RBC – Community Bulletin (July 2020)



JULY 2020

The community bulletin is changing! We have had some wonderful feedback about the usefulness of the community bulletin during the Covid-19 lockdown. As the lockdown eases we will now continue to produce a monthly bulletin with our heath and community partners to keep you updated about community activity across Rossendale. This will include information on community group activities, events, health information and community training opportunities. We hope you will find the bulletin useful

Feel free to share the bulletin with friends, community groups and on community group social media. If you have some information that you would like to share in the next bulletin, or you would like to be added to the e-mail distribution list, please contact us at communitiesteam@rossendalebc.gov.uk

Advice and support for people impacted by Covid-19 is still available from Rossendale Connected on 01706 227016 or at help@rossendaleconnected.org


Community Partnership Grants

Community Partnerships are positive meetings looking at how local people, councils, the voluntary sector, housing and the Police can work together to address the priorities of local people. The meetings are about what we CAN do together, not what we can’t.

There are four Community Partnerships in Rossendale:

•           Whitworth

•           Bacup

•           Rawtenstall

•           Haslingden, Helmshore and Edenfield.

Each partnership meets three times a year in a local community venue and meetings are open to all local residents. Unfortunately, the last round of partnership meetings has had to be cancelled, but the next round will take place in September and October.

Each partnership offers grants to local community organisations. The last round of grants included grants to the following groups:

  • Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum
  • Vision Youth Group
  • South Pennine Archaeology Group
  • Citizens Advice
  • St John’s and St Michaels School PTA
  • Dansworks
  • Bacup Cinema Group
  • Rosemount Working Men’s Club
  • Newchurch Residents Group

Information about the grants and the grant application form can be found at:

The Whitaker: Do you have any spare time and fancy joining us at the Whitaker?
Our dedicated, friendly volunteer team are an integral part of the Whitaker. When we are open they undertake all kinds of roles from Front of House to Collections Management. During our refurbishment the team have been working so hard to make sure we are ready for reopening next Easter. Much of the work is ensuring our treasured collections are properly cared for, catalogued and stored. They have also been doing daily work-outs moving furniture, emptying rooms and de-cluttering spaces. If you are interesting in joining us please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator Lara by clicking here. Made in Haslingden

Made in Haslingden has been successful in gaining funds to work with Storybox to offer free creative telephone calls (three 20 minute sessions) over 6 weeks starting in a couple of weeks.

They are also running free creative zoom groups (Thursdays 11.30am-12.30pm) dementia and family friendly. The Storybox Project – Creative Cafe is a fun, creative group offering a range of fun activities which are inspired by a different theme each time. It uses imagination, stories and poetry as a starting point to inspire a range of creative activities that are accessible to all – including music, creative writing, art, poetry etc. www.storyboxathome.co.uk. Made in Haslingden are continuing with the weekly zoom carers cafe (Friday 3-4pm) and support carers of people living with dementia. Each session is themed, coping, resilience, happiness, self-compassion, music, anger etc.

Contact: rachel@madeinhaslingden.org  07704859056 to register


Coronavirus Government Guidance changes

Shielding advice 

The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding taking into account that coronavirus COVID-19 infection rates have decreased significantly over the last few weeks. This guidance remains advisory.People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but may now choose to leave their home, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing. If you choose to spend time outdoors, you may do so with members of your own household. If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time.If you do go out, you should take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping 2 metres apart. This guidance will be kept under regular review.On 22 June the government set out a series of steps for further relaxing shielding guidance which will come into effect on 6 July and 1 August.From 6 July, the government will be advising:you may, if you wish, meet in a group of up to 6 people outdoors, including people from different households, while maintaining strict social distancingyou no longer need to observe social distancing with other members of your householdin line with the wider guidance for single adult households (either an adult living alone or with dependent children under 18) in the general population, you may from this date, if you wish, also form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to socially distanceFrom 1 August the government will be advising that shielding will be paused. From this date, the government is advising you to adopt strict social distancing rather than full shielding measures. Strict social distancing means you may wish to go out to more places and see more people but you should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household or support bubble. In practice this means that from 1 August:you can go to work, if you cannot work from home, as long as the business is COVID-safechildren who are clinically extremely vulnerable can return to their education settings if they are eligible and in line with their peers. Where possible children should practise frequent hand washing and social distancingyou can go outside to buy food, to places of worship and for exercise but you should maintain strict social distancingyou should remain cautious as you are still at risk of severe illness if you catch coronavirus, so the advice is to stay at home where possible and, if you do go out, follow strict social distancingIt is expected that unless there is a significant rise in cases the shielding programme to be paused on 31 July.Those in receipt of centrally provided food boxes and medicine deliveries will continue to receive this support until the end of July if they want it.General restriction changes:From Saturday 4th July, the Prime Minister has announced that: pubs, restaurants and hairdressers (with appropriate precautions, including the use of visors) will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines. Two households of any size should be able to meet in any setting inside or out with social distancing measures. Outside, the guidance remains that people from several households can meet in groups of up to six. Some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs and community centres. Places of worship will be able to reopen for prayer and services including weddings with a maximum of 30 people, all subject to social distancing.People can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites. people will be free to stay overnight in self-contained accommodation, including hotels and bed & breakfasts, as well as campsites as long as shared facilities are kept clean.  Where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’ “Close proximity” venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, water parks, bowling alleys and spas will need to remain closed for now.   The Lancashire Carers Service is still here to provide support Whilst the way in which the carers services deliver services has changed in order to keep our local community of Carers safe and well during the Covid-19 pandemic, a full service is still operating and new referrals are welcome. Top priority is ensuring that adult Carers of all ages in Lancashire are supported at this uncertain time so that they can continue caring whilst maintaining their own health and wellbeing. Carers Assessments are still being offered at this time and, in addition, are offering a range of other support services to Carers including:Support with contingency planning if Carers cannot continue to provide careAccess to a range of online support through our Carers Community NetworkOpportunity to speak to other Carers at virtual Coffee and Chat sessions and Carers virtual cafesAccess to the Carers Help and Talk line (CHAT)Opportunity to speak to knowledgeable and skilled Service Access Advisors.Welfare calls to Carers who do not access digital solutionsOn line activities for Carers* Service awareness If you or someone you know could benefit from the Lancashire Carers Service, please contact our Service Access Team on 0345 688 7113 or via email enquiries@lancscarers.co.ukThe Service Access Team is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm.  You can also visit the websites at www.n-compass.org.uk and www.carerslinklancashire.co.uk

Homewise Disability Aids Recycling Centre

Homewise Disability Aids Recycling Centre recycles unwanted disability aids and sells them on for up to 70% cheaper than they would be to buy new.

The Recycling Centre provides daily living aids to help people remain living safely and independently in their own homes. Aids available for purchase include walking aids, bathing aids, toileting aids and bedroom aids. 

Unused/unwanted items are kindly donated to the recycling centre as clients are advised to take them to the tip. We are the only service throughout East Lancashire to offer this service.

All products are checked for safety and sanitised before being sold for a fraction of the RRP. A free assessment is carried out by a Trusted Assessor who will ensure that you only purchase equipment suitable for your individual needs.

Unit 3 Allied House Burnley Road, Altham, Lancashire BB5 5TW

Contact Number: 01254 23 22 49

Coronavirus: Care Homes Survey

Healthwatch exist to hear and share your experiences of health and social care services. At this challenging and unprecedented time, they want to hear how the pandemic, which has impacted us all, has affected care homes. 

Working with Lancashire County Council, they have created three surveys designed to hear the experiences of three groups: 

  • Care Home Residents
  • Families of Residents
  • Care Home Staff

Through your responses they hoping to hear more examples of how Covid-19 has impacted the care home experience: the ways you have adapted and the challenges you’ve faced.

Each survey is quick and easy to fill in. Your responses will greatly help Lancashire County Council and its partners to understand the effects of Covid-19 on Lancashire’s care homes, residents and staff. 

All the information you give to us will remain secure, and confidential. Answers and comments will only be used for the purposes of information and intelligence gathering and will not be used for marketing purposes.

The surveys are available at: https://healthwatchlancashire.co.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-care-homes-survey/

Council Tax Scam Email: Please be on the lookout for this e-mail – it is a scam.  




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Working from home, furlough and redundancy

Lancashire Mind has produced a really useful booklet with information about  looking after your wellbeing with a focus on working from home, furlough and redundancy.

This guide explores the effects that changing of work patterns, uncertainty and job loss can have on your mental health and wellbeing. 

Many people are experiencing some unexpected uncertainties in relation to their jobs. The booklet explores some of the circumstances people may find themselves in, how it can affect their mental health and wellbeing and things which can be done to keep well through uncertain times.

The booklet can be found online at:



Bacup Children and Family Wellbeing ServicesThe Maden CentreRochdale RoadBacup OL13 9NZTel: 01706 237780 Haslingden Children and Family Wellbeing ServiceBury RoadHaslingdenBB4 5PGTel: 01706 237782 Whitworth Children and Family Wellbeing ServicesWhitworth LibraryLloyd StreetWhitworthOL12 8AATel: 01706 237780 Rawtenstall Children and Family Wellbeing ServicesThe Old Fire Station Burnley RoadRawtenstall BB4 8EWTel: 01706 237788Due to the Coronavirus our centres are temporarily closed. However we are running lots of groups and courses remotely via ZOOM. Details can be found in this Virtual What’s On Guide If you would like to speak to us for more information, advice or support please still call us on the numbers above