Coronavirus Help and Information

This page will be updated regularly. As the government advice, requirements and initiatives for help are being updated daily or even more often, please use the links below to see the most recent advice. The rest of this page will concentrate on local initiatives and information and general advice on keeping active mentally and physically and interacting safely with others through various media. Please contact the Parish Clerk via email parish.clerk@eardisland-pc.gov.uk if you have ideas that can be shared with other parishioners.

Keep safe, keep well and keep in contact.

Links to national guidance

See the latest Government advice on Covid-19.

See the latest NHS advice on Covid-19.

See the latest government business support guidance

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

Links to local initiatives and information

Being a good neighbour https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/news/article/974/be_a_good_neighbour_while_staying_at_home

COVID 19 Impact in Herefordshire 2.4.20   Overall picture in the county from Herefordshire Council

24.3.20 Read a letter to Parishioners detailing the Parish Council’s response to Covid-19.

We need Volunteers to help vulnerable people and we would also like to hear from you if you need help. The letter above gives contact details.

Visit the Eardisland Village Facebook page.

BEWARE SCAMMERS – someone locally has received a phone call from a man claiming to be from the NHS. He said she had to purchase face masks and sanitiser in order to protect herself. She said she’s self isolating, but he said she still needed to purchase these items to protect herself, even though she’s not going out. The man said there’s a minimum charge of £99! Fortunately, she saw through this and put the phone down. It has been reported to the Police. 

Beware of Coronavirus scams

Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends. The council’s Trading Standards team is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in Coronavirus-related scams happening in the county. Here are examples of current scams we are investigating:

Counterfeit goods Fake sanitisers, face masks and COVID-19 swabbing kits are being sold online and door-to-door. These products can often be dangerous and unsafe. Other scam products like supplements and anti-virus kits which falsely claim to cure or prevent COVID-19.

Donation scams Criminals are claiming to represent charities which help people who are self-isolating. In reality they are misleading the public into donating and then take the victim’s money.

Refund scams Companies offering fake holiday refunds for individuals who have been forced to cancel their trips. People seeking refunds should also be wary of fake websites set up to claim holiday refunds.

The police and Herefordshire Council are urging members of the public to ignore these scams and to make sure more vulnerable and elderly members of the public are aware too. If you suspect a scam, or that a family member has been the victim of a scam, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133

Herefordshire Council has set up a response programme which you can volunteer for, though it will link straight to the parish response.

People wishing to volunteer can register and vulnerable people needing support can register on the following link: https://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/covid19help  Talk Community Covid Response telephone number:  01432 260027 Email address talkcommunitycovidresponse@herefordshire.gov.uk

BUSINESS SUPPORT REGARDING COVID-19

The council’s Economic Development Team delivers a service called the Marches Growth Hub Herefordshire.  This online service offers FREE support services for all local businesses.  There are a number of government supported initiatives that can potentially help businesses through this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

If you are a business wishing to have further information on Covid-19 then the details of the local support are available on the Marches Growth Hub Website – https://www.marchesgrowthhub.co.uk/advice-and-support/coronavirus-information-for-businesses/  Alternatively if you wish to discuss with a member of the Economic Development team please contact 01432 261758 or 01432 383633 or business@herefordshire.gov.uk 

Ideas for keeping healthy and active

Access help for parents with schooling and activities www.teamrubicon.co.uk

Lots of ideas from this link https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home?fbclid=IwAR2tojjk0WfEXdf-qGZ8BFFQi0bVMxQ3Q8AlhnY5-lBkkjyCtpRYeYdzSRk

EVERY TUESDAY!

Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus crisis