Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City Community and volunteer hub now live

23 March 2020

Nottinghamshire County Council

Community and volunteer hub now live
Nottinghamshire County Council is now working with all seven District and Borough Councils and Nottingham City Council to create a community support and volunteering hub that all residents can access during this challenging time.

There are a number of local volunteer groups offering help if you are staying at home and self-isolating, the hub will allow you can find support available in your local area. In addition, if you are responsible for a community group, faith group, charity, parish or town council and are not listed yet you can add your details.

The hub is a work in progress and will be updated regularly so people are asked to keep checking for updates and developments.

Country Park closures
We are continuing to monitor developments with COVID-19 to ensure that the services we offer are in line with up-to-date Government guidance.

In light of this, it is with regret that we will be closing all country park sites across Nottinghamshire, as well as their facilities and car parks from this evening (23 March). This includes Sherwood Forest, Rufford Abbey and Holme Pierrepont, Cotgrave and Bestwood Country Parks.

This decision has not been taken lightly and is one of many measures we have put in place to ensure effective social distancing in our communities across Nottinghamshire. We recognise that access to our country parks may still be possible on foot, however we ask that any visitors keep themselves a minimum of two meters apart from each other to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Recycling Centre update
All 12 of our recycling centres across Nottinghamshire are open as usual, but we are asking everyone to protect themselves, other residents and the site staff by sticking to the Government advice on social distancing - stay at least 2m apart from others.

Only  five cars will be allowed on site at any one time to protect everyone, we ask all our residents to be patient if there are delays or queues at any of our recycling centres.

Advice on waste disposal for households that are self-isolating
Households that are self isolating should follow the Government's 'Stay at home' advice which states:
• Store personal waste such as used tissues and disposable cleaning cloths securely within disposable rubbish bags.
• Place these bags into another bag, tie securely and keep separate from other waste.
• These bags should be put aside for at least 72 hours before being put in your usual external general waste bin.
• Please do not take this waste to your local Recycling Centre.
Please dispose of your other household waste as normal.
It is more important than ever to ensure that recycling is clean and dry, and that rubbish bags are all securely tied to help prevent spills and protect our collection teams and the public.

Anthony May, Chief Executive at Nottinghamshire County Council said:

"Nottinghamshire County Council, like all councils, has been working closely with partners to get the hub ready. We’re using our Local Resilience Forum's existing pandemic flu emergency plan, which is being adapted to best meet this current situation.

"We know the NHS is working hard to get letters out this week to all vulnerable people who will then be asked to register. Once people have registered, the details of those who need help will be passed to the local hubs.
"We are working on the finer details, but initially we would encourage vulnerable people to use their normal support mechanisms, such as family, friends and neighbours who can run errands and leave supplies on the doorstep. The community hub is aimed at those who do not have this type of support.

"We hope to be able to start helping vulnerable residents within days of getting their details and assessing who is most in need."


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