Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

 

In light of the latest government advice, available here, please note the following:

 

  • Although people can now spend time outdoors you cannot meet up with any more than one person from outside your household and must continue to comply with social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away from people outside your household.
  • While people may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish, you will not be able to use areas like playgrounds, skateparks, outdoor gyms or ticketed outdoor leisure venues, where there is a higher risk of close contact and touching surfaces.
  • It is vital that those who are showing symptoms, however mild, must continue to self-isolate at home.
  • If you need to report a serious breach of COVID-19 measures, Thames Valley police have created a reporting tool that can be assessed here.

 

To read Earley Town Mayor David Hare’s Statement on COVID 19, click here.

 

The latest update from Earley Town Council on the COVID 19 situation can be read here.

 

For the latest service updates from Wokingham Borough Council, click here.

 

How to help

 

To see simple ways to help your community during the COVID 19 situation, and details on what to do if you need support, click here.

 

For an opportunity to support your local community, by putting together a ‘Wellbeing Goody Bag’ of goodies and treats in supermarket ‘bags for life’ to be safely distributed to those who really need them, click here.

 

If you are able to donate food or other essentials to those in need, the Wokingham Borough Community Response team have arranged for further pick up points around the Borough.  You can now drop off donations to Lower Earley Library, Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 12pm, as well as to the main collection centre – St Crispin’s Leisure Centre, Monday to Saturday between 8:30am and 3:30pm.  More details here.

 

Wokingham Borough Council has created a Just Giving page, for those who wish to contribute financially to fund food parcels for vulnerable people across the Borough. If you’d like to learn more, click here.

 

Wokingham Borough Council has made an appeal for PPE to businesses who can donate to protect frontline key workers.  Details of what is needed can be found here and they can be contacted at ppe.appeal@wokingham.gov.uk

 

If you’d like to support the work of Wokingham Foodbank in supplying essential items for those in need, you can find their latest shopping list here.  If someone is in need of their help,  encourage them to register with one of the care agencies in the town, such as Citizens Advice Bureau, so they can then request a voucher that can be exchanged at the Foodbank for a food parcel or help with fuel.

 

Waste Management

 

To learn more about Waste Collection and Recycling in Wokingham Borough, click here.

 

For the latest information on how to obtain Blue Bags and Food Waste Bags, click here.

 

To discover information on how to obtain Garden Waste Sacks, click here.

 

Please note WBC will continue to empty public litter bins, dog bins and bottle banks.  If the bins and bottle banks are full, please take your items home with you.  Do not leave anything next to the bins/bottle banks.

 

The Borough’s recycling centres are due for a limited re-opening from Monday 18th of May.  You will have to book a slot online in advance here.  Bookings open from Friday 15th at 10am.  Expect further information and advice in the coming days, but more details can be found here.

 

Community Support

 

Councillor Andrew Mickleburgh has been amongst those volunteering their time to serve as part of the Wokingham Borough Community Response.  The Wokingham Paper recently covered how they’ve been helping in this article.

 

To find out more about the Earley Help Hub, which links volunteers with local needs in Earley, click here.

 

North Earley and Whitegates have set up a Covid-19 support group, with a contact point in every street and back up volunteers across the area.  To learn more, click here.

 

Wokingham Borough have provided a helpful flowchart of the support they can offer, whether it is help with picking up supplies or prescriptions, or you just need someone to chat to – get in touch with Citizens Advice Wokingham here.

 

Health and Wellbeing

 

To help the NHS understand more about how and where COVID-19 is affecting people currently, you can complete a short Status Checker survey here.

 

As we enter hayfever season, it can be easy to confuse the symptoms of COVID-19 with hayfever, or the common cold.  Government advice on this can be found here.

 

If you’re unsure about household isolation periods should a member of your household show Covid-19 symptoms this graphic could help. 

 

At home shouldn’t mean at risk.  If you, or someone you know, is suffering from Domestic Abuse, isolation rules do not apply and help is available. 

@BWA_RDG can provide advice, support and refuge, call 0118 9504003.  If you are in immediate danger call 999, and if you are unable to talk, press 55 when prompted (mobile phones only).  Details here and here.

 

A number of organisations have provided guidance, advice and tips on how to maintain your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home or are worried and anxious about the outbreak, especially for those who are in isolation.  Find help from Mind, NHS, Samaritans and WHO.

 

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.  More advice for parents here.

  

Other advice and support

 

WBC’s Sports and Leisure team have produced a range of home exercise workouts for you to try including: aerobics, pilates, tai chi, standing and seated exercises.  Videos are available here.

 

The government has collated a list of free online educational resources, to support children and their families learning at home, covering subjects such as English, Maths, Science, PE, Wellbeing and SEND appropriate material.  Available here.

 

For the latest RSPCA Advice on how to care for your pets during the COVID-19 situation, click here.

 

Fraudsters are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic and targeting individuals by emails, texts, phone calls and WhatsApp messages.  Please stay alert for Covid-19 related scams and never provide personal data to unknown parties.  Advice on protecting yourself can be found here, and more information from Thames Valley Police can be found here.

 

A number of Community Foundations and other organisations have launched emergency funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Involve have compiled a list of organisations and the types of funding they have made available here. 

 

The Council for Intellectual Disability has put together some resources for people with additional needs explaining how to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.  These cover: looking after your mental health during coronavirus, staying safe from coronavirus, and what is social distancing, and can be found here.

 

If you are out of work or worried about losing your job, then Wokingham Job Support Centre is available to help.  Jobseekers can contact them for free support and advice including: searching for job opportunities, creating a CV, applying for roles, and improving your interview technique.  Their team of advisers are on hand from 10am-2pm, Monday-Friday, to help you over the phone or online. 
Please email your name and phone number to jobsearch@wjsc.org.uk and they will call you back.  For further information, please visit here.

 

Please do not be tempted to have a bonfire as many people at home are vulnerable and any one of your neighbours might have respiratory issues or even be fighting the Coronavirus itself. During this difficult time please put their needs first.  More information here.