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Together We're Better COVID-19 Stakeholder Update-19 April 2021

Wed 21 Apr 2021

It’s now been a week since beer gardens, gyms, non-essential shops and hairdressers have reopened, amongst many other businesses, to which many of us turn for our leisure activities. We’ve seen pictures across the news of determined folk sat out in the rain and even snow to get their first pint or plate of ‘pub grub’, and it’s certainly been a rush to get in for those haircuts. All in all, a very welcome step forward for many.

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Together We're Better COVID-19 Stakeholder Update - 13th April

Tue 13 Apr 2021

On Monday 5 April, the government announced that everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free COVID-19 lateral flow test, twice a week from 9 April. Lateral flow tests can provide results in around 30 minutes.

The expanded regular testing offer for people without symptoms will be delivered through:

A home ordering service

workplace testing programmes, on-site or at home

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Staffordshire County Council Services from April 12th

Mon 12 Apr 2021

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Staffordshire County Council will be providing more services from this week as lockdown restrictions ease.

From today (12th April) library users will be able to browse shelves again, more guests can attend weddings at register offices and some country park facilities will begin to reopen.

Helen Riley, Staffordshire County Council’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Families and Communities, said: “As lockdown eases, we are very pleased to be able to take a step towards restoring more public access to our services in the community.

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Government announces easing of coronavirus restrictions for charity fundraising

Mon 12 Apr 2021

Civil Society Minister Baroness Barran has hailed the “invaluable” role of Britain’s charities in the nation’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and urged the public to “support them however they can”, as she announced that public fundraising will be permitted to return from Monday 12 April, as part of the next phase of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

The move will mean that fundraisers across the country will be able to connect with people through door-to-door, street and private site fundraising, in line with Government guidance.

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Together We're Better COVID-19 Stakeholder Update - 6th April

Thu 8 Apr 2021

On Monday (29 March), the Stay at Home rule set out by government, changed. You can now gather with either two households or up to six people from a mix of households outdoors, and outdoor sports facilities have also reopened for use. However, you must still continue to work from home where possible and minimise the number of journeys you make. You are still encouraged to stay local and holidays abroad will still not be allowed.

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Covid-19 Vaccine Information Webinars on Youtube

Tue 6 Apr 2021

TCT and Black Country Near Neighbours are partnering along with Jaikara, Black Country NHS and Healthier Futures Black Country & West Birmingham to deliver effective, up to date information on the vaccine to communities throughout the Black Country via a series of webinars.

They have shared the three Covid-19 vaccine webinars on Youtube which can be viewed here.

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Encouraging your community to have the vaccine

Thu 1 Apr 2021

A community resource pack is available to download for councillors and community members to share among their networks. It includes various materials like videos and links to valid sources of information addressing some of the concerns we know our communities have. The materials are available in different languages and formats.

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Alan White: Lockdown – One Year On

Wed 24 Mar 2021

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As we approach the anniversary of the first Covid lockdown and reflect on the past 12 months, it is an opportunity to look back on all that we have achieved.

This has clearly been an intense and challenging time for us all. Many people have lost their lives, others have lost their livelihoods, and I want to extend my condolences to all those who have been affected in some way.

I would also like to recognise all those who have stepped up to support the Covid response, which has demonstrated all that is good about our county.

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Urgent Appeal for Volunteers at Covid Vaccination sites in Staffordshire

Thu 18 Mar 2021


The large Vaccination sites in Stafford and Alrewas have been advised to ramp up their capability to deliver vaccines in the coming weeks.

St John’s Ambulance are looking for volunteers to fill the following roles:

Vaccination Care Volunteer

Volunteer Patient Advocate

Volunteer Vaccinator

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Together We're Better COVID-19 Stakeholder Update - 15 March 2021

Tue 16 Mar 2021

More than 76,000 positive tests for COVID-19 have been recorded in the year since the first case was confirmed in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

A total of 18,935 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Stoke-on-Trent since the first positive test was announced 12 months ago and in the wider county, an additional 57,279 positive cases have been confirmed.

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