Updated information has been provided by West Yorkshire Trading Standards, Bradford Council and Shipley Area Office.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards have provided updated information about scams in West Yorkshire which can be viewed by following this link WYTS weekly news alert issue 15 10.07.2020 (002)

Bradford Metropolitan District Council’s latest updated can be accessed here Backing Bradford District Covid-19 update, 19 July 2020

Update from the Shipley Area Office 

Reopening of cricket grounds and facilities

In response to the government announcement, as of Saturday 11 July 2020 competitive 11-a-side cricket matches and training can take place. Adaptations need to be in place to mitigate the transmission risk of COVID-19, including the overall group size (inclusive of coaches and officials) being limited to 30 people in total.

District Wide information

£9.5 million in funding for community organisations

Community organisations in England that are facing financial difficulties due to Covid-19, are being invited to apply for a share of £9.5 million in funding. Grants of up to £100,000 will be available from the Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme

The scheme is aimed at organisations delivering community services to people who are at high risk from Covid-19 with an emphasis on those that are BAME-led or BAME-supporting businesses. This includes help for people and communities experiencing disproportionate challenges and difficulty as a result of the crisis and to provide services and support for vulnerable people, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the pandemic. 

Applications will open on 28th July from 10:00am until 13:00pm, with a further two rounds on 4th August from 10:00am until 13:00pm and 11th August from 10:00am to 13:00pm. Power to Change will be hosting a free webinar on 23rd July from 15:30pm which organisations can join to find out about the fund, the application process and take part in a live Q&A.

Bradford University’s Research on the impact of Covid-19 on smaller firms

Covid-19 has caused significant disruption to all types of businesses, none more so than to smaller businesses. The School of Management at the University of Bradford is engaged in a major research project looking at the impact of Covid, how businesses have responded and their plans and needs as they emerge from lockdown.

Initial findings suggest that whilst Covid has been a major challenge for many businesses, smaller firms have also found that this has been an opportunity to innovate, adopt new technology and to refocus their strategic priorities. Respondents said that whilst recovery will be difficult, this experience and lessons learned would effect their strategy and operations in the future.

The next stage of their research is a survey to understand the breadth of Covid responses, if you could spend some time filling this confidential survey in they would be very grateful. Similarly if you are interested in being part of a focus group, please contact the project leader, Dr David Spicer on d.P.Spicer@bradford.ac.uk

Museums and galleries to reopen

Bradford Council announced that it will begin to reopen its museums and galleries, with its Bradford Industrial Museum being the first to reopen on 15 July.

The Industrial Museum has had a Covid-19 safe refresh and gives a warm welcome to visitors providing a safe and clean experience of Bradford’s heritage.

The Museum has also been awarded a Visit Britain ‘We’re Good to Go’ safety certificate for covid safe attractions.

To take make sure that each museum can open safely, the other Bradford Council-run museums are planned to open in the following order Cartwright Hall on 18 August, Cliffe Castle 25 August and Bolling Hall on 9 September.

Staff will monitor visitor numbers so areas don’t get overcrowded and the museum will be open between 10am and 2pm Tuesday to Sunday to allow for extra cleaning.

For more information about Bradford Council-run Museums and Galleries visit www.bradfordmuseums.org

New foster carer recruitment continues despite Covd-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has not put a stop to Bradford Council’s work recruiting new foster carers. Bradford Fostering quickly adapted new ways of working to support existing foster carers. It has also been using innovative ways of recruiting new carers and developing enquiries from people wanting to help the children and young people in our district.

Bradford Council has started to see a rise in the number of children coming into the Local Authority’s care as lockdown eases.

At the same time the number of people living across the district coming forward to foster has fallen slightly so Bradford Council is making a plea for more people to consider becoming a foster carer.

The council is particularly asking people who have fostered before, who may have been taking a break from fostering or perhaps do not have a child living with them to think about whether they could consider coming forward as they already have the skills and know how important fostering is for making a real difference to a local child’s life.

June saw an increase in the number of children coming in to care and needing looking after.

NHS Volunteer Responders Scheme 

On 15 July, NHS England and NHS Improvement, held a webinar on the NHS Volunteer Responders Scheme. Slides and further information are available here.

Posters are also available and cover where people can get help through the NHS Volunteer Responders Scheme while self-isolating. This includes visiting the website at nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk or calling 0808 196 3646.

Organisations can make a referral if they feel somebody they work with might need some additional support. You can find out more about how to become a referrer on the Referrer Portal or email england.covidcommunities@nhs.net

Do you need help or support?

Covid 19 - Need help? Call 01274 431000 or 07790 347389 (Text/BSL)

If you need help or have a particular need please ring and talk to one of our friendly team who will take some details and pass them onto the relevant service. Call 01274 431000 or for BSL text 07790 347389.

We can help by:

  • helping you get a priority shopping delivery slot
  • arranging food parcels for people on the government shielded list who need them
  • ringing for a friendly chat
  • referring people who are not shielded who need emergency food to one of the district’s food banks

See our website for more information about local support and volunteering to help others.

Are you concerned about someone’s safety?

If you have a concern about the safety of a child or a vulnerable adult, do not keep it to yourself. Report your concern on the Safer Bradford website. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year.

Or call:

  • For children 01274 435600 (01274 431010 out of office hours)
  • For adults 01274 431077 (01274 431010 out of office hours)
  • If someone is at immediate risk of harm call 999

Don’t think, “What if I’m wrong?”. Think, “What if I’m right!”

Stay at home as much as possible

Coronovirus advice May 2020

  • Work from home if you can
  • Avoid public transport if possible
  • Local parks and green spaces are available for your daily outdoor exercise
  • Always keep your distance in public (at least 2 metres apart)
  • Wash your hands regularly
  • If you or anyone in your household has coronavirus symptoms, you must all self-isolate

See the latest Government guidance on staying alert and safe.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards have sent updated information which can be viewed by following this link WYTS weekly news alert issue 15 10.07.2020 (002)

Bradford Metropolitan District Council have

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