Everybody needs good neighbours
Braintree Cricket Club Ground is closed much like many other sports grounds across the district at the moment but they have come up with a brilliant idea.
They have given their neighbours at the McCarthy and Stone Retirement Home private access to the grounds for their daily exercise so they have an environment they feel comfortable in and can observe social distancing safely.
The club said it made sense to allow their neighbours to use their grounds especially because the majority of residents are over 70 and socially isolating and have no outside space of their own.
Got questions about your council tax bill?
If you are struggling to pay your council tax at this time due to a change in your income or employment, please remember that we are here to help.
Go to our website to find out what support is available.
Support for businesses in our district
Braintree District Council has issued more than 1800 grants to businesses facing financial difficulties as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic – paying out £21million to struggling businesses so far.
Do you run a business in the district? Keep in touch.
Sign up to our business bulletin here: www.braintree.gov.uk/tellmemore
Or join our economic development team on their closed Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/braintreedistrictbusinesses
Find more coronavirus financial support for your business
Coronavirus (COVID-19) support is available to employers and the self-employed. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants.
Use this business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business. www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder
Advice on how to help others safely
If you need to help a vulnerable person, you need to do so safely.
Take a look at www.gov.uk/safehelp because it outlines how you can help and importantly, how to do it safely.
Getting food and medicine to the vulnerable
The Essex Welfare Service – set up by Essex County Council – is specifically for people who are not able to get any support from either family, friends, neighbours or from their local support groups.
Braintree District Council’s virtual community hub has received more than 100 referrals from the Essex Welfare Service about vulnerable people within our district and where possible we have provided support to these people or signposted them to the numerous parish councils, volunteer groups or individuals across the district.
Contact details for Essex Welfare Service:
0300 303 9988
Road repairs continue during lockdown
Road maintenance has been ruled as a necessity during the current lockdown due to Coronavirus COVID 19 and Essex Highways has been playing its part.
Crews have been out every day to mend potholes and repair other defects including mending streetlamps, traffic signals, white lines and signs. All this has been done while ensuring engineers follow the current self-distancing rules. Urgent response crews have been working at night and weekends.
Crews will soon be starting the resurfacing and redressing work to hundreds of miles of the county’s road network and preparing carriageways for next winter.
Everything you need for home schooling
Are you looking for additional support for your children during the current school closures?
This week saw the launch of the Oak National Academy, a new, government-backed online learning resource. It provides 180 video lessons each week for every year group – from Reception through to Year 10 – across a range of subjects, including maths, art and languages.
The BBC has also launched its own education package, BBC Bitesize Daily. This will deliver a tailored day of learning across TV and online, with curriculum-relevant offers for Years 1 to 10.
These resources are alongside new government guidance for parents on how to best support their child’s education and development.
Food safety for community cooking & food banks
The Food Standards Agency has published new guidance on community cooking and food banks.
Food provided for community groups must comply with food law and be safe to eat and this guidance provides food safety information for individuals or groups wishing to prepare meals at home for their community.
This can include preparing or donating meals for those in self-isolation, vulnerable groups, community groups and local organisations, and NHS staff.
The coronavirus pandemic presents us all with huge challenges in protecting ourselves and our families and it is important to stay at home at the moment. But over long periods of time, this can put a strain on relationships and might lead to arguments.
Here are some tips to help you reduce anxiety and stress at home:
- Pause – is a disagreement escalating to a point where you are no longer in control and you are just reacting? If so, take a breath and re-assess the situation.
- Think – try to reflect on why an argument started. Ask yourself how you were feeling before the conversation started and whether you were already feeling anxious or tense.
- Resolve it – take a step back. Is this argument about something important, or can you come back to it when you are both calmer?
- Find out more: www.livewellcampaign.co.uk/healthyrelationship