Coronavirus updates from ESCC

Collated Information: Week commencing 1st June 2020


Carers Week, 8th-14th June 2020

This year’s Carers Week is focusing on `Making Caring Visible’. Keep an eye out on Care for the Carers website ( ) and social media about how you can get involved. We’re encouraging carers and everyone to help raise awareness and recognise carers, especially during these difficult times. 

Throughout the week we would love to know what you are up to, so please share your experiences, ideas and activities through social media and tag us on Facebook @WealdenDAA


NHS Test and Trace service

(Source: Department of Work and Pensions)

The NHS Test and Trace service has been launched across England. The service will help identify, contain and control coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives. 

 Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. This could include household members, people with whom they have been in direct contact, or within 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. 

 People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus. 

 Find out more 

 The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has teamed up with regulators and other bodies to produce a guide for pension savers.

(Source: Department of Work and Pensions)

 The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) is the public body set up to protect people who have a defined benefit pension scheme with an employer who becomes insolvent. The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), Money and Pensions Service (MaPS), the Pensions Regulator (TPR), the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Pensions Ombudsman have also worked in partnership with PPF and DWP to create a guide outlining protections in place, and directing savers to free, impartial advice.

The move comes as both the PPF and FSCS report an increase in the number of enquiries they have received from concerned pension savers seeking guidance during COVID-19. The TPR, FCA and MaPS are all actively working to raise awareness of the risk of pension scams at this time.

You can find the guide and more information on the campaign on the Pension Protect Fund website.

The Oyster Project 

The new online Oyster Project Groups will be starting specifically for people with memory problems or dementia and carers.

Please see attached flyer and link to the website for further details


Let’s talk face coverings! 

(source: East Sussex County Council)

The government guidance on face coverings has changed. If you are going into enclosed spaces that can be difficult to social distance, such as a supermarket or public transport, you should now wear a face covering if possible.  

The good news is that you can make a face covering from home using an old t-shirt. We’ve created an easy to follow guide here: Make you own face covering. 

Residents have been showing phenomenal amounts of community spirit in the face of some very difficult times. From handwritten offers of support through front doors to full scale production of scrubs for the NHS, find out how communities are helping to fight against Covid-19.


Preventing suicide in Sussex

(source: East Sussex County Council)

Suicide is a tricky subject to talk about, especially if you are concerned that someone you know is possibly thinking about taking their own life.

Whether you are concerned for someone else, or in need of support yourself, Preventing Suicide in Sussex has been launched to provide support for those in need. As well as knowing where to go for help, it is also important to know what to look out for if you are worried about a friend or a loved one.

If you are worried about someone, find out more about the warning signs and how you can help.

If you are thinking about suicide, you don’t have to struggle with difficult feelings alone. Please visit Preventing Suicide in Sussex website for help.

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