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09/10/2020 Latest news and advice for residents on COVID-19 and more from Wiltshire Council (see more)

Self-isolation – you could be entitled to COVID-19 Test and Trace support payment scheme

We all need to work together and follow the guidance as we look to keep COVID-19 under control in Wiltshire. But we know that when people are told to self-isolate this can increase financial pressures at an already difficult time.

If you are required to self-isolate, a £500 payment is available if you are working and on a low income and will lose money because you cannot work from home.

To receive this payment, you must:
* have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace after Monday, 28 September 2020 and have a unique Test and Trace number provided by the NHS
* be employed or self-employed
* have lost income by being unable to work from home while self-isolating

be receiving at least one of the following benefits:
* Universal Credit
* Pension Credit
* Housing Benefit
* Income Support
* income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
* income-based Employment Support Allowance
* Working Tax Credit

We are in the process of finalising a system to allow you to claim for this payment as quickly and easily as possible, and this will be live next week. People who are eligible for this payment will be able to make a backdated claim to 28 September 2020.

More information on how to apply locally will be available on our website’s council tax and benefits pages (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wiltshire.gov.uk%2Fbenefits&data=02%7C01%7CDonna.Mountford%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C85ff9ee930ff48f4da4108d86c461084%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378395472129463&sdata=NLcosurVnLgmzkcWbDx5BE9GvCTl7hLnhEMb%2FjqFXOY%3D&reserved=0) next week. In the meantime, more information can also be found on the government website. (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gov.uk%2Fgovernment%2Fnews%2Fnew-package-to-support-and-enforce-self-isolation&data=02%7C01%7CDonna.Mountford%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C85ff9ee930ff48f4da4108d86c461084%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378395472129463&sdata=AIqJv44Z9%2FJ3Ix3U0QU35IWAunc865fFqEpa%2BXjYwC8%3D&reserved=0)

Tidworth Library providing order and collect service

We’re pleased to confirm that Tidworth Library will be operating an order and collect service from Monday 12 October.

You won’t be able to drop-in and browse at the library but an order and collect service has been set-up providing access to books. You can also book to use the computers for up to 45 minutes.

Library members can sign up for order and collect by completing an order form (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flibraries.wiltshire.gov.uk%2Fweb%2Farena%2Fordercollect&data=02%7C01%7CDonna.Mountford%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C85ff9ee930ff48f4da4108d86c461084%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378395472109475&sdata=QGbiyPsRB2OHz8RjPzAFATmVWxmq1W2XYh09a2ICu84%3D&reserved=0)  or phoning the library during the hours below on 01980 843460. To book a computer session please also phone the library during its opening hours.

Tidworth Library opening hours will be:
Mondays at 2pm to 5pm
Thursdays at 2pm to 5pm
Saturdays at 10am to 1pm

Library staff will choose books for you to enjoy based on the preferences stated and contact you to arrange a convenient time for you to collect them from the library entrance.

Audiobooks can be selected if you have an audiobook subscription or membership exemption.

If you wish to reserve a specific book, we have relaunched our reservation service. Books can be reserved online or by phoning from libraries across Wiltshire for 95p (free for children’s items) using the library catalogue (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Flibraries.wiltshire.gov.uk%2Fweb%2Farena&data=02%7C01%7CDonna.Mountford%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C85ff9ee930ff48f4da4108d86c461084%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378395472119476&sdata=%2BIcG5TWEyxHJ27Nt%2FBhWckdszo639PzNNjogBcIsDoU%3D&reserved=0) .

Five steps to wellbeing – how to improve mental wellbeing on World Mental Health Day

We are reminding people of the steps they can take to improve their wellbeing for World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

Earlier this week Wiltshire Council launched the Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nhs.uk%2Foneyou%2Fevery-mind-matters%2Fchildrens-mental-health%2Fhttps%3A%2Fwww.wiltshire.gov.uk%2Fnews%2FWiltshire-Health-Improvement-Hub-launch&data=02%7C01%7CDonna.Mountford%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7Cd29bf74ffc1f4b230e6908d86c552a07%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378460315635491&sdata=lKUNV0cdm%2BTrr8w2c1kRUcBlfc7KrU2u6APxUAAQ%2BWo%3D&reserved=0) which will assist people who want to improve their health and mental wellbeing.

We are also working with partners including supporting Public Health England and the NHS’s Every Mind Matters programme which enables people to create a personalised action plan recommending a set of self-care actions to deal with stress, boost mood, improve sleep and feel in control.

As half term approaches Every Mind Matters also has a range of information (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nhs.uk%2Foneyou%2Fevery-mind-matters%2Fchildrens-mental-health%2F&data=02%7C01%7CDonna.Mountford%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7Cd29bf74ffc1f4b230e6908d86c552a07%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378460315645486&sdata=fBk3mACwE1cBdks%2BLpzG3lDXh7aWCb0%2FsymQFWEwFWQ%3D&reserved=0) to support children and young people and their parents/carers to talk about mental health and the current situation and how to navigate the COVID-19 situation.

You can find ideas and simple accessible resources, on our website (http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/public-health-mental-health)  and a link to the Every Mind Matters platform (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.everymindmatters.co.uk%2F&data=02%7C01%7CDonna.Mountford%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7Cd29bf74ffc1f4b230e6908d86c552a07%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637378460315655481&sdata=E1m1OEiWpibfyp%2FVpzYLd4%2F994WoQtlHV5SHVcmKV6Q%3D&reserved=0) .
Find out more (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/world-mental-health-day-2020)

New Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub

We have launched the Wiltshire Health Improvement Hub which will assist people who want to improve their health and mental wellbeing.

The Health Improvement Hub will utilise Health Improvement Coaches that can support people to make practical changes to improve their health and mental wellbeing through one-to-one support.

It will be a single point of access for referrals to the Health Improvement Coaches, Healthy Me (child and family weight management service), and our new group adult weight management programme, Healthy Us, due to launch January 2021.
Find out more (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/Wiltshire-Health-Improvement-Hub-launch)

Are you eligible for a free flu vaccination?

This year it’s more important than ever for eligible people to get their vaccination, to help protect the nation from the double threat of flu and COVID-19 this winter.

If you’re in an eligible group please make sure you get vaccinated. You can ask your pharmacist or GP to find out if you are eligible.
Find out more (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/)
Skills Toolkit

The Skills Toolkit (https://theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk/)  is an online learning platform launched by the Government. It gives people access to free, high quality digital, numeracy and employability courses, to help you build up your skills, progress in work and boost your job prospects.

You can access the free courses from computer essentials and practical maths to digital marketing, coding, leadership and project management, there’s something for everyone.

The courses have been developed with top quality providers including The Open University, Google, Amazon and Microsoft.

Boosting the nation’s digital skills is a first step towards recovery, helping people build up the skills employers need and boosting growth and productivity.
Find out more (https://theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk/)