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COVID-19 UPDATE


Leiston-cum-Sizewell Town Council understands that in today's climate things are rapidly changing on a daily and even hourly basis, with Government advice on the Coronavirus being updated all the time. With all this in mind the Town Council has currently suspended all public meetings to help protect all the residents of Leiston and urge people to follow the Government announcements, below:

Stay alert

  • 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 (2 metres apart where possible).
  • Wash your hands regularly.

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

STAY ALERT, CONTROL THE VIRUS, SAVE LIVES

For the time being the Council Office will still be closed to the general public, but you can reach your Town Clerk via email or by telephone.
 
Email: townclerk@leistontowncouncil.gov.uk 
Telephone: 01728 830388

There is also lots of information being shared about the Coronavirus, but we should ensure we are receiving the correct information. Please check the following websites for correct up-to-date information:
The Governments website can also help answer many questions you may have: 



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Leiston's Recycling Centre  will be opening again, but you will need to BOOK A SLOT before you turn up, as you will be turned away. Book your slot here:


ALLOTMENTS

For those who have an ALLOTMENT PLOT, we ask that you still ensure you follow the social distancing advised by the Government when tending to your plot and you are not spending long periods of time on your plot. We do not expect all plots to be cultivated as your health is a priority. We ask that if you have been asked to stay at home to contact us to let us know. You will not lose your plot.

Please note that NO BONFIRES should be lit during the Governments lock down.

The National Allotment Society has advice for those still tending to their allotment - https://www.nsalg.org.uk/news/covid19-information/


LEISTON GOOD NIEGHBOUR SCHEME

Leiston is very lucky to have a LEISTON GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME in place to help those most  vulnerable and isolated, this now includes those that are self-isolating due to the Coronavirus. We ask that if you would like to help your neighbours or if you need any help, that you please get in touch with those that run the Leiston Good Neighbour Scheme, this ensures that all help that is offered by trusted persons and given to those in need. More information about the LEISTON GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME can be found at the bottom of this page.


KEY ADVICE

What to do if you have Coronavirus Symptoms:

Stay at home for 7 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home.

As a minimum, please ensure that you are following the Public Health England (PHE) recommendations for general cold and flu precautions to help prevent people from catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze (follow the simple Catch it, Bin it, Kill it rule)
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Those with a new persistent cough or high temperature are advised to self-isolate for seven days.
  • Those over-70 are advised not to go on cruises
  • International school trips are inadvisable
  • If you are worried about symptoms, please call NHS 111. Do not go directly to your GP or other healthcare environment.

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The Leiston Good Neighbour Scheme (LGNS) provides free voluntary help to people who are socially isolated in Leiston, Sizewell and Knodishall. The aim of the scheme is to support people to improve their quality of life and to develop a sense of mutual help and friendship within the local community. For example our volunteers may visit someone regularly for a chat, give help to fill in a form, support someone to go to a coffee morning or other activity, do a minor repair, collect a prescription or do a small amount of shopping. We do not provide transport (for example to take someone to an appointment) because this is provided by the community transport service (CATS).

Volunteering for LGNS is very rewarding and volunteers can choose what they do and how often. For example some prefer regular befriending; others prefer giving occasional practical help. It’s a great way of meeting people if you are new to the area or wish to build your confidence and skills before returning to a paid job. People who use the service may also decide that they wish to volunteer and give something back to the scheme.

The LGNS has also organised group activities such as an outing to the Tea Dance at Snape Maltings and aims to do more of this in the future.

All volunteers have to complete a Disclosure & Barring Service check and an induction into our policies. This is to ensure they understand about important issues such as the confidentiality and privacy of personal information and handling money. All volunteers also have an ID badge which must be shown when they visit someone.

The scheme has a mobile phone which is held on a rota basis. They may not be able to answer straight away but if you leave a message they will call you back as soon as possible.

Contact us if you need a good neighbour or would like to be one.

Phone: 07724 777465

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Email: leistongoodneighbour@gmail.com



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Regrettably, the VE Day Working Group had to postpone the commemorative event they were working towards for 8th May in Leiston, due to the current Coronavirus restrictions. It is hoped, however, that the day will not pass without communities acknowledging the anniversary of Victory in Europe 75 years ago and the sacrifices that were made.

The Royal British Legion have announced a programme of activity to mark the occasion for people to participate in from home. The RBL is calling on the nation to get involved from home throughout the day and pay tribute to the entire Second World War generation.

At 11am the RBL is encouraging people across all generations to take part in a national moment of Remembrance with a  2 Minute Silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation and also to reflect on the devastating impact of Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the world. Members of the public can access the activities at

www.rbl.org.uk/veday75

We hope in our community we can stay at home, decorate front windows or house in red, white and blue or Union Jacks. Maybe it is something children could get involved in by making bunting and flags. Perhaps have an afternoon tea/picnic in the garden or indoors with those in your household. Everyone could join in by raising a glass of something or a cup of tea with the National Toast at 3.00 p.m.

No doubt there will be some National coverage on our TV’s and we understand that Radio Suffolk will be holding a sing along.

So why not join in, in commemorating the 75th VE Day at home. We hope to hold our event sometime in the future when the current situation allows.

Take care and stay safe.

Leiston VE Day Working Group 

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