Join your nearest South Staffordshire leisure centre between 1-14 November and pay just £15, then nothing more until January 2022; giving you access to a wide range of fitness facilities throughout November and December for just £15.
Planning Officers (Graduates/Assistants to Senior roles within Development Management, Planning Enforcement and Strategic Planning), closing at 5pm on 9th November 2021. Application Information
Partnership Information and Helpful Resources
This week the full Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Cycling Time Trial route will be publicly announced, along with the other road events for the Games, including the Marathon, Triathlon and Para Triathlon and the Cycling Road Race.
The cycling time trial event will be held on the 3rd and 4th August 2022 and will see athletes start and finish at Wolverhampton’s West Park with the course passing through the south of the district at Penn Common , Gospel End, Wombourne and Himley.
The event will offer residents the chance to spectate as one of 5 free road events held over the course of the games, which is a great way to showcase the District and an opportunity for residents and businesses to ‘Embrace the Race’ and come down, line the route and cheer on the athletes taking part.
Volunteers Needed at our Community Bulb Planting Events
We are very pleased that we are once again able to hold our bulb planting events at our cemeteries this year and would love you to come along and join us to help plant some spring flowering bulbs including bluebells, daffodils and crocus.
Monday 15th November between 10.00 and 12.00 at Sytch Lane Cemetery, Sytch Lane, Wombourne, WV5 0JP
Monday 22nd November between 10.00 and 12.00 at Strawberry Lane Cemetery, Upper Landywood Lane, Great Wyrley, WS6 7AU
There’s no need to book, just turn up, meet others from the local community and get some fresh air and gentle exercise. Just wear sensible footwear and warm clothes and we will provide gloves, hi-vis vests and other equipment.
We look forward to seeing you there and please feel free to share the details with your friends and family. If you know any local community groups that may be interested please pass on the details.
Baggeridge raises Green Flag for their 23rd year as one of the country’s best parks
Baggeridge Country Park is one of a select list of parks celebrating across the country and is delighted to have been awarded the Green Flag for their 23rd consecutive year.
The status is recognition of well managed parks and green spaces for their high standards and environmental management; and sets the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
Councillor Bates, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Steve Gallis, Baggeridge Country Park Manager raised the Green Flag Award at Baggeridge in celebration of being marked as one of the best quality parks and green spaces around.
Have your say on the Mental Health Strategy
Staffordshire County Council have a public survey out at the moment to capture feedback from Staffordshire residents on their Mental Health Strategy. The survey closes 12 November 2021. Please share your views, thoughts, and feelings via the:
Share your views on Primary and Community Care services
Healthwatch Staffordshire are the independent local champion for health and social care services in Staffordshire. Part of our role is to understand the experiences of people who are using the services and to give people an opportunity to speak up and have their voices heard
On this occasion, we are interested in your opinion of primary care and community services in Staffordshire. The future provision of primary and community care services is being considered, with the aim of offering enhanced services for residents as part of the Integrated Care System Plans.
We want to capture your views about Primary and Community Care services and how you think they could be better.
What services are important to you in your local area?
What would you like to see added to the current services?
NHS issues plea for people in the Midlands to stay safe and get the COVID booster vaccine
People in the Midlands who are eligible for the COVID-19 booster vaccine are being urged to stay safe and book a jab as soon as possible. The booster vaccine is offered to those eligible who had their second dose of the COVID vaccination six months ago as protection will have deteriorated.
The NHS will be in touch to notify eligible people when they are due their booster jab at least six months – that’s a minimum of 182 days – after their second vaccination.
Those who are eligible for a booster at least six months after their second dose include:
those living in residential care homes for older adults
all adults aged 50 years or over
frontline health and social care workers
all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers
adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.
Recently, the NHS encouraged pregnant women to get the COVID-19 vaccine as data showed that nearly 1 in 5 of the most critically ill COVID patients were unvaccinated pregnant women.
Anyone receiving a text or letter inviting them for a booster jab should come forward as soon as possible to get crucial protection.
NHS Opens Online Covid-19 Vaccination Bookings For 12-15 Year Olds
Parents will be able to book covid-19 vaccinations online for their 12-15 year old children, the NHS has announced.
People will be able to go online and check the National Booking Service to see if their local site has appointments to vaccinate children and young people, as the NHS covid-19 vaccination programme continues at pace.
If a child has already been invited through their school, they do not need act on their invite unless parents wish to get their child vaccinated outside of school.
Staffordshire has seen a huge rise in cases and the NSH is urging people to be vigilant to prevent further lockdowns.
The best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to be fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated should continue to follow safer behaviours set out below to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes:
Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer;
Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed settings where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet;
Get tested, and self-isolate if required;
Try to stay at home if you are feeling unwell;
Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day;
Download and use the NHS COVID-19 app to know if you’ve been exposed to the virus.
Door to Door Testing
Due to the high rates of COVID-19 in South Staffordshire, the County Council fleet of community testing vehicles are now visiting targeted postcodes. This is to ensure that residents can access testing on a more regular basis to try and slow down the spread of the virus.
30 October in Penkridge Market, Pinfold Lane, Penkridge ST19 5AP
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