Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others.
- Meet outside, or open windows and doors for indoor visitors
- If you think you have symptoms stay at home and take a PCR test
- Wear face coverings in crowded places and on public transport
- Check in to venues when you go out
- Wash your hands with soap regularly, and for at least 20 seconds
- Get vaccinated
Symptoms of Coronavirus include a high temperature, a new continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
Directions for Covid-19 vaccinations at Brackley Medical Centre
The current vaccine centre hub for this area is the new Brackley Medical Centre, Wellington Road, Brackley, situated just before you enter Brackley off the A43 roundabout.
It's next door to the big new Sainsbury's store. Head for Sainsbury's and you should then see signs for Brackley Medical Centre.
Walk-In Vaccination Clinics
A pop-up vaccination clinic has been set up at Greens Norton Community Centre (next door to the Medical Centre). Dates and times vary from week to week, as batches of vaccines are received. Vaccinations can be booked via the NHS or you can just turn up during opening hours.
The clinic is run by ECG Training who can be contacted on 0845 423 8993.
Look out for updates in our News section and on Facebook community groups.
Think NHS 111 First
NHS England and NHS Improvement has launched the next phase of the latest 'Help Us, Help You' campaign which focuses on the NHS 111 service as a new way to access A&E.
If you have an urgent but not life-threatening medical need, make sure you contact NHS 111 first rather than going straight to A&E. If you do need urgent care, then NHS 111 can now book you in to be seen quickly and safely in A&E.
As well as this, NHS 111 is also able to direct to or book an appointment at Urgent Treatment Centres, access to Out of Hours GP Services, pharmacies, emergency dental services and walk-in clinics.
Contacting 111 first will also help the NHS to keep you safe by maintaining social distancing and ensure that you receive the right care in the right place, in a more timely and safe way.
If you or your loved one have a life-threatening illness or injury then you should always use 999 and if you do arrive at A&E without contacting NHS 111 you will still receive medical care, with emergency treatments prioritised.
Just think 111 first. When you think you need A&E, contact NHS 111 by phone or online at https://111.nhs.uk/
Further information about NHS 111 First is available at www.northamptonshireccg.nhs.uk
From 16 August ENGLAND
If you're fully vaccinated or under 18 you no longer need to self-isolate after close contact with someone who has COVID-19. If you have symptoms you should still isolate and take a PCR test. Find out when to self-isolate and what to do on the NHS website.
The Town Council's venues are now open. Only one booking is being allowed at any given time and thorough cleaning of each venue occurs between any bookings, to minimise the possibility of cross-contamination.
Thank you for your consideration
For more information visit the websites below:
- Covid-19 UK & Ireland Sufferer & Survivor Support
A Facebook Group for those who have an experience of Covid and are trying to come back to a place of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. We run regular Zoom Peer Support Groups, and there's a wealth of information too. We don't permit debate on politics or conspiracies but offer support, empathy and, solidarity and community.
- Coronavirus Community Support Line
A new support line has been launched to support the most vulnerable members of our community.
The new support line - which can be reached on 0300 126 1000 (Option 5) - allows those who cannot leave their homes under current restrictions and those who have nobody to call upon for help, to request support in getting access to food, prescriptions and other vital services that they require.
- VOLUNTEER TO HELP THOSE IN NEED
Are you free to volunteer to help someone in need due to the coronavirus pandemic? Perhaps you're part of a group that already provides help in the community?
In addition to the Government's volunteer scheme for people to help the NHS, NCC are co-ordinating a local effort along with other councils and partner organisations for people to help their community.
We want to hear from you if you can volunteer or if you represent a community group that needs extra volunteers in the coming weeks and months.
Who can sign up?
We particularly want to hear from community groups and volunteers who can offer help with:
* tackling loneliness through phone or face-to-face contact, where appropriate
* prescription collection for someone who finds themselves unable to leave the house
* community support such as transporting items between foodbanks or helping in a kitchen
Click the link to find out more and to sign up.
- Government Support for the Extremely Vulnerable
If you are aware of anyone who is extremely vulnerable, please direct them or their family to this link.
- NHS Direct
Click this link to self-diagnose and for medical advice. Call 111 in an emergency.
- Facebook Community Support Group
Volunteers across the town have come together to offer assistance to those who are self-isolating who may need support. Join to request or offer your support.
- Covid-19 Health & Safety Risk Assessment for Businesses
HSENI has produced an example risk assessment which shows the kind of approach HSENI expects a small business or workplace to take when carrying out a risk assessment for COVID-19 in the workplace.
- Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund
Northamptonshire Community Foundation are launching a Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund in partnership with the National Emergencies Trust
- Support Grants for South Northamptonshire Businesses
An online system through which businesses can apply for grants from West Northamptonshire Council (WNC). The grant support scheme is aimed mainly at supporting small businesses which were forced to close by the UK Government. See our news item on 7th April for more details or click link above to apply.
- Business Impact Survey
If your business will be impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak, please complete this government survey.
- Government Support for Self Employed
Claim a grant through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme
Self-employment and Universal Credit
If you cannot pay your tax bill on time
Carry out work in people’s homes safely (tradespeople)
Drivers’ hours rules relaxations
Negotiate a mortgage payment holiday
- Northamptonshire Police - reporting a crime
Click this link to report a crime online.
For non-emergencies call 101 (lines may be busy)
Only use 999 if there is a risk to life emergency
- Stay home. Stay connected. Stay Cyber Aware.
This link takes you the UK Government's Cyber Aware website which provides advice and links for staying safe online.
Reports of fraud, scams and phishing emails particularly relating to the coronavirus are on the increase. Here are some tips:
Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.
Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats.
Use strong passwords and turn on two-factor authentication where available.
Back up your systems regularly.
To report a fraud or cyber crime, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit www.actionfraud.police.uk
- Voice for Victims and Witnesses
Free, confidential support service for victims and witnesses of crime in Northamptonshire.
Call 0300 303 1965, visit voicenorthants.org or download the app by clicking the link above.
Several cafes, bars and takeaway outlets are offering take-out or delivery of meals. Check your favourites for further details.
Local & Regional Food Suppliers:
Hartwell's & Towbury Court Fine Foods - 01327 350454 ext. 2
Alfred Searle's Fruit & Veg - 07894 990613
Moorgate Farm - 01908 543008/07922 134915
Collins Fresh Produce - 01604 648814
Hunts of Greens Norton - 01327 350243
Caked in Glitter - 07949 333996
AB Fruits - 01234 262880
Porterswood Farm Shop - 01327 857868
Radmore Farm Shop - 01327 830825
Boycott Farm Shop - 01280 821286
Cook Food - Frozen Meals
Please email details to us of any others you are aware of ...
- Towcester Foodbank
Please support our local foodbank with essential supplies for those most in need.
- UK Support Groups
If you are concerned about family and friends in other parts of the UK, this link is being updated daily with other local support groups.
If you need to talk to someone call 116 123 or visit their website.
- Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP
Follow this link for advice and support from our MP including access to government services.
- MIND the mental health charity
Visit MIND's website for support and guidance
- Anxiety UK
During the coronavirus pandemic, Anxiety UK will be extending their helpline hours to provide additional support in the evenings until 10pm and over the weekend between 10am -8pm so that they can offer support to as many people as possible. 03444 775774
Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, call 0800 1111, or talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.
- The Silver Line
The free, 24 hour, confidential helpline for older people. 0800 4 70 80 90
Nightline is a student listening service which is open at night and run by students for students.
- Age UK
Age UK runs a free national advice line that is open 8am to 7pm 365 days a year. To speak to someone, just call 0800 678 1602
- Citizens Advice
You can contact an adviser through the national phone service, Adviceline:
Adviceline: 03444 111 444
Text relay: 03444 111 445
Adviceline is available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. It’s usually busiest at the beginning and end of the day. It's not available on public holidays.
If you call from a mobile, we’ll ask you to enter a local landline number on your keypad. This can be any number - we only use it to send your call to a local adviser if one’s available.
- Think U Know - Internet Safety
As the vast majority of young people are being schooled online, they are spending a significant amount of time on the internet. The internet is amazing tool but it does expose young people to some risk.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Agency's (CEOP) education team have designed some amazing resources, designed at helping parents and carers have conversation about internet safety, suitable for a range of ages.
- Educational Resources
This blog page shared by local teachers contains links to eduction companies offering free resources.
- Learning Resources for all Ages
This blog page contains links to free online learning resources for all ages. Why not learn a new language or skill if you are in self-isolation?
To report a gas leak call 0800 111 999
To report a power failure call 105
A community driven support network helping people manage their health and wellbeing.
Tel: 01604 974995
- Renew 169 Wellbeing Cafe
169, Watling Street, Towcester (Mon & Tue 2 - 5pm)
A quiet shared space in Towcester available to anyone struggling with their emotional or mental health.
Tel: 07761 041203
- Happy at Home
Helping elderly residents across South Northants and Daventry District become less lonely and isolated.
Tel: 01327 300614
SANE provides emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental illness including family, friends and carers.
Tel: 07984 967708
- Substance to Solution
Substance to Solution provide a free and confidential support for adults experiencing difficulties with drugs and alcohol.
Tel: 0808 169 8512
- Family Support Link
Family Support Link provide free, accessible and non-judgemental support, to those affected by another's substance misuse throughout Northamptonshire.
Tel Support Helpline: 01933 227078 (Mon-Fri 10am -2pm)
Tel General Enquiries: 01933 224632
- Crisis Cafe's
If you find yourself in crisis or need support with your mental health in the evening and/or at the weekend. MIND Cafe's have professional mental health workers who can offer you a safe space. There is no need to call, just drop in to find a safe place with hope and comfort and find your pathway to recovery.
- OK Rehab
Helpline for people suffering from drug and/or alcohol addictions.