Next week is Loneliness Awareness Week where I would normally be out and about in the community. During the COVID-19 pandemic Volunteer Cornwall has noticed an underlying theme of loneliness by those that have asked for our help.
We would like to know your experiences of those that you are supporting in relation to loneliness. Here is the link to a very short (7 questions) survey which I would be very grateful if you could complete.
Please feel free to share this with any individual or organisation who you think may help.
Let’s help put an end to loneliness. #LetsEndLoneliness #LonelinessAwarenessWeek
Police alert – another missing person
James Mitchell missing in West Cornwall
Police have increasing concerns for the welfare of a missing person from the Camborne area.
James Mitchell was last seen on Saturday 6 June after leaving his home address at around midnight on foot.
James is a 41 year old white male, approximately 5’6 ft tall and of slim build. He has long greying brown hair with a beard and is possibly wearing a hat. He was wearing a hippy style top with sunglasses, jogging bottoms and odd shoes, carrying a bag containing flowers.
Anyone who sees James, or has information as to his whereabouts, is asked to contact police on 999 and quote log 579 of 06/06/2020.
Image can be seen via link: https://www.devon-cornwall.
Useful link for shops about working safely in retailers when open
GLL Leisure Centres
The government’s requirement that all leisure centres close due to the risk of spreading COVID-19 has resulted in a major loss of income for the leisure industry. Like many leisure centres GLL are funded through customer memberships and bookings.
GLL has identified a significant revenue shortfall up to 2022 as a direct consequence of these centres closing, and has asked both Cornwall Council and central government to support them to address this gap – but without government assistance the Council simply does not have the funds to do so.
Like many local authorities, Cornwall Council is facing extreme financial pressures, with a funding shortfall of around £28m and total costs from the pandemic estimated to be more than £62m.
In addition, we must continue to support and care for our most vulnerable residents during the pandemic, and we have a legal responsibility to maintain a balanced financial position and protect statutory services.
Cornwall Council remains committed to supporting our leisure sector, which is key to our residents’ health and wellbeing, and we have offered GLL Supplier Relief funding in line with our contractual relationship, as we have done for many of our suppliers through these unprecedented times. However, this falls short of GLL’s lost income as a result of reductions in customer membership and bookings.
The Council has raised the urgent issue of protecting our leisure centres with Cornwall’s MPs, and we are pressing Sport England and the Ministry for Housing, Communities & Local Government for a commitment to provide financial support for the leisure sector – funding that was not provided in the £34m allocated by government.
We remain in discussions to help GLL during this difficult time and, dependent on Government guidelines, GLL is now working towards a planned reopening of its Better leisure centres in early July while ensuring social distancing.
We hope strongly that residents will take up their services and restart memberships and bookings and that we can all continue to support our leisure providers at this difficult time.
Since the launch of the discretionary grant scheme, the Council has received 2,086 applications for a grant from the Government’s discretionary business support fund, and a further 1,994 expressions of interest from businesses unable to access any source of Government funding.
Payments totalling almost £3m
We will continue to work with our MPs and lobby Government for more funding to support both those businesses which are eligible for discretionary fund, as well as those unable to access any other form of Government support.
Parents wishing to register the birth of their child or couples seeking to give notice of marriage or civil partnership, can once again make an appointments to do so with Cornwall Council’s Registration Service.
From today, after the Government’s revised guidance, face to face registration appointments are allowed to resume.
The easing of movement restrictions means that the Council can start now to process the large back log of appointments that have built up during “lockdown”. A number of changes have been made to the normal appointment process and additional measures have been implemented to ensure the safety of both customers and staff.
Appointments are available at our Helston, Camborne, Truro, St Austell and Liskeard offices, and soon we hope to be able to offer appointments at our Bodmin office.
Further details of how to request an appointment on-line will shortly be posted on our webpages, alternatively please phone Cornwall Council 0300 1234 181 and they will be able to assist you.
Funding for charities
The Government has announced £200 million funding for small and medium-sized charities and social enterprises in England, to support these organisations to continue the vital support that they provide to people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is to help maintain and enhance services for vulnerable people affected by the current crisis and to support organisations experiencing income disruption and/or increased demand. The fund is being distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, with full details of how to apply available on their website.
Cancer Support – Macmillan
Here’s what you need to know after the latest government update
Macmillan Cancer Support
What the latest guidance means for someone with cancer
Helping someone with cancer to keep safe during coronavirus means you are probably well aware of the importance of social distancing, or as it is now called in England, staying alert and safe.
If the person you look after is more vulnerable to infection, you may also both be shielding. Guidance on this has now changed slightly, so we’re updating you on the latest government advice for England and how it might affect you.
Please note there is different advice if you live in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, so please do refer to these specific guidance pages if you live in one of these areas.
Shielding and coronavirus: the new guidance
Previously, people who are more at risk of becoming seriously unwell if they get coronavirus (COVID-19) had been asked to shield and stay at home at all times. The NHS would have contacted your loved one if they needed to do this.
But now the government has changed the guidance:
People in England who are shielding can leave their home BUT
Only if they can be strict about social distancing at all times
This means that, although you both still need to take precautions, if you are shielding you now can:
Go outdoors together if you want to.
If you do go out, you both need to keep two metres apart from other people at all times.
This guidance applies until 30th June for people in England. It will then be reviewed and updated. The government will write to everyone who is shielding with advice and information about what to expect after June 30th.
For more detailed information, please follow the government guidance for England (or for Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland), which is being updated regularly. You can also find more on our dedicated webpage.
Shielding can also have an impact on mental wellbeing. It’s very understandable if you and the person you’re looking after feel anxious or lonely, or you find your moods go up or down. Remember, you don’t need to try and cope alone – we are here to support you both if you ever need us.
Our new Telephone Buddies service can match the person you care for with someone who understands what it’s like to have to shield when you have cancer. They can call every week – so register your interest if you think this support would help.
More support from Macmillan
Our free guidance on cancer, coronavirus, money or work worries is available to everyone. You can:
Visit our Online Community – it’s a safe place where people share their feelings
Chat to us online
Call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, open 7 days a week 8am-8pm
Need help with an urgent question?
We’re getting lots of emails at the moment, so unfortunately we can’t guarantee we will be able to respond if your reply to this email. If it’s something that can’t wait or is urgent, call our support line on 0808 808 00 00 for help anytime 7 days a week, 8am – 8pm.
If anything changes, we will tell you as soon as possible so keep an eye on your email. Whatever happens, we will do all we can to help you through.
Please take extra care of yourself.
The Macmillan Information and Support Team
Macmillan Cancer Support