Keeping people connected during the COVID-19 crisis enabling the to stay safe and well.
Residents are advised that over the Easter holidays Durham County Councils Hub will be open 10am to 3pm Friday to Monday.
They can be contacted on 03000 260 260 or email email@example.com
If you are self-isolating, or know someone who is, please be advised that the Greenhills Centre’s Meals on Wheels service is still operating.
If you would like a meal delivering, please contact Hilary Jamieson on 01429 820 214 to place an order.
Residents in County Durham are being reminded about the importance of staying at home during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Cllr Lucy Hovvels MBE
With the Easter bank holiday fast approaching, Durham County Council are asking you to continue to stay at home and only leave the house for essential reasons outlined by the government in order to save lives.
These essential reasons are shopping for basic necessities, which should be done as infrequently as possible, one form of exercise per day, any medical need, or to travel for work purposes but only when this cannot be done from home.
Staying at home as much as possible, especially during the Easter break, is vital to stopping further spread of Coronavirus and protecting members of the community who are at risk. Those who do not show any symptoms can still carry and spread the virus to others.
However, staying at home does not mean the holiday break cannot be enjoyed. Durham County Council are offering a number of activities and services to keep families entertained together during the stay at home period, including a wide range of online education and leisure activities for children.
Residents are encouraged to take care of their mental health during the stay at home period. There is a dedicated page of advice which features five top tips for mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak. This includes limiting news reading and seeking information from reputable sources, keeping in touch with friends, family and colleagues, ensuring to eat and exercise well, maintaining a healthy work from home routine, and focusing on what you can control.
A full list of fun resources, activities, as well as information and advice on staying at home, can be found on our Coronavirus – latest news and advice web page.
Museums at home
Popular attractions, such as Bowes Museum, Raby Castle and museums under The Auckland Project, are offering a ‘museums at home’ experience. At-home visitors can explore collections online, listen to oral histories, bake with traditional Easter recipes, as well access a number of resources for families including craft packs and learning materials.
Meanwhile, Durham Cathedral is offering virtual services which are being live streamed daily for morning and evening prayer. The cathedral is providing links to Church of England worship and prayer, as well as downloadable activity resources for children.
Easter egg hunts and activities
Visit County Durham is also hosting a number of online Easter activities including an online egg hunt, where families can follow the clues and discover the highlights of County Durham. They will also be providing a number of Easter activity content, including colouring sheets of Durham’s picturesque attractions, trivia games and Easter baking.
All content, and information about virtual services and museum tours can be accessed through the This is Durham – Easter web page.
Children will be able to enjoy the library service’s popular storytelling sessions. A series of audio recordings of stories and poems will be broadcasted from DCC’s YouTube channel, starting from Thursday 9 April at 2pm, with a performance of Chicken Licken. Broadcasts will run weekly until 30 April.
Wharton and Hardwick Parks will be hosting a Bunny Bop on Saturday, 11 April, in conjunction with children’s entertainer Nikki Noo Noo through Facebook Live. The free sessions will be at 10am for Hardwick Park and 2pm for Wharton Park, which can be accessed by joining the group Parks Bunny Bop on Facebook.
Postpone home projects
While the stay at home period is a good opportunity for residents to have a clear-out, or to do some DIY or gardening, residents are reminded that all Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are closed under government guidance.
To keep streets clean and safe during this time, and to assist bin crews who are working to prioritise and maintain general waste, residents are asked to consider postponing home projects. Where this is not reasonable, residents are being asked to store unwanted items indoors, or consider home composting garden waste, until HWRCs can be reopened and waste can be disposed of appropriately.
There will be no change to bin collections over Easter or during the Bank Holiday and residents are reminded to put their bin out as normal. Bins should be placed at the kerbside by 7am on their usual collection day. To find out your collection day, enter your postcode in the My Durham search
Vital that everyone plays their part
Cllr Lucy Hovvels MBE, Cabinet member for adult and health services, said: “Now more than ever, particularly when people may wish to spend the Easter break outdoors, it is vital that every resident keeps following government guidelines and stays at home to stop the spread of the virus and save lives.
“Even with the temptation of nice weather, it is important that we all continue to play a part in helping to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and protect those in our community who are vulnerable and at risk.
“There are still plenty of exciting things to do to keep yourself and your family entertained while staying at home during the Easter period, and we are working hard to ensure services are maintained and our residents are supported.”
Sam Aaron, a computer coder who turns programming into music is helping to entertain residents from the comfort of their own home with 2 free performances.
Please see the press release below.
Children will soon be able to enjoy County Durham library service’s popular storytelling sessions in the comfort of their own homes.
For more information please see below.
In line with government guidance the Parish Council is taking all necessary precautions to keep everyone safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are a small team, and for us to be able to provide this essential service during what is a difficult and unprecedented time we have had to put these measures in place to protect you and our staff.
In keeping with government guidelines graveside services in the Cemetery should only be attended by immediate family, and only where it is safe for them to do so. Al those present must follow the guidance on social distancing. You should not attend if you are symptomatic or self-isolating. Mourners are asked to leave the graveside as soon as possible after the committal.
We have suspended the burial of cremated remains until further notice with immediate effect.
Work on Memorials
We have suspended the processing of all memorial applications and are not authorising any new memorials until further notice with immediate effect.
Memorial Plaques and Additional Inscriptions
We have suspended the processing of all applications for memorial plaques and added inscriptions until further notice with immediate effect.
Please telephone Mr John Davies, Head Groundsperson on 07817199096/01429824156 to make all arrangements.
We recognise this is a distressing time for anyone who has lost a loved one. These measures are being put in place to protect staff who are carrying out this critical service, and to protect members of the public.
We would like to express our sincere sympathy to all those who are bereaved in these very difficult circumstances.
This is a fast-evolving situation and guidance may well need to change again soon.
1 April 2020
Want to join our community hub?
If you are a local voluntary group, local business or other agency offering help in the community, why not join the community hub to help people find support in this time of crisis. It’s free, just fill in the form at www.durham.gov.uk/covid19volunteer or call 03000 260 260. You will receive a call to verify your details and your service added to Locate. This will help people in need find information about your service.
Want to volunteer?
If you are interested in volunteering as an individual to help people who are confined to their home, you can find your local support groups on Locate. Many are actively seeking new volunteers.
You can also register as a volunteer at www.durham.gov.uk/covid19volunteer and they will try to match you with local residents who you can support. Alternatively you could register to be an NHS Volunteer Responder at www.goodsamapp.org/NHSvolunteerresponders
Coronavirus is making life very difficult for many people and it can be difficult to access the basics. Many of you will be getting help and support from friends, relatives or local groups. Through #CountyDurhamTogether you can get the help, either through established networks, or from Durham County Council.
You can find a list of local support groups and organisations that provide assistance on the council’s ‘Locate’ website www.durhamlocate.org.uk just click on the coronavirus section which will guide you to the help you need.
Still need help?
If you don’t have anyone to pick up medication please contact your community pharmacy. If you are unable to access support for help with essentials such as shopping or someone who can listen and support you, please contact us:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- fill in the Covid 19 help form at www.durham.gov.uk/covid19help
- or call 03000 260 260 and they will connect you to the help you need
You can always get our latest coronavirus information and advice at www.durham.gov.uk
Statement from the Chair of Wheatley Hill Parish Council
Firstly, I just want to say that I hope everyone within the community, and all your families, are managing to keep safe and well during the current time.
With information being given to us everyday, and that information changing so rapidly, I know it can seem quite hard to keep up with it all. But I wanted to let everyone know that the Parish Council is continuously working around the COVID-19 problem, and we are determined to look after everyone throughout the village.
We have all been told from the UK Government to socially distance ourselves from others, and the older people within our community should isolate themselves for their own safety. Now many people here will have close family ties and will always be there to support and look after our elders. But there are some in our village that don’t have such support, but it is really important that those people are looked after, whilst keeping themselves safe. The Parish Council is committed to help as many people as we can throughout the village, and will work with others to ensure so.
The Co-Op have kindly agreed to work with volunteers from the village to shop for the vulnerable, the Parish Council, the Greenhills Centre, the Church and other local volunteers will give their time to support those in isolation, who don’t have anyone else, following government guidance how best to do this. If you, or you know someone that is self-isolating, and does not have any support whatsoever, please get in touch with Paula, the community pioneer, on 07971250262.
The Parish are going to have to take measures to safeguard ourselves and our staff, but that does not mean we cannot help the village. This year has been quite busy for us so far, where I have attended a number of meetings to try and improve the community. The outcomes from those meetings will, I hope, still go ahead. And anything the Parish can deal with will go ahead! But it may just take slightly longer.
Where you still have complaints, or information, or want us to know anything at all, please do not hesitate to contact one of the Members of the Parish Council, or our Clerk, Joanne.
I hope that all of you stay safe, and are okay during this time, and if there is anything that the Parish can do to help, please let us know.
Stay safe and take care.
Chair of the Parish Council