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Coronavirus: News from our partners – Some planned surgery to resume at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 06/05/2020 - 15:01

News from our partners  The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital

Some planned surgery is set to resume at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital from Tuesday next week (9 June 2020).

It represents the first significant step towards restoring routine services at the Oswestry-based hospital since all non-emergency elective work was suspended in late March.

The change is being made in line with national guidelines, with patients being prioritised based on clinical need.

As part of the regional response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Trust took on orthopaedic trauma work for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, and for North Wales. That work will continue in the short term, alongside the planned surgery which is now re-commencing.

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt

Stacey Keegan, Acting Chief Executive, said:

“In making plans for this change, the safety of our patients and staff has been paramount.

“We will swab patients for covid-19 three days (72 hours) before surgery. Patients scheduled for elective surgery will be required to come to a drive-through swabbing site run by our Pre-Operative Assessment Team. This service will begin tomorrow (Saturday 6 June 2020) for the first patients who are scheduled for surgery on Tuesday. It will be by appointment only and will ONLY be for patients booked in for surgery.

“We will also ensure the separation of our different patient groups. Patients coming in for elective work will be admitted directly to Kenyon Ward, while patients attending for trauma surgery will be admitted via our Baschurch Unit.”

The specialist hospital also continues to work closely with its partners across the local health system in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin on how it can began to expand our elective work further, again being guided by clinical need.

It will be contacting everyone affected as soon as possible about future treatment arrangements, so patients do not need to make contact about their surgery.

Stacey added:-

“If your symptoms related to your condition become worse, contact the consultant whose care you are under. Alternatively contact your GP for advice.”

For any further enquiries, please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 01691 404606.

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Coronavirus: Early Help teams provide support to more than 600 families during the lockdown

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 06/05/2020 - 09:03

Shropshire Council’s Early Help teams have supported a total of 407 families during the coronavirus lockdown, offering direct support to more than 314 parents/carers and more than 145 children.

A further 226 families have been supported by the Schools Family Support workers.

The Early Help team have worked with 48 families that would normally receive this level of support from their schools and other agencies, and the Schools Family Support workers have offered support to 134 families from the schools’ ‘vulnerable list’.

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children’s services, said:

“Here is another positive example of how Shropshire Council is supporting Shropshire residents, and in particular families and children. Everyone knows how testing coronavirus and the lockdown can be for families – adding to the pressure.

“The teams have worked innovatively to support families, parents and children, connecting with them over the phone, using apps for face-to-face support, hosting virtual family and professional meetings, and utilising different virtual tools to support and connect in ways that best suit the family as a whole and individuals within the family. They have also offered extensive support to other agencies involved with families.

“I am always really amazed at the extra mile our staff go to, to ensure families and children and young people get the support they need throughout this challenging time.”

Shropshire Council continues to deliver practical support – through the Community Reassurance Teams coronavirus Helpline number 0345 678 9028, which Early Help is aligned to and links with, to be on hand if any family coming through this route needs extra family support.

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Coronavirus: Blog – How has wildlife responded to the coronavirus lockdown?

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 06/05/2020 - 08:00

We might not be getting herds of deer walking down high streets like in India, wild boar investigating city centres like in Madrid[1], or Llandudno’s menacing Mountain Goats, but there are likely to have been changes to for the wildlife of Shropshire. And most of it probably positive.

One of the most noticeable impacts has been as a result of less traffic on the roads. Previous reports from our public protection team have demonstrated that air quality has significantly improved in several areas. This will be having benefits for both flora and fauna – including ourselves of course. With impacts like human health being closely monitored, we might detect changes during this lockdown period, but the changes for wildlife are likely to go undetected.

Another impact of less traffic has been reduced noise near roads. What has been picked up in studies elsewhere is that birds don’t need to ‘shout’ to make themselves heard, and their songs are reverting to a more natural pitch and volume. This means that alarm calls can be heard, which will increase their chances of avoiding being attacked by predators – in particular cats, but also other birds. So a possible downside may be that predatory birds don’t come off so well. Predatory birds also feed on roadkill, and with less traffic there will have been less carrion birds and other scavengers.

When traffic levels return to more typical levels, the bird calls will return to higher pitch and volume to make themselves heard. Which may make their survival suffer.

With more use being made of local greenspaces, there are lots of reports of people noticing the sounds of wildlife to a greater extent. The timing of this is useful, as bird calls are known to reduce levels of stress, while traffic noise increases stress.

Perhaps this period of cleaner air and quieter, more natural soundscapes will be short- lived. But perhaps fewer people will drive, more people will appreciate and visit their local greenspaces, and hopefully the birds can again hear each other without screeching.

[1] Although Wild Boar have been recorded roaming free in south Shropshire for several years. https://shropshiremammalgroup.com/shropshire-mammal-atlas-2/wild-boar/

Written by Dan Wrench, Shropshire Council’s biodiversity officer

 

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Decision made by Southern planning committee on 2 June 2020

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 20:41

Decision made at the virtual meeting of Southern planning committee on Tuesday 2 June 2020:-

Old Vicarage Centre, The Bull Ring, Stottesdon (19/05255/FUL) Change of use from a mixed residential, commercial, training and hostel use (Use Class C2, C3 and D1) to a mixed care home and education use (Use Class C2 / D1) and associated works.

Decision: That, as per the officer’s recommendation, planning permission be granted, subject to the conditions as set out in Appendix 1 to the report.

 

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Coronavirus: Planning underway for a phased reopening of libraries

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 20:27

Although library branches in Shropshire currently remain closed in line with Government guidance, planning is well underway for a phased reopening of libraries across the county.

Libraries have been closed since March when the coronavirus restrictions were introduced, with mobile libraries off the road and buildings closed to the public.

Now the latest Government guidance indicates that libraries may be allowed to reopen in Step 3 of the lockdown-easing plan, which will be no earlier than 4 July 2020.

In resuming face-to-face services, the priority will be the safety of customers, staff and volunteers, with a range of measures being considered – including social distancing, more frequent cleaning of surfaces, and limiting services overall.

Michael Lewis, Shropshire Council’s library service manager, said:-

“Although we’re really looking forward to welcoming our customers back into library branches, it’s clear that we will need to take a step-by-step approach, with potentially only the largest couple of libraries opening in the first instance on a very limited basis.

“We’re closely engaging with the development of national guidelines for the safe reopening of libraries, so our plans will be informed by that national picture and by local circumstances. Resuming services in a safe way will definitely be the top priority.”

While physical library buildings have been closed, the online services offered by Shropshire Libraries have seen an upsurge in use.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:-

“Digital library services such as e-books and e-magazines have been a lifeline for many during this crisis, but we also know that people desperately miss being able to visit their local libraries, whether that be for borrowing books, using the IT facilities, attending events and activities, or just having a chat with library staff.

“Library buildings themselves are vital hubs for their communities, and although the reopening process will take time, things are heading in the right direction.”

More details will be made available in the coming weeks as to which libraries will be open and when, plus what services will be available.

In the meantime you can access online services from Shropshire Libraries here https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/libraries/libraries-from-home/.

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Shropshire Council wants to keep you as up to date and informed as possible. To help us do this, we have developed a coronavirus update that will be sent daily at 8pm via email to anyone who has signed up to our e-bulletins.

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Coronavirus: Together we are stronger – thank you to volunteers across Shropshire

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 15:44

Shropshire Council has been working closely with community and volunteer groups to support residents during the coronavirus lockdown across the county.

Some groups were formed as a direct response to the current pandemic by local volunteers wishing to support their area, and others are existing community voluntary services which have adapted to meet the new demands resulting from the pandemic and consequent lockdown measures.

The numbers and speed of reaction by our local villages and towns to the pandemic and the needs of their local communities has been astounding, and it has been very heart-warming to see.

Through our Community Reassurance Teams, we have been working with 299 community and volunteer groups, linking individuals in need to the services they are providing, for food, check in calls, medication collection and much more, as well as our own council staff providing direct practical and welfare support to those in need.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank all those involved in this amazing mobilisation of help and support. It is incredible what has been achieved in such a short space of time.

This is by no means over, and the need for support is likely to be needed in different ways for some time to come. Well done and thank you to all of you, all the community groups, voluntary organisations, and individual volunteers, as well as all our council staff who have pulled together and are helping Shropshire’s residents during this difficult time. Town councils and parish councils have joined forces in groups that also include GP surgeries and other community teams to maximise the power of joint working. On behalf of all those who have been helped so far, thank you!

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, place planning and regulatory services, said:

“This pandemic has presented huge challenges to our local communities right across the county. The way the county has come together in support of one another has been truly heartwarming.

“Our response to coronavirus and the support our incredible staff has provided has been underpinned by a quite extraordinary network of volunteer and community groups in Shropshire. Their dedicated support has enabled us to respond to those in need at a time when they have needed it most. On behalf of everyone at Shropshire Council, thank you!”

Here in Shropshire, as with other councils and NHS services, we have been given access to this amazing body of NHS volunteers who signed up through the ‘Good Sams’ app offering their support to their local communities within specific roles.

We would like to thank all those people in Shropshire who answered that national call to become an NHS volunteer. Given the fantastic response we had from local community groups, which came into place very quickly at the start of the lockdown, we have found ourselves in a position to date where the calls we have received requesting support have largely been met through that existing resource.

So, if you have not yet received a call to action as an NHS volunteer, we would like to say thank you to you all for being there, ready in case needed. We are very grateful to have your offer of support to call on if it is required. Depending on the situation going forward, your support may be needed in the coming weeks, so please be assured when, and if your help is needed, we will be in touch.

It doesn’t really matter which umbrella the support you are providing comes under, we all making a difference, so thank you. 

Interactive maps – helping you find local support

We have developed new interactive maps to help residents and businesses find local support that is available to them.

The maps available include searchable local food providers and food delivery services, local social network groups that have been established to provide support during the coronavirus pandemic, and community support services such as information for those who need help to pay energy bills.

These crucial new resources have been developed in partnership with other local groups and organisations. Shropshire Council has gathered together new information resources that may be used by individuals, groups and organisations throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Many other topics are also covered, ranging from advice from trading standards, to mental health and advice about how you can manage anxiety.

For more information, visit our coronavirus webpages.

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Shropshire Council wants to keep you as up to date and informed as possible. To help us do this, we have developed a coronavirus update that will be sent daily at 8pm via email to anyone who has signed up to our e-bulletins.

This update includes the day’s key Shropshire Council news, and some key news from our partners, relating to coronavirus-linked issues. Please click here to sign up for the updates.

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Coronavirus: Helping Shropshire businesses against scams

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 15:15

Shropshire Council’s regulatory services is looking to help prevent businesses from falling victim to sophisticated scams now and in the future.

Most businesses are already under significant pressure due to the pressures of COVID-19 and having to implement new procedures, like remote working. Scammers are now looking to take advantage of this potential change and related confusion by profiting at businesses’ expense.

Common scams

  • Government grant/tax refund scams – A business is contacted by Government imposters suggesting the business might qualify for a special COVID-19 Government grant or a tax refund.
  • Invoice/mandate scams – A business may be contacted out of the blue by someone claiming to be from a regular supplier. They state that their bank account details have changed and will ask you to change the payment details.
  • CEO scams – An employee receives contact from someone claiming to be a senior member of staff – they ask for an urgent payment to a new account and instil a sense of panic. Scammers may even hack a staff email account or use spoofing software to appear genuine.
  • Tech support scams – With more people working remotely and IT systems under pressure, criminals may impersonate well-known companies and offer to repair devices. Criminals are trying to gain computer access or get hold of passwords and login details. Once they have access, criminals can search the hard drive for valuable information.

How can businesses avoid falling victim to a scam?

  • Supporting people to use stronger passwords and setting up two factor authentication.
  • Ensuring staff know how to report problems, especially those related to security.
  • Creating ‘How to’ guides for new software and tools staff may be using.
  • Using VPNs to allow users to securely access the organisation’s IT services.

Advice like this and a host of other useful resources are being made available for free to businesses by the National Trading Standards Scams Team, and forms part of their new Businesses Against Scams initiative. Over 100 organisations have already joined the new initiative to combat fraud including NatWest, Places for People and the Co-operative Bank.

Businesses Against Scams is a new part of the already successful Friends Against Scams initiative, which aims to provide free online training to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/.

Karen Collier, Shropshire council’s regulatory services operations manager, said:

“Regulatory services work closely with National Trading Standards to protect both consumers and businesses against scams.

“Scammers targeting businesses of all sizes are becoming more and more sophisticated in how they operate. This is making it increasingly difficult to recover the information and funds they steal, especially for smaller businesses who may not have the expensive insurance to cover these losses.

“One of the best ways to avoid a situation like this is to use resources such as Businesses Against Scams, to train staff and prevent the fraud occurring in the first place.”

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, place planning and regulatory services, said:-

“At a time when businesses are already under pressure to stay operational, there are criminals looking to capitalise on this and make a profit at their expense. It is important for businesses to take extra precautions against fraudulent activity, and protect not just themselves but their staff and customers as well.

“I would encourage all businesses to take advantage of the free training and resources being offered as part of Business Against Scams by visiting the website and signing up at: https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/BAS.”

If you are concerned that your business has fallen victim to a scam you must contact your bank immediately. Also, please report any suspicious communication to Action Fraud: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/contact-us.

More information on scams can be found on our webpage:

https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/environmental-health/community-and-local-environment/advice-and-guidance/scams-and-nuisance-calls/

 

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Coronavirus: Organisations join forces to support Oswestry community project

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 13:54

Shropshire Council’s Community Reassurance Team (CRT) have teamed up with OsNosh, Oswestry’s food cycle and community kitchen project, Oswestry Town Council and Be a Better Fish Ltd, to help develop and expand its business.

OsNosh provides free, or ‘pay as you feel’, community meals to those who are hungry and struggling to make ends meet, or to those who are in need of some company. The community interest group uses food that is donated by the local community, food producers and businesses, that would otherwise be wasted, and turns them into delicious and healthy well-balanced meals.

left to right are: Paul Newman, Jess Bastos, Steve Charmley, Elliot Bastos, Ben Wilson and Tim Bierley

Along with a team of dedicated volunteers, OsNosh provides meals to people across Oswestry and also Shrewsbury, and have been working closely with local charities the Qube, Designs in Mind and Shropshire Peer Counselling & Advocacy Service (PCAS), to support those in need.

OsNosh did not have the space in their previous facility to both operate a delivery service and maintain social distancing for volunteers, which threatened to prevent the vital delivery of hot meals to the most vulnerable in our community. Moving to a bigger premises will now provide enough space for OsNosh to deliver their community meals, whilst adhering to the coronavirus guidelines.

The CRT, working with the council’s estate team, Oswestry Town Council, local councillors and Be a Better Fish, have been supporting the organisation to help them move premises from their kitchen at Holy Trinity Church to The Centre in Oswestry, to enable them to continue their service.

Jess and Ben hard at work

Since their move in May, OsNosh owner Ben Wilson and his team of volunteers have delivered over 150 hot meals to their local community, and demand continues to increase week on week.

Steve Charmley, Shropshire Council’s Deputy Leader, and Cabinet member for assets, economic growth and regeneration, who was instrumental in championing the cause of OsNosh, said:-

“I am delighted that we have been able to support OsNosh to relocate to The Centre.

“We know that many community organisations like OsNosh have really struggled during this time. I am really proud of the joint work we have achieved, and I would like to thank everyone involved in helping support and help sustain the fantastic work of this organisation.”

OsNosh owner Ben Wilson added:

“A huge thank you to Shropshire Council and Oswestry Town Council for allowing us to use The Centre. This has given us the chance to expand our vital community work, reaching more and more people each week, and saving more and more food from landfill.”

John Price, a local Shropshire Councillor for Oswestry East, said:-

“It was an absolute privilege to be part of this amazing project and I am so grateful that this was one of last projects I had supported as Mayor of Oswestry. As a local councillor, I am extremely keen to support the work being done to address isolation and loneliness through these challenging times and beyond. I would therefore sincerely like to thank OsNosh, Be Better Fish, both councils and everyone else who has contributed to this fantastic scheme, which not only provides delicious meals to those in need, but help bring communities together. “

Oswestry Mayor, Councillor Duncan Kerr said:-

“I am delighted that OsNosh have secured use of The Centre, and I would congratulate them on their work supporting vulnerable people in Oswestry. The town council have provided some financial assistance recognising the service they have provided during this pandemic.”

Paul Newman, founder of ‘Be a Better Fish’, works in the local community to help create and develop new and small business opportunities. Paul added:-

“We’ve been pleased to help enable conversations between OsNosh and the town and unitary councils to secure use of the temporarily vacated The Centre. OsNosh did not have the space or facilities in their previous kitchen to both operate a delivery service and maintain social distancing for volunteers. This threatened to prevent the vital delivery of hot meals to the most vulnerable in our community.

“We are now helping Ben reestablish income streams, to ensure he has ongoing funding to maintain this essential community work. First up is a ‘Field to Fork’ fundraiser; a taster-menu of food donated by local producers from which Ben will create a home-delivered supper on 13 June. More info at facebook.com/OsNosh.”

You can find out more about the work of OsNosh at osnosh.co.uk/ and Be Better Fish at www.beabetterfish.com

Find out more about the work of Shropshire Council’s Community Reassurance Team here

Shropshire Council is to establish two multi-agency task forces to help address and minimise the economic and social impacts of coronavirus on the county. You can find out more here

Further information

The small team of eight to 10 volunteers manage all of the surplus food logistics, sorting, preparing, cooking, packing and delivering. They do so with care, and with a meticulous attention to hygiene and the well-being of each other and the individuals they serve.

Ben has been working tirelessly and creatively to conjure nutritious, tasty and wholesome meals from the surplus he is given. He even finds time to teach volunteers culinary tips and techniques whilst overseeing the entire operation.

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This update includes the day’s key Shropshire Council news, and some key news from our partners, relating to coronavirus-linked issues. Please click here to sign up for the updates.

Please do encourage your family and friends to sign up to the updates too. This will help us keep everyone up to date with the rapidly-evolving crisis.

 

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Help us Keep Shropshire Tidy and don’t litter

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 06/04/2020 - 07:30

Shropshire Council is asking visitors to beauty spots across the county to do their bit to keep our parks and sites clean and tidy.

Our local parks and sites have been a lifeline for many people over the past two months. They have provided a safe, clean and tidy space for people to exercise safely and have been vital for our physical and mental health. This is one of the reasons we are calling on everyone to do their bit.

Wild ponies on the Long Mynd in the Shropshire Hills AONB

With people visiting the Shropshire countryside in greater numbers since the relaxing of lockdown restrictions, we have seen a dramatic increase in the amount of litter being left. Not only does this spoil sites for others, it also poses a further health risk to other visitors and our staff and volunteers who are left to clean up after people.

Our staff and key workers across the county and nation have been working tirelessly through the pandemic.

If you are eating or drinking at parks and sites across the county, please do not under any circumstances leave your rubbish where you’ve been sitting and do not fill the bins with it if they are already full. Please take it home and dispose of it responsibly.

We all want to be able to enjoy places that are clean and litter-free, and this will not be possible if people don’t act themselves.

Colemere

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:

“Our parks and sites have been essential to our residents and local communities during lockdown, and people have grown to really value the precious green spaces we are lucky to have in Shropshire.

“We want to keep our green spaces clean and tidy, primarily for the health and safety of our communities, staff, volunteers and visitors. But we also want to protect the beauty of these places and everyone has a role to play in that.

“If there are no bins with space for litter, please take your rubbish home with you. Nobody wants to see pictures of our beautiful parks and sites laden with litter and plastic pollution.

“We fully appreciate that this has been a difficult time for a lot of people and everyone wants to be able to enjoy Shropshire’s Great Outdoors. Thank you for helping us keep Shropshire tidy.”

Stay safe when visiting our parks and sites

  • Keep at least 2 metres apart from anyone outside your household at all times
  • Although national guidelines now permit you to travel to exercise, we ask that you stay local to avoid large numbers at our sites
  • Take hygiene precautions when you are outside, and wash your hands as soon as you are back indoors
  • Try to stay away from busy areas. Go somewhere quieter for your exercise.

The Countryside Code

Respect other people:

  • Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors
  • Leave gates and property as you find them, and follow paths unless wider access is available

Protect the natural environment:

  • Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home
  • Keep dogs under effective control

Enjoy the outdoors:

  • Plan ahead and be prepared
  • Follow advice and local signs.

Keep informed and sign up to our daily coronavirus email updates

Shropshire Council wants to keep you as up to date and informed as possible. To help us do this, we have developed a coronavirus update that will be sent daily at 8pm via email to anyone who has signed up to our e-bulletins.

This update includes the day’s key Shropshire Council news, and some key news from our partners, relating to coronavirus-linked issues. Please click here to sign up for the updates.

Please do encourage your family and friends to sign up to the updates too. This will help us keep everyone up to date with the rapidly-evolving crisis.

Useful Links

Shropshire’s Great Outdoors
Shropshire Council
UK Government
NHS
Defra

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Coronavirus: News from our partners – Launch of new online mentoring programme to help students prepare for university

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 13:49

News from our partners University Centre Shrewsbury

The online mentoring charity Brightside has responded to the urgent challenge of COVID-19 by designing and launching a new online mentoring programme to support the current generation of Year 13 students who are facing unprecedented hurdles in their transition to university.

Designed to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, Brightside has mobilised a coalition of nine higher education institutions and Uni Connect consortia in a national programme which will support students in their network of schools and colleges throughout England.

Brightside:- Prepare for HE is a new programme designed to support Year 13 students and other university offer-holders as they navigate this unique and complex series of challenges thrown up by COVID-19, following the cancellation of their exams and implications for their university places.

Launched on 1 June 2020, the 16-week programme will support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to transition successfully to university and will:-

– motivate students to retain their university places through increased preparedness and reduced disruption

– increase students’ confidence and excitement about their future university life

– deliver trustworthy, organised and personalised support and reassurance to students, helping them to navigate the challenges of unexpected developments and uncertainty

– offer students continuity and effective transition, in the outcome of a ‘closed campus’ scenario in September

– maintain an adaptable and flexible approach, to suit an evolving landscape and the specific and imminent needs of individual mentees

  • Mentees will:

– develop their coping skills and be able to deal with setbacks and overcome challenges

– build a sense of belonging and feel nurtured

– be able to understand and tap into the support networks available to them

– maintain their motivation for their chosen subject and institution

– feel prepared for changes in learning styles at university

– increase their understanding of what to expect from university study and life

– become empowered to make confident and informed decisions

Laura Gray, Chief Executive of Brightside, said:-

“We know the real sense of anxiety and dislocation which students are facing because of COVID-19. The Brightside:- Prepare for HE national programme has been designed to provide personalised, tailored support to students whose usual sources of information, advice and guidance have been torn up. I am delighted at the huge interest from Brightside mentors to support students in their transition to university, and am excited by the potential of the programme to provide meaningful support for students throughout this unbelievably challenging period.”

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan said:

“I know this is a difficult and uncertain time for those who want to go to university this autumn, but no student’s future should be put on hold because of the coronavirus.

“I’m delighted to see the Brightside mentoring programme supporting young people as they transition to university in these unusual circumstances. This help and reassurance will be invaluable to these students empowering them to make the best decisions.”

Clare Marchant, UCAS’ Chief Executive said:

 “We are delighted to be working with Brightside, providing students with expert support from across the UCAS team, as they prepare to start their undergraduate course. Our survey results show that students from disadvantaged backgrounds are more likely to have had their higher education preparation adversely affected since the coronavirus outbreak, making programmes such as Prepare for HE even more important for their transition to university.

Relevant and timely information is crucial for anyone applying, and we’re continuing to enhance our advice for the wider applicant community, particularly through the UCAS Hub, to ensure messages are relevant and personalised for students’ individual and diverse circumstance.”

Contact information

For further information about the Brightside: Prepare for HE programme, please contact Anand Shukla at anand.shukla@brightside.org.uk

Further information

  1. Brightside: Prepare for HE is a national programme led by Brightside and supported by the following university institutions and Uni Connect consortia:- University of Chester, University of Surrey, Future HY (York and North Yorkshire), Greater Manchester Higher, GROWS (Gloucestershire), Higher Education Outreach Network (Surrey and North East Hampshire), HeppSY (Sheffield), Make Happen (Essex), Study Higher (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Swindon). The programme will support 1,500 students in its first phase.
  1. The Uni Connect programme from the Office for Students offers activities, advice and information on the benefits and realities of going to university or college. More information about the Uni Connect programme can be found here – https://www.ofsuniconnect.org/
  1. UCAS is an official partner of the programme, providing information resources and support. UCAS is an independent charity, providing information, advice and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. Further information about UCAS is available here – https://www.ucas.com/
  1. Brightside is the UK’s leading online mentoring provider and works with over 65 organisations across the UK to provide online support to over 10,000 students every year. Brightside provides access to positive role models and gives students tailored information, advice and guidance helping to build self-esteem and supporting young people to plan for their futures. Further information about Brightside is available here – brightside.org.uk

Based on an analysis of 9,000 students between 2009 and 2017, the Brightside 2020 impact report (Brightside long-term outcomes report) shows that students with the lowest levels of higher education participation were three times more likely to enter higher education if they received mentoring support from Brightside.

 

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Holdgate Flood Relief Culvert – road closure for up to two weeks from 15 June

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 13:25

Holdgate Flood Relief Culvert will be closed for up to two weeks from Monday 15 June 2020 to enable the repair of a collapsed culvert. Works will include the insertion of a 600mm diameter pipe through the culvert, with the remaining void grouted around, and the construction of concrete headwalls to each end of the culvert.

The culvert carries Holdgate Lane over the Trow Brook between Holdgate and Brookhampton. 

Due to the nature of the repairs a 24-hour road closure will be required for the duration of the works. When the road is closed, traffic will be diverted locally via Stanton Long Holdgate and Rowe Lane.

Access over the bridge for pedestrians and dismounted cyclists will remain available throughout the works.

The work will be undertaken by the council’s term maintenance contractor Kier, and supervised by the council’s term consultant WSP.

Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:-

“Shropshire Council is continuing to repair and clean culverts, drains and 92,000 grids as as a legacy from the heavy rains during the winter. It is appreciated that this road closure will cause some inconvenience, and everyone involved will do all that they reasonably can to reopen it as soon as possible.”

Cecilia Motley, local Shropshire Councillor for Corvedale, said:-

“I appreciate this road closure will be a serious inconvenience for Holdgate and Brookhampton residents; but in view of the terrible flooding experienced throughout the south of the county in February, I think it’s really important to get this work done to pre-empt the threat of further flooding.”

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One-way closure of Sundorne Road in Shewsbury for Virgin Media cable work

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 11:58

A one-way closure of Sundorne Road in Shrewsbury – preventing traffic entering Sundorne Road from Heathgates roundabout – will be in place from 29 June 2020 for around one week.

It’s part of work being carried out by Virgin Media to bring fibre broadband to the area.

Virgin Media’ contractor Comex is currently ahead of schedule with their Shrewsbury programme and are now looking to move onto Sundorne Road, where they will need to install 700 metres of microtube in the footways and  construct connecting tees and cabinets throughout the site.

Most of the work will be completed using temporary traffic lights but unfortunately there is one particular section which will involve operatives excavating near to the Heathgates roundabout.

As it would not be safe to install temporary traffic lights near to the roundabout, it’s been agreed that Virgin Media will have a one-way closure in place, preventing traffic entering Sundorne Road from Heathgates roundabout, though vehicles will be able to exit Sundorne Road onto the roundabout as normal.

Whitchurch Road and Featherbed Lane will be used as the diversion route from  Heathgates roundabout.

Cadent Gas have also applied to carry out a new customer connection at the same location which will also require a Road Closure, and they have been asked to work collaboratively with Virgin Media.

Virgin Media are aware this is a particularly sensitive area and will be aiming to get through this difficult section as soon as possible .

Residents, businesses and affected bus companies will be notified of the works and proposed traffic management and advance warning signs will be placed on site.

Both Virgin Media and Cadent Gas will be working to current Government guidelines in regard to safe working practices around Covid-19.

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Coronavirus: Council and Co-op Midcounties work togther to support 10,000 vulnerable residents

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 11:53

Shropshire Council and Co-op Midcounties have come together to raise awareness of a free home delivery service, designed to ensure 10,000 vulnerable people across the county continue to receive essential food supplies throughout the pandemic.

Co-op Midcounties launched its free home delivery service at the start of lockdown to ensure that those unable to leave their homes, including the elderly and people with underlying health conditions, would still be able to receive essential food supplies.

The scheme has now delivered thousands of food shops, and Shropshire Council is calling on vulnerable people in the county to make the most of this service, as it recognises Co-op Midcounties as a key partner in supporting communities through the crisis.

Those who could benefit from the scheme are being asked to contact their local Co-op Midcounties food store by phone, and the in-store team will arrange for shopping to be delivered straight to their door by one of its trusted volunteers.

Co-op Midcounties has so far partnered with more than 60 local volunteering groups and over 700 volunteers close to its food stores to provide home delivery services for vulnerable people in communities.

Safe social distancing is maintained at all times, with shopping deliveries left on the doorstep.

Phil Ponsonby, Chief Executive of Co-op Midcounties, said:

“Supporting our communities and members is at the heart of what we do, and always will be.

“We want to do all we can to protect those who are most vulnerable, which means helping them to continue to stay at home and stay safe.

“Our home delivery service has helped so many people across our communities so far, and we’re beyond grateful for the volunteers who continue to help us do that. We also know that there are many more people who could benefit from the scheme so, please, if we can help you, or anyone you know, get in touch with your local store now.”

 

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, public health and climate change, added:-

“I am delighted that Shropshire Council is working with a range of partners to ensure that people are able to source the food and supplies they need at this difficult time.

“The Co-op are offering a great service, as are other food shops, in order to support people where they live. Shropshire Council wants to continue this really positive way of working with our communities and our businesses going forward. We’re really keen for people to know that they can be part of this initiative through volunteering with the Co-op. Also, we want to remind people to get in touch with the council if they are struggling at this time. Our dedicated COVID-19 Helpline number is 0345 678 9028.”

To speak to someone about the home delivery service, contact your local Co-op Midcounties store, or call 0800 435 902.

To find your local Co-op food store please visit: https://www.midcounties.coop/stores/

For advice and information relating to coronavirus in Shropshire visit www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

Created on behalf of Co-op Midcounties by Citypress. 

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Surface dressing programme for summer 2020 set to start this week

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 11:26

Shropshire Council has announced its programme of roads that are to be surface dressed this summer.

Surface dressing (applying and rolling aggregate ‘chippings’ onto a bituminous binder) is a proven quick, efficient and cost-effective way of maintaining skid-resistance and waterproofing road surfaces and, as such, forms a major part of the council’s annual road maintenance programme.

The 2020 surface dressing season is due to start today (Wednesday 3 June), with operations ongoing until August 2020.

In total, 56 sites have been identified for treatment (listed below and in greater detail on our programme spreadsheet – see here) across the county on all types of road, from urban cul-de-sacs to major ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads.

Due to the limited width of the majority of identified roads, over 90% of the sites will unfortunately require a temporary road closure for the works to be carried out safely.

Where road closures are not necessary, other forms of temporary traffic management will be in place, including temporary signals where appropriate. When treating cul-de-sacs limited access will be available.

For the majority of ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads (currently 14 separate sites county-wide) centre line studs/cats’ eyes also need to be removed and replaced under a temporary closure. It’s envisaged that stud/cats’ eye removal will take place overnight between 8pm and 6am, followed by dressing, sweeping and reapplying road markings during daytime hours.

The replacement of studs and road markings on some sites may necessarily need to take place up to ten days later.

In reality, most of the road closures will only be required for a few hours for the dressing operation, and are unlikely to be of more than one day in duration.

Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and parking, said:

“As well as improving and protecting our road surfaces, this important programme of work plays a crucial role in helping to prevent potholes and other defects forming in the future. Pothole treatment is very much about prevention as well as cure and this is one important way that we can aim to prevent potholes forming next winter.”

The programme of work may alter due to wet weather or other unforeseen events.

In order to keep affected residents and road users informed of when and how long closures will be in place advance information signs will be positioned on each site in the weeks preceding proposed commencement of works.

Due to the current restrictions and concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, and in order to safeguard both operatives and vulnerable people, the decision has been made to suspend the usual practice of delivering letters to directly affected properties, so the advice is to call 0345 678 9006 for any specific enquiry, and also to view the updated detail available on the website and via social media.

Surface dressing sites 2020

Northeast  Shropshire
Shrewsbury Road, Market Drayton
Pear Tree Lane, Whichurch
St Johns Street, Whitchurch
Hawkstone Park Hotel Road
Tilstock roundabout to Tilstock 30 mph
Broughton crossroads to Wem
B5063 junction with B3476 to junction with A49
A528 Cockshutt to Burlton
A442 Espley roundabout
A49 Hinton Bank roundabout
A49 Hadnall to Sandy Lane

Northwest Shropshire
Weston Road, Oswestry

Central Shropshire
Wigmore Lane, Wattlesborough
Bow Way, Shrewsbury
Wenlock Road, Shrewsbury
Pulley Lane, Shrewsbury
Lower Chatwall to Plaish
Shadymoor Lane, Stapleton

Southeast Shropshire
New Road, Oreton
Bridge Road, Much Wenlock
Cherrybrook Drive, Broseley
Dog Kennel Lane, Alveley
Benthall Lane to Jack Mytton Way
Kinlet B4363 junction right-hand-side B4199 to junction right-hand-side B4194
Oakwood Road, Bridgnorth
Merriwell Lane, Much Wenlock
B4555, Knowle Sands
B4378, Bourton

Southwest Shropshire
Oak Meadow, Bishops Castle
Cow Hall, Newcastle
Guifron Farm, Newcastle
Blanydree, Llanfairwaterdine
Black Hall Lodges, Llanfairwaterdine
Kerry Lane, Bishops Castle
Welsh Street, Bishops Castle
Black Mountain to Anchor
Eaton to Ticklerton
Clun to Guilden Down
Bwlch to Purlogue
The Graig, Llanfairwaterdine
Badger Moor
Balaams to Broncroft
Boraston Bank
B5477 Ludlow Road, Church Stretton
Dinham, Ludlow
Guilden Down, Clun
Linney, Ludlow
Seifton Lane
Beckjay Lane, B4367- B4385
Butts Cottage to The Row
Stanley Cottage access, Lower Down
Grey Bank to Guilden Down, Clun
Hospital Lane Grey Bank, Clun
Rushbury Road end to Topley
Shadwell Hall jct to Bicton jct
A488 Hope Valley

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Shrewsbury’s Harlescott park and ride begins operating again on a trial basis

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 06/03/2020 - 09:58

As people start to return to work, and town centre shops prepare to re-open on 15 June, the Harlescott park and ride service in Shrewsbury has begun to operate again on a trial basis and in line with social distancing guidance.

The service began operating on Monday 1 June.

With social distancing capacity reductions the vehicles have an advisory capacity of ten passengers although the drivers will not leave vulnerable passengers and will carry over the advisory capacity if required to do so.

Steve Davenport, Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“Initially this is a trial to understand how well received this service is before consideration is given to extending the service and reopening the Meole Brace and Oxon park and ride sites.

“The health and safety of drivers and passengers is a priority and all appropriate guidance will be followed to ensure that people can use the service safely.”

All three park and ride sites temporarily closed after the last journey on Saturday 28 March.

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Shropshire Libraries thank amazing Volunteers

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 16:58

In celebration of Volunteers’ Week, Shropshire Libraries would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers who have dedicated over 11,000 hours of their time over the past 12 months.

322 volunteers have supported and enabled the delivery of crucial library services in the heart of community’s right across Shropshire. The support provided is the equivalent of over £105,050.

We are looking forward to welcoming back our library volunteers once it is fully safe to do so.

This Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June, 2020) we would also like to acknowledge, and say thank you to all those currently volunteering across the county. We are so proud to live and work in communities and neighbourhoods where so many good things are happening every day – especially during this uncertain and difficult time.

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture, leisure, waste and communications, said:

Volunteers’ Week gives us the opportunity to highlight the contribution volunteers make across the UK. In Shropshire, our community response during these times has been truly inspiring and the difference volunteers make to people’s lives is priceless.

“I would ask everyone to consider getting involved in volunteering, which can help people to gain new experience, boost confidence, and to make a difference by help others. It can also improve wellbeing and feelings of belonging.

We are looking forward to next year’s National Volunteers Week and being able to do something together to celebrate the difference volunteers make through many, various and amazing contributions.

For more information about Shropshire Libraries please follow the link here.

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Appeal for help following vandalism of coronavirus warning signs in Ludlow

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 16:48

Shropshire Council has appealed for witnesses following the vandalism of coronavirus warning signs in Ludlow in the past few days.

As part of work to encourage people to safely visit the county’s market towns, the signs – using Department for Transport designs – started to go up around Shropshire last Thursday to remind people about social distancing.

One of the warning signs that have been put up around the county

In Ludlow signs have been defaced, removed or replaced.

All have been reported to the police and local people and traders are being asked for help to identify the perpetrators.

A poster  left by activists in Ludlow, and a sign that has been defaced.

 

Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

“I’m shocked by this and struggling to understand why people would choose to vandalise signs that are designed to encourage people to safely visit and get around our market towns. I urge anyone with anyone information to come forward.

“I am aware from colleagues elsewhere in the country of similar acts of vandalism. So far we have been lucky with Ludlow the only market town hit. In other parts of the country temporary traffic management measures for cycle lanes are being vandalised, signs disappearing and cones thrown away.

“We have reported the matter to the police who are keeping an eye on things, and they are treating these acts as theft and vandalism. But we now need the help of local people to stop this happening again – and we especially ask local traders to review any CCTV footage they may have that may assist the police in their enquiries.”

Any signs that have been removed are being replaced, and posters left by activists will be removed.

Shropshire Council is also happy to support town and parish councils who require additional signs.

Further information

Shropshire Council is currently looking at ways to make town centres more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly in line with social distancing regulations, including signage, road markings, car park improvements and the possible temporary closures of roads.

Shropshire Council officers and councillors are in the process of visiting towns across the county to meet with local town councils and business representatives to see and better understand what changes could or should be made.

Visits have been, or will be, made to Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Oswestry, Ellesmere, Whitchurch, Wem, Bishop’s Castle, Bridgnorth, Market Drayton, Much Wenlock, Church Stretton, Cleobury Mortimer, Albrighton and Broseley.

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Coronavirus: News from our partners – Trust highlights the work of dietitians during the pandemic

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 14:08

News from our partners Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH)

The Trust that runs Shropshire’s two acute hospitals is raising awareness of the invaluable work carried out by its Dietetics team throughout the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic as it marks Dietitians Week from Monday 1 June 2020.

Dietitians Week 2020

Dietitians at The Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Hospital Trust (SaTH), which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford assess, diagnose and treat dietary and nutritional problems at an individual and wider public-health level. They work to tackle some of the biggest health issues facing the nation, from obesity and frailty to diabetes and cancer.

To mark Dietitians Week, Sarah Thomas, Specialist Dietitian at SaTH, explains the vital role she and her colleagues have carried out during the COVID-19 pandemic to support patients suffering or recovering from the virus.

Sarah Thomas

Sarah said:-

“Good nutrition is crucial in supporting the body to get through and recover from COVID-19, but getting access to the right nutrition in the right quantities can be difficult, and the way in which the body uses nutrients can be greatly affected when a person is unwell.

“The majority of people with COVID-19 will experience only a mild cough and fever requiring rest and recuperation at home. However, some patients may experience far more severe symptoms, requiring the highest level of medical support available in our hospitals’ critical care units, and this includes the expertise of a dietitian.

“When a very ill patient is transferred to critical care they may be sedated and ventilated. In order for them to receive nutrition, hydration and medication, a tube is placed into the stomach via the nose and, for a small number, nutrition and hydration will be will be delivered directly into the vein.

“The clinical condition of COVID-19 patients can change quickly. Dietitians must be flexible and reactive to these changes to ensure that the patient receives the correct nutrition.

“Patients on critical care often receive medications that can affect their nutrition. Dietitians constantly assess what the patient’s nutritional requirements are and take these extra calories into consideration when formulating the patient’s feeding regime.

“Some medications can contain calories, whilst other medications can slow down gastrointestinal transit, or make it harder for patients to absorb nutrition. The role of the dietitian here is to recognise these medications and advise on different preparations of feed and alternative methods of feeding when required.

“When a patient is well enough to return to the ward after critical care for COVID-19, they must work hard to regain enough strength to return home. Their nutritional requirements are increased, and swallowing difficulties can also occur after critical illness as the muscles involved with swallowing become weak and tubes used to ventilate the patient can irritate the mouth and throat.

“Dietitians work closely with ward staff including the nurses, doctors, ward housekeepers, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists to ensure that there is a holistic approach to the patient’s recovery, and any aspects of their treatment which can impact on their nutrition (such as increasing mobility, swallowing difficulties or periods of nil by mouth for procedures) are accounted for.

“Dietitians are instrumental in providing education and support regarding food choices, and in many instances, will suggest nutritional supplements to help meet nutritional requirements for recovery and rehabilitation. This support does not stop when the patient leaves hospital. At this point, our outpatient team will work alongside GPs and community healthcare professionals to guide the patient as their health and strength return.

“The past few months have felt uncertain and at times, scary, but the outpouring of support and love experienced from fellow NHS workers, patients and the general public has been nothing short of phenomenal. I have never been more proud to call myself a dietitian.”

Maggie Bayley, Chief Nurse at SaTH, said:

“Dietitians and support workers provide an invaluable service, both for their patients and for their colleagues. The team at SATH has been flexible and reactive during the COVID-19 pandemic and I’m proud to acknowledge their hard work and tenacity as we observe Dietitians Week.”

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Five Shropshire groups to be honoured with 2020 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 13:30

News from Shropshire Lieutenancy

We are delighted to announce that five Shropshire groups are to be honoured in 2020 with
the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. This is Britain’s highest award for voluntary
groups, for charities and for social enterprises. It is given to groups of volunteers working
and benefiting others, to make life and lives better.

Often described as the MBE for voluntary groups, this award was created by the Queen in
2002 in celebrating her Golden Jubilee. Recipients are announced each year on the
anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, 2 June.

Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The Award aims to recognise outstanding work by volunteer groups for the benefit of their
local communities and is a wonderful accolade for largely unsung heroes. Most of those
living in Shropshire know they live in a beautiful place. Our county is made all the more
beautiful by the joint endeavours of people trying to make it better still, for individuals, for
their communities and for society as a whole.

Winners in 2020 are:

1. Community Education in Death Awareness & Resources (CEDAR). CEDAR
runs a youth programme called Life Lessons. This unusual programme works in a
classroom/group setting, teaching young people how to talk about death, dying and loss in
healthy ways among their peer group. Both bereaved and non-bereaved young people work together to reduce social isolation and build community resilience.
2. Foodbank PLUS (Barnabas Community Projects). Supporting the individual and the
community, Foodbank PLUS not only supports those in crisis but also empowers people to
develop skills, build relationships but most importantly recognise their own value, and
contribution they make to our community. Foodbank PLUS is compassionate and speaks on behalf of those without a voice.
3. Friends of Telford Town Park. This group promotes and participates very
considerably in the maintenance and improvement of the Town Park for the benefit of both the local community and its visitors. Excellence is underpinned by the commitment and dedication of volunteers of all ages and varied backgrounds, who continuously work to
improve the Town Park.
4. Newport and District Agricultural Society. The Society’s objectives are to promote
agriculture, the environment and the rural community. It achieves this by organising the
Newport Show showcasing the best of British agriculture. The Society also runs its own
educational workshops. It has held 110 annual shows and delivers highly valued community educational services.
5. The Shrewsbury Ark. The Shrewsbury Ark is a drop-in centre for homeless and
vulnerable people. It is a unique facility in Shropshire, offering support to those who may
feel left behind by society, or who fall between the gaps in other welfare support
arrangements.

Group representatives will receive the award from Mrs Anna Turner JP, Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire, later this summer. Two volunteers will be invited to attend a garden party at
Buckingham Palace in May 2021.

Lord-Lieutenant Mrs Anna Turner JP said:

“The successful award winners are a reflection of the huge amount of generous, innovative work done in the county. The work they do is done selflessly for the benefit of others, but at the same time is hugely enjoyed.

“Every time I hear of a group that is worthy of this prestigious award I feel a glow of warmth and pride that we have a county so conscientiously doing so much to enhance our community.

“I would like to thank the winners and also thank the other nominations who have not picked up an award this year but nevertheless were of an extraordinarily high standard and prove that volunteering thrives at a grass roots level in Shropshire.”

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The wider re-opening of primary schools in Shropshire – an update

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 06/02/2020 - 08:13

Yesterday (Monday 1 June) saw the wider reopening of primary schools in England to extend provision to nursery, reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils.

The information collected from schools in the Shropshire Council area has given us an early indication into the patterns and trends across the area.

More than 60% of the schools that have provided information have re-opened to wider year groups on Monday and 20% indicated that they will open either today (Tuesday) or later this week.

The remaining schools will open in coming weeks, most of them on the 8th or 15th June.

Karen Bradshaw, executive director of children’s services with Shropshire Council, said:

“As we expected, a number of parents are choosing to keep their children at home and typical attendance in the year groups attending is below 50%.

“We have always been very clear that the re-opening to wider year groups may need to be phased. Therefore schools may not have fully re-opened to reception, Year 1 and Year 6 but will aim to expand their offer to meet this ambition over the coming weeks.

“The safety of children and staff is our priority. All schools will have completed a risk assessment before re-opening.  Headteachers have had to work incredibly hard to undertake these and put measures in place to make sure that children are as safe as possible in school.  These measures will include staggered starts and finishing, one-way systems, increased handwashing, social distancing where possible, limiting the number of pupils in each classroom etc.  

“Perhaps one of the biggest challenges is in reception and it’s very difficult to make sure that four and five year-olds stay two metres apart – we’ve seen lots of good practice to try to solve this, like asking children to sit on mats that are safely distanced, or giving them their own set of play-doh rather than sharing.  

“The council’s health and safety team has undertaken a quality assurance of the risk assessments for all  maintained primary schools. All received were completed before Monday where there was an expected start this week.”  

The schools that have yet to open for reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will still be offering provision for vulnerable learners and children of critical workers. 

All schools have been offered  emergency sets of PPE to be used in line with government guidelines. 

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