MHDC advice update regarding Coronavirus- 27th March 2020

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Affected services

Our waste and recycling collections continue to operate as normal thanks to the dedication of our depot team.
To support this, we have stopped taking bulky waste collections until further notice.
We are offering businesses the opportunity to suspend their commercial and recycling collections to support them.
We are asking people on social media not to carry out house, garage or shed clearances unless they can store the waste for a period of time. The Household Recycling Centres are currently closed as it is classed as non-essential travel and we cannot accept side waste, as it would overwhelm our standard service.
The full list of affected services is available at http://www.malvernhills.gov.uk/coronavirus<http://www.malvernhills.gov.uk/coronavirus>

Social distancing rules

Police are now enforcing social distancing rules. In the first instance they will attempt to do this by consent but have the power to fine people if they refuse to comply.
We have already received reports of people gathering in our play areas and have worked with police to disperse them.
To report breaches of social distancing rules the police have asked people to use the online 101 reporting service.

Community Response Update

Many thanks for letting us know all the fantastic things you’ve been doing within your communities.
Changes are being made to the Worcestershire Here 2 Help campaign we mentioned to you in the last update and it will be more widely promoted from next week.
The Here2Help website provides a central location for those members of the community that do not need urgent help and are unable to seek help from family, friends and neighbours.

There are two forms people can fill in on the main website http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help
I need help – this is to support those who have nowhere else to turn for help with things such as collecting shopping or medicines, walking their dog etc. It is not intended as a service for those who already receive Adult Social Care help or who can ask family, friends or neighbours for help or are already linked with a community group in their area.

Tell us how you can help – for those who can offer assistance through volunteering, delivering essentials etc Anyone unable to complete the form online, can phone 01905 768053 where someone will be able to help you fill in the online form. This number can be used Monday to Sunday between 8am and 8pm.

Once people register for help, they will receive an email notification confirming their request has been received.

Requests for help will be responded to within 24 hours and someone will discuss with them in more detail their needs and what support can be offered.

Anyone who offers help may have their details passed on to a local volunteer or community group to help mobilise support needed.

Residents who have received a letter from the NHS asking them to self-isolate for 12 weeks and are deemed extremely vulnerable, can also use this number to request help with care, medicine and support with daily living.

Worcestershire County Council is responding to requests and has received more than 70 appeals for help since it went live on Monday evening, all with varying needs but most centre upon food supplies or medication collections. They will track the type of concerns which are coming through so they can ramp up that response and identify gaps in support.
If you know of any volunteers, groups or organisations who are offering help please ask them to fill in the offer of help form. https://capublic.worcestershire.gov.uk/CommunityPublic/OfferOfHelp.aspx?_ga=2.261372612.819327287.1584958627-808813890.1582819890

NHS Volunteering
The NHS call for a volunteer army has had over 500,000 responses. We are waiting to hear about how this army links with the here2help scheme. The current advice from County Council is to promote and register for both:
https://www.england.nhs.uk/2020/03/your-nhs-needs-you-nhs-call-for-volunteer-army/

Health & Wellbeing / Welfare Checks
Attached is a Mind Wellness checklist and social prescribing coronavirus resources which you may find useful to share with relevant people.
In addition to this Malvern Hills District Council is putting on weekly challenges linking to physical activity and wellbeing on our YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL-C-fgcehHzMYyxqgp414g
These can also be found on our Malvern Hills Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/MalvernHillsUK

As you will appreciate the current situation is moving swiftly. We will continue to update you as and when we have more information.

Ian Dipple
Joint Marketing and Communications Manager Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council Civic Centre, Queen Elizabeth Drive Pershore, WR10 1PT

Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board – advice and information on self-isolating

Groups within the parish are being encouraged to register your efforts on the Worcestershire ‘Here to Help’ website at: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help to help us see what is going on in local parishes during this pandemic.

There are two parts of the website one to register if you are offering help and one if you are asking for it.

Having organisations register on this site will help match individual needs to local help but also importantly give vital intelligence regarding any unmet individual needs and potentially support organisations to develop their local ‘offer’ to meet the needs of our communities.

WSAB Safeguarding adults info for self-isolating

COVID 19: Police and Crime Commissioner- Working together to beat the virus


COVID-19: Working together to beat the virus
The Coronavirus is a concern for us all across West Mercia and during these uncertain times we must work together to ease the situation. We all have our part to play and there are many ways to offer support to our communities’ most vulnerable whilst ensuring personal safety. I have seen communities come together throughout Worcestershire to provide services such as collecting prescriptions, shopping or even offering phone calls to ensure those most vulnerable are still cared for and not lonely. As Commissioner I would encourage you all to keep safe and listen to guidelines issued by the Government and local authorities but keep community spirit going and look out for each other.

More information about offering support across Worcestershire can be found here: http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion

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Parking issues at Abberley- Advice from Safer Neighbourhoods Team

The Parish Council have recently had reports of parking issues on The Common , Abberley.

Pedestrians having to squeeze past or walk in the road, Cars turning in from A443 often find themselves head on with vehicles leaving the Common.

We have contacted PCSO 6336 Vanessa Snape, our Community Support Officer of Martley and Tenbury Safer Neighbourhood Team and we detail her response below.

“IF a vehicle is causing an obstruction, call 101 with all the relevant information, an information log will be created. If it’s ‘antisocial’ parking, then send an email to the team mt.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk with a photo; we can send a generic letter to the registered keeper of the vehicle.”

Vanessa Snape
Police Community Support Officer 6336
Martley and Tenbury Safer Neighbourhood Team
E mail : mt.snt@westmercia.pnn.police.uk
Mobile 07814 040307
Voicemail 01905 725780
CRIME STOPPERS 0800 555 111

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection – GOV.UK

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Cancellation of Parish Council Meeting Wednesday 18th March 2020

Cancellation of Parish Council Meetings

Following advice from Worcestershire CALC, Abberley Parish Council meeting scheduled for Wednesday 18th March has been cancelled due to restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus.
The Government advises that everyone implement what is termed social distancing with those who are over 70 and those who would normally get the flu jab to be particularly stringent in observing this advice. Social distancing includes avoiding large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs, Village Halls and Council meeting rooms.

Until we are informed by the Government that it is safe to do so, the Parish Council will be managing their business without formal meetings. This is in line with guidance provided by Worcestershire CALC.

Parishioners should check the Parish Council website and contact the Parish Clerk with any matter over which they have a concern or make written representation.

We apologise for this inconvenience at this time.

Regards

Carole Hirst

Clerk and Responsible Finance Officer.

Coronavirus- Sources of Advice

SOURCES OF ADVICE
The coronavirus situation is fast-moving and there is an increasing amount of misinformation online. We should be using government advice to inform decisions and be checking that advice regularly.

Public Health England has FAQs that will be updated regularly

• This guidance, developed with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, aims to assist employers and businesses in providing advice to their staff

• You may find the advice from ACAS useful in considering any employment-related matters that may impact your local council

• For further reading, the Local Government Association has published a very useful list of different government advice sources

Useful links

Latest Government advice

Regularly updated information for the public on the outbreak, including the current situation in the UK and advice about the virus and its symptoms, as well as statements from the Chief Medical Officer on confirmed cases in the UK.

The Government has published its Coronavirus action plan, which outlines what the health and social care system across the UK has done to tackle the outbreak, and what it plans to do next.

Public Health England has produced a dashboard with information on confirmed cases of coronavirus.