News and Events
Appeal for Care Staff to help meet Covid-19 pressures Somerset’s local authorities are working together with health colleagues to protect the vulnerable and help the NHS cope with the pressures and challenges of Covid-19.
To ensure more hospital beds are available for patients with the coronavirus, hospitals, councils and care providers will be working together to increase the number of medically-well people who can be discharged home or to a residential care home. This will be happening quickly and safely in the coming days, and many of those leaving hospital will need care support, either at home or in a care home.
Extra rooms have been bought in care homes across the county and at least one redundant care home will be brought back into use. Local authority staff are being retrained to work in care, but more are needed across the care sector. Somerset’s local authorities are therefore appealing for former care workers to come forward and help further strengthen the system. They are looking for people who have ideally worked in care settings before and have retired or moved into different fields.
These will be paid positions working for care providers, initially Somerset Care, the county’s largest care provider. Refresher training and support will be provided.
The following roles are needed:
- Care home workers who can assist with personal care
- Nurses who can oversee care plans
- Domestic support – cleaning and preparing meals
- Gardeners and property maintenance
Anyone who thinks they may be able to help should call 0300 123 2224.
This initiative is a joint project between Somerset’s Local Authorities, Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, the county’s two acute hospitals – Musgrove Park in Taunton and Yeovil District Hospital – Somerset CCG and Somerset Care.
More than 60 rooms have been bought in existing care homes across Somerset, along with all the spaces in a new six-bed facility in Minehead.
A redundant care home in Yeovil (Acacia House) is also being brought back into operation providing another 40 rooms and there’s potential to stand-up a further 40-70 rooms elsewhere in the county if needed.
Wine Tasting Evening Saturday 18 April at 7pm, Weare Village Hall, in aid of Friends of Weare. Church, postponed.
In view of the current Covid-19 situation and in line with Government guidance, the committee of the Friends of Weare Church (FOWC) have postponed our Wine Tasting event. We are hoping to re-arrange this for around October time as long as things are back to normal by then. In the meantime, committee members have contacted ticket holders to arrange refunds. Ticket sales had gone incredibly well (we were over-subscribed) so it is naturally disappointing that we are unable to hold the event in April as planned. Please watch out in Contact, on local noticeboards and on this website for further information about the new date. Thank you to everyone who had bought tickets to support our Charity and to those already working hard in the background to arrange the evening. We look forward to seeing you later in the year. Steve Mercer, Chairman FOWC (01934 732668)
Somerset County Council Adopt a Path scheme
With seasonal growth now appearing on paths across Somerset, volunteers are invited to help protect and maintain the country's public rights of way. Anyone can help get involved when they are out and about on their favourite Public Footpaths, Bridleways, Restricted Byways and Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs). Find out more
Help from the council for heating systems
Especially topical at the moment, Sedgemoor, Taunton Deane and West Somerset Councils are taking the opportunity to remind homeowners and landlords of a loan scheme to replace heating systems. The scheme has been developed to keep people warm and cosy in their homes over the winter months.
The loan scheme is open to people who heat their homes with gas, oil, Calor gas, LPG, electric or other sources and to those who do not currently have central heating installed. Eligible homeowners can choose their own contractor and there are a variety of loan products available to suit individual needs and means.
Wessex Resolutions CIC is a not-for-profit finance provider working in close partnership with the council to deliver the loan scheme. The partnership has been running for over ten years across the district and has helped a huge variety of homeowners, from people simply requiring a new gas boiler to those needing the whole system installed, through to people living in off-gas properties or those that have lived without heating for years because they did not know help was available.
If your boiler has packed up; or your current system is inefficient or non-existent, a loan funded by the councils can help spread the cost of a replacement but let you enjoy the benefit right away. Through providing loans, the councils are ensuring that funds for homeowners are sustainable which means that every repayment goes back into the council pot to lend to homeowners into the future.
For more information, call Wessex Resolutions direct on 01823 461099, visit www.wrcic.org.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loans have a fixed interest rate and typical 4.2% APR and are subject to status. Missing future payments could affect your credit rating and ability to obtain credit in the future. Wessex Resolutions CIC may insist on loans being protected at the Land Registry by a Title Restriction.
Help our hedgehogs
There has been a lot of publicity about the plight of hedgehogs. This decline in one of the country’s favourite animals is thought to be largely due to loss of habitat. This is particularly so in our over-tidy gardens and Warwickshire Wildlife Trust suggests the following simple measures to help this mammal that is truly ‘the gardener’s friend’.
- Make sure hedgehogs can get into next door’s garden. They need to travel to forage for food and to meet other hedgehogs. If you have a wooden fence cut a small hole near the base, the size of a music CD is an ideal size.
- Consider leaving a patch of your garden to go wild: long grass with a fallen log or two close to your hedge is ideal hedgehog territory.
- Build a pile of sticks or offcuts of timber and twigs then cover with leaves in a quiet part of your garden - under a thick hedge or behind the shed is ideal. This will provide somewhere for them to shelter and maybe build a nest. It can also provide a place for winter hibernation. Hedgehog houses can be purchased for this purpose. There are websites that give instructions on how to build your own hedgehog hideaway, from simple ones needing only an old crate or box and plastic covering to a solid wood construction that will last many seasons.
One last thought, sadly many hedgehogs die as a result of strimming, try to leave a wild area for them under your hedge.
The Parish Council regularly gets complaints regarding hedges and shrubs overhanging the road and pavements. This often narrows the road by two to three feet, causing problems for pedestrians and traffic. The Council asks you to please look at your boundary hedges and, if necessary, cut them back beyond the road or pavement edge.
Burnham & Highbridge Choral Society
The society is looking for new members to join them. They meet on Thursday evenings during September to May at 7.30pm in the Methodist Church Hall, College Street, Burnham on Sea. The choir is mixed, so men and women are welcome, there are no auditions and the first three weeks are free so there is no pressure to decide on the first night. For more information contact Bev Hearn on 01934 732041 or email Jane Lee. Or visit their Facebook page where there are some video clips of past concerts.