Coronavirus update: 26 August 2020

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Coronavirus update

26 August 2020   

Got coronavirus symptoms? Get tested now

Keep Hounslow Safe

To control the spread of coronavirus and reduce the risk of a local lockdown, it’s vital people get tested if they think they have symptoms

There are a range of local testing options available to you, including a mobile testing site with a mixture of walk-in and drive-through appointments available on Saturday 29 August at the private car park on Hanworth Road, TW3 3TY. For more information, please click here.

NHS Test and Trace is an essential part of the Government’s response to stopping the spread of coronavirus and to save lives. Get tested and do your bit to protect your friends and family. 

Virus isolation period extended from seven to 10 days

 You must now self-isolate for 10 days if you:

  • Have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Receive a positive test result

People in your household should continue to self-isolate for 14 days. For more information visit the NHS website.


Summer bank holiday waste and recycling collections 

Waste Collection

Waste and recycling collections will be subject to a revised schedule due to the summer bank holiday on Monday 31 August 2020.

There will be no waste, recycling or garden waste collections on Monday 31 August. If your household is due a collection on this day, this will now happen on the following day, Tuesday 1 September with all collections a day later throughout next week.

The waste and recycling service schedule will return to normal on Monday 7 September 2020.

Space Waye re-use and recycling centre will remain open on Monday 31 August. Visitors arriving with cars must have a booking to enter the site, for more information and to book a convenient 30-minute slot, please visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/spacewaye. Visitors arriving with vans or trailers do not require a booking, but entry will be subject to the Space Waye site policy.

For more information click here.


Success for Hounslow Students

Exam results

Hounslow’s GCSE students were able to celebrate some excellent results last week despite having not been able to sit their exams this summer.

The celebrations amongst teachers and students alike came after a turbulent few days which saw the government ditching its widely criticised approach to the award of A level grades last week and a subsequent eleventh hour change to their approach for awarding GCSEs with a much greater emphasis placed on teacher assessed grades. Provisional results suggest a small improvement on last year’s grades with around 85% of students achieving grade 4 or better in English and 80% of students achieving grade 4 or better in Maths.

Read more about GCSE results in the Borough here


Free results advice and careers support

Connexions logo

Hounslow 14 to 19 Connexions service is providing advice and support for anyone who has received A-level or GCSE results. 

Didn't get the results you were expecting or reconsidering your options? Connexions can help you make sense of this difficult time and help you decide your next steps. 

The team will be available to provide free impartial advice a range of options available and help with the following:

  • Finding relevant college or university courses
  • Apprenticeships and which one is right for you
  • Full time employment opportunities
  • UCAS’ clearing service

Watch our YouTube video to hear from a young person who shares her experience of using the Connexions service or read our blog from a careers adviser to find out more about what help is on offer.

For more information click here or call 020 8583 5151.


Do you want to build your personal or professional development?

HACE

As part of Hounslow Adult and Community Education, the Learn Hounslow team deliver learning programmes across a variety of subjects to help adults discover their full potential. 

These courses are aimed at residents who want to improve their career prospects or learn new skills for personal or professional development. 

If you need help setting up your online learning account with us, HACE runs free digital courses to support you into online learning.

There is a live course search button on the HACE website, so you can browse all of the latest courses.

For enquiries or enrolment, call 020 8583 6000 or email courses@hounslow.gov.uk

Find out more www.hace.ac.uk


Have you taken part in Couch to 5k? 

Couch to 5K BAME assets

To support people to live healthier lives Public Health England and BBC Get Inspired have developed the Coach to 5k app.

The nine week activity plan takes you on guided sessions, three times a week with the choice of five different trainers to support and motivate you. 

Every 30 minutes of exercise you do makes a big difference to your physical and mental health. It helps you build confidence, keeps your heart healthy, helps with weight loss and reduces your risk of getting type two diabetes.

The app is great for beginners or anyone who wants to get back into exercise. The app starts you off walking with just a minute of jogging, and builds up your energy and strength from there. You’ll be amazed how far you can go and no equipment or experience is needed.

You can download the app now on ios and android, or for more information click here.

For more handy fitness tips in Hounslow visit www.oneyouhounslow.org/move-more/

We'd love to hear how you are getting on or what routes around the Borough you are taking. Share your Couch to 5K journey with us on social media by using the hashtag #Couchto5KHounslow


Street Tag launching in Hounslow next week

Street tag logo

Street Tag is a family friendly initiative that rewards families and individuals for their physical activities such as walking, running and cycling. Street Tag encourages greater participation in outdoor physical activities, by turning our local area into a giant virtual playground, and enhancing outdoor experiences.

A new community game will be launching for Hounslow residents on Tuesday 1 September. 

What are the benefits of using Street Tag?

  • Fantastic prizes to be won which can enhance your physical fitness and healthy lifestyle
  • Opportunity to become fitter and bond with family and friends whilst staying committed to physical fitness
  • Opportunity to connect with other members of the community that are using the Street Tag App
  • Experience the fun and catch the thrill of physical fitness which you might not get without the app
  • Get motivated to engage in physical activity, rediscover nature and get energetic
  • Enhance your mental and physical well-being

How does Street Tag work?

  1. Install the app, create a team and join the local Hounslow leaderboard
  2. Earn points from physical activities indoor and outdoor- walking, running, cycling to scan virtual tags and convert your steps into Street Tag Points
  3. Get rewards and win prizes such as vounchers for sports equipment and more.

Get ready to push the boundaries and start your journey to a healthy lifestyle with Street Tag. You can download the app now on ios and android.

For more information visit www.streettag.co.uk 


Gunnersbury Park Sports Hub 

Children playing football

Find out more about the new sporting venue located at Gunnersbury Park, situated on the border of Hounslow and Ealing. The current target date for opening is September 2020 but a more definite date will be provided as soon as its available. Visit the BETTER website for up to date information and to find out more about the current programmes below;

For more information contact better.org.uk/gunnersbury-park-sports.


Virtual healthy minds drop-in

Mental Health

The 'Virtual Healthy Minds Drop-In' is a service provided by the Adult Locality Mental Health Team, London Borough of Hounslow.

They are a group of Social Workers and Social Work Assistants, with the compassion and drive to serve anyone concerned about their mental health. The 'virtual drop-in service' replaces face to face drop-in services, which are currently suspended due to Covid-19. This service is now available through video conferencing or over the telephone.

The team can listen to your concerns, offer emotional and practical support to help you make plans. They also can help you talk to other professionals and support you to access the right services, aiming to help you before a crisis occurs.

Should you wish to attend a virtual drop-in session, please complete the online form here and a member of the team will contact you. Alternatively, you can call on 020 8583 3003, and select option one between 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday and Friday 9am-4.45pm.

To read more about the service click here


Free falls prevention advice webinar 

elderly lady on phone

On Thursday 27 August, at 1pm, Martha Flann, Falls Prevention Officer, London Borough of Hounslow, will be hosting a Well-being Webinar focusing on Falls Prevention.

Martha will discuss practical ways to reduce a person’s risk of falling; services available to residents to help with falls prevention and how these can be accessed.

As we get older, the chances of falling increase and the consequences of a fall become more serious. Falls can lead to a lengthy stay in hospital, increased dependence on family members and carers as well as general reduction in our ability to go about life as normal.

Anyone interested in joining the webinar can join in by clicking here. Live subtitles and captions will be available in English, Hindi, Polish, Swahili and Urdu for any resident who is hard of hearing or whose first language is not English.

To find out ore about falls prevention click here.


Outdoor festival to raise money for Chiswick House and Garden

Chiswick House

The Chiswick ‘socially distanced outdoor festival’ is being held to raise funds for Chiswick House and Gardens following the financial devastation the pandemic has had.

Within the 20 day festival there will be a special Bank Holiday live music event on Monday 31 August, 7.30-9.30pm, featuring the UK’s leading Gypsy Jazz & Swing ensemble, Trio Manouche, plus a special guest, the internationally acclaimed jazz trumpeter, Quentin Collins, followed by some funky Country and Urban blues from the award winning Blues Engineers Band. 

The event will follow Covid-19 safety guidelines, with social distancing in place throughout. 

To find out more or book tickets click here.


Virtual Notting Hill Carnival 

Notting Hill Carnival

Due to Covid-19, this year Notting Hill Carnival 2020 will be moving online, so that everyone can stay at home and enjoy the carnival safely and stop the virus spreading.

Enjoy the mix of music, art, food and culture from the comfort of your own home from Saturday 29 August to Monday 31 August. People are encouraged to share their carnival memories on social media by using the hashtag #MyBestCarnival

To find about more and register click here. 


What can you do this summer in Hounslow?

Summer

We've put together a useful pool of resources for some activity inspiration this summer.

Events and Days Out in Hounslow

Whats on in Hounslow local activities and events across our borough 

Hounslow Urban Farm learn all about farm animals 

Syon Park Gardens visit the beautiful historic gardens 

Chiswick House Gardens enjoy 65 acres of gardens 

Osterley Park & House a Georgian country estate

Get Active wherever you are

How much should I be doing? NHS guidance for all ages   

Tips for getting started for those new to exercise

Move More Activities to keep you active wherever you are

Couch to 5k app helps you build up to running in just 9 weeks

Active 10 app helps you add more activity into your day

Free Health Walks across the borough

Activities Map to download for free

Activities for young people this summer

Arts & Crafts

Activities For Kids from Fields in Trust

Bounce Theatre

Rainbows of Feltham

Summer Art Activities Feltham Arts

DiY radio

For more activity inspiration visit www.oneyouhounslow.org/move-more/


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