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Ukraine_List of Agencies offering support

List of agencies providing support for Ukraine

Donating Financially

  • Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) launched aUkraine Humanitarian Appeal to raise funds for food, water, medicine, protection and trauma care for people fleeing the war. Every pound donated by the UK public to the DEC will be matched by the government, up to the value of £20m.
  • The UN Refugee Agency – distributing essential relief items, including blankets, sleeping bags and hygiene items and delivering essential aid
  • The British Red Cross – providing accommodation, food, water and other aid items to refugees.
  • Care International is providing emergency relief through its partner, People in Need – this non-governmental, non-profit organisation has been sending trucks of durable food, hygiene items, nappies, sleeping bags, mats, and other goods into Lviv in western Ukraine to distribute to people locally.
  • Save the Children – Distributing essential supplies and winter kits of clothing and blankets as temperatures plunge below freezing
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross is working closely with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society to provide emergency assistance and support local hospitals and primary healthcare facilities with medical equipment.
  • Unicef – It estimates there are up to 7.5 million children in need of support and says a £46 donation will provide a family with an emergency water and hygiene kit.
  • Médecins Sans Frontières are responding to medical and humanitarian needs as the conflict evolves, providing training in emergency medicine and surgical preparedness to hospitals, as well as mass casualty kits with supplies for treating traumatic injuries.
  • World Jewish Relief – the charity is supporting refugees with food, water, personal protective equipment and accommodation.
  • Cafod – providing beds, food, washing facilities and safe spaces for children.
  • TheWorld Health Organization is raising funds for its frontline response and to deliver life-saving medicines and supplies to people across Ukraine and to refugees.

Donating Supplies

  • Goods For Good UK are providing a rapid response Ukraine crisis and are supplying relief aid to Ukrainian welfare centres which include bedding, clothing, hygiene essential toiletries. 

The Highway Code has changed – are you up to date?

The Highway Code was updated on 29th January 2022. These advisory changes have been implemented to improve safety for people walking, cycling and horse riding. Every road user still has a responsibility to keep themselves and each other safe, and the changes mean being ready to give priority, leave space and be considerate of others.

The changes introduce new advisory measures that are not legal requirements, but could be drawn upon in court proceedings.

In summary, irrespective of your method of transport, a new hierarchy of road users has been introduced to ensure those who can do the greatest harm have the greatest responsibility to reduce the danger or threat they may pose to others.

Key changes:

  – You should now give people crossing and waiting to cross and cyclists going straight ahead priority when turning in and out of junctions.

  – You should now leave at least 1.5 metres when overtaking people cycling at speeds of up to 30mph, and give them more space when overtaking at higher speeds.

  – When driving, you should now pass horse riders and horse-drawn vehicles at speeds under 10mph and allow at least 2 metres of space.

  – You should now allow at least 2 metres of space and keep to a low speed when passing a pedestrian who is walking in the road.

  – Car users should now open their doors with the hand furthest from the door, to help them look over their shoulder to see cyclists or pedestrians nearby.

  – People cycling may ride in the centre of the lane on narrow or quiet roads, in slow-moving traffic, or at junctions as this may be the safest position, allowing others to overtake when it is safe to do so.

  – Two people can ride two abreast and it can be safer for them to do so.

The changes can be viewed in full here or by visiting
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-highway-code-8-changes-you-need-to-know-from-29-january-2022

MHDC Eco-friendly Project Funding

Council to support eco-friendly projects in the district

Monday, 21 February 2022

Malvern Hills District Council is providing funding to community projects which aim to make a greener and more sustainable district.

The Destination Zero Community Fund is a dedicated funding pot available through the crowdfunding platform, Spacehive, to support local, community-led projects that help to reduce carbon emissions.

The £100,000 fund, which is aimed at community groups, charities, local councils, schools and individuals to help bring forward projects that would have a wider community benefit.

The council is interested in projects that contribute towards the aims of the Destination Zero plan, focusing on reducing carbon emissions, tackling climate change, and enhancing biodiversity and habitats.

Projects with the following outcomes are being encouraged:

  • Improved energy efficiency of homes through community action
  • Increased low carbon travel for community benefit
  • Community campaigns that support reduce, reuse, and recycle initiatives
  • Natural measures to capture and store carbon (e.g., tree planting, pollinator sites, wetlands, wildflower meadows)

Examples of projects could be a community garden, e-bike hire schemes, community repair café, swap shop events, local renewable energy schemes, but there are many more possibilities.

The council will review all project campaigns and successful projects can expect to receive a pledge of up to £10,000 (max. 50% of the campaign target).

The size of the pledge will depend on the size of the project, how it delivers against fund criteria and Destination Zero objectives, the impact it will have, and the buy-in from the community.

Before the fund launches, the council is encouraging organisations to share their project ideas to inspire others.

Cllr Sarah Rouse, Portfolio Holder for Environment at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “The fund is a brilliant opportunity for the community to come together and set up projects that could make a real difference to reducing the carbon emissions in our wonderful district. We are asking people to take part in our ideas board to get them talking, inspire them and encourage them to create projects within their communities that will help create a greener, more sustainable district. By sharing these ideas, it could inspire a group to develop a project and help make them a reality.”

Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/crowdfunding to share your project ideas and to find out more information about the fund.

MHDC Council Tax

Increase recommended to protect key services

Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Malvern Hills District Council’s Executive Committee has recommended a £5 Council Tax per year increase on Band D houses to help protect front line services.

The rise, which is far below the rate of inflation, is the equivalent of less than 10 pence per week.

Residents in the Malvern Hills district pay £3.31 per week for district council services, which is one of the lowest Council Tax bills in the country and the second lowest in Worcestershire.

From the bill, less than 9% goes towards district council services, including Covid-19 recovery, waste and recycling collections, planning services, business support, housing, parks, public toilets, elections, community safety and more.

The rest of the bill goes to Worcestershire County Council, West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner, Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and Town and Parish Councils.

The rise was recommended for approval by the Executive Committee on 15 February 2022. The final decision will be made next week at the Council meeting.

Cllr Peter Whatley, Portfolio Holder for Resources at Malvern Hills District Council, said: “I’m well aware that an increase in Council Tax is not something residents look forward to, but it is important to understand that this money goes directly to maintaining front-line services. Malvern Hills District Council has one of the lowest Council Tax bills in the country and the second lowest in Worcestershire. We receive just 9p of every pound you pay in Council Tax. For anyone struggling to pay their Council Tax bill, we do provide support on the money advice section on our website”.

Depending on circumstances, residents struggling to pay their Council Tax bill can receive support from the council. Visit www.malvernhills.gov.uk/money-advice for more information.

MHDC Stay Connected Pledge to tackle loneliness

‘Stay Connected’ Pledge

Tackling loneliness has always been a priority in Worcestershire, but now more than ever. We recognise that there are people of all ages who are feeling lonely and we want to encourage everyone to take simple steps to feel more connected, which we can all do, even at a distance.

To enable residents to identify what opportunities are available across Worcestershire for them to connect we have launched the ‘Stay Connected’ pledge that all providers can sign up to. This will show residents that as organisations you are committed to tackling lonelinessand supporting people to stay connected.

All we ask is that each provider ensure their activities are inclusive,welcoming and provides an opportunity for people to  connect with others, by putting in place some simple measures:

  • Ensure the activity is inclusive;
  • Identify any barriers to participation and where possible work with partners to address these e.g. arranging community transport, taking the activity out into the community, making the activity available online;
  • Welcome and introduce new members (this could include a ‘Welcome Pack’ given to members including information about the activity);
  • Offer a buddy scheme where existing members ‘class advocates’ support new members to feel welcome and included;
  • Ask members about t heir skill s and interests and if they would like to be more involved through volunteering;
  • Keep members informed of any activity changes via t elephone, email and social media;
  • Where appropriate  keep attendance registers to  contact  members if they have not attended after an appropriate amount of time to see if they need any support;
  • Provide info rm ation on tackling loneliness and signpost to other services;
  • Staff and volunteers complete the Making Every Contact Count (MECC) e-learning, and any other appropriate training e.g. loneliness awareness, inclusivity

As organisations you will beprovided with signposting info rmat ion and access to the MECC e-learning.

Once the measures have been put in place and you have signed and dated the pledge you will be awarded the ‘Stay Connected’ logo which is available in a numbe r of formats that you can use on any marketing and publications when promoting your activity. As an organisation you will also be listed as a partner on the Worcestershire Health & Wellbeing webpage which is accessible to the public (please see the link below).

htt ps:// www.worcest ershire.gov.uk/ info / 20526/ lonel iness and isolation

Your registration will be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure these measures are still being implemented and as organisations you are still committed to supporting people to stay connected.

If as an organisation you are able to fulfil these requirements and would like to be part of this initiative please sign and date the pledge below and return to

MWhistance@worcestershire.gov.uk

‘Stay Connected’ Pledge

Pledge of:

(please insert organisation name)

As an organisation we are committed to tackling lonelinessby ensuring our activities are inclusive, welcoming and provides an opportunity for people to connect with others, by putting in place some simple measures:

  • Ensure the activity is inclusive;
  • Ident ify any barriers to participation and where possible work with partners to address these e.g. arranging community transport, taking the activity out into the community, making the activit y available online;
  • Welcome and introduce new members (this could include a ‘Welcome Pack’ given to members including information about the activity);
  • Offer a buddy scheme where existing members ‘class advocates’ support new members to feel welcome and included;
  • Ask members about their skills and interests and if they would like to be more involved through volunteering;
  • Keep members informed of any activity changes via telephone, email and social media;
  • Where appropriate keep attendance registers to  contact  members if  they have not attended after an appropriate amount of time to see if t hey need any support;
  • Provide information on tackling loneliness and signpost to other services;
  • Staff and volunteers complete the Making Every Contact Count (MECC) e-lea rning, and any other appropriate training e.g. loneliness awareness, inclusivity

I agree to the pledge being reviewed on an annual basis to ensur e these measures are still being implemented and as an organisation we are supporting people to stay connected.

Signed by: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Job Title: ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Date: …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….