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New opportunities to train as a youth support worker

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 10/01/2021 - 15:06

Shropshire Council is supporting a brand new apprenticeship to create a new wave of locality-based youth support workers.

The level 3 apprenticeship in youth work practice is a unique opportunity to learn and develop whilst on the job gaining the skills, knowledge and experience to become a youth work practitioner.

Youth workers play an important role in developing young people’s confidence and self-esteem, as well as creating positive learning and social experiences for skills development and social action within their communities. They also play a vital role to young people in their communities, enabling them to develop holistically through personal, social and moral educational opportunities.

The National Youth Agency, alongside the Educational Training Standard, have developed the apprenticeship programme.

Kirstie Hurst-Knight, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for children and education, said:-

“Shropshire’s young people are our next generation – it has not been easy for them over the last couple of years due to the pandemic. You will be joining a highly skilled team of detached youth work professionals who will be working with Shropshire’s most vulnerable young people on the streets, in communities, in schools and where young people feel most comfortable.”

Francean Doyle, Shropshire Council’s head of early help, partnerships and commissioning, said:-

“This is a great opportunity for people to improve and fine tune their skills. As young people are individuals, we can guarantee that every day will be different, and the job is varied. Don’t hesitate – come join us and make a difference in supporting our young people to build a brighter future for themselves.”

Shropshire Council has a rich network of apprentices, and encourages anyone of any age, who is looking to learn new skills, to apply for this exciting and fulfilling role.

For more information about the posts please visit https://careers.shropshire.gov.uk/vacancy/assistant-youth-support-worker-458756.html

Further information

The National Youth Agency says that:-

“An apprenticeship is a way for young people and adult learners to earn while they learn in a real job, gaining a youth support worker level 2 or 3 certificate in youth work practice and real experience of working with young people. As an employer hiring an apprentice provides you with the opportunity to develop workers’ talents and gain a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce”.

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Carers of adults urged to take part in national survey

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Fri, 10/01/2021 - 10:38

People who are informal carers for adults, are being encouraged to take part in the Annual Survey of Adult Carers in England.

An informal carer could be someone who looks after a family member or friend who is unable to manage without care and support because they may be ill, frail, with disabilities, have poor mental health or drugs and alcohol problems.

Carers should start receiving the postal survey from today.

Adult carers

The Shropshire survey forms part of the national programme led by NHS Digital, and asks carers about their views on the services they and the person they care for receive and about their quality of life.

All feedback from the survey will be used to help Shropshire Council better understand the impact of the services carers receive and help identify what areas need improving and or developing.

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said:-

“I would encourage everyone who receives a survey to please respond. The more people who take part, the more useful the results will be. The survey is based mainly on tick box, multiple choice questions and is designed by NHS Digital to be as simple as possible to complete. 

“However, if you need any help completing the survey you can either ask a friend or relative to help, or phone Shropshire Council’s customer services helpline. Shropshire Council can also provide the survey in other formats for those who need it, such as a large text version or arrange translation of the survey into another language.”

Tanya Miles, Shropshire Council’s executive director of people, added:-

“The Survey of Adult Carers in England usually takes place every other year. It is designed to understand more about the experiences of carers aged 18 or over, who care for someone aged 18 or over.

“The survey will be sent out with a letter explaining how to complete the survey and key information with a survey form and freepost envelope.

“If you do receive a letter please take the opportunity to let us know your views.”

Those who may need help to complete the survey can contact the customer service team on 0348 678 9077 for advice. Alternatively, those selected could ask a family member or friend to help them complete the survey. 

Further information

The survey is part of a national programme led by NHS Digital. Shropshire Council delivers the survey on behalf of NHS Digital and follows national guidance to ensure surveying is consistent across all local authorities. The data enables councils to benchmark against their peers and to gather information to support their local commissioning, performance and strategy. The survey also supplies data for a number of measures in the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework.

The survey covers informal, unpaid carers aged 18 or over, caring for a person aged 18 or over, where the carer has been assessed or reviewed, either separately or jointly with the cared-for person, by social services during the 12 months prior to the sample being identified. Carers were sent questionnaires, issued by councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs), to seek their opinions on a number of topics that are considered to be indicative of a balanced life alongside their caring role.

Find out more here Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England 2018-19 – NHS Digital

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Coronavirus: COVID-19 cases increase 48% locally during 17-23 September

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 09/30/2021 - 16:17

During the seven-day period between 17-23 September 2021: 

  • 1,490 new cases reported 
  • An increase of 48% on the previous week  
  • The 7-day infection rate for Shropshire was 457.9 per 100,000 
  • It was 386.5 per 100,000 for the West Midlands, and 318.8 for England 
  • 43 hospital beds were occupied by COVID-19 patients 
  • 7 COVID-19-related deaths in a local hospital 

COVID-19 stats locally 17-23 September 2021

Rachel Robinson, Shropshire Council’s director of public health, said:-

“We continue to see widespread community transmission right across Shropshire, which has led to a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. The majority of outbreaks are currently focused in places like schools where there are large groups of unvaccinated young people together, after previously low infection rates. We continue to work with schools to manage outbreaks, and this week have reissued recommendations for schools to consider detailing the public health measures which have helped to minimise the spread of the virus in the past.  

“Since the third Lockdown eased, the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 has remained high and I am sad to report a further seven deaths. Wearing face coverings, social distancing where necessary, good hand hygiene and proper ventilation is really important at this time when the virus is spreading so rapidly in our communities. 

“The testing rate in Shropshire is higher than the national average, which means we are successfully finding the infections. This is key to stopping the spread. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, no matter how mild, it’s important to get a PCR test. An additional mobile testing unit will be in Cleobury Mortimer this weekend, based at Lacon Childe School.”  

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care and public health, said:-

“Please ensure you are doing everything you can to keep yourselves and our communities safe during this difficult time. Cases are rising, but there are lots of measures we can take to protect ourselves. 

“There are still people in Shropshire who are eligible for the vaccine, whether it be the first or second dose. If you have been putting it off, please don’t delay any longer. The majority of people in our hospitals with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. If you have any concerns or worries, speak to your GP or the healthcare team at one of the county’s walk-in clinics.” 

You can book your vaccination via the national booking service or drop in at a walk-in clinic. 

To find out more about testing in Shropshire, click here.  

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Shropshire Council launches new Leisure Time App

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 09/30/2021 - 14:46

Shropshire Council has launched a new leisure booking fitness app to help users quickly and easily book their gym/swim session or class activity at their local centre.

The Leisure Time App can be downloaded from the Google Play or App Store. It is cleverly designed to manage all user fitness needs on mobile devices with a few simple clicks.

Not only can customers make bookings for gym, swim, classes and activities, but they can also manage their account with ease and keep up to date with all the council’s latest leisure news and information.

Shropshire Leisure Time App logo

Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, culture, leisure and tourism, and transport, said:-

“We are delighted to launch this innovative leisure booking tool to help our users and members on their fitness and wellbeing journey.

“We want to encourage as many people as possible to stay active, and using this app will enable users to get the most from their membership. With its many great features, users will be able to manage their leisure and fitness plans from the palm of their hand and stay connected with our centres for fitness inspiration and motivation.”

To become a member of any of the council-owned leisure centres, people can visit their local centre to sign up.

To find out more about the app and how to download it, people can visit https://shropshire.gov.uk/shropshire-leisure-time/fitness-and-wellbeing/

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Openreach cabinets in Shrewsbury town centre get vibrant new look

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 09/30/2021 - 12:35

Just some of the newly-painted cabinets

A project to give broadband cabinets a vibrant and colourful new look has been completed in Shrewsbury town centre – with the promise of a trail to come later this year.

The murals have coincided with the completion of improvement work in Mardol and Claremont Street, with a prominent Openreach cabinet in Mardol Head being the final one of more than a dozen cabinets painted by local artists.

Emma Molyneux, of Shrewsbury BID, which coordinated the project, said the murals had attracted a lot of attention.

“We have been absolutely delighted by the response. People have been stopping to take photographs and the murals are a hot topic of conversation throughout the town.

“All of the artists have done an amazing job. We asked them to come up with designs using the theme of animals, linking with the location of each individual cabinet.

“We are now in the process of creating a mural trail so people can follow a map around the town centre to spot every one.

“It’s a lovely way of brightening up the town centre by using objects which would ordinarily be part of the background – we want to say a big thank you to the artists and to Openreach for agreeing for the cabinets to be used in this way.”

The final cabinet to be treated to an artistic makeover was at the top of Mardol Head, becoming the finishing touch to the improvement works as part of the Shrewsbury Integrated Transport Package delivered by Shropshire Council.

Ed Potter, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for economic growth, regeneration and planning, said:

“These murals are absolutely wonderful and have made a real difference to the town centre already.

“It is yet another way to make Shrewsbury more appealing to residents, shoppers and workers and I want to thank the artists and Openreach for allowing it to happen.”

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Shrewsbury’s Darwin Centre coming back strongly after Lockdown

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 09/30/2021 - 11:51

The Darwin Centre in Shrewsbury is performing exceptionally well since coming out of the third Lockdown on 12 April 2021. During the month of August 2021, the centre had 308,523 visitors, up 15.7% month-on-month. Footfall is very nearly reaching pre-pandemic 2019 levels.

To prepare the former Pride Hill Centre for future development, several national and independent brands have successfully relocated from the Pride Hill Centre to the Darwin Centre.

New Look made a business decision to leave the Pride Hill Centre in October 2020 but  reopened this month (September 2021) in the former Topshop/Topman unit inside the Darwin Centre. This British fashion brand’s return is testament to how well the Darwin Centre is performing in terms of footfall and sales following its recent redevelopment and refreshed brand mix.

The Entertainer relocated to the Darwin Centre on 10 July 2021 and has adjusted well to its new location. This iconic children’s brand moved to a bigger store, allowing them to offer the people of Shropshire an even better selection of the latest toys and games.

Clarks reopened in the Darwin Centre on 26 July 2021 and the public has responded very well to the store’s relocation. Visitor numbers have been exceptional, especially in the run-up to the schools’ reopening in September, with fitting appointments proving popular.

F. Hinds jewellers reopened on 12 April 2021 and had the most modern store design in the brand’s portfolio. Larger windows have allowed the brand to showcase more merchandise to customers, encouraging greater sales.

The new New Look store

A new specially created shopping gallery for independent traders opened in the Darwin Centre in December 2020. Called The Collective, the space – which was formerly home to QVC – can house up to 10 independent businesses. Buttercup Bookshop and Darwin’s Barbers took up residence recently and are thriving in their new locations.

Several other independent brands, which were previously located in the Pride Hill Centre, have opened inside the Darwin Centre within the last year.

Most recently, Lipstick and Gin, Shrewsbury’s most celebrated florist, reopened and trade has been extremely strong since then given their prominent location.

Avantgarde Designs will open shortly and offers diverse fashion for all shapes and sizes and is a hugely welcome addition to the centre and town.

Meg Hawkins Art and Mollie’s sweetshop re-opened in 2020 and have had positive trade outside of lockdowns.

 Andrew Hinds, Diamond Buyer, Chairman and F.Hinds family member, said:

“We’ve been a family business since we started in 1856 and are honoured to have been part of Shrewsbury’s retail scene for over 30 years. Moving to a bigger store in the Darwin Centre starts a new chapter for us and we can’t wait to bring our bigger, brighter and better store to Shrewsbury despite the challenging times we all find ourselves in. I hope that we can welcome everyone – both existing customers and new – to our relocated store in the Darwin Centre.”

Andrew Milner-Walker, Head of Property at The Entertainer, said:

“It was great to relocate and consolidate/strengthen the retail offer in Shrewsbury. We have a great new store with a stronger range and we’re looking forward to Christmas and the return of customers and families to our store. We hope to launch some activities and Character events once restrictions allow.”

Kevin Lockwood, Shrewsbury shopping centres manager

Kevin Lockwood, Shrewsbury shopping centres manager, said:

“I am so proud of what we’ve achieved in the last 18 months. Coronavirus has been an unimaginable challenge to our industry, but we’ve successfully come out the other side – rebutting all predictions. Our footfall is still rising week-on-week, and we continue to welcome new incredible brands to our portfolio, which the public are really embracing.

“We’re over 85% let, well over the ‘post-pandemic’ UK average and looking forward to a great run-up to Christmas. Our unique mix of national and independent brands is a real USP, and I am so pleased to see the people of Shropshire continuing to shop local and support their local town. A vibrant Shrewsbury is essential to the overall economy of the county.”

 

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Coronavirus: Businesses reminded of coronavirus responsibilities as winter approaches

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Thu, 09/30/2021 - 09:43

News from Shrewsbury Recovery Taskforce

Businesses are being urged to ‘stay on their guard’ against coronavirus to avoid any further restrictions being imposed during the coming months.

The Government recently published its Autumn and Winter Plan, which sets out a series of measures for people to follow – and officials in Shrewsbury are urging businesses to take note.

Shrewsbury Recovery Taskforce is made up of Shropshire Council, Shrewsbury Town Council and Shrewsbury BID (Business Improvement District), and meets regularly to discuss how to keep the town centre safe and welcoming for everyone.

Frances Darling, Shropshire Council’s head of trading standards and licensing, said businesses had an important role to play:-

“It’s vital that traders understand the latest Government advice and that we all do what we can to avoid spreading the virus wherever possible.

“It’s tempting for people to stop wearing face coverings, fall out of the habit of sanitising their hands and so on, but coronavirus has not gone away and we all need to stay on our guard.

“What the Autumn and Winter Plan says is that businesses have a responsibility to ensure their premises are well ventilated and that hand sanitiser should continue to be available for staff and customers alike.

“It also reminds businesses of their responsibilities about ensuring anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 stays at home, as well as any member of staff who may feel unwell.

“More detailed information is contained in the Government’s guidance on working safely during coronavirus, which all business owners should make themselves familiar with.”

The Government has published a ‘Plan A’ which is in implementation, and a ‘Plan B’, which will be introduced – potentially at very short notice – if the NHS comes under severe pressure.

Under Plan B, hospitality businesses such as nightclubs and music venues would have to ensure customers were vaccinated, using a COVID-19-status certification system. Face coverings would once again be compulsory in all businesses, and people would be asked to work from home.

Frances added:

“Businesses that may be impacted by the introduction of COVID-19-status certification are very strongly encouraged to plan for this position by checking the details, and voluntarily using certification with the NHS COVID-19 Pass now.

“This is because the Government has said that, if Plan B is implemented, it could be at short notice, with businesses given as little as one week’s notice – maybe even less – before mandatory vaccine certification comes into force.”

For more details, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-autumn-and-winter-plan-2021

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Black History Month 2021 at Shropshire Museums

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 09/29/2021 - 16:19

This year Shropshire Museums are supporting Black History Month (October 2021) by staging a series of events across its sites and online to reflect upon and engage with black history as represented through Shropshire Museums’ collections.

Events

At Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (SM&AG), several objects on permanent display will be reinterpreted and seen through the lens to reveal stories about local connections to black history and the transatlantic slave trade.

Mask from the Mende tribe of Sierra Leone. Copyright: Shropshire Museums

From 1 October to 29 October, SM&AG’s Mini Mammoths preschool activity sessions will be exploring black children’s literature every Friday.

Shropshire Museums Collections Centre in Ludlow will be sharing a variety of different African objects from the museum collections every week on the centre’s Facebook page.

Museum collections are filled with objects that reflect a whole range of communities and different experiences of the black diaspora. African and Black Diaspora is the voluntary and involuntary movement of Africans and their descendants to various parts of the world during the modern and pre-modern periods.​

Black History Month 2021 logo

Have you a story to tell?

If you would like to find out more about the objects in the collections or have an idea for a story that needs to be told please get in touch with Shropshire Museums on 01743 258885 or email us at shropshiremuseums@shropshire.gov.uk.

Follow Shropshire Museums on social media

Facebookwww.facebook.com/shrewsburymuseum and www.facebook.com/shropshireMCC

Instagram @shrewsburymuseum

Twitter @shrewsmuseum

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Funding available for providers of Christmas holiday activities for children

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Wed, 09/29/2021 - 11:29

The Crossbar Foundation holiday club

Groups, organisations and individuals planning to deliver Christmas holiday activities for the under-16s are being invited to apply for funding from Shropshire Council.

The funding – available through the Department for Education (DfE) holiday activities and food (HAF) programme – is intended to subsidise free places on new or existing holiday programmes for children and young people who are eligible for free school meals.

It follows a successful programme of HAF activities delivered across Shropshire during the recent summer holidays.

In Shropshire, there are more than 5,000 children and young people registered to claim benefits-related free school meals.

Kirstie Hurst-Knight, Shropshire Councijl’s Cabinet member for children and education, said:

“The Summer HAF programme in Shropshire was incredibly successful, especially as it was the first year of running this countywide programme. It is fantastic that the opportunity for children to take part in these exciting and varied activities can be repeated during the Christmas holidays.

“One again, we want to commission a rich and diverse programme of activities delivered by organisations from the private, voluntary and public sector that respond to local need, draws in the wider community and are delivered in a variety of ways.”

For activity providers in Shropshire there are two types of grant which can be applied for:

  1. Core Provision: which must have activities  lasting for a minimum of 4 hours per day, for at least one day in the week of 20 – 24 December 2021. Healthy meals must also be provided.  Read the Shropshire HAF Guidance for Core Providers for the full criteria.
  2. Enrichment Activities Only:  Enrichment providers can offer workshops to enhance the Core HAF provision, focusing only on enriching the experience of those children taking part in the HAF programme, within the week of 20 – 24 December 2021. Read the Shropshire HAF Guidance for Enrichment Providers for more details.

The deadline for applications is 29 October 2021.

The activities can also be available to any child or young person not eligible for free school meals, who can pay to attend.

The holiday activities and food programme, campaigned for by footballer Marcus Rashford, aims to make holiday activities as accessible and inclusive as possible.

For more information about Shropshire HAF visit the Shropshire HAF Website or contact HAF.programme@shropshire.gov.uk

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Celebrate your local library and discover how we are taking action and changing lives 

BBC Shropshire News Feed - Tue, 09/28/2021 - 10:54

Libraries Week is a week-long celebration of the nation’s much-loved libraries, this year highlighting the significant role that libraries play in their community as a driver for inclusion, sustainability, social mobility and community cohesion.

Throughout 4-10 October 2021 we will be taking action through a variety of events to engage the local community, with activities for adults and young people including Happy Mondays Club, Knit and Natter, Books Aloud, Smile – Musical Adventure for children funded by Arts Council through Early Hurley Burley project, One to One Digital support in partnership with Digital support for Shropshire Citizens, and so much more.

Libraries Week 4-10 October 2021

Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, culture, leisure and tourism, and transport, said:-

“We have a brilliant programme of activities in libraries that brings communities together. Find out more about all the ways we can take action together to make a difference to people’s lives. Everyone is welcome and the library is free to join.”

Visit our website to find out more about all of the services and activities Shropshire Libraries offer throughout the year to engage our diverse community https://shropshire.gov.uk/libraries/. New visitors can get involved today by signing up for a library card https://shropshire.gov.uk/libraries/join-the-library/ and keep up to date with the latest news and updates, by following us at https://twitter.com/shroplibraries.

Learn, imagine, discover

About Libraries Week

Libraries Week is a week-long celebration of the nation’s much-loved libraries, with a focus in 2021 on supporting active and engaged communities and the central role that libraries play in their community as a driver for inclusion, sustainability, social mobility and community cohesion. Organised by CILIP, the library and information association, and supported by partners including Arts Council England, The Reading Agency, Libraries Connected, London Libraries and the School Libraries Association. Join in the #LibrariesWeek conversation and find out more at www.librariesweek.org.uk @librariesweek #LibrariesWeek.

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