Somerset Coronavirus Update

All our help and information is now available in a single place on the SCC website https://www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-latest-advice/  This page is refreshed through the day so please check in regularly to keep across developments and news.

Increasing food security in Somerset
The Somerset Food Resilience Taskforce, CCS (Community Council for Somerset) and Somerset County Council have been working together to increase food security for Somerset residents.  CCS Village Agents and volunteers have delivered nearly 1,000 meals to families in need to help prevent holiday hunger and have also recently delivered nearly a tonne of donated potatoes to people in need, distributed through 10 community groups.

Now the search is on for anyone in their local community providing meals or access to food. Is this YOU? Do you want to start helping those locally in need?  Smart Communities could provide the tools to set up a food bank, collection services or funds to buy fridges, freezers and other equipment to help store food safely, and help stock them for the people in your local area.

If you are already helping your community, or want to start to today and have an idea, visit: www.ccslovesomerset.org.uk/food , call 01823 331 222, or email ccssmartcomm@somersetrcc.org.uk

Festive shoppers: think outside the box
Somerset Waste Partnership (SWP) is asking online shoppers to think outside the box this month.

With Covid-19 lockdown closing all but essential shops and Christmas and Black Friday coming soon, mass online shopping looks likely to generate tonnes of extra cardboard packaging.  Cardboard is recycled from the kerb every week, but producing it and collecting it has a financial and carbon cost – not to mention putting a strain on collection crews.  SWP is asking people to consider gift options that not only give boxes a miss, but give loved ones something to look forward to in 2021, such as:

· Vouchers for restaurants, attractions or experiences,
· Digital subscriptions to newspapers, magazines or streaming services
· Memberships for trusts or clubs that give you free days out

Whether it is a meal out, a day out, or a pampering treatment – if you shop local you will also be helping support our hard-pressed businesses in these tough times.

Step Up Somerset supporting people in tough economic climate
During these uncertain economic times, Step Up Somerset is a one-stop-shop for people and businesses looking for support, advice and information about employment, skills, careers and apprenticeships in the county.  The site has resources to help anyone looking to realise the next step of their career ambitions, as well as support for people looking for work, worried about money, or facing redundancy.

Visitors to the site will find guidance on how to re-train for a new career or how to enhance their current skill set to progress in the workplace.  Anyone who is facing redundancy and feels unsure about what to do next is being encouraged to visit Step Up Somerset, where there is lots of free advice and guidance available:  https://www.stepupsomerset.org.uk

Support for Somerset residents during lockdown
Help is available for anyone in Somerset who may need additional support during the second national lockdown.  The five councils in Somerset have been working together since the first lockdown to provide a single phone number for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support.

Residents are reminded they can call 0300 790 6275 if they need any help themselves or are concerned about relatives or neighbours. Lines are open seven days a week between 8am and 6pm.

Coronavirus advice for business updated
We have updated information for businesses, accommodation providers and pubs and eateries to reflect current guidance. You can check it out here:  Advice for Businesses

Advice on home moving during coronavirus
The Government has updated guidance for people moving into homes in England, whether as owner-occupiers or as private or social renters, in line with national restrictions.  Find out more here:  Moving Home