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New emergency support line

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New emergency support line launched for vulnerable people needing urgent help

Today (Monday 30 March) Cumbria County Council and partners have launched a new emergency support service for people at high risk of becoming seriously ill, as a result of COVID-19, and who do not have support available from friends, family or neighbours.

Those at high risk include people over 70 years old, pregnant women and those with underlying health conditions who should be protecting themselves by staying at home. The majority of these people will already be receiving support from family, friends or local voluntary groups with tasks like shopping or collection of medicines if they require it. But we know that a small number of people will not have this support. If they have no alternative, these people will now be able to call the Freephone number to request help with getting food, medicines, essential supplies and home deliveries.

Cumbria County Council has been working closely with District Councils, Cumbria CVS, Cumbria Community Foundation, community and voluntary sector, private sector and military to establish these new arrangements. To support the new helpline every area is coordinating a supply of essential food, medicines and supplies which can only be accessed via the emergency helpline or email. The requests received asking for help will then be matched with local support and supplies being offered by community groups, volunteers, councils and businesses.

The Emergency telephone support line is 0800 783 1966.

Or you can email your request for help to COVID19support@cumbria.gov.uk.

Further details about this support service can be found online at cumbria.gov.uk.

The telephone ‘call’ centre will operate Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5pm and 10am to 2pm at weekends. The service will also accepts referrals from members of the public who may be concerned about people in their community.

Cumbria is already seeing widespread community and voluntary sector support for the response to COVID-19 and informal support, including neighbourhood WhatsApp groups and community Facebook groups, alongside a commitment from existing community emergency planning groups, local churches and faith groups and formal voluntary sector organisations who are working with the county council and partners including District Councils and NHS.

Cllr Deborah Earl, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, said:

“People who are self-isolating or shielding must not go out to get food shopping, many of these people have good support networks who they can rely on for the delivery of food, medicines or essential services and supplies. But for those who don’t we are launching the new emergency support helpline.

“We want to reassure the public that we are ready to provide support to our most vulnerable residents who may not have friends or family available to help them.”

Carolyn Otley, Cumbria CVS, Chair of Community Resilience Group:

“It is important to speak to others and ask them to help you to make arrangements for delivery of food, medicines and essential services and supplies, and look after your physical and mental health and wellbeing.

“It’s been reassuring to see there is already widespread community and voluntary sector support for the response to COVID-19 across Cumbria. We all must continue to work together to help those who are isolated or at high risk.“

The helpline will also accept referrals from members of the public who may be concerned about people in their community.

For up to date information on COVID-19 in your area, please go to cumbria.gov.uk/coronavirus/communities.asp.


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Stay at home, protect our NHS, save lives

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Stay at home 

You must stay at home, only leaving for the following very limited purposes:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day – for example, a run, walk or cycle – alone or with members of your immediate household.
  • Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Protect the NHS 

You must stay at home to protect the NHS:

  • The NHS only has a limited number of doctors, nurses and specialist equipment.
  • We are working around the clock to increase NHS capacity.
  • The more people who get sick, the harder it is for the NHS to cope.
  • We must slow the spread of the disease so that fewer people are sick at any one time.

Save lives 

You must stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives:

  • Police will disperse gatherings of more than two people in public, excluding people you live with.
  • Police will issue fines to anyone who does not comply with these rules.
  • Police will close all shops that are not essential, as well as playgrounds and places of worship.


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#STAYHOMESAVELIVES

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Daily exercise should not include travelling to a different area than that in which you live.

Travel should be for essential purposes, for example, collecting essential medicines, supplies or travelling to a place of work, if your unable to work from home. This should also only be with people from the same household. You should not be driving to the lakes or our lovely sights in Cumbria to simply exercise. This should be done near your home address, following government guidelines. http://orlo.uk/zbULb

This is not forever and we all need to adhere to this to save lives.

#Covid19UK #StayHomeSaveLives


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Educational resources

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Below is a list of useful websites to help out parents/guardians who now find themselves in the situation of home educating their children.

IDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional

Tinkercad
http://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com
It is in US grades but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote woodland location!

British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English Language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary aged kids

Blockly
https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free

Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Creative computer programming

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidsshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com
YouTube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses US grade system but its mostly common material.

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
Free access 100’s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use parent account).

Seneca
https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people

Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page

Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com
East arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest

Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com
Educational online games

DK Find Out
https://dkfindout.com/uk
Activities and quizzes

Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk
This is more for printouts and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.


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Coronavirus guidance

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Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough or a fever should stay at home for seven days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection. Please do not go to your GP, pharmacies, walk in centres or A&E.

People do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If people have no internet access, they should call NHS 111.

Prevention is always better than cure, so, as with the flu virus, the most effective way for people to protect themselves from COVID-19 is to adopt good respiratory and hand hygiene to prevent the risk of infection and a ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to coughs and sneezes.

Further Information and Guidance


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Advice on the coronavirus

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Latest advice on the coronavirus from Colin Cox, Director of Public Health for Cumbria:
 
“By far the best source of information for the public remains the gov.uk website. The advice for the public is at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public and this is as up to date as it gets.
 
My three key public messages at the moment are:
 
– For most people, Covid-19 causes a mild illness so it is important for people not to panic about the outbreak.
 
– The best thing that people can do to help reduce the spread of the infection and to protect themselves is to observe good hand hygiene and the “catch it, bin it, kill it” advice with regard to coughs and sneezes.
 
– If you think you have symptoms of Covid-19, please don’t go to hospital or your GP initially – contact NHS 111 for advice.
 
These messages still hold true – indeed even more so! – now that we’ve actually had confirmed cases in Cumbria.”

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Commonwealth Day 2020

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On Monday 9 March 2020, Silloth-on-Solway will be taking part in the Commonwealth Day celebration. A Commonwealth Flag will be raised on Silloth Green, at the Community Garden, opposite the Golf Hotel on Criffel Street, Silloth. The ceremony will start at 9.45am. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration observed by people from all over the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe.

At each ceremony, before the raising of the Commonwealth flag at 10.00hrs, messages from Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, and the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC,Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, will be read, followed by a Commonwealth Affirmation. This common act of witness renews the commitment of people in Commonwealth countries to work together inclusively and in a spirit of goodwill towards democracy and development in which all can share.

The theme for the 2020 Commonwealth Day, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and for the work of the Commonwealth more generally is ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’.

This theme was chosen because the governments and people of our diverse family of 54 Commonwealth countries connect at many levels through extensive and deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill.

Together, the countries and people of the Commonwealth tackle climate change and its impacts.  We work to find sustainable ways of using the natural resources of our planet, its land and ocean, so that our environment is protected.

Together, we work to build peace and harmony through social and democratic development.

Together, we encourage inclusive economic empowerment and fair trade so that all people, particularly women, young people and those in marginalised communities can share the fruits of progress and prosperity.

Together, we are delivering a common future by connecting, innovating and transforming our societies.

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, said:  “On Commonwealth Day we come together to acknowledge publicly and collectively the continuing aspiration of the Commonwealth to build on common traditions and uphold our shared values of democracy, inclusive development and respect for diversity.

Local and national flag raising ceremonies in school yards, on village greens, in town squares, and on mountaintops and beaches, bring greater understanding and appreciation of the values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter – to which the governments of all Commonwealth countries subscribe, and to which each of us individually as Commonwealth citizens can recommit ourselves on Commonwealth Day.

I send my best wishes to all involved, saluting you and wishing you well as you raise both the Commonwealth flag and awareness of all that we achieve together through Commonwealth connection, friendship and cooperation.”

 


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Silloth Community Governance Review

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A Community Governance Review is being carried out by Allerdale Borough Council to look at redrawing the boundary between Silloth Town Council and Holme Low Parish Council. This piece of work is being undertaken to address the issue that Lido Village is split by the boundary.

A Working Group of councillors has been set up to undertake the review and to make a final recommendation to Allerdale Borough Council on whether to amend the boundary, and if so, where that new boundary should be. It is expected that any amendments will be in place for 1 April 2020.

The Working Group initlally consulted on two options, during that consultation local residents proposed a third option which would be to take all of the properties in the Lido Village into the Holme Low Parish area. The Working Group felt it was important that local residents be given another opportunity to comment on proposals including this third option.

There are now three options for amending the boundary, shown on the maps below. The current boundary is shown in blue and the proposed new boundaries are in maroon.

Option 1 is to redraw the boundary so that all properties in Lido Village are within Silloth Town Council area.

Option 2 would take all of the Lido Village plus the properties on Barracks Bridge into the Silloth Town Council area.

Option three would take all of the properties in the Lido Village into the Holme Low Parish area.

Please let us know which of the three options you prefer by answering the short survey below. There is also space to add any additional comments you would like to Working Group to take into account.

https://www.allerdale.gov.uk/en/consultation/silloth-community-governance-review/

Residents in all of the properties affected by the two proposals will be written to individually for their views. Silloth Town Council and Holme Low Parish Council will also be consulted. Please note: The consultation ends at noon on March 2, 2020.


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Community Governance Review

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A Community Governance Review is being carried out by Allerdale Borough Council to look at redrawing the boundary between Silloth Town Council and Holme Low Parish Council. This piece of work is being undertaken to address the issue that Lido Village is split by the boundary.

A Working Group of councillors has been set up to undertake the review and to make a final recommendation to Allerdale Borough Council on whether to amend the boundary, and if so, where that new boundary should be. It is expected that any amendments will be in place for 1 April 2020.

The Working Group has now started formal consultation on its proposal. There are two options for amending the boundary, shown on the maps below. The current boundary is shown in blue and the proposed new boundaries are in maroon. Option 1 is to redraw the boundary so that all properties in Lido Village are within Silloth Town Council area. Option 2 would take all of the Lido Village plus the properties on Barracks Bridge into the Silloth Town Council area.

Please let us know which of the two options (images below) you prefer by answering the short survey below. There is also space to add any additional comments you would like to Working Group to take into account.

Residents in all of the properties affected by the two proposals will be written to individually for their views. Silloth Town Council and Holme Low Parish Council will also be consulted. Please note: The consultation ends on February 10, 2020.

For more information and to take part in the consultation, click on the link below.

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Temporary Road Closure – Caldew Street, Silloth

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Below is a location plan showing the extents of a temporary road closure which has been put in place to allow Cumbria Highways to carry out carriageway investigation works.

These works are expected to commence 6th December 2019 with an approx. duration of 2 days.

Please see below details of the extents of the closure and diversion route;

Location: U2250 Caldew Street, Silloth, from its junction with Solway Street for an approx. distance of 40m in a south easterly direction.

Alternative Route: A way for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will be maintained at all times and a suitable alternative route for vehicles will be signed and available via the unrestricted section of Caldew Street, Latrigg Street, Waver Street and Solway Street, Silloth.

Should you require any further information relating to these works please contact Laura McClellan, Traffic Management Officer at Cumbria County Council.

T: 01946 506564  M: 07717 512 477