Month: June 2020

Your Views are Needed on Increasing Tree-Planting and New Woodland Creation

An important national public consultation has just been launched, for a strategy that people in Nidderdale could help shape. Increasing woodland cover is now a national priority, and it will benefit Nidderdale. Please take the time to complete the survey below. In it, your views are being sought on how we can significantly increase tree …

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Priority Supermarket Slots Now Available to Blind and Partially Sighted People

Thanks to thousands of people signing the RNIB’s petition, people in England who qualify can be referred to the priority shopping slots through RNIB’s Helpline on 0303 123 9999. Callers will speak to a member of the Sight Loss Advice Service who will assess the individual’s need and allocate them a slot if appropriate. The …

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Ripon Market–Back Open for Business

During full lockdown, only non-essential goods were allowed to be sold, but those restrictions have now been eased. To ensure you can visit Ripon Market in safety, Harrogate Borough Council has got social distancing measures in place and hand sanitisers are available for you to use. Ripon Market is held every Thursday, 8.30am-4pm, and features …

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Everyone is Now Eligible for COVID-19 Testing

You should be aware that everyone is now eligible for testing through the NHS portal:https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/ Priority testing for essential workers is still available through the employer portal:https://coronavirus-invite-testing.service.gov.uk and self-referral portal:https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/test-type We encourage you to participate in the track and trace system if you are called by contract tracers. We would also encourage you to download the …

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Who Should Wear a Face Mask or Face Covering from Today?

Face coverings on public transport – and for hospital staff, outpatients and visitors – will be compulsory in England from today, Monday 15 June. This is in line with new World Health Organization (WHO) advice. It says non-medical face coverings should be worn in public where social distancing is not possible. What are the face covering rules …

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Community Transport Service Now Back and Ready for Bookings!

It has been a source of huge frustration to us that throughout the crisis our wonderful community car has not been able to provide transport for people–only things–owing to social distancing rules. So it is fabulous that owing to the generosity of local charity, Dementia Forward, we are now able to use their minibus to …

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Celebrating and Thanking All Our Marvellous Volunteers!

Volunteers’ Week takes place 1 – 7 June every year. It’s a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. During the coronavirus pandemic, many are focusing on supporting volunteers to take on coronavirus-related volunteering roles to help communities cope with the many consequences of coronavirus. …

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