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Herefordshire Talk Community COVID update 5 Feb 2021

Talk Community HelplineIn order to support people to remain at home the Talk Community Covid-19 helpline continues to operate for those more vulnerable residents who are unable to source support from family, friends or their local community with food supplies, medication delivery or befriending.  The Talk Community helpline can also support registration for online shopping slots that have been allocated to Herefordshire with Tesco and Iceland and for CEV’s through the national system. Please contact us or forward our contact details onto those requiring support to 01432 260027 or email talkcommunityhelpline@herefordshire.gov.uk or go to Coronavirus – Talk Community support for more information and to complete an online support form. The WISH website provides information on food and local suppliers. Contact NHS 111 for any urgent medication supplies.

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Volunteer register and support – Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service (HVOSS) continues working as part of the ‘Talk Community Herefordshire COVID-19 Response’ to help ensure all members of the community are supported, for as long as is needed. Volunteers can Register here and roles include -Vaccination Programme Support (non-medical), Shopping for food and essentials, Collecting prescriptions, Leaflet Distribution, Check in and chat. Local Community groups offering support to residents through the pandemic that need extra volunteer help can e-mail talkcommunity@hvoss.org.uk or call 01432 343932. 

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Latest local Covid dataHerefordshire Council Coronavirus information is updated regularly. The weekly summaries about the impact of Covid-19 in Herefordshire are published, each week and latest version is attached.

An easy read coronavirus information page, which links to two Government booklets (national lockdown and Covid-19 vaccination) is available on the Herefordshire WISH website

Students from Hereford College of Arts, Herefordshire and Ludlow College and Hereford Sixth Form College have come together in this video to show their commitment to keeping Herefordshire safe from #Covid_19.

Healthwatch live Webinar, Covid Q & A, Tuesday February 23rd 7-8pm

No registration required, follow Healthwatch on facebook and you will be notified when they go live http://www.facebook.com/hwherefordshire Poster attached, for sharing.

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National Covid guidance is available on the Government website.

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The vaccination programme is being led by our NHS colleagues in partnership with colleagues across the health and social care system.  Colleagues directly involved with administering and coordinating the vaccination are working extremely hard to ensure that the priority list advised by the government is followed and Herefordshire are currently the leading area in the country on rolling out the vaccine, it has vaccinated a higher percentage of people than any other county so far. The following links provide some information on the vaccinations and programme:

Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG website

Hereford Times website

Understanding Herefordshire website

Healthwatch Facebook page has the recording of their recent Covid19 vaccine Question and Answer webinar

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Community wellbeing telephone survey We are currently carrying out a survey to understand the current mental and physical wellbeing of our communities and assess the impact of the coronavirus (COIVD-19) on resident’s lives. The results of the survey will be published on the Understanding Herefordshire website later this year and will be used by the council to identify trends and areas for attention in local communities. For more information please visit our wellbeing survey webpage The survey will end on 28 February.

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Lockdown activities

The Big Skill are posting out FREE Crafts@Home stoneware Clay Mosaic Memory Tile kits to local residents. To order your free Clay Mosaic Memory Tiles kit (HR postcodes only) drop by the Big Skill Crafts Stall

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Talk Community Hub in a Nutshell

A Talk Community Hub is a place or scheme, which helps connect people to their local area. Trained volunteers or staff can support people in accessing information and activities to enhance their wellbeing and independence. Although at the moment, government restrictions are not allowing people to meet physically, virtual platforms are being offered by communities as an alternative. For example, WellLINK operate Wellington Talk Community Hub and offer residents a wide range of information using their website and Facebook page.

Find contact details for your local Talk Community Hub on the WISH website hubs section and Wellington hub section

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