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Update for Residents 15 April 2020

posted 15 Apr 2020, 10:57 by Earl Soham Web Admin   [ updated 15 Apr 2020, 11:11 ]

Earl Soham Community

Corona Response Group

Update for Residents

15 april 2020

What’s happening in suffolk and further afield…

The Earl Soham Community Corona Response Group continues to work very closely with East Suffolk Council and Community Action Suffolk. This allows us to receive updates from East Suffolk and Suffolk County Council and to keep residents briefed with local and national changes, a number of which are included in our newsletter.

Update from Dr Daniel Poulter, MP: Our Member of Parliament for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Dr Daniel Poulter has written to residents and asked that we share the letter with you. In his letter he clarifies that he has been given leave by the government to return to work on the frontline as a doctor, but remains in touch with his office on a regular basis, advising and liaising on constituency matters. Please visit his website: www.drdanielpoulter.com/coronavirus-advice for more information and email with urgent concerns: daniel.poulter.mp@parliament.uk A copy of the letter can be found at here.

Support for local businesses: Find more support about how the government can support businesses at

https://eastsuffolkmeansbusiness.co.uk/business-support/resources/covid-19/   East Suffolk Council is now processing the payment of grants for local businesses provided by the government in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Eligible businesses are asked to complete a straightforward online form which will capture the data required by central government and allow the Council to make payment to each eligible business as soon as possible: https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/news/council-encourages-businesses-to-apply-for-funding/

Suffolk Archives: Suffolk Archives are looking to build a brand new collection covering ‘life in lockdown’. Find out how to get involved; www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/life-in-lockdown/

Scammers and cold callers: Suffolk Constabulary is reminding people to stay alert to criminals looking to continue to exploit the vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak. https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/news/stay-alert-to-covid19-scams/ If you think you’ve been a victim of a scam, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via www.actionfraud.police.uk   Only use Earl Soham Corona Response Group Volunteers who have already been identified to you, or family, friends and neighbours who are known to you for support. If in doubt about the identity of a new volunteer, please contact your Zone Leader or email earlsohamhelp@gmail.com

Fake Covid19 testing kits: Suffolk Trading Standards have become aware that individuals on social media are claiming to sell fake coronavirus (COVID-19) home testing kits. If you spot posts claiming to sell these items, report them to the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme https://yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/

Care Act 2014 Easement: On 31 March 2020 Government brought into force regulations that provide Local Authorities with discretionary powers to streamline assessments, reviews and care planning, and to prioritise the urgent and acute care and support needs of those most vulnerable during the critical period of the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures are temporary and only to be used when necessary, based on the Council’s judgement of its ability to meet the needs of local people in a Care Act compliant way. Across Suffolk they are currently operating under flexibilities within the Care Act. If, and when, a decision is made to operate under the Care Act Easements this will be undertaken with a measured and appropriate approach.

PPE for the NHS in Suffolk: On 8 April 2020 Suffolk County Council received a PPE delivery from the Local Resilience Forum, which will support ongoing PPE demands across Suffolk. Stock is urgently being sent out to the care sector, Home First, social workers, funeral directors, district and borough councils, police and fire service amongst others. The PPE cell is operating to support all NHS PPE needs and prioritising PPE for service areas with confirmed / suspected cases of COVID-19.

School Travel Applications: Suffolk County Council understand that this is a challenging time for parents but still need parents to opt in for school travel if their child is eligible. If a child is eligible for Suffolk County Council funded School Travel their parents must opt in by 31 May 2020 to receive travel for the start of the 2020/2021 school term. If their child already receives SCC funded travel they still need to opt in every year. To find out more visit www.suffolkonboard.com/optin. Parents should not be applying for a reception age child until they have received their school place offer on the 16 April 2020.

Emergency Funding to Support Farming and Rural Communities: The Prince’s Countryside fund has launched an £100,000 emergency funding to support farming and rural community support groups who are providing assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. To find out more visit; https://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grant-giving-programme/grant-programme.

Coronavirus book for kids: : A free information book which explains the coronavirus to children is now available. The book is illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. For more information or to read the book visit: https://suffolkfamilycarers.org/coronavirus-a-book-for-children/

Digital safety guide for children: The Children’s Commissioner have produced a digital safety and wellbeing kit for parents and a safety guide for children to help ensure they are safe and their wellbeing is looked after while at home during the coronavirus outbreak. The digital safety and wellbeing kit provides useful tips and guidance to help protect children on a range of issues including video calling, how to ensure devices and web browsers are set up and updated correctly and tips regarding best practise with usernames and passwords. For more information and to access the guides visit; https://www.childrenscommissioner.gov.uk/coronavirus/digital-safety-and-wellbeing-kit/

Guides for Adults and Children with Learning Difficulties: Visual guides to support children and adults with learning difficulties understand coronavirus are available for free from ‘Books Beyond Words’. They offer a range of resources to support understanding around bereavement and end of life care. Visit www.booksbeyondwords.co.uk

Bins: A reminder that on bin collection days everyone is encouraged to thoroughly wash their hands after putting the bin out and getting back inside again. Also, everyone is asked to wash their bin handle and lids before and after collections to help minimise the spread of any germs. Please make sure your bins are out before 6am on Tuesdays.

Having a Declutter: Whilst being at home proves an ideal time for a declutter, residents are asked to store decluttered items at home. Do not leave unwanted items beside clothing, textile and other bring banks. East Suffolk Council are continuing to investigate fly-tipping incidents and anyone witnessing possible fly-tipping is asked to report the details via eastsuffolk.gov.uk/fly-tipping

Freegal Music: This is a free music service underwritten by your local, participating public library. A valid library card gives you access to over 15 million songs. Visit www.freegal.com Or download the free app.

Free Audio Books: Visit uLibrary Digital at www.ulibrary.net/register to download and listen to over 500 audiobooks for free on their App, straight from your phone, tablet or PC using your library card.

Art Quiz: Missing a walk through your favourite art gallery? Try this quiz: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/apr/14/the-great-british-art-quiz-set-by-dulwich-picture-gallery-london

Online Chess: Want to play chess online or against a family member or friend? Download the App at www.chess.com

Local Businesses Update

  • The White Horse Inn at Badingham, IP13 8JR are offering takeaways on Thursday / Friday / Saturday from 5pm – 7.30pm. Outside wood fired pizzas and fish and chips. Call 01728 638 280

  • C Jones and Son are selling fruit and veg boxes (plus eggs) from Framlingham Market, collection on Saturdays. Email nataliejones1979@yahoo.com to place an order in advance.

  • The Suffolk Plant Centre in Wickham Market will deliver what they can to you, grow bags, plants, seeds: https://suffolkplantcentre.co.uk/

  • The Greyhound, Pettistree is making meals to finish at home and is supplying fruitboxes. Call 01728 746451

  • R&S Hardware, Wickham Market is open in the mornings. 62 High Street, 01728 747394

  • The Post Offices in Framlingham and Wickham Market are closing at 1pm weekdays.

Updates from our group

Earl Soham Foodbank: The coronavirus is unprecedented in our lifetimes and affects our community in untold ways, impacting on our health, our wellbeing and our economy. The Earl Soham Foodbank is a resource for everyone in our village and we hope that, thanks to your generous donations, will be able to provide much more than food delivery.

The Foodbank plan to set up a ‘Share Shed’ similar to the successful system established in Framlingham outside the Library. This will allow village residents 24 hour discreet access to both make donations and access urgent supplies of food and hygiene products. If a resident knows of a local company that can deliver us a tool shed or garden store, or someone is able to donate one in excellent quality (it needs to store food and to lock) then please email earlsohamhelp@gmail.com

What can the Earl Soham Foodbank do?

  • We provide Food Parcels with supplies to provide healthy meals for at least 5 days (plus where required hygiene products);

  • We provide supermarket vouchers (max. £30) if you are awaiting Universal Credit or awaiting business grants;

  • We provide practical aid with hot meals delivered to your home from the Kingfishers Community Kitchen;

  • We provide ‘incidental items’ such as toilet roll, hand wash, washing detergent;

  • We offer support with homeschooling, through advice from education consultants and with practical resources;

  • We offer signposting with applying for Universal Credit;

  • We offer advice with cooking on a budget.

Please contact either your zone leader, Susie Nicholass or earlsohamhelp@gmail.com if you would like support. All contact is confidential, with regard for safeguarding guidelines.

In order to sustain this support for our village we need your donations.

Donations: We are very grateful to have received a number of generous donations of both food and money from residents in the past couple of weeks. Thank you. We continue to welcome donations of food, household and hygiene products. Food must be tinned or dried food and must be processed to enable a safe storage process, for example: tinned meat (spam or corned beef), tinned fish (tuna), baked beans, tinned soup, tinned vegetables, tinned fruit, tinned rice pudding; dried food such as pasta, rice, breakfast cereals, sugar, biscuits. We are also collecting household and hygiene products including toilet roll, washing up liquid, washing detergent, cleaning cloths, antibacterial spray, dog food, cat food, hand wash, wet wipes and soap.

We assure you that monetary funds are being used to support vulnerable households and we have plans in place that will ensure funds will remain in our village in the future. The Earl Soham Parish Council are safeguarding the funds for the Volunteer group. We have been asked to share the information for making a direct donation using online banking.

Earl Soham Parish Council Barclays Bank

Sort code.  20-98-07 Account.    70340650

Ref COVID 19

If a cheque is easier, make it payable to Earl Soham Parish Council and leave in the black box at the side of Causeway Cottage (home of Lizzy Swan - one of the Volunteer Group Coordinators) or if you are isolating, please ask a Volunteer to collect. If you would like to make an anonymous donation, Venetia Lebus, the group Fundraiser is collecting donations in the black box at the front of The Elms. We are very grateful both to Venetia for organising our Easter Quiz and to the residents who have both enjoyed participating last weekend and for their donations. Answers will be sent out this week. We look forward to letting you know about our next event to raise funds and spirits in Earl Soham! If you have any ideas for events or fundraising, please do contact Venetia, at vblebus@gmail.com or as ever, please do email us at earlsohamhelp@gmail.com

Applying for Universal Credit: In the fortnight to 30th March almost one million new claims were made for Universal Credit in the UK. We have published a brief guide to signpost residents to advice and guidance on the process. This can be found on the www.earlsoham.org website. Please email earlsohamhelp@gmail.com for a copy. Huge thanks to Colin Melhuish, Zone 9 Leader, for this.

Please don’t forget that we are here to help all of the village and no task is too small. We can support with gardening, shopping, errands in town such as taking parcels to the Post Office or collecting prescriptions if you are self-isolating. We are also here for a chat if you’re feeling lonely. Do, please, get in touch if we can help.