REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT PROGRAMME FLU VACCINATION DRIVE-THROUGH CENTRES

Because the complications of having both flu and COVID in the population are unknown and the symptoms of both have some similarities, in order to reduce the  risk of overwhelming the NHS there is a need to ensure good uptake of the flu vaccine this year – which is also being expanded to be offered to more groups.  The bulk of the vaccination programme is undertaken by GPs and for many people, that is the route by which they will receive it.

However, there is a second pilot programme to help take the pressure off GPs where possible, as well as front-line health and care staff to receive their vaccinations, by running three (or possibly more) drive-thru vaccination centres at Stithians Showground, Eden Project, and Royal Cornwall Showground, plus a possible site in the East (TBC).

The volunteers will meet/greet and check in, marshal patients around the site to the vaccination stations, and then check-up post vaccine before people leave (it is recommended to stay on-site for 10 mins for post-vaccine recovery).

Booking will be online and vaccinations begin from 1st October for those aged 65+ and then those aged 50+ from November.  The clinicians on site will perform the actual vaccinations and there will be on-site wellbeing facilities and all COVID-safe procedures followed. There will be no close contact with patients and the work is outside in the fresh air. The greatest need for volunteer support is on the sites, but there are also opportunities to volunteer in the call centre to take booking for patients who do not have access/don’t use the internet. This will be Monday-Friday 8-1 in Truro.

If you think anyone would be interested in helping, here is the link that volunteers can use to let Cornwall Council know they are interested and what their availability is: https://www.netigate.se/a/s.aspx?s=908239X239552386X98596 

Cormac Highways Works

7 September 2020

Dear all,

With the temperatures starting to drop and many trees already showing a riot of colour, it certainly seems like autumn has come early this year. This has coincided with the start of our annual maintenance schedules for the strategic network, which includes verge cutting on the rural network, and I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you all with a timely update.

Highways teams will be starting work this week on cutting 2672 km (nearly 1,660 miles) of rural verges as part of the autumn ‘serviceability cut’ and new regime to help protect wildflowers and benefit flora and fauna. This follows on from the ‘safety cut’ which we carried out in the spring.

Our operations are designed to continue to support the role of highway verges as important networks for conservation, and we have been carefully monitoring the growth of vegetation to ensure they are cut at the optimum time for safety and environmental reasons.

The rural programme is generally undertaken on roads with a speed limit above 30mph and we anticipate it will take between ten and twelve weeks for us to complete these operations across the county.

We will be cutting to preserve visibility, to ensure that growth does not encroach into the carriageway particularly affecting cyclists or pedestrians, and improve the flow of water along road channels.

While the grass cutting takes place, we would also like to remind road users to be mindful and to take care when passing our cutting operations.

Of course, if you do spot a hazard caused by an overgrown verge then please report it to us online so that we can take action.

Best wishes,

Andy James
Head of Highways and Environment

Police commissioners seek public views on road safety

Police and Crime Commissioners are urging people to take 60 seconds to influence Government policy on roads policing.

Alison Hernandez, the national PCC lead on road safety, has asked the other 41 commissioners in England and Wales to support and promote a survey so results can be fed into a Department for Transport Call for Evidence.

She is hoping for a significant response to what is believed to be the first national poll co-ordinated by PCCs.

“It is clear that the number of people killed and seriously injured (KSIs) on our roads is unacceptable and needs drastically reducing,” she said.

“PCCs have a strong voice in local communities and are eager to understand the public’s views around road safety and policing our roads.

“This survey will allow PCCs to advocate the strength of public feeling to make our roads safer and, I hope, give the Government the evidence it needs to act.”

Commissioner Hernandez, the commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, also believes that more enforcement on the roads could have a knock-on effect on other criminality.

“Roads policing officers play an essential role too in tackling criminality on our roads including drug and weapons smuggling, people trafficking, county lines and other organised criminality,” she said.

“This week in Devon and Cornwall roads police officers discovered a drugs haul after stopping a driver who was speeding at 120mph and we saw on the Call the Cops series how they had prevented people smugglers trading in human misery by apprehending them on the M5.”

The poll, which can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/apccsaferoads is open until 30 September 2020.

Mick HARRISON
Community Engagement Worker 
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly