SALFORD KEYWORKERS SAY GET YOUR FLU JAB
Thirteen Salford keyworkers have joined together in a plea to the public to fight flu this winter.
The group, which include health workers, council staff, teachers, a tram driver and a volunteer, were typical of those praised by the public for keeping the city moving and supporting vulnerable people during lockdown earlier this year.
Now they are calling on the public to do their bit by getting vaccinated against flu so the NHS and social care are not fighting two major illnesses this winter. The campaign has been launched by Salford City Council, Salford NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.
People aged over 65, under 65s with long-term health conditions, pregnant women and carers are offered the vaccination each year but, in some cases, less than half those who are eligible take it up. GPs have already begun contacting patients and vaccinations are also being offered through local pharmacies. Schoolchildren from reception to year seven are offered vaccinations via a nasal spray.
The government has also said that if sufficient vaccine is available after the above priority groups have taken up their offer, it will be made available to 50 to 64-year olds.
Councillor Gina Reynolds, lead member for adult services, health and wellbeing, said:
“Flu is a horrible illness which can put you in bed for several days or more. ,It weakens your immune system for up to six months leaving you vulnerable to other illnesses, including COVID-19. Flu can hospitalise you with complications and can even kill so it’s vital people take up their vaccinations.”
Dr Jeremy Tankel, GP and CCG flu clinical lead, said:
“This year, more than any other year, it is vital to get a flu vaccine. If you get the flu and coronavirus at the same time then the risks of very serious harm or death are much, much greater. It is sensible to get a vaccination as soon as it is offered to you. It is the right thing to do.”
Dr Pete Turkington, Salford Royal Chief Officer and Medical Director, said:
“The past few months have been totally unprecedented in the history of the NHS and our staff have been under immense pressure to cope with the demand on our services.
"The pandemic is not over yet so let’s ensure we don’t add to the pressure our NHS staff are already under by making sure we have the flu jab this year. It’s vital that we all take responsibility to protect ourselves and each other.”
The Salford heroes are:
Sam Barry, refuse collector. Salford was one of few places in the country to keep bin collections unchanged during early lockdown.
Angela Eden and Foyzul Gani, health improvement workers. The team have taken their stop smoking, healthy weight and exercise advice online during the pandemic and are offering health checks to key workers.
Lou Ross, Metrolink driver supervisor – keeping the city moving
Lesley Fisher, volunteer, who founded and has run Dancing with Dementia for six years
Dafydd Davies and Ellen Brawley, primary school teachers at St Phillips CE primary school, Salford
Hollie Ward nurse practitioner, critical care unit, Salford Royal Hospital who has been caring for people with COVID-19
Marie Howard, community care assistant at Crossroads Care
Dr Selvaraasan, GP at Orient Road Medical Practice
Dr Adeyeye, GP at Pendleton Medical Centre
Angela Goddard, lead practice nurse at Langworthy Medical Practice
David Hartley, Salford police community support officer (PCSO)
For more information and a list of pharmacies offering the flu jab please see www.salford.gov.uk/flu
Salford residents are being asked to ‘make a sacrifice’ and commemorate Remembrance Sunday at home this year because of COVID-19.
The Ceremonial Mayor of Salford, Councillor Charlie McIntyre, said this year’s remembrance would be different but no less dignified or heartfelt.
Salford City Council is also displaying memorial banners and a giant poppy on the Civic Centre and has posted ideas on its website under the banner Remember at Home for ways to pay tribute during the day.
Please see www.salford.gov.uk/rememberathome
Subject to any changes in government coronavirus guidance or restrictions, church services can go ahead with Covid-19 secure measures in place.
Salford community groups have pulled together to help local families have a safe and happy half term, Halloween, Bonfire Night and Diwali.
With new Tier 3 restrictions on households mixing to combat rising coronavirus infection rates and the cancellation of organised firework displays, Salford City Council has created a ‘Celebrate Safely’ section on its website at www.salfordgov.uk/celebratesafely .
It features videos ranging from how to make salt dough, hold a poetry race or make a shadow puppet to gruesome Halloween recipes and even tips on how to make sure wildlife benefits from your left-over pumpkin.
Local crafter Lexi Jones has created a step by step tutorial on how to paint a rock for Halloween that can then be hidden for others to find as part of the Salford Rocks Facebook group challenge.
The page also has safety information around fireworks and a video signposting people to advice on how to help pets cope with Bonfire Night. The council is also sharing fun ideas every day on its Twitter and Facebook feeds.
Deputy City Mayor Councillor John Merry said:
The groups which contributed are:
Art with Heart
The Lighthouse Church
Kids Club Screen Stars
Salford Community Leisure
Oasis MediaCityUK Community Hub
And Lifecentre Salford which co-ordinated the project with support from Salford CVS.
Salford Community Leisure also has a range of events including a half term football coaching camp, spooky afternoon teas, pumpkin painting and a scarecrow trail at Ordsall Hall, a day time trail or an after dark virtual tour of Lark Hill Place and a ‘spooktacular’ Halloween swim at the Helly Hansen watersports centre.
For more details and bookings please see https://salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/whats-on/
Full listing for Salford Community Leisure events:
October Half Term Football Camp – SCL & Foundation 92 at Salford Sports Village
Monday 26 to Friday 30 October, from 10am to1pm.
£10 per day, £42 for the full week, suitable for ages 7 – 12 years.
A brand-new football camp, operated in partnership between Salford Community Leisure and Foundation 92. Offering children aged 7-12 the chance to get active and out on the pitch for some quality coaching from qualified instructors.
There are also fun prizes up for grabs throughout the week, including SCFC shirts. Kids will have a great time and parents will have peace of mind, with qualified coaches, state of the art facilities and COVID-19 procedures in place.
Family Halloween events
Children’s Halloween Afternoon Tea at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Saturday 17 October to Sunday 1 November 2020, 1pm to 3pm
£8.95 per person. Book required.
Bring your little ghouls for an afternoon tea treat at Salford Museum & Art Gallery this Halloween. The spooky selection includes sandwiches, a choice of soft drink, gingerbread skeleton, ghostly traybake and a slice of toffee apple cake.
Halloween Scarecrow Trail at Ordsall Hall
Sunday 18 October to Sunday 1 November, various times. £2 per children
Join the hunt for a rag-taggle gang of mischievous scarecrows who have gathered in the gardens at Ordsall Hall this October for their annual meet up. Book a 30 minute slot to find 10 scarecrows hidden in the gardens and draw each scarecrow.
Pumpkin Painting at Ordsall Hall
Sunday 25 October 2020, 11.30am and 2pm
£10 per child, suitable for ages 7 and above.
Get into the Halloween spirit with our annual Pumpkin Painting workshop in the spooky surroundings of Ordsall Hall. Paint a real pumpkin with acrylic paints in a variety of designs, ready to pop outside your house for autumn pumpkin trails.
Spooky Afternoon Tea in Ordsall Hall’s Great Hall
Sunday 25 October and Sunday 1 November 11.30am and 2pm.
Adults £15.00 | Children £7.00 | Deposit £15.00
A frightfully delicious Spooky Afternoon Tea in the Haunted Surroundings of Ordsall Hall, home to most famous resident ghost, Margaret Radclyffe aka The White Lady.
Enjoy sandwiches, Halloween themed cakes and hot pot of tea or coffee for each booker. We also are offering a “Little Terrors” option for children, which will consist of a smaller portion of cakes and sandwiches and a horrifying slime green soft drink.
A Halloween Half Term Visit at Salford Museum & Art Gallery
Tuesday 27 October to Sunday 1 November 2020, 11:30am – 3 pm
FREE, donations welcome | £2 for a spooky trail | Booking required
Explore the Victorian street, Lark Hill Place all decorated for Halloween, with lots of spooky things to spot! Have a go at our trail – Find Famine! to spot tiny copies of one of our best-loved paintings ‘Famine’.
Lark Hill Halloween: The Darkness and Dangers Virtual Tour
Saturday 31 October 2020, 6:30pm – 7:30pm. £5 per person
Close the curtains, lower the lights and log on for a virtual tour through to the darker side of Lark Hill Place. Delve into the terrors of yore in this humorous and macabre walk down the street decorated with Halloween objects from within the museum’s collections. With a Museum tour guide to show all the sights and sounds from the comfort of your own home, it’s the perfect socially distanced solution for those looking for some history with their scares.
Spooktacular Halloween Swim at the Helly Hansen Watersports Centre Thursday 29 October £20
Spooktacular Open Water Swim in the dark at Salford Quays. 300m and 500m course. Price includes Spooky Halloween Swim Cap, glow stick, hot drink, hot soup/roll. A safety team will be keeping you safe in the water.
SALFORD COUNCIL STEPS UP TO ENSURE FREE SCHOOL HOLIDAY MEALS SO THAT SALFORD CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY DON'T GO HUNGRYBy KARL
Earlier in the week a majority of Conservative MP's voted to reject measures which would have seen help offered to struggling families over the school holiday period.
Salford has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the country due to having suffered some of the harshest cuts in living memory and with the pandemic seemingly growing by the day, thousands of people across the city are waking to the prospects that they may be pushed closer to the poverty line.
It is a stark truth that families across Salford face a bleak future ahead and as usual those affected the most are those who can least afford it.
It is sad to say but thousands of children face losing what for them is the most important and sadly far too often, the only real meal they will get as family budgets are stretched and parents are faced with mounting bills and decreasing finances.
With that in mind, Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett has announced that families in receipt of free school meals can claim them during the half-term holiday next week.
The quick decision was made following news that government has rejected Marcus Rashford's proposals to feed impoverished children over the holidays.
Salford City Council has committed to providing the generous holiday hunger package to families during half-term and also over Christmas.
Parents who claim free school meals should now take identification to their local gateway or hub and they will be given a free voucher. Residents can find the locations of gateways and Broughton Hub here https://www.salford.gov.uk/council-buildings-and-venues/gateway-centres/
Any parents with children in reception, year one or two and claiming benefits* - or in a non-mainstream school should also visit their nearest gateway or hub with identification to see if they are eligible to claim.
City Mayor Paul Dennett said:
To help finance the campaign, the Spirit of Salford Network plans to launch a fundraiser to find resources from the community.
Spirit of Salford representative Councillor Sharmina August said:
Cllr Paula Boshell, former Deputy Mayor and anti-poverty champion for the city has also made comment on the proposals. Cllr Boshell said:
*The full criteria is:
If your child is in reception, year 1 and/or year 2 and in receipt of free school meals, or attends a non-mainstream school, to claim Health Holiday shopping vouchers you must be in receipt of the following benefits: Please tick the benefit that applies:
Income based job seekers allowance
Income related Employment and Support Allowance
Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit) and your annual income is £16,190 or less or;
Guarantee Credit of Pension Credit or;
Universal Credit ( if you applied after 31 March 2018 your earnings from work must be less than £616.67 in the previous assessment period.