Last week I was in touch with Nick May Sussex Police Divisional Commander for the city.
I reported residents’ anxiety about visitors to the city. Sussex Police alongside British Transport Police are encouraging those from outside the city NOT to come to Brighton and Hove at the weekend. You will have seen that there are police along the main roads and BTP are routinely checking at the London and Brighton ends.
I have also raised the growth of anti-social behaviour both in some of the ‘hot spots’ and as we come out of lockdown. Nick May advised me that his officers can move quickly when they have relevant information and made a number of drug-related arrests in Brunswick last week. So please continue to report intelligence to the usual channels of the 101 and PCSO emails. Obviously if you see a crime report on 999. We will be sending over some new updated guidance for you too.
At the weekend as well as being interviewed about people not coming to the city, (not yet) I also led a (safe social distance) tidy up of Waterloo Street and Brunswick and Adelaide beach. We have been using our daily exercise to litter pick most streets across the neighbourhood, most weekends. I am meeting campaigners Surfers Against Sewage this week about what will happen especially to the beach with lockdown lifting, the weather warming but without pubs and restaurants opening. I would like to canvass opinions about people’s potential desire to help keep green spaces and the beach clean, especially as the relevant council teams are yet to get back to full capacity. What do you think?
We are receiving your thoughts on the important work to see our local economy to bounce back. As I reported last week I will be sitting on the pandemic recovery sub-committee and would welcome your thoughts on how our local economy recovers fairly and how we make best use of available resources.
Please find today’s city council update below- the focus this week is mental health- a lot of residents have reported poorer mental health during lockdown- lots of resources below.
I have received a lot of queries on being able to borrow library books and the good news is deliveries are here. More information below.
We will answer your queries just as soon as we can. If you are self-isolating and need shopping or a prescription delivered or just a chat on the phone, both Hannah and I are more than happy to help. If you have a neighbour who would like to be added to these emails please drop me a line.
Please continue to exercise safe social distancing and, above all, stay safe!
Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty
Leader of the Official Opposition
Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council
Opposition Spokesperson on the Policy and Resources Committee
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Greater Brighton Economic Board, Strategic Delivery Board, Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited, Representative to the Local Government Association
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Subject: Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Date: 6.45pm Monday 18 May 2020
Briefing number: 51
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In this briefing
- Mental health awareness week – ‘Why kindness matters’
- Food hubs across the city are helping those that can’t access food
- Household waste recycling centres and bulky waste service reopen
Councillor Clare Moonan, the chair of the Health & Wellbeing Board, talks about Mental Health Awareness week and how this year’s theme of ‘kindness’ is so important at a time like this.
Share your own acts of kindness on social media
During Mental Health Awareness Week you can share any acts of kindness that you have given or received using the hashtags #kindnessmattersbrightonhove and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
Coronavirus and your mental health
Each week Mind in Brighton & Hove share weekly wellbeing tips that include local and national initiatives, activities and simple ideas to maintain and improve your wellbeing during this challenging time.
The Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is working hard to help and support those in our community who may be struggling. They have also shared some top tips and useful resources to help you look after your health and wellbeing.
Book deliveries from Brighton & Hove libraries
Do you enjoy reading, but you have read everything you have at home? Would you love to be able to get your hands on a new supply of books, but you don’t have Internet access and can’t use e-books?
Brighton & Hove City Libraries is offering a free book delivery service to help raise spirits and improve well-being, during Covid 19. We can deliver standard print, large print or audio-books. If you are interested in having books delivered to your door, please call 01237 290800, and after the voicemail message, press 1 to leave your name and phone number – don’t forget to say that you are interested in the Home Delivery Service. A member of staff will ring you back in the next 48 hours to discuss how we can best help you. You can also email email@example.com.
Our library service also offer free ebooks, ecomics, emagazines and audiobooks for you to download.
Mental health support
If you or other household members feel low, anxious or stressed, there’s information that can help on the NHS Every Mind Matters website. This also includes specific advice on the impact of coronavirus.
While it’s normal to feel afraid and lonely at a time like this, worsening mental health could indicate the need for outside help.
- Sussex Mental Healthline – freephone 0300 5000 101 – provides 24/7 support from registered clinicians. As well as crisis support it provides psychological support to anyone with general concerns about their mental health, and if needed they can refer you for local assessment and treatment.
- Community Roots – online or freephone 0808 196 1768 – a network of local services committed to supporting good mental health and wellbeing in Brighton & Hove.
- Samaritans – call 116 123 – 24hrs a day, 365 days a year.
Support for children and young people
If your child is of school age and you have any concerns about their emotional or mental wellbeing, you’re invited to talk to a Primary Mental Health Worker from the Schools Wellbeing Service.
Telephone consultations are available while schools are closed. Please email SWSConsultationLine@brighton-hove.gov.uk or call 01273 293 481.
You might also find the following helpful for supporting your children:
- Advice on talking to your child about the coronavirus from Young Minds
- 10 Minute bursts of exercise for young children from the NHS
- Yoga for young children from Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube
- Five minute work out for Key stage 1 children from The Body Coach on YouTube
- PE for kids with Joe Wicks on YouTube – 9am each day
Get support for yourself or others in Brighton & Hove
If you, or someone you know, is finding things tough right now, whether it’s food, money, wellbeing or loneliness, you can search for support for all ages on the Covid Brighton & Hove help directory.
Vulnerable people who have no-one to help them at the moment can also request additional COVID-19 related support, including emergency food bank referrals, shopping and medicine collection by contacting the council’s community advice and support hub.
Volunteers have sprung into action all over the city to meet the demand from vulnerable residents that need access to food.
Within days, the emergency food network that exists across the city started to organise an extensive approach to supporting vulnerable people in the city that needed access to food.
This network of community projects – including the 21 food banks already in operation supporting vulnerable people and the 21 new food projects that have joined this effort due to the Covid-19 pandemic – exists so that no-one in Brighton & Hove will go hungry.
Organised and run almost solely by volunteers, these projects have being supplying food parcels and hot meals to vulnerable residents that aren’t able to access food themselves
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Household waste recycling centres and bulky waste service reopen
Our two household waste recycling centres reopened today. There are strict traffic regulations in place, and long delays could occur.
Cars are not allowed to park or queue on Old Shoreham Road or Wilson Avenue, with people driving to the site only being allowed to queue on the smaller access roads leading to the tips, and not the major approach roads.
The temporary opening hours are:
- Hove: Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm; Saturday 8.30am – 1.30pm; Sunday 10.30am – 1.30 pm. The site is closed on Bank Holidays.
- Brighton: Monday – Sunday and Bank Holidays 10am – 4pm.
At busy times, we will close the queues an hour before the site closing times to manage physical distancing, so please get there early.
If the tip roads are full, drivers will be asked to move and told to return when the queues are shorter.
Only cars will be allowed on site, with no trailers or vans being given access.
There are also a number of other restrictions in place to make sure we can maintain physical distancing and protect staff and everyone using the site.
We are appealing to people to only visit the sites if waste cannot be stored at home without it causing a risk of injury, health or harm to the household members.
Our Bulky Waste service has also restarted today to help people wanting to get rid of large items like mattresses, tables, chairs, fridges and other white goods.
The Bulky Waste service is operated by contactor KSD Environmental Services already taking bookings. The company can be contacted on 01273 608 142 from 8am – 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.
Help to get the information out to the city
We’re sharing these graphics highlighting support available in the city. Please share on your social media platforms to help the information reach residents.
Suggested text: Councillor Clare Moonan, the chair of the Health & Wellbeing Board, talks about Mental Health Awareness week and how this year’s theme of ‘kindness’ is so important at a time like this.
#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek #kindnessmattersbrightonhove #wearebrightonandhove
Suggested text: Taking care of your mental health is more important than ever. Support and information is available to help but it can sometimes feel overwhelming to understand what is useful.
Have a look at some top tips and useful resources to help you look after yourself from the local NHS: https://www.sussexpartnership.nhs.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-and-your-mental-health.
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