The NHS has declared a major incident in relation to the administration of the COVID 19 booster vaccine. They will use a number of venues to ramp-up vaccinations, including
vaccination centres (existing and new);
Pop up centres,
drive-thru facilities (probably in unused retail parks e.g. B&Q Hythe), and
an outreach programme to large business premises.
However, the NHS desperately needs volunteers to help ensure the smooth running of the new and old vaccination clinics. Please contact Community360, who will be supporting this aspect of the vaccination roll out, if you are interested. Telephone 01206 505250 or email [email protected].
Through Safer Essex Roads Partnership, ECC is offering free cycle training until the end of March 2022. They have courses available for Children, Adults (beginners to advanced) and even families. Sessions are led by qualified instructors and range from 45 minutes to 3 hours!
If you are interested then you should register your interest here.
Essex Police has recently published issue 15 of their local news update. It is a decent read with much to interest, e.g. spiking, property closed due to anti-social behaviour and joint patrols with RMP. There’s also a nice snippet on ‘Disruptor Teams’ who look into and tackle crimes such as anti-social behaviour within communities. It rounds off with an article on cycle security and contact information to help victims of domestic abuse. You can read the whole update below.
This is a much slimmer document with more white space than words, however, items of interest are:
Finally, it gives details of the ‘Community Enabling Team’; their remit is to reach out and help find local solutions to issues. The Community Enabling Officer covering West Bergholt is Mark Healy, contact details are: tel: 07817 889992 email: [email protected].
County Lines might be operating closer than you think
The National Crime Agency (NCA) operates a specialist centre to coordinate on all matters related to County Lines. They have identified Essex as a county where there is limited awareness of the signs of exploitation of children by County Lines groups.
To address this a webinar has been prepared for parents with little or no understanding of what exploitation looks like. All parents will have access to it.
Essex County Council, in partnership with Aran Insulation, are trying to improve household insulation with the offer of grants of up to £10,000. Funding is available for energy efficiency improvements to help make your home more cosy. Making your home more energy efficient will help save you money on future energy bills.
Nominations have now closed for the 2021 Elections
6th May 2021 Elections will take place for:
Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner for the Essex Police Area;
One County Councillor to represent the Constable Division; and
One Borough Councillor to represent the Lexden & Braiswick ward.
Candidates for each of these are listed below. If you haven’t already checked out the COVID-Safe arrangements you can read about those further down. It is still not too late to register to vote – details also below.