Important note from the Leighton-Linslade Covid-19 Task Force
The task force wants to keep you safe. There are unscrupulous people ringing up purporting to come from charities or support groups with the aim of trying to con the elderly and vulnerable.
The CBC helpline does refer some residents to the Leighton-Linslade Task Force and they may ring you. If you want to be safe, tell the caller you are checking, ring off and call:
0300 300 8186 or 07517 851382.
These are the official contact numbers and they will be able to verify the call. Do not give out any personal details without first checking with the Task Force or Central Bedfordshire Council.
Latest news from the Task Force
The Task Force has now delivered in excess of 1300 food parcels and prescriptions. As part of National Volunteers Week we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to all who are giving their time voluntarily to make this happen.
Donations of Food (tinned dried or fresh) and personal/sanitary Items are still needed. Morrisons have a place set aside where you can leave donations. The local scout huts are also accepting donations or collection can be arranged by contacting the Task Force.
The Facebook Page already has over 2500 members and that is still rising. If you would like to join please answer the questions before submitting your request. It is a constantly monitored information and help site only. Inappropriate content, comment and fake news is not allowed and is removed.
A second Covid-19 information sheet with all the official numbers and contact details has been delivered to all households with the Bee Local booklet. Thank you to them for printing and distributing it. It is also be available at supermarkets and pharmacies.
There is also a team of listeners and qualified Counsellors currently helping people deal with the mental and emotional effects of isolation. They can be contacted in strictest confidence at 07517 851395 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Leighton-Linslade Covid 19 Task Force
About Leighton-Linslade Covid-19 Task Force
The Task Force comprises representatives from faith, the community, homeless service, town council and Bedfordshire and Luton Emergency Volunteer Executive as well as a corps of volunteers. The Task Force has begun to provide food parcels to those who find themselves in desperate immediate need, as well as arranging the collection of urgent prescriptions.
If you personally or know of anyone who is in immediate desperate need, without friends or family to help with sourcing food or medication, please
telephone: 0300 300 8900
or complete the online form at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/covidhelp
Using these details will ensure your request can be processed appropriately and that everyone who is considered vulnerable can be prioritised. Requests must be logged centrally so that they can then be correctly filtered down to the correct organisations and volunteers working to provide help to those in need. The Task Force volunteers carry identification. Please ask to see it if you are unsure.
In addition, the Task Force has a new website www.leightonlinsladehelpers.org.uk which gives details of local businesses and services who are making home deliveries. Huge thanks to all those local businesses who are supporting the local response at this time.
Volunteering: For those who would wish to volunteer help and support, the Task Force asks that you
telephone: 0300 300 8900
or register at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/covidvolunteer
Central Bedfordshire Council is keeping their dedicated COVID-19 web pages up to date with all the relevant information for residents. The link is www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/covidinfo
The Task Force has developed a Covid-19 information flyer which is being delivered to all households within the parish.
The Leighton-Linslade Covid-19 Task Force Group.
Personal Welfare and Safety
At this difficult time it is important that everyone feels safe and supported.
If you, or anyone you know is feeling extreme isolation, unsafe in their home environment, struggling to cope with bereavement or is suicidal, there is support available:
For information and help with mental health and suicide: The Samaritans
For information and help with domestic violence: Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership
Town Council Services
Leighton-Linslade Town Council is closely monitoring Government advice in respect of the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.
Staff are working remotely, as far as practicable. We are doing our best to maintain core services during normal working hours but this will be highly dependent on availability of staff, technology and resources. Please bear with us if there is a delay in answering your call, email or social media message.
We advise all residents to follow the official Public Health England advice on shielding, self-isolation and social distancing.
We are updating our web pages as best we can in the circumstances but a summary of Town Council service changes is below:
Town Council meetings – all scheduled meetings have been cancelled, until 29 June 2020. In response to the pandemic, the law has been temporarily changed to allow for remote or virtual meetings for local councils. The Council may consider implementing such meetings until normal scheduled meetings can resume.
A food only market is operating in the Town’s Hockliffe Street (Library) car park between 8am to 12noon on a temporary basis. This location allows sufficient space to operate in accordance with Government guidelines.
Parks & Open Spaces
Our playgrounds and outdoor gyms remain closed. Where possible we will aim to lock play areas, but some are open and access cannot be restricted. We look to our residents to take a personal moral responsibility in following the Government instructions which are designed to safeguard us all. Thank you for your co-operation at this difficult time.
Our parks remain open and we will endeavour, with restricted staffing, to maintain parks services as best we can. Please follow Government instructions and use the parks responsibly, maintaining social distancing. Please visit the Government’s dedicated webpages for the latest advice.
SAGE advise that the risk of infection outside is significantly lower than inside, so the Government is updating the rules so that, as well as exercise, people can now also spend time outdoors subject to:
- continued compliance with social distancing guidelines to remain two metres (6ft) away from people outside your household;
- good hand hygiene, particularly with respect to shared surfaces;
- those responsible for public places being able to put appropriate measures in place to follow the new COVID-19 Secure guidance.
People may exercise outside as many times each day as they wish. For example, this would include angling and tennis. You will still not be able to use areas like playgrounds, outdoor gyms or ticketed outdoor leisure venues, where there is a higher risk of close contact and touching surfaces.
You should not play team sports, except with members of your own household. People may drive to outdoor open spaces irrespective of distance, so long as they respect social distancing guidance while they are there, because this does not involve contact with people outside your household.
We ask all residents to please respect Government restrictions regarding use of outdoor facilities at the current time.
The Town Council is endeavouring to maintain our services with available resources in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes our allotment sites. For security reasons the site gates cannot be left open and limited resources do not allow us to frequently disinfect the gates and locks.
Allotment holders are asked to carefully consider the current Government guidance and if you do visit your allotment site, please do so responsibly – alone, for a limited time, maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently.
All Town Council facilities are closed until further notice. This includes pavilion buildings, sports pitches and public toilets.
Teenage Advice and Information Centre
TACTIC is now closed until further notice.
The Cultural & Economic Services Committee has taken the decision to cancel the following events: Canal Festival (25th July), Big Lunch (re-scheduled for 16th August) and all Music in the Park concerts in June & July. At this point in time, the Music in the Park concerts for August and September will only take place if permitted, and following Government and Public Health England guidelines for the hospitality and entertainments industries. Where we can, we will offer alternative activities or link-ups through social media platforms.
As it is likely there will be a requirement for social distancing measures to be in place throughout September & October, the decision was made to cancel the Business Network Event which had been rescheduled for 9th September at Leighton Buzzard Golf Club. Wherever we can, we are seeking alternative delivery options and this is true for our Living History event scheduled for the 5th October, which will now be replaced with a series of smaller demonstrations and exhibits across September and October if Government guidelines allow the Council to do so.
We would like to thank our sponsors, stall holders, demonstrators and performers for their understanding during these unprecedented times. We look forward to seeing them, along with the residents of Leighton-Linslade at our events again soon.
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