Herefordshire Council would like to hear from you about how we can improve health and wellbeing in Herefordshire.
We are working with health services and other organisations to develop a strategy and actions to improve health and wellbeing in the county over the next 10 years, and we are asking residents for their views about the things that they think are most important.
From information already available we have identified a number of issues that are most affecting the health and wellbeing of residents in our county and from these we have suggested some potential priorities for action, or for additional action where there is already work being done.
But we really want to know what your views are and about the things that you think we should be doing.
Feedback from this consultation will be available to view early in 2023 and it will help decide the priorities and content of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy which is due to be published in the Spring of 2023.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and we would greatly appreciate it if you could spare a few minutes to complete our survey which you will find by clicking the link below.
For more information and to share your views and ideas, see: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/hwbs
A reminder that at 7.00pm on Wednesday 9th November there will be a public meeting in the Memorial Hall when Mr Kinsey Hern will give an update on the schedule of works on the Royal George and other proposals which may be of interest of parishioners.
Work has been continuing on the White Lion Meadow through the spring and summer. There is an update on the White Lion front page and also a much fuller record in the diary table. Click here.
Julia has been busy behind the scenes reviewing the extremely successful Lyonshall Country Diary. You will find an update and the latest issue for Summer 2022, yes, now quarterly, here.
Due to the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September, some of Herefordshire Council services will be affected.
All Herefordshire’s waste and recycling centres will be open as usual on Monday 19 September. Our waste collection crews will start their rounds an hour earlier than usual on Monday so they can pause between 11am-12 noon to pay their respects.
Our highways partner, Balfour Beatty Living Places (BBLP), will remain on call for emergencies only. BBLP will provide a reduced cleansing service on Monday. This means it will sweep and empty bins in Hereford city in the morning before the crew does the same in our market towns. They’ll then return to Hereford for a final cleanse of the day.
Cultural hubs and customer services
Crematoria and registrars
Planned cremation services will go ahead on Monday. Operational staff will work as usual but the offices will be closed. Meanwhile, all appointments with the county’s registrars will be rearranged as the office will be closed on Monday.
Halo will re-open its centres as usual on Tuesday morning after keeping the doors locked all day on Monday. All planned sports and leisure events will be cancelled or postponed to a later date.
For urgent health needs over the bank holiday, visit 111.nhs.uk or call 111.
Education and transport
School and college transport will not operate and public transport will be very limited.
Parish Council Meeting postponed this evening following the very sad death of Queen Elizabeth
The practice has arranged three vaccination clinics this Autumn for 8th, 15th and 22nd October.
Patients of the practice will receive both their Flu and Covid vaccinations at the same time in different arms.
The surgery will text or write to you approximately three weeks in advance of your age group clinic and give you details of how to book – do not contact the surgery THEY will contact you . Doctors and nurses from the practice and volunteers will staff all three clinics.
The Kington Medical Team is delighted to welcome Dr Nathan Denial who is undergoing his post graduate GP Specialist Training and will be based at the surgery over the next 3 years.
Herefordshire Council joins local grant givers, Eveson Trust and Bulmers Benevolent Fund, to support the Marches Counselling Service (MCS) in working with people with Long Covid. Sadly, physical symptoms have been seen by some as ‘all in the mind’, or alternatively the emotional impact of contracting long covid is not acknowledged.
Aware that many people with long-covid are finding it difficult to access support. The service is offering group-work looking at management of the condition, which can be accessed online. Courses are initially ten sessions of 90 minutes each and offer different approaches to managing long-covid. Course leaders are experienced therapists who recognise the core need for pacing, the variety of physical symptoms associated with this condition, and the potential for trauma being present. They are all experienced in helping people deal with difficult emotions and trauma reactions. Each course will accommodate up to twelve people.
If this is of interest to you, please contact MCS. You will be offered an initial confidential assessment which enables you to ask any questions, discuss payment and which course makes sense for you. Courses are planned to begin in September. If you would like more information, please contact us on email@example.com or visit our website: www.marchescounselling.org
The May Country Diary is now available with a bumper crop of sightings. Click here.
The consultation on Saturday was successful with lots of shared ideas and enthusiasm. Visit the White Lion Meadow page for a short report, click here.
This March Diary is a bumper edition - lots happening out there. Well done all contributors and especially Julia. Click here.
Do you need advice on debt, benefits, energy, housing or anything else?
The Citizens Advice Bureau can help! Please contact them to have a chat with an advisor and book an appointment. Here's how:
1. Telephone - If you’d like to speak to someone, you can call us on 0344 826 9685.
The telephone advice service is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday from 10am – 3pm.
2. Text - on 0786 00 77 311
Stating (i) your name (ii) your postcode (iii) the type of advice needed (for example DEBT, HOUSING or BENEFITS). They will then call you back on your mobile phone.
3. Email - Online at firstname.lastname@example.org for initial contact by email. Please also give a contact phone number in case we need to contact you for more information.
The Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Herefordshire during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed.
Click HERE to follow the link
As part of the Queen's Jubilee celebrations, parishioners are invited to plant a tree as part of the Green Canopy.
If you think you can find space for a tree and would like to consider planting one can you please contact tree warden David Griffiths - he has some trees & guards available.
Please email - email@example.com
Things have been happening on White Lion Meadow over the autumn and winter months. There will be regular news items to keep you all updated. For the first report click here.
Herefordshire Council Support information Page Click HERE
The club’s aim is to keep things informal, sociable, affordable and enjoyable.
Whether you are a keen gardener, a new enthusiast, or just curious, we aim to share the love and knowledge of horticulture.
There are no subs to pay, just £2.50 entry fee on the door.
Refreshments provided, raffle and seasonal plant stall.
April 7th Robin Pearce “Crazy Daisies” - Exploring the world of daisy like flowers available to gardeners May
5th Cary Goode Cary, a garden designer, talks about the creation of Rhodds Farm in Lyonshall and gives an insight into opening your garden for the NGS
June 2nd Quiz and social evening We start the Platinum Jubilee celebration weekend with a gardening themed quiz evening with a Royal twist
Herefordshire Council would like to know of any property has been affected by recent flooding?
By letting them know where & what happened, especially if it hasn't been reported, Herefordshire Council & their partners can use the information which may help reduce the future impacts of flooding.
Or contact TalkCommunityEnquiries@herefordshire.gov.uk
Qwell is available across Herefordshire and Worcestershire with free, safe and anonymous, online support and wellbeing advice for adults.
Below is a link to a free session which is taking place on Friday 18 February 2022 at 11:00. for you to discover more about the services available and gain resources to help signpost adults to Qwell.
Did you know that people living in a low income household that receives Universal Credit (at a level below the threshold for free school meals and/or free prescriptions), can now apply for a one-off payment of £60 to help with food, energy and other essential costs?
The one-off payment is available through Herefordshire Council, which has been allocated over £1million by the government as part of a new Household Support Fund to help vulnerable people and families this winter.
Applications close on Monday 28 February 2022. For information and to apply for the grant, visit the Herefordshire Council website.
Do you know anyone that has lost work or been made redundant due to Covid-19? Anyone that has struggled going back to work after being furloughed, or are feeling isolated working from home?
If so, The Cart Shed have a fantastic free programme to help people get back on their feet, to build their confidence and connections back. A fresh start for anyone that’s feeling anxious due to the impact of Covid-19 on their work.
The Post Covid Employment programme offers people a day a week (for 4 to 12 weeks), to take part in woodland activities in our beautiful Herefordshire countryside. Enriching, engaging, supporting wellbeing – all run by the amazing, experienced Cart Shed team.
Businesses can access the free support too, who have employees that have struggled during Covid. Sessions can also help employers who are having to make employees redundant due to Covid-19, to support a successful moving on for their staff.
The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year via computer, tablet or smartphone. There are no waiting lists or referrals needed, which will enable people to quickly and easily access support, at a time that is convenient for them.
There are one to one counselling support sessions available, with fully qualified wellbeing practitioners (12pm to 10pm weekdays and 6pm to 10pm weekends and holidays), alongside an extensive range of self-care and psychoeducational materials, peer to peer support via moderated community forums, helpful articles and personal tools, such as an online journal.
To find out more about the new service, take a look at our newsroom article at www.talkcommunitydirectory.org/qwell
If you spot a problem on the roads or with drainage or a footpath there are a number of ways you can report it to Herefordshire Council
Your one-stop-shop for up to date information is the Herefordshire Council website.
For things to do with Public Rights of Way, including reporting defects, you can check out the dedicated section of the council website.
You can also find on Facebook – check out our Herefordshire Highways page.
The Rural Crime Team is about to begin using the Neighbourhood Matters website to disseminate crime prevention information and broadcast good news stories. P
Please sign up to the bespoke West Mercia Police Neighbourhood Matters website at www.neighbourhoodmatters.co.uk.
This will enable you to receive crime prevention notices as soon as they are posted. In addition, you may wish to have a look at the West Mercia Police Rural Matters Facebook site which already highlights our activities and includes videos, visits and advice delivered by the team across the rural parts Herefordshire.
If you have been thinking about fostering, the New Year is a great time to start your journey. By next Christmas, you could be giving the ultimate gift to a child by transforming their lives.
Fostering ranges from short emergency stays, weekends or holidays, to longer term placements, which means you can find an option which fits in with your work and family commitments.
You will be fully trained and supported, and receive an excellent financial package, plus full allowance to cover all the child’s costs.
Call the fostering team on 01432 383240, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/fostering
Balfour Beatty has refreshed the Riparian Responsibilities information to further engage riparian owners to take responsibility for their ditches and drains through awareness, support and guidance.
Where there is a lack of cooperation and there is a safety risk to highway users, or significant damage to highway, they have now put in a place a process to enable a more formal approach.
Check out these information documents;
Balfour Beatty has also updated the Herefordshire Council website which includes a refresher and updates the information leaflets.
The one-stop-shop for up to date information is the Herefordshire Council website.
Did you know?
As part of the continued development of Talk Community and building on the great work to date, Herefordshire Council are delighted to announce the launch of the Talk Community website - www.talkcommunity.org
The website provides key information about Talk Community including videos, good news stories and launch the summer volunteering campaign – ‘give an hour this summer,’ and provides three areas that support in bringing Herefordshire together:
Herefordshire Council are also changing the name of WISH to become the Talk Community Directory, this will still provide the same great service and functionality but with some minor amendments and name change. WISH continues to be a highly-valued resource to our communities with its success growing and experiencing a record 59% increase in website visitors in 2020, compared to 2019. The new website address is - www.talkcommunitydirectory.org
Please take the time to visit the website and if you have any feedback email email@example.com
Due to the impact of Coronavirus over 5.5 million people are claiming Universal Credit.
Many of them are new to claiming Universal Credit having been negatively impacted by Coronavirus.
For a guide and help to claim please follow this link
Keep Herefordshire Warm
As winter’s cold weather starts to bite, we all need to stay warm and healthy in our homes. For many families, higher energy bills and keeping warm is going to be a struggle in the coming months. Keep Herefordshire Warm are pleased to offer a series of short webinars aimed at helping you to support struggling families this winter.
The webinars are free and last 20 minutes with a Q&A session at the end. You can register for each session by simply clicking through to the Eventbrite link below each topic.
They cover a range of relevant topics;
Herefordshire Council’s Early Help Hub offers a confidential support service to Herefordshire families with children aged 0 to 19 years.
The Early Help team can provide families and professionals (working with families) with advice and guidance to support them through the difficult times and help them to get back on track.
Difficulties could include:
• Family relationships
• Challenging behaviours
• Domestic abuse
• Housing issues
• Struggling with finances
• Emotional and mental health
• Safety in the community
• Substance abuse
The Early Help Hub team are available on 01432 260261 (9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, closed on bank holidays) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about the Early Help service visit: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/earlyhelp
For information about local support services for families, visit the WISH website www.wisherefordshire.org
Warmer homes Herefordshire Council is working with E.ON to help people across the county improve the heating of their homes by installing free first-time gas central heating systems in around 300 eligible residents’ homes.
The project follows a successful funding bid by the Council to the £150 million Warm Homes Fund, established by National Grid, and administered by community interest company Affordable Warmth Solutions.
Eligible households not connected to mains gas and currently relying on inefficient ways of heating their homes, for example electric storage or panel heaters, could be eligible for the measures, which are part of the Warmer Homes Herefordshire scheme. Subject to eligibility, where there is no existing gas supply to the property, a new gas network connection will also be provided by Affordable Warmth Solutions, usually at no cost. Still funded by Affordable Warmth Solutions, eligible properties (must be without existing central heating, unless the existing system uses solid fuel). Under this rural programme they would be able to support the installation of heating systems– e.g. LPG Gas, or Renewable heating (e.g. heat pumps or biomass systems).
For the full eligibility criteria and to apply, they would encourage any residents to call Keep Herefordshire Warm on 0800 677 1432 or email email@example.com and take a look at: https://keepherefordshirewarm.co.uk/
Leominster Food bank offer support to those who meet the criteria for food parcels.
A short briefing note is attached which explains how someone gets referred and how it works.
Please read the attached document HERE to see how to find out if you qualify.
If you walk the Parish Footpaths for your daily exercise please stick the the public footpaths.
Keep your dog on a lead and pick up it's poop and take it home with you please!!
Please click for the Definitive Footpath Map and just enter your postcode.
In these difficult times its important to ensure you know who you are lending money from.
The Stop Loan Sharks helpline is available to all and full details can be found by following this LINK
Look out for local news here
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