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Peterborough City Council coronavirus update - Wednesday, March 25

Peterborough City Council has added details of disruption caused to services due to coronavirus. Their daily update can be read below. 
Volunteer Training
Volunteer training to bring support to vulnerable people in Peterborough (Photo: Peterborough City Council)

Food and supplies donations – Staff at both Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have been delivering emergency supply hampers to vulnerable young residents in need. Last week, our corporate parenting teams delivered 12 hampers, filled with food, toiletries, cleaning products, books and clothing. These went to young people in care and care leavers. Thank you everyone who donated these items. If you or someone you know owns a restaurant, café or pub which is currently closed, we’re urging you not to throw out food or supplies. Instead you can donate it to us so we can deliver more hampers to those in need. Get in touch with joe.gilbert@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

News for businesses in Cambridgeshire – Cambridgeshire County Council is leading the establishment of an ‘economic recovery sub-group’ that has been set up as part of a Strategic Coordinating Group (SCG) looking at the impact of Covid-19. Working with the Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Combined Authority the County Council is driving forward the early set-up of this group to ensure businesses across Cambridgeshire are fully aware of the various financial support measures being made available by Government and that as many businesses as possible secure the support they are eligible to receive. Support and advice for businesses can be found on our websites: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Be aware of free school meals scam - We have had reports of parents and carers in receipt of free school meals being targeted by fraudsters. They are contacting parents and carers with messages such as ‘if your child is entitled to free school meals send your bank details to the school and they will help with funding while the school is closed.’

The email contains links for the parents to follow, these emails and links are fake. Do not give your bank details. If you think you have been targeted by a fraudster, do not reply to the email. Instead, contact your school directly.

Funerals/cremations grounds/cemeteries in Peterborough – There will be some changes to these services to take into account Government advice around reducing the spread of COVID-19 and the importance of protecting key workers. These are:

  • Attending funerals – We will be limiting funeral gatherings in chapels to the immediate family only – including spouse/partner, parents/carers, brothers/sisters, children (and partners of children).
  • Crematorium Grounds/Cemeteries - These are still open, however please be mindful of keeping at least six feet (two metres) away from other visitors.
  • Bereavement Services Office - This is closed, although we will take appointments from families to collect cremated remains, however please avoid this if you possibly can.
  • Waiting Room - This will be closed from today (Wednesday, March 25). Attendees are asked to stay in their cars until the cortege arrives at the crematorium
  • Book of Remembrance - This will be closed from today. however the inscription can be viewed from the outside of the building and there will be vases available for any tributes left.
  • Scattering/internment of cremated remains - We will not be taking any further bookings. If you have a scattering/internment booked, a member of the Bereavement Team will contact you.

First day for volunteers - Following our campaign to increase the number of people available to provide care to vulnerable people in their own homes – and keeping them out of hospital - that we launched last week, we’ve had an amazing amount of support with more than 75 new volunteers with suitable skills and backgrounds identified and 12 recruited already.

The new volunteers had their first day of training yesterday to help them support vulnerable people in the community. They will be providing personal or health care to vulnerable people in their own homes or in a care setting. This will include showering, giving medication and helping someone use the toilet.

Adrian Chapman, Service Director for Communities and Safety for Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council said: “We would like to thank the volunteers that have come forward so far to help us provide vital services, their contribution has already been inspiring.”

Bulky Waste Collections in Peterborough - The service will be happening as normal, but we will no longer be conducting face-to-face quoted jobs or estimations.

Child care - With children now being asked to stay at home where safe to do so, more and more parents will be turning to childminders and alternative childcare to help out. The government guidance is clear – children should not be cared for by any friends or family who should be stringently social distancing – such as the elderly or those with underlying health problems.

Parents should also be fully confident they are using childminders who are fully registered. The council provides a list of these here: Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

If you are offered any unregistered provision, or you feel someone may be acting illegally, let Ofsted know immediately by contacting enquiries@Ofsted.gov.uk using the subject heading ‘Early Years setting – possibly unregistered’. Help us keep our children safe and well.

Play areas, outdoor gyms and skate parks in Peterborough - All will be closed to stop people using equipment on which they could potentially pass on the virus with a message put up clearly at the entrance asking residents to continue using the rest of the open space, while adhering to safe social distancing of at least two metres/six feet apart from others.

Toilets in Central Park, Peterborough – These are now closed, according to the Government guidance on shutting park buildings.

Road signs in Cambridgeshire – Following a request from the Department for Transport, we will be helping to give consistent and widespread messaging about the need for people to stay at home during the Covid-19 crisis by displaying messages on our road signs.

You can keep up-to-date with any changes to the council services on through the following websites:

Peterborough - https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/healthcare/public-health/coronavirus/disruption-to-council-services 

Cambridgeshire - https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/coronavirus/disruption-to-council-services 

More advice and latest information on Coronavirus can be found on both websites - www.peterborough.gov.uk/coronavirus and www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus 





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