Emergancy COVID-19 Notices for the Liverpool City Region - 2020-04-28

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Business owners should plan for recovery now

MERSEYSIDE business owners should start planning their recovery as soon as possible, according to a legal expert from regional law firm Napthens. Jamie Allison, partner and head of Napthens' Kendal office, says companies which plan for restarting their business after lockdown restrictions are lifted are most likely to return to growth quicker. He has indicated a range of questions which directors should ask themselves to help them return to pre-pandemic levels.

Jamie said:- "Assessing your financial projections and cash flow forecasts will give business owners the quickest health check about whether they can bounce back quickly or should expect slower growth and it will help their bankers to support them. Directors should be speaking to their accountants now for information and advice on managing finances and checking they have accessed the necessary public and private funding. The way staff work has changed, and all business owners should re-assess what working together looks like in the 'new normal' be that more agility in remote working, more efficient use of office space and making sure that your workforce has the right hardware and software to work more seamlessly. While some owners may be tempted to chase suppliers and customers for payments, they should be extremely wary that this could result in losing long term loyalty. Similarly, after a period staying indoors, customers are now more likely to buy online, and offering good quality e-commerce and online sales platform could give you a step ahead of competitors."

Napthens has been offering advice to navigate the Coronavirus pandemic with a specially assembled team, offering advice on employment, health and safety, business support and Wills and Estate planning. For more information on the support available, visit the Napthens' website.

Support service for those bereaved by suicide available now in Liverpool

A new service is now available in Liverpool for people who have been affected by suicide. Amparo is offering a suicide liaison service, thanks to funding received from NHS England to scale up suicide bereavement support. In Liverpool there are approximately 41 deaths by suicide each year. Estimates vary on how many people are affected by each suicide, ranging from ten deeply affected to 135 people exposed to a suicide death. This equates to between 410 to 5,535 people affected each year in Liverpool. Amparo aims to reduce the risk for those affected by suicide by offering timely advice and support with the practicalities surrounding a sudden bereavement. The service offers one to one support from an Amparo liaison worker, who will help with practical support dealing with the Police and other agencies, support at inquest, help with media enquiries, support overcoming feelings of isolation and signposting to other services where necessary.  Since the commencement of the Amparo service in other areas of England no beneficiaries have gone on to take their own life according to a Coroner Office audit, which is a known risk for people who have been affected by suicide.

Cllr Paul Brant, Liverpool City Council's cabinet member for social care and health, said:- "I am really pleased we are now able to offer the Amparo suicide bereavement service to the people of Liverpool. This will ensure that those who have suffered from the shock and sadness of the sudden loss of a loved one are able to get the help that they need in the weeks and months that follow."

Richard Brown, CEO of Amparo said:- "People bereaved by suicide are at greater risk of attempting to or taking their own lives by up to 300%. This is why the service that we offer through Amparo is so vital for the people of Liverpool. The loss of someone by suicide is tragic and life changing and we offer the necessary emotional and practical support to help anyone going through this following the death."

Amparo is free of charge and does not have a waiting list. To refer a person who has been affected by suicide, please contact Amparo directly via the following channels:-

Phone:- 0300 088 9255.

Email:- Amparo.Service@Listening-Ear.Co.UK.

If you are struggling right now and require immediate help there are a number of services you can contact.


Mersey Care mental health crisis line

Open 24 hrs a day - Call 0151 296 7200 Adults 16 +

Alder Hey mental health crisis line...  Open 24 hrs a day - Children and Young People, call:- 0151 293 3577.

James' Place Liverpool

James' Place offer men experiencing a suicidal crisis a proven, intensive, therapeutic intervention in a safe environment. Open Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm Not bank holidays.
Telephone:- 0151 303 5757.
E-mail:- Info@JamesPlace.Org.UK.
For immediate help:- Text JP to 85258, our Crisis Line.

Paul's Place

Offer free therapy for those bereaved by suicide.
0151 226 0696 or email:- PaulsPlace@BeaconCounsellingTrust.Co.UK.

Caring Connections/ Barbara Bettle Foundation

Offer counselling and CBT for those bereaved by suicide in Knowsley.
Tel:- 0151 289 2761,
Email:- Admin@CaringConnections.Org.UK
Office Hours:- Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 17:00.


Contact Samaritans 24/7 on 116 123 (free) or:- Samaritans.Org.

(For young people) Phone:- 0800 068 41 41 or visit:- Papyrus-UK.Org.

A message and special offer from the organisers of Reminisce Festival

"WE would like to take the opportunity to reassure you all that with over 6 months to go, Reminisce Festival is still scheduled to go ahead. We are monitoring the situation and we will continue to do so, as the health and safety of everyone is our top priority. We are listening to and following the advice and guidelines from Government, experts and public health agencies. We can't wait to see you all smiling and dancing with us in September! And as a massive thank you to our amazing NHS, we have a discount to show you our love! Just for our fantastic NHS staff, you can save ₤35 per ticket! To check your eligibility please email us at:- Info@ReminisceFestival.Com. T&C's Apply:- 1 discounted ticket per person. Valid NHS photo ID is required to secure this discount." The Reminisce Festival Teamů

Police Commissioner secures contracts for Victim Care Merseyside support services

MERSEYSIDE'S Police Commissioner has extended the contracts of the support services delivered to victims of crime in light of the global Coronavirus epidemic. Jane Kennedy has moved to lengthen the contracts for ten charities and social enterprises which she commissions as part of the Victim Care Merseyside programme of support to provide specialist help for victims of crime, including:- victims of rape and sexual assault, young people who have been sexually or criminally exploited and victims of hate crime. The contracts for all these services were due to come to an end in March 2021, but in response to the global Covid-19 pandemic and in light of local elections being postponed to May 2021, the Commissioner has taken the step to give certainty to the organisations providing the services and ensure greater stability and consistency for victims. All the services will now be commissioned to run until March 2022.

Jane said:- "It is essential that victim support services can continue to operate and support some of the most vulnerable in our communities at this critical time, which is why I've moved quickly to extend the contracts of these 10 essential services, with the aim of relieving the pressure on the fantastic organisations delivering these services and the people they are helping. By taking this step now and extending the contracts until March 2022, I hope victims of crime will feel reassured that they will continue to be able to access the help, guidance and support they need to cope following a crime and move on to a path towards recovery. The lifetime of the previous contracts had been designed to ensure victim support services were in place until well after a new Police and Crime Commissioner was in post, following the local elections scheduled to take place in May, and give them enough time to come to their own informed decision about what services they wish to commission going forward. Now the election has been postponed until May 2021, I did not want to leave these services in a state of anxiety. I was keen to move quickly to give them greater security and give victims the confidence that the services they rely upon will continue to be there to support them. By extending the lifetime of these contracts until March 2022, I hope I will give the next Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside plenty of time, following the election, to carefully review the existing services, carry out their own assessment of what is needed, particularly given the changing nature of crime, and decide upon the services they wish to deliver in the future."

The extended Victim Care Merseyside services, which will now run until March 2022, include the:-

►  Dedicated aftercare support service for survivors of rape and sexual assault jointly delivered by RASA Merseyside and Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) Cheshire and Merseyside.

►  Vulnerable Victims' Champion service for vulnerable victims of crime and anti-social behaviour delivered by Victim Support.

►  Specialist support service for victims of Child Sexual Exploitation and Child Criminal Exploitation provided by Catch 22.

►  Tailored hate crime support service jointly delivered by the Anthony Walker Foundation, Citizens' Advice Liverpool and Daisy Inclusive UK to provide specialist support according to strand, as well as a third party hate crime reporting service provided by Stop Hate UK.

►  Support for victims of harmful practices (including FGM, forced marriage and so called:- 'honour based' violence) provided by Savera UK.

►  'The Hub' advice centre to provide support for families who have lost a loved 1 to homicide, including crime related road traffic collisions delivered by Families Fighting for Justice

Making the announcement, the Commissioner also sought to reassure victims of crime that support services continue to be available during the Coronavirus outbreak. Although most face to face support in people's homes and community settings has had to be suspended in line with the current stringent public health regulations, advice lines and websites continue to operate as usual with Skype counselling also an option for those most in need.

Jane added:- "This is a challenging time, but I want to reassure people that if you are a victim of a crime you are not alone. The Victim Care Merseyside services are still open and on hand to support you. Merseyside Police will support you. We are doing everything we can to ensure critical support and advice continues to be provided to those who need it most throughout this crisis. If you or someone you know has been a victim, you can find a wealth of free information and advice on the Victim Care Merseyside website. On this website, you can also find a directory of services who are on hand to offer further guidance and support. You can search these organisations by the type of crime you have experienced or by geographical area, so you can find the very best placed service to help you cope and recover from your experience."

If you need help or support after a crime, please visit:- VictimCareMerseyside.Org.

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

ON the UK fell fallen silent to pay tribute to the key workers who have died in the fight against the Coronavirus. We also heard that the Scottish Government has recommended people cover their faces where social distancing was difficult, like in some enclosed public spaces, such as shops and public transport. The UK Government has also added that face coverings should not be used by people with Asthma or children under the age of 2 and we're now waiting to see whether English and Welsh Ministers follow Scotland's 1st Minister, Ms Sturgeon.

UK Hospital fatalities have been reported to have rise by 586 to 21,678 according to the the Department of Health. The number of COVID-19 infections has risen by 3,996 to 161,145. In England, there have been a total of 114,456 confirmed cases. Within the North West 17,823 have been confirmed cases by laboratories. Current hospital laboratory confirmed cases within the following Local Authorities, in and around the Liverpool City Region are as follows:-

► Liverpool, 1,345 confirmed cases.

► Sefton, 761 confirmed cases.

► Wirral, 960 confirmed cases.

► St. Helens, 616 confirmed cases.

► Halton, 308 confirmed cases.

► Lancashire, 2,634 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire West and Chester, 743 confirmed cases.

► Cheshire East, 812 confirmed cases.

► Manchester, 1,033 confirmed cases.

► Stockport, 780 confirmed cases.

► Trafford, 565 confirmed cases.

► Wigan, 595 confirmed cases.

► Bolton, 717 confirmed cases.

► Rochdale, 414 confirmed cases.

► Bury, 429 confirmed cases.

► Tameside, 440 confirmed cases.

► Oldham, 576 confirmed cases.

► Blackburn with Darwen, 293 confirmed cases.

These stats are according to Public Health England as of 28/04/2020. Last updated 7:14pm 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).

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