed this beautiful weekend weather!

As we continue to try to formulate our new normal, we are ever mindful that it is a fine balancing act. This is especially the case for those households who stopped shielding this weekend.

In a week where there has been a spike in cases else where in the country remaining alert and vigilant is key to keeping our district safe. As many people are planning staycations this Summer adhering to the Government advice around and washing, face coverings and safe distancing remains of paramount importance.

Business Rate Grants – SDC have made the current total is £33,541,000 to 2854 businesses, this includes 234 Discretionary grants totalling £1,339,500

Stratford Town Centre – SDC and WCC are listening re businesses concerns around the new road layout to make Stratford Covid Compliant. As with any new scheme it takes time to practically see how ideas can be improved. A revised scheme has been developed and will be announced in the near future.

COVID-19 Thank you neighboring Cllr Ann Parry for the following WCC data:

The cumulative cases across the county are now 2552 up from 2538 with confirmed cases in Stratford on Avon District at 532 up by five cases since the previous week. These cases now include data from both Pillar 1 (hospitals and NHS settings) and also Pillar 2 (community). Testing is continuing at Stratford College and the Track and Trace initiative is continuing to work well.

Out of the 423 SWFT Hospital Beds there are no inpatient cases of COVID-19 at present and no patients are in the intensive care unit. The cumulative deaths across Stratford District remains the same as the last two weeks at 167 with the deaths in care home remaining at 82 from a cumulative of 946 ‘all cause deaths’ in the district. The cumulative total of all COVID-19 deaths in Warwickshire is now 588 (up four over the week) and over the same period there have been 3143 non COVID-19 related deaths in Warwickshire. Across the county there have been a total of 211 COVID-19 deaths in care homes settings (an increase of two in the last week) compared to 1101 ‘all cause deaths’ in care homes over the same period.

The capacity in hospitals remains excellent with no beds occupied by COVID-19 patients but there are 17% beds taken up with suspected COVID-19 patients. There are 42% of beds occupied by Non-COVID-19 patients and a spare capacity of 41% reinforcing that the NHS is getting back to business!

Have a great week, enjoying this beautiful weather at a safe distance from others.

Penny-Anne O’Donnell

Ward Member Ettington.

Warwickshire Trading Standards Weekly Scam Alerts category updates

Warwickshire Trading Standards Weekly Scam Alerts

Please help us to warn and inform Warwickshire residents and businesses by circulating this information. Thank you.

Bogus Live Streaming Websites Warning

Following the COVID-19 related closure of music and entertainment venues, many artists turned to live streaming, performing live or streaming recorded material. But warn Trading Standards criminals have been setting up bogus social media pages to promote scam live streams designed to steal personal information through a bogus registration process. Scammers have also targeted genuine live streams to direct people away to bogus donation pages. Streaming platforms such as Netflix and Spotify have also been targeted by criminals who send out phishing scam emails to get users to reveal personal or financial information or make payments.

Zoom Users Targeted by Criminals

Users of the popular video conferencing service Zoom have been targeted by fraudsters, Trading Standards is warning. Bogus Zoom emails inform the recipient that a ‘Zoom voicemail’ has been received. They are then directed to phone a premium rate number to hear it, costing a reported £6! Other bogus email messages include fake Zoom conference call invitations that direct recipients to copycat login pages from which usernames and passwords can be stolen.

Bogus Food Parcel Scam

Warwickshire residents have reported receiving suspicious and unexpected phone calls from people claiming to be from ‘the Council’ offering COVID-19 food parcels before asking for personal information including names, work/business information and dates of birth!

HMRC Tax Fraud Scam

More Warwickshire residents are reporting being the targets of the HMRC tax scam. The latest scam involves residents receiving a recorded message stating that they are being investigated by HMRC for tax fraud and directing them to press 1 to speak to an official to resolve the matter!

Bogus Bank SMS Messages

Warwickshire residents and businesses who bank online and receive SMS (text) messages from their banks are warned to beware of bogus SMS (text) messages that may appear amongst genuine messages in their SMS feeds. These bogus messages usually state that a new payment has been made or direct debit or standing order set up via their banking app. The message goes on to say that if the bank customer was not responsible for the payment or new instruction, they should report it. They are then directed to follow a link in the text message to a fake or copycat version of their bank’s genuine website and login with their username and password. The scammers then steal this information.

Advice from Warwickshire Trading Standards

  • NEVER reveal personal or financial information to cold callers on the phone or the doorstep
  • Whether you are visiting an entertainment website, shopping, banking or accessing Government information or making benefit applications etc. online, ALWAYS visit the website by typing the web address into your Internet browser or use the genuine App. NEVER follow a link in an email or text message, even if it appears genuine
  • Report all scams and obtain help and advice by phoning the Citizens Advice Consumer Service, tel: 0808 223 1133
  • Visit tradingstandards

Best Wishes

Duty Officer
Trading Standards Service

Communities Directorate
Warwickshire County Council
Old Budbrooke Road
CV35 7DP

Website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards

Doorstep crime alerts from Warwickshire Trading Standards

Hello All,

For your information. Please feel free to share these messages.

The online version of this alert can be read here: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/news/article/201/15-06-2020-latest-doorstep-crime-warnings

Thank you

‘Nottingham Knockers’ Warning

Warwickshire Trading Standards has received reports from Warwickshire Police that groups of so called ‘Nottingham Knockers’ have been operating in the Nuneaton and Bedworth area in the past few days. These doorstep callers offer small household products for sale which may be of poor quality, at inflated prices, and pressure homeowners in to buying by falsely claiming to be ex-convicts on probation schemes.

Door to Door Mattress Seller Warning

Warwickshire residents are being targeted by door to door mattress sellers. The sellers often employ high pressure sales techniques to encourage a sale and may claim the products are surplus stock from new development show homes or that they are top of the range products, whilst in reality they may be cheap imports that may not even meet UK fire safety regulations.

Rogue Traders Leaflet Local Residents

Rogue traders are leafleting residents offering roofing and driveway work. Rogue traders use bogus local addresses and telephone numbers linked to mobile phones. This makes them appear local but in reality they are very hard to trace. Rogue traders charge
high prices and the work they carry out is poor and often unnecessary. Whether you receive a knock on the door or a flyer through your letterbox, you can’t tell a good trader from a bad one under those circumstances.

Advice to Warwickshire Residents

  1. Never buy goods or services from unexpected doorstep sellers
  2. If in doubt, keep your door closed
  3. To report a rogue trade to Trading Standards, phone Citizens Advice on 0808 223 1133
  4. For more information and advice, visit: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards

Best Wishes

Duty Officer
Trading Standards Service

Communities Directorate
Warwickshire County Council
Old Budbrooke Road
CV35 7DP

Website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards

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Open letter to the Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Sector

Warwickshire County Council
Councillor Izzi Seccombe
PO Box 9, Shire Hall
Warwick, CV34 4RR

All Warwickshire Voluntary & Community
Organisations & Volunteers  5th June 2020

Dear colleagues
As we near the end of this year’s Volunteers Week, we would like to personally thank you for all your time and dedication in supporting the county’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  
Volunteers, community organisations and voluntary groups make an essential contribution to residents’ everyday lives and this has been especially the case during the Covid-19 outbreak. 
The contribution of volunteers in Warwickshire has never been greater and we have seen so many examples of the efforts these groups have made, and continue to make, to support vulnerable people.  The outbreak has shown us the true capability and strength of the voluntary and community sector in Warwickshire.   
Established voluntary groups have risen brilliantly to the challenges presented by such difficult and unprecedented circumstances.   
Warwickshire residents who have found themselves vulnerable and isolated without access to support from family, friends or neighbours as a result of Covid-19 have been helped in so many ways by a growing number of volunteers. 
The many local and mutual aid groups that formed quickly and effectively at the end of March have given essential support around tasks such as prescription deliveries, essential transport, shopping and befriending, especially to people shielding and isolating.   
It’s no exaggeration to say that the support provided by the sector has been lifesaving and lifechanging. We are moved by the overwhelming kindness and solidarity present across the county and the community spirit which has been fostered. 
The quality of life in Warwickshire has always been greatly enhanced by the contribution of volunteers, but your support for vulnerable people living in our communities during the Covid-19 pandemic has been incredible. 
Without the huge effort of volunteers and voluntary groups across Warwickshire we wouldn’t be in the position we are now: moving away from responding to the outbreak to planning for recovery and creating the conditions for communities to be stronger than ever. 
Volunteer week may be coming to a close, but we know your work is not and we will continue to support and celebrate all your efforts. You are ‘never more needed’ as we work together to prepare for the future.   
Thank you. 
Kind regards,
Cllr Izzi Seccombe
Warwickshire County Council

Monica Fogarty
Chief Executive
Warwickshire County Council
Copyright © 2020 Warwickshire County Council, All rights reserved.

Warwickshire Trading Standards Message

Dear All,
Please help us to protect residents by passing on this information.
Many thanks for your help.

Beware Scams Associated with the Government’s New NHS test and trace service 

The Government’s new NHS test and trace service is designed to trace people who might have come in to contact with someone who has coronavirus and help prevent the spread of the disease. Advice has been issued on how to spot fraudsters who may try to use NHS test and trace to steal personal and financial information and perpetrate scams. 

If you test positive for coronavirus, the NHS test and trace service will send you a text or email alert or call you with instructions of how to share details of people with whom you have had close, recent contact and places you have visited. 

The NHS test and trace service will also contact you if have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Again, the alert will usually come by text, email or phone call. 

Fraudsters may make telephone calls falsely claiming to be NHS test and trace staff or send bogus texts or emails. 

If it’s really NHS test and trace calling you it will be from their single number 0300 0135 000although scammers are known to be able to make their phone calls appear to come from genuine numbers. Scammers can also do this with text messages too and can even make messages appear in a chain of texts alongside previous genuine messages, making them look plausible. 

That is why is it very important to understand what NHS contact tracers will ask you to do and what they willnever ask you to do.

Contact tracers will: 

  • call you from 0300 013 5000 
  • send you text messages from ‘NHS’ 
  • ask you to sign into the NHS test and trace service website: https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk/  
  • ask for your full name and date of birth to confirm your identity, and postcode to offer support while self-isolating 
  • ask about the coronavirus symptoms you have been experiencing 
  • ask you to provide the name, telephone number and/or email address of anyone you have had close contact with in the 2 days prior to your symptoms starting 
  • ask if anyone you have been in contact with is under 18 or lives outside of England 

Contact tracers will never: 

  • ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to us (for example, those starting 09 or 087) 
  • ask you to make any form of payment or purchase a product or any kind 
  • ask for any details about your bank account 
  • ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts 
  • ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone 
  • disclose any of your personal or medical information to your contacts 
  • provide medical advice on the treatment of any potential coronavirus symptoms 
  • ask you to download any software to your PC or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet to anyone else 
  • ask you to access any website that does not belong to the government or NHS 

Full details are available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works 

Warwickshire Trading Standards advises all residents to: 

  • Be vigilant. Don’t be afraid to delete an email/text or put the phone down if you believe it to be a scam 
  • Take your time, don’t be rushed in to revealing personal information 
  • If in doubt, ask or family member or friend for their advice 
  • Report any type of scam to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133. Citizens Advice can provide telephone support and advice. They will also alert Warwickshire Trading Standards Service who can provide additional advice 
  • For more advice visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards 

If you wish to unsubscribe from these email messages, please email tradingstandards@warwickshire.gov.uk stating in the email message box ‘Please unsubscribe from COVID-19 email messages’ and you email address. 

Best Wishes
Duty Officer Trading Standards Service
Communities Directorate
Warwickshire County Council
Old Budbrooke Road
CV35 7DP

Website: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards

Lockdown Update 5th June 2020

Volunteers and Community initiatives have been at the heart of our country’s response to Covid.19 .The army of volunteers is awe inspiring.

In this week celebrating volunteers it’s key that we celebrate our hidden heroes within the wonderful ward of Ettington. Therefore, please email me any Hidden Heroes you feel need to be celebrated.

Email: Penny-Anne.O’Donnell@stratford-dc.gov.uk

Yesterday the Government announced that they are:

Providing over 1,500 bed spaces to support survivors of domestic abuse at risk during the pandemic, backed by £8.1 million of government funding. This will support domestic abuse safe accommodation services. It will provide over 1,500 beds to support survivors of domestic abuse at risk during the pandemic, and will also support the critical work these charities do to help survivors and their children to rebuild their lives. 

Hospital Staff and visitors are required to wear PPE:

Requiring all visitors and outpatients to wear face coverings – and all hospital staff to wear Type 1 and Type 2 surgical masks – from 15 June. One of things that we have learnt is that those in hospital and working in hospital are more likely to catch coronavirus, whether they work in a clinical setting or not. And so, to offer even greater protection, we are also providing new guidance to NHS staff in England, and all hospital stuff will be required to wear Type-1 or Type-2 surgical masks, which will apply to all staff at all times. 

PPE Public Transport:

From 15 June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England, to help control the virus and save lives.

Although people should continue to avoid public transport wherever they can, it’s likely that as restrictions are carefully eased – when it is safe to do so – more people will need to use it.

As well as social distancing and regular hand-washing, wearing a face covering can help prevent the spread of coronavirus. That’s why the Government is asking transport operators to make face coverings mandatory for staff and passengers on all public transport in England – with operators able to refuse to travel or issue penalty fines.

Wearing a face covering is something that we can each do to help each other and will help us travel with confidence as restrictions are eased.

Warwickshire Update

As we have been taking tentative steps forward as certain restrictions  of Lockdown are lifted Public Health Warwickshire (PHW) is continuing to reinforce the importance of social distancing and washing hands regularly to maintain infection control.

COVID-19 Update

The cumulative cases in the county are now 1487 up from 1447 with confirmed cases in Stratford on Avon District at 366 up from 362 representing an increase of just four new cases since the previous week which is one more case than last week, but still encouraging. Testing is continuing at Stratford College and the Track and Trace procedures have commenced.

Out of the 423 SWFT Hospital Beds there are six cases of COVID-19 and one case in intensive care.  With the updated ONS figures sadly the cumulative deaths across Stratford District are now 155 (an increase of seven in the last week) which includes 77 from the care home settings.  The cumulative total of all COVID-19 deaths in Warwickshire is now 489 and over the same period there have been 2887 non COVID-19 related deaths in Warwickshire.  Across the county there have been 186 COVID-19 deaths in care homes settings compared to 901 non COVID-19 deaths in care homes over the same period.  

The capacity in hospitals remains good with 1% of beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and 15% with suspected COVID-19 patients  There are 31% of beds occupied by Non-COVID-19 patients and a spare capacity of 53% reinforcing that the NHS is very much open for business! 

Wellesbourne Market

No current plans for the market to be reopened in view of strict social distancing and event management guidelines for operators.

Waste Household Recycling

The online booking system continues to work really well and the sites open include Burton Farm in Stratford and Princes Drive, Leamington Spa: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/hwrc  More dates will be released on a continuing basis by WCC but remember a household can only book on visit every two weeks. Still no news as yet on the reopening of Wellesbourne or Shipston.

Discretionary Business Grants

Stratford on Avon District Council has been allocated an additional £1.6million to support businesses across the district as part of the Government’s Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund.

The scheme aims to provide support for businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic in addition to the Small Business Grant and the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grant Funds, which remain open for eligible ratepayers to apply who have not yet claimed.

SDC is anticipating a huge demand for the Grants and therefore is setting a maximum limit of £10k.The scheme will provide support to businesses that fall into a number of main priority areas:

·       Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax

·       Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces,

·       Regular market traders with fixed building costs

·       Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief

The basis of the scheme is set out below and the full policy is on the website . However, the Council is accepting applications from other Businesses significantly affected by Covid 19 who:

·       are suppliers reliant on the retail hospitality and leisure industry who were not included within the original scheme

·       have a Rateable Value greater than £15k but are outside of the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors

·       have a Rateable Value marginally greater than £51k but could be considered as a small business

·       are a Small Business who are not eligible for Small Business Rate Relief as they occupy a second

·       property with a combined value below £15k

·       are a business unique to the tourism sector within the Stratford District.

For more information on the scheme, please read the Council’s policy for the grant .Applications can be made from Monday 8th June to Friday 26th June 2020 via https://www.stratford.gov.uk/coronavirus/discretionary-business-grant.cfm

Severn Trent

You will have seen that there have been difficulties with water pressure  within certain areas of the midlands region and this extended as far as areas of our ward. Some issues with long standing structural issues and other due to increased demand.

If you know of anybody who is shielding or vulnerable it is wise to insure they are listed with Severn Trent on their vulnerable list as they will get prioritized. If a Vulnerable person is without water for 6 hours Severn Trent will provide an alternative source of water and it is 12 hours for a non vulnerable person. To ask to be added to the list call the operations dept on 03457 500500

Shop Openings

The opening of our shops on 15th June will be particularly welcomed by us all and some businesses are adopting a booking system to meet the social distancing requirements. It is worth checking out websites before visiting.

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Lockdown Update 29th May

The Chancellor has just announced that the Government will be:

  • Extending the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme for three months – so that people will be able to claim a second and final grant in August. Individuals whose livelihoods are adversely affected by coronavirus will be eligible for further support worth 70 per cent of their average monthly trading profits, capped at £6,570 in total. The eligibility criteria are the same for both grants, and individuals will need to confirm that their business has been adversely affected by coronavirus. An individual does not need to have claimed the first grant to receive the second grant; for example, they may only have been adversely affected by coronavirus in this later phase.
  • Setting out details on how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue to support jobs and business as people return to work. In June and July, nothing will change for employers and the Government will continue to pay 80 per cent of people’s salaries. From August, the level of the grant will be slowly reduced and employers will be required to top up the government payment to ensure employees receive 80 per cent of their normal pay, up to a monthly cap of £2,500, throughout.
    • From July, businesses can bring furloughed employees back part time. This is a month earlier than previously announced to help support people back to work. Employers will be able to claim the furlough grant for the proportion of the employees’ normal hours they are not working – but they must pay their employees for the hours they are working. The Government will continue to pay 80 per cent of wages up to £2,500, plus employer National Insurance and pension contribution.
    • From August, the job retention scheme will be slowly tapered to reflect that people will be returning to work. The government will pay 80 per cent of wages up to a cap of £2,500, but employers will start paying employer National Insurance and pension contributions.
    • From September, the government will pay 70 per cent of wages up to a cap of £2,190. Employers will be asked to pay the remaining 10 per cent, in addition to employer National Insurance and pension contributions.
       From October, the government will pay 60 per cent of wages up to a cap of £1,875. Employers will be asked to pay the remaining 20 per cent, in addition to employer National Insurance and pension contributions.

Elsewhere in the district:

Whilst the easing of the Lockdown from 1st June is certainly welcome with the opportunity for us to meet up with friends and family in the garden or in another suitable outside space,  there is some nervousness being expressed by Public Health Warwickshire (PHW) in terms of infection control and to ensure we avoid a second peak. So the importance to observe social distancing and washing hands regularly continues and is imperative.

COVID-19 Update

The cumulative cases in the county are now 1447 up from 1409 with confirmed cases in Stratford on Avon District at 362 up from 359 representing an increase of just 3 new cases since the previous week which is very welcome news.  Testing is continuing at Stratford College.

Out of the 425 SWFT Hospital Beds there are 20 cases of COVID-19 and two cases in intensive care.  With the updated ONS figures sadly the cumulative deaths across Stratford District are now 148 which includes 74 from the care home settings.  The cumulative total of all COVID-19 deaths in Warwickshire is now 455 and over the same period there have been 2759 non COVID-19 related deaths in Warwickshire.  

Across the county there were 171 COVID-19 deaths in care homes settings compared to 865 non COVID-19 deaths in care homes over the same period.  There has been only one new case of COVID-19 in a care home setting in Warwickshire over the last week which is to be welcomed.

The capacity in hospitals remains good with 5% of beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. 15% with suspected COVID-19 patients and three patients in Intensive Care.  There are 27% of beds occupied by Non-COVID-19 patients and a spare capacity of 52% reinforcing that the NHS is very much open for business! 

Test and Trace

Warwickshire is leading the regional pilot with Coventry and Solihull for the Test and Trace initiative and WCC and PHE are really pleased to have been selected as a beacon council in this project.  The Test and Trace will also provide WCC with powerful tools to understand local trends on the spread of the virus through a local programme that is fit for purpose with the aim of keeping the ‘R’ value below 1.  It is not without its challenges in view of the size of the local footprint but this will be supported by rapid testing at scale, an integrated tracking service, use of data to identify contacts and using knowledge to prohibit infection control. The team will be working closely with the NHS and will be focusing on local, complex and potential high risk issues.

In addition, PHW are developing local outbreak plans and making sure that we have the testing capacity right with the flexibility to deploy mobile testing units to hotspots if and when required.

Care Homes

A vast amount of work has been carried out in the last few weeks with care homes with a focus towards controlling infection rates and developing a bespoke Resilience Plan. 

There has been a cumulative total of 565 cases or suspected cases in 64 care homes settings from a total of 160 homes in Warwickshire and WCC is continuing to focus on infection control in care homes together with testing and has received £7.2 million as part of the government’s care home support package of which approximately 75% will be going out directly to every care home at the rate of around £1000 per bed. The first phase of this funding has already been paid out to care homes.

Details of funding will be published on the WCC website by 30th May 2020.  WCC has supplied nearly 45,000 items of PPE to care homes via the 7 Day Emergency PPE facility.

Test kits are being provided for every care home for testing of both staff and residents. More than 2500 care home have now been tested and WCC continues to provide guidance, support and training to the sector on infection prevention and over 66% of care homes have taken up the offer and had training over the last two weeks.  WCC has also recruited an additional 100+ new members of staff to provide more support in this area.


Schools have been the central focus this past week and for the next two weeks and WCC is encouraging as many children back into school as they can.  Every school has had to submit a comprehensive risk assessment and I am awaiting confirmation of all the schools in our area that will be opening from 1 June 2020.  There is no such thing as a one size fits all approach as every school in terms of its size, facilities and layout is different.

Wellesbourne Airfield Market

Portfolio Holder Cllr Parry has been liaising closely with SDC Environmental Health, WCC Trading Standards, Warwickshire Police and Public Health Warwickshire contacts following the government’s guidelines to announce easing the restrictions on outdoor markets.  It is advised that the operator has reviewed the essential guidelines, together with the need to develop a comprehensive risk assessment and event management plan, and as a consequence the market will not be opening in the near future.

Waste Household Recycling

The online booking system continues to work really well and the sites open include Burton Farm in Stratford and Princes Drive, Leamington Spa: https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/hwrc  More dates will be released on a continuing basis by WCC but remember a household can only book on visit every two weeks.  

No news as yet on the reopening of Wellesbourne or Shipston, but the sites are currently being reviewed so hopefully this will be in the not too distant future. SDC is still collecting bags of textiles and small electrical appliances and these should be placed beside the blue bin for kerbside collection.  In the event of a missed collection, please email streetscene@stratford-dc.gov.uk

Business Grants

SDC has now paid out over £30million to businesses and organisations which are registered for business rates and the team have worked exceptionally hard in challenging circumstances to help as many businesses affected by the lockdown. 

Community Hubs

SDC has played a key role in setting up the Community Hub in Stratford Leisure Centre and delivering food packages to vulnerable and shielded residents across the districts.  Over 1000 food parcels have now been distributed and the team has worked extremely diligently and in liaison with WCC.

Recovery Plan

Stratford District Council has already been identified as the fourth worst hit district council in the UK in view of its reliance on tourism and hospitality, automotive manufacturing and agriculture.  From a financial perspective the loss of revenues and increased costs caused as a result of this unprecented epidemic means that SDC is currently forecast to be £8.1m in deficit!  Whilst there has been two tranches of COVID-19 Grants from the government these amount in total to around £1.3m so we are facing a massive shortfall!  SDC is continuing to lobby the Secretary of State, Robert Jenrick MP together with Nadhim Zahawi MP and Jeremy Wright MP to ensure our message hits the government very loud and clear in terms of our position and whilst a third tranche of funding is a possibility, the chances of a sizeable slice of the cake is minimal.

The senior management team and cabinet are consequently extremely focused on developing an economic recovery plan and liaising with the West Midlands Combined Authority, Coventry and Warwickshire LEP, Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub, Shakespeare’s England, Stratforward, the RSC and captains of industry to plan the way forward.

SDC is working really closely with businesses across the district, providing support and operational guidelines and is also liaising with WCC in terms of the reallocation of road space to incorporate pedestrians and cyclists in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Additional signage and markings in the parks and car parks have been erected to help ensure that members of the public observe social distancing measures.  Whilst the majority of retail outlets are closed in Stratford at present there are a number of outlets serving takeaways; we are therefore urging everyone to continue to act in accordance with the government advice yet enjoy their local environment with members of their household.  The message is that visitors are welcome to Stratford-on-Avon provided everyone stays alert and adheres to the strict social distancing measures.

Even in this glorious weather please remember the advice and:

We must stay alert, to control the virus, and save lives.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must: Stay at home as much as possibleWork from home if you canLimit contact with other people, up to 6 can now meet in an outdoor space.Those being shielded must still remain at home.Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)Wash your hands regularlySelf-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

Children and Young Person 24/7 Crisis Line

Children and Young Person Advice Helpline number to support crisis intervention and prevent mental health crisis

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT) want to support you during the difficult times we are facing due to the Covid 19 situation. To do this we have developed a 24 hour 7 day a week telephone Advice Helpline run by qualified mental health clinicians to be there for you to contact when you need. We know that the feelings you may be experiencing at such difficult times are frightening and can make you feel that your emotional wellbeing is in crisis. We know that these emotions can lead to a mental health crisis which often means that you no longer feel able to cope or be in control of your situation. You may feel great emotional distress or anxiety, cannot cope with day-to-day life, intense sadness and may be thinking about suicide or self-harm or experiencing thought disorientation that can feel like hallucinations or hearing voices.

We want to be there for you to support and give advice, to work with you to feel more able to be in control of your emotions and manage the distress you are feeling together with you.

Children and Young Peoples Specialist Mental Health service in CWPT have with the current crisis team worked together to develop a CYP response that will allow us to support you 24 hours 7 days a week and where needed continue to support you within the Rise Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing service directly for CYP.

Contact details

If you are calling between the hours of 8am and 8 pm please call Childrens Crisis Team at Whitestone on:
02476 641799

If you are calling between the hours of 8pm and 8 am please call Coventry Crisis team Crisis team:
02476 938000

What to expect when you call:

The mental health clinician who you speak to will want to know about you and will ask you some questions to help understand your feelings and emotions. They are doing this to help understand how to best help you and make sure that they get the right support for you.

Listening to you is so important and hearing your voice in terms of what you are experiencing, the feelings and the situation.

We may ask you about your family and the adults who are able to also support you or be part of your coping plan. This may mean we need to speak to an adult in your house as well but we will do this with you.

At times we may need to call you back to offer ongoing support and advice to do this we will need to have a contact number.

We also may need to think with you about other agencies that can support you but we will talk these suggestions through with you and or the adults you feel able to involve.

Most importantly we want to be able to offer advice and support over the phone as you need it to prevent a crisis feeling becoming too overwhelming.

As well as our 24 hour 7 day a week phone advice helpline we have also been working hard to provide resources on line to provide more direct advice and guidance.

We acknowledge that these Covid 19 times are presenting challenges for all of us and we want to make sure that we are reaching out to you all – children and young people, parents, career’s and families.

On the CWRise website you will find a wealth of up to date links, advice, guidance and support to help support during these times. In addition the following resources are available to all to telephone or contact via their website that are CYP focused. Young Minds parent helpline – 0808 802 5544 – website https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-helpline/ Papyrus 0800 068 4142 website https://papyrus-uk.org/hopelineuk/ opening hours 9am-10pm weekdays and 2pm – 10 pm weekends and Bank holidays

ChildLine 0800 1111 website https://www.childline.org.uk

Hub Update- May 2020

Hi Everyone

As things in the hub calm down and become more settled I thought we would move to a monthly newsletter instead of the weekly ones.

So as the government leads us out of lock-down with schools and business beginning to open, the new track and trace system is likely to affect our community over the coming months. It is now possible that anyone one of us in the community could receive the call to say we and our families have to self isolate for 14 days.

The Hub is ready to respond to those who find themselves suddenly requiring assistance in this eventuality. We ask all volunteers to alert us if they find themselves in this situation and please do let neighbours and friends know that we are here to help any of them during this phase.

I can now confirm that we have received £175 from Warwickshire County Council, the funds are being held on our behalf by the Parochial Church Council for which we are grateful.

A huge thank you to all involved in delivering our new leaflets to every house in the parish. A special thank you to Annette for taking over the organising of that when things got a bit tough in the Moon Household. We are all now fine and recovered from our experience of Covid 19.

The Parish Council have offered us a grant to cover the costs of the PPE purchased so far, the cost of running the hub mobile and the cost of the website hosting. Thank you to Tara for helping with the application for this grant.

We have taken delivery of 13 garden activity boxes. These boxes are for those aged 60+ who are shielding and who have an open space to plant three pollinator plants and watch for the insects that are attracted to them. The resources are of an excellent quality and include quizzes and puzzles as well as an insect identification booklet. If you know anyone who might appreciate one of these boxes please do email ettingtonhub. We can access more boxes if required.

Number of clients supported with prescription collection: 28
Prescription delivered so far: 59
Number of clients being supported with weekly shopping: 6
Number of clients receiving telephone support: 6
Number of Clients receiving other forms of support: 3
Number of clients registered:38
Number of volunteers registered:38

Please also be reminded that the Central Hub Team are hear to support volunteers at any time with anything that may be of concern. We now have direct access to a range of organisations that can support us and our clients in numerous ways. Please do contact Nikki on 07891 012660 to discuss any issues or concerns.