Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for anyone working in adult social care who are not part of regular testing at work and unpaid carers

UK Health Security Agency published the following guidance that applies to anyone working in adult social care who is not part of regular testing at work, and for unpaid carers.

You should order a box of 7 rapid lateral flow tests (LFTs) every 21 days for yourself, or alternatively an employer can order test kits on your behalf.

click here for the full guidance.

Important information about the North East Lincs SENDIASS service

Sent on behalf of North East Lincolnshire SENDIASS:

Important information about the service North East Lincs SENDIASS will be providing up until 31st March 2022.

North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) are undertaking a competitive tendering process for an organisation to deliver their SENDIAS Service from 1st April 2022 – 31st March 2027.

Link: https://sendlocaloffer.nelincs.gov.uk/sendiass-tender/

The timeframe for the tendering process has had to be extended resulting in an interim arrangement between Barnardo’s and NELC been agreed.

The interim agreement sets out what the SENDIASS offer in N E Lincolnshire is able to provide from 01.01.22 until 31.03.22.

From 01 January 2022 to 31 March 2022 NEL SENDIASS will:

  1. Provide a service Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm (with an answerphone available outside these hours)
  2. Respond to new enquiries via phone, answerphone, webchat, and email within 5 working days and no longer than 10 days
  3. Offer face to face support for:
  • mediation preparation/attendance
  • tribunal preparation/attendance
  • Permanent exclusion preparation/attendance

4. Offer checklists of how best to prepare for meetings

5. Provide template letters/fact sheets to support parents/carers with form filling and letter writing

6. Signpost parents/carers and professionals to recorded workshops / training opportunities on our website/other websites

7. Direct Access Pathway related enquiries to the Access Pathway Team

Please note that unless there are exceptional circumstances during this interim period SENDIASS will not be able to offer 1:1 support for school meetings (re the graduated approach, Annual Review meetings, Emergency Review meetings, etc); or check Draft EHC Plans.

Barnardo’s will continue to work closely with NELC and partner agencies throughout the tendering process to ensure that parents/carers of children with SEND, and young people with SEND have minimal disruption to the support they need during this interim transition period.

Below are links to the SEND Code of Practice and the National Minimum Standards which service users and stakeholders should expect from a SENDIASS service as from 01.04.22.

SEND Code of Practice here

See Section 2 regarding Information advice and Support Services

Minimum Standards:

https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/attachments/Minimum%20Standards.pdf

Easy Read Minimum Standards:

https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/attachments/Easy%20read%20Minimum%20Standards%20final%20edit_0.pdf

NELC’s SEND Annual Survey

The SEND annual surveys are for families with children who have, or feel they have, special educational needs or a disability.

The SEND Annual surveys help the Local Authority collect feedback so improvement can continue for services for children and families across the borough. 

Parents and children will have another year of new experiences to share and may have been involved with new services.  

The LA are also reviewing their ‘SEND Banding’ which allocates amounts of money to support a child in their education.

Parents can tell the LA what they think about the current banding and suggest improvements and new ideas.

The results will be used to shape a better offer for all young people with SEND and their families in the area.

Parents/carers survey

https://send2022parent.questionpro.eu/

Children and young people survey

https://send2022yp.questionpro.eu/

The annual SEND surveys will close on 15 Feb 2022.

If you need to speak to someone to give your views or ask any questions or you need a copy of the survey posting to you, you can ring the Engagement team on 01472 324380 or send an email to consultation@nelincs.gov.uk. The survey can be supplied in large print.

Weston Communicating Climate Programme

Deadline 15th February 2022 

The programme gives you free access to expert-led training, networking opportunities, and one-to-one sessions with media industry professionals, to empower you to influence the media discourse and public sentiment on climate change.  
 
Below are more details on the programme’s activities: 

  • Five workshops led by communication experts on topics including: framing climate change, engaging different audiences, and using social media strategically. 
  • Framing clinics with climate communications experts at On Road Media for you to test your messaging and receive feedback. 
  • 1-2-1 consultations with industry experts at creative agency MG OMD to design a campaign or communications solution for your organisation to implement and test in 2022. 
  • Monthly peer networking sessions to connect to other charities on the programme and embed your learning.

Click here to find out more on the Media Trust website.

ConnectNEL

connectNEL is a helpful and friendly signposting service that has been created to help people who are out of scope of statutory services, but still need assistance to find the services, activities, events and support they need.

To find out more please see the press release and leaflets below. You can call 01472 403403 or visit the website at connectNEL.com

Recognition of loss during Covid

On behalf of North East Lincolnshire Council:

The impact of covid over the last 2 years has been most marked for those who have experience loss. How we mark this as a community or individuals is a sensitive issue which we want to explore. Ideas have been suggested including memorial woodlands or dedicated benches/trees in our main parks. Other suggestions from the public need to be canvassed.

The Council is happy to support the engagement and delivery but is asking the VCSE sector if community based organisations or groups are interested in attending a meeting to discuss how this is taken forward.

If interested please contact  Amy@nbforum.org.uk / 07572 896859 by Friday 4th Feb 2022.   

Improving access to data on adult social care

From Office for National Statistics:

The pandemic has had a considerable impact on care services, and this has magnified the need for increased information on adult social care across the UK. Here Sophie John explains how the ONS has been taking steps to improve statistical coherence on this key social policy issue.

Statistical coherence is about drawing together outputs on the same topic to present a more transparent picture for users and improving access to data. This can be across the four countries of the UK, in the case of devolved policies, and/or where multiple producers are publishing statistics.

We face both these challenges in adult social care statistics where each nation has its own legislative powers and there are many different producers of adult social care data which are published across multiple platforms.

Click here for the full blog.

Humberside Fire: Environmental Sustainability Plan 2021 – 2024

Sent on behalf of Ros Barbour, Communications Supervisor, Corporate Assurance, Humberside Fire and Rescue

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service – Environmental Sustainability Plan 2021 – 2024 

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is passionate about ensuring the role we play, not only protecting the public but enhancing the environment and encouraging sustainability. 

As the effects of climate change become more evident, we continue to adapt our approach to daily activities, as well as our operational response, to cope with the added pressures this puts on the Service. We are setting ourselves ambitious targets to play our part in tackling global sustainability issues.  

We have launched a consultation on our Environmental Sustainability Plan 2021 – 2024 and are seeking feedback on the areas we are considering, helping us reach our goal of being carbon neutral by 2036. Find out more and take part by clicking here: https://humbersidefire.gov.uk/newsroom/consultation-area/environmental

Our Plan gives an overview of the various areas of work needed to achieve a sustainable environment for many years to come. It also builds on areas the Service has already implemented, such as two years ago we switched from providing plastic bottled water on our fire engines and firefighting training to providing our staff with a refillable water bottle. To date we have avoided buying 50,000 bottles, about 500kg of plastic which could either end in landfill or recycling processes.  

Other areas we have improved our sustainability are: 

  • Installing energy saving lighting and motion sensor lighting in our buildings. 
  • Moving away from single portions of tea and coffee supplies, including milk from our meeting room facilities.  
  • Switching to a 100% renewable electricity provider. 
  • Investing in our vehicles, including 3 electric vans to replace diesel vans which travel across the region. 
  • Reducing our non-emergency service vehicles by 20% after looking at their usage. 

Our consultation closes on Friday 18 February 2022 at 12 noon

Citizens Advice North East Lincolnshire: Community Money Mentor

Sent on behalf of Citizens Advice North East Lincolnshire:

Funded by Orsted East Coast Community Fund

1-Year Funded Project 2022-2023

35 Hours pw £10.20 per hour £18,564 gross plus 5% Employer Pension Contribution

28 days annual leave per annum plus Bank Holidays

Providing community and office based money mentoring work including practical guidance and support of clients to enable them to maximise income, reduce expenditure and improve their financial resilience and ease their recovery from the financial and practical issues arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

To provide guidance and support for vulnerable clients throughout the local area. Offering the clients options and supporting them in their choices.

To liaise with local advice and support services to develop clear access and support routes for individuals identified as in need of support.

Closing date for applications: 12 noon Friday 11th February 2022

Application form and information is available form jill.lambton@advicenel.org.uk

Interviews will be held during week commencing 28th February 2022