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Coronavirus update from Somerset County Council – 19/11

Posted on 24th November, 2020 in News

All our help and information for 19/11/2020 is now available in a single place on the SCC website https://www.somerset.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-latest-advice/

This page is refreshed through the day so please check in regularly to keep across developments and news.

Top stories today:

Introducing Somerset’s Covid Community Champions

A new initiative is being launched to create a network of volunteers to help people in Somerset get the latest advice about Covid-19 and ensure residents stay as happy and healthy as possible in these difficult times.

The scheme hit the ground running this week with the first 17 Covid Community Champions attending an induction via Zoom.

Attendees ranged from interested members of the public, to those working with vulnerable and hard to reach groups. Over the coming weeks, more inductions aim to reach people who might struggle to access and follow the right information about Covid-19. These groups include people who don’t have English as a first language, those working in factories where larger outbreaks can occur due to higher numbers of staff, and those living in shared housing.

The Covid Community Champions scheme is funded by Somerset County Council’s Public Health and delivered by a partnership between Spark Somerset and the Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership (SASP), who will work together over the coming weeks to develop the new network of volunteers.

The initiative will help people in Somerset to get clear information on how to stay safe and reduce the risk of getting and spreading the infection, and what additional support there might be to help do this.

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Are you Proud to Care?

If you, or someone you know, is looking for work visit https://www.proudtocaresomerset.org.uk/ to find regularly updated jobs and opportunities in Somerset’s growing health and social care sector.

For those who may have just left college, recently been made redundant, or are looking for a career change, working in Somerset’s amazing health and social care sector could be the next step in an exciting new career.

There’s good job security as our care sector is growing – with more people needing care than ever before – and care is an interesting, rewarding, and meaningful career choice. Candidates will be working with creative, dedicated, supportive care professionals who have helped Somerset remain in the top 20% in relation to the proportion of good or outstanding care.

For more info, visit: https://bit.ly/p2csomerset or search #ProudToCareSomerset on facebook and twitter.

You’re not alone’ sings out to victims

A Somerset charity fundraising song has been released to help male victims of domestic abuse recognise they are not alone.

Singer and Songwriter Clive Lever and his long-term friend Bob Martin have produced a song “You’re Not Alone” to raise awareness of male victims of domestic abuse, to encourage them to get help and to raise funds for the ManKind Initiative helpline.

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Support for Somerset residents during lockdown

Help is available for anyone in Somerset who may need additional support during the second national lockdown.

The five councils in Somerset have been working together since the first lockdown to provide a single phone number for anyone in Somerset who needs Coronavirus-related support.

Residents are reminded they can call 0300 790 6275 if they need any help themselves or are concerned about relatives or neighbours. Lines are open seven days a week between 8am and 6pm.