South Cambridgshire District News
Covid-19 update – February half term 2021
Dear members, volunteer coordinators and parish councillors
We wanted to send you a different sort of update for half term this week.
If you click on the following link, you will be able to view our half term update on Sway. This update intends to step back from the day to day running of your groups and to offer some bigger picture ideas for staying afloat during the pandemic and reducing loneliness in your communities, with inspiration from other groups within the district and across the country.
We are in the midst of a third lockdown and midwinter, though recent spells of sunshine have helped to ease it. This has the potential to be a dark time for many. The high of coming togethe…
Two other brief updates for this week, as we won’t be sending the usual e-bulletin on Thursday.
PPE for carers
The Government has confirmed that unpaid carers across the country, who do not live with the people they care for, can now benefit from free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) through a new national scheme. Locally, if someone is a carer to a relative, and requires PPE, they could be entitled to free PPE until the end of June 2021. They will need to email to request an order form. PPE can then be collected from a PPE Hub in the county – these are based in Peterborough, Huntingdon, March, Cambridge (Trumpington).
Half term activities
We are seeing the vaccine roll out happen at great pace and over 12 million people have now received their COVID-19 jab. It is also very encouraging to see infection rates start to fall. This is mainly driven by the current lockdown and social distancing. However, the drop in positive cases will take longer to filter through to the number of deaths and hospitals are still under huge pressure. There are reasons to be hopeful and it is good to see the sacrifices of lockdown making a difference, but to ensure infection rates and hospital admissions continue going in the right direction, and to keep ourselves and those around us safe, it remains as important as ever to continue following the rules.
The County Council will be sharing ideas of things to do with children during half term on their social channels (Facebook or Twitter), and would encourage you to share these posts within your communities if you find them helpful.
Best wishes for the half term
Lead Cabinet Member for Community Resilience, Health & Wellbeing
South Cambridgeshire District Council