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Shropshire Council’s new guide on wellbeing & mental health for adults, teenagers & children during the #coronavirus emergency

As the coronavirus spreads, more and more people are becoming anxious about what it might mean for themselves and their loved ones. It’s completely understandable and normal to feel anxious about during emerging health crisis. In a timely and very welcome move, Shropshire Council has published a guide to maintaining wellbeing and reducing anxiety during the Covid-19 emergency. The 22-page guide links to dozens of online resources to help, your friends and your family cope with anxiety, relax and have fun during unprecedented times. Phone helpline numbers are also provided. Download Looking after your Mental Health during COVID-19 (PDF). The guide says our brains are predisposed to focus on threat. We tend to forget the everyday things and bring our attention to things which are scary, without taking time to really think about the facts. “We start with one worry and before we know where we are it’s grown and…

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Shropshire Council increases funding for domestic abuse services amid concern lockdown will lead to an increase in home violence #coronavirus

It is a sad reality that many people are forced to live with abusers. To share accommodation with people who dominate, control and use domestic violence. The lockdown means that the casual contact with people on the street, in the playground, maybe a cup of coffee, can’t happen anymore. We don’t know how long this lockdown will last. For those suffering abuse, it is harder than ever to plea for help. Abusers often monitor internet and phone use. Shropshire Council has increased its funding for domestic abuse services which remain available 24 hours. Telford and Wrekin is making similar provision. The Shropshire Domestic Abuse Service will be providing support throughout the crisis and beyond.

Recycling collections may reduce during the #coronavirus emergency – please don’t overload black bins

This is green waste collection week in Ludlow. It might just be the last for a while. So far it has been possible to keep all collection rounds running but it is getting more difficult as staff numbers fall. If collections are reduced during the Covid-19 emergency, green waste collection will be the first to go. If staffing levels fall further, collection of boxes of dry recyclables and blue bags of paper and card will be paused. There is no threat to black bins but please do not overload your black bins with material you can store until the emergency passes. Have a thought also for our waste and recycling operatives. Classed as key workers, waste operatives are exempt from social distancing. They travel three to four a cab. We need our waste collectors to ensure that one health emergency does not trigger another.

On Friday, Shropshire Council launched Community Reassurance Teams (CRT) in Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Oswestry, Bridgnorth and Market Drayton. The council says: “The Community Reassurance Teams are a new key service which have been created to work across the county with our communities in an effort to co-ordinate support for local residents, including businesses, with the support of town councils, parish councils, voluntary groups and community groups.” We don’t yet know how this new structure will work. From what I can see there are areas of the county without established Covid-19 support networks. We must ensure those areas have access to adequate support. But we shouldn’t duplicate effort that is well established.

Shropshire Council has announced a fund for local community and voluntary organisation activity. It will provide a total of £75,000 for local community groups, including community centres and village halls, through grants up to a maximum of £500. An additional £100,000 will be available for groups and initiatives providing food and home supplies to older people and vulnerable residents. There will be an additional £120,000 “investment in our key voluntary organisations, to enable them to both deliver vital support, and provide support to our communities to do this.”

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