Following the four-week pause on step 4 of the government's roadmap out of lockdown, step 3 restrictions will continue to remain in place.
Covid cases have been rising in Epsom and Ewell and the infection rate is higher than the national average. The borough is in the national top 20% of highest rates.
The increase is especially high in the 10-19 age group. While the majority of this age group will not be at high risk of developing the worst symptoms, they can spread it to those who will.
There are three things that we can all do, to keep COVID-19 at bay and see the ending of all restrictions safely:
We should all get into the habit of taking twice-weekly Lateral Flow Tests as we go about our lives. A third of COVID cases show no symptoms, so taking free Lateral Flow Tests at home a couple of times a week is the quickest and easiest way of being sure we’re not spreading the virus unknowingly. Get a pack of tests by heading to GOV.UK website and get testing!
On Tuesday 29 June and every Tuesday in July a mobile lateral flow testing unit will be in the Epsom Market Place offering symptom free testing and giving out the testing sets available on the GOV.UK website. The Mayor welcomed the unit to Epsom and took the quick test (right).
If you have symptoms or need to confirm a positive lateral flow test, you must take a PCR test via a testing site or by ordering online, and you must self-isolate immediately.
Take the Vaccine
The vaccines are working. Data shows they are weakening the link between cases and hospitalisations and deaths. We now have to get everyone vaccinated as soon as possible, in order to limit the virus’ ability to spread and mutate, and to protect the NHS. To check when its your turn and to book your vaccine check go to the NHS website.
Hands – Face – Space – Fresh Air
The basic public health messages that we have heard since the start of the pandemic remain the best way to stay safe from COVID. Wash hands, wear a face covering, keep your distance from others, and embrace the fresh air!
For more information on step 3 of the Roadmap out of lockdown, visit the GOV.UK website.
Grab a jab at a local drop-in clinic
A selection of vaccination services across Surrey Heartlands are currently offering 'drop in' vaccinations with no appointments required.
For all details, including vaccine type, dates and times see: https://www.surreyheartlandsccg.nhs.uk/covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-centres
Shop safe, shop local
With the roadmap underway and with retail and hospitality sectors reopening after a turbulent year, what better time to support the local traders in Epsom, Ewell and Stoneleigh?
Local businesses have worked hard to make their facilities safe to help in the local fight against the virus.
We're extending its ‘Shop safe, Shop local’ campaign to encourage people to back local businesses.
Councillor Colin Keane, Chair of the Strategy & Resources Committee said “Our traders have been through a lot this last year and it has been good to see people returning to our shops, pubs, cafés, restaurants and other businesses.
“There is a great entrepreneurial spirit in Epsom and Ewell with a wide range of independents as well as the larger retailers and hospitality venues.
“The Council has worked closely with local businesses throughout the pandemic but some are struggling, hit by the combined impact of Covid and changes in shopping habits.
“I am constantly told that residents want to support their local area. You have the power to make a real difference to the success of our local businesses with the spending decisions you make”.
The council is highlighting the diverse range of local businesses across the borough:
Angie Starr at Happyglaze Ceramics in Epsom said "I am so pleased our doors are back open and we're really excited to be welcoming customers back into our Covid secure studio. We've focused on reopening bigger and better, with new techniques, products and services, and can't wait to share them!"
Tammy Sirilli at the Holiday Inn Express on Epsom Downs said “Looking forward to welcoming all our corporate, leisure and conference guests through our doors again. Excited to see our regulars back and to see lots of new faces!
Henry Lee at Fudges Cycle Store in Epsom said “We are fully open for business, operating a Covid safe environment, 7 days per week. We have a huge range of bikes in stock available for sale, our workshop is open for all your service requirements, and our team is keen to help deliver all the support you need to get you cycling”
Nicci & Sara, the owners of All Things Nice in Ewell village said “We are delighted to be able to throw the doors back opens and welcome you all back into our cafe and garden with fabulous coffee, fresh food & buckets of enthusiasm! We missed you”!
Rachel and the team at Fitness Theory in Epsom said “We've loved seeing our members return since restrictions have been lifted but now want to see some new faces in the building”!
Lauri at The Celtic Pantry in Epsom Market said “I love the market stall presence and have so enjoyed being part of the culture that goes with outdoor markets. I'm looking forward to the next stage, mainly for the lunch time rush on a Friday when all business are back working in the offices and bringing more people to the market during the week”.
Carlos Laorden at Blacks Burgers in Epsom said “Blacks Burgers has been able to carry on thanks to all of the customers that have supported us, and for that, we'll be forever grateful. We're very happy to be back open and ready for dine ins. Be safe in the knowledge that our mission statement has remained the same: Serve the best burgers possible, in a safe comfortable environment (and of course all safety aspects relating to Covid have been addressed, and government guidelines are being adhered to). We can’t wait to see you all soon”!
Elaine Teague at the Epsom Playhouse said “We’re really looking forward to reopening next month. The continued loyalty and support for The Epsom Playhouse has been greatly appreciated by the whole team during the last 15 months. It will be fantastic to see our patrons returning in the up-coming months to enjoy all Epsom’s local theatre has to offer”.
Round the Borough Bike
Congratulations local resident, Tony Mew, who won the Sprint Whisper Hybrid flat bar road bike for taking part in our first ‘virtual’ Round the Borough Bike. The prize, generously donated by Fudges Cycle Store, was awarded at random to the pool of all those who registered and took part in the non-competitive event.
Several hundred took part last month. While some missed the fun of all coming together on one day, we had a lot of feedback about the enjoyment of taking part in the route at a relaxed pace at a time to suit the individual or family. This aspect is one we’ll explore for future events.
But just because we’re not currently running the Round the Borough Bike event, does not mean that’s an end to it. The 20 mile circuit is fully marked up and maps are available to download from our website, so you can explore this carefully selected route through the borough’s green spaces whenever you desire.
Picture right sees Tony collecting his prize from the Mayor at Fudges Cycle Store, Upper High Street, Epsom.
Epsom Common rave
The peace of a rather humid June night was shattered for nearby residents when an illegal rave took place on Epsom Common on Sunday 13 June.
Surrey Police were alerted and the event, which started at around 3am and took the necessary action to stop the illegal activity.
The rave took place in the Wells Glade area of the Common. Media reports state in excess of 200 were present, many arriving on specially arranged transport, including a double decker bus. Glow stick trails had been established from access points.
Wells Glade is area of grassland within the nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The grass habitat had been trampled and flattened and the area was strewn with plastic and glass drink bottles, fast food containers, plastic cups, balloons and Nox canisters. There had been a fire and a BBQ.
These events cause unnecessary damage to the environment and disruption to residents. They are also illegal and unsafe.
Coronavirus is still with us and continues to be a real threat. Young people are not immune to this threat and it is with them where the virus rate is rising. The council urge them to think twice before attending such events which carry a significant risk of transmitting the virus.
The council would like to thank the volunteers (right) who helped our team clear up the site following this illegal activity.
We have informed Natural England about the damage to the SSSI.
The council is liaising with the Surrey Police’s Epsom Rural Crimes Officer, the Borough Commander and the Design Out Crime Officer to provide feedback on how this can be prevented from happening in future.
Watching the grass grow
Grassland management in the Epsom and Ewell’s has been a council priority for many years.
Within Horton Country Park, we manage traditional hay meadows, combined with rotational cutting and clearing of the remaining fields. This helps maintain and enhance habitats for invertebrates, small mammals, birds and plants. The national context for this approach is that we have lost 98% of our traditionally managed hay meadows since WW2.
On Epsom Downs, we are focused on conserving and enhancing areas of chalk grassland habitat which is an internationally scarce habitat. In the main, this work is carried out as a cutting and clearing process by enthustiastic volunteers.
On Epsom Common, a nationally and internationally important site for wildlife, we re-introduced summer grazing by cattle a quarter of a century ago to help manage our wood pasture in the most sensitive way possible and this approach has seen notable success. Volunteers help manage areas of species rich grassland that lie outside the grazed areas and we cut and clear the ‘Conservation Meadows’ on the Common that border Stamford Green.
In recent years rotational cutting has also been introduced to both the Hogsmill Local Nature Reserve and Nonsusch Park.
The borough council usually cuts the highway grass verges six times a year. Four of these are paid for by Surrey County Council as the local highway authority. The additional cuts are carried out as a result of requests from borough residents in previous years.
Last year, with our staff switched to supporting the vulnerable during the first lockdown, the cutting of the highway grass verges was delayed. This was useful as we were also able to gauge residents’ opinions about the non-cut; we had a lot of feedback asking for the verges to be cut with those contacting us saying the verges were untidy and unhealthy. When we restarted the verge grass cutting, we had an equal amount of feedback lamenting the loss of wild flowers.
We are investigating how we can satisfy both points of view plus the need to ensure that motorists, cyclists and pedestrians can see clearly at junctions and bends in the road. Your elected councillors will make the final decision.
Emily Davison statue
The statue of eminent women’s rights activist Emily Wilding Davison has taken its place in Epsom Market Place.
Best known as the suffragette who was fatally injured at the Derby, Davison had a reputation as one of the most daring champions of direct action in the suffragette movement. She protested at meetings only open to men, she set fire to postboxes, she threw stones breaking windows at political meetings and at cars carrying politicians, she hid within the Palace of Westminster in a cupboard on the night of the 1911 census in an attempt not to be listed and she once horsewhipped a babtist minister.
She was arrested and went on hunger strike a number of times. This led to her being force fed over 40 times (resulting in broken front teeth). In one of her incarcerations, she threw herself from one of the interior balconies in prison to highlight the abuse women were suffering there (breaking bones and being in pain for the rest of her life).
Davison grew up in a middle-class family and studied at Royal Holloway College, London, until the family could no longer afford her fees. She became a live-in governess, which allowed her to save enough money to enrol at St Hugh's College, Oxford, where she achieved first-class honours in English, but could not graduate because degrees from Oxford were closed to women. She was a teacher and a committed Christian, feminist and socialist.
The campaigner hurled herself at King George V’s horse Anmer who was racing at the Derby on 4 June 1913. Most agree she was not attempting suicide but attempting to put the suffragette’s colours on the King’s racehorse. She died four days later at Epsom Cottage Hospital.
Funds for the statue were raised by the community and match funded by Epsom & Ewell Borough Council.
Christine Charlesworth, the artist who has made the statue, said: “I know she will bring people to the town to interact with her in the Market Place. It is inspiring that Epsom has finally got a lasting memorial to Emily’s remarkable life. I am delighted and hope she is relished for years to come.”
Founder and Chair of the Emily Davison Memorial Project Sarah Dewing said: "It is time that Emily Wilding Davison is properly recognised for the part she played in bringing about the Governments’ decision to give women the right to vote.
"It is due to her sacrifice and that of many others that women today have equal rights in law and opportunities to fulfil their potential that Emily’s generation could only dream of."
Epsom & Ewell Borough council proudly raises the suffragette flag at the Market Place on Derby Day each year in recognition of Emily Davison and her ultimate sacrifice for women’s’ equality.
For more information, visit the Emily Davison Memorial Project website
National Picnic Week
National Picnic Week takes place this week (19 -27 June), so grab your blankets and baskets out of the cupboards and get out to the great outdoors for a good old fashioned picnic.
Our tips for a perfect picnic:
- Picnics are meant to be fun but easy. Therefore only pack the essentials you need.
- Put small bottles of water or juice in the freezer for a few hours before the picnic. They can double up as chiller-blocks to keep food cool.
- Take sunglasses and sunblock, antibacterial hand wipes; an insect repellent; and bags to take all your rubbish home.
- Ceramic plates are more sustainable and studier than paper or plastic alternatives.
- Two cool boxes are best - one for drinks which will be opened more often, and the second for the food, which can be kept closed until needed.
- Choose foods to serve all at the same time. The fun of a picnic is to spread all the food on the blanket and let everyone laze around, helping themselves.
- If you are bringing children ensure they have plenty to do and pack balls, frisbees and other activities they can do outdoors. For a more relaxed occasion, bring a book or magazine to read while enjoying the food you prepared.
- Avoid jam and cakes – unless you want to have every wasp and ant in a three mile radius join you for your feast!
And don't forget
- Keep your food cold in a cool box. Packing the box with ice or commercial frozen gel packs works well. You should always store cold food at 5°C or colder to reduce bacterial growth
- Please be considerate to other users of the area and don’t play loud music
- Barbeques are not permitted in any of the borough's green spaces. As well as being a fire hazard, abandoned barbecues can be a hazard to other visitors and to wildlife. The exception to this rule is the dedicated barbeque area in Horton County Park
- Keep all animals under control at all times as sometimes they can be unpredictable (excited kids and excited dogs are not a good combination)
- Do not fix anything to trees, pick wild flowers or disturb wildlife
- Don't forget some of the parks and the car parks associated with the green spaces close at dusk
- Remember, before you leave, collect and take home all your litter and recycling.
Be tick aware
The physical and mental health benefits of spending time in the great outdoors are well documented but you also need to be 'tick aware'
Ticks are tiny creatures, which are similar to spiders and mites. They are found outdoors – in particular in countryside, woodland and long grass – and are most active in the summer.
Ticks attach themselves to animals to feed and sometimes this can include people. Since tick bites are not painful, people do not always realise that they have been bitten. In addition, ticks attach to people in areas of the body which are hard to see, such as the groin, waist, armpit and scalp.
Members of countryside team and some of our rangers have reported tick bites, so we know they are present within the borough.
Tick bites can transmit bacteria that cause diseases such as Lyme Disease which, if left untreated, can lead to serious conditions. Not all ticks bites result in disease. Generally you’re more likely to become infected if a tick remains attached to your skin for more than 24 hours. Therefore, it is important you know how to avoid tick bites and to take action if you or your family get bitten.
Be tick aware and reduce the risk of infection by:
- walking on clearly defined paths and avoiding long grass
- wearing appropriate clothing in tick-infested areas (a long-sleeved shirt and trousers tucked into your socks)
- using insect repellent on exposed skin
- performing regular tick checks, particularly at the end of the day, including your head, neck and skin folds (armpits, groin and waist)
Some tick bites can result in infection, so it is important to remove ticks as soon as possible:
- ticks can be removed safely with fine tipped tweezers or a tick removal tool
- If you have been bitten or recently spent time outdoors and start to feel unwell, contact your GP
- checking that pets do not bring ticks into your home in their fur
A fact sheet from Public Health England explains how to avoid tick bites - here
Active public consultations
Listed below are a selection of consultations that are currently available on the Council’s website for members of the public to participate in.
You can directly access the each survey by clicking on the respective title link below:
The Council has produced a new draft Planning Enforcement Plan for public consultation.
This document sets out how the Council will deal with potential planning breaches. It provides information and guidance for residents, developers and those with other interests, on how complaints about unauthorised development are handled. It seeks to balance the concerns of local residents with the rights of owners and sets out the priorities and timescales for responding to complaints, carrying out investigations and taking appropriate enforcement action where necessary.
This consulatation ends on 9 July 2021.
You can view and comment on the draft Planning Enforcement Plan on our online planning consultation portal via
https://epsom-ewell.inconsult.uk/system/userHome (link is external).
The Local Government Boundary Commission are asking local people and organisations for their help to draw up new ward boundaries across Epsom & Ewell.
The Commission has also announced that it is minded to recommend that the council should have 35 councillors in the future. They are now drawing up a new pattern of wards to accommodate 35 councillors. They need your help to tell where the new boundaries should be drawn.
This stage of the consultation closes on 19 July 2021.
To access the information from the Boundary Commission and take part in the consultation visit their dedicateed website
https://consultation.lgbce.org.uk/node/27356 (link is external).
Confused about recycling? You’re not alone!
It’s always a good idea to ‘know before you throw’ as putting the wrong items in the recycling bin can spoil the rest of the recycling, and it costs more for councils to deal with.
But as recycling can be confusing it’s not surprising to know at least one unrecyclable item goes into our recycling each week – and across Surrey’s population of approximately 1.2 million that quickly stacks up!
So why not try out these five recycling hacks?
- Test your recycling know-how. Play our interactive recycling game to see what goes where. Enter the prize draw to win a planet friendly prize.
- If in doubt, check it out. Some items look recyclable but actually aren’t, even if the label says so. Use our online search tool or download the Surrey Recycles app to ‘know before you throw’.
- Get it sorted. Food and garden waste, small electricals, batteries and textiles recycling are collected separately in most areas, they don’t go in your recycling bin.
- Keep it clean and dry. No food or drink as moisture and grease will ruin cardboard and paper and make it unrecyclable. Empty, rinse and dry food and drink packaging.
- Loosen up. Place all items loose – nothing in bags, sacks or bin liners. Crews need to be able to quickly see the items to check they are recyclable.
Thank you for recycling. Every time you recycle right you protect the planet and save money that could be spent on essential services, it’s definitely worth the effort.
Find out more at: surreyep.org.uk
For information on waste and recycling in Epsom and Ewell see: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/recycling
Feed your food bin
The roadmap out of lockdown means the great British barbecue season is already upon us. So, after enjoying your summer favourites, remember to watch your waste and recycle what is leftover using your weekly food waste collection.
All food waste can be recycled, so if your leftover food can’t be used in another meal, then be sure to caddy it. Recycling helps to reduce your environmental impact and turns food waste into fertiliser or electricity.
Contact your local council to get hold of your free food caddy today. And remember you can keep your caddy fresh by lining it with a plastic bag. Simply use shopping bags, pedal bin liners or even bread bags.
For more information on how to recycle food waste, visit surreyep.org.uk
For information on food waste recycling in Epsom and Ewell visit www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/recycling
Financial help for summer
Tax-Free Childcare – a childcare top-up for working parents – can be used to help pay for accredited holiday clubs, childminders or sports activities – giving parents and carers that extra peace of mind that their child is having fun during the school summer holidays and it can save them money.
Tax-Free Childcare is available for children aged up to 11, or 17 if the child has a disability. And for every £8 deposited into an account, families will receive an additional £2 in government top-up, capped at £500 every three months, or £1,000 if the child is disabled.
Parents and carers can check their eligibility and register for Tax-Free Childcare via GOV.UK. They can apply for an account at any time and start using it straight away. By depositing money into their accounts, families can benefit from the 20% top-up and use the money to pay for childcare costs when they need to, for example, during the summer holidays.
45,525 working families used their account in March 2021 in the South East. And in the same month, HMRC paid out more than £33 million in top-up payments, which was shared between more than 282,000 families across the UK.
Tax-Free Childcare is also available for pre-school aged children attending nurseries, childminders or other childcare providers. Families with younger children will often have higher childcare costs than families with older children, so the tax-free savings can really make a difference.
Childcare providers can also sign up for a childcare provider account via GOV.UK to receive payments from parents and carers via the scheme.
Armed Forces Day, 21 June
Armed Forces Day is a chance to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. There are many ways for people, communities and organisations across the country to show their support
Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June.
This year, Armed Forces Day celebrations began on Monday 21 June when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised on buildings and famous landmarks around the country.
While holding the borough’s normal flag raising ceremony, is not possible again this year, on Monday 21 June, WO2 Jerome Batterbee from 135 Geographic Squadron (based in Ewell) along with the Mayor, Cllr Peter O'Donovan and Deputy Mayor, Cllr Clive Woodbridge, raised the Armed Forces Day flag in Epsom Market Place ahead of national Armed Forces Day which this year takes place on Saturday 26 June 2021.
Mayor of Epsom & Ewell, Cllr Peter O'Donovan said: "The raising of the Armed Forces Flag provides us all with the opportunity to acknowledge and thank the men and women who make up the armed forces community, from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.
Watch the Mayor's full video message here: https://youtu.be/uaX6Fug1x5E
For more info on Armed Forces Day see: www.armedforcesday.org.uk
The Royal British Legion is 100 this year and the Epsom and Ewell Poppy Appeal will be in Epsom Market Place on Saturday 26 June to raise awareness and fundraise for the Armed Forces past, present and their families.
Epsom Markets this month
Regular markets take place on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday plus special markets are held most Sundays.
For information on the weekly markets at Epsom Market Place see: www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/market
Sundays 27 June
The Epsom Vegan Market usually takes place on the fourth Sunday of the month from 10.30am -3.30pm.
For more details visit: https://www.ethicalveganevents.com/marketinfo/epsom
Sunday 4 July.
This market usually takes place on the first Sunday of the month from 9.30am - 1.30pm.
Find out more at https://www.surreymarkets.co.uk/event/epsom-market/
Taste Of The World Market
Sundays 11 and 18 July
This market includes a selection of international street food to takeaway.
For more info see: https://www.facebook.com/TasteOfTheWorldMarket
If you plan to visit, please remember Hands. Face. Space. Fresh Air.
Music in the Market Place
MGSO4 Epsom & Ewell Arts has teamed up with Go Epsom to bring back Music in Epsom Market Place every Friday and most Sundays until September featuring different fantastic professional solo artists, duos and trios. Everything has been set up to comply with Covid-safe guidelines.
For full details see: http://mgso4festival.org/events
Did you know that there are four bowls clubs in the Borough? Now is a great time to try this activity that gets you moving, helps you meet new people and keeps your mind active
Why try Bowls?
Bowls is a social sport which enables participants to get to know each other while playing in a team or during friendly competition. All you need to do is turn up and have a good time.
Most clubs give new members free coaching and lend equipment before joining. All you require is a pair of flat shoes.
You can play bowls socially to make new friends, you do not have to play competitively.
Like many games, the object of bowls is essentially simple. It can be played by anyone, but to play consistently well demands determination, concentration and practice.
The game is played on a square of closely cut grass called 'the green', which is divided into playing areas called rinks.
The green is surrounded by a small ditch to catch bowls which leave the green, and a bank upon which markers indicate the sidelines and centrelines of each rink.
Players take turns to deliver their bowls from a mat at one end of the rink towards a small white ball called the jack at the other end. The bowls are shaped so that they take a curved path towards the jack. To be successful the bowl must be delivered with the correct weight, along the correct line.
The object is to get one or more of your bowls closer to the jack than those of your opponents on each end - one point is scored for each counting bowl.
There are many different formats to the game, but the most common in England are singles or in teams of pairs, triples or fours. In singles, the winner is the first to score 21 points. In the other three formats, the winner is the team that scores the most points over a set number of ends.
Why not contact a local bowls club to find about all the benefits of playing bowls?
Auriol Bowling Club
Aurial Park, Salisbury road, Worcester Park, KT4 7DP
Epsom Court Bowling Club
Court Recreation Ground, Pound Hill, Epsom, KT19 8SB
Epsom Park Bowling Club
Alexandra Park, Alexandra Road, Epsom, KT17 4BY
Ewell Village Bowling Club
Gibraltar Recreation Ground, West Street, Ewell, KT17 1UX
Talking Therapies Surrey
Surrey residents urged to reach-out for NHS talking therapy support during pandemic
Young people, those with long-Covid and key workers are the focus of a new campaign from the organisations that offer NHS Talking Therapies in Surrey.
Talking Therapies Surrey is the collective name of the six organisations that provide free and confidential psychological support to people over 17 years who are experiencing feelings of stress, low mood, anxiety or depression. They offer short courses of individual or group therapy treatments which are delivered by fully trained, IAPT approved practitioners either online, by phone or video call or in-person.
These services in Surrey have remained open during the Covid-19 pandemic and have now come together in a major new initiative to raise awareness of the help and support available. The campaign has been running on social media channels Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Spotify as well as on digital and FM radio.
The focus is on groups most affected by the pandemic: young adults (aged 17-25) who have experienced disruption and uncertainty about the future; those suffering from long-Covid who are struggling to get back to normal and key workers who may be finding it difficult to cope.
The campaign animation for key workers is also on the website of Mental Health at Work an initiative by leading mental health organisations and supported by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
For more information please see the Healthy Surrey website: https://www.healthysurrey.org.uk/mental-wellbeing/adults/local-services/talking-therapies
Let’s talk loneliness
Loneliness is something that can affect any one of us at any point in our lives, and this issue has become something even more of us have had to deal with over the last year. With social distancing restrictions steadily lifting, many people will continue to struggle with loneliness and isolation after lockdown.
This year, the Let’s Talk Loneliness campaign has joined together with some incredible organisations on some innovative ways to help those dealing with loneliness, as well as tips on how you can help create connections.
Organisations that can help
Talk to someone about how you’re feeling
- For the Samaritans call 116 123 for free or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Silverline: for people aged 55 and over, call 0800 4 70 80 90 for free
- The Mix provides free, confidential help for under 25s online and via a helpline. Call 0808 808 4494, text THEMIX to 85258 or use their online chat service on the website.
- If you are lonely or finding it difficult to cope in these uncertain times, call the free and confidential British Red Cross coronavirus support line on 0808 196 3651, open 10am to 6pm every day.
Online communities you could join
Further sources of advice and support
- For over 55s visit www.thesilverline.org.uk
- For older people, their families, friends, carers and professionals visit Age UK at or call 0800 678 1602
- For older people, their families and carers visit Independent Age at or call 0800 319 6789 for free
- For carers: visit Carers Trust, call 0808 808 7777 or email email@example.com
- For people experiencing relationship difficulties visit Relate
- The British Red Cross Tackling Loneliness Digitally programme has developed some new resources to help build confidence, coping skills and connections for adults and young people.
- The Campaign to End Loneliness website
Mental Health support
Are you aged between 16-25 and living in Surrey? Mary Frances Trust want to hear what YOU need from them to support your mental health and emotional wellbeing!
One in four people will experience some kind of mental health issue in the course of a year. It can affect people of all ages and backgrounds.
Mary Frances Trust is a Surrey-based charity supporting mental health and emotional wellbeing through groups, activities, courses and one-to-one support.
The Trust are currently looking at how they can improve the services they offer to 16-25 year olds.
Whether you’re currently accessing MFT or not, this is YOUR chance to tell them what kinds of activities and support you’d find most helpful, as well as how you would prefer for this support to be delivered. They will then look at any common themes and how these may fit into their existing programme in the near future!
The survey is anonymous and only takes 2min to fill in.
You can access the survey here:
The full list of wellbeing activities run by the Trust for local people of all backgrounds and all ages can be found here
Facing financial difficulties with debt piling up?
New support is available to get your finances back on track.
The pandemic has had an effect on everyone with many people falling behind on essential bills and getting into debt, but the good news is there is a new scheme which can help, by giving you the time and debt advice you need.
What support is available?
The new government scheme ‘Breathing Space’ gives you temporary protection from most types of debt collection, while you work with a debt adviser to take action to get on top of your finances. You can be protected from creditors for 60 days, with most interest and penalty charges frozen and enforcement action halted. Certain types of payments including ongoing housing costs, utility bills and taxes will still need to be paid during this time
Many people in a mental health crisis also struggle with their finances, so anyone who is getting mental health crisis treatment can get additional support. They can get a temporary relief for the duration of their crisis treatment plus an additional 30 days. Mental health professionals and health and social workers will be able to advise and refer anyone who is eligible.
How can I get support?
You can apply through a debt adviser for 60 days’ Breathing Space. You must continue to engage with your debt adviser and not take out any new borrowing over £500 in this time.
To find out more visit the Surrey County Council website: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/adults/disability-and-mental-health/mental-health/debt-support
Recognising carers in Surrey
Surrey’s 115,000 unpaid, family carers have been through a lot. Covid-19 and lockdown has put huge additional pressures on them, mentally, physically and emotionally – making an already difficult role even harder.
Carers can be caring for a huge variety of reasons – as parents, spouses, siblings and also as wider family and friends. You can be caring for someone all their life, or only just become, or indeed realise that you are a carer.
Support for unpaid carers is available all year round. Find out more on the Surrey County Council website: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/adults/looking-after-someone/your-role-as-a-carer
The Horton Young Creatives
The Horton arts centre in Epsom is inviting a small number of young people aged 10-18 from the local area to join a special group that has a say in how we do things and the activities we offer.
The new group – The Horton Young Creatives – will be given unique opportunities to get involved and take part in free creative activities with professional artists.
You don’t need to be a great artist to join The Horton Young Creatives – just someone who enjoys looking at things a little differently and using your imagination.
Find out more on the Horton Arts Centre website: https://thehortonepsom.org/news/young-creatives-epsom/
Applications close on 30 June 2021.
Making period products available to those that need them
Surrey County Council has launched a ground-breaking initiative with charity Binti International, to provide free period products in selected locations across Surrey and be the first county council in the UK to start eradicating period stigma.
Donate or pick up at selected locations across Surrey
There will be collection boxes where residents can help themselves to pads if needed, in selected libraries across Surrey including Epsom and Ewell libraries.
Look out for the Binti stickers in libraries that show that free pads are provided in that location. There is no need to ask – simply go to the collection box and help yourself. You can find the full postal address for these selected libraries by visiting the Surrey Libraries webpage.
A Binti app is also available to download so residents can find the nearest location where free period products are available to collect and where you can donate. The app is available to download on the Apple app store for IOS users or the Google Play store for Android users.
Where can I donate products?
Anyone can donate pads to the Binti bins – the more donations the better! Look out for the Binti stickers which show participating venues.
How can my organisation or business help with Period Dignity at Work?
If your organisation or business would like to get involved, email the firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Binti website. You will be sent an information pack that explains more about the initiative and will outline how you can get started.
For more information, visit the Binti website.
Veterans pilot project
Calling the armed forces community, charities and professionals working in Epsom & Ewell !
Surrey County Council are developing pilot projects in Surrey Heath, Epsom & Ewell and Guildford to identify and support veterans and ex-service personnel who are not known to Adult Social Care or Armed Forces Charities.
They would like to invite them to take part in group activities and the opportunity to record their life stories to help reduce isolation, increase friendships and if needed signpost them to additional support.
As part of this project, they are also keen to identify veterans and ex-service personnel living in residential care, nursing homes or who are receiving care in the community.
Surrey County Council Adult Social Care in Epsom & Ewell are working with Surrey Heritage, Bourne Hall Museum and armed forces charities to deliver this project. The pilot is funded by The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.
For more details and to get involved, please email: Epsom & Ewell: email@example.com