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Shropshire Council Community Reassurance Team - Funding and support for Shropshire

Press Release on behalf of the Community Reassurance Team, Shropshire Council

We’re now into our second week of the national lockdown and both locally and nationally infection rates are still creeping in the wrong direction, however a lag in response to the lockdown was always anticipated.

Regarding the lockdown, it is important that we try and support local businesses as much as possible, particularly following the new measures that apply nationally for four weeks up to and including Wednesday 2nd December. At the end of that period, we will return to a regional approach, based on the latest data and subject to the measures that replace the current restriction legislation. For further information please refer to the following link - National Restrictions guidance

There is now a light at the end of the tunnel with the announcement of a potentially viable vaccine, and Shropshire Council is planning for the roll out of a mass vaccination program as soon as this becomes available. This will be a significant undertaking and many of you may get a chance to play a part. There are still many hurdles to overcome before this is possible though and it remains very important at this point not to relax our social distancing and hygiene measures.

Here is a summary of the latest updates of support available in the county….

Shropshire Public Health Nursing service - aiming to improve health outcomes for children and young people by offering support, information and signposting on a number of issues.
Please see attached poster ‘Shropshire PHNS’

Information for unpaid carers during coronavirus - being an informal carer can be challenging at the best of times but with the added pressure of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, it can be especially difficult. That’s why it is important that informal carers are aware of the support that is available for them and how to access this.
For more information please click on the following link Information for unpaid carers during coronavirus pandemic

Funding and support for Shropshire - following the mandated lockdown announced by Government, it was announced that further funding will be made available to offer assistance to businesses that have been required to close. If your business has not been forced to close but you have been severely impacted by COVID-19 There will also be a discretionary fund for businesses which will be published shortly. https://shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/information-for-businesses-and-the-self-employed/local-restrictions-support-grants/

Community Group Funding - NHS Charities Together (NHSCT) has allowed a maximum of £222,766.39 to be allocated to voluntary organisations supporting NHS patients in the Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) area following a bid-based process.  This allocation is to be passed on to support the voluntary, care and hospice sector operating in that area to support those affected by COVID-19. 
Please click links for the attached documents for more information -

‘stage 2 grant outline proposal’

‘covering letter stage 2 grant application’

WIPS (The Well-being & Independence Partnership) - Shropshire Council, in partnership with its health colleagues has commissioned a Winter Support Service that will work with vulnerable, and potentially vulnerable Shropshire residents. The service will support people to avoid a health and care crisis situation over the winter period and will connect them to a range of support. 
You can find out more information about the new service here. 

Shropshire Councils Covid Helpline 0345 6789 028 – this phoneline is designed to receive enquiries and concerns associated with Covid 19, of a non-medical nature.

Shropshire Council Covid 19 Data

During the 7-day period from 30 October – 5 November 2020 in Shropshire:

677 new cases reported
This was an increase of 157 cases compared to the previous week
The seven-day infection rate for Shropshire was 209.5 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 of the population.
For the West Midlands it was 304.1 per 100,000
For England it was 240.5 per 100,000
108 cases relate to 20-29-year olds
87 of cases relate to people aged 70+
We have seen an increase in outbreaks linked to schools and workplaces
During the last week 42% of cases were in the Shrewsbury & Atcham area
24% were in North Shropshire
34% in South Shropshire

To check infection rates in your area, follow link  - https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/interactive-map

Localised Covid 19 Testing

What is available in Shropshire? Where can I go locally?

Shropshire Councils Public Health department have provided Mobile Testing Units and Localised Testing Sites within the county for residents to attend if they are showing signs of Coronavirus or are particularly concerned that they may have contracted the virus.  Please see the table below which outlines where testing is being carried out, and how to make a booking:

Regional resource that are designed to be more flexible and responsive to outbreak scenarios or areas of increased positivity rates.

Drive through only.
Whitchurch Rugby Club

21 Edgeley Road


SY13 1EU

Tests can be booked for yourself or any member of your household. Residents can register by calling NHS Test and Trace on 119

Localised Testing Site
Is a community-based, walk through testing facility that can be accessed by members of the public showing symptoms of Covid-19. The test sites are placed in areas that enable the local community to access them without the need for transport (via a car or public means).

This is still available as a drive through.
Beatrice Street Car park

Beatrice street             


SY11 1QW
Launching: Friday 27th November 2020

Tests can be booked for yourself or any member of your household. Residents can register by calling NHS Test and Trace on 119 or by clicking here.

Localised Testing Site
London Road Car Park


Tests can be booked for yourself or any member of your household. Residents can register by calling NHS Test and Trace on 119 or by clicking here.
Localised Testing Site
Innage Lane Car Park

(formerly Bridgnorth Youth Centre Car Park)

WV16 4HQ
Due to launch w/c 23 November 2020 – to be confirmed.

Finally, Public Health are working through the next steps of introducing Lateral Flow Testing. Further details to follow in the next update.

 If you require more information please contact:

Community Reassurance Team

Tel: 01743 255734

Email: lisa.k.jones@shropshire.gov.uk

November 18th 2020

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