Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-05-08

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Deaf Awareness Week sees free sign language classes launched for thousands of families across England

FREE online British Sign Language classes are being offered to families across England to celebrate:- 'Deaf Awareness Week.' The videos will be released every Friday, for 12 weeks. Topics will include everything from colours and days of the week to communicating as a family. The National Deaf Children's Society is hoping to tackle loneliness and isolation during this:- "very challenging time for many deaf children and their families." Families across England will get the chance to learn British Sign Language in the comfort of their own homes with free online classes launched, on Friday, 8 May 2020. The series of classes will be run by the National Deaf Children's Society every Friday for 12 weeks as part of its Family Sign Language programme. The date was picked to mark Deaf Awareness Week, that ran from 4 May to 8 May 2020. Each class will cover a different topic, including:- vocabulary and conversation related to family life so parents and children can learn together. Classes are running in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, with a different tutor for each, meaning families in England can learn specific English signs. The 1st video will introduce the finger spelling alphabet, while later videos will cover topics like items around the home, colours and days of the week. All the content has been produced remotely as part of the charity's effort to provide resources and support for the families of deaf children. Families can tune in to the pre-recorded classes via the charity's YouTube Channel.  Carla Rose Hardman, Family Programmes Manager at the National Deaf Children's Society, said:- "These are very challenging times for families with deaf children and they can feel isolated and lonely if they're struggling to communicate. These free classes aim to break through that, helping families to learn British Sign Language together in their homes and have some fun along the way. Many deaf children benefit from using sign language and when families learn together, it helps them to communicate and express and understand the complex feelings that are part of growing up. Family conversations, jokes and activities will also become much more inclusive, which boosts a deaf child's confidence and wellbeing. We hope that everyone who takes part enjoys increasing their knowledge and expanding their British Sign Language vocabulary."

₤16 million for food charities to provide meals for those in need

THE Government, on 8 May 2020, announced up to ₤16 million to provide food for those who are struggling as a result of Coronavirus. The programme will provide millions of meals over the next 12 weeks and be delivered through charities including FareShare and WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme). At least 5,000 frontline charities and community groups in England will benefit, including:- refuges, homeless shelters and rehabilitation services. It will cover rural areas as well as Cities, targeting those who are struggling to get food. Both WRAP and FareShare have well established networks for funding local charities and delivering food, ensuring support can get to where it is needed as quickly as possible. Part of the fund will also be available for smaller food distribution charities. These supplies will be in addition to those already donated by:- supermarkets, hospitality businesses, wholesalers, smaller retailers, suppliers and manufacturers who have been working collectively, co-ordinated by the Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD). The funding is part of the ₤750 million pot announced by the Chancellor for frontline charities across the UK during the Coronavirus outbreak. This is a further step in work to allocate that funding package, with Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport leading on the allocation of funding. It builds on existing Government support for those struggling as a result of COVID-19.

Environment Secretary George Eustice said:- "During this difficult time our frontline food charities are doing brilliant work amid a significant increase in demand; working in refuges, drop in services, homeless centres and other places. It is absolutely vital they have the resources they need and this funding will help the most vulnerable in our society get the food they need at this enormously challenging time."

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: "We're doing all we can to support vulnerable people through this crisis and this vital initiative will help provide meals for those who need them. It is part of the unprecedented ₤750 million of Government funding to provide support for our brilliant charities and volunteers that are so vital to the national effort."

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of Fareshare said:- "We welcome this support from Defra to obtain vital food supplies, on top of the generosity already shown by the UK food industry. This will enable us to continue to supply much needed food and drink to the many thousands of frontline charities and community groups across England that are doing the humbling work of getting meals to very vulnerable people during this crisis. We want to make clear that this funding will only be used for the procurement of food and drink and that our own running costs are funded through other gratefully received charitable donations. We have seen the generosity of the food industry who have stepped up to donate food and logistical support to help us do this, and Government has now come in to play its part alongside . If businesses or local authorities wish to join our efforts in the fight against hunger and food waste, be they in food, logistics or have fleets, we urge them to get in touch with us today."

Marcus Gover, Chief Executive of WRAP, said:- "We've worked with Defra to create a grant scheme of support for the many organisations across England who are feeding the most vulnerable among us. In only 2 weeks we've received a huge response and are finalising the first batch of applications. This additional funding will be used to expand that essential work with support for the very smallest, to the largest charities and enable them to support many more people at this difficult time."

The Government continues to urge people to support family, friends and neighbours by helping with shopping for food and other supplies. Information on how to help safely can be found on:- RoyalVoluntaryService.Org.UK. Those who meet the criteria for support from the NHS Volunteer Responders programme can refer themselves or a family member by calling:- 08081963646. Local Councils may also be able to offer support and give advice to those who do not have friends and family nearby to help. You can find your local authority by visiting:- Gov.UK. Those who are well and able to get to the shops are also encouraged to do so, leaving online delivery slots for those who need them most.

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

ON the 75 Anniversary of VE Day, we are in a new battle with COVID-19. Sadly, the death toll has again increased, by 626, to 31,241 recorded deaths of those who have had a positive test, confirmed by a Public Health or NHS laboratory. The Department of Health said that number of COVID-19 infections has risen by 4,649 to 211,364. In England, there are a total of 133,626 confirmed cases. North West - total of 21,863 confirmed cases. Current Hospital Laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,503 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 853 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,093 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 687 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 341 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,093 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 897 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 980 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,279 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 938 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 669 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 923 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 875 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 640 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 632 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 528 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 903 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 349 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 08/05/2020. Last updated 5.20pm 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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