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Update for our members


16 November 2021

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

A message from the council

During winter, it’s really important to stay healthy. Taking care of ourselves and knowing where to go for the help you need is a vital part of this. Practising appropriate self-care can help health professionals to care for those who really need their expertise, and alleviates pressure on our already very busy local health and care system.
 
This week is National Self-Care Week. Doctors and pharmacists in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are encouraging us all to get ‘self-care aware’ by promoting top tips for looking after our own health and advice on how to treat minor ailments and illnesses at home. You can find full details here.

Let’s all look after ourselves and each other.
Cllr Toby Savage
Leader of
South Gloucestershire Council
Dave Perry
Chief Executive,
South Gloucestershire Council

Council service updates

Climate and Nature Emergency: Taking positive action


Over the past fortnight, world leaders at COP26 in Glasgow discussed how we can reduce carbon emissions and restore nature on a global scale in response to climate change. On a district-wide scale in South Gloucestershire, we are already acting to combat the emergency.
 
Our Climate Action Plan
The second year of our Climate Emergency Action Plan is complete. We have secured funding for nature restoration; retrofitted buildings; helped people buy solar panels and battery storage through our Solar Together programme; and launched our free Climate and Nature Emergency Training for everyone. Now we’re finalising our plans for 2022/23. Find out more here.
 
Doing your bit
You don’t need to attend a global summit to make a difference - we all have a role to play. You can:
  • Sign the Climate Emergency Pledge and get our free Climate and Nature Emergency Training here.
  • Turn your thermostat down by one degree and switch off lights and appliances
  • Buy what you eat and eat what you buy, to prevent food waste
  • Eat less meat and dairy, buy local and leave your car at home for short journeys
  • Plant a tree, build a pond or start composting to support wildlife
  • Reuse, repair, recycle and avoid single use items
  • Choose items without packaging wherever possible
  • Switch to a bank that invests in green and ethical industries. 
Tree week
We are giving away 250 vouchers worth £20 towards the cost of buying a tree during Tree Week (27 November-5 December 2021), the UK’s largest annual tree celebration. Find out more here.

Stop Adult Abuse Week

Stop Adult Abuse week is running across Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset and South Gloucestershire until this Friday (19 November). Throughout the week, we are working with partners to share information and raise awareness of adult abuse and neglect. Watch this award-winning short film below about emotional abuse in relationships and its effect on mental health. Click here to see what support is available. 

Town and Parish Council consultation – have your say

We are consulting on changes to town and parish councils across the district, from increasing the number of councillors in Wickwar to changing the name of the parish and the number of councillors in Tytherington. New town and parish councils are proposed for Kingswood, Staple Hill and Mangotsfield, and the project team will be at events in these communities over the next few weeks. Find details on each area's consultation page here.

Still time to nominate your community hero!

We want to hear about the volunteers who make a difference in your community, from local litter picking groups to the befriending volunteers who brighten people’s days. Nominate those who make your community special for the Chair’s Community Awards here. The deadline is this Friday (19 November). 

Household support grants go live this week

Our household support grants go live for applications later this week. The funding, from the central Government Household Support Fund, will help vulnerable households with essentials over the winter as the country continues its recovery from the pandemic. Watch this space for updates, and read more about the Government funding here.
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Public health advice

The main Covid-19 messages we are focusing on this week are around:
  1. Vaccine rollout update
  2. Booster jabs
  3. One You community grant
  4. New helpline for Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic parents and carers
Where possible, we ask that you please share our messages through your social media, newsletters and websites as appropriate. You will find the full stories below. 
 
Thank you for helping us share important health news.

Vaccine rollout update

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that, as well as those aged over 50 years and at higher risk from Covid-19, all adults aged 40 to 49 years will be offered an mRNA booster, six months after their second dose. The JCVI also advises that all 16 to 17 year olds should be offered a second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. This advice is in addition to the existing offer of two doses of vaccine to 16 to 17 year olds who are in ‘at-risk’ groups. For more information, click here.

Booster jabs: over 90% protection against Covid-19

Results from the first UK real-world study show significantly increased protection from the vaccine booster dose in those aged 50 and above. To find out more click here.

One You community grant

One You South Gloucestershire is an integrated healthy lifestyles service led by South Gloucestershire Council. Part of this service includes a Wellbeing element, delivered by Southern Brooks Community Partnerships and other partners. This Wellbeing programme includes The One You South Glos Community Grant, a small grant scheme which can award £14,500 per annum in total across all applicants, and includes a contribution from St Monica Trust. Grant application requests can be between £50 - £1,000. For more information, and how to apply, click here.

New helpline for Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic parents and carers

This winter, there will be an influx of coughs, colds and chest infections in children aged 0-3. The Boloh helpline can provide advice, guidance and signposting to support for parents/carers who are unsure about what to do if their child has a chest infection. Parents/carers can call 0800 151 2605, and speak to an advisor in English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Albania, Polish, Luganda, Ruyankole, Rukiga, Rutooro and Kinyarwanda or interpreters can be provided.

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.

We have recently updated our dashboard to include improved navigation, links to external resources, and additional information including local hospital data.

Visit the South Gloucestershire Covid-19 dashboard here.

In your community

Repair and reuse!

Repairing or reusing unwanted items keeps them in use for longer, reducing waste, saving energy and saving resources which is good for the planet. So it’s great news that Revive, the Reuse Shop at Thornbury Sort It recycling centre (Short Way), is now open again, from Monday to Sunday, 9am to 12:30pm, and 1pm to 4pm. 
Here’s a full list of items the shop takes.

You can leave furniture, bikes, crockery and much more for reuse at any of our Sort It recycling centres in Mangotsfield, Yate, Little Stoke and Thornbury. Also why not reduce waste by buying and selling items online or donating to charity shops – find out more here. 
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Deadline: Post Office card account holders

If you are one of around 24,000 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) customers with a Post Office card account, you only have until 30 November to update the department with new payment details or risk having payments paused. Find out more here.

Road Safety Week – get involved

Road collisions are the leading cause of death in young people. This week is charity Brake’s Road Safety Week and we are taking part. Our road safety education team is sharing important safety tips in Be Bright Be Seen assemblies to help our littlest road users be more aware of the dangers. We are going into 74 schools, involving 7,631 Key stage 1 children and 10,160 Key stage 2 children.

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