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In early April we reprinted an important update from the Leader of the County Council their response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Thanks to County Councillor Jan Warwick, we are sharing with you the latest HCC Update 22 April 2020.
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The focus in the last update was on what we are doing, with all our partners, to make sure the most vulnerable people receive the help they need. While our buildings remain closed, and we’ve had to change the way we deliver some services, we’re still very much open to support the residents who need us most. Over the coming weeks and months we’ll continue to share updates about what is being done locally to support national efforts in helping us to help get us through this pandemic as safely as possible.
Supporting vulnerable residents
Vulnerable residents in need of urgent support can contact our dedicated helpline . Staff have responded to more than 5,000 calls since the launch of HantsHelp4Vulnerable. Over 1,300 residents were given information or signposted to further advice and support; while more than 3,000 were referred to Local Response Centres. Over 1,000 with more complex needs were referred to our Adults’ Health and Care Welfare team. Much positive feedback from residents has been received.
Help available for carers
An army of unpaid, informal carers play a vital role, every day, in helping vulnerable people in Hampshire communities stay safe and well.
There is help and advice available to support them and the individuals they help to care for.
Ten tips for teens in lockdown
Suddenly being at home all the time after being at school or college and meeting up with friends and family can be hard for teenagers. We’ve compiled ten tips to help young people make the most of their time at home. From volunteering, to getting creative, see our Ten Tips for Hanging Indoors.
Marking 75th anniversary of VE Day
Our VE Day commemorations will be going ahead next month – albeit virtually. We’re inviting Hampshire residents to join us online to watch a specially prepared film to mark the 75th anniversary of VE day on 8 May. While we do not have the opportunity to gather in the way we normally would, we, nevertheless, want to ensure we mark this important date.
Serving up support to feed children
Our HC3S Education Catering staff have been pulling out all the stops to produce and deliver over 51,000 meals to feed vulnerable and key worker children. They are also sharing recipes and tips online to help residents make the most of their food at home. Try their ‘Rescue Recipes’ to help you stretch what’s in your cupboard further.
Serving up support to feed children
At this most challenging of times, it is more important than ever that people look out for one another. Many victims of abuse are not able to speak up for themselves, they need someone else to speak for them. If you know someone is, or might be, at risk of harm, you can help by acting now. Find out how to report.
Libraries open for everyone online
As digital library use soars, we’re encouraging even more people to join the library and discover the variety of digital content and services available. While the buildings may be closed, there are all kinds of online events on offer, with engaging and fun activities. Membership is free for anyone who lives, works, or studies in Hampshire.
Looking for some funding help?
There are a number of organisations offering grant funding related to the coronavirus pandemic during the crisis, and some good sources of advice. We’ve also increased the annual grant available for local projects, initiatives and organisations allocated by each county councillor, and brought forward the window for applications.
Looking out for each other
You must stay at home, but there are safe ways to provide essential support to vulnerable people who are in isolation. What can you do to help?
- Phone or keep in touch on social media
- Pick up food for others
- Pick up medicines
Find out how to help others safely gov.uk/safehelp
Cllr Jan Warwick
Hampshire County Councillor
Winchester Downlands Division