National lockdown as at 14 January 2021: Stay at Home https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

Below are contact details specifically for Backwell and we intend to try to keep this information up to date as things change. At present the recommendation is that (as well as washing your hands with soap frequently and carefully) if you have a raised temperature (37.8 C) and / or a new cough you should self-isolate for a 7 days. If you or a neighbour in Backwell might benefit from non-medical help, please see the below:

 

BACKWELL PARISH COUNCIL – COMMUNITY RESILIENCE PROGRAMME

Some people in Backwell will feel alone during this time of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) whether this be due to self-isolation (precautionary or mandated) or because they fall into one of the higher-risk categories (https://www.backwell-pc.gov.uk/coronavirus-information/). Those people may benefit from some friendly regular contact or need some simple help (outside that of a medical nature), and Backwell Parish Council would like to help during this time.

We can organise to have someone check in regularly, either by Phone, Skype, Facetime or arrange some shopping to be delivered onto the doorstep (following the government guidelines). We have local volunteers from your Backwell Parish Councillors or from other local organisations and neighbours who can offer support and help organise some necessities from local suppliers through this period.

COVID Support Group Update 14 January 2021

Are you in need of support in the current lockdown, or are you concerned about a neighbour? Whether you are shielding, self-isolating, or just need to make contact with others there is a group of volunteers in the village who are able to help out with shopping, picking up prescriptions, other errands, or a phone chat. Even if you are fine yourself, please look out for neighbours as there may be others out there that we do not know about, who are suffering in silence. It can be quite difficult to spot this in the winter when people spend much more time inside. If you do not feel that you can contact them yourself, please let us know, so that one of our volunteers can do it. If you would like to join our band of volunteers, please contact us on either Email backwellcommunity@gmail.com  or Mobile 07895 970398

To register an interest from yourself or a neighbour, please call the Parish Council Clerk on 01275 464653 (if you get the answer phone please leave a message with your name and contact details) or email (easier for us) clerk@backwell-pc.gov.uk and someone will be in contact via Phone to see how we can help. See Backwell Support poster

This is a free service to help Backwell during this difficult time.

If you wish to volunteer to help please email your details to: clerk@backwell-pc.gov.uk ideally using this Volunteer form. If you or some one you know needs help from a volunteer, please ask them to phone Parish Council Clerk on 01275 464653 or email the Requestor form.

 

BACKWELL PARISH COUNCIL ACTIVITIES

Update on 4 January 2021  – an update will come shortly

 

Backwell Medical Centre Statement:

From 12 January 2021 – Tyntesfield Medical Group Statement

Tyntesfield Official Website

 

Exercise and Farm Land, Crops and Animals:

Please remember to keep a good distance from other people when taking your daily walk or run, even on footpaths out of town. The NFU say….
“We fully recognise that people want to take their once daily exercise in the countryside at a safe social distance from others during this C19 crisis.
“But we are reminding people that the countryside is also a working environment for farmers who are producing our food. Therefore we urge people to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds before leaving home and on their return.
“Please follow the Countryside Code, sticking to designated footpaths and at this critical time, please keep dogs on leads at all times, particularly as ewes are giving birth to lambs. This will not only reduce the risk of dog attacks on farm animals, it will also help to avoid unnecessary social contact between countryside users and farmers, many of whom are older and at greater risk of C19.”

Within Backwell we have had reports of walkers damaging farm crops so, while keeping 2 metres away from other people, please do not tread on / damage crops.

 

St Andrews Church, Backwell:

St Andrews Church has a pastoral team that can offer friendship, emotional and spiritual support via the telephone.  To make contact or refer others with their consent, for ease please email admin@saintandrewsbackwell.org.uk or by telephone 01275 463469 (although during Covid 19 the answer machine is only checked twice weekly).

Any prayer requests will be held in confidence please email admin@saintandrewsbackwell.org.uk or telephone the above number.

 

Police Poster / Information

Selection of useful local contacts (assembled by Jon Gibbins)

 

Mental Health:

Wellspring Counselling is open for business as usual. If you want to join our waiting list, you can contact our admin team as usual on reception@wellspringcounselling.org.uk or by calling 01275810879 and leaving a message.  Wellspring also has a service for local young people during the Covid-19 crisis http://wellspringsomerset.btck.co.uk/.

 

Below is a selection of National Guidance:

18 January 2021 update:

SOCIAL  DISTANCING

HOUSEHOLD ISOLATION

OVERVIEW

STOP THE SPREAD                              SYMPTOMS                    SELF ISOLATION ADVICE (STAY AT HOME)

5 THINGS TO DO                                   GOVERNMENT RESPONSE            WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING?

 

FOR FUN: To avoid “Cabin Fever“, why not sign-up to the youtube channel below and sing along with the Quarantine Choir (examples below but they are daily):

 

ALSO For small children:

Posted by Ragdolly Annas – Milton Keynes on Thursday, 19 March 2020

 

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra:

Concerts for Free.