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Coronavirus: The essential daily briefing for Cambridgeshire - March 31




Food parcels ready to go out from Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council. Picture: County Council Daily Briefing (32725676)
Food parcels ready to go out from Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council. Picture: County Council Daily Briefing (32725676)

Cambridgeshire County Council has released its daily briefing with a round-up of any changes to its services.

The briefing for Tuesday, March 31, takes into account the latest government announcements.

Community translation videos

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have addressed an issue to make sure that everyone understands the government's information about staying at home for all but essential reasons.

They identified a problem reaching some people in our communities with this message who may not have understood the important public health messages, either because they cannot read or understand English or because they cannot access translations.

However, they have now worked with people across different communities to produce video messages of the advice in other languages, 29 to date.

Superintendent Laura Hunt, at Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said: “Working with our diverse communities to make sure they understand the very important ‘stay at home’ message is a critical part of our work at the moment. So the translation videos produced by the city and county council will prove very useful for police officers when they come across people who struggle to understand the messages in English.

“Our policing style is built on consent and having a positive relationship with the community. Therefore, enforcement will be the last resort and we will follow the four-step principles of Engage, Explain, Encourage, Enforce, which we hope will mean we only very rarely have to move to the adoption of an enforcement approach.

“We will continue to work closely with the councils and all our partners to ensure as many people as possible stay at home.”

Please help us to share the videos as widely as you can, helping to reinforce the message that people must stay at home unless for the reasons set out by Government.

A link to the video blogs can be found here.

Food boxes for shielded groups

Parcels of food and emergency supplies for the most vulnerable in our communities who are shielding from the Coronavirus are being delivered to residents across the county from this week.

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have been working with the British Red Cross, supported by a planner from the military and staff from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, to ensure that those residents who need food, medicine and emergency supplies are supported.

During the weekend, council staff telephoned 400 local residents who they knew were shielding and who had indicated they did not have support networks to check what help was needed and arranged deliveries.

Rob Hill, assistant director for community safety for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, said: “The NHS is building up a picture of who in our county is shielding from the virus and will need food and other items delivered. But, in the meantime, we have a role to play to ensure that those people are receiving the items that they need in order to remain in good health.

“Over the weekend we purchased food ourselves which council staff then delivered to those identified as in need. Everyone we are identifying as shielding from the virus and in need will start to receive parcels from us this week to ensure that they have what they need until the national food distribution scheme is up and running.

“We also know that people in this situation may need additional support, for example, befriending, delivery of magazines and books, and other social-type support, and this is a role that our hubs network will fulfil.

“If you are at home and shielding because of serious health or medical conditions and we have not been in touch, please visit our Coordination Hub page or call us on 0345 045 5219."

Dr Liz Robin vlog

Dr Liz Robin, director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, is sharing a regular vlog with advice.

Her latest video is a reminder of the measures that need to be taken to beat the spread of coronavirus and five simple tips that you can do every day to improve your mental and physical health.

Businesses in Cambridgeshire

The Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Combined Authority (CPCA), working with the county council and Peterborough City Council, wants to ensure businesses across Cambridgeshire are fully aware of the various financial support measures being made available by Government and that as many businesses as possible secure the support they are eligible to receive.

The CPCA have set-up an email address to receive and respond to general business queries - business@cambridgeshirepeterborough-ca.gov.uk.

Domestic abuse and COVID-19

There is concern that during the 'stay at home' lockdown situation, there will be an increase in reports of domestic abuse.

Cllr Mark Goldsack, White Ribbon ambassador and lead member for community safety and domestic violence at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “As a White Ribbon ambassador, domestic abuse of all kinds is constantly in my mind. Under current rules for Covid-19, families will be under new and different pressures which could put vulnerable people in a heightened risk of domestic abuse.

“We want to make sure that despite the conditions our support services are available for those that may need them. Please stay safe and contact specialist support services or the police if you are suffering any form of domestic abuse, sexual violence or coercive behaviour.”

Cllr Irene Walsh, Cabinet Member for Communities at Peterborough City Council, said: “Under the new ‘stay at home’ rules in place for coronavirus, families will be under new and different pressures which could put vulnerable people at a heightened risk of all kinds of domestic abuse.

“We want to make sure that despite the current circumstances, our support services are available for those that may need them. Please stay safe and contact specialist support services or the police if you are suffering any form of domestic abuse, sexual violence or coercive behaviour.”

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