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Manchester and Liverpool Mayors issue a word of caution as 'R' rate rises.

METRO Mayor’s Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham have said that they feel the Government that it is too soon to ease the lockdown in the North West. Today they are warning that it appears the North West 'R' rate is back above 1.  Steve Rotheram said:- "Please take every precaution possible to keep yourself and loved ones safe."

Supporting children through Father’s Day when their important father figure has died

WITH almost 40,000 COVID-19 associated UK deaths, many children will be facing their 1st Father's Day without their Dad; and many more without their Grandad. Meanwhile, bereaved families are unable to mark the day with usual rituals, such as extended family get together, due to lockdown restrictions. While Father's Day is a wonderful day of celebration for many; a day to recognise Fatherhood, to thank our Dads for all they do for us, and make them feel special and loved; it can be a very painful time for children and their families when Dad has died. Marketing goes mad and the barrage of adverts reminding us to buy cards and gifts provide painful reminders of what is missing. School and Nursery activities might include making Dad 'something special,' and meanwhile, friends and peers may be unable to relate. All such things can make a child's grief feel even more powerful and isolating.

13 year old, Lottie, was 3 years old when her Dad died. 5 weeks ago marked the 10th Anniversary of his death, just a day before her Grandpa died from Covid-19:- "I don't really remember much of Father's Day when I was younger. But as I started to understand and grieve, I remember feeling torn, because when I was at primary School we would make gifts for Father's Day and I never really knew who to give mine to. Should I give it to my stepDad, my grandpa, or should I make something to remind me of my Dad? And when we did do things at School or at clubs, I always felt sad because everyone else had their Dad and I didn't."

Winston's Wish ambassador, Mark Lemon, was 12 when his Father was murdered:- "I will never forget that heart sinking feeling when the Teachers sent me home from School, knowing something terrible had happened. I will never forget the Police cars and the sound of my sister crying. When my mum told me Dad had died, I just remember thinking, 'I will never see my Dad again. I will never play football with him again. I will never hold his hand again. He was my role model and he was gone and there was just this massive void. 1 minute I was sat at the kitchen table with him, and the next it was just me and an empty chair. For many years I wouldn't even think about Father's Day, I wouldn't even acknowledge it."

According to the childhood bereavement charity, Winston's Wish, this year's Father's Day may be particularly challenging for many grieving families, as mortality rates have increased anxieties and fears, and social distancing rules restrict normal activities, rituals and routines. Calls into its helpline include those who are struggling with grief in lockdown, as well as from families facing their 1st Father's Day without Dad as a result of Covid-19.

"Under normal circumstances, poignant special occasions such as Father's Day are already so painful for grieving children and families, when a parent has died, but this year it has been made all the more complicated by COVID-19. Lots of children and young people are telling us that their feelings have been amplified by the isolation lockdown has caused. Some say they have felt more hesitant to talk about difficult things, as they have no escape from the situation if they want it to stop thinking about it. For some children and young people, social distancing and lockdown restrictions will stop them doing the rituals and plans that they do every Father's Day. For others, some of whom have been bereaved by COVID-19, this is their 1st Father's Day without their Dad and they are unsure what would feel right for them to mark the day. These are difficult times, but there are some important ways adults can support grieving children and young people through Father's Day in lockdown."
explains Annie Anderton, a senior bereavement practitioner at Winston's Wish.

The advice from Winston's Wish is as follows:-

» Acknowledge the existence of Father's Day...

One of the main things that children and young people tell us is that it is much easier for them if the important adults in their lives; parents, grandparents, teachers or adult friends; mention the fact that it is Father's Day and that this might be a difficult time of year. They are not likely to have missed the fact that Father's Day is coming up and by talking about it with them, we let them know that we are able, and willing, to talk about it and enable them to talk about it too.

» Ask the child what they want to do...

At Winston's Wish, we always advocate for the child or young person's voice to be heard. Choices about Father's Day are no different. Some will want to mark it publically, some will want to do something privately and some will want to pretend the day doesn't exist.

Some children and young people will want to send gifts and cards to other important men in their lives while some will want to give gifts and cards to their remaining parent who is doing the job of both parents

The most important thing is not to assume you know what they will want. What they did last year might be exactly what they want to do again - or they may want to do something completely different.

» Listen...

Listening to a child or young person is one of the most powerful ways you can support them around Father's Day. It's an occasion that can bring some powerful feelings. Feelings of isolation because they feel like they are the only 1 whose Dad has died. Feelings of anger and jealousy towards others who have their Fathers. Feeling a great sense of sadness and loss, as they are reminded that their Dad has died. They may want to talk about this or they may try to tell us things through their behaviour: be mindful that children may become more withdrawn or short tempered and they may find separating from their remaining parent difficult.

By simply listening to what the child or young person is telling you, you are in fact providing them with something really healing and powerful. You are telling them that their feelings are normal and that you can tolerate them. Listening really is a super power!

» Be creative...

In this time of social distancing and restricted activities, it can be hard to know what to do on Father's Day. Where you once went to their favourite pub or restaurant, all you can now do is stand outside. It's time to get creative! With the help of the child/children or young person / people, maybe come up with what you would ideally like to do and then creatively think about what you could do instead. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:-

► Want to go to their favourite food place? Why not try and recreate it at home.

► Want to release a balloon with a message? Why not think about them and blow bubbles.

► Want to visit a place they liked? Why not see if you can virtually visit it on Google Maps Street View.

► Want to write them a card and put it on the grave? Why not write it and keep it in your memory box.

► Want to spend it with another family? Why not have a Zoom get together where you talk about them.

Lottie, now 13, says:- "Now that I am older, Father's Day is a day to remember lots of people; my Dad and my Stepdad (who has
been amazing to me), and now also my Grandpa. This is my 1st Father's Day without him. But the day is no longer sad and more of what it should be; a celebration of the Father figures in my life. I have a rock, which I have been painting ever since the 1st Father's Day without my Dad, and every year on Father's Day I add another layer in memory of him."

Mark, now 41, is married with 2 beautiful children and has become a successful Children's Author, Grief Podcaster and Ambassador for Winston's Wish:- "When I became a Dad myself, that's when Father's Day meant something again; in a nice way that I enjoy. It's a bit like those other key dates across the year, like the day that he died; they're points where I take an opportunity and space to reflect on him and remember him. I try not to view it negatively, but it is hard. It's hard when you see all the Father's Day adverts and emails coming in. It can also be a positive time for reflection though. I like to spend time with my children on Father's Day and just reflect - and he is always present, always relevant, of course. To any child facing Father's Day without their Dad, 1stly I'd say it's ok to feel sad. It's ok to feel all the emotions you're feeling. It's ok to smile and remember your Father. The great times that you had together. Just have a moment of reflection: sit down and, if you've got a memory box, just get out something that was theirs and that you used to remember them using; a smell, his aftershave or something like that. Just take that space. On the day before just say to yourself, 'ok tomorrow I'm going to take time just to sit down with his things.' If you haven't got anything, then just use the memory in your head and have a bit of peace and remember. And talk to someone. If you've got someone there that you can talk to, your mum or your Grandma, don't be afraid to open up. 9 times out of 10, when you open it up and you talk to someone else, and share how you're feeling, then it's like a weight off your mind. What's important is that children and young people (and adults) struggling with grief know that, although you will always miss that special person, you can go on to live a positive life after the death of a loved one."

For more advice and guidance on how best to support grieving children and young people:- 'Winston's Wish has a Freephone National Helpline,' staffed by fully trained bereavement practitioners, which is available, between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Freephone National Helpline:- 08088020021.

You can find a wide range of free resources on:- WinstonsWish.Org, which is kept up to date with the latest advice and guidance around issues affecting bereaved children and families.

Social Care providers face over 6BN in extra Covid-19 costs

PROVIDERS of adult social care services may face more than ₤6.6 billion in extra costs due to the Coronavirus crisis by the end of September this year, stark new analysis commissioned by Councils and Social Care Directors reveals. Maintaining safe staffing levels and providing personal protective equipment (PPE) are the biggest drivers of these extra financial pressures, as well as the need for enhanced cleaning of Care Homes and other care settings, the figures show. Councils and social care providers are struggling to meet these escalating costs, while seeing their income levels fall. While extra funding has helped so far, this still falls far short of what is expected to be needed in the coming weeks and months ahead. The Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), working with the Care Providers Alliance, commissioned Laing Buisson to produce the analysis to help give the Department of Health and Social Care a detailed estimate of the potential future costs facing this vital sector. It is also in everyone’s interest to know what these pressures are, which affect Councils, providers and Central Government, but most importantly the safety and wellbeing of the people who use and work in this essential services.

The joint analysis in summary, for the months April to September 2020, includes:-

Providers (Care Homes, home care agencies and supported living providers) face potential increased staffing costs of ₤1.018 billion, due mainly to having to maintain safe staffing levels while staff are ill or self isolating.

PPE costs will total ₤4.179 billion if detailed guidance is followed on its use and if some current costs of PPE continue.

There are a further nearly ₤700 million of extra costs around enhanced cleaning of Care Homes and increased overheads.

In total, these amount to ₤6.606 billion in potential extra costs. The costs include those incurred by providers of services to those who fund their own support, as well as to those providing services that are funded by Local Authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG's); with an initial estimate is that ₤2.6 billion of the cost pressures relate to self funders and CCG's and ₤3.3 billion to Local Authorities. There may be a further financial pressure of lost revenue of ₤714 million.

Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "These figures highlight the sheer scale of the financial pressures facing Councils and their social care provider partners as we look to get through the next few weeks and months of this Coronavirus crisis. People who use and work in social care are at the heart of our concerns about this. This analysis needs to spark a fundamental debate about the ability of the care market to respond to the pandemic and what more can be done to support it. Providers are doing an incredible job in the most testing of circumstances. Councils are working closely with providers to support their financial resilience. Of the ₤3.2 billion of emergency funding given to Councils to deal with the immediate impact of the pandemic across all local services, 40 per cent has been allocated to adult social care. We look forward to working with Government on finding a solution to the immediate pressures facing the sector, including a significant further injection of funding, as well as agreeing a long term, sustainable funding settlement for social care once this current crisis is over."

James Bullion, President of ADASS, said:- "The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated that social care is essential to the fabric of our society. Social care colleagues and providers have played a pivotal role in ensuring that those of us with care and support needs continue to get the care we need to live our lives. This analysis underlines the huge financial pressures being faced by social care providers. Without the right levels of funding and support, providers will no longer be sustainable; safety will be compromised; quality of care will suffer; and people with care and support needs left unsupported. The Government’s number one priority must be to protect social care."

Responding to an Age UK report on the extra costs faced by some care home residents for providing their care during the Coronavirus pandemic, Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:- "Every part of the care and support sector is under intense pressure due to the current crisis and Councils are doing all they can to support providers through this, including through extra financial support. People living in Care Homes should not be penalised in this way and the cross subsidy of fees by self funders is `1 of the unfair aspects of the current system, which must be addressed as part of the long term reform of social care. We know that care providers are facing extra costs during this time and we have worked closely with them since the beginning of the pandemic to understand what they are. The vast majority of Councils have helped providers with these extra costs to the best of their ability, considering all of the evidence. Emergency funds provided by Government so far have been helpful, but our new joint research with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services shows that there is still a very significant shortfall anticipated by the end of September this year. Although Councils have no direct responsibility to provide extra funding for those who are arranging and funding their own care, in practice many Councils have been looking at how they can help, especially for care homes who take Council funded residents alongside self funders."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson closes the Global Vaccine Summit #GVS2020s

Total UK cases COVID-19 cases - update for Liverpool City Region and surroundings

THE total number of UK Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections that have been laboratory confirmed, within the UK, has risen by 1,650 cases and the total number now stand at 283,311, that includes tests carried out by commercial partners which are not included in the 4 National totals.

Daily number of COVID-19 associated UK fatalities added to the total, was sadly reported to be 357 according to the Department of Health. The total number of deaths of people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory is 40,261.

In England, there are a total of 154,258 confirmed cases. North West - total of 26,054 confirmed cases. The number of laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,635 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 940 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,310 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 752 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 407 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,685 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 1,169 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,255 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,612 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 1,054 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 837 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 1,213 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 1,032 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 822 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 774 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 761 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 1,095 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 416 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 05/06/2020. Last updated 4.05pm GMT. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).. UK total includes cases detected through:- "Pillar 2" testing (tests carried out by commercial partners) and therefore does not equate to the sum of the 4 countries' counts, which only include:- "Pillar 1" (tests carried out by NHS / PHE / Devolved Administration Labs).

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