There are huge amounts of information & publications being circulated around the response to Covid-19. Rather than bombard councillors & residents with emails the Clerk will upload any bulletins/information resources etc to this page. Please bare with us, the Clerk only works part time.
Underskiddaw Parish Council are not meeting currently, and meetings won’t be convened again until Government Advice is given that it is safe to do so. In the meantime the Parish Council is continuing to operate under delegated authority as per the High Consequence Infectious Diseases Policy. If you have any Parish Council related concerns please email the clerk on Underskiddawparishclerk@hotmail.com .
The overarching advice remains Stay Alert, Control the Virus, Save Lives
The main resource site for UK wide information is www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Offers of Help
Volunteering: If you would like to volunteer/offer support during this person you can registered via the Support Cumbria Website
Prescriptions: If you need a prescription collecting please contact Gordie Oliver on 07830281986.
Emergency help line for Vulnerable Persons: If you are a vulnerable person or a person over the age of 70 and you don’t have any local support from family or friends or local volunteers you can contact 0800 783 1966 a helpline set up by Cumbria County Council. Or if you you prefer you can use the email COVID19support@cumbria.gov.uk. This will be open Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm and 10am to 2pm at weekends.
NHS Volunteers- GoodSAM- This is an app which you can download from www.goodsamapp.org/NHS and you can sign up to support the NHS in one of 4 roles:
- Community Response Volunteer (help with shopping, medicine, and essential supplies)
- NHS Patient Transport Volunteer (transport home from hospital)
- NHS Transport Volunteer (transport of equipment between NHS sites)
- Check in and Chat Volunteer (short term telephone support to those at risk of loneliness)
Abuse- If you are concerned that an adult is at risk of abuse or neglect please call: 0300 303 3589, for concerns about a child go to www.cumbriasafeguardingchildren.co.uk
Shielding- The government is providing a weekly free food parcel as part of its ‘shielding’ strategy. If you have received a letter from the NHS informing them of the fact you are resident to be shielded the registering instructions were included on this letter. If you haven’t been able to register please call 0800 028 8327. For anyone who has been advised to shield and NOT received your food parcel please contact 0800 028 8327 or email COVID19support@cumbria.gov.uk
If you are a charity/community organisation and you need financial support at this time Cumbria Community Foundation have launched a Covid-19 Relief Fund.
Building Futures- Persimmon- For supporting children in sport, health & education for information visit www.persimmonhomes.com/building-futures
Community Champions- Persimmon- Giving away up to £64,000 a month in donations of up to £1000, with a focus currently on the over 70’s for more information visit www.persimmonhomes.com/community-champions.
Business support, for further information on the various support measures for small businesses please visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support
Funding and Grants Bulletin prepared and circulated via National Association of Local Councils- 27th April 2020
NHS Support- If you are an NHS Staff member and you need to speak to someone or receive support you can contact 0300 131 7000. Please note this is for NHS staff ONLY.
Focus on Funding resource prepared by Cumbria CVS
Allerdale Area Local Resilience Group has been set up to support the work of the Cumbria Strategic Coordinating group. This group will lead coordination of different levels of community response and produce resources to support volunteers & local groups, and where necessary link these with statutory services. This group is for support & volunteer groups, the following email is not for individual use: Allerdale.AreaSupport@cumbria.gov.uk
Community Buildings Advice- If you manage/volunteer/run a community space you may find useful information on the Action with Communities in Cumbria Website
Volunteer Handbooks & Factsheets are available from Cumbria CVS
Volunteer Resources 26th April 2020 Prepared by Cumbria CVS
Wellbeing Advice & Resources 26th April 2020, Prepared by Cumbria CVS
Village Halls are all now closed until Government Advice allows them to reopen.
Public Toilets: Closed until Government Advice allows them to reopen.
Household Waste Recycling Centres- Now open, but people are encouraged to only attend if they have to.
Garden Waste collections – These will recommence from Mid May on a fortnightly rota. Further information will be updated here as and when it is available.
Household & bulky collections- SUSPENDED
For information on the current bus services still in operation you can visit Bus Timetables Covid 19
Concessionary Travel: From 27th March 2020 older & disabled persons will be able to use their concessionary passes before 9:30am on weekdays for free travel in Cumbria. This will apply until the end of July 2020.
Highways Works: Cumbria County Council Highways are operating a reduced operation during Covid-19 due to staff being redeployed to the front line response. During this time emergency works are being carried out:
Potholes- Category 1- High risk as a priority and only then Category 2 defects- Medium Risk
Flooding & Winter works if required
Footway & cycleway defects
Street lighting defects
Verge & sign maintenance (if essential for safety)
Essential bridge repairs
Road Traffic Collisions.
MOT’s: Vehicle owners will be granted a 6 month exemption from MOT testing, enabling people to continue to travel to work and for essential purposes. All cars, vans and motorcycles which would usually require an MOT test will be exempt from needing a test from 30th March 2020. Drivers will be prosecuted if driving unsafe vehicles.
Bulletins & Updates
If you want to sign up for Covid-19 Bulletins from Cumbria County Council you can click here
Allerdale & Copeland Newsletter-Issue 13
Allerdale & Copeland Newsletter– Issue 12
Allerdale & Copeland Newsletter-Issue 11
Allerdale & Copeland Newsletter– Issue 10
Allerdale & Copeland Newsletter– Issue 9
Allerdale Directory of Community Support-18th May 2020
Allerdale Directory of Community Support– 11th May 2020
Allerdale & Copeland Newsletter– Issue 8
Allerdale Directory of Community Support– 7th May 2020
Allerdale & Copeland Newsletter– Issue 6
Allerdale Directory of Community Support Updated 27th April 2020
Allerdale Directory of Community Support 20th April 2020
Allerdale & Copeland Newsletter- Issue 5 20th April 2020
Allerdale Directory of Community Support -14th April 2020
Allerdale & Copeland Newsletter 14th April 2020
Family Line Information Sheet (for support with Family Life/Pressures at the moment) 17th April 2020
Domestic Abuse guide to Support Available 17th April 2020
10 ways to help your Community ACT factsheet Uploaded 4th April 2020
Volunteering during Lockdown guidance Uploaded 4th April 2020
Covid 19- Support for Vulnerable Persons Guidance– 1st April 2020
Changes to primary care in response to Covid-19 across North Cumbria -Released Friday 27th March
COVID-19 Guidance for Volunteers doing Shopping for others Cumbria County Council