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Update for our members
6 April 2021

Please see below for an update from South Gloucestershire Council, which was sent to all members.

A message from the council

We hope you enjoyed the sunshine over the long weekend. The Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday that the next steps of easing out of lockdown will continue from Monday 12 April is great news. Our much loved high streets are poised to welcome you back - pubs and restaurants serving outside will reopen, along with non-essential shops, gyms, spas and hairdressers. We’ll send you our weekly update next Monday instead of the usual Tuesday with more details of the lockdown changes. The latest lifting of rules is thanks to your patience and perseverance during the past tough few months. But it is clear that the virus is still very much around as cases rise across Europe. We must not be complacent so please keep yourself and others safe by sticking to the rules. Remember: "Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air.”

Cllr Toby Savage
Leader of South
Gloucestershire Council
Dave Perry
Chief Executive,
South Gloucestershire Council

Council service updates

Community resilience fund
Today (Tuesday 6 April) we have launched the Community Resilience Fund. This £1 million fund is designed to help meet the needs of those whose income or outgoings have been impacted by Covid-19. We particularly want to hear from people who have not already had government financial support during the pandemic. Find out more here. 
Business restart grants
Business restart grants are available to support local businesses impacted by Covid-19. These grants are now open for applications. Find out more about the grant, eligibility criteria, and how to apply here. Discretionary funding grants, for businesses who are not eligible for this grant, will be opening later this month.
Garden waste subscriptions
It's that time of year when many garden waste subscriptions need renewing. Don't forget to check if yours is up for renewal online here.
Have your say: Thornbury
We are running online events on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 April to give you the opportunity to have your say on the future of Thornbury High Street. There will be separate engagement events for residents and visitors, local businesses, the hospitality sector, and organisations representing hard-to-reach groups. Register for the free events here.
Green light for low carbon schools
We've approved two brand-new, multimillion-pound low carbon primary and secondary school buildings. These will provide new and additional school places for local children in Lyde Green, for entry in September 2022. Read the full story here.
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Covid website

Public health advice

The main Covid-19 messages we are focusing on this week are around:
  1. Home testing kits
  2. Changes to test and trace check-in
  3. Planning a public event
  4. Reporting a positive Covid-19 test result in the school holidays.
These will be published throughout this week on our Twitter and Facebook accounts. Where possible, we ask that you please share our messages through your social media, newsletters and websites as appropriate. 
All our resources are also available on our website.

Thank you for helping us share important health news.
Home testing kits

We're asking people over the age of 16 to continue to do a rapid home test twice a week during the school holidays if your household, support or childcare bubble includes children or staff in nursery, primary school, secondary school, or college. These can be collected from various locations across South Gloucestershire. Find out more here

Reporting a positive Covid-19 test result in the school holidays

If your child tests positive during the school holidays please email us at with the following details:

  • The name of the school/setting
  • The year group and class your child is in
  • When your child’s symptoms started
  • When they were tested
  • What type of test they had – a rapid/lateral flow test or PCR test
  • When they were last in school.

Find out more information about testing for those in education and childcare here. And remember, if you are at all worried about your child’s symptoms over the holidays, please call the NHS on 111 and seek advice.

Twice weekly Covid-19 tests for all

The Government has announced that everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to access free, regular, rapid Covid-19 testing from Friday 9 April. Read the full story here.

Changes to test and trace check-in

When you return to your local pub beer garden or an outdoor café, remember that national guidance on using the test and trace check-in system has changed. Now every visitor aged 16 or over will be asked to check in instead of just one person in the group. You can do this quickly via the NHS test and trace app, which you can download here. If you do not have the app you will be asked to provide your name and contact details. Read the updated guidance here. 

Planning a public event?

As restrictions ease, more groups will start to look at planning public events. Organisers are advised to plan cautiously for events this summer as there are still likely to be some restrictions in place. As an event organiser you have a duty of care to ensure a safe and lawful event. Find advice here. For further support and guidance email

Covid-19: The local picture at-a-glance
Our local Covid-19 dashboard is an ‘at-a-glance’ picture of the current situation in South Gloucestershire. It provides the latest published Covid-19 figures specifically for South Gloucestershire including: total number of laboratory confirmed cases to date, number of laboratory confirmed cases in the last 7 days, the 7-day rate per 100,000 population and total number of all deaths by week and since January 2020 where Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate. This is updated daily Monday to Friday, in the morning.

It is also updated weekly with vaccination data, this is now at local authority level. 

Visit the South Gloucestershire Covid-19 dashboard here.

In your community

Become a foster carer
Become a foster carer for South Gloucestershire Council and you will be helping local children and young people stay within their community. This means they can go to the same school, see their friends, and spend time with their family if it is safe to do so. Find out more - call us today on 01454 866423 or complete our online form and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible. 
Grant for community, voluntary or social enterprise groups
Is your community, voluntary or social enterprise group in need of financial support for a project, service, event, or activity that benefits residents across South Gloucestershire? Our Area Wide Grant is available. The deadline for applications is midnight on 7 May 2021. Read more about the grant and how to apply here.
Learning Difficulties Development Fund
The Learning Difficulties Partnership Board gives money through the Learning Difficulties Development Fund to projects and groups to make Valuing People Now happen. If you’re part of a group or organisation supporting people with learning difficulties to lead more independent and fulfilling lives, apply by 23 April 2021.Read more about the fund and how to apply here. Applications will need to be made via the Supplying the South West Portal site.
Please help us share this message and pass on the details to anyone you know who may be interested.

Useful sources of information

  • South Gloucestershire Council Covid-19 freephone support number 0800 953 7778 and dedicated webpage
  • Our partner Southern Brooks for advice with food deliveries, prescriptions, mental health support and much more on 0333 577 4666 Mon-Fri 09:00-17:00.
  • South Gloucestershire Council social media accounts: Twitter and Facebook
  • Latest information from the Government on Covid-19:
  • NHS information on Covid-19:
  • British Sign Language (BSL) videos from Public Health England on Coronavirus and staying well this winter are available on our YouTube channel.
  • British Sign Language (BSL) videos from South Gloucestershire Council with short updates on the Covid-19 situation in South Gloucestershire.
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