This is a public health message from NHS Test and Trace
As part of the government’s coordinated response to Coronavirus, NHS Test and Trace has developed the new NHS COVID-19 app.
It is now available for download to all residents of England and Wales. We strongly recommend that everyone over the age of 16 downloads and uses it.
Download the ‘NHS COVID-19’ app from the App Store or Google Play. There is more information at https://covid19.nhs.uk
The app will help you to understand and manage your personal risk and reduce the spread of Coronavirus. The more people who use it, the more effective it will be.
The app requires operating system 13.5 or above if you have an Apple iPhone. It requires Android 6.0 or above if you have an Android phone. If your smartphone is not compatible, you can still access full support from the NHS Test and Trace service.
NHS Test and Trace
All individuals over the age of 16 who are registered with a GP in England and have provided an email address to the NHS are receiving this email. Some people will receive a text message instead, if an email address has not been provided.
Raking & Baking, running at St Werburghs Community Centre,focuses around inspiring people and giving them the tools to grow their own fresh food in small spaces and learning to cook fresh, organic, seasonal food from scratch. The course is offered free, with a small, optional donation towards ingredients. It uses the catering kitchen and perimeter gardens at the Community Centre. The course will be in-line with government guidelines for Covid-19.
Starting back with a mini 4 week course.
Every Thursday 10am-2pm, 1st Oct – 22nd Oct
Bookings must be made in advance by contacting St Werburghs Community Centre
Disability Rights UK (DRUK) has just launched its ‘We Belong’ project and will be hosting a series of roundtable discussions next week.
They will be holding two sessions on 30 September discussing issues and priorities of disabled women, and two on 1 October discussing priorities of disabled people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
LunchBox Learning – Making Activities Disability Inclusive We will also be hosting a FREE Lunchbox Learning session on Friday for volunteers, coaches or anyone who would like to know more about making activities inclusive and raising their disability awareness!
Join our Disability Inclusion Team on Zoom on Friday 25th September, 1:00-1:45pm!
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG), with Community Access Support Service (CASS) in partnership with community groups and volunteers, has made two videos in more than ten community languages about Covid-19 and the lockdown.
These were made to address the need for information for non-English-speaking people in the community who did not have access to reliable information about the outbreak in their own languages.
The videos are:
• Protecting others – with a number of key messages about social distancing, gatherings, where you can go and so on
• Mental health – about looking after your mental health and wellbeing at this time.
The languages are:
Pashto, Kurdish Sorani, Arabic, Farsi, Albanian, Urdu, Bengali, Tigrinya, Somali, Punjabi, Chinese (Cantonese), Chinese (Mandarin), Turkish [please note the videos in Albanian and Trigrinya are not available yet, so any help to find volunteers in both languages would be appreciated].
We hope these videos are helpful and that you will share them with relevant members of the community.
CASS has been working closely with @BNSSG_CCG and local volunteers to help create 2 Covid19 videos, each in Bristol’s key community languages including English. One is on Protecting Yourself, and one on Looking after Mental Health.
Welcome to our latest update, and apologies that we have not uploaded on since early August. Staff annual leave meant this was not possible.
Your City Our Future consultation survey
This week is your last chance to have a say in what Bristol is like in the future. Covid-19 has had a big impact on our lives and income. The city will need to recover and we now have a once in a lifetime opportunity to rethink what kind of future we want for Bristol and make some big, positive changes.
This survey is your chance to tell the Council what you liked and disliked about living in Bristol before lockdown, about your experiences during lockdown, and what you would like Bristol to be like in the future. The Council want (and need) to hear from as many people as possible from all parts of Bristol so that Bristol’s future improves life for everyone. So, make sure Disabled people’s needs and ambitions are not overlooked, but completing the survey before 9 th September 2020. You can take part at: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ABYCOF/ until 9 th September 2020.
Pavement Parking Survey
Consultation on How to Stop Parking on Pavements The government is consulting on whether pavement parking should be banned. This in response to evidence that it significantly impacts on the lives of pedestrians with vision and mobility impairments, those with pushchairs and buggies, young children, etc.
They are asking for your views on three options. None of the options would apply to emergency vehicles, delivery vehicles loading and unloading things (for a maximum of 20minutes), refuse trucks, street cleaners, urgent of emergency health care practitioners (whilst working) such as midwives, vehicles connected to essential work to roads, pavements, utilities (water, power, etc to buildings).
Option 1 – Improve the current system Keep things as they are but make it a bit easier for local authorities to put restrictions on specific roads using the existing Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) system, as creating new TROs is a lot of work at the moment. The main advantage is that the government would only need to make the process of getting a TRO a lot easier. The main disadvantage of keeping things the same is that the level of pavement parking would not improve by very much.
Option 2 – To give local authorities the power to take action (fines) against ‘unnecessary obstruction’ caused by pavement parking. The main advantage is that this option would enable local authorities to hand out fines, without the government having to ban pavement parking across the whole country. The main disadvantage is that it would be difficult to define when a parking obstruction is ‘unnecessary’, so fines are likely to be challenged quite frequently. This would, among other things, put local authorities off taking action because of the cost to them of lots of appeals against fines.
Option 3 – A national ban on pavement parking.
This option would introduce a general rule against pavement parking except where a local authority gives permission for it on specific roads or residential areas e.g. emergency vehicles could not get through.
This option would extend a ban that already applies across London. One advantage of this is that it would be much clearer to motorists where they could, and couldn’t, park on the pavement. Another is that decisions could be made locally about where there is a need for pavement parking.
The main disadvantage is that it would take a lot of work to identify which roads/areas the local authority should give permission for pavement parking, which would also be expensive.
A new law would also need to include a period of time for motorists to get used to the new law.