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Throughout August, families, households and visitors in Harborne Village are invited to search the streets for 10 cute and colourful MonsterHeroes. Using only smartphones, the Safari allows you to learn each of the MonsterHero’s name, story, and superpowers. Once all 10 MonsterHeroes are found, a free e-book, that tells the story of their first team-up, will be unlocked. The Safari works by utilising contactless NFC technology and QR codes, without the need for players to download or sign up to anything, they simply need to tap or scan to play. The Safari aims to bring some sort of normality back to high streets and demonstrates an effective opportunity to entertain and excite shoppers. A clever way to help increase Harborne Village centre footfall

while ensuring the safety of the public. Over 100 BIDs and councils across the UK are taking part in the MonsterHero Safari project, which has been sponsored by Wild in Art (the arts organisation behind Birmingham’s Big Hoot and Big Sleuth art trials), with the aim of raising over £100k for NHS Charities Together. In times of great stress, this project aims to provide the local community with a memorable experience that will bring a smile to the community of Harborne Village. Harborne Village BID Manager, Kate Smart, says, “We jumped at the chance for Harborne to be involved in this engaging activity. We can’t wait to see our local community as well as people from other parts of the city spending some fun, healthy time

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There is a nominal platform cost of £2 per family taking part, with further donations going to NHS Charities Together - The first 200 families to register in Harborne are FREE! The hunt will run all throughout August so keep your eyes out for the little monsters and see if you can find them all!

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together walking around the village, finding our lovely little monsters – what a crazy bunch of characters they are!” Coordinating the national project is Martin Blackwell, former CEO of ATCM and the Charity Retail Association said, “When I heard about the concept it just resonated with me and I knew I had to support it. I loved the idea of heroes; the idea of a ‘safari on the high street!’ I just thought, if something fun like this can help make families feel good about going back out onto the high street and raise money for such a worthy cause then let’s go for it.”



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Connected communities achieve the incredible Hello and Welcome to August

Summer is here, the days and months seem to be rolling into one another and, we are rolling with it by publishing in August! Under ‘normal circumstances’ July/August is the summer issue and our time out to enjoy a holiday in July but, we want to share the love, the great things happening within our communities and, support local businesses in this difficult time on our social media and digital platforms. This issue brings fun things to do for all ages to safely enjoy, great achievements within communities, businesses re-opening and people working together to make things happen. Are you ready? As we move forward to the ‘new normal’ please look out for your neighbours, friends and family. If you have a community project, a story to tell or, a hero in your community that deserves to be recognised we would love to hear from you.

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Cradley to Cumbria and back again! Restored heritage clock dial returns The clock dial that was saved from being scrapped after St Luke’s Church in Cradley Heath was demolished in 2016 has now returned to St Peter’s in Cradley, thanks to donations after a £3,000 facelift. Skilful clock makers at the Cumbria Clock Company have repaired the broken cast iron frame, rubbed it down and painted it, installed new glazing, and finally added gilding to the dial. This has restored the dial to its original appearance as it would have been when it was installed at St Luke’s Church in Cradley Heath in 1949.

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Over the last two years, with support from the community near and far, £9,000 has been raised. This includes a grant of £3,000 from Dudley Borough Council’s Community Fund.

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St Peter’s, Cradley are committed to getting this project completed and have used £3,000 to restore the dial ready for installation - This leaves a current fundraising total of £7,000. To install the restored dial, it will cost £3,500. To protect the clock from lightning strikes a lightning conductor needs to be installed as there is currently no protection on the tower. To install one will cost £8,000, volunteers are still working hard to find grants to cover this work. Unfortunately, three grant applications have been turned down and other grant funders who could be approached are currently concentrating on supporting COVID-19 projects. So, initial costs for the dial and lightning protection totals £11,500. This leaves a funding gap of £4,500. If anyone knows of grant funders who might be interested in supporting our project, please do get in touch. St Peter’s and the people of Cradley and Cradley Heath really want to get this clock installed before the end of the year. CAN YOU HELP? “Just a Minute” - Can you, your family or friends sponsor a minute on the dial and tell us in no more than 100 words why that minute is important to you? It could be the time of your birth, marriage, or other occasion or perhaps a memory of a loved one. Perhaps you have a connection with St Luke’s or St Peter’s? All stories will be published in a commemorative book at the end of the project. Stories and

Just a Minute Appeal, Parish Office, 32 High Street, Halesowen B63 3BB Please include your 100 words, name and contact email address or telephone number (in case we need you to select a different minute) along with cash or a cheque for your donation made payable to “Halas PCC St Peter’s Church Cradley” and mark on the back of the cheque “Clock Fund”. It is important that you tell us if your minute is AM or PM.

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For more information and photos of the project visit: www.stpeterscradley.org/clock-just-a-minute Of course if you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid donations are most welcome. Contact us via our website for a Gift Aid form at: www.stpeterscradley.org Donations without choosing a minute are welcome too! Future plans include adding chimes to the bells to sound the hours (they will be turned off at night), LED floodlighting to the tower, a flagpole on the tower roof along with a replica weathervane to the same design as the old one that disappeared during the 1930’s. Concerts Our FREE fundraising concerts are currently postponed. It is unlikely that we will be able to hold our concerts as planned this year but affected concerts will be rescheduled to new dates in 2021. Like our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/StPetersChurchCradley or keep an eye on our website’s event page for new dates: www.stpeterscradley.org/events

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Contact us to join our events and concerts mailing list to be notified of new concert dates when they are released. St Peter’s and the people of Cradley and Cradley Heath are most grateful for your continued support and we look forward to receiving your donations and “Just a Minute” stories. Thank you!

Students in our Sixth Form are happy to take the lead Photograph showing the dial at St Peter’s with Church Warden Paul Millward and Team Vicar Rev Katryn Leclezio.

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Life Stories


Pitts Wood Regeneration Green Lung Oasis

Quietly hidden away between Woodhouse Primary Academy and surrounding houses in Quinton is Pitts Wood with a gated entrance in Overdale Road. Known locally as ‘The Spinney’, Pitts Wood is the remains of a much larger ancient woodland. It is recognised by Birmingham City Council as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) and nationally as a Priority Habitat. It is an important ‘green lung’ for air quality and drainage corridor for rainwater. Working together with Woodhouse Primary Academy a small group of residents has re-established a ‘Friends of Pitts Wood Group’ and throughout the winter, spring and summer have been regenerating the wood: stripping out invasive species, clearing streamways and ponds and re-establishing paths. In the process light has been let in and the beauty of dappled shade and a carpet of previously hidden English bluebells revealed. A significant amount of rubbish has been removed (funded by the GMB Union) and the impressive gates and entrance cleared and tidied - Tadpoles have been seen in the pond area. The School, which recognises the wood as an important asset for education, has recently funded a habitat survey conducted by the Birmingham and Black Country Wild Life Trust and a Biodiversity Management Plan is being drawn up which will identify what needs to be done to improve the

wood further for the benefit of plants and wildlife.

Once gone, green spaces cannot be replaced There are many activities and groups quietly functioning in our Quinton community which link people together, provide support and enhance the quality of life. Our green spaces are vitally important

(as COVID has demonstrated) but are constantly under threat. Starting Saturday 8th August (by appointment only due to COVID) there is a Pitts Wood Open Day (10am to 5pm). Future openings are scheduled too.

“Our community needs a new, younger generation of people to use and save our green spaces.” Barry Husband

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Despite atrocious winter weather the long awaited Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) was completed on Highfield Farm Park, Quinton for a 9th April opening date. Obviously COVID-19 led to the postponement of the opening. All credit to Bob Churn and Carol Unwin at the Birmingham Parks Department for their hard work. Phase 2 of the development is for 6 adult swings, an adult climbing frame and 5 lots of outside gym equipment. It is hoped that after recent delays this will soon be added to the Phase 1 MUGA

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and once completed, COVID safety permitting, an official opening will occur. It is hoped that free football and other activities will then be organised by the local community as part of the Wards regeneration. Many of the boys who played in the Quinton Little League (1988 –1998) are now parents and it is hoped they will step up to re-establish for their kids a mini version of what they enjoyed all those years ago and, who knows, to maybe renew old rivalries and friendships by playing themselves.

Take nothing for granted Where saying goodbye means everything

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Today would have been my mum’s 95th birthday, and since she only passed away two years ago the pain of her loss still sits on the surface of my mind. I often wonder how she’d have coped through these difficult days as she was one of life’s huggers - tactile and caring. One of the challenges of encountering a bereavement during the Coronavirus epidemic is the inability for those affected to hug one another. Hugging is without doubt one of the most comforting actions in many situations, but never more so than when you have encountered loss. Over the years, there has been considerable study regarding the effects of being physically close to others and as human beings we have brain pathways which are dedicated to detecting affectionate human touch. Research shows that where Photo: Derek and his mum, Winifred. we welcome hugs they increase the flow of chemicals which give us a good feeling. The positive effects hugs can have are significant as they have also been shown to reduce stress, boost the immune system and lower the heart rate. And now many are wearing masks and to burden us further, we lose the facial expression which tells those we are facing so much more about how we are feeling. Someone recently described it to me as a piece of our personal jigsaw being missing! Daily, I attend funerals where families are prevented from hugging and their facial expressions are hidden by masks and it brings home to me how these two valuable elements which once brought huge comfort and ease our pain are missing. Often my dear mum would say: “Son, you’ll never miss the water until the well’s run dry” (a corruption of the words from a song by Buck Owens) but how true that is! My old mum was right! So it begs the question: what else do we take for granted, and when we’ve answered that perhaps we should make the taking for granted a thing of the past


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6 Life Stories Free Golf camps this summer! Warley Woods Community Trust are so pleased that they will be able to offer something for youngsters this summer thanks to funding from Sandwell MBC.

The groups will be small and fully supervised with two golf professionals and a member of support staff from the Trust. They are risk assessed and following the latest guidelines. Additionally, children will be given a free healthy meal pack.

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Kings Heath Low Traffic Neighbourhood Kings Heath Low Traffic Neighbourhood is part of our new Places for People project, which aims to reduce traffic in residential neighbourhoods so that it is safer for people to walk and cycle, and nicer to be outside for children to play and neighbours to chat. In many parts of Birmingham, residents find their streets are busy with traffic, particularly when people are ‘rat running’ to avoid main roads. When traffic is reduced the neighbourhood becomes quieter, the air is cleaner, and streets feel safer. The principle of Places for People is that residents can continue to drive onto their street, have visitors, get deliveries, etc, but it is made harder or impossible to drive straight through the area. Low traffic neighbourhoods are groups of residential streets bordered by main or ‘distributor’ roads (where non-local traffic should be) where through trips by motor vehicles are discouraged or restricted. You can now see plans of the proposed changes in the area, including how the wider project area is broken down into smaller low traffic neighbourhoods. Most of the proposed changes are modal filters, that allow people on foot, bike, or mobility scooter to pass but do not allow cars or other motor vehicles through.

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also think about how any trial measures might be made more permanent, if this is something people want to see happen – this process should be shaped by the people who live and spend their time in these areas. Use the map to tell us about a specific location (the Kings Heath project area is highlighted in blue) or make general comments. You can add as many comments as you like, now and as things develop further at:

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GET BACK E R U T A N O T Take a breath of fresh air this summer in the safety of our beautiful Gardens, where you can get some much-needed headspace. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic for the perfect summer’s day out.

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James Wheeler, chief executive of the Gardens, which is located in Westbourne Road, said members and visitors have welcomed the opportunity to visit the attraction as it is large enough for them to social distance and enjoy a tranquil morning or afternoon out. In May, the Gardens received a lifeline £47,500 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Emergency Fund to help it meet its running costs. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the support of our members and visitors since we opened our gates again,” he said. “We worked hard to ensure it is safe for people to come here and enjoy the greenery, which we know is good for our mental health, and it’s been heartening to see everyone really appreciating the gardeners’ hard work and the beautiful displays. “We’ve been running at reduced capacity in the Gardens and now that the schools have closed for the summer break, we’re hoping to see even more families enjoying the wide open spaces here. “As a precaution, we’re carrying out regular deep cleaning at touchpoints and we’ve also put hand sanitiser stations around the Gardens.” Because of the success of the first phase of re-opening, the Gardens has now opened the children’s playground for limited periods and the tea room is also now open reduced hours for takeaway drinks and packaged snacks, such as chocolate bars and crisps. The tea room is open 10.30am-4pm weekdays and 10.30am-5pm weekends, while the playground is available from 10am-2pm. Restrictions are in place to safeguard visitors’ safety.

The Glasshouse The Gardens will be open daily from 10am until 6pm, subject to change, and to ensure there is effective social distancing, everyone must book a time slot in advance: non-members must buy tickets online to secure their 15-minute entry slot, while members must also book their entry time online, using their membership number.

Booking slots are available at: www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk which will take you to Eventbrite. Anyone needing help with the booking or with no access to the internet, should call the Gardens on: 0121 454 1860. (Anyone with coronavirus symptoms or who has been in contact with someone with the virus in the previous 14 days is asked not to visit the Gardens until it is safe to do so.)

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Kick starting West Midlands economic recovery

Eight ‘shovel ready’ projects, ranging from the National Brownfield Land Institute to Very Light Rail developments are to benefit from £66 million of Government funding secured for the region. The money from the Government’s Getting Building Fund is aimed at projects which can be started quickly and completed within 18 months. The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) working with the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, the Black Country LEP and the Coventry and Warwickshire LEP recently delivered the region’s prioritised list of projects to Government. This creates jobs and drives investment to aid the economic recovery following the coronavirus lockdown. The projects will create about 2,110 jobs, as well as support 1,419 construction jobs during development The list confirmed on Tuesday August 4 includes the redevelopment of University Station in Edgbaston and providing innovation spaces and research laboratories at the Birmingham Health Innovation Campus. Tim Pile, who chairs both the West Midlands Strategic Economic Development Board and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said, “The projects highlight the real breadth of opportunity to accelerate recovery here in the West Midlands; not only aiding a swift bounce back with an injection of new skilled jobs, but supporting our businesses to lead the way in major new markets that will be drivers of sustainable economic growth in the future. Delivery of these projects will play a key role in achieving a wider vision for the region to build on its unique heritage to become a world leader in innovation and creativity. The LEPs will continue to work closely with the WMCA to bring forward investments and see the full potential of the West Midlands realised.” Green light for £56 million University Station redevelopment This approval for the development means that work can start later this year on building a new fit-for-purpose station with modern facilities and capable of handling 7.2 million passengers a year. The current Edgbaston 1970s built station is one of the busiest in the region and badly in need of redevelopment to accommodate the four million passengers a year who use it, while allowing for future growth.

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Birmingham City Council has published its Birmingham Bus Statement; outlining how it will support buses as the UK recovers from Covid-19 and its subsequent lockdown. In Birmingham, 36% of households do not have access to a car, making buses an essential service for accessing education, retail and employment. 750,000 journeys were made by bus in the last week of June 2020, as lockdown restrictions eased. The policy is being led by Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, Councillor Waseem Zaffar MBE, who has also committed to lobbying government for bus passes and travel concessions for those Councillor Zaffar seeking employment and training opportunities as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Councillor Zaffar said, “We have recognised that as we recover from Covid-19 there is an urgent need to support the bus industry. Buses are essential for social mobility, providing our residents and workers access to education, employment and health services. In the short term we as a council have a responsibility to ensure that bus services are maintained and supported for those that depend on them. I will be personally lobbying the government for the provision of travel concessions and bus passes to those who are now seeking new employment and training, such as apprenticeships, in the aftermath of this pandemic. Longer term, we need to help bus travel to regrow by continuing to reallocate road space, upgrade interchanges, and improve the convenience and reliability of services.” TfWM and Birmingham City Council has committed £173 million to schemes that benefit bus travel including: bus priority measures, road re-allocation measures, bus gate schemes, and the deployment of 20 new hydrogen buses on key routes. Councillor Zaffar added, “The current advice is to travel safely, wear a face covering on buses, and cycle and walk where you can. I’m pleased to see that this is being supported by funding for walking and cycling. However, encouraging people to choose public transport over private car will remain a key component of our long-term transport strategy. We should be reminded that bus operators made a significant contribution during this pandemic, transporting key workers to our hospitals, care homes and schools. As we begin to return to a new normal, we must now support them in restoring the public’s confidence in public transport and ensuring it remains a fundamental key component of Birmingham’s transport system.” The Birmingham Bus Statement is available for download on the Birmingham City Council website: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/busstatement

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10 Life Stories Henry’s Botanical Blueshouse

Once again, the sun shone on the righteous at Henry’s Botanical Blueshouse. The David Moore Blues Band laid down some sumptuous grooves, including a special tribute to the great Peter Green. From 2pm each Sunday in August, head down to Birmingham Botanical Gardens to catch the following Henry’s favourites getting their mojo working down on the bandstand: August 9th: Big Jim & The Alabama Boogie Boys August 16th: Foregate Street Blues Band August 23rd: The 58s Blues Band August 30th: C-Jam Getting in won’t cost any more than the Gardens’ usual £6.75 admission price plus booking fees, though to keep the gardens at a safe capacity, advance booking online is essential. Tickets are already on sale so don’t delay, simply select a Sunday date from the above at:



Critical need for COVID-19 convalescent donors There is a critical need for more people who have recovered from the coronavirus to donate plasma in the West Midlands county this summer. NHS Blood and Transplant has issued the public appeal to help make sure there is enough plasma to enable a trial and treat patients. The blood plasma from people who have recovered from the virus could save the lives of people who are still ill. More than 850 donations of COVID-19 convalescent plasma have already been taken at Birmingham donor centre however, NHS Blood and Transplant needs people to come forward to help make sure appointments are filled. There is a particular need for male donors and also female donors who have had a positive test. Professor Dave Roberts, Associate Director for Blood Donation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said, “Every new offer to donate is incredibly valuable. We particularly need men to come forwards as they generally have higher antibody levels. We need to collect convalescent plasma now, to make sure plasma is readily available for the trial to treat people currently in hospital. “Donations can also be frozen to ensure convalescent plasma is readily available, should there be a rise in infections in the coming weeks. Please, help the NHS fight COVID-19 by donating at Birmingham donor centre. You could save lives.” Convalescent plasma is being collected at NHSBT’s 23 donor centres around the country, and several pop-up donor centres. Donation takes about 45 minutes. Your body usually replaces the plasma you’ve

donated in 24-48 hours. Your body also quickly replaces the antibodies. People can donate plasma as often as every two weeks. The donor plasma contains antibodies against the virus which can be transfused into people who are struggling to develop their own immune response. Potential donors are being prioritised according to who is likely to have higher antibody levels. Some people will be asked to make a short visit first to give a blood sample, to confirm their antibody levels are high enough for the trial. NHS Blood and Transplant’s Clinical Trials Unit is collaborating on the trial with the RECOVERY and REMAP-CAP platform trials. Please offer to donate by calling 0300 123 23 23 completing the webform at www.nhsbt.nhs.uk

Eva’s tribute to Grandma

Whip up support on your street and join our NEIGHBOURHOOD BAKE

Whip up support from your neighbours, friends and family, just like Eva, to raise lots of ‘dough’ for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice as part of our Neighbourhood Bake! Eva’s Grandma was supported by the hospice during the last 8 months of her life. Eva wanted to mark her 3rd anniversary, so decided to do a Neighbourhood Bake!

“We made Rocky Road and asked around our neighbours to see who would be interested in buying a slice and making a donation to the Hospice. We parcelled everyone’s orders into little brown bags and sealed them with a hospice sticker. We had 94 orders and raised £220 from the generosity of our neighbours! It made the day so special as Grandma loved a sweet treat!” Eva

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Whether you make yummy cupcakes or mouth-watering chocolate brownies, if you have been inspired by Eva, we have lots of resources to make your Neighbourhood Bake a success! From invites/order forms, stickers, recipes (including Eva’s Rocky Road), thank you notes and more, we are here to support your fantastic fundraising!

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Your involvement will really ‘bake’ a difference to individuals living with life limiting illness across Birmingham and Sandwell. Helping people to live well with their illness, up to and at the end of life, creating precious memories for families to treasure. Sign up to Neighbourhood Bake and receive your resources at: www.birminghamhospice.org.uk/campaigns/the-neighbourhood-bake/

Tips for coming out of shielding safely Home Instead Senior Care has helped elderly people live safely and happily at home throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s no doubt that shielding has been tough for some.

Those who are shielding can now visit shops, places of worship, and other public venues, while continuing to adhere to strict social distancing measures. While some are celebrating these new freedoms, many might feel anxious and nervous about going out again. There are ways that those coming out of shielding can embrace the greater independence they have been given, yet stay safe. Here are some tips: 1. Take things slowly. Don’t feel like you need to go at the same pace that you’ve gone before. Only do things you’re comfortable doing, and begin by avoiding anything you think puts you at risk. Coming out of shielding is about finding the balance between freedom and reconnecting with loved ones – it’s not about returning to normal life. 2. Share how you’re feeling. It’s only natural to feel worried about what happens now, so talk to someone who you can count on to lend an ear. Your concerns aren’t anything to be embarrassed about, and your loved ones are there to make sure you’re OK. 3. Make it fun. Find an activity that you enjoy that can be done safely. Attractions like National Trust sites are back running with booking systems in place, limiting the number of people allowed to visit at any given time. That means that maintaining social distancing will be simple. For places that don’t offer booking systems – visit at an offpeak time when you know it won’t be crowded. 4. Phase your return to normality. Try doing things that challenge you, but make a mental note of how well it goes. Bit by bit, you’ll know where your comfort zone lies and how far you’re willing to go.

5. Keep on washing your hands. The guidance around washing your hands hasn’t changed. Make sure you wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and always cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue safely in a bin and wash your hands. 6. Don’t forget your mask. The masks rule was introduced during the shielding period, so it’s easy for those who have been at home throughout the pandemic to forget this new regulation. Everyone must wear face coverings in public spaces including supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, transport hubs, banks and post offices. They must also be worn when buying takeaway food and drink, although they can be removed in a seating area. Anyone travelling by bus, train, ferry or plane should wear a face covering. Under 11s and people with health conditions like asthma are exempt though. 7. Keep perspective! While a lot of things are still uncertain, there are still things to be hopeful about. For the first time in a while, you can meet up with loved ones that you haven’t been able to see before. And as long as you exercise social distancing – you will be able to do so in a safe manner. Home Instead Senior Care understands that an elderly person’s home is where they feel the most comfortable and happy, pandemic or not. Our caregivers provide clients with a range of services, from light housekeeping, to help with bathing and dressing, to companionship. For more information, please call 01217 218937 or visit: https://www.homeinstead.co.uk/edgbaston

Are you worried about facing time on your own? If you need extra support, we’re happy to help: • Assist with shopping lists • Pick up and deliver shopping • Collect medication • Offer companionship calls via phone or video* • Suggest activity to help you stay fit at home • Support on wellbeing and mental health *We can include specialist tablet technology to help you stay connected

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