Major changes come into effect for Local Lockdown
The announcement last Tuesday concerning a Local Lockdown across Wrexham County Borough certainly caught many of us off-guard. Figures have gone from a steady decline since the defined Outbreaks in the Maelor Hospital and Rowan Foods to a reversal trend over a 24-hour period this week with case numbers still rising. It is now more important than everyone takes notice of the guidance to safeguard themselves, relatives, and others they meet and applying for a Test if presenting with any symptoms.
The local ‘R’ number is now above 1, this means that every person who is positive will potentially infect between 10 and 15 other people.
It is important that any community organisation that operates a community-building review their Risk Assessments in view of the current guidance and infection spread. Some activities that started over the past two weeks may now need to stop and in some instances will be illegal for them to take place.
The Welsh Government has issued a Questions and Answers specifically for Wrexham and is available to download, from the Welsh Government website.
The latest information from First Minister, Mark Drakford is
“We are once again seeing cases of coronavirus rising across Wales and the reintroduction of restrictions in many parts of the country to protect people’s health and control its spread. Many people will have the support of their family at this time but large numbers of people – young and old – live alone. None of us should have to face coronavirus on our own. Creating temporary bubbles for single people and single parents in local lockdown areas will make sure they have the emotional support they need during this time.”
Further information on this announcement is available from the BBC website.
The AVOW COVID-19 Team are still operational, and our helpdesk and staff are on hand to help identify a volunteer or other resources within the community.
If you would like to contact a member of the team, please phone us on 01978 312556 or email COVID19@avow.org.
AVOW would like to thank all everyone who has stepped forward to volunteer over the past six months. As well as officially recruiting volunteers, AVOW has seen a number of individuals volunteering their time at Street Level. This plays a significant part in the community response and allows us to identify vulnerable individuals and areas quickly. The AVOW COVID-19 Community Awards went live last week, to say Thank You to those who were nominated.
Looking out for our neighbours
Although during the local lockdown residents will be able to leave their houses for shopping and other supplies. It is natural that some will be feeling very anxious and not able to leave the safety of their own home. It is important that everyone who knows someone living by themselves is a good neighbour and keeps an eye on others in their neighbourhood. As we move into the Autumn period and dark nights many people do not like going out normally but with COVID-19 their anxiety will be higher.
If you or someone you know have any concerns please contact Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC) by phone on 01978 292000, who will be able to give further guidance.
Food Provision and Support
As food shortage is often one of many issues that can arise in the household, these services are also able to signpost to additional services. Please get in touch with one of the agencies above if you need support.
Food Support Research
AVOW has conducted research into the many community-based food providers and this has been shared with representatives from the Welsh Government, Welsh Local Government Association, Wrexham County Borough Council and a wide range of providers. At a recent meeting, it has been decided that there is a need for ongoing work to look at the best ways to provide support for food and other support.
The next meeting will be held on Friday 23rd October from 11.00 am, Zoom registration is now open.
Test and Trace App
The launch of the Test and Trace app is a significant tool in dealing with the control and spread of COVID-19. Everyone is urged to download the app so in the event of being in contact with someone who proves to be positive and can be contacted by the Wales TTP – Test, Trace and Protect service who would send an alert if you have been in contact with someone who is positive.
Further information on the Test, Trace and Protect service can be found on the NHS COVID-19 website.
Opening Community Buildings
Several meetings have been held with a wide range of representatives from the management groups of community buildings. The group has looked at many issues around the opening of facilities and the interpretation of the Welsh Government guidance. Resources have been provided to help with Risk Assessment, information on useful contacts and general support about what activities are or are not permissible. Regulations 12 and 14 along with Welsh Government Guidance is quite complex and open to interpretation.
In view of the new ‘lockdown’, it is important that any current activities are reviewed and assessed as to whether they should still be carrying on. The management committee is ultimately responsible, and it is for them to make the final decision on the use of the buildings.
There is a catch-up meeting scheduled for anyone connected with a community building. This meeting will take place on 4th November from 11:30 am until 12:30 pm. To book your place, please join us on Zoom.
For further information or guidance, please contact Community Development Officer, Rafat Arshad-Roberts by email Rafat.Arshademail@example.com.
Carer Representative Wanted
The North Wales Regional Partnership Board are seeking Carer Representation. Carers during the pandemic period have found it extremely difficult and it is important that their voice can be heard with those who plan services – this is an opportunity for a carer to contribute to making a difference.
For more information please see the below packs in English and Welsh.
Vaccine volunteers for trails
COVID-19 vaccine studies. An NHS service has been launched (20 July), helping people across the UK sign up for information on the new COVID-19 vaccine trials. The new NHS Covid-19 vaccine research registry will help large numbers of people be recruited into the trials over the coming months, potentially leading to an effective vaccine being identified and made available. There are currently four separate vaccines developments being supported for UK use.
Flu Vaccines: Urgent Action Required
As part of the prewinter flu that regularly has an impact on our health services people are being urged to book a flu vaccination as soon as possible. There are unfortunately already significant issues about availability through GP surgeries and local Pharmacies with some not having availability until the end of November.
People in the vulnerable groups should contact their Doctor asap if they are unable to obtain a vaccination in a community pharmacy. For more information please visit the Public Health Wales website.
Comic Relief Voluntary Sector Emergency Fund
AVOW has received a £26,000 share of the funding from the Comic Relief A Big Night In- the fund was launched on the 13th July and the full application is available from the AVOW website.
Each project much match at least one of the below criteria:
- Children survive and thrive: Actions to give children the best start in life and access to opportunities to achieve their potential
- Gender justice: Actions to improve equality for women and girls
- A safe place to be: Actions to help vulnerable people improve their circumstances and safety
- Mental health matters: Actions to enable access to support and increase awareness.
Upcoming Events at AVOW
AVOW Training: Protect Your Assets
Date: Monday 19th October
Time: 2pm until 4pm
Registration link: please visit the Zoom link
In conjunction with National Charity Fraud Week (21st – 25th October 2020), AVOW is delivering Protect Your Assets training via Zoom.
The objective of this training will be to look at how your organisation can and should protect your finances. As well as avoid losing funds, inappropriate use of funds, and how to look after assets you own.
Delivered by Chief Officer of AVOW, John Gallanders
For further information on the course please contact Sharon Stocker, by phone 01978 312556 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UK Parliament Week
Meet our Local MPs
Date: Monday 2nd November
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: via Zoom
Registration: via Zoom
As part of National Parliamentary Week, AVOW are organising a Zoom event with both MP’s in Wrexham County Borough, Sarah Atherton MP for Wrexham and Simon Baynes MP for Clwyd South.
This will be an opportunity to find out what it is like to be a new MP, work in the constituency and to ask questions on current issues.
AVOW hopes to keep this as a weekly briefing to share with our community’s support information and guidance- if there are issues you want information on email email@example.com
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