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East & West Suffolk Mental Health Services

People in east and west Suffolk have been working together over the past few years to improve NHS mental health and emotional wellbeing care and learning disability and autism services.

Those discussions – which have involved service users, carers, education leads, GPs and mental health experts – have helped develop changes that we think will make things better. We hope these proposed changes will mean that people in east and west Suffolk will be able to get the help and support in the right place for them, when they need it, to stay mentally and emotionally well.

This is built on the long-term strategy which was developed during 2018 and involved more than 4000 service users, carers and people who work in healthcare, social care and education. These discussions have continued and they are called #AVeryDifferentConversation.

Now, we are asking you to check these plans. We want to know if you think we have got things right. We would love it if you took a few minutes to let us know.

Visit the website www.westsuffolkccg.nhs.uk/averydifferentconversation between 14th September 2020 to 30th October 2020 to learn more about our plans and add your voice to the conversation by filling in the survey.

 

Woodbridge Library – Open for browsing from 8th September

Woodbridge Library is open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-4pm and is closed on Mondays and Sundays. Please phone the library on 01394 330855, email woodbridge.library@suffolklibraries.co.uk or go to the library’s web page at https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/visit/locations-and-times/woodbridge-library/ for current information. Out-of-hours book return available.

It is planned that Woodbridge Library will be open for browsing from 8th September. A limited number of customers will be allowed in the library at any one time so queuing may be necessary.

Reservations from the library catalogue are now available again and due to its popularity the select and collect service will remain available for the foreseeable future.

Libraries are offering access to computers for tasks such as Universal Credit applications and job seeking. Photocopying and printing have also been reintroduced. Customers will have to contact their library directly to make an appointment to use a computer and there will be cashless payment options for paying for printing and photocopying/scanning.

Suffolk Libraries aims to reintroduce normal library opening hours when and where possible over the coming months with the aim to get libraries back to their pre-lockdown opening hours by the end of the calendar year.

As with all these plans, everything is subject to changes in government advice and local COVID-19 infection rates.

It is now a legal requirement for all visitors to a library to wear a face covering. Once customers enter the library to use a printer or pc, they will also be invited to take part in the test and trace process by leaving their name and contact details. Their details will only be used for test and trace purposes and staff will dispose of the information after 21 days.

You can still download and stream free eBooks, eAudio, magazines, newspapers, films, documentaries and music. Suffolk Libraries is also running events online to enjoy from home at https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/whats-on and via Suffolk Libraries YouTube channel.

Customer service for Suffolk Libraries is available Mon-Fri 9-5pm, closed bank holidays. Leave a message out of these hours.

Up to date information can be seen at https://www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/

Little Free Pantry at St Andrew’s Church Hall

Due to health and safety reasons, the Little Free Pantry is now situated in the foyer of St Andrew’s Church Hall.

It is open from 10am – 5pm, Monday to Wednesday.

Enter via the Rectory Path into the Foyer of the Church Room.

Register now to clean National Landscapes and help tackle ocean litter

The Coast and Heaths and Dedham Vale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley team, with help from the local authorities in these areas, are encouraging people to register for the Marine Conservation Society’s annual Great British Beach Clean and it’s new Source to Sea Litter Quest taking place from the 18 – 25th  September.

The scale of the litter problem in the AONBs since lockdown restrictions have eased has increased enormously. We all need to take action to clean up our beautiful beaches, countryside, villages, and towns to keep these National Landscapes special for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive.

Individuals are being encouraged to register for the Great British Beach Clean and adopt a 100m stretch of beach and organise their own beach clean and litter survey, with smaller groups of friends, family or ‘bubbles’, in line with Government guidance. Councillor David Wood, Chair of the Coast and Heaths AONB Joint Advisory Committee  said ‘ this is a great opportunity for families and small groups of people to get out and help clean our beaches and estuaries of all the litter that has accumulated over the year. It really does make a difference!’

For those people unable to head to the coast this year a new Source to Sea Litter Quest is being promoted where you try to spot (and pick up!) common beach litter items in your local area. 80% of the litter on beaches around the UK has travelled there from our towns, parks, and rivers. By taking part in the Source to Sea Litter Quest you can remove these potential polluters and see why it’s important to keep our inland spaces clear, for the sake of our oceans. Councillor Nigel Chapman, Chair of the Dedham Vale AONB Joint Advisory Committee said ‘ I am delighted about the new Source to Sea Litter Quest and hope that local people along the River Stour take part not only to clean up litter from their local area but also to stop it reaching the sea!’

The litter survey data helps show a national and international picture of the most common forms of litter which the Marine Conservation Society uses to call for policy change to tackle ocean pollution at its source such as the 5p single-use carrier bag charge, the ban on plastic coffee stirrers and straws and the commitment to a Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland. This year, it’s asking volunteers to record how much personal protective equipment they find, including gloves and masks. This will show how prolific it has become and the danger it poses to the marine environment and wildlife.

During last year’s Great British Beach Clean weekend, 386 volunteers in Suffolk collected over 9582 litter items. It would be wonderful if more people signed up this year to remove litter not just from our beaches but from inland spaces. Just think what an incredible difference that would make to our two National Landscapes in Suffolk and Essex.

To register for either the Great British Beach Clean or Source to Sea Litter Quest visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/greatbritishbeachclean  Or for guidance ring the Beachwatch team on 01989 566017, or email beachwatch@mcsuk.org

The AONB team can loan out litter picking and survey equipment to volunteers on a first come first served basis. Contact Emma Black on 01394 445225, or email emma.black@suffolk.gov.uk

Volunteers can also contact their local authority to get advice on the provision of litter picking equipment and litter collection:

East Suffolk- ESN.info@ncsgrp.co.uk