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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.

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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.

 

National Garden Scheme

National Garden Scheme (Albrighton Moat & Gardens)

Start Date:
25th June 2021

End Date:
26th June 2021

Start Time:
1100

End Time:
1500

Event title: National Garden Scheme (Albrighton Moat & Gardens)
Venue: Albrighton Trust Moat & Gardens, Blue House Lane, Albrighton, Nr Wolverhampton, WV7 5FL
Weblink: https://www.albrightontrust.org.uk/
Name: National Garden Scheme
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01902 372441
Event description: 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/

Signal 250-253

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.

Music Notes

Open Harmony CIC music for wellbeing

Open Harmony CIC is gathering evidence about how the power of music, especially when enjoyed in small groups with like-minded people, can be very beneficial for those who are suffering due to their mental health and/or isolation.  

This survey is for everyone, of all backgrounds and abilities because we can all enjoy music, even if it’s just listening to or enjoying our own music collection at home.  Please share this with your family and friends as it all helps build a picture of the need in the local area that we can then use to grow and reach many more people. 

It’s called Music for wellbeing, only takes 2 minutes, you can stay anonymous and any personal data you choose to give will not be shared: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y78Y9LB

Open Harmony CIC promotes:

  • Connection: strengthening relationships

  • Happiness: increased health and wellbeing and

  • Purpose: confidence and contribution

through music and the creative arts (e.g. dance, visual arts, drama) They are inclusive, passionate and strive for excellence, to find out more have a look at Open Harmony CIC website https://www.openharmony.co.uk/

Music Notes

Open Harmony CIC music survey

Start Date:
1st June 2021

End Date:
31st July 2021

Start Time:
0001

End Time:
2359

Open Harmony CIC is gathering evidence about how the power of music, especially when enjoyed in small groups with like-minded people, can be very beneficial for those who are suffering due to their mental health and/or isolation.  

This survey is for everyone, of all backgrounds and abilities because we can all enjoy music, even if it’s just listening to or enjoying our own music collection at home.  Please share this with your family and friends as it all helps build a picture of the need in the local area that we can then use to grow and reach many more people. 

It’s called Music for wellbeing, only takes 2 minutes, you can stay anonymous and any personal data you choose to give will not be shared: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Y78Y9LB

Open Harmony CIC promotes:

  • Connection: strengthening relationships

  • Happiness: increased health and wellbeing and

  • Purpose: confidence and contribution

through music and the creative arts (e.g. dance, visual arts, drama) They are inclusive, passionate and strive for excellence, to find out more have a look at Open Harmony CIC website https://www.openharmony.co.uk/

nhs 250-253

Your second Covid19 jab is important. Why?

The British Society for Immunology aim is to provide reliable, evidence-based information on COVID-19 vaccines and immunity to everyone who needs or wants it.

You can find out more information at this link: https://www.immunology.org/public-information/guide-vaccinations-for-covid-19 or download a guide here:  BSI_guidetovaccinationsforCOVID19

Why it is important to have two doses of the Covid19 vaccine? After infection or vaccination, our immune system starts to form a memory of how to fight a germ and protect us against future disease. But why do we need more than one dose of a vaccine, and why is a gap between doses important?

BSI_COVID19 vaccine guide_poster-page-001

A few weeks ago, the Government and the JCVI that second dose appointments will be brought forward from 12 to 8 weeks for those aged 50 and over who have yet to received theirs.

Nobody needs to contact the NHS.

People who should have their second dose brought forward do not need to contact the NHS. The NHS will let you know if your second vaccine needs to be rebooked.

NHS national medical director Professor Stephen Powis said: “Six months into the NHS COVID vaccination programme bookings are still surging, with more than 600,000 jabs booked in just 48 hours.

“The success of the programme, the biggest in NHS history and one of the fastest and most precise in the world, is no accident but the result of extensive planning and the sheer hard work of nurses, doctors and countless other staff supported by our brilliant volunteers.

“On the advice of the Government and JCVI people aged 50 and over and the clinically vulnerable are having their second doses brought forward to counter the spread of the Indian variant.

 “People should continue to attend their second dose appointments and nobody needs to contact the NHS – we will let those who should bring their appointment forward know, when they are able to do so.

 “Getting the vaccine is the single most important step we can take to protect ourselves, our families and our communities against COVID-19, so when you’re called forward, book your appointment and join the tens of millions who have already been jabbed.”

Watch/listen to this YouTube Video telling you why you need more than one vaccine  https://youtu.be/TEfGr3Ry6f0

 We thank both the British Society for Immunology and NHS England for this information.