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Helping Neighours in Littlebourne
The Emergency Planning Team of the Parish Council are organising a volunteer scheme in the village to assist the elderly and vulnerable through these extraordinary circumstances.
Can You Help?
Can you spare time to shop for a neighbour or telephone them regularly to check on them? No matter how you can help – please call and we can put you in touch with a neighbour you can help
Do You Need Help?
Are you an elderly or vulnerable person in the village? We hope to have volunteers to help you, but we need to know who you are.
Please call and let us know what assistance you may need – whether that is shopping, collecting medicines or even an occasional telephone call for example, and hopefully we might be able to help.
Who to call
Leave a message on the Council Offices answer-machine with your name, address and contact number and whether you want to volunteer (and details of the time you can spare) or whether you need assistance.
Parish Council Office - 01227 721500
or call Cllr Mick Giles, Co-ordinator of LPC Emergency Plan on 01227 728228
Cllr Ken Shaw on 01227 721560, Cllr Cate Reid on 01227 721831
The City Council's scheme to assist those needing help. Do you need extra help at the moment? This could be with:
You can also contact our helpline on 01227 868 598. Lines are open seven days a week between 9am and 5pm.
We're working through requests for help as quickly as possible. It will take us a minimum of 24 hours to get back to you.
The Kent Together is a single convenient point of contact for anyone in Kent, operated by Kent County Council who is in urgent need of help during the coronavirus outbreak.
03000 41 92 92
Don’t hesitate to contact them, whatever your problem, whether or not you think it urgent or not. They will always be happy help as they can, or signpost people to other sources of help.
Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people in Kent
A mental health and wellbeing online platform for young people has been extended for all young people across Kent.
As part of the Headstart Kent Programme, the Kooth digital mental health support service has already given one in five young people, aged 10 to16, easy access to an online community of peers and a
team of experienced counsellors.
The service is free and can be accessed at www.kooth.com. It’s a place to get advice, information and support 24/7. You can chat to a friendly qualified counsellor Monday to Friday between 12pm and 10pm and Saturday and Sunday between 6pm and 10pm.
Kent County Council’s Director of Integrated Children’s Services, Stuart Collins, said: “In these unprecedented times it is important for all of us that we continue to focus on the emotional health and well-being of children. I am happy to be able to support the increase in access to safe online support through developing the Kooth offer across Kent in this way.”
The NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group’s Senior Commissioner for Children and Young People’s Services, Sue Mullin, said: “We are pleased to be working with KCC colleagues to support the extension of Kooth. We know that Kooth offers children and young people across Kent a confidential service whether it’s accessing articles, joining forums or accessing scheduled times with a counsellor. The feedback from our children and young people has been very positive, and we are pleased that we are now able to provide the opportunity to access Kooth to more children and young people and truly see the impact of jointly commissioning this service.”
The service is funded by Headstart Kent on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund, NHS Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group and Kent County Council’s Public Health Grant.
Young people in Kent can also continue to access advice, information and support by:
• Accessing www.moodspark.org.uk or www.kentresiliencehub.org.uk to learn about mental health and find tips and resources to keep emotionally healthy
• Texting ChatHealth for support around physical and mental health on 07520 618850. The number is monitored Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
• Completing a form for the Children and Young People’s Counselling Service at www.kentcht.nhs.uk/forms/school-health-service-referral-form
• Calling the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 123 4496 if you are not sure what help is needed.
• Accessing the Big White Wall if aged 16+ for anonymous support through https://www.bigwhitewall.com/
Green Waste collections
Have now resumed, however from 6th July 2020 you will need to pay for garden waste collections. The last free collection will be the end of June (depending on which week your collection is).
Details of cost and how to arrange this are found in the below PDF document - Garden Waste Charges
A polite reminder to all residents when handling your wheelie bins please remember to wash your hands throughly to avoid the spread of Covid 19. These handles have been touched by the dustmen (with or without gloves ) that have handled every bin in your road!
Our July LPC meeting was also held on Zoom. There is no meeting in August and the September one is also to be held remotely.
The June LPC meeting will go ahead on Wednesday 3rd June but it will be held remotely via Zoom. To join this meeting please contact the Clerk that week for a meeting link.
It has now been agreed that our Statutory Annual May meeting will be cancelled, the 2020 Regulations have removed the requirement for us to hold this meeting. The current Chairman Peter Farrow and Vice Chairman Mick Giles will both remain in place until an Annual Meeting is held.
Following Government advice we have cancelled our April meeting which was due to take place on 1st April. We will assess each meeting on a month by month basis going forward.
In view of concerns over coronavirus infection risks and likely very low attendance, the Littlebourne Parish Council has postponed the Annual Parish Meeting which was scheduled for Wednesday 18th March. It will be rescheduled to a time later this year and as soon as the situation reasonably allows. If residents have questions or requests of Littlebourne Parish Council, which will continue its function as close to normal as possible during this epidemic, please contact the Clerk (01227 721500) or any of the individual parish councillors.
Peter Farrow, Chairman Littlebourne Parish Council
During this period the Parish Office will not be open as usual (it will be some days). The Clerk will be partially working from home and will be covering the office when necessary. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on the answerphone 01227 721500 (messages will be checked very couple of days)
Cllrs can be contacted as usual via telephone and email as per contact details on Council page.
A lifeline alarm, which can be fashionably worn on your wrist or as a pendant is a service provided in East Kent by Canterbury City Council's CCTV control room, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. Having a lifeline alarm would help you or a family member feel safe and independent in the home.
To book your free demonstration or to make an enquiry please call 01227 862540 or visit www.lifeline.canterbury.gov.uk
Dog Fouling seems to be on the increase in the village. Most dog owners are responsible and clean up after their dogs however there seems to be small minority that just leave it on the pavements and the Recreation ground. This then ends up on shoes and pushchair wheels and is very unpleaesant, never mind a health hazard.
It is very hard to catch people not clearing up after their dog, but if you do see someone you can report them through the City Councils website.
The current Layout PLan and indicative landscaping plan can been seen by clicking on the below documents.