Suffolk needs supermarket customers to follow basic safety guidelines to stop COVID-19 from spreading. Shoppers are being reassured that supermarkets are safe to visit, however shopping must be for essential items and trips kept to a minimum. If you are planning a trip to a supermarket or shop, it is important to follow these steps, even if you have received a vaccination:
In the last week of reported data up to 27th January there have been 190 cases in Babergh, 604 cases in East Suffolk, 486 cases in Ipswich, 228 cases in Mid Suffolk and 476 cases in West Suffolk. All areas have decreased in cases since last week. Please continue to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.
Enjoy an hour with nature and discover the wildlife on your doorstep! Join thousands of people taking part in the world’s largest survey from the comfort of your own homes this weekend. The Big Garden Birdwatch starts from tomorrow, Friday 29th January – Sunday 31st January 2021. Taking part is easy, spend an hour calculating the birds you see in your garden or from your balcony and feedback your discoveries to RSPB. For further details, visit the RSPB website: https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/
Need help identifying the type of birds you have found? RSPB bird identifier lists 406 species of birds found in the UK, including some rare overseas visitors, with six simple questions to answer you might discover a brand new species! Visit RSPB: https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/wildlife-guides/identify-a-bird/
View the Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Virtual Event video here. December last year marked 82 years since the Kindertransport train arrived at Lowestoft Station, transporting mainly Jewish refugee children escaping persecution. The Holocaust Memorial Day Commemorative Virtual Event video was developed by Joshua Freemantle (Life of Lowestoft), featuring a reading from Member of Parliament for Waveney, Peter Aldous, words and visuals from local historian Christopher Brooks and an address from the Mayor of Lowestoft, Councillor Alan Green.
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A pesticide identified as being harmful to bees has been authorised for farmers to use on sugar beet crops in England, the decision allowing emergency use of thiamethoxam on these crops. The pesticide is applied using a process called ‘seed dressing’, with only 5% of the pesticide reaching where it is targeted.
The Wildlife Trusts strongly oppose this decision, urging for it to be reversed by the Government and to continue with their vision for tackling the biodiversity crisis. To sign the formed petition or for further details, visit The Wildlife Trusts website: https://action.wildlifetrusts.org/page/74049/data/1?ea.tracking.id=AFI
Unfortunately, due to the current government restrictions, Lowestoft Town Council is unable to organise the annual commemorative event. However, a virtual event will be available to stream on the Town Council’s YouTube channel, Facebook and website at 10:00 AM on this day, marking the commemorative event and detailing Lowestoft’s unique history. December last year marked 82 years since the Kindertransport train arrived at Lowestoft Station, transporting mainly Jewish refugee children escaping persecution. The video developed by Joshua Freemantle (Life of Lowestoft) will feature a reading from Member of Parliament for Waveney, Peter Aldous, words and visuals from local historian Christopher Brooks and an address from the Mayor of Lowestoft, Councillor Alan Green.
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People aged 70 and over and the clinically extremely vulnerable to begin receiving invitations for vaccinations from today, Monday 18th January 2021.
Vaccinating the first 2 groups will remain the priority, but vaccination sites which have enough supply and capacity for vaccinating further people are allowed to offer vaccinations to the next 2 cohorts – those aged 70 and over and clinically extremely vulnerable people.
Help stop the spread of Covid-19 and continue to follow the national lockdown restrictions.
Stay at home, as much as you can, protect frontline workers and the NHS, and save lives.
The Local Welfare Assistance Scheme (LWAS) in Suffolk is a local response to those who have found themselves in most severe financial hardship. This scheme is designed to ensure vulnerable people in Suffolk, who are struggling to meet essential basic needs are able to have those needs met.
Intended to be a short-term response to the current exceptional circumstances, help will be provided in the form of referrals for household items (furniture and white goods) and in exceptional circumstances, fuel vouchers for gas and electricity card/key top-ups for those in emergency supply.
For full details and the eligibility criteria: https://ipswichandeastsuffolkccg.nhs.uk/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=js4dws8sUOY%3D&portalid=1
For financial advice or support with access to food, call The Suffolk Advice and Support Service on 0800 068 3131, lines open Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm. Get free professional advice on a range of issues that you might need some help with.
Call for advice and support on:
• your mortgage or credit cards
• rent arrears or other debts
• COVID-19 related concerns and what it means for you and/or your family
• access to food
• one off grants for things such as:
>other unforeseen expenses
The NHS are working hard to vaccinate the vulnerable individuals of the nation, with the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines. Please remember that the NHS will contact you when it is your opportunity to be vaccinated. It's currently being given to:
Please remain patient and continue to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.
A new scam is currently being circulated, a text seemingly from the NHS stating that the receiver is eligible to apply for the new vaccine. Including a link which directs to a believable NHS webpage, requesting for personal details and bank details.
Please remain vigilant in these uncertain times and protect others by reporting incidents like these. If you, or anyone you know, have been affected by this fraud or any other scam, report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 1232040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk
For more details on this scam from Neighbourhood Watch: https://www.ourwatch.org.uk/news/scam-text-about-covid-19-vaccine