Are you ready for the new NHS Covid-19 app?
From Thursday (24 September 2020) the NHS Covid-19 contract tracing app will be launched. This is part of the test and trace service and will be important in helping control the spread of coronavirus and protecting each other.
All businesses in the following sectors must by law display a QR code poster from 24 September:
- Leisure and tourism
- Close contact services
- Places of worship
- Local authority venues
Community centres, youth and community centres and village halls are all covered by this change to the law.
Getting a QR code for your venue is quick and easy from the Government’s website.
Rule of 6 introduction and implications
Since Monday, 14 September, people are only allowed to gather socially in groups of 6 indoors and outdoors.
The Government has published updated advice for those managing community centres, village halls and other community facilities. In particular, you may find section 3 helpful as this covers the rules around things such as bookings for social clubs, support groups and public consultations
Long-term effects of COVID-19
There is growing evidence to suggest that those people who have experienced both mild and severe symptoms of COVID-19 can suffer from long-term health effects.
Public Health England has produced new information and guidance on the health problems reported in COVID-19 cases following acute disease, and guidance for healthcare professionals on how to advise recovering COVID-19 patients.
Residents’ Survey 2020
We have begun our annual Residents’ Survey, which started on Sunday, 6 September 2020.
We are asking residents to tell us what they think of their local area and services.
This year, the survey includes questions on how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted residents, as well as the response and support provided by the council. It will also ask questions about such issues as litter and homelessness.
Feedback will be used to improve services and the ongoing recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. A summary of the results will be published anonymously on the council website.
It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to complete but progress can be saved so it can be completed in stages.
The survey will run until 4 October. Please help us to promote this to residents using the channels you have available. People can take part by visiting
Community groups (and parish & town councils) have until 30 September 2020 to register for Crowdfund Worcestershire, an £85,000 fund set-up by Worcestershire County Council to support projects to help the county’s covid-19 pandemic recovery.
Crowdfund Worcestershire is based on the Spacehive platform, used successfully in Malvern Hills, and allows community groups, parish councils and organisations to receive funding from the county council, as well as other donors.
Projects the county are looking to fund should focus on one of five key areas, with pledges of up to £20,000 available. The five key areas are:
- Social isolation/befriending – looking at virtual community connections / or adapted schemes that comply with social distancing.
- Maintaining our volunteering offer – helping to create a legacy of community and volunteer action post Covid-19.
- Healthy Communities – activities to improve the health and wellbeing of your local community
- Return to work – helping people prepare for a return to work or helping them into work.
- Food Poverty – predominately focused on families
On top of this, community transport groups have until 30 September to register to be part of a crowdfunding campaign, where they can receive pledges of up to £50,000 from Malvern Hills.
Groups interested in taking part, or finding out more, should visit https://www.spacehive.com/movement/worcs for more information. Please help us to promote these opportunities to groups in your parish.
- Create your project page on Spacehive referring to their handy guide. If you want some 1:1 feedback on how your project page is looking then Spacehive can help, just email
- Pitch to the fund on Spacehive by 30th September.
- Submit your project for verification.
- Once verified, go live with your crowdfunding campaign and showcase local support ahead of project assessment in early November (check our tips and resources here).
- If successful, you’ll receive a pledge from the council towards your live campaign.
Green Dog Walkers
We are continuing with our Green Dog Walker pledge and ask for your help to promote this to residents.
All Green Dog Walkers take a pledge to always:
- Clean up after their dog
- Carry extra dog waste bags
- Be happy to be approached to lend a dog waste bag to those without
- Be a friendly reminder to other dog walkers to clean up after their dogs
To become a Green Dog Walker please complete the online pledge form.
Once we have received the form you will receive a GDW badge, free poo bags, and an information pack.
Adopt a Street
Thank you to those of you who have already signed up to adopt a street as a parish council. Hopefully you have now received your free kits.
If you haven’t heard about the scheme yet, all you have to do is sign the online pledge which includes:
- Telling us which area of land you would like to adopt (public land only unless you have permission from the landowner)
- A promise from you to litter pick your chosen site at least three times a year on dates of your choosing and at your convenience
The area you choose to litter pick can be as small or as large as you like. The scheme is open to individuals, schools, community groups and Parish and Town Councils.
In return for your commitment we will provide you with:
- Free Litter picking equipment and bags (limited to 10 sets for community groups/schools/local councils)
- Guidance on health and safety