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National Garden Scheme

National Garden Scheme

Albrighton Moat and Gardens are delighted that they have been accepted in the National Garden Scheme for 2021. They are looking forward to welcome a broader range of visitors to their gardens for the first time and know they have a lot of hard work ahead of us them to ensure the gardens fully represents the hard work and determination of the many who turned a disused field into the beautiful gardens of today.

Thee National Garden scheme dates are Friday 25th & Saturday 26th June and Friday 30th & Saturday 31st July 2021. They will be open from 11 am to 3 pm. Come along and walk around our accessible landscaped and natural gardens including, sensory and cottage gardens and ponds. There will be refreshment’s and homemade cakes available to purchase.  They will also be selling handmade woodcraft items on their woodcraft stall.

Why not put these dates in your diary now and make sure to visit and see the wonderful work that goes on at Albrighton Trust and Moat. You can book your tickets on-line at this link https://ngs.org.uk/view-garden/42148?fbclid=IwAR3t5QnC64pHy5NlEwXzvhv8J1zZ0VxnkjcqlT1J3NHzivrbBiUyRinsL_Y

For further information call 01902 372441 or email [email protected] or visit their website.

To find out more about the work of Albrighton Moat and Gardens, click here:  https://shropshiredisability.net/albrighton-moat-and-gardens-including-the-me-you-project-2/

To find out more about the National Garden Scheme click here: https://ngs.org.uk/

Shropshire Council 250-253

Shropshire Council update on Covid19

In the week of 28 May to 3 June, 31 confirmed cases were reported – an increase of 34.7% on the previous week. While the number of cases is still below the national and regional averages, and there were no COVID-19-related deaths, the figure has been rising in Shropshire over the last month.

Shropshire’s director of public health, Rachel Robinson, is urging everyone to remember the hands-face-space-fresh air guidance.

Rachel  said “The number of reported cases is increasing and although we are below the national and regional averages, it is something we need to pay attention to given the rise in the Delta variant nationally.

“Coronavirus is still in our communities and we need to do everything we can to stop the spread. The advice that was given at the start of the pandemic is just as important today as it was a year or more ago. Hands-face-space-fresh air is key in preventing the spread.

The vaccine uptake in Shropshire is great and I encourage everyone to book their first and second jabs when invited, but it doesn’t stop you from catching the virus and passing it onto others. That is why regular hand washing, wearing a face covering, keeping a distance of 2m and ensuring indoor areas are well ventilated is still vital along, with regular testing for people with no symptoms”

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for public health, said:

” Thank you to all our residents who have stepped up and played their part in the fight against Covid19, but it does not end here. Please ensure you continue to follow all the Government’s advice to ensure Shropshire is a safe place to live, work and shop. It has been a long and difficult 15 months, but now is not the time to forget about the basic safety measures like hands-face-space-fresh air”

It is vitally important not to forget the advice, which was given at the start of the pandemic.

You can also order FREE Covid19 Rapid Lateral Flow Tests at this link,  https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests  they will be delivered in packs of 7 directly to your home.

If you have any of these COVID-19 symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

or if you’re asked to by NHS Test and Trace, you must isolate immediately and book a COVID-19 test online or by ringing 119, and remain in isolation until you receive your test result. You can book a FREE PCR Test at this link https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test they will be delivered in packs of 7 directly to your home.

Covid Testing

Ludlow COVID-19 PCR testing site to be replaced with mobile testing unit

The COVID-19 PCR testing site in Ludlow is due to close on Saturday 12 June 2021, to allow the car park to return to its former use.  

Following consultation with local Shropshire Councillors and Ludlow Town Council, it was agreed that the facility would be removed from Smithfield car park as it is now needed for car parking purposes.  

It will be replaced by a mobile testing unit (MTU) located at Ludlow Eco Park from Thursday 17 June 2021.   

In the meantime, anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive is asked to book a PCR test or by calling 119, and you will be directed to the nearest site with availability.   

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:

 “The decision has been made to close the current site in Ludlow and move to a more mobile approach. With the MTU (mobile testing unit) it gives us the option to move to other towns in south Shropshire if needed.

Having spoken with local Shropshire Councillors and the town council, it was felt that now the third Lockdown is easing and businesses have opened, the car park is very much an important part of the recovery of the town and encouraging tourism again.

If you do need to book a PCR test you will be guided to the nearest location with availability, until the MTU is up and running”

You can also order FREE Covid19 Rapid Lateral Flow Tests at this linkhttps://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests  they will be delivered in packs of 7 directly to your home.

If you have any of these COVID-19 symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

or if you’re asked to by NHS Test and Trace, you must isolate immediately and book a COVID-19 test online or by ringing 119, and remain in isolation until you receive your test result. You can book a FREE PCR Test at this link https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test it will be delivered directly to your home.

Credit to Guido Hofmann of Unsplash for the image used in this post.

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Covid19 Telford & Wrekin Update

Coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin have risen for the second week running.

89 new cases have been reported between 31st May  and 6th June. 40 more than the previous seven-day period. Telford & Wrekin are above the regional average but below the national average!

No residents have died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test in the past week. One patient with Covid-19 was in a local hospital as of 6 June.

Local health leaders warn that Coronavirus has not gone away, and we must all play our part to keep cases low and everyone safe.

They say “We are starting to see the beginnings of a third wave in our borough. This is happening because cases are rising across the country.

It is understandable that after months of sacrifices, seeing cases rise like this can be dispiriting.

However, it is thought that the vaccine continues to be effective against the Delta Variant, also known as the Indian Variant. Hospital admissions remain very low. Even with the vaccine rollout, we still need to follow current restrictions. We still need to keep doing the right things. Coronavirus has not gone away. We must all play our part to keep cases low and everyone safe.

It’s important that we continue to play our part so we can keep ourselves, our loved ones and local communities safe”.

What can you do?

Please make sure you continue to:

This is to help you access home test kits to Check for Covid twice a week.

Even if you have no symptoms and even if you have been vaccinated, you can still carry the virus without knowing and spread it to others. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms.

HOME TEST KITS COLLECTION POINTS:

ASSISTED TESTING:

  • Assisted testing will continue to be provided at a range of local pharmacies by appointment only Book an appointment

From 12 June, assisted testing will close at the following sites:

  1.   The Place, Oakengates 
  2.   The Anstice, Madeley
  3.   Cosy Hall, Newport

Anyone with main or precautionary Covid-19 symptoms, however mild, should book a free PCR test.

You can also order FREE Covid19 Rapid Lateral Flow Tests at this link,  https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests  they will be delivered in packs of 7 directly to your home.

If you have any of these COVID-19 symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

or if you’re asked to by NHS Test and Trace, you must isolate immediately and book a COVID-19 test online or by ringing 119, and remain in isolation until you receive your test result. You can book a FREE PCR Test at this link https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test it will be delivered directly to your home.

 

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Get your Covid Jab at Oswestry drop-in Clinic (14 -20th June 2021)

A walk-in Pfizer vaccination clinic will be held at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital this week, starting today Monday 14th June.

The Oswestry drop-in clinics will continue until Sunday 20 June, the clinics will be open from 8 am to 5.30pm.

Anybody 25 or over, and from other eligible groups as listed below, are invited to attend. There’s no need to book an appointment – just turn up.

You are also still eligible to book if:

  • Your age group has previously been called
  • You are at high risk from COVID-19
  • You have a condition that puts you at higher risk
  • You have a learning disability
  • You live or work in a care home
  • You are a health and social care worker
  • You are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19

Please don’t delay. Join the millions who have already been vaccinated.

You should not attend if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

or if you’re asked to by NHS Test and Trace, you must isolate immediately and book a COVID-19 test online or by ringing 119, and remain in isolation until you receive your test result. You can book a FREE PCR Test at this link https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test it will be delivered directly to your home.

 

The New Saints

TNS Walking Football sessions have resumed in Oswestry

The New Saints (TNS) FC Foundation provides a range of diversionary activities to ensure that all in the community have the opportunity to participate, adding enrichment to their lives regardless of gender, disability, age or social-economic factors.

Walking Football has started again at The TNS Foundation at Oswestry. Their disability projects increase the self-esteem, health, personal and social skills of all participants. They also provide activities and a Healthy Living Programme that uses exercise to fight age-related illness.

They can provide multi-sport sessions in house and in the community to disability service users. They include:

  • Football
  • Dodgeball
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Rounders
  • Smash-up Badminton
  • Football Mash-up
  • Boccia
  • New Age Kurling

Take a look at this page on The TNS Foundation to see if there are any activities you would like to do. Here is a link to the page: https://www.tnsfc.co.uk/foundation/disability-sport-and-senior-saints/ Activities take place in other areas apart from Oswestry!

They also hold activities weekly for children and teenagers. Download a leaflet here: TNS_ALL_IN_MultiSport_5_2_18

For more information, please contact [email protected]

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Make Communication Clearer

Shropshire hearing loss charity “Signal” urges shops and public places to help Make Communication Clear

Catriona Nicholls, UK Projects Manager at Signal writes “The reopening of non-essential retail on April 12th marked an exciting moment in the Government roadmap, and the much-anticipated date of May 17th creates even more optimism, both commercially as well as for the general public.

For Signal – a charity based in Shropshire that supports people who are Deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus – the reopening of retail, hospitality and other services comes as an equally welcome relief with many of their face-to-face Shropshire services having been impacted by the restrictions.

However, for many of the people they support, the reopening comes with the anxiety of a significant communication challenge.

Since July 2020, the mandatory use of masks and face coverings – so vital in controlling the spread of Covid-19 – has made communication for anyone who is hard of hearing, a serious challenge. The muffling of speech, combined with the inability to read lips, has had a profound impact on the 1 in 5 people in the county who are deaf or have hearing loss”.

Elizabeth, who has hearing loss, told Signal, “When someone is wearing a mask, the voice is obviously muffled and crucially deprives you of the ability to lipread. Lipreading is invaluable to those of us with hearing loss, and it is surprising how much you lipread without realising it.”

In response to this issue, and thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Staffordshire, Signal have launched their “Make Communication Clear” campaign, aimed at raising awareness of the challenges that are being faced by people who rely on lip reading, and recommending simple ways in which shops and services can adapt their communication to provide a more inclusive experience.

Signal are asking businesses, shops, hospitality and other public places to join them in the campaign. They have produced a range of free marketing materials that can be used and displayed, which will let deaf and hard of hearing people know that this is a welcoming, “Deaf Friendly” space, where staff know how to adapt their communication methods to ensure a deaf aware service.

Included in the free pack is a colourful poster that helps staff to understand 8 simple communication tips that will support them to deliver an inclusive customer service.

Click this link to watch a short video (with BSL) about 8 simple communication tips https://youtu.be/zTh_z08_U4M

Signal Communication Tips 2021 A5

Also in the pack is a poster promoting the space as “Deaf Friendly” and explaining that, in accordance with Government Guidelines*, deaf-aware staff will temporarily lower their mask to allow their lips to be read, if required.

Finally, there are a range of colourful badges, with positive messages about lip reading, that can be worn both by staff members and people with hearing loss.

Packs can be ordered for free by visiting Signal’s website page www.signal.org.uk/covid-19

Signal hopes when staff working in customer facing roles have a better understanding of the challenges faced by customers who are deaf or have hearing loss, as well as an understanding of how small adaptations can make communication so much easier, life for the 1 in 5 people who experience hearing loss in our county, will be significantly improved: now and beyond the pandemic.

*Government Guidelines state you do not need to wear a face covering, “if you are speaking to or providing assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate”.

For further information about the work of Signal visit their website at this link:  https://www.signal.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

Shropshire Council 250-253

Shropshire Leisure Time Customer Feedback Survey

Shropshire Council run a number of leisure centres around the county and are pleased to be able to welcome customers back into their leisure centres following the lifting of pandemic restrictions. Health and safety has been at the centre of work to reopen leisure centres and will continue to be a priority.

They would like to hear from you about your recent visit in this short survey   https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LeisureCentreSurvey-2021 designed to obtain feedback from leisure centre users. The feedback will be used to respond to any concerns, recognise what’s working well and continue to plan for the future.

If you can’t complete the survey online by clicking on the link above,  please provide feedback in one of the following ways:

  • Email: [email protected] or 
  • Write to: Tell Us, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury. Shropshire, SY2 6ND.

The survey is open to everyone and will close at 5pm on 30 June 2021.

Shropshire Council 250-253

Shropshire Leisure Time Customer Feedback Survey

Start Date:
28th May 2021

End Date:
30th June 2021

Start Time:
0001

End Time:
1700

Shropshire Council run a number of leisure centres around the county and are pleased to be able to welcome customers back into their leisure centres following the lifting of pandemic restrictions. Health and safety has been at the centre of work to reopen leisure centres and will continue to be a priority.

They would like to hear from you about your recent visit in this short survey  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LeisureCentreSurvey-2021 designed to obtain feedback from leisure centre users. The feedback will be used to respond to any concerns, recognise what’s working well and continue to plan for the future.

If you can’t complete the survey online by clicking on the link above,  please provide feedback in one of the following ways:

  • Email: [email protected] or 
  • Write to: Tell Us, Shropshire Council, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury. Shropshire, SY2 6ND.

The survey is open to everyone and will close at 5pm on 30 June 2021.

Hands Together Ludlow

Hands Together Ludlow

Website: https://www.handstogetherludlow.org.uk/

Email: Use this contact form https://www.handstogetherludlow.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/e-mail

Telephone: 

Address: Hands Together Ludlow52 Broad St, Ludlow SY8 1NH

The primary aim of Hands Together Ludlow is to provide aid for the vulnerable in and around the town of Ludlow in Shropshire, recognising that existing charities and statutory agencies are increasingly under pressure themselves due to financial restraints.

We work through three parallel streams of activity:
1. Networking with existing providers,
2. Coordinating volunteers to provide short-term assistance,
3. Establishing projects to meet longer term needs.

The following Charitable Purposes statement summarise the work of Hands Together :
 The relief of people in need by reason of youth, old age, ill health, loneliness, dysfunctional relationships, disability or financial hardship, living in Ludlow and the surrounding villages.

A secondary purpose, or method of achieving the primary purpose, could be defined as follows:
• The advancement of community development and the promotion of effective and efficient use of existing charitable resources by building a network of volunteers linking to caring agencies and local businesses in order to fill gaps of provision where they occur.

Registered Charity Number 1171979