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Coronavirus Third Sector Bulletin: 
Edition 36

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Introduction
Welcome to the latest Together Leeds bulletin, created by local NHS and council partners to provide an overview of the key messages local people need to know. Please share these messages through your own communication networks. In this edition:
  • National Lockdown
  • COVID-19 vaccine update
  • Supporting families during COVID-19
  • GP registration
  • Mental health update
  • Keeping well at home
  • Keep safe this winter
  • Training and development
We hope you, and the communities you work with, find it an interesting and useful resource.
National LockdownStay Home Save Lives Protect the NHS poster with house in the centre

We’re seeing small, but significant, decreases in the city’s overall COVID-19 infection and positivity rates. Whilst encouraging, the figures are still high and there are significant concerns about the spread of the new variant, and people becoming complacent once vaccinated. Because of this, it’s now more important than ever that we stick to the most effective prevention measures – and that we do so whether we’ve had the vaccine or not - hand washing, social distancing and wearing face coverings. The key message is
“Act like you’ve got it”, Stay home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.


COVID-19 vaccine update:
Over 70s booking
Map of UK and NHS logo words explaining you will be contacted when it is your turn to have the vaccinePeople who are over 70 and haven’t had their first vaccination can contact the NHS National Booking Service for an appointment. If you haven’t heard from us yet and want to book an appointment, please use the online booking system or call 119 free of charge. The line is open 7am-11pm seven days a week (phone lines can get very busy so you may prefer to call later in the day when it’s less busy). This will allow you to choose a time slot and location that suits you.
Please be aware that this is only available for first vaccination appointments and if you’re aged 70 or over. Everyone else needs to wait to be contacted by the NHS when it’s their turn for a vaccination or for an appointment for their second vaccination if they don’t already have one. GP practices are contacting all patients who are registered as clinically extremely vulnerable and have been asked to shield to ensure they have been offered a vaccination, as well as people in the eligible cohorts who are housebound. If you haven’t been contacted yet, you should hear from your practice this week.
 

Leeds Health experts hold a Facebook Live session on COVID-19 vaccine
Facebook LiveHealth professionals from Leeds are running a Facebook live session about the COVID vaccine on Saturday 20 February from 2pm-3pm. The diverse panel will see four GPs in Leeds and a public health expert from the city help provide clear information on the vaccination programme. They’ll be on hand to answer any questions that people may have so that people can make an informed decision on the vaccine when they’re invited to attend an appointment. The panel for the session is as below.
  • Dr Amal Paul, GP in Leeds
  • Dr Julie Duodu, GP in Leeds
  • Lucy Jackson, Chief Officer and Consultant in Public Health
  • Dr Mohammed Sattar, GP in Leeds
  • Dr Nadia Anderson, GP in Leeds
The session will be available through the NHS in Leeds' Facebook page www.facebook.com/nhsleeds. A recording of the session will be made available on the Facebook page, giving people a chance to listen back at a time of their choosing. To submit a question in advance please email leedsccg.comms@nhs.net.
COVID-19: Travel to vaccination centres
Transport to vaccination centresWest Yorkshire Combined Authority has put extra measures in place to assist local people access vaccination. Holders of free bus passes issued to older and disabled people can travel free on public transport before 9.30am if they’re going to or from a coronavirus vaccination appointment. More information on the West Yorkshire Metro
website.
 
New COVID-19 resources include:
Child Friendly Leeds fun creative Ideas for Famlies we are child friendly LeedsSupporting families with COVID-19
Child Friendly Leeds has created the ultimate guide for children, young people and families during lockdown in Leeds. This includes fun, exciting activities and things to do at home; advice and guidance for families during lockdown including health and well-being; links to websites and apps which feature virtual sessions, educational and fun learning resources for all ages and a competitions page.
GP registration
Everyone in England can register with a GP. Many people who experience health inequalities face barriers when trying to register. Practices shouldn’t turn you away because you don’t have proof of ID, address or immigration status. You can also register if you don’t know, or don’t have, an NHS number.GP registration has many benefits – most importantly, currently, that GPs can identify those clinically vulnerable to COVID-19 and ensure they’re invited to get a vaccination.
Mental Health Update
Leeds Community Foundation has announced new funding to support people who self-harm through peer support and by improving resilience, self-esteem, and coping mechanisms. Read more information and details of how to apply here. Meanwhile, The Children’s Society has worked with a group of young refugees to produce a booklet aimed at helping with sleep problems. It’s written by and aimed at young people but the principles are appropriate for anyone who struggles with sleeping.
Keeping well at home
images of people keeping wellDo you know someone who is shielding, clinically vulnerable or has mobility problems? If so, the Active Leeds Health Team has a range of free resources and programmes to keep people moving at home during the lockdown. These include:
  • Online Activities via Zoom
  • IPAD Loan Scheme
  • Personalised Support
  • Digital activities on YouTube
  • Activity DVDs
  • Peer Support Groups
  • Printed Resources such as the Keeping Well at Home Booklets
To request any resources please complete this online enquiry form or call:  0113 378 3680.
Keep safe this winter
two cats keeping warmCold weather, snow and icy conditions can increase health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

Look out for people who may at higher risk of cold-related illness or falls.

Stay up-to-date with the latest weather forecasts on the
Met Office website.
Training and Development
Our 'Want to know more about ...' awareness and information training sessions, are hugely popular and provide an excellent opportunity for you to build your confidence in identifying and tackling issues pertaining to a particular public health topic, as well as learning more about local services and ways to help others.
 
The sessions are free of charge and are presented in an engaging manner by friendly and knowledgeable facilitators. You can read more information and book a place
here.
ringing telephone gifUseful Contacts
  • Leeds Directory - the council’s online source of information about a range of local community care and support services, activities and events.
  • Call the Leeds City Council helpline on 0113 378 1877 if you're self-isolating and don't have friends or family nearby who can help. Our volunteers can help you with shopping, transport to medical appointments, or a call to check how you are.
  • Call NHS 111 if you need medical help but it’s not an emergency. A trained advisor will help you access the best service to meet your need. You can also go online www.111.nhs.uk.
  • MindWell has a coronavirus information hub with the latest information and resources to help people in Leeds take care of their mental health and is at this time.
  • MindMate is a trusted Leeds-based website specifically for children and young people, their families and the professionals who support them.
  • Leeds Domestic Violence Service helpline on 0113 246 0401. If calling is unsafe, a web-chat service is now being offered from Monday-Friday between 1pm-3pm via https://leedswomensaid.co.uk/. If you’re in immediate danger, call 999 (press 55 after the emergency number if you’re in danger and unable to speak).
  • West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership Bereavement Support Line: FREEPHONE 0808 196 3833, and a live chat function is available on the website. The service is available 7 days a week, from 8am to 8pm.
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