Children, young people and their families across Bath and North East Somerset who are struggling with the ongoing pressures of lockdown are being reassured support is available.
With many families cut off from their usual support systems such as family, friends and teachers, Bath & North East Somerset Council is urging those who are struggling to reach out and ask for help.
The BANES council is also reminding residents that it is everyone’s responsibility to keep children safe, spot the signs of abuse and report concerns.
You can contact Children’s Social Care on 01225 396111 or 01225 477929 or via email: Childcare_duty@bathnes.gov.uk.
A member of the council’s Children’s Social Care team will discuss your concerns and the range of help that may be available. The service is available between 08:30 and 17:00 (Mon-Thur) and 08:30 and 16:30 (Fri).
If you have concerns outside of working hours you can contact the Emergency Duty Team on 01454 615165, on evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.
If you are feeling vulnerable, isolated, or concerned about your physical or mental wellbeing the Community Wellbeing Hub can help.
You can call the Community Wellbeing Hub on 0300 247 0050 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday email: BATHNES.firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the website: http://communitywellbeinghub.co.uk or text 07870 868368.
If you are struggling with your mental health talking to someone is vital. Bath Mind’s Breathing Space, is a phone support service, open every evening of the week from 5.30pm to 11.30pm. You can call in confidence on 01225 983130 if you are feeling worried or anxious and want to talk.
The Bath and North East Somerset Talking Therapies Service, run by Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust also offers online courses and telephone and video based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) to support adults who maybe struggling with their mental health
The Bright Start Children Centre Services and the Connecting Families Team are also operational, supporting work with children and families. However, I wanted to mention our mediation service is currently open for referrals and is operating at full capacity – sessions take place either via zoom, phone, emails or doorstep/garden visits. For more information you can contact Christopher_Martin@bathnes.gov.uk or
Tel. 07980 998982.
You can access the service by self-referring and don’t need to speak to your GP to do this. To find out more visit: https://iapt-banes.awp.nhs.uk
If you are worried about child’s mental health, you can find helpful information about how to spot the signs that someone is struggling and how to access help at: https://bit.ly/2L3Dece
Save Money This February and Support Your Favourite Charities with Local Voucher Code Website
Despite January being over, many of us will still be feeling the financial impact of last year, looking at ways to save money on those all important essentials where we can. That’s where Bath-based voucher code site My Favourite Voucher Codes comes in. Home to thousands of discounts, deals and offers on everything from grocery shopping to insurance and services, they’re on a mission to help us all save money whenever we shop online. Additionally, the site are also passionate about helping good causes, which is why they donate 20% of their profits to charity each month. Since the company started in 2012, they’ve raised over £60,000 for different charities.
The charity that benefits from the donation is decided by visitors to the site, who cast their vote for one of four charities featured in the month’s lineup. At the end of the month, the charity with the most votes wins the donation. This February, My Favourite Voucher Codes are supporting four great causes, including Whitchurch based charity, HorseWorld, and you can have your say in who benefits from the donation as well as take advantage of the latest codes the site has to offer. Every time you make a purchase through the site, My Favourite Voucher Codes makes a small commission at no extra cost to you. This is how the donation is formed, so ultimately, the more codes used, the bigger the donation.
The site features a different line-up of charities each month, and this February, their charity partners are:
Devon Air Ambulance – A charity that provides emergency care via helicopter to patients in the county of Devon in life-threatening and time critical situations, not only to the residents of Devon, but also to the many tourists visiting the county each year.
HorseWorld – Based in Whitchurch, HorseWorld rescues and rehabilitates horses that have been abandoned, neglected or cruelly treated. In addition to medically treating the animals, the charity works to rehome them, either finding them a suitable home within the South-West area, or enabling the horse to fulfil a role in their Discovery Project.
LUPUS UK – The national charity for people affected by lupus, LUPUS UK works to support patients by providing guidance and information on the condition, as well as to improve understanding and reduce stigma. Additionally, the charity funds research into the causes of lupus, along with better care and treatments.
Seashell Trust – National charity Seashell Trust works to support children and young people who have severe learning disabilities and complex needs. They offer a school, college and short breaks which provides a safe and happy environment where young people can learn about the world around them, express their creativity and gain independence.
Voting is completely free of charge and takes less than two minutes of your time. Simply head over to My Favourite Voucher Codes between the 1st and 28th of February to cast your vote for your winner. There’s no obligation to make a purchase through the site, but any you do make will go towards the winning charity’s donation. Pay My Favourite Voucher Codes a visit this February and save money on your shopping while supporting some incredibly worthy causes
Households across Whitchurch Village will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.
The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.
“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.
“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”
Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.
The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
For more information, visit census.gov.uk.
|Support for residents struggling with their mental health|
|Residents across Bath and North East Somerset struggling with their mental health are being urged to seek support.
Current research shows that one in four people experience mental health issues each year, and at any one time, one in six working adults are experiencing depression, anxiety, or problems relating to stress.
With the added pressures of lockdown and coronavirus restrictions the Community Wellbeing Hub has seen an increase in the number of calls from residents who are struggling with the pressures of money worries, caring for others, and increased feelings of loneliness and isolation due to social distancing and prolonged working from home.
Councillor Rob Appleyard, cabinet member for Adult Services, said: “Now, more than ever, is a time to ensure we maintain a positive and supportive culture where people feel able to talk about their mental health and their experiences. One of our key partners at the Community Wellbeing Hub is the mental health service Bath Mind, who can not only offer support but also signpost callers to support services in their own community.”
Research shows that men find it particularly difficult to talk about their mental health struggles, which is why this month, Men’s Health Awareness month, Bath Mind is particularly encouraging men to reach out for support.
Kate Morton, Chief Executive Officer of Bath Mind, said: “This is a very challenging and uncertain time for many of us, and although we are, on the whole, pretty resilient, we are in unprecedented times. It is important not to underestimate the impact the pandemic is having on our mental health and wellbeing and it is really important we look after ourselves.
“Never feel ashamed about how you are feeling. Talking to someone is a vital first step. Bath Mind’s Breathing Space, is a phone support service, open every evening of the week from 5.30pm to 11.30pm. You can call in confidence on 01225 983130 if you are feeling worried or anxious and want to talk.”
For more information on Bath Mind’s Men’s Health Awareness month campaign visit: www.bathmind.org.uk/news/mens-
Jo Scammell from Virgin Care BANES said: “The Community Wellbeing Hub can offer a little extra help to people when they need it most. We have an excellent team of colleagues at Bath Mind who have been helping residents since March and this has often been a lifeline to so many. The additional evening service they offer is extremely important particularly during the winter months.”
To contact the Community Wellbeing Hub:
Bath’s clean air zone is set to launch on Monday 15 March 2021 to urgently improve air quality in the city. It means that most higher emission vehicles – except private cars and motorbikes – will be charged to drive in the city centre.
A higher emission vehicle is a Pre Euro 6/VI diesel vehicle (Euro 1 to 5/V or earlier) or Pre Euro 4 petrol vehicle (Euro 1 to 3 or earlier).
You can now check whether your vehicle will be charged using your vehicle registration number at GOV.UK’s Central Clean Air Zone Service: www.gov.uk/cleanairzone.
If charges apply, please refer to Bath & North East Somerset’s website for a list of local exemptions and whether you might be eligible for financial support to upgrade or replace a non-compliant vehicle or fleet of vehicles.
While private cars are not charged in Bath’s zone, the Council is asking everyone to consider whether they need to use their vehicle, especially for short trips where walking, cycling or taking public transport is possible. We all have a part to play in improving air quality.
To find out more, go to www.bathnes.gov.uk/BathCAZ
Following on from the consultation events held during 2019 with residents, parents and children at a Have a Field fun day, Whitchurch Primary School & St Nicholas Pre-school, we are delighted to announce that work will commence on Monday 19th October, this will include new play equipment with accessible aspects, a multi-use games area (MUGA) and a table tennis table.
Funding for this project has been provided through Section 106 funds from developers, held by Bath & North East Somerset Council and required to be spent on play provision within Whitchurch Village.
The play area will be closed from 19th October 2020 for approximately six weeks, we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Whitchurch Village Council members would like to say a massive thank you to all the volunteers who have supported our community during the last few months. We have a number of volunteers who have been shopping, collecting medication, posting letters/parcels and generally helping to support those who are who are vulnerable, self-isolating and needing some support during these challenging times. We also know many neighbours and friends have been involved in this too, our thanks goes to all of them also.
Although the need for this support has now become much less we still have a number of volunteers available to support you, if you feel you are:
- struggling to get your basic food needs
- have other difficulties, or
- would just like to chat to someone
Please contact the Clerk if you need further support.
Tel: 01275 839873 Email: email@example.com
or B&NES Council Covid Support Helpline Tel: 0300 0247 0050
Further to the receipt of recent grant applications the following groups have been awarded grants and will receive the awards at the next remote Whitchurch Village Council meeting on Wednesday 2nd September 2020.
St Nicholas Pre-school
Whitchurch History Society
107th Bristol (Whitchurch) Scout Group
Children will be welcomed back to Whitchurch Village Playpark from Saturday 4th July and parents are being advised about the COVID-19 measures to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Following the Government announcement that playgrounds are permitted to open, children will be welcomed back but the onus is on parents and carers to ensure rules are followed around social distancing, hand hygiene and not eating or drinking near play equipment.
Visitors to the park should practise social distancing at all times and bring their own sanitiser to clean their hands frequently, as well as wash their hands regularly where facilities are available. People are advised to bring their own wipes to clean equipment after their child has used it if possible.
Eating and drinking within the play areas should be avoided and anyone who develops symptoms of COVID -19 should return home immediately.
The council previously closed the play park at the end of March in line with Government guidance.
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