10 July 2020
Highlighting love your parks week and more updates to coronavirus related information. Plus, summer concerts and TWAM begins to reopen their museums and galleries.
Personal alarm systems and telecare
Scams, fraud and hate crime
Local NHS resource guide
Welfare system – how it is withstanding the coronavirus onslaught
Vulnerable people facing a drop in their income
Surveys – your experience counts
Connected Voice funders fair
Newcastle Fund round 11 is now open
Coronavirus information from Public Health England and Care Quality Commission
There is so much online and virtual activity now that it seems to have become a way of life. The good news is that people who were not keen to access digital resources have taken the plunge owing to the lock down. We have begun to compile an online/virtual category in our events and activity section. Just search on the category online/virtual and you will find out what local organisation are doing. Examples include: mindfulness, meditation, Active Newcastle low impact and full body workouts, opera and digital crafting, the Threads that Bind Us and Zooming Feminism this Saturday.
We haven’t included national/international in this section – some of these are still under our Quick links to virtual activity article.
You may be worrying about friends and family at present. Perhaps you haven’t seen as much of them or their condition has worsened during lockdown. There are a number of personal alarms systems that can give you peace of mind and keep you safe if you are alone and have a fall or feel unwell. They can also be referred to as personal alarm systems, home care monitoring, careline systems, community alarms or pendant alarms. Ostara is a community alarm system that is used across Your Homes Newcastle and through the City Council.
Referrals and installations for new customers
Ostara has put in place a series of measures to ensure that they carry out assessments and installations in line with social distancing rules.
You can use telecare technology and gadgets to remind you to do things, such as take your medication. Visit Your Equipment Newcastle for a review of your needs, a personal report and access to products.
During the coronavirus, many people have risen to the challenge of becoming an NHS or CityLife line volunteer or continuing their support for a local charity or organisation. This is a great time to say thank you to all those who have helped and continue to help others. This may include: delivering food parcels and prescriptions, digging a garden or a befriending call. On Monday 1st June, there was a national thank you clap for volunteers to recognise the enormous contribution that has been made by volunteers. Find out more from Karen at the Volunteer Centre when she talked to Richard Finch last Friday on Radio Tyneside.
Of course, some people have transferred their volunteering to online support. They may be completing online surveys instead of going in to participate in research, running chat rooms or training online and so the range of support is vast whilst keeping within social distancing rules.
Here is another opportunity to say thank you. I am sure there will be many submissions this year, but nominating is just as important recognition as winning. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. Submissions close on 25 September 2020.
The Government has issued new advice on staying safe if you’re a volunteer or if you’re socially isolating or shielding and need help from a volunteer. The advice includes what to do if you’re worried about someone’s health and how to get the support you need while social distancing.
Hate crimeInternet Hate Group Pridefall are attempting to gather support amongst the online community to carry out a sustained and escalating online attack on people who identify themselves as being gay or part of the gay community, LGBT Plus.
The attacks will involve identifying people who display as having an LGBTQ sexuality online, making contact with them using fake Instagram, g-mail and Twitter accounts, initially asking questions regarding their sexuality but becoming more and more abusive as contact continues. Please be alert and careful.
The attacks began on the 01/06/20 and continue throughout Pride Month – June.
Unfortunately, there are more online and door step issues to report
Watch out for calls pretending to be from the NHS about track and trace. Do not pass on your bank or social media acccounts and password details to set you up on track and trace. If NHS Test and Trace calls you it will be from their single number 0300 0135 000 and the only website is: contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk
Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group has launched an online resource guide. It covers general advice relating to coronavirus (including translations), specific advice and links for health conditions, how to use your GP (including telecare, deaf access and phone consultations), mental health services (including apps for young people), helplines (including safeguarding) and social care services.
Micro greens are nutritious, delicious, and easy to grow. We have updated our article on gardening and health to talk about growing microgreens, including: pea shoots, rocket and fenugreek. They can be eaten between 14 and 21 days. Depending on what you buy, they can be expensive initially, but they are usually an investment all year round. They contain nutrients including zinc, vitamin and minerals and give you a chance to bring nature inside a flat, house or small space.
The Resolution Foundation has looked into how well the welfare system is holding up before and during the coronavirus pandemic. Their report shows
From August, employers currently using the JRS scheme will have more flexibility to bring their furloughed employees back to work part-time whilst still receiving support from the scheme. This will run for three months from August through to the end of October.
New research from Citizens Advice shows that four in ten (41%) of those in the shielded group have lost at least 20% of their income since the coronavirus outbreak began. More than a quarter (27%) have lost 60% of their income or more.
Analysis of around 2,000 of all employment cases Citizens Advice has seen since 14 April, showed over 70% of those who are shielding or are at higher risk from coronavirus – such as those who are pregnant or have diabetes – were not furloughed. This compares to 56% of workers overall who have not been furloughed despite being eligible.
However, there is some doubt whether those who should be shielding are, because they need the income and Citizens Advice has ” seen a surge in concerns about health and safety over the past two weeks as people with serious medical conditions, and those they live with, are asked to return to work”.
In a randomised sample of 10% of the 3,800 cases Citizens Advice saw between 11 to 15 May, they found:
Healthwatch Newcastle and Healthwatch Gateshead have designed a survey asking people what their recent experiences are of social care or health services in Newcastle or Gateshead and how COVID-19 has affected them. You can write as much as you choose and remain anonymous if you wish.
They are also arranging telephone calls for those who don’t have internet access. Just call 0191 338 5720 or 0191 477 0033.
Has your care been disrupted by COVID-19 and its impact on health and social care services? Whether it’s good or bad, they want to hear from you.
It only takes five minutes and your feedback can help NHS and social care services understand the steps they can take to improve care.
Next week is Carers week and this year the theme is #makingcaringvisible. This theme is ideal for highlighting that there are so many unpaid carers who don’t necessarily think of themselves as carers. InfoNOW news will be mailed early next week to cover all there is to know about carers and their caring roles.
Key organisations that can help you if you are a carer are:
Connected Voice are working with funders to create a virtual Funder Support and Advice Area, with a range of organisations to provide an Expert Seminar Area and a phone-in funding advice opportunity on Wednesday 17 Junein place of the funders fair that had been planned. They are inviting services to take part in their Dragon’s Den Showcase Area by submitting a short video or written description of what your organisation is doing, wants to do, and what resources you need to do it. It doesn’t need to be a video masterpiece. Just point your phone camera at what you’re doing already, and send it in. Alternatively, if you have something already on your social media, send them the link, give them permission to re-post it, and a couple of sentences to use as a headline. Email Connected Voice with ‘Showcase’ in the subject line.
Round 11 of the Newcastle Fund is now open for applications for activities that will commence in April 2021.
Fund is available for voluntary and community sector organisations, registered charities and social enterprises for applications up to a maximum of £50,000 per year for up to three years.
NHS Test and Trace guidance
To coincide with the launch of NHS Test and Trace, PHE has published the following guidance for:
PHE has worked in collaboration with the Local Government Association (LGA), Association of Directors of Public Health, NHS England and NHS Improvement to collate a suite of resources to support place-based approaches to planning and responding to COVID-19.
Public Health England (PHE) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) are conducting a major study on COVID-19. All care homes for residents aged 65 and over in England are likely to be contacted.
Resources from Learning Disability England
Easy read information on COVID-19 from Mencap
Bike Week – 6 to 14 June; upload your pics of you exploring and pedalling and you may win a prize
Book a live stream of a Live Theatre show for £5 on 9 June Showtime from the frontline
Online choir with Nordoff Robbins on 9 June and Tuesdays thereafter.
Last updated: June 5, 2020