No VAT on PPE – for now
From 30th April, PPE purchased by care homes, businesses, charities and individuals to protect against Covid-19 are free from VAT for a three-month period [link].
Bristol Ageing Better Support Hub
Bristol Ageing Better has launched a new Support Hub for older people and their families to cope with the impact of Covid-19 in Bristol. They provide a range of practical, emotional and social support. The Support Hub has been developed by a partnership of several voluntary organisations that already work to support older people in Bristol [link].
Need cheering up?
Belly Laughs at home will be a night of Bristol-based comedy raising money for four good causes on Sunday 10 May [link].
The Council has also written to Direct Payment recipients to ensure their personal assistants can access testing if they meet the criteria, thanks to Bristol Disability Equality Forum’s influencing work.
“Last week we had a question from Laura Welti of Bristol Disability Equality Forum with reference to Personal Assistants being added to the key worker list. I’m very happy to tell you that, following a conversation between myself and Sally Hogg, we can confirm that Personal Assistants are now on that list for testing. …….. thank you, Laura.”. (Sandra Meadows, Voscur CEO).
Worried about a vulnerable person’s safety?
While we all stay home across Bristol, we need to look out for children and vulnerable adults, including elderly people, who may be harmed in their homes. If you are worried about someone you know, we encourage you to tell someone so they can get the right help. If a child or adult is at immediate risk of harm call the police on 999.
Help for children:
If you are worried about a child’s safety, you can call Bristol’s Children and Families Services on 0117 903 6444 for advice, support, or let them know about a child you are concerned for.
If you want to speak to someone anonymously about any worries you have for a child, you can call the NSPCC 24 hour helpline on 0808 800 5000 or text 88858
Childline continues to run their services for children who want someone to talk to at this time, including online chat.
Help for adults:
Next Link provides support services, and can help arrange emergency accommodation, for women and girls who have experienced domestic or sexual abuse. You can speak to someone on live chat or by calling 0117 925 0680.
National domestic abuse 24 hour helpline: 0808 200 0247
If you are concerned an adult may be being neglected or abused call Bristol’s Care Direct on 0117 922 2700.
Testing in care homes
When the Forum, asked how we can possibly get an accurate picture on the number of COVID-19 deaths in the city, when hardly anyone in care homes is tested – even if they have COVID-19 systems, Sally Hogg, from Public Health said:
“This week testing is now going to be available to everyone in care homes, staff and residents, so we will soon have a much better picture of what is happening”.
This is good to hear as it is highly likely that a high number of the deaths of Disabled people are completely hidden because, until now, only the first two people in a care home who develop symptoms were tested – no matter how many others in the care home became ill, or died.