Covid 19 Local Information

INFORMATION FOR HALESWORTH AND SURROUNDING VILLAGES

Proposed changes to the Town Centre

Halesworth Town Centre Group, the Town Council, County and District Councillors, Halesworth Volunteer Centre, Halesworth Tourism Group, residents and businesses have met to discuss actions that can be taken to increase confidence in the community about returning to a safe town centre. The focus has been on the public areas of the Thoroughfare to create a safe environment to enable shoppers to have the confidence to return to the town. Discussions with businesses in the Market Place have indicated that existing measures are sufficient at this time but this will be kept under review.

The Town Council has submitted an application for approval and funding to East Suffolk Council with a plan of the temporary changes.

This application may take 1 or 2 weeks to process but we will update you accordingly of progress.

Please read this document to see the proposed changes

HALESWORTH TOWN COUNCIL COVID 19 RELIEF SCHEME

Halesworth Town Council is concerned that the COVID-19 Virus emergency measures are causing serious financial hardship for some residents in Halesworth. Although the Waveney Foodbank continues to provide wonderful support for those in need, the majority of the provisions are in the form of dry goods and tins. The Town Council has decided to compliment by providing fresh fruit, meat and vegetables through a voucher scheme in Halesworth with the help and support of some of our local shops. This relief scheme is aimed at those who find themselves on very low income due to the current crisis. If you are a Halesworth resident and you need help please apply to the Town clerk on 01986 874517 or email clerk@halesworthtowncouncil.org.uk. The Office open hours are Monday, Wednesday and Fridays; 9am – 1pm. Vouchers will be issued dependent on the need and size of the family and only during the current lockdown measures. The vouchers must be provided to the retailer either in person if you visit the shop, or exchanged on delivery (if this option is available).There is a similar but separate scheme for the villages surrounding Halesworth supported by their own Parish Councils. This will be organised through the Blyth Valley Ministry (07771 556391).

Local Response information: Halesworth Town Council in conjunction with the Volunteer Centre, the Blyth Valley Team Ministry, District and County Councillors and other community groups in the Town have organised a response team to help people through the current situation. The Volunteer Centre is coordinating the response for Halesworth and the surrounding villages.  If you are struggling to go shopping, need prescriptions collecting or just want to hear a friendly voice – you can ring or email the Volunteer Centre.

Emma Healey – Centre Manager – Halesworth Volunteer Centre 01986 875600 or covid@halesworthvc.co.uk

The Government has issued further general information on the link below

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering/how-to-wear-and-make-a-cloth-face-covering

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

Staying at home advice https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-advice/

If you think you may have symptoms please go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

*Advice for employers and employees during the COVID 19 outbreak from ACAS here

*This is a directory of local businesses offering services with home delivery or non contact collection.

*East Suffolk Council is now processing the payment of grants for local businesses provided by the government in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Click here

*Below are websites for various energy suppliers who have issued guidance on payment and credit

*The CAB are still giving advice see below for details

*Below are details of the Waveney Food Bank which is still operating.

Suffolk Libraries have an extensive elibrary from which you can borrow books, audio books, films and newspapers.  All you need is a library card! Visit their website for more details.

*Please see this document for an announcement regarding the HACT bus

*The document below is from East District Council and contains information on their Home but not Alone campaign and information from Suffolk Police.

*Below is information from East Suffolk on their COVID 19 Community fund and application forms.

 

The Town Council schedule of meetings is currently under review following government guidelines.