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A reminder about the latest England lockdown restrictions

ReachingU@SPC 9th January 2021 – Our bulletin for current activities:

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Tues 19/01/21 5pm Community Southwark local Covid messaging event: https://www.communitysouthwark.org/Event/staying-connected-in-lockdown Open to Southwark workers, volunteers & residents. New lockdown topics: social isolation, food security, volunteering, vaccination programme, health & social care advice & local group testing.

Here are the items on the agenda thus far:
• Welcome
• Overview of support available
• Getting support if you or someone you know is experiencing social isolation
• Getting support if you have a healthcare or social care related query
• Getting support if you’re self isolating and/ or shielding
• Covid testing and safety for people volunteering
• Vaccination programme for Southwark- Frequently Asked Questions
• Volunteering and supporting locally in the lockdown

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A message from the London Ambulance Service

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Join the next Quarterly PECKHAM RYE STATION WORKSHOP 13 JAN 6-8PM via Zoom. Network Rail will present plans to make the station more accessible to all. http://www.networkrail.co.uk/peckhamrye Scroll to/click ‘Design Public Workshop’ & fill in the survey at the end to be on the mailing list.

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We all want good quality care
Age UK Lewisham and Southwark are undertaking a telephone
survey of care home residents, their families and friends, to hear
about their experience of care. The findings will be fed back to
Southwark Council and local care homes to see where and how
improvements can be made as they develop a local quality charter
mark for good quality care in local care homes.
This survey will close on Wednesday 20 January 2021.
If you have a few minutes to take part in a short, confidential
telephone survey please contact:
Andrew Loxton at Age UK Lewisham and Southwark
Tel 0207 358 4077
Email: Andrew.loxton@ageuklands.org.uk
We would love to hear from you. http://www.southwarkpensioners.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Lay-Inspector-Flyer-PDF_compressed.pdf

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The Great Get Together has connected once again with Marmalade Trust, producing this Understanding Loneliness Toolkit. It provides resources and advice on how to face loneliness this winter. Click Here

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The Virtual Local History Group presented on Zoom
Please contact operations@southwarkpensioners.org.uk
or phone 020 7708 4556 if you would like to participate.

2-4pm on Tuesdays 12th January to 23rd March 2021

12th January “SE1 – Activism and Community in the 1970s”
Andy Benson and George Nicholson, SE1 Stories Group

26th January “Sydenham 1854 and the Crystal Palace” Part 2
(following Part 1 in September)
Michael Gilbert, Local Historian and Graphic Designer

9th February “St Peter’s Church, Walworth”
Neil Crossfield, Local Historian and Researcher

23rd February “The Bermondsey Bookshop”
Jennie Howells, Local Historian and Researcher

9th March “William Blake and his South London Connections”
Jon Newman, Archivist and Researcher

23rd March “Walworth and The Elephant – The Doorways of Time!”
A conversation around a new play created by People’s Company about the local community
John Whelan, Artistic Director at the People’s Company

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Census 21 – Read this information about the upcoming census on 21st March 2021 Click here

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Do you have a working Apple iPhone (5 and above) or Samsung Galaxy smartphone going unused? Free it from lockdown and gift it on with a message of hope to help others get connected with family, friends and essential support in Southwark. Hubbub.org.uk/CommunityCalling is working with Southwark Council, Community Southwark and local groups to reach those who are most isolated. Every phone gifted will be data-wiped and sterilised by specialists Recono.me, and O2 will be providing SIM cards with 15GB data, unlimited texts and unlimited minutes for 30 days. Recipients will also be supported with remote assistance and tech support to get up and running so that they can learn how to use their new devices with ease. https://www.hubbub.org.uk/communitycalling

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The University College of Osteopathy Clinic has now reopened for clinic appointments. All appointments are currently being held at the teaching site on Borough High Street, just a few minutes’ walk away from our former clinic on Southwark Bridge Road. For a map and details of how to get to us visit our website. https://mailchi.mp/uco/we-are-still-open-for-osteopathy-and-yoga-2676970?e=2b38a45c10

To book an appointment call or email us as usual on 020 7089 5360 or clinicappointments@uco.ac.uk. We have put appropriate procedures in place to allow us to continue to operate as London moves into Tier 3 – please take a moment to read our updated guidance for patients planning on visiting the Clinic.

We thank all our patients for bearing with us during recent disruptions and in particular would like to thank everyone who sent messages of support and donated to our #YourUCO fundraising campaign. If you’d still like to donate you can do so on our Just Giving page.

You can also help us to bounce back by writing us a review or recommending us to your friends, family and colleagues. Find out more about spreading the word…

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We’re taking part in Big Energy Saving Winter. Find out how you can Check, Switch and Save on your energy bills today by visiting the campaign website www.bigenergysavingwinter.org.uk

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Sign up to Healthwatch Southwark‘s Community Research Project. Covid-19 has left more people on waiting lists for NHS Treatment than before. Time to have your say. Sign up for a Zoom Call here: https://www.healthwatchsouthwark.org/news/2020-10-27/new-community-research-talk-healthwatch-southwark-about-waiting-hospital-treatment or contact: 020 7358 7005 info@healthwatchsouthwark.org

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Peckham Pantry is a membership scheme that will make your money go further. For a small weekly subscription of £4.50, members of Peckham Pantry will be able to buy food – including fresh fruit and veg and store cupboard favourites – to the value of £15.
https://www.pecan.org.uk/peckham-pantry?gclid=CjwKCAjw0On8BRAgEiwAincsHG_fDF7ma7go-5ixCOodNwwyazwgO7E5VZffrxIiy_Yo3isZ1kupTxoC12AQAvD_BwE

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Since March 2020 Borough Food Cooperative has been running a food redistribution service from their church kitchen! During lockdown, they offered a free grocery delivery service for those in the local community, helping people receive fresh fruit and vegetables as well as pantry staples. They have also been delivering meals prepared by fantastic volunteer chefs too! Starting in October 2020, they have expanded their efforts and set up the Borough Food Cooperative. With help from organisations like FareShare, the Borough Food Cooperative will be acting as a subsidized supermarket, offering members to stop in and pick up £15 worth of groceries for £4.50. https://www.stgeorge-themartyr.co.uk/page/42/borough-food-cooperative

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Community Southwark is launching a new initiative: Community Health Ambassadors Network with the aim of preventing the spread of COVID-19. The Ambassadors they recruit will pass on health information to their communities, contacts and networks and provide feedback about the barriers and difficulties they think their networks face in receiving and following guidance. This will be passed on to Southwark Public Health Deptartment, so that they can adapt their response to specific communities and reduce health inequalities. Visit these links for further information:
https://www.communitysouthwark.org/news/we-are-launching-our-community-health-champions-programme
https://airtable.com/shrTdetJ842Swld2r

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A Message from Cllr Peter John OBE, leader of Southwark Council. Click below: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKSOUTHWARK/bulletins/2a0a41c

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A message from Cllr Peter John OBE.

Here is the latest advice from the World Health Organisation, including videos for handling masks.
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/videos
https://reliefweb.int/report/world/advice-use-masks-context-covid-19-interim-guidance-5-june-2020

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From the National Pensioners’ Convention June Bulletin. Twitter / Facebook pages: @NPCUK. Fraudsters claiming to be from NHS Test and Trace.📞If NHS Test and Trace calls you, it will be from their single number 0300 0135 000. 💻The only website to visit is: http://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk. Action Fraud no. attached.⚠️Contact tracers never ask you to do the following:

Ask you to dial a premium rate number (for example, those starting 09 or O87)
Ask you to make any form of payment
Ask for any details about your bank account
Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
Ask you for any passwords or PINs or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
Ask you to purchase a product
Ask you to download any software to your device or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet
Ask you to access any website that does not belong to the Government or NHS. If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040.

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Volunteers’ Week: A huge thank you to our wonderful volunteers!!!
We see you, we appreciate you and we are grateful for all that you do for older people in Southwark. Here are some quotes and figures from the survey.

“Everything has been great from my side as a volunteer”. “Good communication from the volunteer coordinators”. “I very much enjoy speaking to my new friend”. 64 % willing to continue supporting new older friend post Covid
64% willing to support the Centre post Covid

We admire the friendliness and dedication of the whole team. We have also appreciated the checking in to make sure volunteers are happy with work allocated them, that everything has been explained and is manageable, and that the level of commitment is not too much of an ask.

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King Lear Prizes: The new national creative arts competition for older people stuck at home because of Coronavirus.
https://www.kinglearprizes.org.uk/

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Make It Studio Emergency Masks: Volunteer sewing fans making basic level reusable protective masks to limit the spread of Coronavirus. 100% profit going to fund FREE masks for key workers and NHS staff. https://twitter.com/ItMasks https://www.facebook.com/makeitstudiosemergencymasks/ https://www.instagram.com/makeitstudioemergencymasks/

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Lily Jones has provided us with a link to a ‘Guide for veterans’ who are finding it hard at this time. https://businesscostsaver.co.uk/guide-for-veterans/

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Here are some useful links to advice websites Citizens’ Advice www.adviceguide.org.uk

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The official Government website www.gov.uk

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Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. We provide financial support to help people get back on track. www.turn2us.org.uk

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Rightsnet stays up to date with the latest social welfare law developments, to get casework support, and to test their ideas, share their experience and network with others with a shared interest in using the law to do good things. www.rightsnet.org.uk

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Some publications from Independent Age

Independent Age Blogs – HERE  http://www.independentage.org/news-media/independent-age-blog

Independent Age Support – HERE  https://www.independentage.org/get-support

Independent Age Get Involved – HERE  https://www.independentage.org/get-involved

Independent Age Campaigning  – HERE http://www.independentage.org/campaigning

Independent Age  Information and Advice – HERE  http://www.independentage.org/information

Independent Age News Media – HERE  https://www.independentage.org/news-media

Independent Age Scamwise Booklet  https://independent-age-assets.s3.eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/s3fs-public/2019-01/Advice-Guide-Scamwise_0.pdf

You may find these useful – guides on how to get NHS help when you need it during coronavirus. Click here for the easy read version and here for the regular version.

Southwark has launched a new portal where residents and others can tell us about public spaces where there are issues with e.g. social distancing or safe travel and suggest interim solutions. https://www.southwark.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/public-health/for-the-public/coronavirus/impact-on-council-services/coronavirus-help-us-combat-covid-19-by-suggesting-healthier-streets

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Do you have a working Apple iPhone (5 and above) or Samsung Galaxy smartphone going unused? Free it from lockdown and gift it on with a message of hope to help others get connected with family, friends and essential support in Southwark. Hubbub.org.uk/CommunityCalling is working with Southwark Council, Community Southwark and local groups to reach those who are most isolated. Every phone gifted will be data-wiped and sterilised by specialists Recono.me, and O2 will be providing SIM cards with 15GB data, unlimited texts and unlimited minutes for 30 days. Recipients will also be supported with remote assistance and tech support to get up and running so that they can learn how to use their new devices with ease. https://www.hubbub.org.uk/communitycalling

Visit the Stay-at-Home Library for resources you can use any time as well as a range of live online events and activities for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. https://www.southwark.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/public-health/for-the-public/coronavirus/your-stay-at-home-library-of-things-to-do?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

TEDI-London is a new engineering higher education provider designing & creating dementia-friendly facilities, products and services and who would love to hear the opinions of people with dementia, carers and the community. They have produced a short survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdVk-dyOYCLVc2sGGSm2g4zw_dKd7Tf090DWMZ36nnh3QBrmw/viewform

The People’s Health Trust newsletter is available now, with articles about delivering food, Zoom conferencing and staying creative. https://dmtrk.net/10CZ-6V43U-C9UP9NDJ6E/cr.aspx

Care & Repair England have updated their Living Safely and Well at Home brochure offering practical hints and tips about how to make the home safer https://housingactionblog.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/living-safely-well-2020.pdf …as well as a ‘Living Safely Well Self Trainer http://careandrepair-england.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/LIVING-SAFELY-WELL-SELF-TRAINER-2020.pdf for families concerned about the safety of older relatives.

The coronavirus related ‘Keeping Well at Home’ guide from Care & Repair England has information for older people about shielding, mental health, home exercise & diet. http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=49104 Care & Repair England hopes to make homes healthier, safer places for people of all ages to live in.

Lockdown Viewing: After the Southwark Local History Group’s presentation on ‘Southwark’s Riverside Heritage’, Patricia Dark and Lisa Soverall from the Southwark Local History Library and Archive have compiled some links to historical films of the river Thames: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EaLvlrMsutdO1uT1gVhqLV38dTkctwJy/view?usp=sharing

Taxicard: You can now use your Taxicard for:
Taxicard drivers to pick up and deliver essential supplies for you;
Allow friends and family to travel on your behalf using your Taxicard for the same purpose. Click on the link below for more information: https://www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/press-release/02-april-2020/covid-19-%E2%80%93-taxicard-changes

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Policy Research
Unit in Older People and Frailty
has created the leaflet below: HOW TO STAY WELL during the Coronavirus outbreak:
5 key messages for people living with dementia

Southwark Group of Tenants’ Organisations have provided us with a very informative Isolation Wellbeing pack. It has some great links to museums, galleries and other mood lifting public spaces that are doing things online.  Click here.

Accessible information for organisations serving the community – Covid-19  

Information is being issued daily. The most up-to-date information can be found on the government website which is in English and here are a number of campaign resources on the Public Health England website again in English so the links below may be useful for you. 

 Guidance about staying at home and away from others. This is the latest information following the Government’s announcement on 23 March about staying at home as much as possible. It isn’t currently available in alternative formats. However, Mencap has produced an easy read leaflet about staying at home: Guidance on Staying at Home from Mencap 

Stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection: Available in easy read and Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh.  

Guidance on social distancing – including protecting vulnerable people, Available in Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin, French, Gujarati, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Urdu and Welsh.  

Guidance on protecting extremely vulnerable people (shielding) – protecting people that are at greatest risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid-19. Available in easy read.  

Mental health charity MIND has produced information about Coronavirus and wellbeing. Their website also includes links to important information about Covid-19 and staying well.  

Doctors of the World have helpfully translated the core Guidelines about Covid-19 into 32 languages: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, French, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish, Pasto, Polish, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Tigrinya, Urdu, Vietnamese 

Public Health England resources about hand-washing: Many resources available, including easy read and large print posters and flyers, audio and British Sign Language videos. Braille versions can be ordered. 

The Migrant Information Hub offers useful information and resources to help migrants, and those supporting them, to stay safe, connected and informed, and to reduce the harmful impacts of coronavirus (Covid-19) on people’s lives (includes new multi-lingual resources, national guidance, local services and support, and news and updates on specific migrant issues).  They are based in Yorkshire but the resources are relevant 

The Roma Support Group also have a number of resources on their website. From NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group

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