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Coronavirus: £1m fund made available by Nottinghamshire County Council to help support community response efforts

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A £1m fund has been made available by Nottinghamshire County Council to help support community efforts to respond and provide for those most in need.

Leader Mrs Kay Cutts said the council was prioritising essential services for the elderly, vulnerable people and children during the coronavirus pandemic.

As it stands, the county council’s youth services will stay open but will take place through face-to-face meetings and by telephone ­— group sessions will not be going ahead.

County Hall (12494354)
County Hall (12494354)

Visitor facilities at Rufford Country Park, Sherwood Forest, Bestwood and Holme Pierrepont closed last weekend until further notice.

Free public access to country parks themselves will continue, according to government advice, and people are encouraged to visit while adhering to social distancing advice.

All libraries and archives venues, as well as adult learning classes, are closed until further notice, as are the Children’s Centres.

Anyone registering a birth or a death should do so in the usual way, however, all couples who have arranged weddings are urged to postpone their arrangements or to limit visitors.

Mrs Cutts said: “These are extraordinary circumstances we are facing that will impact on all aspects of our lives as we respond to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Nottinghamshire County Council leader Kay Cutts.
Nottinghamshire County Council leader Kay Cutts.

“This emergency will test us all. We know that people will be anxious about how they will stay safe and live their lives, work and care for their families during these difficult times.

“I can assure you that this council is working tirelessly to make sure every provision is made so that the most vulnerable people are safe and receive the support and assurances they need.

“We are following government advice and whatever measures we take will be geared towards protecting our most vulnerable residents, our communities and our workforce.

“Our services will reflect advice in relation to gathering in groups and social distancing. We are working with service providers to ensure that critical front line services continue to be delivered to vulnerable people.

“As we prioritise the most essential services for elderly, vulnerable people and our most vulnerable children we will have to divert resource away from other areas. Our workforce is having to adapt to new ways of working and learn new skills. We thank them for their resilience and hard work at this challenging time.

“We remain in contact with our NHS partners, government departments and district council partners and are working together to support our communities.

“Our urgent priority for now is to make sure we continue to provide essential support through our adults’ and children’s social care functions and other public health commissioned services.”

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