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 19 April 2021:

Covid-19 update – 15 April 2021

Update on the AstraZeneca vaccine

In the news last week, updated medical advice was provided nationally for use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. Public Health England has put together a leaflet with further information, including what to look out for after vaccination for anyone who may be worried.

Rapid Covid-19 testing for all

Since Friday 9 April everyone has been urged to take twice-weekly Covid tests. These are tests for people who do not have any of the symptoms of Coronavirus. (Anyone who has symptoms should still isolate at home and organise to take a PCR test.)

Twice-weekly rapid testing will help to identify cases of Covid-19 that would otherwise be missed. With 1 in 3 people with coronavirus showing no symptoms and potentially spreading it without knowing, rapid testing of people with no symptoms helps to identify positive cases quickly, preventing the spread of infection.

There are several ways for people to access rapid testing, with the following options:

  • Community testing: You can take a supervised test at rapid testing sites locally – there are eight in Cambridgeshire set up to test asymptomatic adults. Find your nearest site in Cambridgeshire.
  • NHS Test & Trace sites: These are across the country and operate as symptomatic testing sites in the morning but are currently providing an afternoon collect option, where you can pick up a box of tests to use at home.
  • Pharmacy collect: Pharmacies are currently signing up to offer pharmacy collect from this month. Residents will be able to visit a participating pharmacy and pick up a free box of tests to use at home.
  • LFD Direct: For people who can’t access tests through the other routes, you can order a box of tests online or by calling 119, which will be delivered to your home.

View a map of your area to see what options you have locally to take regular tests.

6 May elections: voting during the pandemic

There are a number of elections taking place on 6 May, including the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor, the Police and Crime Commissioner, County Council elections, plus a handful of local polls.

 

There are a number of deadlines related to being able to vote, some of which people may find more relevant this year while voting during the pandemic. Elections teams are working incredibly hard to make voting in person on 6 May Covid-secure, but some people may wish to vote by post or to apply for a proxy – anyone can choose to vote by post or proxy, but you have to apply by the below deadlines.

 

  • Monday (19 April) – the deadline to register to vote
  • 5pm, Tuesday (20 April) – the deadline to apply for a postal vote (you must already be registered to vote).
  • 5pm, Tuesday 27 April – the deadline to apply for a proxy vote (you must already be registered to vote). A proxy vote is when you appoint someone to visit your polling station on your behalf.
  • Anyone who needs to self-isolate on election day because of Coronavirus, and is already registered to vote, will still be able to vote. This will be via new emergency proxy voting measures, even if they have not applied for a proxy vote before the above deadline. Anyone in this situation will be able to access an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm on election day.

Reopening village halls

National charity, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has issued new information to help people running village halls make sense of the latest announcements about the lifting of national lockdown restrictions. Apart from a small number of permitted activities, village halls will have to wait until 17 May before they can be hired out for many functions including exercise classes, coffee mornings, performances and celebrations.

Recovery funding

1.     Intergenerational Family Learning Grants

Cambridgeshire Skills’ Family Learning Grants are intended to help schools, charities and voluntary and community groups to host free local activities for all generations that are three hours or longer. Activities should be fun, informal and promote a culture of learning as a family. Total funding available in 2021 is £20,000 for engagement with at least 200 adults, so £100 is available for each adult engaged in activities. For more information email Sue Watsham or call 07788 247482, or email Tom Heffer or call 07763 969604.   

2.     Sports Clubs in Crisis fund

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation has teamed up with Made By Sport (a charity which raises awareness of the power of sport and fundraises for organisations using sport to support young people) to offer the Clubs in Crisis fund, for local sports groups supporting young people as lockdown eases.

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation will be administering the fund and awarding unrestricted grants of £2,021 to clubs and organisations in Cambridgeshire. Sports clubs and community organisations can apply to the fund if they use sport to improve young people’s lives through:

  • Developing life skills
  • Building strong communities
  • Improving mental health
  • Developing employability skills, or
  • Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour

3.     Covid Recovery Community Chest Grant

Applications are welcomed from community groups and parish councils which are resuming activity to bring people together after Covid. Anything which brings communities together to heal and any schemes designed to mitigate the effects that Covid has had on our communities, mental health and wellbeing wise, will be considered. The criteria has deliberately been set very simply to allow as many applications in as possible, so please make sure your groups apply for this funding. Email community.chest@scambs.gov.uk with any questions, but if your group is restarting, bringing residents back together after Covid, then we welcome an application from you.

 

This is a temporary change to Community Chest Grant guidance and the upper limit for grant awards has been raised to £2,000. Covid recovery related applications are restricted to one application per eligible body, and a group may apply for both a Community Chest Grant and a Covid Recovery Grant in the current financial year. Please note that the standard Community Chest Grant scheme continues to run, and applications are welcomed as normal. Full details can be found on our website’s grant pages.

Wellbeing support

1.     Wellbeing Together Training

Living Sport and Cambridgeshire, Peterborough & South Lincolnshire MIND are partnering to deliver a new online community training programme to equip community volunteers/workers to support others in the community to look after their mental health, and signpost them to further help when needed.

 

Funded by the How Are You Cambridgeshire & Peterborough project, the course starts on 20 April, and attendees are expected to participate in all sessions over a number of weeks. The course is free but a donation is suggested. You can book, or find out more, online or email Christine Sprowell.

2.     Online Wellbeing Peer Support Group

C3 Churches are offering a virtual peer support group for anyone feeling isolated, overwhelmed or disconnected. This will run on Wednesdays at 7.30pm for an hour. The next eight session block starts on 21 April. There are limited places so please book online in advance at the C3 website.

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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.