National Volunteers Week – 1st – 7th June 2020
Wiltshire & Swindon LRF wants to say a huge thank you to all volunteers who work across our area to support agencies, help the vulnerable and keep people safe. Their work has never been more important than during the current COVID-19 emergency.
*** PPE - call for action ***
Wiltshire & Swindon LRF is working with fellow responders across the South West and are grateful to businesses and others for their support in providing essential PPE supplies. PPE continues to present a huge challenge, and a national request is being made of organisations or others able to help with making PPE such as visors and gowns for our frontline workers. If you think you may be able to assist please use the following link to check the required specifications and register your offer here.
Novel coronavirus update
Coronavirus / Covid 19
TO EVERYONE ACROSS WILTSHIRE AND SWINDON, IT’S A SIMPLE MESSAGE.
STAY ALERT, CONTROL THE VIRUS, SAVE LIVES.
The latest advice from the Government is:
We can all help to control the virus if we stay alert. This means you must:
Stay at home as much as possible Work from home if you can Limit contact with other people Keep your distance if you go out (2m apart where possible) Wash your hands regularly Do not leave home if or anyone in your household has symptoms
What is Covid 19?
COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a type of coronavirus. The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new continuous cough, a high temperature, a loss of, or change to, your sense of taste or smell.
We understand that the public need timely and accurate information about COVID19, which has been declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England hygiene advice:
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds (see advice below)
- always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
- avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
We have prepared a list of useful links for you so that you can access the appropriate national and local advice and guidance quickly and easily:
Local useful links:
Both councils are also contactable by telephone:
If you need support, or know someone who does, the Wiltshire Wellbeing Hub can be contacted on 0300 003 4576 or by email at email@example.com
The hub is open Monday to Friday, 8am - 8pm and weekends, 10am - 4pm.
For issues or concerns regarding adults, please contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0300 456 0111 and for children 0300 456 0108.
Swindon Borough Council
If you need support, or know someone who does, the Live Well Swindon Community Resilience Hub can be contacted through our Customer Services Team on 01793 445500. Your call will be directed to the most appropriate source of support, whether this is for emergency food and medication or for wellbeing support. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org
The phone line is open Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm. After this time and during the weekend calls will be diverted via our Control Room to our Live Well Hub.
For issues or concerns regarding adults, please contact our Initial Contact Team on 01793 463333 and for Children, our Family Service on 01793 465111 or in an emergency where you are concerned for someone’s immediate welfare, contact our Emergency Duty Team on 01793 436699.
Swindon and Wiltshire’s Growth Hub, run by Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) has launched a website with up to date information and advice for businesses.
Information from SWLEP can be found at https://growthhub.swlep.co.uk or by calling their helpline on 01793 698 005.
National useful links:
- NHS – Online symptom checker
- Government advice
- Government Stay at home guidance
- Government guidance for businesses and employers
- Gov.uk – what you need to know:
- Travel advice
- Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
- Wiltshire Police
You can also follow a number of key organisations on Twitter
- Department of Health and social care - @DHSCgovuk
- Public Health England - @PHE_uk
No further information will be uploaded onto this website regarding COVID-19 because the best sources of information are signposted above.