If you are suffering domestic abuse, remember you are not alone. Help is at hand and support services continue to be available across Warwickshire during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The rules around social distancing do not prevent someone from leaving home to seek help if they are suffering abuse. Refuges remain open and the police will provide support to all individuals who are being abused – physically, emotionally, or otherwise.
If you are in immediate danger, always call 999 in an emergency.
If you are unable to speak on the phone, when prompted, you can press ’55’ if ringing from a mobile to use the ‘Silent Solution’ system. More information on the silent solution can be found below
Warwickshire Domestic Violence Service is a countywide service that is still offering help and support to women, men and children experiencing domestic violence in Warwickshire.
If you live in Warwickshire, you can call 0800 408 1552 to speak to a support worker.
If you are not able to call, please email DVSW@refuge.org.uk
You can also contact the Police, on 101, or Refuge, via the number above, if you have concerns about a friend, relative or neighbour.
Please do report any concerns as those who are being abused may not have the opportunity to safely reach out for support themselves at the current time.
More information, and links for more support services, relating to domestic abuse can be found on our dedicated Talk2Someone website.
Please be sure you are not alone and there is help available.
In Warwickshire local people are being encouraged to shine a light from their windows in recognition of the role of nurses and other frontline staff in Warwick district have played during the coronavirus pandemic.
You may be aware that Tuesday 12 May marks International Day of the Nurse and the 200th birthday of the Lady of the Lamp, Florence Nightingale and Warwick District Council is hoping that residents and businesses will light up their homes and front windows this evening to pay tribute to NHS frontline staff and also those working in care homes and other settings.
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Culture, Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger commented;
“I very much hope that throughout Warwick, Leamington, Kenilworth and Whitnash and all the villages we will see a glow of light this evening, as we say a big thank you to the nurses and others working in the caring profession across our district for their dedication, love and kindness in the most challenging of times.”
As you may be aware we have had to make changes in the overall recycling and refuse collection due the enforced rules on social distancing and the significant increase of material being produced by each household way above normal levels expected. As a consequence WDC have already made changes to maintain and protect the service provided including having redeployed staff in place.
You can actually help by some very simple actions all of which are listed below, and whilst we know many of you already do this but that is not always the case which can cause problems , so please help us to provide the best service possible in the face of the current situation.
We all know how difficult it is at the moment and in particular at a loss of a loved one with all the current restrictions in place that prevents you from saying goodbye whilst celebrating life itself and like many Warwick District Council’s Bereavement Services Team are amongst the most affected by the ongoing coronavirus emergency. With social distancing restrictions allowing no more than six mourners to attend a funeral, it has been the staff based at Oakley Wood Crematorium who have been at the forefront in helping the public to come to terms with being unable to give their loved-ones the service or arrangements they had planned or hoped for.
However now thanks to the work of the Council’s IT Services, guest WiFi has been installed at Oakley Wood allowing family and friends and those unable to attend a cremation service to see it streamed online to remote locations.
Of course, it’s absolutely no substitute to being in attendance but it will hopefully give some comfort to those who cannot attend.
Speaking with Warwick District Council’s Bereavement Services Manager, Pamela Chilvers commented.
“I would like to thank the public for the understanding, goodwill and respect they have shown to our staff at an extremely difficult time. I very much hope that that providing remote access to ceremonies will bring some comfort to those who are grieving and that in time they will have the opportunity to celebrate the lives of all those who have passed during this tragic period.”
Warwick District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Services Councillor Moira-Ann Grainger added.
“The Bereavement Services team have been truly on the front-line during this crisis and are amongst the forgotten heroes in our community. I want to thank them all for their ongoing commitment and compassion they have shown to our residents in the most challenging circumstances “
We both have personally have been affected by this and we look forward to a future event where will remember and celebrate the life of those no longer with us.
With so many people self-isolating or social distancing, online quizzes have become an increasingly popular way of people staying in touch with friends and family and providing a source of entertainment.
Many people are creating and sharing their own quizzes or taking part in online events.
However, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute has received information about some quizzes that, whilst on the surface appear harmless, are designed to harvest data that can be used to commit financial fraud and identity theft.
Some of these are circulating on social media and even claim to test your knowledge of COVID-19.
However, many of the questions you are expected to answer will be personal in nature: your name; address; phone numbers and email addresses; family information; pet’s names and hobbies etc.
REMEMBER Security questions for bank accounts and online passwords usually incorporate this kind of information, making it easier for fraudsters to build up information on an individual over time.
This information can be harvested and made available both to genuine businesses (that may wish to sell you goods and service), but also scammers.
* You would not tell a stranger in the street personal information, so why tell a stranger online?
Your personal and financial information is valuable. Protect it!
* Think before you click!
* Be careful who you share your data with. Remember, not all web pages or social media platforms are private and secure.
* Never share information such as credit and debit card PIN numbers.
For more information on safety online visit:
All blogs are written or edited by Cllr Pam Redford & Cllr Trevor Wright