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Don’t be afraid to ask for help – that’s the message from Broadland and South Norfolk District Councils to local people feeling vulnerable and in need of support during the COVID 19 lockdown.Both Councils run a joint Help Hub which provides a range of services from advice to practical help like collecting medicines and delivering food to people who are self-isolating or unable to go to the shops. The support is free and is available to people of all ages who are local residents.The Help Hub’s phone lines are staffed seven days a week to make sure no call goes unanswered. The team of staff and volunteers help with advice on money worries including potential hardship payments, information on support on dealing with domestic abuse or tension in the home…
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A South Norfolk manufacturing company which switched production to PPE face shields to support the NHS and frontline workers is now making them available for a wide range of sectors where staff will interact with the public post-lockdown including retail workers, schools and businesses.The team at Panel Graphic converted their production facilities after the Government called on manufacturers for help in providing face shields and protective clothing for NHS workers. In less than a week the Loddon based business was making 10,000 face shields per day which were distributed to hospitals across Norfolk and Suffolk and the East Anglia Ambulance Service.The company produces specialist plastics for Bentley Motors and McLaren Automotive, industrial technology equipment, marine aviation and electronic displays. The managing director Steve Earl initially contacted South Norfolk’s Business Support…
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Children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are being offered the chance of a dedicated hour of their own at the tree plantation in Thorpe St Andrew in Norwich to help them get fresh air and exercise during lockdown.The plantation will now be closed to the public every Thursday so the youngsters can spend time in the woodland in a safe and enclosed area without worrying about other people coming and going or leaving the gates open.The idea has come from Thorpe St Andrew Town Council who were concerned about the impact on families and children with special needs and disabilities unable to exercise in a place which was safe and socially distanced from other people.Broadland District Councillor and Town Mayor Cllr John Fisher said: “The government have recognised…
Tuesday, 05 May 2020 00:00

VE and WWII Commemoration Van

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To commemorate WWII, VE and VJ Day anniversaries, one of our Mobile Libraries has had a refresh; the van is now complete with photographs taken during WWII both at home and abroad – we have included photos of the Home Guard, the American troops stationed in the Old Buckenham airbase, the Land Army, and a street party taking place in Walsingham to celebrate VE Day. Although completed before the current grounding of our fleet, we hope to proudly display our Commemorative van when we resume our stops across the county in the future. We invite you all to share a moment in remembrance and commemoration of VE Day.
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Forty iPads are being donated by Broadland District Council to help patients on the Covid-19 wards of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital keep in touch with their families during isolation.Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, Cllr Trudy Mancini-Boyle said the role of Councillors is to support the community and what better way than helping keep families together by being connected during this difficult time.Cllr. Mancini-Boyle said: “ I cannot imagine what it must be like to be poorly in hospital and not able to see your family. We wanted to support the hospital in their efforts to keep people in touch with their loved ones – albeit virtually - and donating the iPads made sense. The old iPads are available as a result of the Councils ongoing programme…
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Local Councillor Clayton Hudson has been praising the efforts of unsung hero Phil Pearce. When the owner of the local shop Bossyboots in Pulham St Mary had to isolate due to health issues, carpenter Phil offered to help. Councillor Hudson said: “Phil has been making deliveries to local people who are isolating in the Pulhams and surrounding villages. He has also been collecting food and goods for the shop at the Cash & Carry. Without any fuss, he has quietly helped keep Bossyboots going and ensured local people can still use their shop, he should be applauded for his selfless efforts.”
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South Norfolk Council’s Leisure Team have recently launched a brand-new YouTube channel to help residents keep fit and active during lockdown. The Council’s 3 Leisure Centres in Diss, Wymondham and Long Stratton were forced to close in March, but the team have been busy creating free content to help inspire residents to try new ways of exercising and keep fit at home.Over the coming weeks, the team will post Pilates, Yoga, HIIT workouts and much more on their South Norfolk Leisure channel.
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South Norfolk and Broadland Help Hub came to the rescue of a local mother desperately in need last week, after she was struggling to feed her young daughter.The Coronavirus lockdown restrictions had meant mum Anne-Marie Stone was unable to provide food for herself and her 1-year-old daughter Violet, so she called the Council for help.She said: “I was absolutely blown away by the generosity of the Help Hub. Never did I imagine I would be in a situation, where I couldn't give my 20-month-old daughter a basic necessity - food! The Help Hub was able to supply us with a care package and I was expecting some bread, milk the basics. 
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South Norfolk Council have rebranded three of their bin lorries to help get crucial messages around Coronavirus out into the community.Two of the lorries carry the message that if you need support or advice call 0344 8008020 and feature a young boy at a window holding a picture of a rainbow – an image that has come to symbolise hope and togetherness during this crisis.The other contains the contact details for Voluntary Norfolk, with the message that if you can help and want to volunteer visit voluntarynorfolk.org.uk. The image is of someone dropping off boxes of food outside a vulnerable person’s house, something that is being done every day by hundreds of selfless volunteers throughout south Norfolk.
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Norfolk’s largest coastal resort is running an eye-catching social media campaign over Easter to remind would-be tourists to stay away and safe at home to help protect the NHS and save lives during the coronavirus pandemic. While the Easter bank holiday weekend normally marks the start of Great Yarmouth’s season, the message this year from the borough council and tourism businesses is that the resort is closed to visitors, with attractions, seafront car parks and holiday parks shut to the public as part of national social distancing measures. The campaign will run over the four days and is aimed at those who might be tempted to break the restrictions by making unnecessary journeys to Great Yarmouth, Gorleston-on-Sea, or the local village resorts, and potentially congregating on the seafronts and beaches.
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