National help: Take part in COVID-19 research - University College London is running a study into the psychological and social effects of Covid-19 in the UK.
The results are being used to understand the effects of the virus and social distancing measures on mental health and loneliness in the UK and to inform government advice and decisions.
They are looking for adults in UK who are happy to take part and spread the word about the study. Participation involves answering a 10-minute online survey now and then answering a shorter follow-up survey once a week whilst social isolation measures are in place.
To take part, visit https://redcap.idhs.ucl.ac.uk/surveys/?s=TTXKND8JMK
COVID-19 Information and Advice
Reported COVID-19 "Hotspots" - Important Clarification
You may have seen messages about COVID-19 'hotspots' in Hunts, please find a link to a news release HDC have issued - https://huntingdonshire.gov.uk/news/communities-urged-to-social-distance-and-stay-alert/
Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, has also posted a vlog explaining what it means that Huntingdonshire has reported some Covid-19 'hotspots', and reminds us that the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to stay vigilant and follow the national public health guidance - to stay at home, limit contact with other people and keep 2 meters away from other people if you do go out.
Click here to watch the video blog.
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough communities urged to support NHS Test and Trace - From today people across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are being urged to support a new NHS Test and Trace programme which will aim to track every single case of coronavirus in our communities to stop the infection spreading.
From now on, everyone is being asked to follow this three-step plan:
Step 1 - If you have one or more of the symptoms of coronavirus – a fever, a new continuous cough or a loss of taste or smell – you and the people you live with must immediately self-isolate.
Step 2 – You then must book a test on the NHS Coronavirus website and if you don't have internet access dial 119. Do not leave home for any other reason. If you test positive, you will then be contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service within 24 hours.
Step 3 – If you do test positive, NHS Test and Trace will help you establish who you have been in contact with and might have infected. This could be members of your own household already isolating or someone you have been within 2 metres of for more than 15 minutes. You will also be given clinical advice and support for dealing with the virus. NHS Test and Trace will then contact those contacts anonymously. If you are one of those contacts, you will be advised to isolate for 14 days, even if you don't have symptoms or feel perfectly well. If you developed symptoms, you would be required to get a test.
A network of COVID-19 hubs is working across the county to help people who need support at this time and don't have family, friends or neighbours they can ask for help. Contact your local hub or support network or visit www.peterborough.gov.uk/coronavirus or www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk or call 0345 045 5219.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Key Advice Website
For the latest updates from Cambridgeshire County Council:
For the latest updates from GOV.UK:
For the latest updates from the NHS:
Coronavius Dashboard Public Health England:
The Hemingford Hub: Home Delivery and Support networks, news and activities.
The Village Stores and Post Office will also deliver: Tel. 01480 467667
Temporary Bus Service Timetables from 5th April 2020:
Busway, Cambridge & Peterborough Services:
Dr Liz Robin vlog – Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, shares some helpful hints and tips for working from home.
Click Here to watch the video blog. Dr Liz Robin is available for down the line interviews about the current COVID-19 situation or the contents of her Vlog. Please contact the newsdesk to check availability.
Dr Liz Robin's vlog about the NHS being open for business
Dr Liz Robin's, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, has released another video blog which has been shared on our YouTube and social media channels. She talks about the NHS still being open for business, and advises that we should still seek urgent medical attention and treatment from GPs and Emergency Departments when we need it - as not doing so can pose a long term risk to our health, both mental and physical.
Now we're talking - coming together in isolation
Organisations across the county have joined forces to launch a wellbeing campaign and additional mental health support for people during the coronavirus outbreak.
'Now We're Talking', encourages people to get talking to combat loneliness whilst self- isolating, and to seek help if they are struggling with their mental health.
The campaign, led by the local authority, NHS and third sector also directs people to increased mental health support available including:
Lifeline Plus - a mental health and wellbeing helpline for people aged 18 and over living in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, is available Monday-Friday between 9am and 2pm via freephone 0808 808 2121. The line will support people to manage their wellbeing, provide self-help advice or signpost to other organisations for particular concerns.
7 days a week, between 2pm and 11pm the same number is Lifeline, managed by Lifecraft who provide support for those in mental health distress: 0808 808 2121.
Qwell - an online wellbeing support, including educational and self-help articles and peer-to-peer support via forums. Adults are also able to receive help from qualified counsellors via drop-in or scheduled online chat sessions. www.qwell.io
Keep Your Head – this website brings together all the mental health support available across the county - www.keep-your-head.com/now
Search for #nowweretalking on Twitter and Facebook.
Cambridgeshire Workplace Chaplaincy - Helpline launched to support those finding this time difficult.
The day to day adjustments that many are having to make due to a stressful job or juggling working from home, coupled with responsibilities at home, are very stressful for many of us.
Maintaining and enhancing the emotional and mental health of everyone is critical during these turbulent times.
Therefore the Cambridgeshire Workplace Chaplaincy has launched a free helpline for anyone in the workplace who needs help with stress and wants emotional support.
All calls are anonymous. The service is available during the hours of 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday plus an out of hours voicemail if you would like a chaplain to contact you at a later point.
CWC's multi-faith chaplains are a diverse group who are happy to provide support regardless of whether you're spiritual or religious – their aim is to listen and comfort.
Please call 0800 246 5193 if you need support.
Council's new online learning hub is one stop shop for parents and children There is no doubt parents are inundated at the minute, with online learning resources being offered from all angles. Rather than trying to add to the noise, the Education Team at Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council has created a 'one stop shop', giving parents and children a single 'go to' place for a whole range of interactive lessons, projects, challenges and activities for children of all ages.
The 'Home Learning Hub' has been created by the collective brainpower of the Council's Education Team, which includes Maths and English advisers and subject leads from many other areas. It offers interactive learning materials that will really get you thinking and keep your brain and body active, as well as covering important topics such as safety online, and links to content. The team are continually adding to the Hub and are taking on board feedback from parents to ensure new content is really valuable.
Library service changes in Cambridgeshire - Following Government guidance, all Cambridgeshire County Council library buildings closed on Monday 23rd March and will remain closed until further notice. During this time:
- Overdue charges have been suspended and return dates have been extended throughout the closure period
- Reservations for stock will not be accepted at this time. Any existing reservations will be satisfied when libraries re-open.
- A number of digital services will be provided. To browse our eBooks, eMagazines, eNewspapers and three suppliers of eAudiobooks, visit our Online Library webpage
- To stay up to date with the latest Cambridgeshire County Council library news, sign up the our e-newsletter
Sport England to dish out funding to help local clubs and community associations - We know there are many sport clubs and community associations in both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that are worried about funding during the Covid-19 outbreak. Sports England has just announced it will be launching a £20million Community Emergency Fund. Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available for grass roots organisations to bid for. Find out more:
Community Fund - The Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund is offering grants to help Parish, Town, District, City and County Councils, along with local charities and groups to deal with issues affecting older and vulnerable people in our community as a result of the continuing threat of COVID-19.
Grants between £1,000 and £5,000 are available for projects that aim to tackle the impact of financial hardship, potential for hunger, lack of shelter, health issues, loneliness, isolation, etc.
Cambridgeshire County Council has contributed to the fund and several local groups have already successfully applied.
You can find more information about the fund and how to apply here: