Unfortunately, Covid-19 has hit some people financially. In order to understand this impact in more detail, Wokingham Borough Council is asking anybody affected to share their experiences.
There is a very short online survey on its consultations page and those taking part will have the choice to be contacted to give more details if they wish.
The information provided will be incredibly useful for the Council when it plans services to tackle poverty and help communities. All information provided will be kept confidential and anonymised.
In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, improving the health and wellbeing of members of our communities has never been more important. Over the next ten years, the Borough Council’s health and wellbeing strategy will aim to make life happier and healthier for everyone in Wokingham; and they want to hear from as many people as possible about what’s important to them, their families and their communities.
Help the Council to understand your experiences, your thoughts about health and wellbeing in the borough and your priorities for the future by taking its short health and wellbeing survey and you’ll be entered you into its prize draw to win £100 shopping vouchers!
Take the survey by midnight on Sunday 28 February.
Infections are continuing to drop during the national lockdown. The current weekly rate per 100,000 people is 123.9 (up to 6 February). It’s very important that we continue to stick to the rules; this means regularly washing our hands, wearing a face covering, making space from others and reducing our social contacts.
Alongside this, you must get tested if you have symptoms – even if they’re mild. Please book a test using the national booking system. If you’re a keyworker who is regularly leaving home to go to work, and you have no symptoms, you can book a rapid test at one of our test centres.
The Borough Council has listened to feedback and have extended the opening hours at its Microsoft Campus test centre to 8am-8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. To find out more, check if you’re eligible, and to book your test, please visit the Council’s website.
Until now, the NHS has asked people to wait until they are contacted to help ensure that those who are most vulnerable are protected first, and this remains the case for most people.
However, to ensure absolutely everyone is offered the vaccine, people aged 70 or above are now being asked to contact the NHS for their Covid-19 vaccination, if they haven’t had it already. You can do this through the NHS website, or by calling 119.
To help residents understand more about the Covid-19 vaccine, Wokingham Borough Council has linked up with Dr Amit Sharma from Brookside Surgery in Earley to produce some handy videos which answer common questions, explain about the three available vaccines, run through the Covid-19 vaccine priority list, and cover why it’s so important to get vaccinated.
Parents, carers, teachers and school staff have worked extremely hard over the last six weeks and half term will come as a welcome relief to many. That said, it’s important not to drop your guard – stay safe, stay at home and stick to the rules.
If you’re stuck for ideas on what activities you can get up to, the Borough Council has put together a handy guide for you. From pancake making competitions and virtual museum tours; to at-home assault courses and family challenges. Check it out here.