Openreach fibre broadband funded by the Government Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme
The Government’s Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme is an initiative to help homes and businesses in rural areas install a gigabit-capable, full fibre connection to their premises when part of a group scheme. Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 100 Megabits per second (Mbps) can apply for vouchers worth up to £3,500 for each SME, and up to £1,500 per residential premise to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections.
Openreach have put forward the Ickleton project but not all emails were validated and Openreach need to obtain a 100% response if possible, not only to raise as much voucher value as possible but also to show that the Parish is enthusiastic about having full fibre installed. The Parish Council would encourage all Parishioners to validate the emails as a matter of urgency so the project is successful.
Safe and well visits
Colleagues supporting the South Cambs Community Safety Partnership are promoting the opportunity for vulnerable residents to have free ‘Safe and Well visits’. The Safe and Well team visit residents’ homes to assess six key elements:
- Fire safety in the home – including cooking, general safety and escape plans.
- Falls prevention – including simple remedial action such as replacing lightbulbs or taping down loose carpet.
- Alcohol use – alcohol related hospital admissions are steadily increasing.
- Stay well and warm – can residents afford to heat their home? Do they have access to a hot meal? Do they access the all the services available to them?
- Crime reduction – providing advice on making their home more secure in addition to advice to make them less vulnerable to scams or fraud.
- Smoking – if people need a helping hand to quit, our Safe and Well partners can offer the help and advice people need.
- Hoarding – if people need advice in relation to the health and safety of individuals with hoarding concerns.
Find out if someone is eligible for a free safe and well visit by contacting the automated message line on 0800 917 9994 and leave a message including the person’s name, address and daytime phone number to receive a call back.
Cambridgeshire County Council urgently needs more foster carers. Fostering means caring for one or more children or young people in your own home when they are unable to live with their family. Foster carers provide a safe and secure home for children and young people of all ages, and come from a wide range of ages, cultures and backgrounds. Becoming a foster carer normally takes four to six months. Foster carers could earn up to £44,720 plus benefits for looking after two children aged eleven or over, subject to experience, training, and assessment. There are lots of different types of fostering available for the right people and their families. For more information:
• call 0800 052 0078
• text FOSTERING to 60777
Community Warden Scheme
A new Community Warden Scheme for Ickleton and surrounding villages has been funded by South Cambs District Council. The warden for Ickleton is Anita Gilchrist. Parishioners aged 60 or over who would like help to continue to live independently in their own home can get assistance from the Community Warden by providing a daily phone call (Mon-Fri) and support such as making drinks and a light meal, collecting prescriptions, small items of shopping, help with paperwork and making appointments, and signposting to other services where appropriate. There is a free 2 week trial and then a small weekly fee afterwards. More information can be found by calling 07812496001 or emailing email@example.com