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Check back here regularly to find out new and useful information related to the coronavirus Pandemic. Please find links and helpful sites and information.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

STAY AT HOME 

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don't have symptoms. 

 

CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION UPDATE

Covid-19 for health information and advice please visit the following links:

  

https://www.nhs.uk

 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

 

For the latest government advice on Covid 19 www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Keeping safe from coronavirus – a job for East Sussex together

By Darrell Gale, Director of Public Health for East Sussex

It’s my job to try and ensure as few of us as possible in East Sussex get infected with Covid-19 – but I need your help.

The good news is that, at the moment, East Sussex has low rates of the virus compared to some other parts of England.

But of course the virus is still there in our communities.

If there were a local outbreak, I or other public health leaders might ask you to avoid certain places or even to stay at home, as the situation is controlled.

We'd let you know about this very swiftly, for example on local television, radio and online. You can also sign up now for email updates which we’d send if anything new happens. (You’ll find a link on the homepage of the East Sussex County Council website).

Of course, I hope this will never be necessary and we can all work together to avoid outbreaks.

Above all, please:

  • Keep 2 metres apart from other people wherever you can
     
  • regularly wash your hands
     
  • wear a facemask in shops and other enclosed public places
     
  • if you feel at all unwell (a new persistent cough, a change in smell or taste, or a raised temperature) immediately book a test and stay at home for at least 10 days. Book a test online at nhs.uk or call 119 if you have trouble using the internet.
     
  • If you are asked to self-isolate by the NHS test and trace team, please do.

On the county council website you’ll also find latest details about the number of cases where you live, our plan for how we’d handle any outbreak in the county and lots of practical help and support.

Our communities have already done amazing work to support each other through these tough times. We can keep the virus at bay in East Sussex if we continue working together.

 

Community Hub Update 

We continue to receive customers calling in relation to the Community Hub but numbers remain low. Town and Parish Councils remain a key part of the infrastructure in ensuring we can respond to demand from some of the most vulnerable members of society and to a second spike in cases should it come.  More information about current infection rates can be found here  https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

 

  • From Monday 14th September there are new government rules on social gatherings in England, with gatherings of more than 6 people banned.  For full details of the guidance, please visit  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus .  This will likely have an impact on our communities, and may be difficult for larger families after a particularly difficult six months.  Please do continue to direct residents to the Hub where they require support, and have no family and friends that can provide this. 

 

  • The new legal requirement for recording test and trace customers and visitors applies to a very wide range of businesses and premises and takes effect from 18th September. As well as all in hospitality it applies to hairdressers, barbers, museums, libraries, civic buildings, town halls etc. Names and contact details must be obtained, recorded and kept for 21 days.

 

  • ESCC have provided an Unemployment update as follows;  There are now 20,000 unemployed claimants of Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit (UC) (searching for work) in July 2020 in East Sussex.  There have been an additional 820 claimants in the past month (although 680 fewer than the peak in May 2020). Since March 2020, the number of JSA/UC claimants has risen by 10,865 with the claimant rate rising from 2.9% to 6.3% (England 6.5% July 2020).

 

  • We are maintaining our relationships with our partners, to enable us to step up, as required, depending on any consequence of the rise in cases.  Please be assured that we are all still working together despite the very low contact at present into the Hub.  Discussions are still on-going with Partners as to what the Hubs will look like going forward, but at this present time, we are very much focussed on any necessary preparations, in case this is a difficult winter.

 

  • Surrey and Sussex Associations of Local Councils are carrying out a survey of local Town and Parish Councils on the future of the Hubs.  Please do respond, as your views are an important piece of the picture.

 

 

Please do continue to spread awareness that the Community Hub are able to obtain priority delivery slots and give advice on access to food if residents are struggling. I hope this information is of assistance and please note that these emails are an interpretation of government guidelines which can be accessed via https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Healthwatch East Sussex Annual Event:

On Thursday 22nd October 2020, we will be holding our first virtual annual event and everybody is invited to join us.

What you told us - the impact of coronavirus in East Sussex

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Help and support with coronavirus

community hubs

For all help and support on managing through coronavirus visit our dedicated webpages.

They include details of community hubs for people unable to cope through illness or isolation, advice for businesses who need support, and information on how to get help if you're at risk of abuse. 

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Takeaways in Wealden are expected to be very busy this bank holiday weekend. For your safety please pre-order your food, pay on line or tap, collect your food at your allotted time, and keep your distance!

 

Enjoy your food at home. These actions will keep you and others safe. Follow these guides to help your takeaway meet demand.

 

Details of businesses offering takeaway and deliveries of food are available at

https://www.rother.gov.uk/environmental-health/food-hygiene/food-hygiene-for-residents/food-businesses-operating-during-coronavirus-restrictions/

See our interactive map at https://www.wealden.gov.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus-covid-19-latest/food-businesses-providing-delivery-and-collection/

If you have any concerns about social distancing in businesses email foodhs@rother.gov.uk

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Waste sites will re-open from 18 May

Household waste and recycling information

Household waste and recycling sites (tips) in East Sussex will begin to re-open to the public from 10am on Monday 18 May.

We expect the sites to be extremely busy and we ask that you only come to them if you have waste that it's absolutely essential to dispose of at this time. If you're able to compost waste, or safely store it at home for the time being, please do. 

We are following new Government guidance on how to keep the public and staff safe at waste sites, including keeping people two metres apart.This means:

  • A limited number of unloading bays will be in use
  • Only one person at a time will be allowed to use the access ramps
  • Staff will not be able to help you unload
  • Trailers and over-sized vehicles will not be allowed on site to avoid lengthy visits
  • Chargeable waste - plasterboard, asbestos, tyres, hardcore and soil - will not be accepted
  • The re-use shops will remain closed  

We believe these arrangements are the best way to re-open sites safely for you. We recognise they are likely to mean longer waiting times and we thank you in advance for your patience if it's essential for you to visit a site once they re-open on 18 May.

We will constantly monitor how the sites are working and keep you updated on any changes, including through our website. 

Latest information on rubbish and recycling

Healthwatch East Sussex: COVID-19 Public Survey

 

I am writing to let you know that the Healthwatch East Sussex COVID-19 public survey is now live on our website https://healthwatcheastsussex.co.uk/covid19survey/

I would also like to ask for your help in making sure that people in East Sussex are made aware of this opportunity to share their experiences of health and care during the COVID crisis.

Coronavirus and East Sussex - update

 

you're feeling isolated, anxious or unwell at home and don’t have anyone that can help you – your local community hub may be able to assist. No one in East Sussex should be left on their own. Community hubs

For all help and support on managing through coronavirus visit our dedicated webpages.

 

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Resumption of Wealden's Bulky Waste Collections from 5 May.

 

We are pleased to announce that, following some initial disruption to staffing levels due to Coronavirus, the Council and its waste contractor Biffa are able to resume the household bulky waste collection service from Tuesday 5 May 2020. 

 

Bookings and payments can be made for this service from Friday 1 May 2020. 

You will be aware that social distancing measures to protect the public remain in place.  Accordingly, any items to be removed must be placed in an easily accessible location outside of the house for 7am on the day of collection.  They must also be accessible to our operatives without needing to breach social distancing rules.  If on arrival items cannot be accessed or removed safely, they will not be collected and a refund will not be given.

 

Our preference is for residents to book and pay for this service online using https://my.wealden.gov.uk/ especially as our staff are very busy dealing with the Covid 19 emergency.  If you cannot book and pay on line please phone 01323 443322 however, please understand we may not be able to answer calls as quickly as normal. 

 

For further information on the bulky waste collection service, including what we collect and the charges please visit https://www.wealden.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/bulky-household-waste-collections/

 
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Community hubs – help and direction for residents

 

Urgent health problems and clinical advice about coronavirus

If you need medical help for any reason, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service.

If you need help or advice not related to coronavirus:

  • for health information and advice, use the NHS website or your GP surgery website
  • for urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service – only call 111 if you're unable to get help online. NHS 111 British Sign Language (BSL) Service is also available - click here for more information.
  • for life-threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance

 

Alzheimer’s Society support line
If you or anyone you know needs advice or support, please call The Alzheimer’s Society on 0333 150 3456. More information, advice and resources on supporting people living with dementia are on their dedicated web page.

Mental health support

 

Find mental health support in East Sussex through the online Mental Health Directory of Community Support. Visit www.eastsussex.gov.uk/socialcare/healthadvice/mental-health/directory/services/

 

News from East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

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LOCAL PARISH MAGAZINE LINK BELOW: 

https://sites.google.com/view/villagescontact/home

You can find here local volunteers that can help you or relatives that live in Laughton and surrounding areas. 

GRANT FUNDING  

Please visit the Wealden District Council website for local businesses and an online application form for Grant Funding. For further information on funding, as well as other local issues, you can contact the Council on 01323 443322.

As both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have previously stated, the UK’s response to the crisis is proportionate and rooted in the scientific advice from the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Adviser. Please see the Prime Minister’s recent letter to every household in Britain and the accompanying leaflet here.

Supporting Wealden Communities

 

Please find attached information about some of the activities Wealden has been involved in this week during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It can be seen here:

https://www.wealden.gov.uk/news/supporting-the-communities-in-wealden/

Suspension of Garden Waste Collection service:

27th March– Suspension of Garden Waste Collection Service.

 

Due to staff sickness and self-isolation due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we regret to inform you the Council and our waste contractor Biffa have taken the difficult decision to suspend garden waste collections.

 

This will begin on Monday 30 March and continue until at least Friday 24 April. 

 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Please see Community Support arrangements: Please find attached news of the launch or Wealden’s community shield arrangements. Further information can continue to be found on the:https://www.wealden.gov.uk/news-and-events/coronavirus-covid-19-latest/community-support/

SUPPORT FOR VULNERABLE PEOPLE

Wealden District Council has set up a Covid-19 Community Hub for vulnerable people who need support to allow them to stay at home. If you are, or know someone who needs food, medical supplies or other support please register using our online form or call 01323 443322 and we will put you in contact with groups in the community and voluntary sector who can help.

Wealden District Council Update

Wealden District Council will continue to deliver essential waste collection services to our customers. In order to maintain these essential services, we have temporarily suspended taking new bookings for bulky waste collections.

Please help by avoiding unnecessary waste until, the bulky waste collection service is available again, or when the Household Waste Recycling Sites can reopen. Don't be tempted to fly tip. Fly tipping is an offence and offenders will be prosecuted.

Wealden District Council Update

 

Government plans are to set up a 'Hub and Shield' this is to support those in communities with the highest risk. For more information please visit:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

 

BUS SERVICE UPDATE 

Bus Services during the coronavirus Please see regular updates using the link provided. 

 

https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/roadsandtransport/public/buses/bus-service-changes/

 

 

Wealden Citizens Advice helpline

Please use 0300 330 9022

 

The Big Switch offline user event has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus. Residents without internet access can sign up over the telephone, please call 01323 443313.  

 

Laughton's Playgrounds are now closed due to government guidelines. Please do not use this site until further notice!

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