20 Sep 21 –

Confidence Boosting Covid-19 Testing in the Rural Community

For some time now COVID-19 self‑test kits have been available free of charge in Norfolk from pharmacies, libraries, and by ordering online.  These are for individuals to use at home and for small businesses.  Self-tests, while not absolutely definitive, should give individuals a degree of confidence they are COVID-19 free.

However, many clerks and residents of our rural parishes are far from these sources of supply.

So, starting on Monday September 20th two changes are coming. The first is Mobile Library Collect. An additional source of tests will become available via the Mobile Libraries which traverse, indeed criss-cross, the rural parishes of Norfolk visiting each one at least once per month. Simply, turn up and collect self-test kits.

Mobile Library Collect Poster

The second is Neighbourhood Collect. Staff of local councils and group leaders can get up to 25 boxes* of COVID-19 self-test kits from libraries and mobile libraries to give out either to those who have less access to testing in their local council area, or to their group members to help give assurance they are meeting again in a safer environment. Please note: details will be collected such as, name, local council, group name, postcode, etc, and the tests must be stored between 2-30 degrees Celsius.

These changes are explained in the attached PowerPoint presentation, posters and stickers/logos.

Hopefully, these two new schemes will give added help to those on the wrong side of the digital divide and to those who are too frightened to come out and resume a more normal life in the community.

This programme is completely free to use across Norfolk, so make sure you are making the most of it.

Also, there is a mobile service potentially available that could bring an observed self-testing service to your parish for special, large events or where large numbers of hard-to-reach people are likely to gather such as community kitchens, lunches, markets, and the like. You can help by passing on information about such events or venues (or any other queries) to Aiden Skeels at [email protected]

* There are 7 tests per box designed to last 3.5 weeks assuming twice weekly testing.



All children aged 12-15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, following advice from England’s Chief Medical Officers which overrides the Joint Committee for Vaccines and Immunisation (JCVI)’s advice not recommending vaccines for 12-15 year olds.

In addition, the Health Secretary Sajid Javid announced that booster jabs would be rolled out from next week for those over 50 or with serious immune conditions.


Shielding Programme ends for most vulnerable:

People previously considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable will not be advised to shield again, as the government agrees to end the requirement for centralised guidance for these groups following expert clinical advice. The closure of the shielding programme follows a pause to shielding guidance in place since 1 April 2021.

This decision is based on there being far more information available on the virus and what makes individuals more or less vulnerable, the success of the COVID-19 vaccination programme and the emergence of proven treatments, such as dexamethasone and tocilizumab, to support improved outcomes in clinical care pathways.

Shielding was introduced at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as one of the few interventions available to support those who were considered to be most at risk of serious illness from the virus.

1 Mar 21 –

NCC Briefing Note – Everything you could need to know!

23 Feb 21 –

The Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group has set up a page on their website where they have put local information that has been translated by Translate Plus into the languages we have been told are local priorities.  The page also contains other translated / multi-language resources we have found regarding the Covid-19 vaccination programme:

Easy Read – also available on their website is an easy read page which contains local and national resources.

22 Feb 21 – Update for Cllrs and Parish Council

Update 7 Jan 21

Thank you to everyone who has been helping us gather local queries and concerns about the roll out of the Covid Vaccination programme in Norfolk and Waveney. The latest version of the myth buster is now available on our website  Please promote this on your networks and with people you support.

As the situation is currently changing so rapidly, we will aim to keep updating the myth buster and other information on our webpage, so please check back for regular updates and continue to let us know of any concerns and issues that you think should be included.

We are also working on easy read and different language versions which we will upload to the webpage as soon as they are ready, and our website uses Browsealoud software to help make our information more accessible.

Thank you once again for all your help and support.

Best wishes

Rebecca Champion and Oliver Cruickshank

Engagement Managers | Norfolk and Waveney CCG 

[email protected] |

Update 15 Jun 20

Norfolk VCSE Sector Update

30th April

Sent on behalf of:

 Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Board (DASVB) Chair Dr Gavin Thompson, Director of  Policy and Commissioning, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk and Deputy Chair T/D/Superintendent Andrew Coller, Safeguarding and Investigations Command, Norfolk Constabulary   

We would like to draw your attention to two new free live chat facilities which are now available to those seeking assistance and support from online resources.

Domestic Abuse 

 The Pandora Project, which offers advice, support and information to adults and children affected by domestic abuse, working across West and North Norfolk, have launched a new on line live chat service to support victims of domestic abuse.

The service is currently available Monday to Friday, 1-3pm with 3 operators working simultaneously to offer advice and support around domestic abuse issues.

All Victims of Crime

Victim Support launched its new Live Chat service on the 24th April 20. This 24/7 online support service will be available to all victims of crime in England and Wales. This will meet the support needs for all victims of crime such as those impacted by Hate CrimeScams & Fraud and Domestic Abuse. Visit for more information.


27 Apr

Borough Council Updates

14 April

NCC Consolidated Advice and Information 

Don’t Suffer in Silence

Self isolating doesn’t mean that you’re on your own. We’re here for victims of domestic abuse and are committed to your safety. For support visit our website > #YouAreNotAlone #COVID19

Update 10th April

The Pope may not be broadcasting his Easter Message in the same way as usual but the Borough Council and Chief Constable are sending theirs!


and while you do here is some info on what is happening and suggestions on what to do…

Home Activities

Garden Activities

Community Hub release

Update for Cllrs

8th April

Norfolk Community Hub – For the 1.4M vulnerable people that the Government has contacted directly by text/letter the Norfolk Hub has now been established and can be contacted as per your letter from the Borough Council on 0344 800 8020

This service is only for those contacted, the Wiggenhall St Germans Mutual Aid Group is still there to help others who are staying safe by staying at home or are self-isolating due to suspected symptoms for you or a member of your household.

4th April 

Borough Council Emergency Planning Information and initiatives:

Alive QEH, Bin collections, Business Grants, Free Parking, Homeless.

3 April

Community Action Norfolk – COVID updates and much more…

1 April

public transport information. This is to assist with finding the latest information about what public transport services are operating in your area.  This document offers links to the most up to date source of information, as operators have been changing services at relatively short notice as they react to government guidance and the latest situation. In addition, if a member of the public in Norfolk is having trouble accessing essential services or supplies please call 0344 800 8020.

 Unfortunately most bus stop information on street will not be up to date.


Travel & Transport, Norfolk County Council

County Hall

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