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Friday 17th April 2020
Dear Chelsea and Fulham resident,

The situation with the Coronavirus (or Covid-19) remains very serious. Yesterday, the First Secretary of State announced that the Government has determined that current measures must remain in place for at least the next 3 weeks. The First Secretary outlined that "any change to our social distancing measures now would risk a significant increase in the spread of the virus. That would threaten a second peak of the virus, and substantially increase the number of deaths. It would undo the progress made to date, and as a result, would require an even longer period of the more restrictive social distancing measures. So early relaxation would do more damage to the economy over a longer period."

As the national effort to tackle coronavirus continues, it is important that everyone follows the government's guidance that everyone must now stay at home, except for shopping for basic necessities, one form of exercise a day, any medical need or to provide care or help to a vulnerable person or travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home. For the latest information on the government's approach, please visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Once again, I was pleased to see and hear residents across the constituency come together again to thank our front line responders through the #ClapForCarers initiative. This week, it was great to be out there, clapping for our carers, including those in our care homes. Especially poignant for me this week after the death of my father in his care home, on Monday, of pneumonia brought on by COVID-19. My father is another care home COVID death, but I remember him as a brilliant grammar school scientist, a single-minded & determined man, worked his way out of poverty, fought hard and gave his best. He will be sorely missed. 1934-2020, RIP.
I firmly believe that we can beat this if we act together and follow Government advice and look out for each other. As the Rt Hon Dominic Rabb stated: "Now is not the moment to give the coronavirus a second chance. Let’s stick together, let’s see this through." 

Please take care and look out for your neighbours, family, and friends.

#StayHomeSaveLives

Yours, 

The Rt Hon Greg Hands MP 
Member of Parliament for Chelsea and Fulham 
Coronavirus Guidance
Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do

Stay at home.
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Go to NHS.uk/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself.

Coronavirus Update: 
The First Secretary of State gave the update at yesterday's daily press briefing on the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Yesterday, the  First Secretary of State announced that the Government has determined that current measures must remain in place for at least the next 3 weeks.

The First Secretary set out 5 specific things which the Government will need to be satisfied of before we will consider it safe to adjust any of the current measures and these are outlined in the clip below.

Every Mind Matters: 
Now, more than ever, Every Mind Matters 

There are things we can all do to help look after our mental wellbeing during this challenging time. Visit http://everymindmatters.co.uk for more information and create your 'Mind Plan' today.
HM Treasury Announcement: 
Chancellor expands loan scheme for large businesses


Yesterday, the Chancellor announced that the government-backed loan scheme for large businesses affected by coronavirus has been expanded to cover all viable firms.
  • The Chancellor unveils the final details of Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme ahead of launch on Monday
  • all viable businesses with turnover of more than £45m will be able to apply for government-backed support
  • firms with turnover of more than £250 million can borrow up to £50 million from lenders
  • this complements existing support including the Covid Corporate Financing Facility and the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-expands-loan-scheme-for-large-businesses
Local News:
Greg Hands MP launches consultation on Hammersmith Bridge
TfL's consultation on proposals for a temporary bridge for pedestrians and cyclists only, closes on Sunday 5th April 2020. Therefore, I have launched a consultation for residents to share their views on all options open to consideration.To take part in the consultation, please visit: https://www.greghands.com/consultation-hammersmith-bridge 

If you would like to take part in TfL's consultation, this can be done here: https://tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/improvements-and-projects/hammersmith-bridge. I would strongly encourage those who support the proposals for a temporary road bridge open to emergency vehicles, buses and motor vehicles to express this in their consultation feedback. As stated, this consultation closes this Sunday 5th April. 
Coronavirus Status Checker:
Tell the NHS about your current experience of coronavirus 

The Government has launched a survey to help understand how and where coronavirus is affecting people. Take part here if you have symptoms. 
 
Local update:
A Supermarket dedicated shopping hours for the elderly, vulnerable and NHS workers 

The NHS is “rallying the troops” for the war on coronavirus, with volunteers being called up to help vulnerable people stay safe and well at home.

The nation is looking for up to 250,000 volunteers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions.

Members of the public can sign up quickly and easily at goodsamapp.org/NHS to become NHS Volunteer Responders, and can be called on to do simple but vital tasks such as:

  • delivering medicines from pharmacies;
  • driving patients to appointments;
  • bringing them home from hospital;
  • or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.

NHS Volunteer Responders is not intended to replace local groups helping their vulnerable neighbours but is an additional service provided by the NHS.


Volunteer Locally:
Kensington and Chelsea:
Kensington and Chelsea Council are actively asking people who want to volunteer to register with the Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea. Registering is really important so that everyone undergoes the right safeguarding checks so that we are protecting our vulnerable residents. The Volunteer Centre will match your skills and availability to local need. You can register here: https://www.voluntarywork.org.uk/volunteering/volunteer-registration/ 

The Council are also open to working in other ways with our residents, understanding their concerns and supporting them as the situation develops, and have set up a dedicated email address for resident and business enquiries: covid-19enquiry@rbkc.gov.uk.

Fulham:
Hammersmtih and Fulham Council are working with people who run foodbanks, homeless shelters, youth clubs, community centres, residents’ groups and much more, to set up H&F CAN – a resilience network which will:
  • co-ordinate a borough-wide volunteer operation
  • provide an easy way to donate money that will be used to support vulnerable people.
To register, please visit: https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/help-your-neighbours-volunteering-our-community-aid-network 

In addition, the Vicar of St Etheldreda with St Clement in Fulham is coordinating a support network for vulnerable individuals and those self-isolating, in the Fulham community.

I have attached a flyer outlining further information about the support available. Please feel free to get in touch with the organisers on 020 7736 3809 or by emailing communitycare@stethsfulham.org.
Safeguarding Factsheet:
Community volunteers during the coronavirus outbreak

A national effort is required to tackle the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and we understand that people want to help others who are already ill or at particular risk. We wholeheartedly welcome such efforts and want to assist volunteers and the people receiving support in ensuring that help is provided safely.

This factsheet (and accompanying FAQ document) is designed to address specific concerns that people involved in supporting their community may have at this time.

For further information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-factsheet-community-volunteers-during-covid-19-outbreak 
Community Support:
Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank


"We are so grateful to the public who continue to donate food to ensure that we are able to continue to meet demand.  Please visit the donate page on this website for our ‘most wanted’ food list and for instructions on how to donate food or cash gifts."

To support the work of Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank, please visit: https://hammersmithfulham.foodbank.org.uk

 

Kensington and Chelsea Foodbank


"We do still need food donations, so if you would like to donate items to the food bank, please do check that the church is open as we will be working remotely outside of the food bank hours. You can see a list of our urgently needed items here."

To support the work of Hammersmith and Fulham Foodbank, please visit: https://kensingtonchelsea.foodbank.org.uk
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