in it together – how wokingham Borough is battling covid-19 as a community
in it together – how wokingham Borough is battling covid-19 as a community
The number of Covid-19 cases in our borough is increasing, as it is just about everywhere in the country.
In response to this increase, Wokingham Borough Council is launching our ‘In It Together’ campaign to help everybody keep to the Covid-19 rules and slow the spread of infection. The campaign will focus on how the borough council and its partners are working together to reduce the impact of Covid-19 and how everybody can play a part in this.
Leader of Wokingham Borough Council John Halsall said: “Wokingham Borough Council has been proactive to protect its residents throughout the crisis and our communities and schools have responded magnificently to the challenge Covid-19 has brought. However, we face a threat that is not going away, in fact, it is increasing in our borough as it is elsewhere and so we will re-double our efforts and are calling on all residents to do the same: we are all in this together.”
Since the pandemic began, Wokingham Borough Council has:
- Sourced its own PPE supplies when the national supply was failing
- Published the most accurate and comprehensive data on outbreaks available every week
- Bought an emergency supply of testing kits for use in emergency circumstances if necessary
- Launched a self-isolation payment scheme to help those eligible people who cannot earn money when told to isolate
- Worked closely with schools to help them re-open and remain open as safely as possible
- Stepped up to deliver local contact tracing to support the NHS Test and Trace service (the first authority in Berkshire to volunteer to do so)
- Worked with businesses to help them operate safely (and acted when they did not follow rules)
As the number of cases rises again, the borough council is working with partners in the voluntary sector to keep the Wokingham Borough Community Response up and running to help those most vulnerable. The council is also writing to those people who were shielded in the spring in order to make sure they have the latest guidance.
The borough council has worked hard with local partners to ensure there are testing sites locally available whenever possible, with units coming to at Cantley Park in Wokingham and Prospect Park in Reading. Tests can be booked via the national website https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
A mobile testing unit will be located at Cantley Park on October 22 and November 13, 21 and 27. Attendance at the site will be via appointment/booking only and tests can be booked via the national website https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
Testing site availability/booking slots are allocated the day before for morning appointments or in the morning for same day afternoon appointments. If appointments are available at local testing sites they will show up when booking a Covid test via the .gov.uk website. If no local appointments are available you may be able to book a home testing kit, or find a booking at a nearby regional testing unit (Newbury and Slough).
Cllr Halsall added: “If we all can change our behaviour and observe the rules as a matter of course we may avoid the worst. I am asking everyone to be an evangelist for these rules. In essence the virus is spread through social contact, the more you minimise social contact the less the virus will spread.
“The effort to control Covid-19 and support the vulnerable in the borough has been phenomenal. But the numbers are going up and there are still some people who are not following the rules – and I have to say that they are putting others at greater risk. We must all stick together in this – keep to the social distancing rules and, if you have to isolate, please do so.”
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WOKINGHAM BOROUGH STEPS UP TO HELP THE COMMUNITY IN THIS TIME OF NEED
They say emergencies bring the best out in people. And the people of Wokingham borough are really showing
The Wokingham Borough Community Response (WBCR) is a one-stop shop if you need help during this crisis and
don’t have friends, family or trusted neighbours who can help.
The help provided can come in the form of food and other essential supplies, medication pick-ups, a friendly chat
for the lonely, as well as the more typical help that Citizens Advice has always provided to those in need such as
for benefits, housing, and employment advice. It doesn’t matter why you need us, we are here for you.
How to access support:
Contact Citizens Advice Wokingham by ringing 0300 330 1189 (if prompted enter 0118 978 7258), emailing
email@example.com, or visiting their website at
A volunteer will make a quick assessment of what help is
needed and make the appropriate referrals.
Once you’ve contacted us, you will automatically be registered for ongoing support — this is the start of an
ongoing relationship, not just a one-off. The only exception to this is with referrals to the foodbank, which require
a new call into Citizens Advice Wokingham.
Food, toiletries and cleaning supplies
First Days are delivering three types of parcels: (1) fresh food, (2) store cupboard food, and (3) toiletries and
Wokingham Volunteer Centre are able to pick up and deliver prescriptions.
Link Visiting Scheme has volunteers who will ring residents who are socially isolated or lonely for a friendly chat,
generally two or three times a week, but sometimes every day. Usually it is elderly people using this service, but
loneliness has no age criteria, especially during a crisis.
Citizens Advice Wokingham can provide advice on things such as benefits, housing and employment. The
Wokingham Food Bank is delivering food parcels to those in financial need.
If you are running low on food or need help collecting your prescription, please don’t leave it until the last minute.
Flagging up your needs a little in advance gives the volunteer system a chance to process.
Who is doing what
Citizens Advice Wokingham are the “front door” for people across the borough to access support from local
charities working with the council to provide the Wokingham Borough Community Response. First Days are
running the food distribution hub at St Crispins Leisure Centre; Wokingham Volunteer Centre are providing
volunteers to pick up and deliver prescriptions; Link Visiting Scheme are providing friendly chats for those who are
lonely; Involve Community Services are supporting local neighbourhood support groups in their Covid-19
response; Age UK Berkshire are supporting people to get home from hospital; and the Wokingham Food Bank is
providing food parcels to those in financial need.
Wokingham Borough Council is organising the umbrella effort that is the community response, as well as
providing council staff to the voluntary organisations as and when they need additional support. The council adult
social care and children’s services teams are also providing support to vulnerable, isolated and shielding residents.
Wokingham Borough Council, Shute End, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG40 1BN
Tel: (0118) 974 6000 Email: CEM@wokingham.gov.uk
For more information please visit our borough councils website
Shinfield Parish Hall/Offices are closed until further notice (waste bags can still be collected on a weds 12-1pm)
Bags can be collected from Shinfield Parish Offices on a Wednesday 12-1pm, outside theses time please contact Wokingham Borough Council on 0118 974600 if you require Blue or Brown waste bags. Green can also be collected from School Green Post Office, Shinfield.
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Home Learning Resources
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