Once again this week we have seen lots of developments nationally in the fight against coronavirus. The NHS Test and Trace service went live on 28 May. The Test and Trace service will help identify, contain, and control coronavirus, reducing the spread and saving lives.
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The Zero Suicide Alliance is a collaborative of National Health Service trusts, businesses and individuals who are all committed to suicide prevention in the UK and beyond. The alliance is ultimately concerned with improving support for people contemplating suicide by raising awareness of and promoting FREE suicide prevention training which is accessible to all.
The aims of this training are:
The Home Office has worked with a number of key partners and charities to launch a campaign to raise awareness that the coronavirus (COVID-19) household isolation instructions do not apply to those escaping domestic abuse. The campaign aims to inform the public that police response and support services remain available too.
National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team launched a new initiative last week called Businesses Against Scams (BAS).
It is a simple toolkit that businesses can use to help train their employees on how to spot certain types of scams that are more prevalent within businesses due to the current pandemic sweeping the UK.
The initiative provides free online training modules that will help staff identify and prevent potential scams.
As we enter week six of lockdown, we are very aware that the coronavirus has been an unusual time for most people and has been distressing for many. People have been unable to see friends and family face-to-face and others are struggling with isolation, having been instructed by the government to shield/self-isolate for at least 12-weeks and not leave their homes.
It is more important than ever to use digital health solutions to support our most vulnerable. To aid this Staffordshire County Council has recently procured a digital tool from the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA) to make it easier for people to find good quality apps across different conditions and behaviours.
You can use the search to find top rated apps across different areas, such as stopping smoking, improving your mental wellbeing, keeping active and managing health conditions.
These online sessions will take place via zoom. You can set up a free Zoom account here.
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There is a wide range of support available to local people – much of this within the voluntary and community sector, with national and local public sector support being implemented alongside this.
The established Cannock and Rugeley foodbanks have been very busy. There has been extensive small, locally based and individual neighbourhood support to family, friends and neighbours. Cannock Chase is also benefitting from the establishment of a comprehensive (and growing) range of services offered from volunteers working through the Chase Coronavirus Support Network (CCSN).
Closing date: 1st May 2020
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has pledged £100,000 of financial support to community groups and voluntary organisations who are providing critical support to those impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) living in the city.
The money will be available for community groups and charities to bid into to help them continue to support those who need it most during the pandemic. It will also help to ensure that those organisations that have seen usual funding or fundraising reduce are still able to access additional financial support.