A CORONAVIRUS COMMUNITY BULLETIN HAS BEEN RELEASED BY ROSSENDALEBOROUGH COUNCIL GIVING ADVICE, GUIDANCE AND INFORMATION; ON HOW THEY’RE DEALING WITH THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Bacup and Rossendale have been hit hard amid the coronavirus outbreaks, from parents who have been left struggling to find childcare after schools closed their doors on Friday, to businesses that have been trying as hard as they can to keep their doors open to the public for as long as possible.
During this national crisis, we have seen some amazing displays of kindness and support from residents of Bacup and Rossendale. The community is showing that it has incredibly kind people, willing to pull together to help others who may be in need or vulnerable within their community.
Rossendale Council recently released a bulletin on the coronavirus situation and all the things that they and other communities are doing to tackle the issue and helps residents throughout the borough.
Here is the bulletin in full:
Nationwide there is a #ViralKindness campaign running, it is a initiative where those who are well enough and have the resources, can complete a self-print postcard; with their personal details and hand it out to their neighbours or people they believe are self-isolating or vulnerable in their community, offering help, advice or emotional and practical support during this difficult time.
Here is the postcard which you can print out from home:
You can also download the postcard here:
Borough Wide Support Available
There is a organisation and directory of local groups called Our Lancashire, it’s a county wide campaign aimed at bringing local groups and communities together to make Lancashire a greater place to work and live. During this outbreak they are trying to co-ordinate all the groups and volunteers within the community, to provide essential support to the vulnerable and people affected by Covid-19.
If you run a local community group or know someone who does, Our Lancashire is asking for people to register their community group with them to ensure as many people know of the groups and initiatives available in their area.
If you want to register with Our Lancashire you can do so here:
ROSSO BUSES – FREE BUS TRAVEL
If you run a community group and you’re utilising volunteers to help the vulnerable in the community, you may be able to get free bus journeys. ROSSO Buses have started a scheme where any volunteers shopping for vital supplies or picking up prescriptions, will be able to use the bus service free of charge.
For more information on this scheme see ROSSO’s article:
FOOD – HELP & SUPPORT WITH FOOD
This is a very difficult time for many, with the economy crashing in response to the viral outbreak; many businesses have had no choice but to close their doors and leave many out of work without pay, with many children also being home, it’s now an extra cost parents will have to consider when it comes to feeding their children.
While the government are working on putting in support measures around the clock, this help still can’t come quick enough for some families and vulnerable people.
If you’re struggling for food, there is very low cost and sometimes free food available from Positive Start in Rawtenstall. For those in desperate or emergency need, you can get a good parcel from Rossendale’s Food Bank (RAFT); however, this is available by referral only, if you’re looking for a referral, people are advised to reach out to their local school and / or Rossendale’s Citizen’s Advice service. You can also call Citizen’s Advice on 0300 456 2552.
ACTIVITIES & THINGS TO DO
With most businesses, organisations, gyms and schools closed; and with most events, activities and sporting venues cancelled. It can be a real struggle to find something to keep yourself fit and health mentally, as well as, keeping the kids entertained.
While it’s important to remember that social distancing measures are put into place to protect everyone and stem the growth of the virus, it’s also important to still remain as active and healthy as possible.
This can still be done while keeping your distance from others socially.
THE NATIONAL TRUST – FREE USE OF IT’S GARDENS & PARKS
The National Trust have decided to allow free use of its gardens and parks. While many of its buildings, cafes and indoor spaces will remain closed, the open spaces are free for people to use, though they are still asking people to be mindful of social distancing.
ROSSENDALE PARKS & OUTDOOR SPACES
For those unable to travel far, the council are recommending people to visit their local parks in and around Rossendale instead. Again, they are asking people to be mindful of social distancing measures and obviously, not to leave the house unless you’re fit and well and haven’t been around someone who’s self-isolating.
ADVICE GUIDANCE & OTHER INFORMATION
Below is some additional information, advice and guidance given by Rossendale Council for people living in or around the Bacup area.
HEALTHY ROSSENDALE – HEALTH INFORMATION & UPDATES
The Healthy Rossendale Facebook Group, should be your one stop shop for all the latest health information and messages from the NHS, local G.P.s and other medical professionals.
It’s important to note that all G.P. practices have now been closed for ‘walk in’ appointments. All G.P. surgeries across the borough are allocating care and appointments by telephone only, if a patient is deemed to be needing a face to face appointment, they will then be invited to into the surgery. Prescriptions can still be ordered over the telephone, online or via the app.
PROVIDING FOOD FOR LOCAL PEOPLE WHO ARE SEL ISOLATING OR VULNERABLE?
Many people have been contacting the council asking for advice and information on providing food or meals for those unwell, self-isolating or who are unwell or vulnerable. The council are informing people that nobody needs to register to do this and all the help and support volunteers are giving is much appreciated. That being said, they are asking people to take “sensible precautions” which involves following basic food hygiene guidelines and being aware of any food allergies people may have.
More information on food hygiene and Providing Food For Community or Charity Events can be found the Food.gov website.
ROSSENDALE RADIO – LOCAL NEWS & INFORMATION
Rossendale Radio (104.7fm) Will also have a lot of information, news and announcements for local people. Starting on Monday 23rd March 2020, at 10 a.m. they will be operating a one hour ‘Coronavirus’ slot. They plan to broadcast important information relating to the virus and hold interviews with medical professionals and community organisations.
BACUP – AREA SPECIFIC NEWS, INFORMATION & CHAT GROUPS
Bacup Past & Present is a FaceBook Group where residents of the Bacup area can come together, chat, debate and discuss local issues, news and information. There’s not much going on in Bacup that doesn’t first pass through here.
Bacup Chat & That is another FaceBook Group that is more of a laid back social community, for general chit chat and general discussion amongst local residents.
Bacup Pride is a FaceBook Group made up of local volunteers who help with a range of activities and events in the local area. They run direct action groups that promote community spirit. They’re always looking for new volunteers to help within the local community.
Bacup Business Association is a FaceBook Group for all local businesses that operate in and around Bacup. They may be a good port of call for all information, announcements and advice for businesses affected by the coronavirus and to the public for announcements on which businesses are closing and which will remain open during this outbreak.
Bacup Now is a community group that runs local events within Bacup such as the Bacup Cinema, Fun Day’s, Bike Show’s and other events. While almost all events have been cancelled in Bacup and across the country. It’s still a useful resource to keep an eye on for announcements about future events, other cancellations or for when things are up and running back to normal again.
Bacup Natural History Society & Museum this is a FaceBook Group that posts pictures and information about the former days of Bacup and the towns history. While the children are off school due to the coronavirus, it may prove a useful resource for teaching children about the town’s local history.
USEFUL CONTACT NUMBERS
Rossendale Borough Council – 01706 217777
Lancashire County Council – 0300 123 6701
Citizen’s Advice – 0300 456 2552
Universal Credit – 0800 328 9344
DWP Service – 0800 731 0469
Together Housing – 0300 555 5559
Irwell Medical Practice – 01706 253 422
NHS – 111 (in an emergency) 999
Samaritans – 116 123
Bacup Online NewsDesk – 0333 050 4521
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
If you believe we’ve missed your community group off this list, and you believe you can provide help, advice or assistance amid the coronavirus outbreak; please get in touch via: [email protected] or call our News Desk on: 0333 050 4521. Equally, if you believe we’ve missed out any vital information. Please leave a comment in the comments section at the bottom of this article.