New cases of people being hospitalised with COVID have dropped to five across the local hospitals: Epsom and St Helier, St George’s in Tooting, Croydon University Hospital and Kingston.
That does not mean people can be complacent. Croydon’s new campaign Keep Croydon Safe launched on Wednesday 29 July is urging us to protect ourselves by knowing how to get tested for coronavirus.
As Council Leader Tony Newman says:
“A key part of limiting this infection risk is for everyone to do the right thing by continuing good hygiene and social distancing measures to protect themselves, their families and friends. This includes regularly washing hands, keeping apart when out and about and wearing a mask on public transport and in shops, which is now the law.
“But many people in Croydon are still unclear about what they need to do around testing, which is why I am proud to back this vital Keep Croydon Safe drive and the wider London campaign so everyone gets a mask and, if they show Covid-19 symptoms, stay at home and get tested straightaway by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus. The long-term recovery of Croydon and every other borough in London depends on it.”
One of those who is not clear is the Mayor. When she opened Spice Village the photo clearly shows no such distancing, and she is not wearing a mask.
Reporting Large Parties and Music Events in Parks and Open Spaces This Weekend
The Council has set up a dedicated telephone number to aid residents to report large parties and unauthorised music events in the parks this weekend: 020 8604 7347 until 6am on Sunday 2 August. It will be reviewed during the week as to whether to run it again next weekend.
Exemption Cards For People With Hearing Loss
Action on Hearing Loss explains how to obtain exemption cars from wearing masks if you suffer from hearing loss.
‘With face coverings now mandatory in shops in England and Scotland as well as on public transport and in medical settings in the UK, communication has become almost impossible for many people living with hearing loss. Find out here how the regulations apply to you. We have been working with the UK government to ensure that they consider the needs of people who rely on visual cues to communicate. Public awareness of this issue is low and we understand that this may cause stress and anxiety for many of you. Government guidelines say you do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to and two exemption cards for people with hearing loss have been issued. One explains why you need the person you’re speaking with to remove their face covering. The other is a personal exemption card, if face coverings interfere with your hearing aids or cochlear implant. Government guidelines say you do not need to wear a face covering if you have a legitimate reason not to and two exemption cards for people with hearing loss have been issued. One explains why you need the person you’re speaking with to remove their face covering. The other is a personal exemption card, if face coverings interfere with your hearing aids or cochlear implant.’
I am not putting in this posting the link to get your exemption car because if it goes public it could mean those not eligible will be able to get one.
If you are eligible, or know someone who might be, the best thing is contact Action on Hearing Loss: email@example.com; 0808 808 0123
COVID Culture Funding And Training
Monday 3 August. Deadline For Croydon Emerging Writers Programme
Stanley Halls, Disentangle Projects and Arts Council England free training initiative for writers looking to amplify their voice.
Thursdays 6 & 13 August. 6-7.30pm. Talawa Café – Endings And Redrafts Café
Talawa’s New Work Producer, Ifrah Ismail, is hosting a Talawa for emerging Black writers to break the blocks around redrafting and creating an ending to your story. As a company with a long history of producing work by Black writers, Talawa is offering two 90 minute Talawa Cafés to help people get the most from their writing.
Monday 10 August. Deadline Applications For PRS Foundation Sustaining Creativity Fund For Black Music Creators
This third round of funding is designed to provide targeted support for Black music creators who are affected COVID-19 pandemic=- you can find more information about those commitments here.
Tuesday 18 August. Deadline For Barings Support For Arts And Mental Health Organisations
The Baring Foundation is offering modest, unrestricted grants to established organisations in the UK that focus solely on offering creative opportunities to people of any age living with mental health problems using the skills of professionally trained artists.
Croydon Council, residents and park users are launching a social media campaign aimed at combating the challenges of litter dropped in the parks, after seven extra tonnes of rubbish were collected from April to June this year. With contributions from the Friends of South Norwood Lakes, the Friends of Lloyd Park and children from Howard Primary School in south Croydon, a series of videos will explore how Croydon’s parks and green spaces became a sanctuary for many during the unprecedented lockdown period. A number of the residents recalled how coming to their local open space helped their physical and mental well-being with many positive memories made.
The key question is how many litterers were actually see the campaign on line and pay any attention. This is not answer to the need to have park staff to speak to people and if necessary fine them.
Croydon Help To SME Businesses and Creatives
The second phase of Croydon Council’s discretionary grants scheme has widened the number of SME businesses that can qualify for a grant of up to £10,000 to help with the financial impact of Covid-19. So far it has given over 250 £943,000. The second round totals £1,964,250.
In addition almost 40 creative organisations have benefited from £135,000 from the Council’s Cultural Relief Fund discretionary grants scheme so they can continue their work.
More Temporary Measure To Encourage
Walking And Cycling
More temporary measures to encourage walking and cycling on Croydon residential streets and improve the local environment start on Monday 3 August using planters and signs to transform three more local streets into spaces where people can enjoy socially-distanced exercise and travel while maintaining access for residents, visitors, cyclists and pedestrians.
Petition To Stop Deportation of
Nigerian Care Home Worker
More than 12,000 people have called on the Home Office to allow a care worker to remain in the country. Anugwom Izuchukwu Goodluck, was working in care homes during the crisis when he was told by the UK Government that he had to leave the country.
As of today the number of signatures has risen to nearly 19,000. To sign the petition go to:
Croydon COVID Art Developments
Croydon Harriers and friends have been painting and drawing during lockdown. The designs will make up a collection of artworks in support of cardiac risk in the young and in memory of a young member who died of an undiagnosed condition. The work will be produced as a booklet to sell after lockdown. A Croydon schoolgirl’s lockdown drawings have been made into fashion accessories.