Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-05-12

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This page last updated on 12 May 2020

International Nurses Day 2020

ON 12 May 2020, it is International Nurses Day, is marked each year on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth, and this year is even more relevant than ever. All around the world, nurses are working tirelessly to provide the care and attention people need, whenever and wherever they need it. We should all remember the work they do in our lives, from birth to death.

Small employers welcome part time furlough, while self employed seek assurances

RESPONDING to the announcement that the Job Retention Scheme will be extended to the end of October, with employers given the freedom to furlough staff on a part time basis from August, Michael Sandys, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Area Leader for Liverpool City Region, said:- "Extending the Job Retention Scheme (JRS) and allowing small firms to furlough staff on a part time basis will protect thousands of livelihoods over the months ahead. Our members have been telling us loud and clear that the ability to furlough staff on a part time basis will be central to aiding gradual recovery at a time when economic activity is still in the doldrums. We await further detail on the contributions that will be required of small employers after July. We need to ensure that those obligations are affordable for the many businesses that have had no revenue coming in for months now, but still have fixed overheads to worry about. Our 5 million strong, self employed community is also seeking reassurances about the measures that will be taken to avoid a cliff edge moment where income support is concerned. Many have benefited from the hugely ambitious income support scheme that was established for them; some have not; but they will all need additional help from this government over the coming months. Policymakers may have to look very closely at additional hardship funds for those that are currently falling through the gaps."

Children's access and response to news and information about Covid-19

OFCOM has published research on how children aged 12 to 15 are receiving and acting on news and information during the current Coronavirus pandemic.

The research, which is based on the responses of over 500 children and covers weeks three and four of the 'lockdown,' shows that:-

Nearly all 12 to 15 year olds (96%) said they had accessed news about Covid-19 in the last week.

96% of 12 to 15s who speak to family members for news about the virus are confident their relatives tell them the truth about it. The BBC's reporting on the pandemic is also highly trusted by those children that use it (87%).

► Children are more likely to turn to BBC TV than other broadcasters for news about the outbreak (49%), compared with a 3rd who use ITV (30%) and a 5th who get information from Sky (21%).

Just under ½ of 12 to 15''s use social media as a source of information about the virus (48%), with YouTube (20%), Facebook or Facebook Messenger (20%) and Instagram (18%), proving most popular.

52% of children agree that they are finding it hard to know what is true or false about Covid-19.

A clear majority of children agree that the crisis is showing good things about our country, such as more support for the NHS (83%).

Separately, we have also published our latest weekly research which shows UK adults' consumption of news and information about the Coronavirus. During week 6 of lockdown:-

The majority of respondents (94%) continued to access news about the Coronavirus at least once a day. But only 8% of people now access news about the pandemic at least 20 times a day, compared with a quarter (24%) in week 1.

Women are more likely than men to be actively avoiding news about the virus (37% vs. 29%).

Fewer people have come across false or misleading information about Coronavirus in the last week (47% vs. 50% in week 5).

Only 4% of people forwarded or shared the misinformation, compared with 7% in week 1.

Garden Centre in Southport to open on Wednesday

FOLLOWING updated guidance from the UK Government that Garden Centres may open, the UK's leading Garden Centre retailer, Dobbies Garden Centres, will reopen its 54 English stores, on Wednesday, 13 May 2020. This includes the Southport store in Merseyside.

The safety of team members and customers remains Dobbies' number one priority and social distancing measures have been implemented to allow the stores to operate safely.

There will be a limited number of customers permitted in the stores at 1 time. A queuing system will be in operation outside the stores, with two metre markers in place to help maintain social distancing. Hand sanitising and trolley cleaning stations will be available at all store entrances.

Protective screens have been installed at tills and customers will be asked to pay with card or contactless, where possible. Appropriate PPE has been provided for team members, who will also receive training and regular briefings on how to keep themselves and customers safe. Rigorous daily hygiene routines will continue throughout the stores.

Whilst the restaurants and soft plays will remain temporarily closed, Dobbies will offer a takeaway menu including:- hot and cold drinks, soups, toasties, panini and selected bakery items from Friday, 15 May 2020. Club Plus members will be able to redeem their hot drink credits and birthday treat vouchers.

Graeme Jenkins, CEO of Dobbies, said:- "We have taken care to ensure we are following guidance provided by the Government, British Retail Consortium and Horticultural Trade Association to reopen responsibly. Our team is well prepared, social distancing measures are in place and we look forward to welcoming customers back into our store in Southport and across England. I would like to thank our team members and customers for their understanding during these uncertain times."

CLA comments on crucial stage of Agriculture Bill

THE Agriculture Bill is scheduled to have its:- 'Report Stage' in the House of Commons, on Wednesday, 13 May 2020, the last opportunity for MPs to discuss and amend this Bill before it passes over to the House of Lords for consideration. CLA Director North Dorothy Fairburn said:- "The Agriculture Bill enables the biggest change in agriculture policy in a generation. In many ways it is a welcome step forward, laying the foundations for the Environmental Land Management Scheme which has the potential to be a world leading environmental stewardship policy. But the hard work of Government and farmers alike will be for nothing if we fail to support our world class standards. That's why it is vital that MPs take steps to guarantee farmers a level playing field in international trade, so that we are not flooded by cheap imports produced to lower environmental and animal welfare standards. Given the impact of COVID-19 on Government time and the uncertainties currently facing farmers, it is also imperative that Government delays the beginning of the transition away from direct payments for 12 months. This world class policy deserves to succeed, but it won't if the transition starts before the full details are published and understood."

Covid-19: PCC provides emergency funding to support victims of crime most in need

MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner has made an emergency grant available to Victim Support, 1 of the charities she commissions through the Victim Care Merseyside service, to help vulnerable victims of crime that they identify are most in need to buy essential food and hygiene items during the Coronavirus epidemic.

The ₤2,000 express grant will enable Victim Support to provide supermarket vouchers to victims of crime who are assessed as being in greatest need during the Covid-19 outbreak due to the direct impact of a crime

In the past year, Victim Support has provided 18 victims and 11 families they were supporting with short term emergency financial help, but in light of the Covid-19 outbreak demand on this service has increased. Victim Support also offers food bank vouchers to victims they assess as most in need due to the impact of a crime

Jane Kennedy said:- "The global Coronavirus pandemic is having a profound effect on so many people in our society and, sadly, it has exacerbated the challenging circumstances experienced by some victims of crime. This hardship grant is designed to assist Victim Support in helping those individuals who are in really desperate circumstances to ensure they can access essential food and hygiene supplies. Victim Support do a tremendous job ensuring that vulnerable victims get the best possible care and support. Sadly, in some circumstances the people they are caring for really do have very little at the moment. I want to enable Victim Support to ensure that no victim of crime is left without food or essential items."

Victim Support's Operations Manager Barbara Oakley said:- "This will have a great impact on the services we are able to offer to those who really need it. After experiencing crime and trauma, financial problems just add to the distress. This extra funding will allow us to support those in genuine need when it is direct impact of criminal behaviour."

If you've been affected by crime, please visit:- VictimCareMerseyside.Org; a 1 stop shop of advice and guidance. It also contains a full directory of organisations that can offer you support to cope and recover.

Fundraisers needed for rebrickulous Lego Walk

CAUDWELL Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, is appealing for fundraisers to sign up for its charity Lego Walk, on Sunday, 31 May, 2020. Lego walking has become increasingly popular in recent years with the current Guinness World Record being held by Sonny Molina, from Illinois, USA, who walked 12,696ft 2in over the interlocking plastic bricks.  The team at Caudwell Children say the challenge can be enjoyed by adults and children alike, and that it will give families something interesting and rewarding to do together during the current health crisis lockdown.

"Nearly everybody has had that experience of standing on a little plastic block of Lego and it can really hurt. So we've enlisted the support of UK Firewalks, experts in creating mind over matter experiences where people can use their willpower to overcome physical obstacles, to create a rebrickulous, fun event for all the family."
explained Kate McMahon, from Caudwell Children.

Whilst most sponsored walks involve covering many miles the Lego Walk will see participants testing themselves over just a few yards. Kate continued:- "We don't expect anyone to match Sonny's world record. But after a training video by UK Firewalks, you'll be able to confidently take off your shoes, slip off your socks, and head for your home based brick pit where you'll be able to walk barefoot over a lane of potentially painful Lego bricks safely and pain free!"

Through a number of pre-recorded videos UK Firewalks, will show participants a variety of walking techniques that will ensure that their fearless feet can handle the challenge.

Kate added that:- "They will give participants all the guidelines and advice that they need to complete the walk with their toes and soles of the feet intact. We're also hoping to show the event live on our website, as well as posting videos on a private Facebook group, so that participants can share their experience with others. So if you dare to brave the Lego Walk challenge sign up now. You will have loads of fun and you'll also be helping Caudwell Children to support disabled children across the UK.".

Scott Bell, founder of UK Firewalk, says that this type of walking challenge can have a profound effect on participants. As he explained:- "Many walkers overcome their fears or find self fulfilment, but they always have a wonderful experience."

Kate, says that the challenge will take participants out of their comfort zone. Kate commented that:- "It will challenge their perceived notions of pain. They will realise that they have the potential to overcome their fears and that their determination will take them where they want to go, which can be quite liberating."

Businesses are also being encouraged to use the challenge as a team building exercise at a time when many employees are still unable to return to their place of work.

"As long as you have a decent amount of Lego you'll be able to give it a le-go. It's just ₤5 to register and we're asking people to set themselves a minimum sponsorship target of ₤25."
concluded Kate.

Caudwell Children will supply all those who register with sponsorship forms.

To register call Kate McMahon on:- 01782 433754 or email:- Kate.McMahon@CaudwellChildren.Com.

Cheshire based Neubria set to donate £1m worth of Food Booster Boxes annually for struggling families

CHESHIRE based health company, Neubria, creators of a brain health supplement range, is donating Family Food Booster Boxes, to those unable to afford basic food for families based in the North West of England. The company has a mission to donate the Family Food Boxes to at least one thousand households per week. The free Family Food Booster Box, which consists of 11 essential food products such as:- fruit, vegetables, pasta, rice and milk (see full list below), is set to provide households with essential foods to provide basic needs for their loved ones.

Jonny Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Neubria says;- "Keeping ourselves healthy and taking care of our loved ones is now, more than ever, our number one priority. Given the challenges during these uncertain times, our dedicated team would like to offer a helping hand to those families struggling to put food on the table."

Brian Kennedy, chairman of Neubria, and former owner of Sale Sharks commented:- "As we are a local business based in Cheshire, we are looking for families who live in the North West of England to apply online for a Family Food Booster Box. We have the capacity to issue up to a 1000 Family Food Booster Boxes per week. We do also have a view of expanding further afield in the future so we can reach more families who are in desperately in need of food across the UK."

The Family Food Booster Box consists of:-

Tinned Vegetables

►  Tinned Fruit

►  Milk

►  Peeled Plum Tomatoes

►  Pasta

►  Rice

►  Tuna

►  Baked Beans

►  Cereal

►  Kidney Beans

►  Fruit Juice

To apply for a Family Food Booster Box, please visit:- Neubria.Com and fill out an application form to find out if you are eligible. If eligible, the Family Booster Boxes will be delivered discretely within 2 to 3 days to each household.

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

THE latest COVID-19 pandemic fatalities of UK Hospital patients has gone up by:- 627, taking to total to:- 32,692. Current the number of Laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infections has also risen by:- 3,403 to 226,463. Within England, Department of Health said that the total of UK  confirmed cases is:- 137,940. North West now has had a total of:- 22,666 confirmed cases, both current and historical. Current Hospital Laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,512 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 866 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 1,140 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 702 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 349 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 3,191 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 937 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 1,041 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,349 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 971 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 691 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 1,005 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 904 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 670 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 649 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 550 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 957 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 370 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 12/05/2020. Last updated 4.00pm 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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