Today’s lockdown changes

As everyone will be aware today marks some further easing of lockdown restrictions:

Lockdown rules graphic - What's changing in England from 17 May?

Meeting up

Social distancing guidance is also changing. Contact with close family and friends is described as a matter of personal judgement, but people are asked to remain cautious around close contact, like hugging.

Leisure and entertainment

  • Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants will be allowed to serve customers indoors
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, cinemas and children’s play areas can open
  • Theatres, concert halls, conference centres and sports stadiums can all reopen
  • Organised adult sports and exercise classes can restart indoors
  • Steam rooms and saunas may reopen
  • Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can reopen

Education

  • Face coverings no longer recommended for pupils in secondary schools
  • All remaining university students eligible to return to in-person teaching

Travel

Full details are on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do

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Bowel Cancer Awareness – know the signs

April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month.   More than 16,000 people die from bowel cancer in the UK every year – that’s 44 people every day. But is very treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early, and nearly everyone survives if diagnosed at the earliest stage.  So it’s important to know the signs – spotting the signs and sypmtoms could save your life!

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If you have one or more of these, or if things just don’t feel right, talk to your GP.

Find out more at https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/

Monday Mind Workout answers for Monday 26th April 2021

Good morning,
This week’s Monday Mind Workout was themed around 1960s music groups. How did you do?
1.ON LOSERS GLINT ROLLING STONES
DAMN, MAN FERN MANFRED MANN
THREE CRASHES THE SEARCHERS
EHT SWOSAHD THE SHADOWS
SOURNESS OF HATE THE FOUR SEASONS
POTENT TEAM HITS THE TEMPTATIONS
7.DINKY FLOP PINK FLOYD
8.LET HATES BE THE BEATLES
9. THE LOOSE DUMBY THE MOODY BLUES
10 IF CRAFT TRAFFIC
11 HEY BOTCH BASE THE BEACH BOYS
12 TWO FACED MOLE FLEETWOOD MAC
13. A REPACKAGED TEN RHYMERS GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS
14. SHORT ODE THE DOORS
15. OTE HHW THE WHO

‘Hybrid Bingo this week’: online and in person’

With an upturned bin, two camping chairs, and some sticky back plastic…. more of us could join together this month for our regular monthly Bingo. Thanks to this make shift space it meant another 5 were able to join us (6 including myself), which made a heartwarming baker’s dozen.

I will be hosting some more in the coming months so if you would like to join us then please do get in touch. Email: lisa@caringtogether.org.uk or call 07436 530073.

Shared Moments: ‘Meanwood Valley Urban Farm Stroll’

We were able to make the most of yet more beautiful sunny days this week with two walks to Meanwood Valley Urban Farm (https://www.mvuf.org.uk/). They opened last week. The cakes and breakfast sandwiches are definitely worth a try, if you have not tried already.

I will be going again in the coming weeks so if you would like to join us then please do get in touch. It is about a mile from our new offices. It is a lovely quiet and peaceful walk. Email: lisa@caringtogether.org.uk or call 07436 530073. We can walk together or you can meet us there.

Stress – Know the signs and tips to cope

April is stress awareness month.

Stress is something everyone feels at times, and there are all kinds of stressful situations that can be a part of daily life. Low-level stress can even be helpful or motivational.

But too much stress can affect our mood, our body and our relationships – especially when it feels out of our control. It can make us feel anxious and irritable, and affect our self-esteem. According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of adults in the UK have felt unable to cope or overwhelmed by stress.

There are plenty of things you can do to help cope with stressful events, and simple steps you can take to deal with feelings of stress or burnout.

The One You/Every Mind Matters website has lots of helpful information on the causes and signs of stress and tips to help you deal with it.  https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/stress/

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New test centres added in Leeds for residents to get rapid covid tests

A major new testing programme has been launched for residents in Leeds in a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19.

Around one in three people with COVID-19 have no symptoms and will spread it without realising.

Now, to stop this risk by finding new cases, Leeds City Council is offering a number of options across the city for residents to take part in community testing.

The new community testing centres, where you can pick up tests are:

City Centre Community Hub, Woodhouse Lane, LS2 8LX

Armley Community Hub & Library, 2 Stocks Hill, Armley, LS12 1UQ

Deacon House Centre, Seacroft Avenue, Leeds, LS14 6JD

Dewsbury Road Community Hub & Library, 190 Dewsbury Road, LS11 6PF

Halton Library, 273 Selby Road, LS15 7JR; The Compton Centre Community Hub & Library, Harehills Lane, Harehills, LS9 7BG

The Reginald Centre, Chapeltown Road, Leeds, LS7 3EX.

Opening hours 10am to 4pm Mon to Fri and 10am to 1pm Saturday except City Centre Community Hub which doesn’t open Saturdays.

These are in addition to the existing community testing options we have previously told you about and which are as follows:

A home ordering service – https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests.

Collection at a local test site during specific test collection time windows – https://www.gov.uk/find-covid-19-lateral-flow-test-site.

Pharmacies offering home test collection – https://maps.test-and-trace.nhs.uk/.

Testing on-site at Leeds Beckett University – City Campus LS1 3HE (Monday to Friday 8.30am to 2pm) Headingley Campus LS6 3QS (Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm).

Residents should have two tests during a week-long period. Please note this community testing is only for people with NO SYMPTOMS. Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and book a test.

Public health leaders in the city hope as many residents as possible will take part in the new initiative to protect both themselves and others.

Next stage of “lockdown roadmap” – what are the rules from today?

Today marks the next step in lockdown easing, however government and the health service are all stressing the importance of continuing to be careful and protect ourselves and others. Many restrictions remain in place and, very importantly you must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, or another exemption applies, and continue to social distance when meeting people outdoors.

Here’s what changes from today:

  • non-essential retail can reopen
  • personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
  • you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible

 

Keeping yourself and others safe:

Social distancing is still very important. You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.

You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.