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Covid grant to support the vulnerable and those who need to self-isolate

Upfront grants from South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC) of between £100 and £400 are now available to support the vital work that community groups are carrying out to help vulnerable people and/or those who need to self-isolate. This grant is intended to be used for things such as:

  • Hand sanitiser and basic protective equipment
  • Printing of leaflets to help keep people informed about your community group and its activities
  • Paying for a few days of shopping or topping up an electricity meter for people who need to suddenly self-isolate and are demonstrably in financial hardship.

In addition SCDC expect to provide ‘top-up’ funding in addition to the grants that they are offering upfront. They are not expecting to be able to help a family in hardship for more than a few days. This is intended as short-term assistance whilst arrangements are put in place for longer term help. Each case will have a unique set of circumstances and your SCDC officer patch lead will help on a case-by-case basis.

Community Warden Scheme

A new Community Warden Scheme for Ickleton and surrounding villages has been funded by South Cambs District Council. 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 07445151635 or emailing wardens@ageukcap.org.uk.

M11/A11 motorway maintenance schemes 2020-21

There are various motorway maintenance schemes currently being carried out near to Ickleton on the M11 and A11.

Volkerfitzpatrick will be carrying out repairs to the existing north and south bound concrete road surface along the A11 between junction M11 9A and Ickleton. Work will start on Thursday 19 November 2020 and be completed by Monday 14 December 2020. To minimise disruption, all work will be carried out overnight from 8pm until 6am with a full weekend closure from 8pm Friday 20 November until 6am Monday 23 November. Dependent on weather, additional road closures may be required.

For more information please visit https://highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/east/east-maintenance-schemes/.

Bin collection and waste recycling:

South Cambs District Council have resumed the fortnightly green bin collection service. Thriplow Household Recycling Centre is open for residents who have essential waste that cannot be stored safely at home. From 22nd June 2020, all visitors must book a time slot to enter Thriplow Household Recycling Centre. E-permit holders should already be booking time slots before visiting.

Wellcome Genome Campus online talk

Slowing the Spread: How genomics can help us understand COVID-19

Thursday 26 November, 6-7.30pm.Online (zoom)

In these unprecedented times we look to science for answers. Since lockdown, staff at the Wellcome Genome Campus have joined the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic in a national genomics sequencing effort to understand and track the spread of the virus.

Join Dr Cordelia Langford and Prof Dominic Kwiatkowski in conversation with Dallas Campbell as they discuss the impact of this vital collaborative effort and the challenges of doing groundbreaking science in times of social distancing. Cordelia and Dominic are from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, where Cordelia is Director of Science Operations, and Dominic is Head of the Parasites and Microbes Programme. Dallas Campbell is a presenter and author, well known for presenting some of British television’s most popular factual programmes including: Bang Goes the Theory and The Sky at Night.

Free but please register in advance here: https://bit.ly/GenomeLates

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