COVID-19 Information, as I get it, for residents and businesses – reliable sources only!

This is now primarily for residents and more specialist business advice/ info is available HERE

This post will be updated as I get more information

Email address for your questions/ advice, mainly on Council Services

Note: All libraries and the mobile library are now closed. You can still renew on-line or ring on the 24 hour telephone line 0845 6076119 but you can just wait till normal services resume as there will be no fines. Do not post books through letter boxes. Remember the Borrowbox service is still there: Borrow Box – for books and papers

INFO AND CONTACT POINTS

Anyone worried, needing information can contact:

  • Cornwall Council by email corvid19@cornwall.gov.uk – There is also an Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) page on the Cornwall Council website with useful links and general information, including access to Council tax relief. The information on this page is regularly updated with the latest national guidance.
  • AgeUK Helpline, including older people needing help to get shopping – 01872 266383 Age UK web page
  • Pengarth Day Centre (Penzance and West Cornwall older residents needing help) – closed as a Day Centre BUT offering other help/ advice – 01736 364307
  • Citizens Advice Cornwall Text ADVICE to 78866 or call 03444-111444
  • Volunteer Cornwall for those stuck at home and needing help – requestforhelp@volunteercornwall.org.uk or ring 01872 265305

Those wanting to help

Volunteer Cornwall is a good way for people to volunteer to help in their community. You will be checked out as suitable (good for some of the most vulnerable in our communities needing help) supported, guided and put in touch with people local to you, in need of some regular support. Informal, neighbourly and friendship support is great but, for what might be a long haul, this organisation with experience and the backing of the NHS is a great place to register. The link is to their website and if you scroll down the page, there is a form to complete. Volunteer Cornwall

This is a Newsletter I’ve received from Volunteer Cornwall who are linking those that want to volunteer with those that want help. A link to the whole document, pdf, is below the contents page screenshot.

Coronavirus Flu Friends News

Since that Newsletter, from Volunteer Cornwall: Just to give you a quick update…

We have over 2500 amazing offers of help (not all processed yet) and over 300 different organisations and small community groups. We are working in partnership with Devon and Cornwall Neighbourhood Watch.   We have already had over 500 requests for help and we are mainly helping our over 70s residents with shopping and prescriptions.  We have also had people needing some very specific health related visits and have started Telephone Befriending.

It is so heart-warming to have them thank you for doing something which is relatively simple but means the world when you are alone and frightened.  We have all started to adopt a range of over ‘90 years young’ people who are staying at home to keep safe.  We love to hear their stories and the camaraderie within their small communities. 

There are an amazing number of Emergency groups that have surfaced and are looking after their residents – please do let us know what is going on in your street/area as it may be quicker for us to liaise with them to manage some of the requests.  And you have more local knowledge such as the local food shops that are still open…

We are doing follow up calls on all activities and have had some amazing feedback already – you are doing a great job!  We know that you now may be stopped and asked what you are doing during your helping activity so ID letters can be provided through local scheme coordinators.

Keep up the wonderful work and even if we don’t call immediately you can still help by adding at least one extra item into your shopping basket to donate to the Foodbanks (see below).  If you are worried about someone in your community and don’t feel able to assist please call or email us – or your local Councillor.  

RESIDENTS 

Most people will have family, friends and neighbours they know and trust to help them out if ill, self isolating or worried. For the few that do not, we need to ensure they are kept safe and are not encouraged to accept help from strangers that are not properly checked. So, if anyone has no-one to turn to and needs help, Cornwall Council wants to know who you are so they can ensure you are properly supported.

For West Cornwall, the Community Link Officer, James Hardy, has been identified as the first point of call and his contact details are: Mob: 07794 059071 Email: james.hardy@cornwall.gov.uk  or, if you feel better contacting me first – mobile 07745116049 or email sue.james@cornwallcouncillors.org.uk

If you need food delivered, this is a handy link for those in and around St Just/ Pendeen: Buy and deliver local

Volunteer Cornwall is the other good route to connect those wanting to volunteer to those needing help – see above.

FOODBANK UPDATE

Our local Food Bank is in Penzance and has always served residents of the Parish of St Just that are in need. Those with no money to buy food (not those just self-isolating not finding what they want at the shops) the arrangements are: please contact a referring organisation e.g. your G.P.surgery, Citizens Advice (text Advice to 78866), your child’s school/ nursery or social worker, if you have one. They will pass on your details, along with any particular requests, to the Food Bank administrators who will contact you about a delivery. Food Bank deliveries are on Thursdays. If you struggle with getting hold of a voucher, and Thursday is approaching, contact our local organiser on 07789839770 or me on 07745116049.

I know that people want to help so we have made arrangement to make a collection point in St Just so you can donate food. This is in addition to the established collection point in Costcutter Boscaswell stores, Pendeen. You will be able to donate in the entrance of St Just Library/ Town Council on Saturdays and Mondays, between 10 and midday.

New foodbank collect bin, all cleaned and ready for action!

You can donate to CTIPA – General, sort code – 40-52-40, account 00022833 (reference food bank).

UPDATE ON HOUSEHOLD WASTE & RECYCLING CENTRES

Doorstep recycling continues as normal

In line with the Government’s restrictions, all 14 Household Waste and Recycling Centres are now CLOSED until further notice. Kerbside collections of waste and recycling continue, so please place bags and recycling out for at the usual collection times.

Registration of births, deaths and marriages

With immediate effect, emergency legislation to register deaths by phone is being implemented. None of Cornwall’s Register Offices will be open except for existing appointments to register a death. No more face to face death registration appointments will be made.

From now, people will be able to make a request to register a death through an on-line form on the Cornwall Council website here or by phoning 0300 1234 181 (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 6:00pm).

Cornwall Council will contact the customer only once they have received all the necessary paperwork, which may be subject to understandable delays with the medical profession.

All other Register Office services are suspended until further notice.

Officers are contacting marriage/civil partnership couples who have booked ceremonies to discuss their options, but with over 3,000 bookings there is a backlog. No new bookings for marriages or Civil Partnerships are being taken until the Council have been able to rescheduled displaced bookings. You can email on ceremonies@cornwall.gov.uk but only if urgent questions as team very busy.

Birth registrations are suspended for the time being, although our child benefit department is accepting applications prior to registration, which would not normally be allowed.

The latest advice from Public Health England

Public Health England continues to lead on advice for the public. If you receive any enquiries about coronavirus from people in your area, please signpost them to the NHS website. Public Health England has also published guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults.

Public Health England resources

Public Health England have compiled lots of helpful resources, including posters for your community spaces. Download them from Public Health England’s Campaign Resource Centre. You will need to set up an account to do so.
Public Health England has published guidance on social distancing for everyone in the UK and protecting older people and vulnerable adults. They have now also got Guidance for Health Professionals and other workers

Cornwall Link – linking people with communities

Cornwall Link connects individuals, families, carers, volunteers, and healthcare professionals with services and social activities in their area. The idea behind the platform is to reduce social isolation through these connections, encouraging people to join in community-led activities on-line.  Within Cornwall Link a support site has been developed by Age UK Cornwall and Made Open Communications that will be focused to provide a community portal and support system to connect people during the coronavirus pandemic.  It forms part of the Inclusion Matters Partnership led by Cornwall Rural Community Charity (CRCC) also including Disability Cornwall, Inclusion Cornwall and the Digital Inclusion Team at Cornwall Council.

https://cornwall-link.madeopen.co.uk/

If a person does not have access to the internet, the information from the site is also available via the Inclusion Matters Helpline on 01872 266383 during business hours.

Job Help For Those Affected By This Crisis

The Council is introducing a new service to help individuals with support and advice on employment, training and skills and where to find further help.

Residents can call the People Hub phoneline on 0333 015 0699. It will be available between 10am–5pm, Monday–Friday, with an out-of-hours messaging service outside of those times.

People Hub will be staffed by a multi-agency team to provide immediate information, advice, and guidance about:
· Employment and skills support programmes
· Temporary staffing agency workers
· Those under threat of redundancy or made redundant
· Self-employed
· Zero hours contract workers
· Being furloughed
· Retraining or developing new skills
· Sick Pay and Processes

BUSINESSES

I’ve now set up a separate page so, use this link. Help for Business, all in one place

Note: Employers are responsible for keeping employees safe. This is not a new duty but the Coronavirus means that all risk assessments should be reviewed and reasonable measures put in place to protect staff and customers, from the virus.

Those that are self-employed, might benefit from this and the business page.

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