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Monday, 23 November 2020
Cheshire East Council has been working very closely with its schools to develop programmes to help learners respond to the challenges of school lockdown.
Since the first lockdown was announced in March, there has been a period of great innovation in remote education to ensure that students don’t miss out on what would usually be delivered through face to face learning in school.
The council has established innovative practice, which directly helps learners to get the best remote learning opportunities, should children need to be educated away from their school setting.
One example of this is the ‘EdTech Demonstrator’ programme, where an initial take up of more than 30 schools have set up an action hub accessing bespoke training in information technology – co-ordinated through the council.
The council is also targeting more disadvantaged learners to give them the best learning opportunities. This work has involved a programme with the Educational Endowment Foundation, which collects all national research into what works best for learners when having to work remotely.
All schools are having to address gaps in learning and establish catch up programmes for pupils. The council has set up a 20-session training and development package for teachers to meet literacy needs through ‘Literacy Counts,’ with a similar programme being planned for numeracy.
Councillor Kathryn Flavell, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for children and families, said: “These initiatives show a clear local authority commitment to embrace collaborative working and the collective support to meet the needs of all our learners.
“It is really pleasing to see this in action with so many fantastic opportunities being accessed through these national and local initiatives.
“The added pressures of Covid means it is very challenging to find quality time in schools to access training. I thank all staff and leaders, who are going above and beyond to embrace these fantastic opportunities to make a difference for their learners.”
All initiatives are available to maintained schools and academies.
“Tis the season to save lolly!” - It may seem that there’s too much to go wrong in
cyberspace to bother shopping online; but fear not - with these 12 scam saves of Christmas you can enjoy the benefits for online shopping whilst avoiding scams too:
• If it’s too good to be true it usually is. Don’t fall for it!
• Always use reputable websites when shopping or searching online.
• Research a website or company as much as possible before buying goods from them.
• Create a different, strong password for each of your online accounts. A recommended method is to use 3 random words together. For extra security, set up two-factor authentication’ which means you get a code sent to your phone to use.
• Type in the website address (the ‘URL’) in full into Google or other search engines. Avoid clicking on a link in an email, text or post, as this may take you to the fraudster’s site instead.
• Pay securely - check the address bar at the top left of the screen to make sure that the website address begins “https”. The ‘S’ stands for secure. There should also be a closed padlock image in front of the ‘https’.
• Don’t be ‘click-happy’! NEVER rush in to making a purchase.
• Don’t pay for anything by transferring money directly to people or companies you don’t know. Use secure payment methods such as Paypal, ApplePay etc.
• When you’ve finished paying, make sure you log out of the page or app. Simply closing it may not log you out automatically.
• Check URL’s of emails to ensure they are genuine. Scam emails are usually littered with spelling and grammar mistakes.
• Avoid ‘free’ or ‘low-cost’ trials – whether slimming pills or the latest tech. Without thoroughly reading the small print and trusted reviews, you could be signing up for large monthly direct debits which are difficult to cancel.
• Check your bank account regularly for any unknown transactions.
If you have been a victim of an online scam, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040
or at www.actionfraud.police.uk.
If you are having issues with something you have ordered online, call Citizens Advice on
0808 223 1133.
Always contact your bank immediately if you have transferred money to the scammer in the last 24 hours or you think your account details or PIN have been stolen.
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Cheshire East Council is inviting residents to have their say on a household waste recycling centre consultation.
The council currently runs eight household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) for use by residents. The contract for this operation ends in 2023 and therefore preparation for the procurement of a new contract is starting to take place.
Cheshire East Council’s approach to waste management is determined by its recently reviewed Municipal Waste Management Strategy.
The key aims of this strategy are to continue to encourage residents to reduce the amount of waste they produce, reuse any items, recycle and compost all they can and as a last resort, to place waste that cannot be managed any other way in the black bin. The council are striving to run a service that delivers the best for the environment.
Part of waste management is the provision of HWRCs, and the strategy shows that it is the council’s responsibility to ensure that the service remains fit for purpose and follows industry best practice.
The current contract comes to an end within three years and therefore the council will review the future service provision through Ansa, their wholly-owned environmental services company.
To have your say, complete the consultation online by using
The deadline for completion is 5pm on Monday 4 January 2020
If you would like to receive this questionnaire in another format, please call customer services on 0300 123 5511, who will organise for a copy to be sent.
Once the consultation closes, the council will analyse all responses, produce a summary report of them, and publish this online on their consultation web pages.
Cheshire East Council is urging the many thousands of unpaid carers to register for help and support via the Cheshire East Carers Hub on Carers Rights Day.
It is estimated that Cheshire East has more than 40,000 hidden carers, who are people from all walks of life, young and old who provide support to family or friends, who couldn't manage without this help. Many feel that they're doing what anyone would do in the same situation in caring for a mother, father, wife, husband, son, daughter or best friend. It is estimated that around three in five people will be carers at some point in their lives.
The Cheshire East Carers Hub provides information, advice and a wide range of specialist support services, designed to help adult and young carers continue in their caring role for as long as they choose and reduce the impact the caring role can have on their own health and wellbeing.
Anyone who thinks they are a carer is urged to register with the Cheshire East Carers Hub by calling 0300 303 0208, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.cheshireeastcarershub.co.uk. Help is on hand which includes a 24/7 carers helpline, support to access funds and grants, access to counselling and help with health and wellbeing activities.
The call for carers to register with the Carers Hub comes on Carers Rights Day on Thursday 26 November – a day that aims to ensure that carers are aware of their rights, lets them know where to get help and supports and raises awareness of their needs.
Recent research by Carers UK shows that:
- Four in five unpaid carers (81 per cent) are currently providing more care than before lockdown;
- More than three quarters (78 per cent) of carers reported that the needs of the person they care for have increased recently;
- Most carers (64 per cent) have not been able to take any breaks at all in the last six months; and
- More than half (58 per cent) of carers have seen their physical health impacted by caring through the pandemic, while 64 per cent said their mental health has worsened.
Councillor Laura Jeuda, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: “We recognise the impact that this pandemic is having on our unpaid carers, and without help and support, they can find themselves struggling and isolated with what can be very physical and emotional demands, and potentially risking their own health and wellbeing as a result.
“Whether you are a new carer or have been caring for someone for a while, it’s really important that carers understand their rights and are able to access the support that is available as soon as they need it.
“I ask anyone who thinks they are a carer to take those first steps to getting the support you are entitled to. Please get in touch and register with our Carers Hub, giving you access to a wealth of services and support including a caring voice at the end of a phone who really understands.”
Alec, a carer from Middlewich, said: “It took me a while to make that first step and register with the Carers Hub, and I’m so glad I did. Through the hub, I talk to other carers where we chat about things ranging from dementia to cake-making! It really does help me when I talk to other people who know what you are going through and pick up lots of hints and tips.
“You can be involved with the hub as much or as little as you want, it’s up to you really but it’s so reassuring that they are at hand if you need it. For example, on Carers Rights Day we are receiving free advice from a solicitor on powers of attorney.
“It’s so important that people like me, who spend time caring for someone they love, look after themselves, which is where the Carers Hub comes in. I would encourage anyone to give it a go. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. They really do care and go the extra mile and I appreciate it.”
Show Your Commitment To Challenging Bullying
Cheshire Anti-Bullying Commission is inviting you to sign its Charter to show your commitment to challenging bullying in your workplace or community organisation.
The Charter is the first time a county-wide pledge has been implemented to tackle bullying and it’s been developed in response to research the Commission has conducted into bullying among under 25s in Cheshire.
The Commission, which was established by Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane, has spoken to hundreds of people across Cheshire who have experienced bullying.
It has also reviewed academic research, serious case reviews and coroner’s reports on suicides where bullying has been a factor.
In response, it is recommending that all organisations in Cheshire come together in a united-front against bullying after it found more needs to be done to not only protect victims but also manage the behaviour of bullies themselves.
Signing the Charter is one way you can show your commitment to challenging bullying and protecting people in our communities. We have also developed a suite of resources for you to proudly display your commitment to the Charter and your support for a bullying-free environment.
Find out more and sign it here: https://cheshire-anti-bullying-charter.info/
PCC David Keane said: “I am proud to have set up Cheshire’s first Anti-Bullying Commission and I am proud of the work the Commission has undertaken so far. As a result of this first phase, focused on under 25s, we have identified a set recommendations which I believe can achieve real change for our young people in Cheshire and beyond.
“Through the work of the Commission we have heard some heartbreaking cases of how being bullied at a young age has severely affected people in later life and in some cases, has resulted in suicide or self-harm.
“What our findings have outlined is that tackling bullying is everyone’s business; the only way we are going to halt this bullying epidemic among all generations in our society is by working together to change behaviour and make it unacceptable to target someone simply just for who they are.
“It is crucial that we work together to ensure these are not just words in a report but actions to make a difference for our communities.”
You can read a full copy of the Cheshire Anti-Bullying Commission phase 1 report at: https://www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk/cheshire-anti-bullying-commission/
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Caroline Tozer (Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Communications Officer, Police and Crime Commissioner)
Don’t fall foul of Black Friday scammers – that’s the message from Cheshire East Council.
People are being warned that conmen are preying on unsuspecting shoppers, as they seek out festive bargains online and elsewhere.
The council’s trading standards team fears that this week’s anticipated Black Friday online shopping spree could see more people falling victim to fraudsters, owing to the current rules on non-essential high street retail.
Residents are urged only to use legitimate online shopping sites and to be aware of the tell-tale signs of unscrupulous dealers, who exploit unsuspecting internet shoppers, some of whom may not be used to buying online.
There has been a steady increase in the number of people who have fallen victim to scams connected to Black Friday in recent years and the council is urging people to be vigilant.
Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime, says UK online shoppers lost a startling £16m during the first lockdown between March and June and that figure could be even higher.
Councillor Mick Warren, cabinet member for communities, said: “The internet is a convenient way for us to buy goods or services from the comfort of our home. It gives us access to millions of products from all over the world, but this in return brings its own risks. Online safety is important to ensure you are getting what you pay for, your money is safe and that the whole experience remains positive.”
You may see Black Friday offers in various places online, such as on social media platforms, retailers’ websites and resale or auction sites. Fraudsters will use all of these means to try to get you to part with your money. Get Safe Online, the UK’s leading authority in online safety and security, gives these expert tips to help you and others spot and avoid the scams that are out there:
· Ensure shopping websites are authentic by carefully checking the address is spelled correctly. Type it in rather than clicking on a link in an email, text or post. Fraudsters can set up convincing websites with an appearance and address very similar to the authentic one;
· Make sure payment pages are secure by checking that addresses begin with ‘https’ (‘s’ is for secure) and there’s a closed padlock in the address bar;
· Don’t pay for anything by transferring money directly to people or companies you don’t know, however keen you are to buy. If it’s a fraud, it’s doubtful the bank will be able to recover or refund your money. If you can, pay by credit card; and
· Avoid clicking on links in unexpected emails, texts or posts, or email attachments. At this time of year, fake parcel firm delivery notifications are commonplace attachments or links: they could lead to fraud or identity theft.
When paying for goods, it’s important to remember that paying by credit card offers greater protection than with other methods, in terms of fraud, guarantees and non-delivery.
You should also try to safeguard and remember the password you have chosen for the extra verification services used on some websites, such as ‘Verified by Visa’ and never pay for goods when using an unsecured Wi-Fi connection.
If you, or someone you know, has purchased goods or services online and you are experiencing problems with the retailer, the Citizens Advice Consumer service can advise you on your consumer rights. They are available on 0808 223 1133, or they can be contacted online at: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/get-more-help/if-you-need-more-help-about-a-consumer-issue/
Tuesday, 17 November 2020
Royal Mail Email Scam
*Scam Alert *
A scam email is being sent out from someone claiming to be from the ROYAL MAIL
That they have tried to deliver you a large letter from HM Revenue & Customs.
They are asking for you to ( Reschedule Now ) by clicking the link.
Please do not click on the link - Royal Mail do not have your email address.
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Penny Probin (Police, Community Support Officer, Crewe LPU)
Thursday, 12 November 2020
Discover Forest Bathing in Tatton Park’s Gardens and follow our step-by-step beginner’s guide, set beneath some of the Gardens most treasured trees.
Forest Bathing on your doorstep
Tatton Park is the perfect place to learn more about Forest Bathing and the art of re-connecting with nature. The Parkland and Gardens boast 1000s of trees; some of which have been there for 100s of years, no doubt giving pleasure over the centuries of countless members of the Egerton family, estate workers, rangers, gardeners and more recently, visitors. But has anyone known why these trees made them happy?
From a feeling to a science
Shinrin-Yoku (the Japanese term for forest bathing) has been studied in Japan for over 30 years. Their research into the health-boosting properties of trees has looked at the pleasure we feel walking through a forest, or just sitting beneath a tree and taken it from a feeling to a science. It has been scientifically proven that spending time beneath trees reduces stress levels, lowers your blood pressure and heart rate, boosts your immune system and increases feelings of happiness.
A beginner’s guide: The power of pine trees
The Pinetum in Tatton Park’s Garden is an invigorating introduction to Forest Bathing experience. Smell has a greater effect on our mind and body than any other sense. Take a log seat beneath the towering trees and breathe in the scent of pine. Pick up cones and needles from the floor or even run your hands along the branches. Pine resins can help many ailments but are especially helpful for easing breathing problems and aching muscles.
The Gardens and Parkland are open and ready to welcome you with new safety measures in place across the estate. To help ensure the health and wellbeing of our colleagues and visitors, we kindly ask you to follow the latest government advice on travel before you book to visit us.
If you are looking for a quieter experience, you may prefer to visit us mid-week if you can. All visits must be pre-booked online at tattonpark.org.uk
Book online now:
If you feel in need of a natural boost, book a ticket to Tatton Park’s Garden online at www.tattonpark.org.uk. National Trust members are free to enter the Gardens but still need to book tickets and time slot online. (Parkland entry £7 still applies).
Cheshire Police Recruiting Members To Join Audit Committee
Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane and Chief Constable Darren Martland are looking for local people to help advise them on key issues relating to governance, finance and risk management.
They wish to appoint two additional members to their Joint Audit Advisory Committee, providing assurance on governance and financial matters.
The Joint Audit Advisory Committee was established the Committee to provide independent assurance and to support good governance and strong financial management.
They are particularly interested in applications from those who have a good understanding of risk management, governance, audit and financial controls and annual accounts and preferably, a background in risk and financial controls.
The recruitment process is fully supportive of equality and diversity and will strive to engage those who are representative of the community they serve. Applicants are welcomed from all underrepresented groups and support will be made available throughout the recruitment process for all applicants.
The closing date for applications is 5pm on 2 December 2020. Shortlisting will take place in December 2020 and interviews are planned for January 2021.
Further details and application forms can be found at https://www.cheshire-pcc.gov.uk/what-i-do/making-key-decisions/audit-advisory-commitee/audit-advisory-committee-recruitment/
If you wish to discuss the positions informally contact Clare Hodgson, Director of Finance on 01606 364000 or email@example.com.
If you have any queries in relation to equality and diversity, or have a request for any additional support you may need, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications is 5pm on 2 December 2020. Your completed application form should be sent to email@example.com.
Message Sent By
Caroline Tozer (Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, Communications Officer, Police and Crime Commissioner)
Supporting You and Your Community Through Covid-19
We recognise that this is a challenging period for us all and even more so for vulnerable people. As Neighbourhood Watch we believe it is very important that we all take care and protect ourselves as a priority and where possible we safely carry on the great work of supporting and staying connected with our communities.
In England, between 5th November - 2nd December, national restrictions mean that:
- You should only leave home for food, medical reasons, exercise, education, or work
- You must work from home if you can
- You should avoid travel unless essential
- Schools and essential shops will remain open
Keeping your loved ones safe
The most valuable thing we can all do is keep ourselves and our loved safe - physically and emotionally.
- Our website signposts where you can get accurate advice and support with your emotional wellbeing.
- Sign up for the FREE Festival Of Discovery running online on 20th and 21st November for lively discussions on hot topics, entertainment, things to make and do, a chance to recharge your wellbeing, and real-life community stories from across the UK.
Supporting your community
There are a variety of ways in which you can support your community depending on your individual situation. A few ideas are:
- set up a Calling Tree to support those who are not connected via social media
- join forces with a Covid-19 Mutual Aid group
- connect with your neighbours with this Calling Card
- connect with your neighbours with this Kindness Card
- If you are, or you know someone who is, facing loneliness have a look at our Loneliness Toolkit
- sign up as a NHS Volunteer Responder - recruitment now open across England
As the programme evolves it will focus on direct support to the NHS with tasks such as the delivery of equipment to monitor vulnerable COVID-19 patients in their homes, and with stewarding people at vaccination clinics. They will also continue to support vulnerable people by delivering food and medication, and through Check In and Chat phone calls. They are not intending to replace any local volunteering activity. They aim to work collaboratively with volunteering leads in local areas.
If you are interested in joining as a volunteer you can attend an online meetings by clicking the link below at the specified time:
Thursday 19th November, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 3rd December, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Thursday 17th December, 11.30-12.30 Join Microsoft Teams Meeting
Beware of scams and crimes
Criminals are using the COVID-19 pandemic to scam the public. To help you avoid becoming a victim, we have highlighted on our website the wide variety of COVID-19 scams and crimes which have arisen, key protection advice and guidance on how to report these scams.
Community response stories
For further inspiration on ways in which you can support your community, have a look at our Community Response Stories. If you have a story you would like to share, please submit it using this form.
Domestic abuse survivors
Are you or someone you know is a domestic abuse survivor, the information below may be very useful.
- Women’s Aid Network: Many survivors will be feeling unsafe isolating in a house with an abusive person, and isolated from their support networks. Women’s Aid have put together some advice and information about support available. See Women’s Aid COVID-19 Resource Hub
- Safe Lives: They have put together some resources for people living with domestic abuse, and the professionals supporting them. They have also produced guidance for friends and family.
- Refuge: They are there for you if you, or someone you care about, is experiencing domestic abuse. Phone the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. They also have a range of digital resources available at refuge.org.uk and nationaldahelpline.org.uk.
- Neighbourhood Watch: We have a range of information on domestic abuse on our website including how to help, spotting the signs and more. See more in our Domestic Abuse Toolkit.
NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NETWORK, Central Support Team
A major revamp has taken place of the borough’s leisure and recreation spots as part of the council’s long-term strategy to raise the standard of local amenities.
The municipal parks strategy sets out the council’s long-term ambitions for bringing local parks and outdoor recreation areas up to a consistently high standard and to explore alternative avenues of funding and management.
The council has invested £500,000 in Browns Lane recreation area, in Wilmslow. This will enable the site to be transformed into a small neighbourhood park for people of all ages.
The park includes an accessible path with seating for rest and relaxation, a play area with many inclusive play opportunities, a multi-use games area and an informal natural turf ‘kick about’ pitch. A sustainable drainage system has been installed and this includes an attractive new pond.
In line with the council’s municipal parks strategy, the money has come from developer contributions linked to new housing developments. It provides a much-needed recreation facility for the Wilmslow and Dean Row area and represents a further achievement in the council’s long-term ambitions for sustainable quality parks and outdoor amenities.
Councillor Laura Crane, Cheshire East Council cabinet member with responsibility for green spaces, said: “This project has been eagerly anticipated amongst many local residents keen to have this green space transformed. I’m delighted that the work is progressing so well. There is still more to do, such as signage installation and tree planting, but the project is well on its way in allowing local families and young children to benefit from a first-class recreation park.
“The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the value and importance of our outdoor green spaces as the country has moved into a second national lockdown.
“The council has always been committed to the long-term improvement of our parks and open spaces owing to the health benefits they bring to our communities.”
Councillor Toni Fox said: “As local ward member, I am delighted that the long awaited for improvements have been made to what was previously an underused recreation area. This is a fantastic local facility that has been funded by developer contributions. It has been designed to be of benefit to residents of all ages year round, and is within walking distance for many who live in the Dean Row area, meaning they no longer have to drive to other places.
“I’d like to thank Ansa for all their assistance, particularly in relation to the extensive public consultations they carried out with local residents at the design stage of the scheme. Thank you also to the contractors for all their hard work and for keeping the project on schedule.”
The council works with a large number of local ‘friends groups’, parish and town councils to deliver its strategy and ensure that all its parks and green spaces meet local needs.
Each year the council undertakes a number of park and play area improvement projects in towns across the borough. The local community is always involved in the design and takes part in a consultation to check that they are supportive of the plans.
This week we are tackling Knife Crime Op Sceptre runs from November 9th to 15th and aims to keep knives and blades out of circulation, while also increasing awareness about the dangers of carrying knives.
During the week, people are being encouraged to leave unwanted knives in the amnesty bins at your local Police station.
If you would like to report someone in possession of a knife, know whether they are being hidden or are simply concerned about your loved one, please contact us by ringing either 101 or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.
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Message Sent By
Penny Probin (Police, Community Support Officer, Crewe LPU)
Over the weekend there has been an increase of burglaries and shed break-ins, please be alert, garden security lighting would help deter predators, good security locks fitted to sheds.
Be vigilant, ring your neighbours let them know what's going on in the area.
Ring 101 if you witness any suspicious activity.
Message Sent By
Penny Probin (Police, Community Support Officer, Crewe LPU)
Cheshire East has pledged to secure the future of local communities by joining the Countryside Climate Network, delivering on its promise to be carbon neutral by 2025 and influencing carbon reduction across the borough.
Rural areas are already suffering some of the most severe effects of climate change in the UK, and it is essential that rural communities are central to ongoing climate change conversations.
The Countryside Climate Network promotes the voice of the countryside in the climate change debate and already has over 20 local authority members. It will provide a space for collaboration and amplification of climate action in rural and suburban communities.
The network aims to support the whole nation in delivering the UK’s net zero carbon goal and will connect Cheshire East to other local authority leaders, national government and other national stakeholders.
Membership of the network is free and will enable members to:
- Share knowledge and best practice with each other:
- Collaborate on developing shared national policy asks, and:
- Support one another in developing local engagement that builds consent and support for ambitious climate action.
Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “We are passionate about tackling the climate emergency and committed to reducing our own emissions – becoming carbon neutral by 2025.
“Rural communities are at the frontline of feeling the effects of climate change, with more extreme weather bringing longer droughts and wetter winters.
“Our carbon neutral action plan outlines our ambition to reduce our carbon emissions and to work with others in our borough to drive behaviour change. Being part of this network enables us to collaborate with other local authorities in rural areas to share best practice and initiatives, ensuring the voice of rural communities and their experience on climate action is listened to in Westminster.
“By continuing to all work together, we can make a real impact on the future sustainability of the borough.”