Census 2021 – What and When
Policing – How it Works
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire have produced the following posters to share with Town and Parish Councils and have asked that they consider putting them up in the community anywhere that may be suitable.
Urgent playground investment needed or children face ‘perpetual lockdown’
#Children’s Mental Health Week and #oktoplay
In this extraordinary pandemic, alongside the tragedy of lost lives and livelihoods, there has also been a renewed appreciation of those public services we took for granted – a reappraisal of what ‘essential’ really means.
When public playgrounds were closed in the first lockdown, it brought their ‘essential’ status sharply into focus. Because the majority of UK children live in urban areas and 1 in 8 households have no outdoor space, millions were left with nowhere to play, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds were the most affected. And currently, despite Government guidelines to keep playgrounds open in lockdown, *primarily for those families without gardens, some authorities are failing to do so plunging many families into despair.
Unless we tackle playground closures, many children will stay in perpetual ‘lockdown.’
Children were being driven indoors long before official lockdown. The combined effects of the widespread closure of play spaces in recent years and the toxic lure of screens and technology, meant that increasingly, children were spending their time indoors, sedentary and alone. This year of lockdown after lockdown has profoundly compounded this effect.
Chair of the Association of Play Industries, Mark Hardy says:
“This unique pause presents us with a rare opportunity to transform our children’s lives through the power of outdoor play. By re-imagining our public spaces, we can reverse the alarming decline in the number of public play spaces which has quietly been taking place, local authority by local authority. We must put children at the heart of recovery. Playground closures are nothing short of catastrophic for children’s mental health, fitness, development and overall wellbeing. If we continue to fail to view communities from the perspective of children there will be more and more closed, neglected and often dangerous environments where there once stood a precious play space created exclusively with children in mind.”
Play is Exercise
“We welcome Sport England’s new 10-year vision – Uniting the Movement – and in particular their 5 Big Issues,” says Mark. “It’s crucial now that we come together as a nation to ensure that everyone has equal access to the benefits of exercise and for children this means outdoor play. We particularly welcome the strategy’s focus on tackling and preventing inequality: community playgrounds are great levellers as open-to-all public spaces in which ALL children can play freely and safely.”
5 Big Issues
- Recover and reinvent – Place children at the heart of recovery by building a sustainable network of public play spaces.
- Connecting Communities – Playgrounds are often the heart of the community, where parents, grandparents, neighbours and children from all walks of life go to meet.
- Positive experiences for children and young people – Safe, challenging and stimulating play spaces give children the freedom to play, socialise and have fun in a space dedicated to them.
- Connecting with health and wellbeing – Active children become active adults, giving them the lifelong joys and benefits of an active life.
- Active environments – Local and accessible ‘doorstep’ playgrounds make it easier for all children to get active.
*Recent addition to the ‘COVID-19: Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms’ guidance which states: Playgrounds are primarily open for use by children who do not have access to private outdoor space, like their own garden. Although parents, guardians or carers can take children to a playground for exercise, they must not socialise with other people while there.
API Research & Campaigns
From: Lincolnshire Community Foundation
Contact: Sue Fortune: 01529 305825
Subject: £40,000 available to community groups in North Kesteven to support Covid-19 response, recovery and resilience work
Lincolnshire Community Foundation and North Kesteven District Council are working in partnership to ensure financial support reaches those vital groups, charities and organisations delivering services combatting hardship including economic, social or health impacts caused by the Covid-19 pandemic both now and in the future.
Grants will also be available to support financial resilience so organisations can tackle the longer term impact of Covid-19.
Eligible groups can apply for up to £5,000 to support ongoing and future needs of vulnerable people. Successful projects might include those that address: loneliness and isolation, mental health support, financial hardship (employment or benefits advice), digital exclusion, telephone befriending etc.
Applicants are able to include a request for a contribution towards equipment, digital resources, volunteer training and expenses, counselling support, staff salaries to name but a few.
Priority will be given to groups who support one or more of the following groups of people: older people, families with young children, people with physical or learning disabilities, people with mental health needs and people on low income.
Voluntary and community organisations who have been vetted by Lincolnshire Council for Voluntary Services as part of the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum co-ordinated response.
Registered charities, constituted groups and community interest companies that have a governing document, accounts, bank account and relevant policies and procedures.
Operating within and positively impacting upon residents and communities in North Kesteven.
Foundation staff are on hand to give advice at every stage of the application process.
The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 February 2021 and decisions will be notified within four weeks. To obtain an Application Form or to chat about your project, please contact Sue Fortune on 01529 305825 or download details from the Grants Page @ lincolnshirecf.co.uk
Cllr Richard Wright, Leader of North Kesteven District Council, said he was pleased the Council had been able to partner with the Lincolnshire Community Foundation, giving a pot of £40,000 for voluntary and community groups to bid into.
“One of the most striking aspects of 2020 was the manner in which caring individuals and community-minded groups pulled together in order to protect and provide for those most in need. Together, we’ve been responding to the pandemic’s challenges on our communities for more than 300 days and whilst pressures have ebbed and flowed, the need for local support mechanisms to help at a grassroots level has not abated. Such actions are keeping the most vulnerable safe, secure and shielded and I thank everyone engaged in this way.”
Cllr Mrs Sally Tarry, who has Executive Board oversight of community initiatives at North Kesteven District Council, said “The response of the voluntary sector has been incredible and we want to support their ongoing efforts as much as we can to keep those who remain vulnerable safe, well and connected both now and in the coming months.”
Sue Fortune, Joint CEO at Lincolnshire Community Foundation says:
“By working in partnership with NKDC we hope to extend our reach and support community groups across the District. We are a local funder working hard to identify local not for profit groups and encourage them to get in touch to see whether we can help in their fight against this dreadful virus.”
For any group seeking validation with the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum the following information is required:
- Group name
- Postal address
- Area of operation
- Capability offer (what they can do)
- Primary and secondary contacts including phone and email
- Number of volunteers
- Permission to share details with Wellbeing services and/or connect to support – they can chose either or both but as a minimum wellbeing service
Groups will receive access to a community drive containing guidance, information, briefing documents and latest information from the government .
They will also be required to complete and return an indemnity insurance form which will enable them to help their communities.
The email address to use is Resilientlincs@lincoln.fire-uk.org
Andy Howlett, Census Engagement Manager for South Lincolnshire and North East Leicestershire Office for National Statistics has produced an auto play, narrated, PowerPoint Show that covers helping clients with the Census in terms of what it is, why it is done, what it is used for, when it is and what people have to do. It covers the basics of what they do in training for support staff, carers and volunteers to enable them to either enable their clients to complete the census or to complete the census for them.
It might be helpful to you, your colleagues, staff, volunteers and residents to give a clear and effective understanding of the process and structure of the Census.
Please use as you see fit and feel free to forward it to anyone in who might also benefit from it.
For a copy of this PowerPoint, please email email@example.com
Please find attached a Census information leaflet explaining what it is, what everyone needs to do and how to get support.
FW: East Lindsey District Council – Media Release (Bin collections in parts of East Lindsey paused for remainder of the week due to Covid-19)
Bin collections in parts of East Lindsey paused for remainder of the week due to Covid-19
Waste collections will be suspended in parts of East Lindsey from tomorrow (Wednesday, January 27) due to COVID‐related staff absences.
A number of our waste crews are now either self‐isolating or poorly due to Covid‐19.
As a result it is necessary for the service to be suspended in some southern parts of the district until Monday, February 1, 2021, to allow our workforce to recover and to prevent further spread of the virus.
This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
The following areas are affected:-
- New Leake
- Coningsby (Part)
- Coningsby Moorside
- Mareham Le Fen
- N Bolingbroke
- Tumby Moorside
- Tumby Woodside
- Wood Enderby
- Gypsey Bridge
- New Bolingbroke
- New York
- Scrub Hill
- Thornton Le Fen
- Antons Gowt
- East Keal
- East Kirkby
- Keal Coates
- Toynton All Saints
- West Keal
Those households affected by the disruption this week can present any accumulated side waste in black refuse sacks alongside their black household bins on their next scheduled black bin collection. From Monday, February 1, 2021, waste collections are anticipated to continue as normal.
Assistant Director for Operations at the Council, Victoria Burgess, said: “Over the past
couple of days it has proved a real challenge to keep the service going with a number of rounds having not been completed due to staff absences. With more crews off again today we needed to take action now and suspending the service is the only realistic option available to us to keep everyone safe – something we’ve worked hard to avoid. Our workforce has done an amazing job over the past year and they’ve received much praise from the community and are grateful for your continued good wishes.”
Please keep an eye on the Council’s website – http://www.e‐lindsey.gov.uk/missedbin and social media channels, as well as local media, for updates.
Boston Borough Council – Bin collections in Boston paused for remainder of the week due to Covid-19 – January 2021
Waste collections will be suspended in the Borough of Boston from tomorrow (Wednesday 27th January) due to Covid-related staff absences.
A number of our waste crews are now either self-isolating or poorly due to Covid-19.
As a result it is necessary for the service to be suspended until Monday, February 1, 2021, to allow our workforce to recover and to prevent further spread of the virus.
This is not a decision that has been taken lightly and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Those households affected by the disruption this week can present any accumulated side waste in black refuse sacks alongside their green household bins on their next scheduled green bin collection. From Monday, February 1, 2021, waste collections are anticipated to continue as normal.
Assistant Director for Operations at the Council, Victoria Burgess, said: “Over the past couple of days it has proved a real challenge to keep the service going with a number of rounds having not been completed due to staff absences. With more crews off again today we needed to take action now and suspending the service is the only realistic option available to us to keep everyone safe – something we’ve worked hard to avoid. Our workforce has done an amazing job over the past year and they’ve received much praise from the community and are grateful for your continued good wishes.”
Working with partners Lincolnshire County Council have agreed to extend their open days at the Household Recycling Centre on Bittern Way for the disposal of black-bagged general waste and recycling only. The two extra days of opening are Wednesday and Thursday of this week and next, between the hours of 8am and 4pm. Please do not take any garden waste. To access one of these slots please book at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/clickandtip
Please keep an eye on the Council’s website – www.bostonuk.com – and social media channels, as well as local media, for updates.
LRF briefing to partners: Travelling to a vaccination centre
There were a lot of queries last week regarding transport to vaccination sites, as well as some general misunderstandings. The Transport Helpline is NOT a booking service for transport – some GPs have interpreted this as being the case.
|LRF Communications Briefing – Covid19|
| Topic: Travelling to a vaccination centre
There are no NHS patient transport services available for the vaccination programme. If people are unable to drive themselves to a COVID – 19 vaccination centre, or get a lift from a member of their household or support bubble, they may be able to use public transport.
The Lincolnshire Transport Helpline provides information and advice on a wide range of transport options including community car schemes and CallConnect. The helpline can be contacted on 0345 456 4474 or by https://lincsbus.info/accessing-lincolnshire-transport/transport-helpline/ . The helpline operates from 9am-6pm Mon-Fri and 9.30am-4pm on Saturday.
CallConnect is an on-demand bus service that is paid for by the customer. If someone has a concessionary bus pass due to age or disability then they can access CallConnect free of charge. For the purposes of the COVID – 19 vaccination programme only, Transport Services have agreed to extend this free to anyone aged 67 and over, regardless of whether they have a bus pass or not.
LRF comms team
Please see the poster below for the guidelines to follow regarding Covid-19 (there is also a link attached for a printable version that can be put up in the community…