Government covid message

We’ve brought together all the information we have from national, regional and local sources into a special Covid -19 page and will be updating it as new information becomes available. 

If you or anyone your know are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and wish to book a test, visit www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test

Use the following links for the latest information and advice on the:

New National Restrictions from 5 November – Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

View the latest national COVID-19 data

UK Government Website

Public Health England Website

NHS Website

Kent County Council Website

Sevenoaks District Council 

DfE coronavirus helpline  offering guidance for anyone with education related questions. Tel: 0800 046 8687

Citizens Advice Leaflet June

Local information for Westerham and Crockham Hill 

As your Council, we have adapted as best we can to these new circumstances The majority of our staff are now working from home, with one coming into the office to check mail etc.  Your Councillors are all working remotely and are in email and phone communication with each other and the staff.   The office is closed to visitors and public meetings have been suspended.  But necessary business goes on through on-line meetings. Forthcoming Town Council Meetings will now be held “virtually”. If members of the public wish to join the virtual meeting please contact the Town Clerk prior to the meeting taking place for joining instructions. The first ten minutes of every meeting are available for members of the public to raise any issues with Councillors. We will put details of any meetings taking place on our website and on our noticeboards around the Town. You can reach us on email office@westerhamtowncouncil.gov.uk or by phone 01959 562147 or follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/WesterhamTC

King Georges Playing Field (KGF) and Crockham Hill Playing Field 

Both remain open to dog walkers and pedestrians, however we ask all visitors to the site to respect the 2 metre (6ft) social distance rule and to keep dogs on leads.

In response to the COVID – 19 pandemic and following Government advice the playground, outdoor gym and tennis courts were shut in March. As at 4th July, and again in line with current Government advice and guidelines, all have now re-opened. Individual risk assessments and visual inspections have been carried out and relevant signage at each location has been installed. Update: As of 5th November until 2 December – outdoor gyms are again closed. 

Allotments

Our three allotment sites remain open to allotment holders only and we ask that plot holders respect the 2 metre (6ft) social distance rule and practise good hand washing hygiene.  Covid-19 Information posters are displayed at all our allotment sites.  Use the following link for the latest information and advice: from the National Society of Allotments

Community Events

All Community events on Town Council land are currently suspended – but the council hopes to be in a position to organise some form of events once this situation has improved to celebrate the way the community has come together in these challenging times.

Support for the elderly and vulnerable

The Town Councils biggest priority is to ensure elderly and vulnerable parish residents receive the care and assistance they require and that they are not left isolated.

We are working closely with local support groups and partner organisations to enable the help to reach those most in need. Steve Grange is our local KCC Community Warden and can be contacted on tel: 07813 712760 or via email  steve.grange@kent.gov.uk

If you are aware of someone that may be isolated, vulnerable or may be in need of assistance, please provide us or Steve Grange, KCC Community Warden with their details so we can check on them.

Vulnerable families with children

SDC have received a kind offer of toys, games and pens etc., that can be made available to vulnerable families with children. Email specific requests to SDC’s communities@sevenoaks.gov.uk email address with the following information:  Volunteer Name & Contact number; number of children; ages/gender of children; area of District required.  They will then forward this information onto those providing the toys for them to make contact with the volunteer to arrange delivery.

Financial hardship as a result of Covid-19 

Test and Trace support paymentsIf you are working and on a low income, you may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 if NHS Test & Trace has told you to self-isolate.  Contact Sevenoaks District Council for more information.

Kent Support & Assistance Service (KSAS) – Kent residents who are facing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus pandemic may be eligible for support. KCC has received a short term, one-off contribution from central government to support households experiencing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19. Using this grant KCC can support those struggling to afford food and other essentials over the coming months via their Kent Support & Assistance Service (KSAS). If you, a loved one, a friend or someone in the community that you know is in need of support then KSAS may be able to help. Visit www.kent.gov.uk/ksas to find out more. Don’t worry alone, help someone struggling today. #KentTogether #KSAS

Request help from a volunteer 

If you want help from people in your community during the Coronavirus outbreak, you can register with Sevenoaks District Council. Volunteers may be available to help with your shopping and other small tasks if you are in self-isolation. Once you have registered, SDC will pass your details to ‘Care for our Community – Sevenoaks’ or another local community group who will match you to a volunteer.

You can register by calling SDC on 01732 227000 or online Complete the registration form

Community Meals, Delivered    

Delivery to your door of pre-prepared meals, to the elderly, vulnerable, isolating or shielding in our community, courtesy of ‘The Courtyard’, cooked in Westerham Hall kitchens. To order email  info@thecourtyardevents.com or call/text Ian 07545 641777 or Tania 07808 783681, noting any allergies.  Everything is done voluntarily and meals are priced to cover the ingredients cost. The Council is hugely  grateful to the Courtyard team and everyone involved in providing such a valuable service to the community.  Further details are listed on the Visit westerham website.

Food Bank

To access the food bank ring the Town Council, tel: 01959 562147

Local Support Groups

Westerham self isolating group on facebook    https://www.facebook.com/groups/208454357037709/

Crockham Hill Covid-19 volunteers – Crockham Hill has its own designated “Covid 19” volunteers who are in contact daily  via a whats app group to support the vulnerable in the community. They shop for those who cannot get out, collect prescriptions, walk dogs, collect and deliver Courtyard community meals  and also stay in touch by phone. They can also circulate a weekly bulletin to all the residents for whom they have an email address listing food outlets who will deliver to enable residents to have more choice over where their food comes from and to avoid standing in lengthy queues. To receive support contact Cllr Deborah Coen, Tel: 07885 530136

Citizens Advice – For help with many problems in this challenging time such as Debt & Money – Benefits – Employment – Housing – Family & Relationships. For current contact details click on this link Citizens Advice 

Looking after your mental well-being

Moodspark  – providing mental health support to young people in Kent. For useful resources & service info for parents & teacher visit www.kentresiliencehub.org.uk  Do you have an urgent need? Call the Crisis Team 0300 1234496.

EveryMindMatters has some useful tips to help improve your mental health and wellbeing if you are worried or anxious about the coronavirus outbreak   www.kent.gov.uk/everymindmatters.

Mind –  Promotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems. Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)  Website: www.mind.org.uk

Samaritans –  Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline) Website: www.samaritans.org.uk

Young Minds – Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals. Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm) Website: www.youngminds.org.uk

Advice & Support for Local Businesses

 View the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance for employers and businesses…

Government Business Support Helpline: 0300 456 3565

https://www.gov.uk/business-support-helpline

HMRC Coronavirus Tax Helpline: 0800 015 9559

Message from your Police and Crime Commissioner, Matthew Scott

Police Newsletter 2020

NHS Test and Trace scams

The Covid-19 global pandemic has presented fraudsters with new opportunities to scam people out of their money. Kent Police has been working with Action Fraud to share their advice around a test and trace scam which has been reported on a national level.
People should be aware that contact tracers will never ask for payment, ask for any passwords or pins or request bank account details. If anyone contacts you asking for this information or wants you to download anything, hand over control of your PC or even send someone to your home, it is likely a scam.
The new NHS Covid-19 app is the only official tracing app for England and Wales. If you are concerned that you may have been targeted please contact Action Fraud or Kent Police.
Always remember…
Stop – Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
Challenge – Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
Protect – Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud 0300 1232040 or call 101.

 

   Page last updated 18/11/2020