Please visit this page to find out the latest advice and news about the impact of Coronavirus on Bourn and the surrounding area.

South Cambs DC Update - Vaccinations, Testing, etc

The following update from South Cambridgeshire District Council received on 5 February 2021:

Eligible patients who have not yet had vaccinations
There has been some confusion in the last couple of days around the messaging – whether people in the first four priority groups should or shouldn’t call their GP if they haven’t yet been invited for an appointment to have their first dose of the vaccine.

It is likely that there will be more from the Clinical Commissioning Group, which organises the vaccination programme locally, between now and the mid-February deadline, but for now they have asked us to remind people to check their local GP practice’s websites for information and only to call if that GP practice has stated that they should do so.

Even when this is the case, this will only apply to any patients who are clinically extremely vulnerable and have been shielding, or who are aged 70 and over and live in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The message for everyone else who falls outside of the cohorts 1-4 priority groups remains the same – stay safe, sit tight and you will be contacted when it’s your turn.

Further information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme can be found on the CCG website.

As a reminder of the invitation process, please reassure anyone who is worried that they may be missing an invitation if they are not digitally-enabled – this is not the case. The Primary Care Networks will be using all of the following methods to invite people for vaccinations:

  • Mobile – text message
  • Phone call (landline or mobile)
  • Letter in the post – if no response to calls/texts

National bookings are also by letter.

Vaccination sites in border areas

We know that some residents have had questions about where to get the latest information on the vaccine roll-out if they are registered at GP practices outside of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG area.

With that in mind, if local residents attend a GP surgery outside of South Cambridgeshire, please visit the relevant organisations as listed below for local updates on the vaccination programme.

Rapid testing for work-goers in Cambourne

A rapid testing centre opened yesterday at The Hub, High Street, Cambourne, CB23 6GW for key workers and people who are unable to work from home, and who are showing no symptoms. They will be able to book a free rapid test twice a week between 8am and 8pm, from Monday to Saturday.

The tests are strictly for people who have no symptoms of Covid-19 and are supplied by NHS Test and Trace for people aged 18 and over who are key workers or have to leave home to go to work. It enables those who test positive, and their contacts, to self-isolate, which can help drive down the transmission rate locally and save lives. To make the testing as worthwhile as possible, people need to take a test twice a week. Residents can book their rapid test via the Cambridgeshire County Council website.

There are other sites across Cambridgeshire:

  • The Hub, High Street, Cambourne, South Cambridgeshire, CB23 6GW
  • Queen Mary Centre, Queen’s Road, Wisbech, Fenland, PE13 2PE
  • Soham Town Rangers Football Club, Julius Martin Lane, Soham, Ely, CB7 5EQ – opening Friday 5 February
  • The Coneygear Centre, Buttsgrove Way, Huntingdon, PE29 1PE – opening Thursday 11 February
  • The Meadows Community Centre, 1 St Catherine’s Road, Arbury, Cambridge, CB4 3XJ – opening Friday 12 February.

Self-isolation support: Direct mail to residents

People are still catching Covid-19 and will still need to self-isolate. To help make sure that residents know about the support that is available to help them with this, we are going to post a Coronavirus-related direct mail to all households in South Cambridgeshire from next week. This will contain an A4 flyer, produced by the Council, that details the financial and practical support available to people who need to self-isolate. Please visit our website for more information.

The envelope will also include a flyer produced by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), providing information about the vaccine roll-out locally. These will be sent to all residents during the weeks commencing 8 and 15 February. The documents that will be sent are attached for your reference.

Dog walking

Advice has been updated for people in England with animals which highlights that although the Government generally advises that people should exercise once a day, they can go out more often to walk a dog. This should, however, be limited where possible. This is covered by the exemptions for animal welfare and exercise.

Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms
On 27 January, MHCLG updated the guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds and outdoor gyms to enable their use during the national lockdown. During the lockdown, playgrounds are primarily open for use by children who do not have access to private outdoor space, like their own garden. Although parents, guardians or carers can take children to a playground for exercise, they must not socialise with other people while there.

90-minute online sessions to help people find work

C3 Church is running three 90-minute sessions covering: what are my skills and where are the jobs?; application forms and CVs; and preparing for interviews. Session dates are: 11, 18 and 25 March.

These are available to all residents who are hoping to find work and may appreciate some guidance and support. A limited number of personalised online support sessions are also available to help people focus on their specific circumstances and needs to help them find work.

Financial support for residents

C3 Churches are also offering some online finance courses covering help with bills, debts, loans and budgeting (session one) and money saving strategies, universal credit and grants (session two). If you would like to recommend these free courses, please feel free to do so. Session dates: 7.30pm to 8.45pm on Thursday 25 February and Thursday 4 March.

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SCDC – Help to Self-Isolate

CCG – Covid-19 Vaccination Information

Vaccinations

Vaccinations will be administered from a regional centre in Royston starting from 18 January 2021.

Vaccinations will be given in the priority order provided by the government, starting with the oldest and most vulnerable, along with NHS and care workers.

When it is your turn you will be notified by text and you will be given instructions on how to book yourself an appointment. Please do not contact the surgery to ask when it is your turn – they simply do not have the staff available to field these calls. Please make sure your mobile number is with the surgery. If you don’t have a mobile number pleas ensure the surgery has your land line or contact details for your carer. If you are housebound the practice will contact you and discuss the option of administering the vaccine at your home.

You will not be given a choice of vaccine. The product is supplied by the government to vaccination centres and this one will be used.

The BBC has a useful site on the vaccine and when you might get it here.

Here is a site that can estimate when you might expect to get your vaccine given assumed vaccination rates.

Shielding and Priority Food Parcels

Covid-19 Community Response – residents’ food and financial worries

We, the Covid-19 Community Response team know that residents’ financial issues, along with food poverty, are a recurring worry. Please remember that there is a lot of support available and signposting residents to the right support is one of the best things you can do.

For anyone in need of food, please remember:

  • That the funding we provided can be used to provide people with a one-off shop
  • To direct residents to Food Banks which continue to support people in need
  • Another source of support is the Countywide Covid hub – residents can call the hub directly on 03450 455 219
  • Individuals or families whose finances have been badly affected by the pandemic (whether they are already struggling or whether the upcoming lockdown affects their income) are encouraged to get in touch with us, as we may be able to offer direct financial assistance. This is particularly relevant for people who have been asked to self-isolate, as there are payments of £500 available to support a loss of income during the isolation period. And anyone whose income has reduced should check the government website to see what benefits they may be entitled to, and then also contact us to apply for Council Tax Support and to find out about other help we may be able to offer, such as through a Hardship fund. Whatever someone’s circumstances please encourage them to get in touch.

19 November 2020

 

NHS Test and Trace

A Guide to NHS Test and Trace in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

A new guide to the NHS Test and Trace service is now available. This describes the model being used to contain and control the virus.  Please click here to view or download it.

1 July 2020

Government advice

We know that people are concerned about news reports on the spread of Covid-19 – or Coronavirus. This continues to be a fast moving issue, which is being carefully monitored by Public Health England (PHE) with the current impact and risk to the UK population considered moderate.

However, there are some really simple steps we can all take to get into good habits to protect ourselves and others to stop the spread of viruses and germs including Coronavirus.

These include:

  • Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds, and use soap and hot water.
  • Particularly remember to wash your hands after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas or travelling on public transport.
  • Promote the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it We can all reduce the spread of all germs when we cough or sneeze, by covering mouths and noses with a tissue, or a sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately in a closed bin
  • Keep up to date with information from trusted sources – like these:

Further Advice

Social distancing – what it means and why we should all follow the rules

British Society for Gastroenterology advice for people with inflammatory bowel disease

Asthma UK guidance on shielding adults and children with asthma

Stay-at-home advice if you have symptoms

Bourn Covid-19 Action Group

BOURN COVID-19 ACTION GROUP – LOCAL VOLUNTEERS

If you are self-isolating and need support we are here to help. We have a group of volunteers who are able to provide help to villagers who need support. This might involve picking up prescriptions, collecting shopping, posting mail or just providing support and a friendly voice. If you would like to volunteer or need help, please email us on bourncag19@gmail.com or call/text 07727 462523.

You can place orders for food from Knibbs Meat Safe (01954 713978). For food and other essentials you can place orders from JJ at the Bourn shop (07790 839663). Your order will be delivered to your house by a volunteer.

We can also collect medication from Bourn Surgery and deliver it to you.

Takeaway food can be ordered from The Willow Tree (01954 719775) – the menu can be viewed on their website – and from The Lalbagh (01954 719131 for collection or delivery).

Food Banks and Emergency Supplies

If you are in need of emergency food or baby supplies in the current coronavirus situation, a local foodbank may be able to help.

Cambourne Foodbank is part of Cambridge City Foodbanks (part of the Trussell Trust – https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/ )

Trussell Trust foodbanks normally require their customers to be referred to them and they operate on a voucher system. If a person does not have a voucher, they will not issue a food parcel. Under normal conditions, the best place to get a referral from is Citizen’s Advice. At this time, other agencies might be helpful to get a referral from. By calling or emailing the Cambridge City Foodbank you can talk through your situation and they will put you in touch with a relevant local agency. See –

https://cambridgecity.foodbank.org.uk/contact-us/  or phone 07772 538628

In response to the current situation there is a service for Cambridge City Emergency Foodbank Voucher Requests. This means that, without referral, you can use the website to apply online for a foodbank voucher. To use this service, you must have a mobile phone capable of receiving texts. However, please be aware that Cambridge City Foodbanks can only issue vouchers in certain cases such as sudden loss of work or reduced hours. For general hardship or benefits problems you should contact your support worker (if you have one) or Cambridge Citizens’ Advice on 0344 848 7979.

Online applications can be made here https://cambridgecity.foodbank.org.uk/get-help/foodbank-vouchers/

In order to assess the application, Cambridge City Foodbanks will require you to provide various personal information. If a voucher is issued, they will provide instructions where to get the food. If you do not meet the criteria they will inform you that they are unable to issue the voucher by text. It might be possible that Cambridge City Foodbank can deliver food parcels, however they request that people have a friend collect for them if they cannot collect it themselves.

Finally, Cambridge City Foodbanks cannot issue more than three vouchers in a 6 month period according to Trussell Trust rules. Each food parcel takes into account the members of your household and is designed to provide enough food for a minimum of 3 days.

If you are in urgent need and unable to get help from the Cambridge City Foodbank, please contact Cllr Jaggers at Bourn Parish Council and we will look for alternative ways to support you. Email sarah.jaggers@bourn.org.uk or phone 07711 503382.

Church Services

Latest update 17th November
During this lockdown we are unable to meet in person for worship, however church buildings remain open for individual prayer.
Sunday 22nd November in the Zoom Chapel
10.00am, Please follow this link to join with us

6.00pm ~ Evening Prayer
Please follow this link to join with us

Telephone-based service
~ Monday at 5pm

A short worship service using the telephone only, rather than using computers or the internet – run for those who prefer using the phone. Please contact Geoff or Anne if you know someone who would benefit from this type of service and they will make sure they have an order of service and details of how to join.

Team Morning Prayer  ZOOM Chapel – Mondays to Saturdays 8.15am

Team Bible Study via Zoom…continues on Wednesday evening arrive at 7.15 for  7.30pm – this will be followed by an optional service of Compline. (Night prayer)

Team Compline  ZOOM Chapel – Thursdays 9.00pm.

Please also look on the church page of the website for opening times for individual prayer. Please look for the guidance notes as you enter to ensure safe use of the building in these times. It is mandatory  to wear a face covering while inside the church.